The California Conservation Corps seeks to acquire approximately 6 acres of land from the City of Fortuna, located northeast of the Alamar Way and Riverwalk Drive intersection in the City of Fortuna, County of Humboldt. The California Conservations Corps Fortuna Center (Center) has been in operation for 28 years. The Center houses approximately 100 residential Corps members who work on natural resources projects throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties. The U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Parks and Caltrans are some of the organizations that hire the Center to complete natural resource projects.
The acquisition activity is exempt under the "general rule" or "common sense" exemption at California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15061, subdivision (b)(3). The common sense exemption states a project is exempt from CEQA if "the activity is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA." The land acquisition agreements that transfer the ownership of the State do not have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Any future approval of any use of the site (e.g. development of an ARB Laboratory) is conditioned upon full CEQA compliance per California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15004, subdivision (b)(2)(B), which states prior to completion of CEQA compliance regarding the use of a site, "agencies may designate a preferred site for CEQA review and may enter into land acquisition agreements when the agency has conditioned the agency's future use of the site on CEQA compliance.