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: CDFW, as Lead Agency, prepared and adopted an Initial Study / Negative Declaration in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State CEQA Guidelines.
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 Ecological Reserve Land Management Plan (LMP). In general the LMP 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. The IS/ND was circulated for a 30 day public review and comment period from January 28, 2008 to February 25, 2008.
Copies of the Management Plan are available at the regional office during normal business hours:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
North Central Region
1701 Nimbus Road, Suite A
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670