Multi-Species Reserve Prescribed Burns


SCH Number
Public Agency
Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District
Document Title
Multi-Species Reserve Prescribed Burns
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Lake Skinner in southwestern Riverside County. The Reserve is managed by Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District (Park District) for the benefit of 31 species covered under the Southwestern Riverside County MSHCP. Dominant habitat types on the Reserve consist of Riversidean sage scrub, cottonwood/willow riparian, oak woodland, grasslands, and chaparral at higher elevations. The goal of this project is to reduce hazardous fuels and improve habitat for native species by working with CalFire to conduct prescribed burns on 92 acres of non-native grasslands on three separate burn units within the Reserve. The burns will reduce the fuel load on the landscape and mitigate the risks associated with wildfire, providing a direct benefit for the nearby communities of Hemet and Indian Oaks, as well as protect infrastructure owned by the Metropolitan Water District and the Lake Skinner and Diamond Valley Lake recreation areas. Prescribed fire is also an important land management tool the Reserve employs to control populations of non-native weeds and promote native grasses and forbs to improve the habitat for many covered species.

Contact Information

Joseph Sherrock
Agency Name
Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Parties Undertaking Project


Hemet, Menifee, Murrieta, Perris, Riverside, Temecula, Winchester
Southern California
Total Acres
Parcel #
470150015 470150017 470150019 470150021 470150023 470150024 470150025 470150026 470150027 470150

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project meets the requirements of a Class 4 Categorical Exemption “15304 Minor Alterations to Land” - “Class 4 consists of minor public or private alterations in the conditions of land, water and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature and scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes”. The project will increase general fire safety, while creating minimal ground disturbance that will not result in significant effects on biological and archeological resources or the environment. Fuels management activities will reduce the fuel load on the landscape and will not involve the taking of threatened plant or animal species or the removal of any mature or healthy trees, resulting in an improvement to the existing designated Reserve, similar to the provided example under Section 15304(d). Furthermore, the project would also be exempt from CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility the removal of non-native brush and hazardous fuels may have a significant effect on the environment. Field review by MSR staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project, and that no significant environmental impact would occur to 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 Park District is kept on file at Park District’s Natural Resource Division headquarter, 11401 Arlington Ave. Riverside, CA 92505.
County Clerk


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