Reasons for Exemption
This project is consistent with the Class 4 Categorical Exemption described in CCR 14 Section 15304 pertaining to Minor Alterations to Land. County of Los Angeles Fire Department staff foresters have conducted a limited environmental review of the project. The exceptions that must be considered by the lead agencies are a) sensitive locations, b) cumulative impacts, c) significant impacts due to unusual circumstances, d) impacts to scenic highways, e) activities within hazard waste sites, and f) significant adverse change to significant historical resources (14 CR Section 15300.2). Field review by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department Vegetation Management Unit foresters have confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption and concluded that no significant impacts would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, 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/traffic, or to utilities and service systems as a result of the proposed project activities as described in this document. The project’s activities as proposed consist of the selective removal of vegetation including dead, dying, diseased and/or invasive tree species and processing of the wood and slash material on improved and unimproved parcels; it does not remove native, healthy, mature, or scenic trees. As described in this document, the project’s activities as proposed are minor in scope. A copy of the environmental review report is on file at the County of Los Angeles Fire Department Vegetation Management office in Pacoima.