Reducing the Spread of Wildfires on Ben Lomond Mountian


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Parks and Recreation, Department of (California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Document Title
Reducing the Spread of Wildfires on Ben Lomond Mountian
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Santa Cruz District

Document Description
The proposed project will reduce wildfire fuel load levels along a 3.2 mile stretch of Empire Grade bordering Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to improve chances of safe evacuations in locations which are listed as high priority in the Community Wildlife Protection Plan. Completion of this project will also connect stretches of road that have already received prior fuel reduction treatments. Work crews will use hand tools to cut vegetation and small trees less than 8” in diameter at breast height (DBH) to create a shaded fuel break. The width of the treated area will range from 30’ to approximately 100’ from the edge of the road. A Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) scientist will evaluate DPR property to ensure no sensitive species are impacted or removed. There will be no ground disturbance from the project.

Contact Information
Sheila Branon
Department of Parks and Recreation
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

Phone : (831) 335-6385


Santa Cruz
Other Location Info
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of minor alteration in the condition of land and vegetation that do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry purposes and is included as “resource management projects” in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s list of exempt activities, in accordance with CCR § 15300.4.


Notice of Exemption
2020020291_Reducing the Spread of Wildfires   PDF 166 K DPR183_2020Fuelbreak   PDF 2721 K

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