SAMO Woolsey Fire Recovery EA
UPDATE: Finding of No Significant Impact Released.
A finding of no significant impact for the project is now available. After consideration of the environmental assessment and public, tribal, and agency comments, the finding concludes that the project will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required. Thank you for your interest throughout the planning process.
The National Park Service (NPS) released an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the redevelopment of sites that were burned in the 2018 Woolsey Fire within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) in October 2021. The EA is available for public review and comment for 30 days, from October 25 to November 24, 2021.
The proposed recovery work would replace facilities at three sites: Paramount Ranch, Rocky Oaks, and Peter Strauss Ranch. The project seeks to restore visitor services, employee housing, administrative functions, and cultural features. While the park plans to use the same locations for the redevelopment, the goal is to make the new facilities meet modern codes and be more functional and efficient. Nine structures will be redeveloped to consolidate NPS administrative functions and housing at these sites. Overall, upgrades to the buildings, utilities, and associated infrastructure will be necessary to meet current design codes and standards for accessibility and fire safety. Other fire protection actions will be implemented to reduce the potential for structure loss and soil contamination in the event of future fires.
The NPS will continue to consult with traditionally associated American Indian tribes and groups on a project-level basis throughout the implementation and lifespan of the plan/EA.
10/25/2021 - 11/24/2021