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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: 15-029
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 This document supersedes out-of-date procedures and identifies and outlines the timing, requirements and methods for ensuring nesting birds are appropriately protected under federal law and PTMP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.

Project Number: 15-030
Project Name: Fort Scott Bronze Lettering on Park Presidio Boulevard Overpass
Planning District: Fort Scott
Project Type: Maintenance
CE Applied: Routine maintenance and property and resource management
CE Date: 6/12/2015
Project Description:
This project will provide necessary cleaning and maintenance of the bronze letters FORT WINFIELD SCOTT on the concrete overpass at the entrance into the Fort Scott district. This sign is a contributing resource located at the Kobbe Avenue and Park Boulevard intersection. The project scope includes cleaning the bronze letters to remove biological growth and applying a protective wax treatment. The project will require some traffic controls for the safety of project personnel and to allow for equipment staging. The project will be performed by a contractor who specializes in materials conservation with Trust staff oversight.

Project Number: 15-035
Project Name: Lincoln Avenue Water Upgrade
Planning District: Letterman
Project Type: Infrastructure
CE Applied: Installation of underground utilities
CE Date: 6/12/2015
Project Description:
This project will upgrade old infrastructure and provide improved fire flow to the northeast quadrant of the Presidio and is a continuation of work performed on Lincoln Avenue earlier in the year (project 15-026). Approximately 200 linear feet of an existing water main will be replaced from a connection point at the Lincoln/Girard intersection to 200 feet to the west on Lincoln Boulevard to a final connection point on the south side of Torney Avenue near the intersection with OReilly Avenue. The work will be accomplished using typical linear underground utility construction practices. Full road closure of 14 days at Tourney Avenue will be required to complete underground activities, with additional isolated road closures to restore paving. Nearby commercial tenants may experience water shut-offs for more than no more than 6 hours per day. Tenants will be notified of road closures and water shut-offs. No known archeology features exist in the proposed alignment. However, due to the features discovered in the construction of the previous work phase, a monitor will be assigned during excavation activities. A tree protection plan will be put in place for two trees that are nearby work areas.

Project Number: 15-020
Project Name: East Hills Water Distribution Upgrade
Planning District: East Housing
Project Type: Infrastructure
CE Applied: Installation of underground utilities
CE Date: 5/26/2015
Project Description:
Fire hydrant flow and system pressure is deficient in the East Hills residential area, from Quarry Road and extending east to Upper Simonds Loop. Additionally, the existing cast iron pipe that services Upper Simonds Loop is nearing the end of its serviceable life. This project will make targeted modifications to the water distribution system to increase the system pressure and fire hydrant flow performance in the area. A new pressure reducing vault will be constructed near the intersection of Presidio Boulevard and Liggett Avenue in the planter area on the west side of Presidio Boulevard. The excavation area will likely extend into the south bound lane of Presidio Blvd resulting in the need for road closures and traffic control. Additional excavation activities occurring in the historic forest south of building 50 will require tree protection and archaeological monitoring. The project will have an added benefit of removing from service several hundred feet of undersized and deteriorated cast iron pipe along Upper Simonds Loop and placing those services on newer ductile iron main. Reconnecting these services to the new main will require tunneling underneath historic walls (circa 1940) and into the lawns of buildings 512, 513 and 514 (built 1940). In order to avoid damage to the walls, a utility trench will be excavated in the street and a pipe jacking technique will extend the services from the street underneath the walls into an excavation pit in the lawns. The pits will be dug by a combination of small excavator from the street side of the wall and hand excavation. Sidewalk improvements and repairs in Upper Simonds Loop will follow after project completion.

Project Number: 15-027
Project Name: Lendrum Court Remediation, Phase 1 Construction, Residential/Landscape Area
Planning District: Fort Scott
Project Type: Remediation
CE Applied: Improvements to meet disabled access requirements
CE Date: 5/12/2015
Project Description:
The Lendrum Court remediation site is located in the non-historic North Fort Scott residential area in the vicinity of buildings 1257, 1258, 1259, 1278, 1279, 1280 and 1282 (built 1970). Army-era debris fill, including incinerator ash, was discovered in the subsurface. The debris fill extends to the northeast into the area of historic forest. Chemicals of concern in the debris fill include lead, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, dioxan/furans, copper, barium and zinc. The Trust entered into a voluntary cleanup agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control for oversight of remediation, under the applicable cleanup statute known as CERCLA, on July 31, 2014. Since then, the Trust has completed remedial investigations and a feasibility study to identify a preferred remedial alternative for the site. As required under CERCLA, the Trust is preparing a Removal Action Work Plan that summarizes the remedial alternatives and presents the basis for selection of the preferred alternative. The preferred remedial alternative is consolidation and capping (with clean soil from the MacArthur Meadow site) with land use controls and post-remediation monitoring. This alternative is consistent with current and future use of the area as residential housing, minimizes the impact of remedial construction on site users, while being protective of human health and the environment, and avoids affects to the adjacent stand of historic forest. The remedy will be constructed in two phases. The first phase will install the cap in the residential/landscaped portion of the site. This phase is scheduled to be completed this summer (2015) and will be completed in concert with landscape improvements funded as part of the North Fort Scott Residential Neighborhood Landscape Enhancements project (14-041). The second phase will install the cap in the historic forest portion of the site following additional environmental review and will be completed in summer 2016. The Trust has met with the Lendrum Court tenants and residents in surrounding neighborhoods. Additional meetings with the tenants will be conducted as the work progresses.

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