The Lake Wildwood Community is part of Penn Valley, 10 miles west of Grass Valley, just off Hwy 20. The project will implement a shaded fuel break on homeowner association greenbelt properties. The treatment prescription is for removal of understory ladder fuels, thinning of overstocked trees, and pruning up larger trees to be completed by hand clearing and chipping. Treatment areas are determined based on fire hazard conditions and fall primarily within the Silver Pine and Big Oak Park greenbelts. Previously treated areas along Wild Turkey Ravine and Deer Creek will receive maintenance. Removal of excess fuel will provide homeowners with small lots adjacent to community greenbelt areas to achieve 100 feet of defensible space. Project work will exclude watercourses and riparian plant communities. The project will encompass approximately 50 acres of small association parcels within the development.
The project will establish a greenbelt fuel break primarily thru manual thinning and chipping. The project involves only minor alterations tot he existing conditions of the land and vegetation designed to establish a more natural vegetative condition with a reduced fire risk. The project will allow homeowners adjacent to association land holdings to meet the 100 ft defensible space clearance requirements. A CAL FIRE Registered Professional Forester has consulted with the California Department of Fish and Game, conducted an environmental review, and determined, pursuant to 14 CCR Section 15300.2 (c)(f) that no historical resources or unusual circumstances exist which would preclude the use of a Categorical Exemption.