Wagon Trail Mitigation Site Project

Graphic of project logo

Project Facts

Description

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with Calaveras County, proposes to mitigate for Project impacts resulting from the State Route 4 Wagon Trail Realignment Project (SCH Number 2015092066) by placing a conservation easement and completing habitat enhancements on a 41-acre portion of Parcel Number 040-002-027-000 about 13.5 miles north of the State Route 4 Realignment Project. The parcel is privately owned.

Graphic of project location map

 

Project Benefits

Purpose: The purpose of the project is to enhance, restore, and protect California red-legged frog habitat by constructing a pond, establishing riparian and oak woodland habitat, and conserving about 2,700 linear feet of Youngs Creek tributary within the easement area.

Need:  The proposed project is needed to mitigate for impacts to oak woodland habitat, riparian habitat, California red-legged frog dispersal habitat, and jurisdictional waters as a result of Phase 1 of the State Route 4 Realignment Project.

Estimated Funding Breakdown

Construction Cost: Based on preliminary cost estimates, mitigation costs for Phase 1 of the State Route 4 realignment project is expected to total $1.22 million. This budget includes $450,000 for construction and short-term maintenance and monitoring of this habitat enhancement project, $300,000 to establish a non-wasting endowment to fund monitoring of the restoration project and legal defense of the conservation easement in perpetuity, about $220,000 in real estate and transaction costs, $110,000 for purchase of 0.38 mitigation credit from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in-lieu fee program, and $140,000 for purchase of riparian floodplain mitigation credits from the Cosumnes River Floodplain mitigation bank. Mitigation costs will be funded as part of the State Route 4 Realignment Project.

Partnerships

Robert Pachinger, Deputy Director
Calaveras County Public Works
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone: (209) 754-6402
Email: rpachinger@co.calaveras.ca.us

 

Amber Collins, Executive Director
Calaveras Council of Governments
444 E. Saint Charles Street/Hwy 49
San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone: (209) 754-2094
Email: acollins@calacog.org

 

Proposed Project Schedule

Final Environmental document completed: Spring 2021

Right of way acquisition to be completed: Fall 2021

Construction to begin: Fall 2021

Construction to be completed: Winter 2021

Project Contact Information

John Thomas, Branch Chief
Central Region Environmental
California Department of Transportation
2015 Shields Avenue, Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93726
(559) 408-4496
Email: john.thomas@dot.ca.gov

 

Mimi Huie, Project Manager
Caltrans District 10
1976 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Stockton, CA 95205
Phone: (209) 948-7972
Email: mimi.huie@dot.ca.gov

 

Public Information Office:

Warren Alford, Public Information Officer
Caltrans District 10
1976 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Stockton, CA 95205
Phone: (209) 948-3849
Email: Warren.Alford@dot.ca.gov

Documents

Final Initial Study with Mitigated Negative Declaration - March 2021 (PDF) 1,490 KB