Post-fire Restoration of Stern Ranch Cannabis Sites


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Post-fire Restoration of Stern Ranch Cannabis Sites
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Project consists of the restoration and remediation of six (6) sites within Sugarloaf Ridge State Park that were used for illicit cannabis grows. The sites are within riparian areas at Bear Creek and Sonoma Creek tributaries in the Stern Ranch Management Unit. Initial remediation included removal of trash, fertilizers, and pesticides. Since this initial work, this area was impacted by the 2017 Nun Fire and the 2020 Glass Fire. Work will use hand tools to: •Clean up and restore terraced areas to a natural gradient; •Fill in any excavated pits; and •Remove all materials used to divert spring waters, including woody debris, soil, and rocks.

Contact Information

Caitlin Powers
Agency Name
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Job Title
Environmental Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area
State Highways

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the repair, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels and minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees, and is listed as “Resource management projects” in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR § 15300.4.


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