Cannibal Island Restoration Project (Project)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
Document Title
Cannibal Island Restoration Project (Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
On February 7, 2024, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Lands and Wildlife Program, in coordination with Project partners, submitted a Statutory Exemption for Restoration Project (SERP) Concurrence Request to implement the Project on CDFW’s Eel River Wildlife Area. The Project will enhance and reconnect full tidal exchange to approximately 500 acres of former tidal marsh habitat through the removal of degraded water control structures, excavation of historic slough channels, and enhancement of natural marsh topography. Increased tidal exchange and connectivity will promote recovery and maintenance of tidal marsh habitats that support a variety of native fish, wildlife, and plant species, including Sensitive Natural Communities (SNC), rare plants, and State and Federal Endangered Species Act-listed fish, such as Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and others. Improvement of tidal channel networks will accommodate natural sediment transport and marsh plain accretion processes, thereby increasing the resilience of this landscape to sea level rise.

Contact Information

Shawn Fresz
Agency Name
CA Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
3 miles west of the town of Loleta
Eel River Estuary

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code section 21080.56 (Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects)
Reasons for Exemption
CDFW has determined the Project meets the qualifying criteria set forth in Section 21080.56, subdivisions (a) through (d), inclusive. This determination is supported by (1) CDFW’s February 7, 2024, initial determination as the lead agency (see attached), that the Project meets the qualifying criteria set forth in Section 21080.56, subdivisions (a) through (d), inclusive; and (2) pursuant to Section 21080.56, subdivision (e), the CDFW Director’s April 29, 2024, concurrence with that lead agency determination, which is available at
County Clerk


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