Removal of grass, brush and small trees within road rights-of-way adjacent to County roads to allow for safer evacuation nof residents and emergency vehicle response during wildland fire situations and reduction of fuel loading around critical firefighting infrastructure including, but not limited to, fire hydrants. Vegetation removal will be performed by hand crews utilizing chain saws and hand tools. Elderberry shrubs that exceed one inch in diameter located below 3,000 feet in elevation will be retained. Vegetation will be disposed of through chipping or removal to a green waste facility.
After reviewing the project and its setting, The environmental Coordinator for the County of Tuolumne has determined the project is exempt from review under CEQA, pursuant to section 15304 of the State CEQA Guidelines.