Rumsey Canyon Road and Rumsey Ditch Fuels Reduction Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Yolo County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Rumsey Canyon Road and Rumsey Ditch Fuels Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of the project is to mechanically thin vegetation along Rumsey Canyon Road and along the Rumsey Ditch, which parallels the road, in Rumsey, CA to improve ingressand egress for emergency vehicles and residents along Rumsey Canyon Road. The project spans approximatelythree quarters of a mile along the Rumsey Ditch, which is a man-made irrigation ditch, and over half a mile along Rumsey Canyon Road. Mechanical thinning will be done using chainsaws and other hand tools to reduce the amount of vegetation and change the arrangement of fuels in the environment. Mechanical treatments can benefit ecosystems by reducing the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires, maintaining and restoring healthy ecosystems, and protecting communities. The project will focus on understory vegetation along the ditch and roadside to increase horizontal and vertical clearance between trees and woody shrubs and the understory. Thinning of understory will not impact large trees and will remove ladder fuels protecting the canopies of larger trees from fire while opening up the understory.

Contact Information

Heather Nichols
Agency Name
Yolo County Resource Conservation District
Job Title
Executive Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Rumsey, CA
Cross Streets
Rumsey Canyon Road

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4; California Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
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 11Notice 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, or utilities and service systems.
County Clerk


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