Chorro Creek Ecological Reserve Grassland Restoration


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
Chorro Creek Ecological Reserve Grassland Restoration
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with the assistance of Cal Fire and the California Conservation Corps, plans to apply prescribed fire on approximately 100 acres of the Chorro Creek Ecological Reserve to achieve ecological restoration and enhancement goals, and to reduce fuel loading to minimize wildfire risk. The prescribed burn area is the grasslands and former croplands between Chorro Creek and Highway 1 on the western portion of the Ecological Reserve. Tall fuels, comprised of coyote brush and invasive weeds, would be cut and piled or crushed prior to burning to ensure combustion. Fire control lines would be created with hand tools and tie into existing features that function as fuel breaks, such as the existing roads

Contact Information

David Hacker
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist (Wildlife)Supervisory
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Luis Obispo
Southern California
Other Location Info
The project is located at the Chorro Creek Ecological Reserve, seven miles northwest of San Luis Obispo, on the west side of Highway 1, in San Luis Obispo County, 35.1882284°N, -119.7621697°W

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Type – Class 7; California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15307 and 757(7)(D)
Reasons for Exemption
This project is a regulatory agency action for protection of natural resources, specifically reduction of shrubs and invasive weed cover that are degrading the native coastal prairie grassland. Title 14, Section 757(7)(D) specifically includes controlled burning for habitat productivity as an exempt activity for CDFW. None of the exceptions in Section15300.2 apply


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