Sawmill Fuel Reduction Project

Summary

SCH Number
2019090292
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Sawmill Fuel Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/11/2019
Project Applicant
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Document Description
The Sawmill Fuel Reduction Project is located on California Department of Fish and Wildlife property in Twin Peaks, California. The legal location description is T2N, R4W, Section 24, SBBM; T2N, R3W, Sections 18 & 19, SBBM. This project is in a mixed conifer-oak forest, with intermixed brush, in the San Bernardino mountains. Ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, black oak, and live oak species dominate the stand. Understory shrub species include a variety of ceanothus, manzanita, and other shrub species. Elevation is approximately 5,600 feet. The project goal is to reduce wildfire risk to nearby homes on State Responsibility Area (SRA) by reducing vertical and horizontal fuel continuity and improving road conditions for emergency vehicle access during wildfires and for project access. Since the project area was previously treated for fuel reduction this will be a maintenance re-entry. See NOE for Full Details.

Contact Information
David Haas
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
3800 N. Sierra Way
San Bernardino, CA 92405

Phone : (909) 881-6955

Location

Counties
San Bernardino
Other Location Info
Twin Peaks, CA-Section 24, T02N, R04W, SBBM; Section 18, 19, T02N, R03W, SBBM

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under the Class 4 (Minor Alterations to Land) Categorical Exemption to CEQA. Class 4 is described as a "minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes." This project as proposed is to reduce hazardous fuels and improve roads for emergency access. The project does not remove healthy, mature, or scenic trees. Field review by CAL FIRE staff 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 will 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, populations and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the BDU Headquarters in San Bernardino.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2019090292   PDF 4863 K

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