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
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Existing CAL FIRE telecommunications facility within Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Document Description
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) proposes to construct and operate replacement facilities at its existing Chalk Mountain communications facility. The objective of the project is to upgrade CAL FIRE’s telecommunications infrastructure to digital technology to continue to provide an essential emergency communications linkage for CAL FIRE’s fire protection and emergency response command and control in portions of Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. Specifically, CAL FIRE proposes to install an up to 80-foot tall replacement telecommunications tower with MIMO technology equipment, very high frequency (VHF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF) radios with associated antennas, and supporting facilities. CAL FIRE would remove existing outdated supporting facilities, as well as a 35-foot-tall emergency repeater that was temporarily installed when the existing 60-foot wood pole burned in the CZU August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 in 2020. Construction would begin in 2023.

Contact Information

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


unincorporated Santa Cruz County
San Mateo, Santa Cruz
Countywide, Northern California
Parcel #
APN # 057-05-101
State Highways
Highway 1
Other Location Info
Existing telecommmunications 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, 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 Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), 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 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (Telecommunications/Wireless)
Local Actions
Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wildfire


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

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