Shelterwood Shaded Fuel Break


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Shelterwood Shaded Fuel Break
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Sonoma County proposes to fund fuel reduction in Cazadero's Mohrhardt Ridge area, creating a defensible ridgetop and roadside fuel break. Management activities will not exceed 100 feet of the road. This project aims to provide a fuel break to improve fire suppression activities in the vicinity of Fort Ross and Cazadero, provide a fire calming zone around a 20-building rural neighborhood, and reduce risk to a communally important redwood grove. Fuel reduction work will follow the prescription developed by a Registered Professional Forester to reduce the overall number of trees per acre and favor healthy hardwood trees. Reduction activities focus on the reduction or pruning of dead, dying, or hazardous trees and address excessive and flammable understory vegetation. Vegetation and trees will be cut at grade, with stumps remaining in place. Slash and cut material will be disposed of onsite.

Contact Information

Courtney Gutman
Agency Name
Permit Sonoma
Job Title
Senior Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Austin Creek, Redslide Creek, Bearpen Creek, Big Oat Creek, Blue Jay Creek, Jim Creek,

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Categorical Exemptions 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 Alterations 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 100 feet of structures due to extra hazardous fire conditions.
County Clerk


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