Pacheco Peak Vegetation Management Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Pacheco Peak Vegetation Management Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This project pertains to 1) performance of periodic vegetation management around the State's telecommunications infrastructure on Pacheco Peak to reduce risk of damage by wildfire and 2) for periodic maintenance of the appurtenant road surface from hwy 152 to the summit of Pacheco Peak. Most of the appurtenant road is on private property following an easement. The total project area is approx 4 acres. Vegetation management within CALFIRE property on the summit will include removal of all brush and trees less than 6 in in diameter in the understory and all dead or dying trees within 100 ft of all vulnerable infrastructure. Along the appurtenant road outside CAL FIRE's parcel, all vegetation encroaching within the traveled roadway shall be removed. On an easement for a telephone line to the peak: 1) all brush and seedings within 10 ft of the line and 2) all hazard trees within 50 ft of the line shall be cut. All cut vegetation shall be chipped or lop and scattered to under 12 in and left onsite. All work will be done by hand tools. Chipping equipment will stay on existing roads. No mastication, burning or other ground disturbance will occur on this project. Road surface maintenance shall be done with motor grader to produce a smooth, well drained driving surface that allows service vehicle access to the summit.

Contact Information
Edgar Orre
Cal Fire
15670 S. Monterey St
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Phone : (408) 779-2121


Santa Clara
Parcel #
898-19-040, -037

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under the class 4 exemption. This review included on the ground field inspection. A search of the CNDDB for the project area resulted in the known presence of three special status animal species within the general project area, two of which require aquatic habitat. No special status plants were identified nearby. The vegetation treatment is confined to removal of understory shrubs, lower branches of trees and dead and dying trees. Forbs in the rocky ground surface shall have minimal disturbance. No special status species were observed in the field during project planning efforts. Road maintenance shall be confined to the existing roadway and not impact any aquatic habitat.

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