Fire Safety Improvements Project at the McLaughlin Natural Reserve


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California, Davis
Document Title
Fire Safety Improvements Project at the McLaughlin Natural Reserve
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project will improve fire protection infrastructure at the McLaughlin Natural Reserve to meet basic indoor life safety requirements and to create a defensible zone that will allow staff and guests to shelter in place during a wildfire, if necessary. Infrastructure improvements include: updating fire sprinklers and alarms; adding three 5000-gallon tanks for sprinkler fire water supply; improve the existing rainwater distribution system; install new gravity-fed low-pressure fire hydrants; burying approximately 200 feet of exposed pipe; provide two portable emergency backup generators, and two new portable fire pumps and associated hoses.

Contact Information

Matt Dulcich
Agency Name
University of California, Davis
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Lower Lake
Northern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1: Existing Facilities and Minor Alterations
Reasons for Exemption
This project will renovate existing space and equipment and include minor alterations to existing facilities with little to no expansion in current use. This project qualifies as categorically exempt under Exemption Class 1 of the Guidelines for the Implementation to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This exemption applies to the operation, repair, maintenance or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities or mechanical equipment, involving negligible or no expansion of the existing use. In addition, none of the exceptions for application of a categorical exemption apply to this project.


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