Greeley Hill Community Fuelbreak

Summary

SCH Number
2020010141
Lead Agency
Mariposa County
Document Title
Greeley Hill Community Fuelbreak
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/13/2020
Project Applicant
Barbara Cone

Document Description
The Mariposa County Fire Safe Council's Greeley Hill Community Fuelbreak project is a Tree Mortality Hazard Mitigation Project in Tier l 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
Mariposa County Resource Conservation District
PO Box 746 (5039 Fairgrounds Road)
Mariposa, CA 95338

Phone : (209) 966-0970

Location

Counties
Mariposa
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 to 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
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. Mariposa County Tree Mortality Hazard Mitigation Projects are categorically exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Categorical Exemptions, Section 1530 l EXISTING FACILITIES, including subsections (c) and (h): The felling of dead or dying hazard trees along county-maintained roads and within county mvned and maintained public parks, and near County infrastructure is an activity necessary for maintenance of existing public facilities . The removal could also be categorized as maintenance of existing native growth in these areas, which have succumbed to prolonged drought conditions and beetle infestation. There will be no expansion of use resulting from the activity.
Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
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. Mariposa County Tree Mortality Hazard Mitigation Projects are categorically exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Categorical Exemptions, Section 1530 l EXISTING FACILITIES, including subsections (c) and (h): The felling of dead or dying hazard trees along county-maintained roads and within county mvned and maintained public parks, and near County infrastructure is an activity necessary for maintenance of existing public facilities . The removal could also be categorized as maintenance of existing native growth in these areas, which have succumbed to prolonged drought conditions and beetle infestation. There will be no expansion of use resulting from the activity.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Existing Facilities, § 15301(c) and §15301(h)
Reasons for Exemption
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. Mariposa County Tree Mortality Hazard Mitigation Projects are categorically exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Categorical Exemptions, Section 1530 l EXISTING FACILITIES, including subsections (c) and (h): The felling of dead or dying hazard trees along county-maintained roads and within county mvned and maintained public parks, and near County infrastructure is an activity necessary for maintenance of existing public facilities . The removal could also be categorized as maintenance of existing native growth in these areas, which have succumbed to prolonged drought conditions and beetle infestation. There will be no expansion of use resulting from the activity.
Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
PRC Section §21080(b)(4); §15269(c)
Reasons for Exemption
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. Mariposa County Tree Mortality Hazard Mitigation Projects are categorically exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines, Categorical Exemptions, Section 1530 l EXISTING FACILITIES, including subsections (c) and (h): The felling of dead or dying hazard trees along county-maintained roads and within county mvned and maintained public parks, and near County infrastructure is an activity necessary for maintenance of existing public facilities . The removal could also be categorized as maintenance of existing native growth in these areas, which have succumbed to prolonged drought conditions and beetle infestation. There will be no expansion of use resulting from the activity.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020010141_Greeley Hill Community Fuel Break Complete   PDF 2281 K

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