San Diego County Urban Forestry and Arbor Culture Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
San Diego County Urban Forestry and Arbor Culture Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project proposes to plant 450 native trees across seven non-contiguous parcels in a disturbed portion of the Arroyo Preserve, totaling approximately 4 acres. The Project is bounded by open space lands on all sides and is located within the southern half of Section 22 and the northern half of Section 27, Township 13 South, Range 3 West of the Rancho Santa Fe 7.5' USGS quadrangle The seven planting areas are within existing dedicated open space adjacent to the San Deguito River and are mapped as "Public Lands and Dedicated Private Open Space" within the Lake Hodges Segment of the San Diego County MSCP Subarea Plan.

Contact Information

Lynnette Short
Agency Name
CAL FIRE - Regional Urban Forester
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Cross Streets
Rancho Santa Fe at the Arroyo Preserve

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type/Section: Class 33 section 15333 Small Habitat Restoration Projects
Reasons for Exemption
A CNDDB and CNPS search of the area was conducted, as well as a site inspection by biological consultants to inspect existing conditions to determine if any sensitive species or habitats would be impacted by tree planting activities. It was determined that the project proposes no adverse impacts to endangered, rare or threatened species or their habitats, there are no hazardous materials at or around the project area, and the project will not result in significant cumulative impacts. A Cultural resources records search was conducted, as well as a site survey by contracted archaeologist to adequately identify any cultural resources. No cultural resources were observed during the pedestrian survey, and it was concluded that the proposed tree planting project will have no adverse impact on the area. The project qualifies as a Class 33 Categorical Exemption for Small Habitat Restoration Projects Supporting Documentation attached.


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