Muniz Ranches Vegetation Management Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Muniz Ranches Vegetation Management Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Sonoma County proposes to fund fuel reduction in the Muniz Ranches neighborhood, creating defensible space along approximately 1 mile of road. Fuel reduction work will encompass the removal or pruning of dead, dying, or hazardous trees. No healthy trees over 10" DBH will be removed. The project grant also entails understory fuel reduction that will occur to reduce the volume of flammable vegetation in the project area. Vegetation and trees to be removed will be cut at grade, with stumps remaining in place. Heavy equipment will remain along the road prism, or on already disturbed areas. A fuel reduction prescription has been developed by a Registered Professional Forester. Slash and debris will be disposed of onsite via chipping or lop and scatter.

Contact Information

Robert Aguero
Agency Name
Permit Sonoma
Job Title
Senior Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304(i} Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA} Guidelines Sections, Section 15304 (i} Minor Alteration to Land - Fuel management activities within 30 to 100 feet of structures to reduce the volume of flammable vegetation, provided that the activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species or significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters. The understory fuel reduction is a minor alteration to land that involves fuel management activities within 30 to 100 feet of structures.
County Clerk


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