Butano State Park General Plan

California State Park and Recreation Commission Approved
the General Plan on October 31, 2008


Butano State Park is located on the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, in rural western San Mateo County. The more than 4600-acre park, Ben Ries Campgroundwhich includes a secluded redwood canyon and open ridgetop vistas, is within an hour's drive of seven million people.

On October 31, 2008, the California State Park and Recreation Commission approved a new general plan for Butano State Park. The General Plan establishes a long-term vision for the park, identifies potential recreation and facilities, and guides future park management, resource stewardship, and appropriate public use.


The General Plan also serves as a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

In fulfillment of CEQA guidelines, California State Parks filed a Notice of Preparation (PDF, 1.9 MB) for the Butano State Park General Plan/EIR at the beginning of the planning process, and a Notice of Availability (PDF, 92 KB) and Notice of Completion (PDF, 227 KB) to announce the completion of the EIR and the beginning of the public review period. After the commission approved the plan, State Parks filed a Notice of Determination (PDF, 79.8 KB) on November 5, 2008.

Public input and feedback is an important part of the CEQA process. Members of the public reviewed and submitted comments on the Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR during the public comment period, from March 21 to May 5, 2008. The comments and responses are included in the Final EIR, available for viewing and download below.

The final general plan document, not yet compiled, will consist of the approved preliminary general plan with changes resulting from public and staff comments, and the Park and Recreation Commission's resolution approving the plan.

The preliminary plan and Final EIR/Response to Comments are available for viewing and download below. The final general plan will be posted when it is compiled.

State Park and Recreation Commission Resolution
Resolution Approving Butano General Plan (PDF, 18.5 KB)

Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR Document

The preliminary general plan has been divided into four plan sections and individual figures for downloading. All files are in PDF format.

Front Cover, Table of Contents, Chapter 1:Introduction (1.8 MB)Butano Preliminary General Plan Cover
Chapter 2:Existing Conditions, Chapter 3:Issues (1.4 MB)
Chapter 4:Park Plan (PDF, 2.0 MB)
Chapter 5:Environmental Analysis, References, Appendices, Plan Contributors (1.6 MB)

General Plan Maps (Document Figures): 
Figure 1: Regional (1.8 MB)
Figure 2: Location (2.1 MB)
Figure 3: Existing Facilities (1.0 MB)
Figure 4: Roads and Trails (2.0 MB)
    Roads and Trails Key (157 KB)
Figure 5: Alquist-Priolo Fault Zones (1.3 MB)
Figure 6: Watersheds(2.0 MB)
Figure 7: Coastal Zone (706 KB)
Figure 8: Vegetation Communities (1.3 MB)
Figure 9: Wildlife Habitat (1.4 MB)
Figure 10: Natural Resource Sensitivity (1.2 MB)
Figure 11: Cultural Resources (1.4 MB)
Figure 12: Planning Zones (1.1 MB)
Figure 13: Preliminary Plan Proposals (967 KB)

Final Environmental Impact Report Response to Comments (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Past Public Participation in the Planning Process

A public workshop was held during the early planning stages for Butano SP. Participants learned about the planning process, reviewed the resource data, and provided input on issues, concerns, and recommendations for the park’s future. Using this input, the planning team developed alternatives and preliminary plPublic Open House, 12/08/07an guidelines for public review.

On December 8, 2007, the planning team held a public open house in Pescadero to preview the draft plan proposal highlights for Butano SP and Año Nuevo SR & SP, share information on the key natural and cultural resources identified in the planning process, update participants on the regional planning process and context, and gather further public input.  The Commission hearing on October 31, 2008 was another opportunity for public comment.

Regional Planning Approach
The Butano State Park General Plan was developed as part of a regional planning effort, along with general plans for Año Nuevo State Park and Natural Reserve, and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. These parks share many natural and cultural characteristics, and have similar visitor demographics. Each one also has its own outstanding features and visitor opportunities. This planning process, while addressing each park's unique needs and assets, recognizes the potential for regional collaboration between these and other nearby public lands in resource protection, recreation, interpretation, and park management.

The Año Nuevo SNR & SP Preliminary General Plan and Final EIR were presented to the commission at the same meeting as the Butano SP General Plan, and were also approved. The Big Basin Redwoods SP General Plan is expected to be completed in 2010.

For more information on the Año Nuevo SNR & SP General Plan, visit Año Nuevo State Reserve & Año Nuevo State Park: General Plan In-Progress. For Big Basin Redwoods SP General Plan information, see Big Basin Redwoods State Park: General Plan In-Progress.


For more information on Butano State Park, visit the park webpage

California State Parks
Planning Division
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 
94296-0001

General Plan Section
TEL: 916-653-9901
FAX: 916-651-1215
generalplan@parks.ca.gov