SMFD Paved Road Fuel Reduction Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Southern Marin Fire Protection District (SMFD)
Document Title
SMFD Paved Road Fuel Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of the proposed project is to improve vegetation clearance along roadways to provide better access for first responders and emergency vehicles and safer evacuation for residents. The proposed project would also improve access by reducing heat, flame, ember, and smoke impingement on the roadway for evacuating residents in the event of an approaching wildfire.

Contact Information

Madison Mead
Agency Name
Southern Marin Fire District
Job Title
Vegetation Management Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Strawberry, Alto, Almonte, Muir Wood
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
The proposed activities would be completed along roadways within southern Marin County communities. A total of 89.9 miles of roadways may be treated under this proposed project.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304(i). Minor alterations to land for fuel management activities. 15301. Existing Facilities for vegetation removal al
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15301, Class 1 for Existing Facilities and Section 15304, Class 4 for Minor Alterations to Land. A Class 1 exempt project consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. A Class 4 exempt project consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes. The proposed project would involve vegetation thinning and removal within up to 30 feet of the road edges along 89.9 miles of roadways in the Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, City of Mill Valley, Strawberry, Alto, Almonte, Muir Woods Park, and City of Sausalito communities. The scope of the proposed project is consistent with a minor alteration to the condition of the vegetation along the routes and maintenance of the existing roadways. Additionally, no healthy, mature, scenic trees would be removed; no work would take place within sensitive habitat, including wetlands or waterways; and no ground disturbance, such as excavation, would take place. There are no facts or circumstances specific to this project that would support an exception to the categorical exemption. No exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply.
County Clerk


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