California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Notice of Availability and intent to adopt an Initial Study/ Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the Cosumnes River Preserve Management Plan

Initial Study & Negative Declaration for the Cosumnes River Preserve (8MB PDF file)

Cosumnes River Preserve Management Plan

Project Location: The Preserve covers approximately 46,000 acres in southern Sacramento County within portions of six townships: T5N, R4E; T5N, R5E; T5N, R6E; T6N, R4E; T6N, R5E; and T6N, R6E (Most section lines in these townships have not been surveyed. The Preserve is situated approximately 15 miles south of Sacramento, and 25 miles north of Stockton they State Highway 99 corridor.

Description of the Proposed Project: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department), as Lead Agency, has directed the preparation of and intends to adopt an IS/ND for the proposed project in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State CEQA Guidelines. The project being proposed is the adoption and implantation of the State Management Plan

The Preserve's mission is to protect and enhance riparian forest, freshwater wetland, vernal pool, grassland, oak woodland, and agricultural lands within the Cosumnes River watershed in order to preserve native biodiversity and benefit declining, threatened and endangered species of wildlife and plants and to provide compatible public use and recreation. The preparation and implementation of a management plan is needed to coordinate and guide the management activities of all the Preserve's implementing partners, which includes Federal, State and County agencies, private, non-profit conservation organizations, and private land owners. The Plan will also serve as the foundation of the Preserve's Annual Work Plans and the basis for future consultation with State and Federal agencies to evaluate the impacts of management activities on the threatened and endangered species.

The intent of the proposed Project: to adopt and implement over the next 10 years the Cosumnes River Preserve Management Plan. In general the propose Project would provide for

  • long-term protection, enhancement, and management of ecological values, ecosystem function, and wildlife habitat in the planning area.
  • Public use, environment education, and outreach would be secondary and supplementary for the primary ecological ecosystem goals.
  • Management Projects including the future land protection through fee title acquisition and conservation easements, habitual management habitat restoration, facilities and equipment maintenance, research and monitoring, education and outreach, public uses, law enforcement, resource planning, policy monitoring and reform, farming operations, and visual and cultural resource issues.

The IS/ND describes the project and its potential impacts on the environment, and concludes that the proposed project would not have any significant effect on the environment.

Public Review Period: The Management Plan and IS/ND is being circulated for public review and comment for a period of 30 days beginning on January 28, 2008. Your views and comments on the Management Plan and how the project may affect the environment are welcomed. Written comments must be postmarked no later than February 25, 2008, and should be submitted to the following address:

Armand Gonzales, Wildlife Program Manager
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
North Central Region
1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Copies of the Management Plan and the incorporated IS/ND may be reviewed at the above address, and at the following locations during normal business hours:

Cosumnes River Preserve
13501 Franklin Blvd.
Galt, CA 95632
(916) 684-2816

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Bay-Delta Region
4001 North Wilson Way
Stockton, CA 95206

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters
45211 County Road 32B
Davis, CA 95816