The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has amended Streambed Alteration
Agreement number EPIMS-VEN-21148-R5, pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District as represented by Brian Stark.
The project is limited to the Arroyo Conejo Invasive Plant Removal project on Arroyo Conejo Creek. The Project consists of the restoration of riparian habitats and removal of non-native vegetation in a high fire hazard severity zone along Arroyo Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks, CA. The target species for removal are giant reed (Arundo donax) and Mexican fan palm (Washingtonia robusta). The total area colonized by giant reed is approximately 2.02 acres and there are approximately 60 mature Mexican fan palms within the project reach. There are four reaches within the Project site. Project activities will proceed from Reach 1 to Reach 4, with initial giant reed and Mexican fan palm biomass removal scheduled to occur between October 1, 2022 and January 31, 2023. Due to elevated water levels, the low water crossing along Reach 2 is inaccessible. To allow equipment access, two mature willows (Salix lasiolepis) will be removed flush to the ground to access shallower water just adjacent to the original alignment. The willows will be cut flush to the ground and allowed to regrow.