Donut Fill Restoration and Recurring Maintenance Headquarters Area


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Donut Fill Restoration and Recurring Maintenance Headquarters Area
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project aims to restore depressions around vegetation in the southwestern part of the park caused by OHV vehicles circling plants at fast speeds, which create depressions and berms that are commonly referred to as “donuts.” The depth of the donuts can vary from approximately six inches to over two feet deep. To avoid future damage to vegetation and prevent injuries to visitors, this project aims to fill in the donuts with the surrounding material. A mix of hand tools and heavy equipment will be used to complete this work. Measures to be implemented to avoid impact may be obtained by submitting a request to the Environmental Coordinator listed below.

Contact Information

Sara Lockett
Agency Name
California State Parks, Ocotillo Wells District
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Southern California
Other Location Info
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, 5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed action complies with CEQA because it is: (1) categorically exempt under Class 4, Section 15304 of the CEQA Guidelines, Minor Alterations to Land, as it involves minor alterations in the condition of land, such as grading and backfilling with native materials; and (2) there are no unusual circumstances or other applicable exceptions to the exemptions.


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