Fuel Reduction and Invasive Species Management

Summary

SCH Number
2020050575
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife, Region 6 - Inland Deserts, Ontario (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 )
Document Title
Fuel Reduction and Invasive Species Management
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
5/29/2020
Project Applicant
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6
Present Land Use
Ecological Reserve

Document Description
At the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve (SRPER), 120 acres of the Hidden Valley Management Unit and an additional 6.27 acres adjacent to the Hines management unit will be ignited under a prescription fire Spring of 2020. The California Department of Forestry and Fire (CAL FIRE) will implement the burn within the grasslands adjacent to planned treatment areas that are within the SRPER Vegetation Management Plan. The goal for the project at the SRPER aims to promote native species biodiversity, reduce fuel loads or non-native annual grasses within native grasslands, and control invasive species. The portions of the approved unit and the additional portion of the Hidden Valley Management unit will reduce fuel loads that have accumulated within the grassland units for 23 years. The purpose of the additional acreage to the Hines unit is to reduce fuel loads within the grasslands and control the spread of yellow star thistle (Centaurea solsitialis) into adjacent wild lands.

Contact Information
Jason L. Hwan
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
3602 Inland Empire Blvd Suite C220
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone : (909) 948-9619
Jason.Hwan@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Cities
Murrieta
Counties
Riverside
Regions
Southern California
Zip
92562
State Highways
Highway 15

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15304, subds. (i)., Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15307
Reasons for Exemption
Fuel management activities are exempted under Class 4 (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15304, subds. (i).) CDFW is performing this action under Class 7 to prevent the spread of invasive species and to promote growth and recruitment of native species, this is needed to protect natural resources (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15307).

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
NOE_SRPER_RxBurn_signed   PDF 633 K

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