Nevada County Community Shaded Fuelbreak


SCH Number
Public Agency
Nevada County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Nevada County Community Shaded Fuelbreak
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The project proposes to reduce or modify vegetation on areas of specific parcels to reduce the intermediate fuel loads and reduce the threat of a catastrophic wildfire, thereby adding protection to adjacent Nevada City and local communities as well as protecting a drinking water supply (Scotts Flat Reservoir) and recreation area. The portion of parcels proposed for treatment will be fragmented, non-contiguous, treated by different methods at different times over a three year period. This project will also provide protection to water quality and reduce the threat of serious soil erosion which would result from a catastrophic wildfire. Project implementation will not significantly impact the current level of habitat available over the landscape level.

Contact Information
Lesa Osterholm
Nevada County Resource Conservation District
Lead/Public Agency
113 Presley Way, Suite One
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Phone : (530) 272-3417 ext. 107


Nevada City

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
CalFire state agency has a Program EIR for fuel load reduction activities and therefore a Categorical Exemption under Article 19, Section 15304 "minor alteration to land" is being filed. Also Category 10 of Section 31.2, Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Interim Directive 1909.15-2003-1 dated 6/5/2003 which states; "Hazardous fuels reduction activities using prescribed fire, not to exceed 4,500 acres, and mechanical methods for crushing, piling, thinning, pruning, cutting, chipping, mulching, and mowing, not to exceed 1,000 acres." In addition, all the work will be conducted under CEQA exemptions consistent with CalFire requirements under the Program EIR. Minor alterations to land include modifying hazardous vegetation fuels by low impact treatments adding long term protection to the watershed.

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