The objective of this project is to remove the hazard trees, cut the stamps flush to the ground level, and selectively train and manage the re-sprouts from each trunk to eventually from viable and sturdy trees that provide shade and aesthetic value for visitors, habitat for local wildlife, and persistence of the cultural landscape. This method of removal will create a diverse age class structure in the tamarisk grove that will help make the stand more resilient to stochastic events, and allow for less dramatic changes in overall structure the tress provide when older trees need to be removed as they become hazardous in the future. The project will include planting of plants native to the drainage that have the potential to provide shade and aesthetic value, as well as habitat value. These plants will only be used in areas where they will not compete with existing tamarisk.
No potential for significant impact to the environment is anticipated in compliance with CEQA S15300.2. If the project is implemented as indicated within the project description including comments provided by CDPR specialists, then it is exempt under CEQA S15301-Existing Facilities and 15304-Minor Alterations to Land. The action falls under the Departmental List of Exempt activities according to CEQA S15300.4 as:
- "Landscape plant replacement"
- "Resource management projects"
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