Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Lower Black Road Fuels Reduction Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will be assisting with fuel reduction activities to construct a shaded fuel break along Black Road, from Sanborn County Park's southeastern boundary (approximately the John Nicholas Trailhead), continuing East to the intersection of with Montevina Road; approximately 3.75 miles in length. Property ownership includes private residential property and County owned road right of way managed by Santa Clara County Roads and Airports. The project area is defined as 30 feet in width from the paved edge of both sides of Black Road. This project is a continuation of work done along Black Road within Sanborn County Park.
USGS 7 1/2 Quadrangle Maps: Castle Rock Ridge and Los Gatos.
Notice of Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15304, Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under the description for a Class 4 Categorical Exemption to CEQA. An environmental review has confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. This review included on-the-ground field inspection. This project consists of fuel management activities within severe fire hazard areas. The activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species or cause significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters. This project review concluded that no significant environmental impacts are anticipated for 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 to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review is kept on file at Santa Clara Unit Headquarters in Morgan Hill.