Swanton View Fuel Reduction

Summary

SCH Number
2018038604
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (Cal Fire)
Document Title
Swanton View Fuel Reduction
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
Swanton View Rd is part of a rural community in northern coastal Santa Cruz County. The road access eight homes and dead-ends approximately 1 mile upslope with its intersection with Swanton rd. The overstory vegetation is primarily comprised of hardwoods such as coast live oak, tanoak, and madrone; conifers include coast redwood, Douglas-fir and Monterey pine. Understory vegetation is made up of hazelnut, poison oak, blackberry and shade tolerant tree species. Handcrews will create a shaded fuelbreak within about 20 feet of Swanton View Rd to improve emergency ingress/egress during a wildfire and conduct similar fuel reduction efforts near select homes in the Swanton View Area to reduce fire intensity and improve structure protection during a wildfire. In both cases, continuous understory vegetation will be removed; overstory trees will be pruned to a height of 8 to 10 feet from the ground. Cut material will primarily be chipped along Swanton View Rd; any material not chipped will be lopped to a height of 12 inches or less and scattered.

Contact Information
Andrew Hubbs
Cal Fire
6059 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018

(831) 335-6794

Location

Counties
Santa Cruz
Township
10S
Range
3W
Section
7 & 8
Base
MDBM

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
s: 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Minor alteration to vegetation which does not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees; no activity is proposed that is listed as a limitation under CCR 15300.2.
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