Laguna Canyon Unified Interface Fuel Break and Habitat Restoration Project - Cactus Restoration Project (Project Tracking Number l 7-FP-ORC-2013)

Summary

SCH Number
2020030123
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Laguna Canyon Unified Interface Fuel Break and Habitat Restoration Project - Cactus Restoration Project (Project Tracking Number l 7-FP-ORC-2013)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
3/4/2020
Project Applicant
CalFire

Document Description
The Laguna Beach Fire Department (LBFD) proposes to install native cactus as a fire-resistant buffer along portions of Laguna Canyon Road (i.e., State Route 133) within the County of Orange. The project site is outside of and adjacent to the eastern boundary of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The project would restore an approximately 20-foot wide by 4,000-foot long strip (1.84 acres) that is adjacent to Laguna Canyon Road. This strip would be modified from disturbed, predominately non-native grassland that becomes highly flammable during the dry season to a more fire-resistant, cactus-dominated scrub. The LBFD's responsibility is to provide fire prevention and safety measures for the City of Laguna Beach. Proposed project activities would include replacement of the existing disturbed roadside habitat with water-efficient and fire-resistant native landscaping to reduce wildfire hazards and increase safety. The purpose of this cactus roadside restoration is to reduce the potential for roadside fires to spread into the wildland and adjacent urban communities.

Contact Information
Mike Rohde
CalFire
505 Forest Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Phone : (949) 464-6683

Location

Counties
Orange
Township
6S
Range
8W
Section
30

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed Laguna Canyon Unified Interface Fuel Break and Habitat Restoration Project- Cactus Restoration Project can be categorized as Class 4 Minor Alterations to Land per CEQA Guideline Section 15304. Section 15304 states: Class 4 consists of 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. See NOE for Full Details.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020030123_Laguna Canyon Unified Interface Fuel Break and Habitat Restoration Project   PDF 2969 K

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