Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Sierra Marina Parking Conversion
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Three acres of timberland will be converted for the purpose of constructing a parking lot to supplement the current parking at the Sierra Marina on Shaver Lake, managed by Southern California Edison. The conversion of timberland requires the approval of Timberland Conversion Permit by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). The area will be cleared of vegetation under a CDF approved Timber Harvesting Plan (THP) # 4-05-5 / FRE-1. Any utilizable logs will be sent to a lumber mill. The slash will either be burned onsite or removed from the site for proper disposal as discussed in the THP. Once the area is cleared it will be graded and paved to complete the conversion process. The permit exempts the landowner from the Forest Practice Rules stocking requirements following operations.
This project includes the clearing of vegetation, minor grading and construction of a new parking facility in an area adjacent to an existing public marina and parking lot. The project has been approved by Fresno County and is in conformance with local land use restrictions. Timber harvesting operations and clearing will be conducted in compliance with the approved Timber Harvesting Plan. The lead agency finds that the project is in conformance with the exemption and that the project will not have significant effect on the environment. In accordance with the California Forest Practice Rules the Director has determined that (1) the applicant has a bona fide intent to convert in light of the current and predicted economic ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed conversion; (2) the conversino is environmentally feasible given existing site specific characteristics, including, but not limited to, the suitability of the soils, slope, aspect, quality and quantity of water, and micro climate; (3) the measures identified in the Timber Harvest Plan and final project CEQA document for the mitigation of significant adverse environmental impacts are adequate and feasible.