CAL FIRE Chalk Mountain Communications Tower and Facilities Replacement Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Department of General Services (DGS)
Document Title
CAL FIRE Chalk Mountain Communications Tower and Facilities Replacement Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Telecommunications facility within Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Document Description
CAL FIRE proposes to construct and operate the Chalk Mountain Communications Tower and Facilities Replacement Project (proposed Project or Project), which would install an up to 80-foot tall telecommunications tower with Mimomax technology equipment, very high frequency (VHF) antennas, and supporting facilities at the existing CAL FIRE Chalk Mountain communications facility. The new tower and facilities would replace an existing wood pole and associated facilities and would support new microwave technology. CAL FIRE would remove existing outdated supporting facilities, as well as a 35-foot-tall emergency repeater that was temporarily installed when the existing 60-foot wood pole burned in the CZU August Lightning Complex fire. The proposed Project would be on State land within the Big Basin Redwood State Park and within the designated Coastal Zone in Santa Cruz County.

Contact Information

Hedy Koczwara
Agency Name
Environmental Consultant (Aspen Environmental Group)
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Terry Ash
Agency Name
CEQA Project Manager, California Department of General Services
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
Countywide, Statewide
Cross Streets
Highway 1
Total Acres
< 1 acre
Parcel #
APN # 057-05-101
State Highways
Highway 1
Other Location Info
Project area is within existing CAL FIRE telecommunications facility within Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Other (Telecommunications/Wireless)
Local Actions
Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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