Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under 14CCR§15304 Class 4 Minor Alterations to Land. This project will treat a very small/specific area and is designed to minimize the risks and hazards associated with potential wildfire and threat to natural resources, while providing important training to operational personnel. Through project design, these treatments will be important in protecting first responders and the public in the event of wildfire. Thinning of diseased or dying pine species in this area will allow for the restoration of grasslands, improve oak woodland conditions, and allow for more forage for wildlife in the area. The entirety of this project will occur on private land and will not be visible to the public.
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 CAL FIRE SLU Headquarters in San Luis Obispo.