Southern Cactus Scrub Restoration (22/23-SD-11)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Southern Cactus Scrub Restoration (22/23-SD-11)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Since 1988, portions of the park have burned three times. The portions that supported southern cactus scrub vegetation did not burn or burned at a lower intensity, whereas coastal sage scrub became impaired by a proliferation of invasive annual grasses, mustards, and stinknet (Oncosiphon pilulifer) that reduced native shrub cover and recruitment. Repeated wildfires have the potential to further convert valuable coastal sage scrub shrublands to nonnative annual grasslands. This Wildfire and Forest Resilience Program project will improve the resiliency of shrubland vegetation to high frequency fire by planting prickly pear cactus (Opuntia littoralis, O. oricola) across approximately 3.7 acres and reducing the cover of invasive weeds across approximately 9.5 acres at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park. Eight project work zones were selected based on restoration need, accessibility, and topography. Existing vegetation in the project area is primarily impaired coastal sage scrub. Site establishment will take several years, after which the site will be maintained by the Natural Resources Program.

Contact Information

Marya Ahmad
Agency Name
California Department of Parks & Recreation - San Diego Coast District
Job Title
District Environmental Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Southern California
State Highways
Highway 78
Other Information
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class: 4 Section: 15304
Reasons for Exemption
: No potential for significant impact to the environment is anticipated in compliance with CEQA §15300.4. If the project is implemented as indicated within the CDPR Project Evaluation Form, including conditions provided by CDPR reviewers, then it is exempt under CEQA §15304–Minor Alterations to Land. The action falls under the Departmental List of Exempt activities according to CEQA §15300.4 as Class 4: Section 15304: • “Resource management projects”
County Clerk
San Diego


Notice of Exemption

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