T051 NOS (Request No. 1652-2022-053-001-R5)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Document Title
T051 NOS (Request No. 1652-2022-053-001-R5)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Pursuant to Fish and Game Code section 1652, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved the T051 NOS submitted by Korie Merrill of Center for Natural Lands Management. The project includes the removal of non-native and invasive plant species and the installation of native species throughout the 3.59 acre project site in order to strengthen the buffer lands adjacent to the Pacifica San Juan Preserve. Habitat complexity will be increased by removing non-native and invasive plants, such as pepper trees (Schinus sp.), salt cedars (Tamarix ramosissima), and giant reed (Arundo donax) and planting appropriate native riparian and upland species such as arroyo willow (Salix lasiolepis), lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia), and California sagebrush (Artemisia californica). Invasive plant species will be removed through mechanical labor or chemical treatment between November and February, prior to bird nesting season, with cut material removed from the site. Following non-native and invasive plant removal, local native willow cuttings and container plants will be installed on the site. Targeted non-native and invasive species removal, installation of native cuttings and container plants, and wildlife monitoring shall occur during the first year. Follow-up treatment and removal of non-native and invasive species as well as wildlife monitoring shall continue in the second and third year. No heavy equipment shall be used.

Contact Information

Jennifer Blackhall
Agency Name
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Juan Capistrano
Southern California
Cross Streets
See below "Other Location Info."
Other Location Info
The project is located at the Northwest Open Space within the City of San Juan Capistrano, County of Orange. The project is located at approximately 33.532, -117.681 and is bound by the Colinas Ridge Trail to the west and the Oso-Rancho Capistrano Trail to the east.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type – Class 33; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15333
Reasons for Exemption
Class 33 consists of small projects not to exceed 5 acres in size to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, or wildlife.
County Clerk


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