Campus Hazardous Tree Replacement Program

Summary

SCH Number
2019120066
Lead Agency
University of California, Santa Barbara
Document Title
Campus Hazardous Tree Replacement Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/2/2019
Project Applicant
University of California, Santa Barbara

Document Description
There are approximately 290 aging and unhealthy Eucalyptus globulus (Tasmanium blue gum) on the University of California, Santa Barbara's (University) Main Campus. The blue gum eucalyptus were planted as agricultural windbreaks between 1915 and about 1927 and are approximately 87 to 97 years old. The trees are approaching the end of their lifespan and have been determined to be unhealthy and unsafe to persons and property in their vicinity. Several of these trees fell and damaged property during storms in February 2019 and earlier years as well. The Santa Barbara Campus proposes to remove approximately 290 aging and unhealthy Eucalyptus globulus (Tasmanium blue gum), in phases over approximately 2 to 3 years, at various locations on the University's Main Campus (see attached maps). Tree removal and replacement areas are primarily developed with buildings, sidewalks, bicycle paths, bicycle parking, and courtyards. All of the removed trees will be replaced 1:1 at a minimum and trees within Environmentally Sensitive Habitat buffers or those determined to be raptor habitat will be replaced 3: l with native species (Table 1). Tree replacement would take place immediately after tree removal. Campus-wide eucalyptus removal will take place in phases. Each phase may include the removal of 30 to 50 trees at a time and the exact number has not been determined. Phase 1 will include the removal of 31 trees on the Main Campus, will commence in December 2019, and will take approximately one month.

Contact Information
Shari Hammond
University of California, Santa Barbara
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1030

Phone : (805) 893-3796

Location

Cities
Santa Barbara
Counties
Santa Barbara
Other Location Info
University of California, Santa Barbara

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project is located in an urban setting and includes removal of unhealthy non-native trees. The trees pose a life safety hazard to persons and property and require removal.

Attachments

Environmental Document
Initial Study   PDF 17771 K
Notice of Exemption
2019120066_Campus Hazardous Tree Replacement Program   PDF 824 K

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