Seeds for Ecological and Environmental Development (S.E.E.D.)

Summary

SCH Number
2020010178
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Seeds for Ecological and Environmental Development (S.E.E.D.)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/14/2020

Document Description
The project is located on private property known as Flat Top Park in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles. The project goal is to plant 200 native trees and shrubs (coast live oak, California walnut, toyon, Mexican elderberry, canyon silktassel) as part of restoring the area with native plant species. The project area is comprised of 38 acres of undeveloped open space primarily comprised of non-native grasses, non-native invasive trees (tree of heaven) and some native vegetation such as California walnut trees, coast live oak trees and various coastal sage shrub and chaparral species. Each tree will have a biodegradable cocoon, surrounding the tree base, filled with water. All planting activities will be completed using volunteers, North East Trees Inc. staff and other community based volunteer groups. Hand tools will be used to plant the trees. The project elevation is approximately 700'. All vehicles will remain on existing roads. The project will be ongoing until all work is completed.

Contact Information
Henry Herrera
Regional Urban Forester
23300 Castle Street
Riverside, CA 92518

Phone : (951) 320-6125

Location

Counties
Los Angeles
Township
1S
Range
13W
Section
11
Base
SBBM

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type/Section: Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under the Class 4 (Minor Alterations to Land) Categorical Exemption to CEQA. Class 4 is described as a "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." This project as proposed is to plant trees and does not remove healthy, mature, or scenic trees. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impacts will occur to aesthetics, agricul~ure and forestland/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, populations and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE's Headquarters in Sacramento.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020010178_NOE_SEED   PDF 775 K Environmental Checklist   PDF 4169 K

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