Type, Section or Code
Class 4; California Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 15304,
Reasons for Exemption
The broadcast burn will occur in two plots of unused farm edges that consist of broadleaf invasive weeds and dead plant materials. Future work may be completed to further enhance unused farm edges to create wildlife habitat. Special status species that have been documented to be on or within close proximity to the property include Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni) and burrowing owl (Athenecunicularia). Currently, the unused farm edges are dominated by non-native noxious weeds and are not
prime habitat for native wildlife. Work is expected to occur outside of the nesting season for both species which occurs February l51 to September 15th. However, burrowing owls in California remain throughout the winter, sometimes staying in their breeding burrows or wandering to other burrows within the region. In grassland ecosystems, burrowing owls prefer habitat characterized by short grasses and forbs
and have adapted to live in urban and agricultural areas. The agricultural burn site contains dense, tall non-native vegetation that is not preferable for burrowing owl habitat. Burrowing owls are diurnal and regularly occupy the same burrows year after year. Burrowing owls have not been observed within the project site and are not likely to occur due to the site's dense and tall vegetation that is not suitable habitat for burrowing owls. After consulting with the City of Davis, their Wildlife Biologist confirmed that there are no population currently present at the site and the project activities are expected to have no negative impacts to wildlife. A Smoke Management Plan will be developed for this project to minimize impacts to communities and air quality. The project meets the requirements of Class 4 Categorical Exemption (minor alterations to land) Section 15304. Project implementation will result in alterations to the land that are best described as minor in scope, that will not significantly impact the aesthetic of the property, or biological and/or cultural resources, and that do not involve the removal of mature, scenic trees for any purpose. No exceptions
apply which would preclude the use of a "Notice of Exemption" for this project. It has been concluded that no significant adverse environmental impacts would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forest resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, energy, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, mineral
resources, noise, populations and housing, public services, recreation, transportation and traffic, utilities and service systems, or wildfire.