California Department of Fish and Wildlife

NOTICE OF AVAILABILTY and INTENT TO ADOPT AN INITIAL STUDY/NEGATIVE DECLARATION for the Draft North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve Land Management Plan, Butte County, California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announces the availability of a draft Negative Declaration prepared for the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Butte County. The proposed project is the Land Management Plan for the Reserve. The proposed project would include continuing the existing management of the site, provide direction for future management actions, and describe staffing needs. The project site is located on North Table Mountain and is approximately 3,315 acres about five miles north of the city of Oroville. The site is not listed as a hazardous site under Section 65962.5 of the Government Code.

The Department has reviewed the project and has determined that no significant environmental effects are associated with this project. The Negative Declaration has been prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State CEQA Guidelines (Section 15070 - 15073).

Due to the time limits mandated by state law, comments on the Negative Declaration must be sent at the earliest possible date but not later than 30 days after issuance of this notice. The comment period begins on September 18, 2006 and closes on October 20, 2006. All comments must be received by the Department by 5:00 p.m. on October 20, 2006.

Please send your comments to Armand Gonzales, Supervising Biologist, Fisheries and Wildlife Division, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670-4599. You may fax your comments to Mr. Gonzales at (916) 358-2912. Please provide your name and an address or phone number where you may be contacted. The originals of any faxed documents must be received by regular mail within ten working days following the deadline for submission, along with proof of successful fax transmission.

Hard copies of the Negative Declaration and related documents will be available for review at California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A, Rancho Cordova, and at the Graylodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Rd. Gridley. The offices are open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m, M-F.

The following are PDF documents. You may download a free Adobe PDF Reader from the Adobe Web site by clicking the Adobe logo on the left.

  1. Cover & Title Page
  2. Table of Contents
  1. Summary:

    This land management plan serves to help direct the management of the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve to fulfill the acquisition goals of preserving and protecting the Northern Basalt Flow Vernal Pools habitat type and the rare and sensitive plants and animals that inhabit North Table Mountain. One of its most important components is the documentation of the historic range management practices that have been implemented on North Table Mountain for at least the past 45 years. Despite the impacts of non-native invasive plant species, range management practices have contributed to maintaining spectacular wildflower blooms that draw many visitors from near and far to the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. The popularity of the Reserve poses a critical management challenge that will require balancing the primary purpose of the Reserve with the impacts of increasing visitor use of the Reserve. Neither of these factors is well documented and their quantification should be instituted as an important management data gathering activity.

  2. Introduction
  3. Property Description
  4. Vegetation Types, Habitat, and Species Descriptions
  5. Management Goals and Environmental Impacts
  6. Operations and Maintenance Summary
  7. References
  8. Appendices
    1. Soil Survey
    2. Plant Species List
    3. Potential Wildlife Species List
    4. List of Potentially Affected Special-Status Species
    5. Environmental Checklist Initial Study
  1. *ENTIRE* Draft Land Management Plan (7 MB)