Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Jasper Ridge Fuel Reduction
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is in San Mateo County and owned by Stanford University. It is used for research, education, and wildlife conservation. This project proposes to conduct a shaded fuel break along the western edge of the property that borders Sand Hill Rd in Woodside, a total of approx 4 acres.
The preserve occupies the northern half of Jasper Ridge at the base of the San Francisco Peninsula. The vegetation is oak woodland and savannah, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The elevation ranges from 217-679 ft. The climate is Mediterranean.
Trees under 10 inches DBH will be removed and remaining trees will be limbed up to a height of 6-8 ft or half of the height of the crown. Spacing between trees and bushes will be increased and dead material removed. Limbs and trees overhanging the perimeter fence will be removed. Slash will be chipped and broadcast on site. To curb the establishment of exotic plants within the preserve, French/Scotch broom will be cut. Jasper Ridge Preserve will be responsible for any follow up treatment required. All work will be completed by hand.
The work proposed is a minor alteration to vegetation which doesn't involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees and is consistent with exemption class 4 - minor alterations to land. No activity is proposed that is listed as a limitation under 15300.2.
Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a NOE for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland or timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, GHG, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreations, transportation or traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit HQ, 6059 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018.