San Antonio Creek Community Defensible Space

Summary

SCH Number
2015088413
Lead Agency
Santa Barbara County
Document Title
San Antonio Creek Community Defensible Space
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
8/31/2015

Document Description
Project consists of 4 shaded fuel reduction treatments totaling 24 acres located in the San Antonio Creek Open Space area in the foothills of Santa Barbara. The project will utilize hand crews to reduce flammable fuel volume by removing dead material reducing ladder fuels, and selectively thinning standing vegetation. The existing fuel is predominately mature oak woodland with scattered chaparral. Mature trees will be limbed and pruned of dead branches. The cut material will be chipped and spread uniformly on site. The shrub dominated areas will be treated with a residual mosaic approach, leaving scattered shrubs and islands of intact formation comprising approx. 30% of the original cover. No mature trees will be removed. No work will occur within 50 feet of a riparian corridor. The project will greatly increase the defensible space around the community and also protect the open space wildland from a fire starting from the surrounding residential developments. The project will also involve maintenance of the San Antonio Creek Trail by trimming vegetation 4 feet on both sides of the trial. No heavy equipment is authorized under this document. A query of the National Diversity Database will be performed for each treatment to check for the presence of endangered plants and/or animals. DFW will be consulted for input as necessary. Chips will not be deposited within the standard width of a watercourse or lake protection zone.

Contact Information
Robert Hazard
Santa Barbara County
4410 Cathedral Oaks
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Phone : (805) 681-5500

Location

Cities
Santa Barbara
Counties
Santa Barbara

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15301,15304,15308, Class 1,4,8
Reasons for Exemption
Existing Facilities. Minor Alterations to Land. Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Environment.
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