Sierra Meadows Program: Climate Smart Meadow Restoration - Murphy Ranch Fencing Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)
Document Title
Sierra Meadows Program: Climate Smart Meadow Restoration - Murphy Ranch Fencing Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The meadow at Murphy Ranch is in a degraded condition due to unauthorized and unregulated grazing by cattle trespassing from the surrounding Stanislaus National Forest. This project will protect the meadow from grazing impacts by repairing an existing 3,300 feet of fencing and modifying it to be wildlife-friendly and constructing up to 4,850 feet of new, wildlife-friendly fencing. The new fencing will either run along the perimeter of the meadow (option 1) or will encompass the meadow and a small area of the surrounding oak woodland (option 2) to reduce time and cost. Reducing grazing impacts on the meadow while a restoration design is developed and implemented will protect native plants and cultural resources and support use of the meadow habitat by pollinators and wildlife.

Contact Information

Rebecca J. Fris
Agency Name
Wildlife Conservation Board
Job Title
Deputy Executive Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Parcel #
Other Location Info
Project site is a 27 acre meadow in Tuolumne County with annual and perennial grasses and surrounded by oak woodland. APN: 062-010-038

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CCR Section §15304 Minor Land Alterations
Reasons for Exemption
WCB has determined that the objectives of enhancement and restoration of wildlife and pollinator habitat, and the implementation activities as designed for this project, will result in minor alterations to land and vegetation, and therefore fit within the CCR Section 15304 exemptions.
County Clerk


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