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Categorical Exclusions

​​​​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 Number19-028
Project NameSummer 2019 Presidio Storywalks
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeSite Furnishings
CE AppliedInstallation of signs, displays, and kiosks
CE Date3/12/2019
Project Description
Storywalks, developed and popularized in New England, utilize thematic children’s picture books in which pages are sequenced along a park trail. For the past four summers the SF Public Library has partnered with the Golden Gate National Parks on a variety of exhibits and programming with the goal of connecting library audiences with their nearby national parks. Building off of the success of past summers, the “Storywalk” featured on the periphery of Mountain Lake (project 17-025) will be reinstalled in addition to installing two new storywalks: one on the Presidio Promenade (Presidio Visitors Center to Lombard Gate) and one on the Ecology Trail (Presidio Officers Club to Inspiration Point). As in past summers, these storywalks will be a temporary project commencing in early June and ending in September. There will be approximately 15 to 18 sign panels per storywalk (roughly 18 inches by 24 inches).
 
Project Number19-027
Project NameRemoval of Retaining Wall at Building 1781
Planning DistrictSouth Hills
Project TypeLandscaping/Site Work
CE AppliedLandscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date3/11/2019
Project Description
The non-historic retaining wall in front of building 1781 (family housing) at the Water Treatment Facility is failing. To address the failure, the wood retaining wall be demolished and the slope will be regraded. Baccharis and ceanothus or similar native vegetation will be planted on the slope.
 
Project Number19-026
Project NameInstallation of Two Refrigerator Units at the Golden Gate Club
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedRoutine maintenance and property and resource management
CE Date3/7/2019
Project Description
The tenant will replace an existing mobile refrigerator unit with two new units to enhance on-site catering service in historic building 135 (Golden Gate Club). The new units will be located at the end of the paved service driveway along the west façade of the building in the same location as the existing unit. Existing fencing, vegetation and topography will screen the units, substantially limiting their visibility from elsewhere and from within the building’s interior. The new refrigerators will require running upgraded electrical service from the building’s basement using existing conduit to a new junction box at the exterior of the north wall, and trenching for the new conduit to reach the units. New conduit will require minimal building penetrations and attachments. The exterior junction box will be painted to match the wall.
 
Project Number19-025
Project NamePublic Use Limits at the Outpost
Planning DistrictCrissy Field
Project TypeMiscellaneous
CE AppliedSpecial events, public assemblies, and meetings
CE Date2/5/2019
Project Description
The Trust will impose public use limits within the 1.5-acre Outpost, the proposed nature play and learning area for children and families at the northern foot of the Presidio Tunnel Tops project, in order to protect the health and safety of children and avoid conflict among visitor use activities. Restrictions will include: prohibiting alcohol, glass containers, smoking, firewood burning and feeding wildlife; keeping pets and bicycles out of the fenced area; and excluding adults unaccompanied by children. The public use limits implement management responsibilities of the Trust to “provide for safe and enjoyable recreational use of the Presidio” as set forth in the Presidio Trust Management Plan. The public will be notified of the restrictions by signs posted at the entrances.
 
Project Number19-024
Project NameGolden Gate Club Bathroom Improvements
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedRehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date1/23/2019
Project Description
Sinks in the women's bathroom located on the east end of the first floor of building 135 will be replaced to better serve customers. Current sinks and mirrors will be removed, and a new mirror, backsplash, countertop and four under counter sinks will be installed.
 
Project Number19-023
Project NameBay School Security Measures
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeMaintenance
CE AppliedRoutine maintenance and property and resource management
CE Date1/15/2019
Project Description
The Bay School of San Francisco in building 35 requires security measures to protect its students. This project will install Nightlock lockdown door barricade devices on 91 historic and non-historic interior wood doors throughout the building. The lockdown devices are in addition to security measures already in place including columbine locks and key card access. The devices will allow teachers and staff to secure classroom and office doors from forced entry. The devices will be installed by attaching a metal plate onto the floor and bottom of the door, and attaching a storage box on the wall next to the door for the device handle.
 
Project Number19-022
Project NameMinor Repairs to Building 682
Planning DistrictCrissy Field
Project TypeMaintenance
CE AppliedRoutine maintenance and property and resource management
CE Date1/7/2019
Project Description
The Trust will repair damage from previous tenants and make minor improvements to building 682 (Cavalry Barracks, 1902) to prepare the building for future leasing. The basement and first floor walls will be painted Presidio white. The lobby and stairway walls will be patched and painted. The plywood bookshelf attached to a wall in a second floor room will be removed. Tenant installed tile finishes in the second floor kitchen will be removed. Ceilings and flooring will be patched, and junction boxes and lighting will be re-installed. The building’s exterior will be power washed.
 
Project Number19-018
Project NameFill Site 6B Confirmation Soil Sampling
Planning DistrictCrissy Field
Project TypeResearch/Testing
CE AppliedResearch, monitoring, inventorying, and information gathering
CE Date12/20/2018
Project Description
At the direction of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), confirmation soil sampling will be conducted to address issues of potential environmental concern related to verifying the quality and thickness of the soil cap placed by Caltrans in the Fill Site 6B (FS6B) Land Use Control (LUC) Area. The purpose of this project is to determine if the existing soil cover meets soil cap requirements, and to gather horticultural samples to inform future landscaping work. Twenty-one soil borings will be advanced for the collection of soil samples, including several within Quartermaster Reach for the purpose of delineating contaminated soils in order to get clean closure and remove the LUC within the future wetland. The results of the investigation will be used to recommend any remedial work that may be necessary.
 
Project Number19-019
Project NameReintroduction of Rough Skinned Newts
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeMiscellaneous
CE AppliedDesignation of environmental study and research areas
CE Date12/14/2018
Project Description
Newts were last recorded in the Presidio in the 1960s, but have been locally extinct from the Presidio/city since that time due to loss of habitat. The habitat in the Presidio is now thriving and primed for these animals, but it will require human intervention to re-establish them here. Trust biologists will collect newt eggs in ponds and other water bodies from various locations across the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the early spring through early summer, and bring them back to identified sites within the Presidio (El Polin ponds and Mountain Lake's East Arm). Eggs will be placed in predator exclusion cages within the water at each site to increase survival and recruitment of the newt tadpoles, while allowing staff to monitor growth and development before release. The cages will be tucked away out of the public's sight to prevent tampering. Egg translocations into the Presidio will occur for at least three years. Monitoring of newt survival and reproduction through time will dictate the termination or continuation of the project thereafter. The project has received enthusiastic support from the National Park Service and local amphibian experts.
 
Project Number19-020
Project NameFutures Without Violence Temporary Exhibit
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeMiscellaneous
CE AppliedEducational, informational, or advisory activities
CE Date12/14/2018
Project Description
Futures Without Violence (tenant in building 100) will construct a temporary (five months) exhibit  in their first floor gallery space to host the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation-sponsored  "Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties." The exhibit will examine a dark episode in U.S. history when, in the name of national security, the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled. This timely exhibition will feature works by renowned photographers, reexamine this history, and present new research telling the stories of the individuals whose lives were upended due to racial bigotry. Wood flooring and historic columns will be protected and any penetrations to the ceilings or walls of the historic building will be repaired and newly installed features will be removed at the end of the exhibit.
 
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