Marsh Creek State Park Defensible Space


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Marsh Creek State Park Defensible Space
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of this project is to conduct vegetation modification within defensible space zones at Marsh Creek State Park to protect structures and other high priority facilities or resources from potential wildfire damage. State Park staff and youth corps crews will use hand and/or power tools to: - Remove all live and/or dead branches touching or overhanging roof structures and all branches within 10-ft of chimneys or stovepipes; - Remove all ignitable material within 5-ft of any structure and flushcut stumps; - Remove dead and/or live trees with poor vigor or structure within a 130-foot radius of structures; - Prune limbs from all retained vegetation up to 10-ft above ground level; - Cut grass to 4 inches high or less; - Lop and scatter, broadcast chip, pile burn and/or burn in an air curtain burner all downed woody fuel, twigs, and material generated from work; and - Use licensed pesticide applicators to treat and prevent regrowth of cut invasive vegetation. Pile burning and/or air curtain burner operation will occur on approved burn days by qualified fire-trained crews in accordance with approved burn plan. No mature trees will be removed unless determined necessary by Senior Environmental Scientist and determined not to be historic by District Historian.

Contact Information

Gina Benigno
Agency Name
California State Parks, Diablo Range District
Job Title
District Environmental Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Contra Costa
Northern California
Other Location Info
Marsh Creek State Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 & 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the maintenance or minor alteration of existing public or private facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels and the minor private or public 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 and is included as “Resource management projects” in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR §15300.4.


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