Thursday, January 19, 2012

Text from the Little River CDP Coastal Development Permit for the Little River Project


For those of you interested this is the text from the Little River CDP Coastal Development Permit for the Little River Project that pertains to our trails.

Note that the proposed trail does not even connect to the county backdune trail to the south or even to the beach.

It is important that they have recognized the historic use of horses on these trails. That makes it hard to kick us off.

This comes from a rather large document but if anyone wants it I'll send it.


CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
CDP Application No. 1-10-004
pg 16


Third, the Department proposes to designate and partially construct a new 1.34-milelong
equestrian trail extending from the existing parking lot to the Little River, in part
through the backdune environment (Exhibit Nos. 4 and 5). LRSB is a popular riding area for local equestrians, who currently park at the existing southern parking lot and ride out to the beach to ride either north to the mouth of the Little River or south to the mouth of the Mad River. Currently horses are permitted only along the waveslope below the mean high tide at LRSB. Approximately 4,113 feet of the proposed new equestrian trail would follow existing developed way trails currently used by both equestrians and hikers, and approximately 3,000 feet of the trail would require new construction. The proposed new section of trail to be constructed would occur immediately adjacent to the frontage road from the existing parking lot at the southern end of LRSB to approximately across from proposed Parking Lot B. This proposed new trail section would be constructed on the paved western shoulder of the frontage road by removing a 3-foot-wide section of existing pavement along the road shoulder from the existing southern parking lot to proposed Parking Lot A and placing a crushed rock and soil mix trail surface in its place. The portion of the proposed new equestrian trail extending from across the frontage road from Parking Lot A to across the frontage road from Parking Lot B would run along the base of the (road) fill slope parallel and adjacent to the frontage road shoulder (atop existing flat terrain dominated mostly by herbaceous invasive weeds) and would have a 4-footwide native surface

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
CDP Application No. 1-10-004
pg 20


The proposed trail improvements within ESHA areas are limited to nature study use and improvements that are designed to restore the ESHA for various reasons. First, none of the trails except for the boardwalk will require new trail construction within the dune ESHA. The portions of the trails to be designated within the ESHA are limited to locations where there are existing way trails currently used by public access users where no new construction is proposed and where designation of the trail will help channel and direct public access use away from other way trails and from undisturbed portions of the dunes, thereby helping to maintain and restore the dune ESHA. Second, the 3,000 feet of new equestrian trail construction is confined to the edge of the existing frontage road in areas that are either currently part of the road shoulder or immediately adjacent flat areas of ruderal vegetation that is not environmentally sensitive. The portions of the equestrian trail to be designated within the ESHA are limited to existing way trails that have previously been used by horses, and the surrounding ESHA is not likely to be adversely affected by additional equestrian use. The existing equestrian trails to be utilized are wide enough to accommodate horse use without danger that the trails will be widened out by increased use. Third, the proposed California Coastal Trail improvements will consist...

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
CDP Application No. 1-10-004
Page 21


only of striping a bike lane within the paved areas of the existing frontage road and its shoulder outside of any ESHA and designating portions of the trail system as part of the Coastal Trail. Fourth, the proposed boardwalk construction will be located within the dune ESHA, but it will be located within existing way trails and limited in width to the minimum width necessary to meet ADA requirements. Fifth, the two proposed bridges will completely span the dune wetland areas they cross without any fill in the wetlands. Finally, the proposed loop interpretive trail will include interpretive signs to educate users about the natural dune environment they are passing through.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just dumb. A great trail in a gtea`t place at no cost. What does state parks do? No wonder they are closing other parks. DUMB!