South Skyline Escape Route

Summary

SCH Number
2020080259
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
South Skyline Escape Route
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
8/17/2020
Project Applicant
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Present Land Use
Roadside right of way

Document Description
Skyline Boulevard (CA State Highway 35) runs at the boundaries between San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. It is a winding road that follows the ridge that separates the San Lorenzo and Pescadero Creek watersheds to the west and the Stevens Creek watershed to the east. The ridgetop roadway serves multiple communities, several businesses, and many parks and open spaces. The hillsides flanking the roadway are typically steep and heavily forested, thus many sections could be impassable in the event of a wildfire. Vegetation management along Skyline is a priority in both Community Wildfire Protection Plans that cover the Skyline corridor. Past roadside vegetation management projects have occurred in most sections of Skyline, most recently in 2012 and 2015-16. The vegetation in the project area is predominantly mixed evergreen forest, dominated by Douglas-fir, bay laurel, oak and madrone. The understory includes grasses, weeds, vines, ferns and small understory plants such as hazelnut, buckeye, coffeeberry and tan-oak. There are numerous very large exotic broom infestations and a small amount of shrubland consisting of mixed native brush dominated by coyote brush or chamise/manzanita. Goals for this roadside vegetation management project: 1) Reduce the likelihood of high fire intensity in the roadway: Maintain and improve the Skyline Boulevard evacuation route through hazardous fuel reduction up to 50’ from the road centerline on both sides. 2) Reduce fuel density and continuity near the roadway: Develop separation vertically and horizontally between potentially flammable vegetation by trimming woody vegetation, limbing-up ladder fuels and removing accumulated dead fuel build up along the roadway. 3) Educate the property owners as to what they can do on their own properties to make living in the wildland interface a little safer. 4) Ensure that Skyline corridor retains a natural character and supports biodiversity by leaving small islands of native understory vegetation in a manner consistent with the other vegetation management goals. 5) Efficient use of funds. Handwork will be the primary method of fuel reduction. Mastication and/or flail mowers may potentially be considered in non-forested roadside areas. However, the equipment allowed on this project will remain on the paved roadway, road shoulders, established turnouts and NOT on the soil. The cutting heads/blades will be set at least 6” from grade to avoid all soil disturbance.

Contact Information
Andrew Hubbs
CAL FIRE
6059 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018

Phone : (831) 335-6794
Andrew.Hubbs@fire.ca.gov

Location

Counties
San Mateo Santa Clara Santa Cruz
Total Acres
112
State Highways
CA State Highway 35
Other Location Info
Portions of: T7S, R3W, Sec. 8, 16, 17, 21- 23, 26, 35 MDBM T8S, R3W, Sec. 1 MDBD T8S, R2W, Sec. 6-8, 17, 21-22, 27-28, 35-36 MDBM T9S, R2W, Sec. 7, 12 MDBM

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4: 15304, Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
Review by Tim Morin, RPF #2505, confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The RPF 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 of the environmental review completed by the RPF is kept on file at CAL FIRE’s Felton office.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
V2 SouthSkyline Escape Route NOE-final - signed   PDF 85 K

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