Reasons for Exemption
The project meets the requirements of Class 4, §15304 Minor Alteration to the Land Categorical Exemption to CEQA. Class 4 includes minor public or private alterations in the conditions of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, and scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no §15300.2 Exceptions apply, which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. Several exemptions have provided preparation for San Juan Canyon training burn, including “San Juan Canyon Shaded Fuel Break” (SCH: 2014028329) and “…Phase II” (SCH: 2014128234); “…Chipping” (SCH: 2016068419), and the extensive work from the Governor’s 35 Priority Projects in 2019 (Executive Order N-05-1). Treatments for the maintenance and improvement of the existing fuel break include mastication, pile burning, thinning, chipping, lop and scatter, mowing, handline, and broadcast burning. The activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, or sedimentation to surface waters. CAL FIRE staff 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 CAL FIRE’s San Benito-Monterey Unit Headquarters.