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Categorical Exclusion Determinations
To further transparency and openness in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, the Presidio Trust documents its Categorical Exclusion (CE) determinations involving the categories of actions identified in Section 1010.7 of the Trust’s NEPA regulations. The CE database may be searched by planning district, project type, CE applied, or the year initiated. The database is updated approximately monthly. For additional information on the Trust’s NEPA compliance program, email N2@presidiotrust.gov.
 
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Project Description
Project Number: 15-040
Project Name: Temporary Relocation of NPS Presidio Visitor Center to Building 36
Planning District: Main Post
Project Type: Building Use
CE Applied: Visitor activity or program changes
CE Date: 7/27/2015
Project Description:
Building 105, a historic infantry barracks (circa 1895), is proposed to be rehabilitated and converted from an existing vacant office use to visitor accommodations (hotel) use. This project will relocate the current temporary Presidio Visitor Center occupying the northeast corner of the first floor of building 105 to the first floor of building 36 on Lincoln Boulevard to allow selective demolition and abatement at 105 to commence in preparation of a larger rehabilitation project (see 15-041). Temporary signage and revisions to printed and electronic information, including updating the Trust’s maps and websites, will ensure that the public is informed and educated about the relocation of the Visitor Center. The Trust will work with the NPS to develop a coordinated communications plan. The curb at the parking lot south of building 36 will be painted to accommodate two 30-minute parking spaces for visitors.

Project Number: 15-038
Project Name: Presidio Golf Course Bunker Rehabilitation - Holes 5, 12, 13 and 16
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Golf Course
CE Applied: Landscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date: 7/21/2015
Project Description:
The Presidio Golf Course was initially constructed in 1895 and is a contributing resource to the NHLD. The existing bunkers (sand traps) near holes 5, 12, 13 and 16 have poor drainage, hold water, do not reflect the historic character of the golf course, and create a customer experience inconsistent with that of the rest of the golf course. This project continues the bunker rehabilitation that began in 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2017. To date, 11 holes are finished (see projects 10-075, 12-001, 13-024 and 14-038). The work will include the removal of existing sand, excavation to add new drainage, and construction of new bunkers. The new landform designs are reflective of golf course architecture in the 1920s and will be done in the spirit of the original 1923 Fowler and Simpson course re-design.

Project Number: 15-037
Project Name: Eastern Tributary of Tennessee Hollow Tree Removal and Native Plant Restoration
Planning District: East Housing
Project Type: Vegetation Restoration
CE Applied: Removal of non-historic materials and structures
CE Date: 7/14/2015
Project Description:
The Eastern Tributary has the greatest year-round surface water flow and the longest stretch of exposed creek and riparian habitat still found in the watershed. Approximately half of the creek, however, is in a storm drain buried under Morton Street Field. The 2.0-acre project area surrounding the spring that feeds the creek is dominated by Blue gum eucalyptus trees and other non-native invasive plants and the native habitat is degraded. This project will substantially enhance the spring area in accordance with the Tennessee Hollow Environmental Assessment and VMP. Approximately 110 trees (mostly between 15- to 50-inch dbh with 15 trees over 50-inch dbh) will be removed and the area will be replanted with native plants to create a continuous habitat and buffer area between the spring and the nearby neighborhood. A diverse suite of native plants and trees, including oaks, toyons, willows and other native riparian and woodland plants will be established within the area. The nearby earthen historic dam will be revealed, preserved and interpreted. Trees will be removed via the temporary construction access road (between the Paul Goode Field and West Pacific Avenue) to be built to renovate the adjacent playing field (project 15-023). Neighbors will be notified in advance about the nature, extent and duration of construction activities.

Project Number: 15-039
Project Name: Fort Scott Parking
Planning District: Fort Scott
Project Type: Transportation/Parking
CE Applied: Repair of roads and parking facilities
CE Date: 7/7/2015
Project Description:
Parking regulations are part of the ongoing Non-Residential Parking Program that started in 2007. As Fort Scott becomes more active, parking management is necessary to ensure that parking supply remains adequate into the future. This project will install up to 10 parking machines and 23 regulatory signs for parking along Ralston Avenue in front of Buildings 1216-1218, near Buildings 1226-1227, near 1201 and 1202, and on Wool Court. Some of the parking machines may require the installation of protective bollards. Parking will be regulated similar to other areas of Fort Scott, every day from 8am-6pm, except in areas adjacent to buildings occupied by the U.S. Park Police (1217 and 1218), National Park Service (1227) and Presidio Trust offices (1201 and 1216) where Government Vehicle Parking Only signs will be installed.

Project Number: 15-029
Project Name: Bird Nesting Survey Protocol
Planning District: Presidio-wide
Project Type: Research/Testing
CE Applied: Research, monitoring, inventorying, and information gathering
CE Date: 7/2/2015
Project Description:
A variety of migratory and native birds nest within the Presidio commonly using vegetation and/or man-made structures. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) prohibits the killing or “take” of most birds, nests, or eggs. Trust policies outlined in the PTMP also promote the protection of native species (including nesting birds not protected under the MBTA, such as the California quail). Removal of vegetation is one of the most direct levels of disturbance for wildlife, but it is also a frequent need at the Presidio. Mitigation measures adopted through the PTMP Record of Decision state that removal of vegetation will follow park guidelines for protection of nesting birds to include restrictions on timing of vegetation removal. This document supersedes out-of-date procedures and identifies and outlines the timing, requirements and methods for ensuring nesting birds are appropriately protected under federal law and PTMP policies.

Project Number: 15-031
Project Name: West Pacific VIII Reforestation
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Trees
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 7/2/2015
Project Description:
This area has dying and declining Monterey cypress that have been topped every fourth year for the past 70 years, which has led to poor biological viability and structural condition. Armillaria is common in this stand and branch failures are frequent. Seventeen topped Monterey cypress and 5 River Red gum eucalyptus will be removed. Stumps will be dug out and woody debris will be removed. Wood and wood chips will be hauled out via West Pacific Avenue. Tree removal will begin in mid-August and last until mid-September. Compost will be applied and drip irrigation installed. Approximately 110 smaller cypress species such as Sargent cypress, Gowen cypress, Santa Cruz cypress and MacNab cypress will be planted. Numbers of each species will depend on availability. Gowen and Santa Cruz cypress, if available, will be planted in the interior of the project area away from trails. Nearby neighbors will be notified.

Project Number: 15-032
Project Name: West Pacific IX Reforestation
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Trees
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 7/2/2015
Project Description:
Large eucalyptus tree failure in the winter of 2014-2015 opened the area that was already lacking in tree canopy. Reforestation would connect this area to the Monterey cypress boundary plantings of West Pacific I (2003) and West Pacific II (2005). Two Blue gum eucalyptus south of 732 and 733 Liggett will be removed. All logs will be hauled and all brush chipped. A third eucalyptus on the Lovers Lane side of the reforestation area will be pruned. Fallen eucalyptus will be removed. Compost will be applied to increase water-holding capacity of the sandy soil, and drip irrigation will be installed. Approximately 110 Monterey cypress trees will be planted. Erosion control will be installed on the slope that is north of West Pacific I and II.

Project Number: 15-033
Project Name: Lyon Street Reforestation III
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Trees
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 7/2/2015
Project Description:
Twenty-five eucalyptus were removed from this very visible area at the park boundary in August 2014. The historic forest boundary will be replanted with swaths of small-growing eucalyptus including Sydney Red gum, Broadleaf Manna gum, Snow gum and Omeo gum, and New Zealand Tea trees. Approximately 90 trees will be planted. Irrigation and erosion control will be installed. Nearby neighbors are being notified as part of the Lyon Wall Stabilization project outreach.

Project Number: 15-034
Project Name: Lower Kobbe II Reforestation
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Trees
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 7/2/2015
Project Description:
Declining Monterey pines and Monterey cypress need replacement. The over-mature pines have 5 more years of life, the younger pines are susceptible to Pine Pitch Canker, and the cypress are one-sided and poor in structure. Eleven Monterey pines of various age classes and 6 mature Monterey cypress will be removed. Stumps will be ground, compost applied and drip irrigation installed. Fifteen Shore pines will be planted near Highway 1 with a 30-foot buffer zone between the highway and the Shore pine planting. Thirty Monterey pines that are Pine Pitch Canker tolerant and 35 Monterey cypress seedlings will also be planted. Tenants in the Lower Kobbe neighborhood will be notified.

Project Number: 15-036
Project Name: Presidio Theatre Building 99 Pre-Construction Testing
Planning District: Main Post
Project Type: Research/Testing
CE Applied: Research, monitoring, inventorying, and information gathering
CE Date: 6/19/2015
Project Description:
Investigative tests are needed at the Presidio Theatre, building 99 (built 1939) to help inform structural, site and architectural designs for a future rehabilitation project. A number of pre-design investigations will be performed both in and around the building footprint that will include geotechnical investigations, hazardous materials testing of the roof material and substrates for lead and asbestos, investigation of the transformers, and test pits at the basement and perimeter walls. Additional testing will include sampling and testing 10 concrete cores and 3 reinforcing steel bars. Locations have been carefully identified to minimize removal or alterations to historic fabric. All testing will be performed with Trust oversight.

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