Sonoma Ecology Center SDC Vegetation Management


SCH Number
Public Agency
Department of General Services (DGS)
Document Title
Sonoma Ecology Center SDC Vegetation Management
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
DGS will contract with Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) to perform weed management for fire and biodiversity at the former Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) campus, to include removal of invasive flammable plants from up to 5 acres of land within 300 feet of the edge of the campus or within 200 feet of fire roads, retaining desirable, less-flammable native vegetation. SEC will use best practices to prevent invasion by other weeds and perform periodic reconnaissance of road/trail system to remove fallen trees to ensure emergency access.

Contact Information

Jim Martone
Agency Name
Asset Management Branch, DGS-RESD
Job Title
Branch Chief
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Gerald McLaughlin
Agency Name
Job Title
Associate Construction Analyst
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Parties Undertaking Project


Northern California
Other Location Info
Former Sonoma Developmental Center campus

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
§15301(h) Existing Facilities; §15333 Small Habitat Restoration Projects
Reasons for Exemption
This project seeks to restore native vegetation populations while reducing fire load at the former SDC campus. Management activities will be performed without the use of heavy equipment or major soils disturbance, and without the use of pesticides. Section 15301 subsection (h) includes the maintenance of existing landscaping and native growth. Section 15333 consists of projects not to exceed 5 acres in size to assure the maintenance of habitat for native populations. The State has confirmed no exceptions to the exemptions apply.


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