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River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve Land Management Plan

Notice of Determination for the River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve Final Land Management Plan

Project Title: River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve Final Land Management Plan

Project Location: The project site is located on the River Spring 7.5 minute U.S.G.S. quadrangle map. It comprises 637.65 acres at an elevation of 6,480 feet within the Great Basin Physiographic Province. It is located in Adobe Valley, Mono County, approximately 10 miles northwest of the town of Benton, and 3.5 miles northeast of State Highway 120. Access to the Reserve is via the River Spring Lakes Road.

Project Description: The River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve (RSLER) Land Management Plan (LMP) will guide the adaptive management of habitats, species, and programs. It was acquired primarily to maintain and enhance wetland habitat values, provide a potential refuge for endangered Owens pupfish, maintain quality habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds, and provide public access for hunting and nature study. The Final LMP serves as a descriptive inventory of fish, wildlife, and native and non-native plants and vegetation communities that occur within RSLER; and provides an overview of the property’s planned operation and maintenance activities and personnel requirements to implement management goals.

Environmental Review Process: CDFW had prepared a draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration (IS/ND) on the proposed project in accordance with the requirements of CEQA. The IS/ND provided an assessment of the proposed project’s potential adverse impacts on the environment and concluded the proposed project would not have any significant adverse effects on the environment.

Public Review Period: The IS/ND was circulated for public review and comment by the State Clearing House for 30 days starting May 12, 2016.  There were no public comments received and the Department approved the Final Land Management Plan July 18, 2016 and has filed a Notice of Determination. Any further questions may be directed to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Inland Deserts Region (Bishop Field Office)
787 N. Main St., Ste. 220
Bishop, California 93514
Attention: Alisa Ellsworth, Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor)
Email: Alisa.Ellsworth@wildlife.ca.gov

Hard copies of the documents are available for review at:

Inland Deserts Region (Bishop Field Office)
787 N. Main St., Ste. 220
Bishop, California 93514

Bishop Library
210 Academy Avenue 
Bishop, California 93514


Last update : 7/20/2017 3:03:20 PM


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