Kaweah Oaks Preserve Ecological Restoration and Training


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Kaweah Oaks Preserve Ecological Restoration and Training
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Kaweah Oaks Preserve (KOP) Ecological Restoration and Training project is located approximately 4 mi east of the City of Visalia. KOP is an intact valley oak woodland. It is an important habitat for many plant and animal species. In 2016 a wildland fire killed many large valley oaks on the northern portion of the preserve. The goal of this project is to provide a training location for the engines and firefighter hand crews in the Unit. This training will include the limbing of ladder fuels and decreasing the horizontal continuity of fuels, and handline construction, followed by a prescribed fire to increase the resiliency of the valley oak woodland habitat to wildfire.

Contact Information

David Shy
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Unit Forester
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Total Acres
Other Location Info
Portions of T18S, R26E Sec 28 & 29 MDMB
Other Information
Approximately 4 miles east of the City of Visalia

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project meets the requirements of Class 4, §15304(e): Minor Alteration to the Land Categorical Exemption to CEQA. Class 4 includes minor public or private alterations in the conditions of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, and scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. Minor temporary use of land having negligible or no permanent effects on the environment. 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/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, populations and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/ traffic, utilities and service systems, or to wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at 1968 S Lovers ln, Visalia CA, 93621.


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