Sonoma State University (SSU) Fuel Reduction


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State University, Sonoma
Document Title
Sonoma State University (SSU) Fuel Reduction
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Vegetation removal to create defensible space around buildings, structures, and parking areas in the event of wildfires, and to protect life and property along the perimeter of SSU, through the removal of approximately 205 eucalyptus trees of varying ages and sizes, including number of senescent trees, along the southern and eastern perimeters of the SSU campus along Petaluma Hill Rd. and Cotati Ave. Tree stumps and root flares will be ground to the level of surrounding soils to minimize soil disturbance.

Contact Information

K. Marian
Agency Name
Sonoma State University
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Sonoma State University
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Rohnert Park
Sonoma State University
Other Location Info
SSU campus (Sand E property lines along Petaluma Hill Rd. & East Cotati Ave.)

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 (15304) Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
Consistent with example (i) within the definition of a Class 4 Categorical Exemption, the project constitutes fuel management activities within 30-100 feet of structures. It is intended to reduce the volume of flammable vegetation and will not result in-the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees other than for forestry purposes, nor result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species or significant erosion or sedimentation of surface waters. This exemption applies to fuel management activities within 100 feet of a structure if, as here, the public agency with fire protection responsibility for the area has determined this is necessary due to extra hazardous fire conditions. None of the exceptions to the use of this categorical exemption cited in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 apply to the project.


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