California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Notice of Availability and intent to adopt an Initial Study/ Negative Declaration for the draft Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve Land Management Plan

The document was prepared by California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff.

Project description and location:

The 4,400 acre property, formerly known as the Stevenson Ranch, is in the southern portion of a large block of land in the Mt. Hamilton Range which was identified by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as a high priority for protection through land acquisition and conservation easements. In 2000 TNC purchased the property, anticipating re-sale to DFG. In February 2001, the land was purchased by DFG. Approximately 200 acres of the property, including the portion with the existing ranch headquarters, were transferred to the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) as an entrance point into Henry Coe State Park. DFG has designated the remaining 4,200 acres as the Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve (CDLO ER). The property is located approximately 15 miles east of Gilroy in Santa Clara County, at the end of Jamieson Road.

Management will focus on maintaining viable populations of sensitive species and their habitats and on the restoration and enhancement of natural communities within an ecosystem-based framework. Emphasis will be placed on the protection of riparian and wetland areas, restoration and enhancement of native grassland, and the control of noxious weeds. Prescription grazing and the ecological use of fire may be employed.

The primary public use of the property will be as a site for a youth outdoor education program as well as other public use opportunities. Outdoor education programs will be designed to educate young people about ecological processes and values, habitat protection and enhancement, and wildlife management issues. They will provide hands-on experience to youth and adult volunteers through the implementation of management and monitoring projects. Informal public access will not be allowed.

Initial Study/Negative Declaration

The California Fish and Game (DFG) as the lead agency, has prepared and intends to adopt a Negative Declaration for the proposed project, in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State CEQA Guidelines.

Public review Period

The Initial Study/Negative Declaration is being circulated for public review and comment for a period of 30 days, beginning October 26, and ending November 26, 2005. Questions regarding the draft Plan should be directed to Jeannine DeWald, Project Manager at (831) 649-2934. Comments may be submitted via email, letter or facsimile no later than November 26, 2005 at 5:00 pm. Please include "Canada de los Osos Comments" in the subject line of your correspondence. The originals of any faxed documents must be received by regular mail within ten working days following the deadline for submission, November 26, 2005 along with proof of successful fax transmission.

All correspondence, including email or fax must include a full name and address and can be sent to:

Jeannine DeWald
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
20 Lower Ragsdale Dr.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 649-2934
FAX: (831) 649-2894
Email: jdewald@dfg.ca.gov

Copies of the Initial Study/Negative Declaration and Plan may be reviewed at the following locations during normal business hours:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Field Office
20 Lower Ragsdale Dr.
Monterey, CA 93940
Office hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:45 pm

Gilroy Public Library
7387 Rosanna St.
Gilroy, CA 95021
408-842-8207