Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project qualifies for a Categorical Exemption under CEQA Guidelines Section 15304. Pursuant to Section 15304, Class 4 consists of minor alterations of vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, or scenic trees on public or private land. This proposed project will reduce the volume of flammable vegetation, thereby reducing wildfire risk, and will have significant ecological restoration benefits. Field review by Land Trust of Napa County staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption. The Land Trust of Napa County has 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 on the environmental review is kept on file at CAL FIRE’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Headquarters.