Caltrans Encroachment Permit (0223-NLT-0044) for the United States Forest Service’s Highway 89 Safety Enhancement and Forest Restoration Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 2 (DOT)
Document Title
Caltrans Encroachment Permit (0223-NLT-0044) for the United States Forest Service’s Highway 89 Safety Enhancement and Forest Restoration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The United States Forest Service is planning to reduce forest fuels on a portion of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Siskiyou County as part of the Highway 89 Safety Enhancement and Forest Restoration Project. Work would occur within Caltrans’ right-of-way along state route 89 from post mile 28.141 to 30.257 and would include removing understory brush and small trees along a corridor that is approximately 300 feet to 400 feet wide along both sides of Highway 89 to reduce wildfire hazard. This would be accomplished by masticating brush and thinning and masticating small conifer trees. The finished product will be an environment where surface and ladder fuel conditions are such that crown fire ignition is unlikely with fairly open stands dominated by large, fire tolerant trees and the majority of understory brush removed. Caltrans will issue an encroachment permit (0223-NLT-0044) for work occurring within Caltrans’ right-of-way.

Contact Information

Darrin Doyle
Agency Name
Caltrans District 2
Job Title
Associate Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Other Information
Work within Caltrans’ right-of-way is located along State Route 89 in Siskiyou County from post mile 28.141 to 30.257.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Minor Alterations to Land, Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Caltrans determined that the work within the right-of-way is categorically exempt in accordance with Section 15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) Class 4 (i) – 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 or agricultural purposes. Examples include fuel management activities within 30 feet of structures to reduce the volume of flammable vegetation, provided that the activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species or significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters. This exemption shall apply to fuel management activities within 100 feet of a structure if the public agency having fire protection responsibility for the area has determined that 100 feet of fuel clearance is required due to extra hazardous fire conditions. Work within Caltrans’ right-of-way would not have a significant effect on the environment.


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