Hill Campus: Wildland Vegetative Fuel Management Plan

Status

Project Phase:
Design & Planning

Anticipated Completion:
To be determined

Details

Project Partner:
UC Berkeley Facilities Services

Project Location:
Hill Campus

Project Inquiries:
Kyle Gibson, Director of Communications
capitalstrategies@berkeley.edu

(510) 495-5786

Hill Campus Fire Management Public Meeting


The Wildland Vegetative Fuel Management Plan (WVFMP) directs the treatment of vegetation that could become fire fuel within the UC Berkeley Hill Campus (or Plan Area) located east of the Campus Park. It serves as one component of UC Berkeley’s range of actions to substantially reduce wildfire risk and minimize the potential for harmful effects of wildfire on people, property, and natural resources within the Plan Area, as well as on adjacent public and private land and throughout the greater East Bay region.

The Wildland Vegetative Fuel Management Plan (WVFMP) is proposed by UC Berkeley to treat vegetation that could become fire fuel within the Plan Area. The WVFMP includes implementation of four vegetation treatment types across the Hill Campus: 1) evacuation support treatments, 2) temporary refuge areas, 3) fuel break treatments, and 4) fire hazard reduction treatments. Five different vegetation treatment activities would be used to implement the four vegetation treatment types: 1) manual treatment, 2) mechanical treatment, 3) prescribed broadcast burning, 4) managed herbivory (livestock grazing), and 5) targeted ground application of herbicides. UC Berkeley would implement vegetation treatment activities on an average of 200 acres per year within the Plan Area. Up to 600 acres of the 800-acre Plan Area would be treated under the WVFMP because 200 acres are inaccessible or are not expected to carry fire, due to a lack of vegetative fuel.

UC Berkeley is also proposing nine Identified Treatment Projects comprising two fuel break projects, four temporary refuge areas, and three fire hazard reduction projects in the Plan Area.  The four treatment types and five treatment activities are reviewed for use throughout the Plan Area at a programmatic level, and the nine Identified Treatment Projects are studied at a project level of detail in the EIR.  The near-term implementation of the Identified Treatment Projects along with the longer-term implementation of treatment activities studied at a program level together comprise the proposed “project,” as defined in State CEQA Guidelines Section 15378.

Draft Environmental Impact Report, Public Comment, and Online Public Session

Public Comment: UC Berkeley has prepared a Notice of Availability to inform interested agencies and the public of the availability of the Draft EIR and Appendices, as well as the start and end dates of a review period during which comments on the Draft EIR and the Draft Wildland Vegetative Fuel Management Plan (WVFMP) can be submitted. The review period is 52-days beginning August 14, 2020, and ending October 5, 2020. Written comments via e-mail and mail can be provided no later than October 5, 2020.

Mail comments to:
UC Berkeley, Physical & Environmental Planning
Attention: Raphael Breines, Senior Planner
300 A&E Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-1382

Email comments to:
planning@berkeley.edu
Please include "Draft EIR Comments: WVFMP" in the subject line.

Public Session: On Monday, September 14, 2020, starting at 5:30 p.m., via live video feed, UC Berkeley provided a brief presentation of the proposed project. Immediately following, staff read aloud public comments received to date by persons granting permission to UC Berkeley to do so. A recording of the live video feed is available on the Capital Strategies YouTube channel.

Updated August 27, 2020: Due to delayed posting of the Notice of Availability at the offices of the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Clerks, the public review and comment period for the Draft EIR and Draft Wildland Vegetative Fuel Management Plan will be extended. The comment period began on August 14, 2020, and was scheduled to end on September 28, 2020. The comment period has been extended and will now end on October 5, 2020. Written comments via e-mail and mail must be received no later than 5:00 PM on October 5, 2020.

Download: Notice of Availability (PDF)

Download: Draft Environmental Impact Report (PDF)

Download: Draft Environmental Impact Report - Appendices (PDF)

Download: Presentation - Online Public Session- September 14, 2020 (PDF)

Project Inquiries: (510) 495-5786 or planning@berkeley.edu

Additional Information

Wildland Vegetative Fuel Management Plan:

Scoping Meeting:

Public Notices: