Sedgwick Reserve Wildfire and Landscaping Sensing Tower


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California, Santa Barbara
Document Title
Sedgwick Reserve Wildfire and Landscaping Sensing Tower
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The UC Santa Barbara, Natural Reserve System is proposing to install an observational station at the Sedgwick Reserve as part of a regional wildfire readiness program called “ALERTWildfire” The station includes a tower and state-of-the-art Pan-Tilt-Zoom fire cameras and associated tools that will help firefighters and first responders with observational tools from a key research location within the Reserve. The tower will also support research and educational use for Sedgwick Reserve users. The main tower frame is built from 2.5 cm (1 in) outside diameter corrosion-resistant aluminum tubing and is 15 ft tall. It includes anchor bolts, lightning rod and a ground rod. No guy wires are needed, minimizing soil disturbance in the tower surroundings. The station will be anchored to the ground on 16 square-foot, 4-foot deep (4’x4’x4’) concrete pad. All sensor equipment will be installed upon the free-standing aluminum tower. The instruments will be solar powered.

Contact Information

Shari Hammond
Agency Name
University of California, Santa Barbara
Job Title
Associate Director, Campus Planning and Design
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Santa Barbara
Countywide, Statewide
Cross Streets
Edison Road
Total Acres
16 square feet
Parcel #
State Highways
Santa Ynez

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 3, California Code of Regulation, Section 15303
Reasons for Exemption
There would be minimal ground disturbance (64 cy soil displaced) and no sensitive species would be impacted.


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