Sierra Meadows Program: Climate Smart Meadow Restoration - Kwolokam Meadow Grazing Management Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)
Document Title
Sierra Meadows Program: Climate Smart Meadow Restoration - Kwolokam Meadow Grazing Management Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Kwolokam Meadow is in a degraded condition due to years of overgrazing. Grazing impacts to the meadow include stream bank erosion, compacted soils, and unnatural drainage formations. In addition, water diversions have dried portions of the meadow resulting in bare ground and an abundance of invasive species. This project will protect 100 acres of meadow, springs, and channel features from leased cattle grazing by installing 1.5 miles of fencing and repairing existing off-site water infrastructure. 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 100 acre meadow including a hot spring located along Fay Creek north of Weldon in Kern County. APN: 055-410-03

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.

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
CCR §15301 Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
As the project repairs existing water infrastructure offsite, CCR Section 15301 exemptions also apply.
County Clerk


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