Reasons for Exemption
This project meets the requirements of a CEQA Article 19 Class 4 categorical exemption “Minor Alterations to Land” (Section 15304, Public Resource Code) as the proposed activities involve clearing of brush and chipping to reduce wildfire threat. This project will only have minor alterations to the vegetation and no conversion to other vegetation types. It will not remove healthy, mature, or scenic trees. The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) was searched and no rare, threatened, or endangered plant or animal species were identified on the project site that will be negatively impacted by this project.
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, 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, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at Sonoma-Lake-Napa (LNU) Headquarters 1199 Big Tree Road St. Helena CA 94574, 707-967-1400.