Reasons for Exemption
The existing fuel break/DFPZ was created by the Fort Bidwell Indian Reservation, BIA, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and CAL FIRE LMU Devils Garden Inmate Crews. This project fits under the following classes of Categorical Exemptions to CEQA:
1. 15301(h) Existing Facilities (Class 1) - Maintenance of existing landscaping, native growth, and water supply reservoirs (excluding the use of pesticides, as defined in Section 12753 Divison 7, Chapter 2, Food and Agricultural Code);
2. 15304(i) Minor Alteration to Land (Class 4) - Allows minor alteration of vegetation including fuel management activities to reduce volume of flammable vegetation, provided the activities do not result in the taking of endangered rare, or threatened plant/animal species or cause significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters.
Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE's LMU Quincy office.