Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under portions of Categorical Exemptions to CEQA§15304: Class 4 (Minor Alterations to Land). 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. Most of the project activities would occur within previously disturbed areas, and the activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, or sedimentation to surface waters. These activities would result in temporary alterations to vegetation and are best described as minor in scope with a net benefit of ecosystem resiliency, native plant stimulation and invasive plant reduction. No new ground disturbing activities will occur. Field review by the Registered Professional Forester confirmed that no exceptions apply that would preclude the use of a notice of exemption for this project. CAL FIRE 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, populations 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 2221 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940.