Black Oak Woodland Forest Fuel Reduction


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Black Oak Woodland Forest Fuel Reduction
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Conduct fuel reduction measures, under the direction of a State Park Environmental Scientist, in approximately 266 acres of grassland and black oak woodland ridgeline areas in Castle Rock State Park. The work aims to preserve the current extent of the rare black oak woodland habitat, increase fire resiliency, and reduce fuel continuity to limit fire intensity and spread. Staff will utilize mechanical equipment and hand crews. Work will involve the mechanical treatment of small trees and shrubs and the felling of hardwood and Douglas Fir trees by hand crews. Excess material will be removed or treated through burn piles, chippers, lopped and scattered, or other means.

Contact Information

Sheila Branon
Agency Name
Department of Parks and Recreation Santa Cruz District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Clara, Santa Cruz
Other Location Info
Castle Rock State Park Castle Rock SP

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class: 4 Section: 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project 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, included as "resource management projects" and "prescribed burns to restore native vegetation, reduce fuel loads, and control invasive exotic species or alien species" in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR §15300.4.


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