Reasons for Exemption
This project fits within the Class 4 Categorical Exemption §15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) as it will result in only minor alterations to the land and will not have a significant negative impact to the environment. This project is intended to remove understory vegetation in order to reduce hazardous fuel conditions on CAL FIRE Pine Grove Camp property. No healthy, mature, scenic trees are to be removed as part of this project. Only minimal vegetative and soil disturbance will result. The desired outcome is a healthy forest stand that is more fire resilient than pre-project condition. This project will not result in negative environmental impacts to natural or cultural resources, including the taking of rare, threatened, or endangered plants or animals or species of special concern.
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, 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 or traffic, utilities and service systems, or wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE Sutter Hill Fires Station (11600 Highway 49, Sutter Creek, CA 95685.