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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 Number19-034
Project Name17th Annual Trails Forever Dinner
Planning DistrictEast Housing
Project TypeSpecial Events
CE AppliedSpecial events, public assemblies, and meetings
CE Date4/29/2019
Project Description
The Golden Gate Parks Conservancy’s annual Trails Forever Dinner celebrates over a decade of work in the Golden Gate National Parks and helps build and support the parks, including outdoor education. This year’s event, to be held on September 27 at Pop Hicks Field, is expected to attract 500 guests. The tented dinner will include a live auction, after-dinner campfires and a dance party. Parking will be nearby and at the Main Post; alternative transportation will be encouraged. Excessive noise will be held to a minimum and good neighbor procedures will be followed to limit disturbance to adjacent residents, inn guests and the general public during event setup and permit hours. Land use controls will be maintained to protect public health and the environment. The site will be restored to pre-event conditions as an open field.
 
Project Number19-035
Project NameBuilding 41 Kitchen Improvement
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedRehabilitation or improvement of historic properties
CE Date4/26/2019
Project Description
To increase capacity and replace appliances in advance of summer interns moving in, the Trust will update the kitchen in historic Building 41 (Bachelors Officers Quarters, 1941). The current non-historic counters, cabinets, refrigerator, stove and sinks will be removed and replaced.Two new sinks will be placed underneath the north facing windows, one oven will be installed along the eastern wall and one along the western wall. Plumbing will be run inside the existing exterior wall. Additional cabinets and counter space will be added including an island. First floor rooms and common areas will be painted and carpeted.
 
Project Number19-033
Project NameHomeless Policy
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeMiscellaneous
CE AppliedVisitor activity or program changes
CE Date4/25/2019
Project Description
The Trust recognizes the impacts that being homeless has on people, including the development or exacerbation of mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The policy makes clear that all persons, regardless of their housing status, are welcome to visit and use the Presidio and balances the Trust’s duty to be welcoming and compassionate to those least fortunate among us with its duty to preserve the natural, cultural and historic resources of the park. The policy applies to Trust staff who interact with visitors who are or appear to be homeless. All staff assigned to interacting with and handling materials associated with homeless encampments will be properly trained and follow all applicable industry best practices safety protocols. A procedure for noticing, handling, storing and returning impounded personal property will be developed.
 
Project Number19-032
Project NamePromenade III Native Planting
Planning DistrictEast Housing
Project TypeLandscaping/Site Work
CE AppliedLandscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date4/17/2019
Project Description
The Trust seeks to increase biodiversity in its designed landscapes. This project will remove ice plant and replace with native vegetation along the Promenade Trail south of buildings 663 and 668 along McDowell Avenue. The planting will include approximately 2,000 plants, the majority being low-stature coyote bush. Drifts of larger species including ceanothus, toyon and coffeeberry will also be planted away from the edge of the trail. A few coast live oaks may be included, possibly along the paddock’s edge, where Monterey pines were located in the past. The planting will retain the open historic character of the site that dates back to the forest clearing when the buildings were built in 1914.
 
Project Number19-031
Project NamePresidio Nature Nooks 2019
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeSite Furnishings
CE AppliedInstallation of signs, displays, and kiosks
CE Date4/4/2019
Project Description
Capitalizing on the success of San Francisco Public Library’s Book Nooks throughout the city, this project will encourage park goers to discover Nature Nooks and the outdoors in the park. Standard “little free library” boxes will be placed at three locations in the park: Main Post, Mountain Lake and Rob Hill Campground. The boxes will be stocked with wildlife adventure guides, place-based historical books, field journals, and other materials inviting field observations. The boxes will be supported on single 4x4 wood posts mounted on rustic bases and will be in place from April through October.
 
Project Number19-029
Project NamePresidio Picnic/Off the Grid 2019 Season
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeSpecial Events
CE AppliedSpecial events, public assemblies, and meetings
CE Date3/27/2019
Project Description
The Trust, in partnership with Off the Grid, will shortly unveil an eighth season of Presidio Picnic with new and returning mobile food creators and cultural dance performances. Attracting thousands of visitors, the outdoor, family-friendly event will take place on the Main Parade Ground every Sunday (11 am-4 pm, rain or shine) through early October. In addition to monthly dance performances, Presidio Picnic will feature more than 30 international mobile food creators, free bike safety classes and nature-based arts and crafts for kids, lawn games, yoga, music and free bike valet. Presidio Picnic strives to be a zero-waste and car-free event. Proposed changes to this year’s event include relocating the bike valet to the west side of the Visitors Center, relocating the waste management station from Owen Street to 1040 Edie Street, replacing 15 tents with portable, collapsible food stalls, and regulating conduct to safeguard park visitors.
 
Project Number19-030
Project NameLandscape Rehabilitation and Maintenance of the Presidio Pet Cemetery
Planning DistrictCrissy Field
Project TypeLandscaping/Site Work
CE AppliedLandscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date3/26/2019
Project Description
The Presidio Pet Cemetery is the beloved final resting place for hundreds of loyal animals owned by U.S. Army families previously stationed at the Presidio. Closed during construction of the Presidio Parkway viaduct that towers over it, the Pet Cemetery will receive limited landscape improvements to address deferred maintenance due to restricted access during parkway construction.  The damaged white picket fence will be replaced with a new white picket fence, a missing identification sign will be reproduced and installed, and five pine trees will be planted to replace the Monterey pines that were removed during construction of the viaduct. Appropriate precautions will be taken to protect workers from lead in soils.
 
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, use 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.
 
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