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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: 14-035
Project Name: Presidio Officers’ Club Wall-based Art Installation by Andy Goldsworthy
Planning District: Main Post
Project Type: Miscellaneous
CE Applied: Installation of signs, displays, and kiosks
CE Date: 7/1/2014
Project Description:
The intent of this installation is to build upon recent successes in using art about place as a way to welcome the public, broaden audience and reach, and enhance visitor use and enjoyment. The proposed sculpture is much smaller in scale than the previous Presidio works of the artist and is intended to provide a focal point at the western end of the new [non-historic] courtyard in the Presidio Officers Club. The sculpture would be comprised of a five- to six-foot wide half sphere constructed of curved eucalyptus branches sourced from the park. The sphere would be housed within a rammed earth wall which would be constructed immediately in front of (and extend the length of) the existing (new) courtyard wall, at a distance from the historic portions of the building. From a visual perspective, the rammed earth wall would essentially become the westernmost wall of the forecourt. The work is proposed to be permanent, and thus will be subject to the review process outlined in the Presidio Trust Art Policy and Art Collections Manual.

Project Number: 14-022
Project Name: Building 1230 Rehabilitation & Tenant Improvements
Planning District: Fort Scott
Project Type: Rehabilitation/TI
CE Applied: Rehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date: 6/30/2014
Project Description:
The former warehouse (built 1918, mothballed 2008) is a historic structure in the Fort Scott district. Golden Link Concessionaire (tenant) seeks to rehabilitate the building for an operations and maintenance center for the Presidio Parkway (former Doyle Drive) scheduled for completion in 2016. The primary tenant improvements will accommodate general office use and a two-hour fire rated control room. The scope of work includes: hazardous material abatement, seismic stabilization, MEP upgrades, insulation, and tenant improvements for office use (new floor finishes, new paint, new lighting, select new partitions, plumbing fixtures, ADA upgrades, and new stairs and ramp at building entrances). New partitions to be added to accommodate office spaces will be differentiated from original walls with the use of newer materials, storefront glazing and transoms. New plumbing fixtures will allow for updated bathrooms and a new kitchenette/breakroom. Existing character-defining features, historic finishes and elements of the building’s floor plan, including intact beadboard wall and ceiling finishes, will be retained. Wood-frame windows will be restored. Improvements to the unfinished attic/storage space include new MEP equipment and the buildout of partitions to seal off unused space. Seismic stabilization will require a new perimeter foundation, roof replacement (in kind) and new sheathing. The building will be fully sprinkled. Building rehabilitation will achieve a LEED Silver certification or better. A lift truck, a small emergency response truck and one other vehicle will be parked nearby.

Project Number: 14-032
Project Name: Barnard Avenue Riparian and Oak Woodland Habitat Restoration
Planning District: East Housing
Project Type: Vegetation Restoration
CE Applied: Removal of non-historic materials and structures
CE Date: 6/27/2014
Project Description:
The Barnard Avenue Protected Range (BAPR) was remediated and re-graded in 2013 to better accommodate perennial stream flows and to allow for wetland enhancement at the site. This project will enhance habitat within a 0.26-acre site adjacent to BAPR. Approximately 18 trees will be removed, and the site will be cleared of invasive ivy and shrubs, including English ivy, cotoneaster and Himalayan blackberry. The majority of the site is anticipated to be seasonally wet, and will support willow riparian species. The up slope area will consist of a mix of shrubs, forbs and native trees such as coast live oak, toyon and wax myrtle to provide wildlife cover and forage. The design layout includes a relatively high planting density (an average on-center spacing of 3 to 4.5 feet) to facilitate the rapid establishment of dense cover to provide erosion protection (after year 3) and to resist invasion by non-native weeds. Work will begin as soon as possible after bird nesting season ends August 1st. Revegetation will immediately follow tree removal, and SWPPP measures will be implemented. A soil management plan, DTSC approval, and additional remediation may be necessary if construction or restoration efforts will result in an increase in exposure of human or ecological receptors to contaminants of concern (COCs) in soil in the Land Use Control (LUC) zone.

Project Number: 14-033
Project Name: Sand Dune Habitat Restoration for Lessingia Recovery at 3 Sites
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Vegetation Restoration
CE Applied: Removal of non-historic materials and structures
CE Date: 6/27/2014
Project Description:
Over the past 20 years, the Presidio Park Stewards Program has enhanced and restored sand dune habitat throughout the Presidio. This project entails tree removals and revegetation within 3 sites to restore dune habitat for the endangered San Francisco lessingia. The sites are at Rob Hill (80 trees), North of Building 1818 (17 trees), and in Stand 2 North of Baker Beach Housing (35 trees). The planting plan is to seed dune annuals into the newly prepared open sand areas. The intention is to use dune annual species as the sole revegetation palette in an effort to delay succession of perennial species which will ultimately out-compete the annuals for resources. Annuals that establish and seed into the site in spring will be the source population for population growth over time. Some perennial species may be added in the following years as the site manager and ecologist deem desirable. The sites will be revegetated after the tree removals starting in October, which is ideal for establishment of the palette of plant species. Erosion is not expected to be of concern.

Project Number: 14-037
Project Name: Addition of DoubleNickel & Serenade Fungicides to Presidio Trust Landscape IPM Program
Planning District: Presidio-wide
Project Type: IPM
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 6/27/2014
Project Description:
Pathogenic fungi have caused substantial damage to landscape shrubs and trees. In the Presidio's damp cool climate, Landscape staff need multiple methods to prevent and control disease damage, and wish to use a newly available bio-fungicide (DoubleNickel; EPA Registration #70051-107), which contains the bacterium Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, and an additional fungicide (Serenade; EPA #69592-11), which contains the bacterium Bacillus subtilus. These Bacillus species have antibiotic properties and protect plants from fungal disease on landscape plants. This would not necessarily replace the use of currenty approved fungicides, just allow for another option in foliar disease control. The active ingredients are not known or probable carcinogens or reproductive or developmental toxins, are not cholinesterase inhibitors, and are not known groundwater contaminants. They are not toxic to mammals, birds, insects, earthworms, or fish. The pesticide application would be done according to the manufacturer’s use specifications, and all standard pesticide use restrictions as outlined in the Presidio Trust Landscape IPM Program would be observed.

Project Number: 14-031
Project Name: West Pacific Reforestation VII
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Trees
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 6/12/2014
Project Description:
This project will replace the dead and moribund topped Monterey cypress trees at the southeastern edge of the Pygmy Forest along West Pacific Avenue. These trees have been artificially maintained at a height of 20 to 25 feet through a topping regime that was instituted every three to seven years since 1947. Half the trees in the 0.6 acres proposed for removal and reforestation are dead. The remaining trees are in very poor health. The pilot project will test the suitability of four cypresses (Gowen, MacNab, Sargent's and Santa Cruz) suggested in the Vegetation Management Plan for height modification in the rehabilitation of the Pygmy Forest. The proposed use of the endangered Santa Cruz cypress and threatened Gowen cypress will require consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Twenty-eight Monterey cypress will be removed just northwest of the intersection of Walnut and West Pacific. Stumps of the removed trees will be ground out along with buttress roots. The presence of Armillaria mellea in this area will require that the below grade root systems of the topped trees that are removed be either dug or ground out. The grindings from the roots ground out will be spread across the site to allow them to dry in order to reduce the virulence of the Armillaria fungus in the area. Two hundred yards of compost will be spread across the site to increase water holding capacity of the dune sand soils present. Automatic drip irrigation will be installed. Twenty-five to 30 seedlings of each Gowen cypress, MacNab cypress, Sargent's cypress and possibly Santa Cruz cypress (if stock can be located) will be planted. Planting and thinning of the trees will follow USFWS recommendations. Public outreach will begin along West Pacific Avenue 2 weeks prior to the start of tree removal.

Project Number: 14-020
Project Name: Building 385: Swirl Tenant Improvements
Planning District: PHSH
Project Type: Rehabilitation/TI
CE Applied: Rehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date: 6/11/2014
Project Description:
Swirl currently occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors of building 101, all of building 116, and a suite in building 220. The marketing firm wishes to occupy building 385 (Post Exchange, built 1955) for office use on a short-term basis (4 to 6 years). The project will provide collaborative work space for no more than 60 employees in an open studio environment, consistent with the existing and historic open floor plan. The scope of work will entail mostly interior tenant improvements, including: removal and abatement of existing floor tile; selective demolition of non-historic partitions; remodel of non-historic kitchen; new code-compliant interior stair to existing non-historic mezzanine space; installation of glazed storefront walls to create a new meeting room and infill existing exterior roll up door (roll up door will remain); new employee shower, bike storage and IT room in existing spaces; electrical, heating and data improvements; and new carpet, flooring and interior paint. Construction will be staged from inside the building. Construction workers and Swirl employees will be prohibited from parking their cars in the lot adjacent to the building.

Project Number: 14-027
Project Name: Brooks Reforestation I
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Trees
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 6/11/2014
Project Description:
Bark Beetles and Pine Pitch Canker have killed a number of trees in the area north of Brooks Court and east of Lincoln Boulevard. This project will rehabilitate this area of the Historic Forest with Pine Pitch Canker resistant Monterey pine and seedling Monterey cypress. Three declining Monterey pines and two dead and declining Monterey cypress between 1713 Brooks Court and 1503 Pershing Street, and 20 smaller Monterey pines in poor health and structure lining the west side of Lincoln Boulevard will be removed. Ice plant will also be removed from the flat area to the east of the slope. Stumps will be ground, the area will be ripped, and 300 cubic yards of compost will be tilled in. A backflow, mainline and drip irrigation will be installed after compost application and tilling. Erosion control will be installed on both the slope and the flat area to the east. One hundred Monterey cypress and 50 Monterey pine will be planted along with 30 Shore pine that will line the slope at the eastern edge of Lincoln Boulevard. Trees will be irrigated for 3 to 5 years and thinned to a density of 30 to 50 trees per acre. Tenants in adjacent residences will be notified 2 weeks prior to the start of the tree removal.

Project Number: 14-028
Project Name: Lower Kobbe Reforestation I
Planning District: South Hills
Project Type: Trees
CE Applied: Removal of non-threatened or endangered species
CE Date: 6/11/2014
Project Description:
Tree decline, including several mature Monterey cypress that have died due to Armillaria, has occurred in the area just west of Highway 1 near the intersection of Kobbe and Park Boulevard. This project will replace declining and dead trees with young vigorous seedlings to rehabilitate the area. Approximately 200 to 300 cubic yards of compost will be incorporated into the sandy soils as amendment to increase both nutrient and water holding capacity. A new drip irrigation system will connect to an existing system near Kobbe Avenue that currently feeds the pine reforestation areas to the north. Eighty to 100 Monterey cypress seedlings and several Monterey pines will be planted on 15-foot centers in order to maintain the character of this stand of Historic Forest. No new trees will be planted within 25 feet of the Highway 1 overcrossing. Young trees will be irrigated for 3 to 5 years and eventually thinned to a stock of 30 to 50 trees per acre. Notification to tenants along lower Kobbe will be sent 2 weeks prior to the start of tree removal.

Project Number: 14-034
Project Name: Interim Rule: Public Use Limit on Commercial Dog Walking
Planning District: Presidio-wide
Project Type: Miscellaneous
CE Applied: Visitor activity or program changes
CE Date: 6/10/2014
Project Description:
This interim rule applies to commercial dog walkers (i.e., persons walking four or more dogs at one time for consideration) in Area B of the Presidio. The limit will require any such commercial dog walker to possess a valid commercial dog walking permit obtained from the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Commercial dog walkers will be allowed a maximum of six dogs at any one time. Commercial dog walkers will be required to comply with the terms and conditions of the GGNRA permit, and visibly display their badges when engaging in commercial dog walking activities within Area B. To obtain a GGNRA permit, applicants will need to submit a business license, proof of liability insurance, and proof of dog-handling training from an existing training course provider (such as the San Francisco SPCA). The GGNRA commercial dog walking permit requirement is a compendium amendment for all GGNRA sites in San Francisco and Marin Counties that allow dog walking, and is being implemented concurrently with the Trust’s rule. Both are interim actions and will remain in effect until the final special regulation for dog walking in GGNRA is promulgated as anticipated in late 2015, at which time the Trust expects that it will adopt a final rule following public input and comment.

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