Boyes Prairie Prescribed Fire

Summary

SCH Number
2005098269
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Boyes Prairie Prescribed Fire
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/21/2005

Document Description
Use fire to treat approximately 123 acres of prairie on a 2-5 year interval. Purpose is to remove exotic plants and encroaching conifers within the project area. Seedlings and saplings of encroaching woody vegetation less than 6 inches diameter will be routinely cut by hand; four small (less than 0.25 acre) experimental forest plots on the eastern edge of the prairie will be burned in 2005 to determine if encroaching vegetation can be controlled using prescribed fire. Burning will be done after September 15th to avoid impact to T & E species. Prescription is for a backing fire under moderate humidity. The experimental plots on the forest edge are intended to eliminate sapling trees <12" in diameter as well as jackpots of dead/down fuels, creating a defensible space between the burn compartment and the forest adjacent to it. Preparation methods include fireline construction with chainsaws and hand tools, mowing, installation of fire hoses and placing portable water tanks at strategic locations. Noise from power equipment will occur outside of the breeding season for marbled murrelets (3/24 - 9/15). All structures within the burn units will be protected using firelines and pretreated with water or foam. If previously undocumented archaeological resources are encountered during burn preparation, work in that location shall be temporarily suspended until a DPR-qualified archaeologist has evaluated the find and tribal representatives have been consulted.

Contact Information
Valerie Gizinski
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Lead/Public Agency
P.O. Box 2006
Eureka, CA 95502-2006

Phone : (707) 464-6101 x5380

Location

Counties
Humboldt
Other Location Info
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the use of precribed burning to limit the spread of exotic plants while maintaining herbaceous native plant species. Experimental burning will be conducted to determine how to increase effectiveness of the burns.

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