Greeley Hill Community Fuelbreak


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Martinez
Document Title
Greeley Hill Community Fuelbreak
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Mariposa County Fire Safe Council 's Greeley Hill Community Fuelbreak project is a Tree Mortality Hazard Mitigation Project in Tier 1 High Hazard zones on State Responsibility Area lands within Mariposa County. The work is critical to meet the public safety and tree disposal needs stemming from widespread tree mortality in the southern Sierra Nevada, and to complete the program of work (2016 Mariposa County Tree Mortality Hazard Mitigation Project) with the co-benefits that include protecting infrastructure and increasing public safety from debris flows and flooding damage due to high levels of biomass on erosive, fire damaged soils. The project also protects communities located within the Wildland Urban Interface. See NOE for full details.

Contact Information

Melinda Barrett
Agency Name
Mariposa County Resource Conservation District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Mariposa, Tuolumne
Other Location Info
Project is located in Mariposa County on private lands along Smith Station Road - a County-maintained road -from the Tuolumne County line south t.o its intersection with Greeley Hill Road. Specifically, fuels reduction work will be conducted roughly within 200-foot distance of this County-maintained road threatened by dead or dying trees and highly-flammable ladder fuels.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Declared Emergency
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(3); 15269(a)
Reasons for Exemption
Emergency Project (PRC §21080(b)(4); §15269(b)(c) CEQA Guidelines) Categorical Exemption (Type and Section No.): Existing Facilities, § I 5301(c) and §15301(h) CEQA Guidelines Statutory Exemption(State Code No.): PRC Section §21080(b)(4); §15269(c)CEQA Guidelines The Greeley Hill Community Fuelbreak project is part of the Mariposa County Tree Mortality Hazard Mitigation efforts which are short term tasks necessary to mitigate an emergency. As such, they are exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Statutory Exemptions, Section 15269 EMERGENCY PROJECTS, subsection (c): The felling of dead or dying hazard trees along county-maintained roads and within county owned and maintained public parks and near county facilities, is a specific action necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency to public health and emergency access. The abundance of dead or dying hazard trees in these locations is a result of a severe drought in the area and bark beetle-infestation and are not a long-term project.


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