Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Konocti Conservation Camp Staging Area Expansion
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Konocti Conservation Camp, located at 13044 State Highway 29 in Lower Lake, is planning a small expansion of an existing staging area. The staging area is a level, compacted gravel area that is used for equipment parking and incident support services when the camp is used as an Incident Command Post. The proposed project will expand the staging area by raising the level of the lower adjacent grass field using imported fill material. The shape of the expanded area will be a strip running along the west of the existing staging area, and will extend out to a distance up to 100 feet from the current staging area. The total square footage of the staging area will be increased from 1.8 acres to approximately 2.3 acres. This larger staging area will be beneficial during major incidents that are commanded from the Konocti Conservation Camp.
Fill material will come from highway locations where slope erosion has deposited soil and rocks onto the roadway that must be removed for safety and road maintenance. Material will be transported to Konocti Camp by dump trucks and will be spread by dozers. Material will be compacted by a grader in sections approximately one foot deep until final grade is reached. The project will continue over a one- to two-year period as road debris becomes available. Operations will not occur under saturated soil conditions.
Minor Alteration to Land
The proposed project consists of fill placement adjacent to an existing staging area. The small size of the project (0.53 acres), the highly disturbed nature of the site, and the determination that the land on which the fill will be placed is not sensitive makes this project fit the description for a Class 4, Sec 15304: Minor Alterations to Land Categorical Exemption to CEQA. 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 activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, or sedimentation to surface waters. CAL FIRE staff 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 utilities and service systems.