Coutolenc Fuel Reduction


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Coutolenc Fuel Reduction
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project involves the hand clearing of brush, small trees (trees less than 10" in diameter) and dead woody debris (snags less than 10" in diameter), in areas of Upper Coutolenc Rd. and Hupp-Coutolenc Rd. to reduce the fire hazard and create a fuel break. Fuels will be chipped. The project area is approximately 71.8 acres in size. The proposed work period for this project is scheduled for late Winter to early Spring 2020, with a goal of completing this work prior to the beginning of fire season. Equipment used by the contractor(s) may include the following: chainsaws, pole saws, and pruning shears. This project is funded by the California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (Grant Agreement Number 5GG 17127). CAL FIRE Butte Ranger Unit shall be involved with this project by inspecting the project area after the completion of operations. The Ranger Unit personnel shall validate that the Fuels Treatment work has been satisfactorily completed and authorize the release of grant funds to pay contractors for projected area that has been treated.

Contact Information

Matthew Reischman
Agency Name
CAL FIRE Headquarters
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Portions of Sections 1, 2 T23N R03E, Sec. 6, 7 T23N R04E, MDM

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land; Class 7 § 15307 Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural...
Reasons for Exemption
Class 8 § 15308 Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment This project fits within the definitions of the above-listed three Categorical Exemptions authorized in the CEQA Guidelines. Field review and office research conducted by the department confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. I have concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture 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, population 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 Headquarters - 1416 9th St. Sacramento, CA 95814.


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