The property is the headwaters to Lompico Creek, which, through the Lompico Water District, provides water to approximately 1500 people in 2006, Sempervirens Fund - a nonprofit land trust that works to protect the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains - purchased the property to ensure the protection of the Lompico forest and watershed. The invasive species French Broom (Genista monspessulana), has overgrown 20,000 plus square feet of an old haul road. The density of broom deters native species from colonizing the site and also poses a significant fire hazard to the neighboring community and water shed. The proposed project will remove the broom by hand and with tools and take place in sprint 2011. The site will continually be monitored to ensure eradication of the species.
None of the activities will have a significant effect on sensitive areas or resources. The project will not have a negative effect on protected species habitat, and will not include wetlands restoration or disturbance. All of the projects have been determined not to have a significant effect on the environment and therefore shall be exempt from the provisions of CEQA.