Aliso Viejo Invasive Pest Mitigation and Fuels Reductions Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020060472
Lead Agency
Orange County Fire Authority
Document Title
Aliso Viejo Invasive Pest Mitigation and Fuels Reductions Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/23/2020
Project Applicant
Orange County Fire Authority
Present Land Use
Community HOA, Developed, Parkland and Open Space

Document Description
Orange County Fire Authority, under the CalFire Fire Prevention Grant Program (Grant Number 5GG17194), proposes to treat trees with pesticides to reduce the presence of invasive gold spotted oak borer (GSOB) and Invasive Shot Hole Borer (ISHB) within Orange County, CA. The Proposed Project would occur within southwestern Orange County (OC or County) and would consist of portions of the City of Aliso Viejo (Aliso Viejo), the City of Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach), the City of Laguna Niguel (Laguna Niguel) and unincorporated County land. Trees are an important component of natural ecosystems in California and treatment of infested trees would eliminate pests and slow the spread rate, enhancing the survival rate of existing tree populations. A decrease in tree mortality would ultimately reduce the wildfire risks to habitable structures by reducing potential fuel within parks and adjacent to roads, homes, and HOAs.

Contact Information
Dave Erickson
Orange County Fire Authority
1 Fire Authority Road
Irvine, CA 92602

Phone : (949) 447-0549
daviderickson@ocfa.org

Location

Cities
Aliso Viejo Laguna Beach Laguna Niguel Unincorporated
Counties
Orange
Regions
Countywide
Other Location Info
The Proposed Project would occur within southwestern Orange County (OC or County) and would consist of portions of the City of Aliso Viejo (Aliso Viejo), the City of Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach), the City of Laguna Niguel (Laguna Niguel) and unincorporated County land. The Proposed Project site consists of trees along road edges within developed neighborhoods in Aliso Viejo along with trees within the uninhabited Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, spreading across Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel and Unincorporated County lands. The Project site, including both the developed and uninhabited areas, covers a total of approximately 6,054 acres. Trees treated as a result of the Proposed Project are in areas designated as Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHSZ).

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sections 15304, 15307, 15308
Reasons for Exemption
None of the exceptions specified in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 apply.

Attachments

Environmental Document
21208 - Aliso Viejo IS Checklist_revised   DOCX 1019 K
Notice of Exemption
NOE_Attachment A_5   PDF 184 K Signed NOE_06   PDF 110 K

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