Wildflower Ridge Preserve Acquisition Project (SNC #1593-LC)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Wildflower Ridge Preserve Acquisition Project (SNC #1593-LC)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding for the Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) to purchase fee title to the Wildflower Ridge Preserve, a 128-acre property adjacent to the northwest side of Grass Valley. The property holds many conservation values, including unique native plants on lava cap soils, heritage black oak groves and a productive conifer forest, existing trail easements with public access, and Nisenan cultural heritage sites. The current land use is undeveloped open space with actively used public trail easements. The intent of the acquisition is to protect the open space, habitat, cultural resources, and public recreation aspects of the property from potential future development. In addition, the BYLT would like to explore opportunities for public education on the property and donate a conservation easement to the Nevada City Nisenan Rancheria Tribe, but a management plan is not yet developed. Along with the fee title transfer, the project includes preparation of a Baseline Conditions Report, creating a land management plan, funding two community outreach meetings, and providing for tribal participation.

Contact Information

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


Grass Valley
Northern California
Other Location Info
13167 Ridge Road., 0.5 mi northeast of the city of Grass Valley, on the north side of the intersection of Rough and Ready Hwy and Ridge Rd. APN 007-111-003.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15325 Transfers of Ownership of Interest in Land to Preserve Existing Natural Conditions and Historical Resource
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15325 Transfers of Ownership of Interest in Land to Preserve Existing Natural Conditions and Historical Resources, which consists of the transfers of ownership of interests in land in order to preserve open space, habitat, or historical resources. The intent of this acquisition is to conserve the open space, wildlife habitat, cultural resources, and existing public uses on the property. The SNC has independently reviewed the project and determined that no exception under Section 15300.2 applies.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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