Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under the description for a Class 4 Categorical Exemption under CEQA. Class 4, Section 15304 is for Minor Alterations to Land. This fuel reduction project is exempt because there will not be removal of healthy, mature, or scenic trees, only deadfall. This exemption also covers fuel management activities. The Project will not have negative cumulative impacts, will not damage a scenic resource, and is not located on a hazardous waste site. There was a cultural survey done within the past four years and all sensitive areas were marked. The Creek Fire resulted in evacuation of this community. As a designated Firewise organization TAFIC is continually working with local, county and State agencies to promote a fire safe community. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply that would preclude the use of a notice of exemption for this project. The Department 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 MMU Unit Headquarters in Mariposa, CA.