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.