Santa Cruz County Neighborhood Chipping Program for Fuels Reduction and Defensible Space


SCH Number
Public Agency
Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Santa Cruz County Neighborhood Chipping Program for Fuels Reduction and Defensible Space
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This program will provide chipping services for residents who have removed vegetation from around structures and private roadside areas which complies with State-mandated defensible space requirements. All chipped material will be left onsite. The program will only direct funding to process woody material that has been cut and staged along private roads or in the 100 ft zone around the home. Project does not provide funds to remove vegetation.

Contact Information

Angela Richman
Agency Name
Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
Job Title
Forest Health Program Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville
Santa Cruz
Other Location Info
All Santa Cruz County Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 15304 Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
This program will solely fund the chipping of woody material that has been cleared and staged at private road side areas and defensible space areas within 100 feet of WUI structures. Processed material will be left onsite to be used as mulch. Clearing of vegetation will occur prior to project implementation. Fuel management activities occurring prior to the project will include no cutting of healthy mature trees, no take of endangered, rare or threatened species, and no significant impacts to surface waters. For the reasons state above, this project shall be exempt from the provisions of CEQA.
County Clerk
Santa Cruz


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