Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Hot Springs Road Right-of-Way Fuels Treatment
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Create roadside fuelbreak by removing trees under 8 inches dbh within 100 feet and brush within 20 feet of road bed edge on each side of Hot Springs Road over 30 acres so as to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire. Post-treatment stand shall have at least 10 feet between residual crowns or 20 feet between boles of trees, with average crown-to-base height of at least 20 feet. Post-treatment tree spacing will eliminate sustaining crown fires in the overstory by reducing ladder fuels. Post-harvest stocking level of 100 square feet of basal area. Individual brush plants shall be thinned to a spacing of 1.5 times the height of the remaining plants. All brush shall be removed from within the drip line of all trees. Post-treatment forest stand shall be dominated by larger, fire tolerant trees (16 inches dbh and greater) where surface and ladder fuels are reduced so crown fire ignitions are unlikely. All trees shall be limbed to 12-feet from base so as to remove ladder fuels thereby disrupting vertical fuel continuity. All slash and timber shall be treated by chipping and cutting larger material into firewood.
Project is categorically exempt from CEQA as no ground disturbance shall occur which would otherwise result in a significant impact to the environment as all project work will be performed by hand with gas-powered hand tools, i.e., chainsaws. No heavy equipment or other significant ground disturbing equipment shall be used. No pile or underburning shall occur. Material will be chipped or cut into firewood. No watercourses or wet areas exist within project area. Slopes do not exceed 10% anywhere within the project area.