California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area Land Management Plan

Notice of Determination for the Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area Land Management Plan (LMP) in Sacramento County, California

Project Location: The Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area (LSIWA) is approximately 3,100 acres, primarily marsh and open water, at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers in the western Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. It is bordered by Mayberry Slough, Sherman Island, and Donlon Island on the east; the Sacramento River on the north; Kimball Island on the southwest; and the San Joaquin River on the south.

Planning Process: The planning process was guided by the general policy parameters that direct the Department, including compliance with all state and federal laws. The Department's mission, the purpose of wildlife areas, the purpose and history of the acquisition of Lower Sherman Island, and the purposes of land management plans, provided broad direction for the development of this plan. Finally, the objectives of the California Bay-Delta Program (CALFED) were also considered. An environmental analysis pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has been conducted concurrently with plan development to identify the potential environmental impacts of operating the LSIWA under the provisions of this LMP. As described in the initial study/negative declaration (IS/ND) prepared for the plan under CEQA, implementing the plan would not have a significant impact on the environment. The IS/ND is included in Appendix B. The draft plan and accompanying negative declaration was submitted to the State Clearing House and was subject to public review beginning October 11, 2006 and ending November 9, 2006. Public comments were accepted after the end of the official thirty day review period to provide sufficient opportunities for interested user groups. A summary of the comments received and the Departments written responses may be found in Appendix A, "Public Outreach Summary" within the Final Plan.

Copies of the final documents are also available. Any questions may be directed to;

Sara Holm, Wildlife Biologist
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Sacramento Valley-Central Sierra Region
1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(530) 745-0486

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