Banner Mountain Fire Station-Maintenance Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (Cal Fire)
Document Title
Banner Mountain Fire Station-Maintenance Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The Banner Mountain Lookout Station was constructed in 1926 and is located approximately 4 miles southeast of Nevada City, CA. Currently; trees around the lookout are significantly obscuring the sight-line toward the communities of Nevada City, Grass Valley and Cascade Shores. Smoke within these areas can go undetected prolonging a fire control response. The proposed project is to remove trees and brush from around the lookout to improve the function and operation of the existing facility. Tree removal will focus on those trees that obscure the lookout's sight-line and function. All trees will be marked by a Registered Professional Forester prior to harvest. Slash generated thru project implementation will be treated thru a combination of chipping and pile burning. When necessary, some slash may be lopped and scattered for erosion control.

Contact Information
Matthew S. Reischman
Cal Fire
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

Phone : (916) 889-0111 x125



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1 14CCR, 15301 (h)
Reasons for Exemption
Continued; Class 4 14CCR, 15304 Class 714CCR, 15307 14CCR, 15304; Minor Alteration to Land. The project involves the removal of vegetation and trees to improve the function of the Lookout and reduce the current fire danger. 14CCR, 15301(h); Existing Facilities; maintenance of existing landscaping and native growth: Project implementation will provide maintenance to the native growth surrounding the Lookout, improving the function of this existing facility. 14CCR, 15307; Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources: Improving the function of the Lookout will help prevent environmental damage result from catastrophic fire. A CalFire Registered Professional forester (RPF) has consulted with the California Department of Fish and Game, conducted an archeological review, and determined that unusual circumstances do not exist which would provide the use of a Categorical Exemption. This RPF has also determined that these are not timber operations as defined the in the Forest Practice Act.

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