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Environmental and Forest Protection

The California Geological Survey (CGS) provides State, Federal, and local lead agencies with comments on geologic issues associated with the review of various types of environmental documents such as:  Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Impact Studies, General Plans, Seismic Safety Elements, hospital and school site permits, Timber Harvesting Plans,  regional-scale forest management plans, Fish Habitat Restoration plans, and other watershed restoration plans.  These comments are used by the lead agencies in making land-use decisions.

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CGS participates in the planning process through reviews of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act)  and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) documents to ensure that land-use management and development considers geologic hazards and geologic resources. CGS programs that review CEQA and NEPA documents and General Plans include the Regional Geologic and Hazard Mapping Program, the Forest and Watershed Geology Program and The Mineral Resources and Mineral Hazards Mapping Program.

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CGS reviews a number of environmental documents and provides comments relating to geologic hazards and issues that apply directly to assessing the potential impacts of land-use modification.  As part of this process, CGS  provides site reviews on consulting reports in geology, seismology, and geotechnical engineering for public school and hospital construction. We use Note 48, our checklist for the review of Engineering Geology and Seismology reports, to help ensure all reports conform to the requirements of the California Building Code.



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CGS provides technical information and advice about landslides, erosion, sedimentation, and other geologic hazards to the public and to agencies and industries that make land-use decisions on California's forested lands and in watersheds where proposed activities may affect public safety, water quality, and fish habitat. The Forest and Watershed Geology Program provides engineering geologic review of Timber Harvesting Plans (THPs), watershed assessments, and other regional scale documents submitted to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Additionally, the California State Parks has contracted with the California Geological Survey (CGS) to update the 1991 Soil Conservation Guidelines/Standards for Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management. Results from public workshops regarding the effectiveness of the 1991 Guidelines/Standards are available for download. Revisions to the Guideline/Standards will be presented to State Parks in March 2006. Click here for more information and downloads.

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