Wagon Trail Mitigation Site Project

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Project Facts


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.

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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.


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


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