Oakland Vegetation Management Plan

The Vegetation Management (Plan) will cover more than 1,400 acres of City property plus treatment areas approximately 300 miles of roadside. Vegetation management activities conducted on these lands currently includes goat grazing on nine sites covering approximately 1,300 acres, vegetation clearing along 16 roadways (58 miles), monitoring for vegetation clearance along approximately 300 miles of road within the High and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (16.5 square miles), and brush clearance on critical City-owned properties (~332 acres). The Plan and EIR will evaluate these and additional vegetation management practices to reduce fire hazard.

Timeline

CEQA Notice of Preparation
Fall 2019
Public Draft Vegetation Management Plan
Fall 2019
Public Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
Summer / Fall 2020
Final EIR
Winter of 2020
Planning Commission Certification of EIR
Spring 2021
Notice of Determination
Spring 2021

About

To reduce wildfire threat, the Oakland Fire Department is preparing a Vegetation Management (Plan) and associated Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for City-managed parcels in the Oakland hills.

To review the Draft Plan and stay connected to news and updates regarding the City's Vegetation Management planning process, please visit: https://oaklandvegmanagement.org.

Notice of Extended Public Comment Period for the Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR Released: The City of Oakland has released a notice extending the public comment period for the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Oakland Vegetation Management Plan (OVMP). The original comment period in the initial NOP was from Friday, November 1, 2019 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019. The comment period has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on December 12, 2019. The supplemental NOP is available at the following link.

Scoping comments may be submitted in the following ways:

Email: arobinsonpinon@oaklandca.gov

Mail:

Angela Robinson Piñon

250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4314

Oakland California 94612

Public Meeting:

In addition, the City of Oakland Planning Commission will conduct a public scoping meeting on the EIR for the Oakland Vegetation Management Plan on November 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA. Written and oral comments regarding the scope of the EIR may be provided at this meeting.

Background:

Since 1923, more than a dozen major wildfires have impacted the Oakland hills, resulting in extensive damage, economic harm, and loss of life. Most notably, the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley firestorm burned over 1,500 acres, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, caused the deaths of 25 people, and injured over 150 people. Most of the Oakland hills fall within High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), as designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), where vegetation must be actively managed to reduce the threat and devastating effects of future wildfires. The FHSZs in the Oakland hills include areas described as the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), which are characterized by hot and dry fall seasons, high winds, dense flammable vegetation, steep and varied terrain, hill slope development, and limited accessibility for emergency responders. Microclimates across the Oakland hills create a varied landscape with many different fire risks. The City of Oakland is also designated by California’s Office of the State Fire Marshal as a Community at Risk of damage from wildfire.

Contact Us

Map location for Oakland Vegetation Management Plan, located at 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA 94612
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612

ATTN: Oakland Vegetation Management Plan