Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
The Sea Ranch Meadow Grazing
NOE - Notice of Exemption
This 426 acre fuels reduction-fuel break project will improve the fire safety of a portion of the Sea Ranch subdivision and its neighbors. This treatment will be an extension of the existing fuelbreak along 8 miles of Highway 1 an will help to reduce fuels within the likely path of fires pushed upslope of the public access beaches and Highway 1, reducing fire intensity in those corridors thereby compartmentalizing fires and limiting them from spreading to over 1,500 residences uphill. It will also provide for defensible space and safer ingress and egress of evacuating residents, hotel and restaurant guests and employees, as well as responding emergency personnel. The project will increase the protection of infrastructure; including the TSR VFD station, other TSR administrative buildings, power lines, cable and telephone systems.
The project is located in multiple treatment areas; portions of the "Commons Land" (owned by TSRA), situated on both sides of Highway 1 in western Sonoma County, less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Vegetation in the project area is predominantly grasslands with brush. Personnel under supervision by the Sea Ranch Association's Grazing Project Manager will use sheep and goats to trample and remove ladder fuels in TSRA Commons Land around homes and in key areas, in 51 Grazing Treatment Areas totaling 426 acres on either side of Highway 1.
This project fits under the portions of 18.36.060 Class 4 Minor Alterations to Land, S:15304
Field review by Matt Greene RPF #2747 confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to 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 completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE's St. Helena office.