Gill Range Improvement

Summary

SCH Number
2020080194
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Gill Range Improvement
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
8/13/2020
Project Applicant
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Present Land Use
Rural

Document Description
The Gill Range Improvement Burn is located approximately 3.1 miles north of Exeter, CA at 380’ elevation, adjacent to Lort Drive. Exeter Blvd. bisects the project running from north-south. The project can be accessed from Lort Dr. and a private drive way off highway 245. This project is designed to 1) be available for training and 2) decrease the population of invasive milk thistle and it is a direct benefit to the SRA. A fire prescription will be applied to the treatment units within the project area. The habitat type is a Valley Oak Savanna with the herbaceous layer consisting of non-native grasses. The Kaweah River bisects the project area running east-west, WLPZ protection will be implemented for all wetlands areas, though the Department will not be conducting ground disturbing activities. There is minimal riparian habitat in the project area. Backing fire may be used within the riparian area. There have been wildland fires that have been ignited along Exeter Rd, because of this fire risk the landowner has created a buffer around the historical archaeological sites within the project area. Holding lines are existing road shoulders and disc lines established by the rancher.

Contact Information
Raymond Gutteriez
CAL FIRE
1968 S Lover Lane
Visalia, CA 93292

Phone : (559) 827-5513
Raymond.Gutteriez@fire.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Tulare
Total Acres
985
Other Location Info
Sec.14, 15, 21, 22, 23 T18S R26E MDBM
Other Information
3.1 miles north of Exeter, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4: 15304, Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under portions of the project meets the Categorical Exemption as described under 14CCR §15304 Minor Alteration to Land. CNDDB, archaeological and field reviews have been conducted for this project. Consultations with CAL FIRE archaeology has occurred. No significant environmental impact is anticipated from this project. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply that would preclude the use of a notice of exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland or 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 or traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE TUU Headquarters at 1968 S Lovers ln Visalia, CA 93292.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
Gill_Range_Improvement_NOE_Signed   PDF 81 K

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