C-212 Training - Tree Felling


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
C-212 Training - Tree Felling
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) Riverside Unit (RRU) proposes to conduct C-212 Training - Tree Felling training. This training module will assist CAL FIRE's mission to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California. The project area is located on a private parcel that was devastated by the Apple Fire in 2019. The project site spans approximately 4 acres on private property. The project area is highly disturbed after the fire, all trees within the project are dead. The understory of the area is composed non-native grasses, non-native annuals, and scattered native shrubs. Activities of the training will consist of felling of approximately 100-200 dead, dying, and diseased trees for the purposes of B-Faller Certification. Conifer trees will be felled via chainsaw, limbs will be bucked and chipped, chips will be broadcasted onto property at landowner's discretion. Heavy wood rounds will be placed in a landing at landowner's discretion and stumps of felled trees will be flush cut. A skid-steer with bucket attachment will be used to move heavy wood rounds.

Contact Information

Alberto Gonzalez
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Southern California
Total Acres
7, 18

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 §15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under portions of Class 4 Categorical Exemption “15304 Minor Alterations to Land” – “Class 4 consists of minor public or private alterations in the conditions of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve the removal of healthy, mature, and scenic tree except for forestry and agricultural purposes.” The project is small and will enhance forest health, increase general fire safety, and improve aesthetics while creating minimal ground disturbance. The project will not result in significant negative impacts to biological, environmental, or archeological resources. 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 or timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation or traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE, Riverside Unit, 210 W. San Jacinto Ave., Perris, CA, 92570.


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