Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3, Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
This fuel reduction project meets the criteria for the “Categorical Exemption 15304 – Minor Alterations to Land” because it focuses on removal of hazardous vegetation that surrounds a homestead.
This project is not subject to the Exceptions listed in Section 15300.2 because it is not located within a particularly sensitive environment, there are no potential cumulative impacts from the clearing of post-fire fuel loads, there are no unusual circumstances present that would contribute to significant impacts, scenic resources will not be impacted, it is not a hazardous waste site and there will be no impacts to historical resources.
Project activities will be accomplished through the use of hand crews and hand tools, and stumps will not be removed or disturbed, thereby resulting in no soil disturbance.
The project area is located near a pond, however, there is little risk to this habitat due to its distance from the project footprint and topography being relatively flat throughout the property. Additionally, a buffer of vegetation as well as portions of an existing road will be in place between the project and this ecosystem. There will be no disturbance of known rare, threatened or endangered species or significant cultural resources.
The Lake County Community Development Department finds that this project complies with the intent and direction of the “Categorical Exemption 15304 – Minor Alterations to Land” and is thereby exempt from the provisions of CEQA.