Garlic Mustard Removals


SCH Number
Public Agency
Inland Empire Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Garlic Mustard Removals
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
IERCD will be working in collaboration with the San Bernardino County for the removal of the invasive species, Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), near the town of Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino National Forest. Removals of the invasive species will be conducted through hand pulling, bagging, and removal from the property for proper disposal at a landfill. The purpose of this project is to help limit and/or stop the spread of this invasive plant that has a history of aggressively spreading and pushing out native vegetation.

Contact Information

Jose Mora
Agency Name
Inland Empire Resource Conservation District
Job Title
Mitigation Programs Lead
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Lake Arrowhead
San Bernardino
Southern California
Other Location Info
Adjacent to Hook Creek Road in eastern Lake Arrowhead, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 and Class 8
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines § 15304, which 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 and agricultural purposes. For this project, the District will be manually removing, bagging, and disposing of the invasive plants resulting in minor alterations to the environment. Additionally, the Project is exempt pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines § 15308 which applies to actions taken by agencies to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of the environment. The purpose of the project is to remove the invasive plants to maintain and protect the health of the environment. By manually removing the plants, the District will be able to limit and/or prevent the further spread of garlic mustard into other regions of the watershed. None of the exceptions under State CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply here. Notably, there will be little to no cumulative impacts for this project. Further, for this project, initial biological assessments will be conducted to ensure that living trees and sensitive species will not be damaged. The project will not result in any significant impacts on the environment because it is not located in a particularly sensitive environment nor are there any unusual circumstances. The project will not result in damage to any scenic resources within a state scenic highway, and the project is not located on a hazardous waste site or any other site included on a list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5. The project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource.
County Clerk
San Bernardino


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