Olive Grove Fuel Reduction and Maintenance Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Martinez
Document Title
Olive Grove Fuel Reduction and Maintenance Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) and the City of Martinez will collaborate on a brush removal project at the historic olive grove located west of Downtown Martinez. The goals of the project are to improve tree health and reduce fire risk. Fuel reduction and maintenance of the grove will focus on the fire road and 25-30 feet from the edge of the fire road. Additionally, reduction and maintenance will prioritize 100 feet from the residential fence line. Treatment methods will use tools such as hand saws and pole pruners, to perform reduction and removal cuts. Crews will remove dead/dying branches, sections, or trunks as well as crossing branches and stems. The crews will focus on removing ladder fuels in addition to duff and litter greater than one inch diameter removed or piled for winter burning. Concentrations of brush will be thinned or removed. Low hanging and dead branches will be pruned. Annual grass and weeds will be cut or grazed to less than six inches. Weed eaters or string trimmers will not to be used within 12 inches of any tree trunk or branch that will be retained. Maintenance is expected to commence in summer 2022. In the winter of 2022/23 crews will complete fuel reduction in the remainder of the grove.

Contact Information

Hector J. Rojas, AICP
Agency Name
City of Martinez
Job Title
Planning Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Contra Costa
Parcel #
State Highways
State Route 4
Amtrak, BNSF
Buchanan Field Airport
John Muir Elementary, Alhambra High
Arroyo Del Hambre/Alhambra Creek

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The Olive Grove Fuel Reduction and Maintenance Project is exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15304(i). This exemption class applies to fuel management activities which are intended to reduce the volume of flammable vegetation.
County Clerk
Contra Costa


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