Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project qualifies for a Categorical Exemption under CEQA Guidelines Section 15304. This proposed project will reduce the volume of flammable vegetation, thereby reducing wildfire risk to the adjacent residential area, and will have significant ecological restoration benefits. The understory fuel reduction is a minor alteration to land and will not remove any healthy, mature, or scenic trees. The project will not result in take of any endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, and will not result in significant erosion or sedimentation of surface waters. After completing an environmental assessment, the Department has determined this project will have no significant impact on the environment. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which 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, population 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 the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Headquarters in Auburn.