Mount Woodson COM - Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Mount Woodson COM - Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This hazardous fuels reduction project involves clearing 200 feet around the tower site atop Mount Woodson near Ramona, in San Diego County, California. The total project area occupies approximately 4 acres of brush-covered wildlands surrounding the existing communications facility, on 30-40% slopes. Hazardous fuel removal will be achieved by CAL FIRE crews and will consist of thinning brush and limbing trees around the communication towers. Trees in the project area will be pruned to 8 feet in height or one-third of the healthy, live crown, whichever is less. Chainsaws will be used to cut brush, with stumps left in place. No grubbing will be done, so very little soil disturbance will result. Brush will be cut and piled. These piles will be chipped and chips will be dispersed in the project area. No burning will occur on this project.

Contact Information
Thomas Shoots
Cal Fire
2249 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, CA 92019

Phone : (619) 590-3114


San Diego

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Minor Alterations to Land This project fits within the Class 4 Categorical Exemption described in the CEQA Guidelines (14 CCR Section 15304) pertaining to minor alterations to land, will not have a significant effect on the environment, and is exempt from the provisions of CEQA. The possible exceptions to an exemption that lead agencies must consider include potential impacts related to a sensitive location, cumulative impacts, significant impact due to unusual circumstances, impacts to scenic highways, activities within a hazardous waste site, and significant adverse change to the significance of a historical resource (CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2). Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exception apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project leading to the conclusion that no significant environmental impacts would occur. Archaeological Records Check and CNDDB records were reviewed with negative findings. Documentation of the environmental review completed by CAL FIRE is kept on file at CAL FIRE's San Diego Unit Headquarters - Resource Management Office - in El Cajon, California.

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