Pogonip/Arana Gulch Vegetation Management Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Pogonip/Arana Gulch Vegetation Management Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Notice of exemption for Coastal Conservancy approval of grant funding. The grantee will remove overgrown combustible vegetation and dead or dying trees from Pogonip and Arana Gulch open spaces in the City of Santa Cruz. The project comprises treatment of approximately 10 acres in the Pogonip area and approximately 5 acres in Arana Gulch. This includes removal of overgrown combustible vegetation and dead or dying trees through methods such as hand crews, weed whackers, mowers, chain saws, and chippers to create shaded fuel breaks and improve access to fire roads. The project includes purchase of a chipper and masticator attachments to continue maintenance on treated areas.

Contact Information

Erin Gravley
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Northern California
Other Location Info
Pogonip and Arana Gulch Open Spaces in Santa Cruz, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Title 14, Sections 15301 & 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is categorically exempt under 14 CCR Section 15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) because the project involves minor alterations in the condition of vegetation without the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. The project is also exempt under Section 15301 (Existing Facilities), because it involves maintenance of existing landscaping and native growth and existing fire roads, and Section 15269 (Emergency Projects), because it involves fuel management activities necessary to prevent catastrophic wildfire.
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