Big Springs Ranch Wildfire Resiliency Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW)
Document Title
Big Springs Ranch Wildfire Resiliency Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project area is located approximately three to five miles southeast of the town of Grenada, California. The project occurs entirely on the Big Springs Ranch Wildlife Area. The entire project area is located on the Big Springs Ranch Wildlife Area. The project does not however, encompass the entirety of the wildlife area, it only includes areas deemed to be strategic for stopping the forward spread of a wildfire that might originate on the wildlife area, to prevent the spread of a wildfire onto the wildlife area, and to protect important habitat critical for listed anadromous fish and other species.

Contact Information

Richard Klug
Agency Name
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
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Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
14 CCR, Section 15301,15304 and 15308
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is designed to reduce the risk of damage to the environment and wildlife habitat due to impacts from a large, catastrophic wildfire. Due to the project’s design and goals, it qualifies for several Categorical Exemption under CEQA. It qualifies for Section 15301 (i) which consists of maintenance of wildlife habitat areas and stream channels to protect fish and wildlife resources. The project is designed to lessen the impacts of large catastrophic wildfire. By doing so, the project is maintaining habitat areas and the riparian habitat along stream channels to protect both the habitat and the individual animals that inhabit these areas were a wildfire to occur. It qualifies for Categorical Exemption 15304. Pursuant to Section 15304, Class 4 (d) consists of alterations of vegetation on officially designated wildlife management areas which results in improvement of habitat for fish and wildlife resources which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. It also qualifies for Section 15308 which pertains to actions taken by regulatory agencies for the protection of the environment to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of the environment. The project is designed to protect the environment by reducing the risk of large catastrophic wildfire impacting the area any by making the Wildlife Management Area more resilient to wildfire.
County Clerk


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