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.
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
. We use
, 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.
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.
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