Cattle Hill Fuels Reduction Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Cattle Hill Fuels Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project is a component of the Fire Safe SMC Hazardous Fuel Program Project in San Mateo County. The project proposes to reduce the hazardous fuels on the Cattle Hill Open Space within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) by removing dead and diseased trees that are within 200 feet of the homes adjacent to the open space. The project activity is the felling and removal of 65 dead or dead dying trees from the hillsides within a three-acre area. The trees will be felled by hand crews with chainsaws on the hillside. The cut material will be hoisted off the hillside by a grapple equipped crane parked on the public street. Once the material has been brought down to the road it will be fed into a chipper, and then the chips will be loaded on to dump trucks to haul off-site. The mobile crane, chipper, and dump trucks equipment will remain on and drive on existing paved public streets with most of the equipment working around the west end of Ursula Ave. No grading or excavation is planned.

Contact Information

Sarah Collamer
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Mateo
Cross Streets
Ursula Ave and west of Genevieve Ave
Total Acres
Other Location Info
Portions of T4S, R6W, Sec 1 & 2, MDBM
Other Information
1 mile southeast of Mori point and 1.48 miles northeast of Pacifica State Beach

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The work proposed is a minor alteration to vegetation which does not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees and is consistent with Categorical Exemption Class 4 - Minor Alterations to Land. No activity is proposed that is listed as a limitation under CCR 15300.2 (a-f). 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 and wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Headquarters, 6059 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018.


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