Almanor Rail Trail Planning (SNC #1465-RT)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Almanor Rail Trail Planning (SNC #1465-RT)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding to the Almanor Recreation and Park District (ARPD) to complete pre-construction planning activities to convert the 12-mile rail right-of-way into a multi-modal, non-motorized trail. Five accompanying trailhead parking areas would be planned. Collins Pine Company is donating the 100-foot railroad right-of-way to the ARPD. The project would provide an economic development opportunity to increase tourism infrastructure in the area, provide a safe corridor of travel separated from cars, and expand upon the growing trail network in the region. This phase of the project would include completing right-of-way surveys, condition inventories and a report of trail infrastructure, pre-construction conceptual designs and cost estimates to repair or replace deficient structures, cultural and natural resource surveys in the corridor, a wayfinding plan, and applying for encroachment permits to authorize use of right-of-way to construct the trail and install wayfinding signs where other public agencies have jurisdiction.

Contact Information

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


Rail right-of-way, from Main Street Chester to Clear Creek
Northern California
Other Location Info
Twelve miles of rail right-of-way between Chester and Clear Creek in Plumas and Lassen counties along the northern portion of Lake Almanor. The right-of-way roughly follows State Route (SR) 36.
Other Information
Rail right-of-way from Main Street in Chester, California to SR 147 in Clear Creek, California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code, Section 21150 and CEQA Guidelines, Section 15262 (Feasibility and Planning Studies)
Reasons for Exemption
The Almanor Rail Trail Planning Project is Statutorily Exempt under Pub. Resources Code, Section 21150; and CEQA Guidelines, Section 15262, Feasibility and Planning Studies of the CEQA Guidelines. This project involves only planning studies for possible future actions, which the Sierra Nevada Conservancy has not approved, adopted, or funded. The planning project does not require the preparation of a Negative Declaration or Environmental Improvement Report, but does require consideration of environmental factors.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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