Construction of a 200 foot wide and approximately 3,400 foot long (16 acres +/-) fuel break. Timberstand to be thinned from below, trees >= 16" dbh to be retained, 100 sq. ft. basal area per acre maintained. Residual stand to 10 feet clearance between crowns or 20 feet between stems where crown-base height=20 feet. Brush to be thinned to spacing of twice the residual height to maintain flame length of <= 3 feet. Only standing dead material will be removed from within the stream zones and wet areas.
- This Prop. 40 project will reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire that would result in significant water quality degradation of Fallen Leaf Lake, its tributaries and Lake Tahoe, as well as loss of life and property. All vegetation treatment will be hand crews using chain saws. No heavy equipment will be utilized, therefore categorizing the project as exempt from CEQA.
- An Archaeological survey has been conducted, and there were no known significant archaelogical sites present or likely to occur within the project area. Any found during the course of operations will be flagged for protection. Trees removed and slash will be piled and burned. Where adjacent to the road, the material generated may be chipped and utilized as mulch.
- No soil or vegetation will be disturbed that will result in sediment translocation to Fallen Leaf Lake, its tributaries or Lake Tahoe. No rare or endangered plant species are known to exist or have been observed within the project boundaries.
- No rare or endangered plant species are known to exist or have been observed within the project boundaries.
- The local USFS Wild Life Biologist determined that biological disturbance would be unlikely due to the recent home construction activity and its proximity to the proposed vegetation treatment (within 300 feet of homes).
- Homeowners have been made aware of the necessity and scope of the project and objections have not been forthcoming. PRC 4291 clearance activities are being conducted by the residents without significant complaints voiced to the Fire Chief.
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