Eucalyptus Removal and Weed Abatement at Davidson Ranch Reserve


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Eucalyptus Removal and Weed Abatement at Davidson Ranch Reserve
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The State Coastal Conservancy has authorized a $47,721 grant to Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency for Eucalyptus Removal and Weed Abatement at Davidson Ranch Reserve to prevent wildfire hazard in a high fire hazard severity zone in Santa Clara County. The project consists of implementation of two fire risk reduction tasks at Davidson Ranch Reserve in the wildland-urban interface (WUI): 1) removal of 14 large eucalyptus trees from a drainage area, and 2) weed removal on an 0.4-acre un-grazed grassland hill. These activities would provide a 100’ defensible space buffer between the Habitat Agency’s public land and the neighboring residential properties.

Contact Information

Shalini Kannan
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Morgan Hill
Santa Clara
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
Davidson Ranch Reserve, owned by the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15304 (Minor Alterations) exempts projects that consist of minor alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. Eucalyptus trees will be removed for fire prevention.

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15269 (Emergency Projects) exempts emergency projects, including: emergency repairs to serviced facilities necessary to maintain service essential to the public health, safety, or welfare, including those repairs that require a reasonable amount of planning to address and anticipated emergency; and specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency. This project will prevent hazardous wildfires in the wildland urban interface.
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