Court Upholds Mitigated Negative Declaration for Trail Improvement Project

On October 29, 2015, the Third Appellate District issued an unpublished opinion upholding a mitigated negative declaration prepared by the City of Folsom for a trail improvement project along Lake Natoma in the American River Parkway. The project will pave some existing dirt trails to provide ADA-compliant access to the river, rehabilitate eroded areas, remove non-native invasive vegetation and replant native species, and provide a non-motorized boat landing beneath the Lake Natoma bridge at the edge of Folsom’s historic district. Save the American River Association claimed the project was inconsistent with the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area General Plan and American River Parkway Plan, but the court found no substantial evidence in the record to support SARA’s claim that increased use of the project area would conflict with the applicable plans, which designate the area for low intensity recreation. RMM partner Sabrina V. Teller represented the City of Folsom, assisted by associate Elizabeth Sarine and former associate John Wheat.