Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, Class 1 Categorical Exemption: Existing Facilities. The project involves the maintenance of existing facilities and negligible or no expansion of use beyond that which is existing. The project specifically falls under one of the nonexclusive examples cited under CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 (h): ·Maintenance of existing landscaping, native growth, and water supply reservoirs: The project entails routine vegetation maintenance along the primary camp access road and camp facilities, with intent of meeting Los Angeles Fire Department brush clearance requirements for the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.
Portions of the project are also exempt pursuant to CEOA Guidelines Section 15304, Class 4 Categorical Exemption: Minor Alterations to Land. A Class 4 Exemption consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. These actions include fuel management activities conduced in accordance with public fire agency determinations (Section 15304(1)).