Fernwood Fuels Reduction


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Fernwood Fuels Reduction
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project will reduce fire hazard through removal of excess vegetation at the former Fernwood CDF fire station and later Monterey x Knobcone Seed Orchard site. One half to two thirds of shrubs and small diameter trees comprising ladder fuels will be removed. Generally, trees 8” dbh and larger will be retained except where such trees represent a safety concern. Residual trees or isolate shrubs will be spaced approximately 15 – 20 feet apart. Retained trees will be pruned to a height of 6 to 10 feet to reduce ladder fuels. Trees designated as hazard trees will be flagged for safety, these trees will be felled and bucked and either left in place or masticated. Site treatments will use an excavator style masticator and/or hand crews with chainsaws. Material cut will be chipped on site, piled for burning, or lopped and scattered.

Contact Information

Jason Butcher
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
SRA VMP Forester
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Total Acres
Other Location Info
Portions of T06N, R03E, Sec 28 - HB&M

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits within the descriptions of a Class 4 Categorical Exemptions described in CEQA Guidelines (14 CCR §15304) pertaining to Existing Facilities and Minor Alterations to Land. This project will not have a significant effect on the environment and is exempt from the provisions of CEQA. 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, energy, 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, utilities and service systems, or to wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit, 118 Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna, CA 95540.


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