Riparian Vegetation Removal for Fire Protection (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMS-MEN-13801-R1)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
Document Title
Riparian Vegetation Removal for Fire Protection (Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement No. EPIMS-MEN-13801-R1)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has executed Streambed Alteration Agreement number EPIMS-MEN-13801-R1, pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to Allen Huang. This Agreement relies on the Notification materials and a CDFW site inspection by Environmental Scientist Christine Hahn Vertical on December 17, 2020. The project is limited to removing non-native trees and shrubbery, brush, grasses, and low hanging branches of native vegetation within ten feet of the ground that interconnect to surrounding upland vegetation. The project will create a break from riparian vegetation to upland vegetation in order to create a 100-foot fire break around residential and commercial buildings located at 4951 Bodhi Way. The parcel contains high quality contiguous riparian habitat in good condition along Mill Creek and North Fork Mill Creek, but interconnects to upland vegetation with dead and dying vines and branches. These connections will be removed with hand tools such as gas-powered string trimmers, pole saws, shovels, mattocks, pruners, or rakes. Riparian native trees may only be limbed up 10-feet and branches left on streambank, bed, or channel. Non-native vegetation such as Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) and Periwinkle (Vinca minor) will be removed completely and replanted with willow cuttings from the surrounding stands within the immediate bank implementing measures outlined in Vegetation Management and Riparian Restoration sections of this Agreement.

Contact Information

Christine Hahn Vertical
Agency Name
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Parcel #
Russian River watershed

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type – Class 4; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Vegetation that is being removed is primarily non-native and a fire hazard. There is no grading or trenching associated with this project. Healthy, mature, scenic trees will not be removed Mature native trees will be pruned, but not removed.
County Clerk


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