Type, Section or Code
Class 1, Section 15301, Existing Facilities; Class 4, Section 15304, Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 Existing Facilities and Section 15304 Minor Alterations to Land. Class 1 is applicable to projects that consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. NCFF will maintain the function of the existing road to facilitate evacuation and access during a fire. There will be no expansion of the existing or former use of these facilities. Class 4 is applicable to projects that consist of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of mature, scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. Treatments to vegetation proposed by the project involve manual and mechanical vegetation removal along an existing paved road and chipping of biomass and have been reviewed by a Registered Professional Forester to ensure avoidance of significant impact to the environment. Biological and cultural resource assessments have been conducted for the project and further demonstrate that no significant effects would occur with implementation of the project. Project specific analysis is on file at the RCD.