Reasons for Exemption
This project will utilize manual methods to treat submerchantable tree species and nonmerchantable shrub species. No heavy
equipment use is proposed under this project. No woody material will be commercialized or removed from the site in association with this project. There will not be any ground disturbance associated with this project. No overstory trees or trees with wildlife habitat value will be removed in association with this project. The goal of this project is to improve forest health, structure, composition, and growth through minor modification to the understory of existing stands, in order to promote the establishment of a new generation of conifers that will one day grow into the overstory. For these reasons this project will not have a significant effect on the environment and, qualifies for a categorical exemption under 14 CCR 15304 Class 4 (Minor Alterations to Land). Class 4 exemptions under this code section consist of "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." (14 CCR 15304) Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply that would preclude the use of a notice of exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland or 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, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation or traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.