Elkhorn Road Shaded Fuel Break

Summary

SCH Number
2020100284
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Elkhorn Road Shaded Fuel Break
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/15/2020
Project Applicant
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Present Land Use
Roadside right of way

Document Description
The project consists of the removal of vegetation located adjacent to 3.2 miles (62 acres) of Elkhorn Road to maintain ingress and egress routes in the event of a wildland fire. CAL FIRE hand crews will reduce surface and ladder fuels by cutting and chipping shrubs and understory trees for the purpose of reducing the fire hazard along the county road through a rural subdivision. The roadway treatment area consists of the county and private road Right-of-Ways (ROWs) extending approximately 80-ft in both directions from the centerline of the roadway. The vegetation consists of grassland, oak and conifer stands with areas of dense shrubs. Hand crews will utilize chainsaws, pole-saws and hand tools to remove brush and dead ground fuels. Live trees which are 10-in. diameter or less may be thinned and removed. Larger trees will have branches pruned up to 10-ft above ground level. Woody material generated by this project shall be chipped. A portion of this project may be masticated by a swing-boom masticator operating on the roadway.

Contact Information
Robert Douglas
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
17501 North Highway 101
Willits, CA 95490

Phone : (707) 972-3795
Robert.Douglas@fire.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Mendocino
Cross Streets
Elkhorn Road and Hwy 128
Total Acres
62
Other Location Info
Portions of: T12N, R12W, Sec 16, 17 & 20 MDB&M

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project meets the requirements of a CEQA Article 19 Class 4 Categorical exemption “Minor Alterations to Land” (Section 15304, Public Resources Code) as the proposed activities involve small tree and brush removal, pruning and chipping to reduce wildfire threat. Although this project will modify some structural aspects of the vegetation, it will not convert the vegetation type or result in the removal of otherwise “healthy, mature, and scenic trees.” The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) was searched and no rare, threatened or endangered plant or animal species were identified on the project site that will be negatively impacted by this project. The CAL FIRE Archaeologist has also been consulted and has determined that this project is exempt from further archaeological review. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply (Section 15300.2) which 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/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, energy, 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, utilities and service systems, or wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit, Resource Management, 17501 N. Highway 101, Willits, CA 95490, Attn. Environmental Coordinator.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
MEU Elkhorn Road Shaded Fuel Break NOE_Signed   PDF 145 K

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