El Dorado Ranch Phase 4 Acquisition - SNC1442-LC


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
El Dorado Ranch Phase 4 Acquisition - SNC1442-LC
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding for the American River Conservancy (ARC) to purchase 1,026 acres of oak woodland, riparian, and grassland habitat near the Cosumnes River. The ARC already owns 3,157 acres contiguous to the property to be acquired under this project. The currently owned property is managed as a conservation area for wildlife values, and ARC will develop a land management plan focused on wildlife values for the newly acquired acres. The completion of the El Dorado Ranch acquisition will provide habitat linkages between lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and two large ranches upstream and downstream that are protected by conservation easements held by the American River Conservancy. The long-term intent is for the entire property to be managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife which would then provide public access for enjoyment and wildlife-based recreation.

Contact Information

Mary Akens
Agency Name
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Job Title
Legal Counsel
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


5 miles south of the town of El Dorado
El Dorado
Northern California
Other Location Info
Southwestern area of El Dorado County, west of Highway 49 and north of the Cosumnes River. The subject property is located west of the Crystal Boulevard residential community and east of French Town Creek Road. within an unincorporated area of El Dorado County, CA 95613. APNs 091-020-048, -053 and -054 and -063; 091-020-063; 091-030-016 and -013; 092-031-006; and 092-040-059, -073 and -079.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 13 Section 15313 Acquisition of Lands for Wildlife Conservation Purposes
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15313 Acquisition of Lands for Wildlife Conservation Purposes (Class 13) which consists of the acquisition of lands for fish and wildlife conservation purposes including (a) preservation of fish and wildlife habitat, (b) establishing ecological reserves under Fish and Game Code Section 1580, and (c) preserving access to public lands and waters where the purpose of the acquisition is to preserve the land in its natural condition. The intent of this acquisition is to expand the existing El Dorado Ranch conservation area which manages the landscape for wildlife habitat and public access. SNC has independently reviewed the project and determined that no exception under Section 15300.2 applies. El Dorado County filed a Notice of Exemption for this project in June 2022.
County Clerk
El Dorado


Notice of Exemption

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