Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Henry's Prescribed Burn
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Henry's Prescribed Burn Project is approximately 550 acres of private land that will be understory burned as part the greater United States Forest Service (USFS) Henry's Burn (1600 acres). The USFS has completed an Environmental Assessment for their portion of the burn to take place on the USFS managed lands. The understory burn will be a multiple entry project with ignition occurring in the fall and/or spring. Ignition strategies will include both hand and aerial firing. Depth at the top of the burn will be created by hand ignitions and then a helicopter will be used to initiate the backing fire on the lower slopes. A minimal amount of hand thinning of small diameter trees (1" to 9") and brush will occur along control lines and the Caldor Road in order to reduce surface fuel loading and fire severity. The completion of this project has the potential to reduce fire severity thereby allowing suppression forces an area to safely engage in suppression activities for the Grizzle Flats Community and surrounding forest.
A search of the natural Diversity Database yielded listed species adjacent to the project area on USFS manage lands. There is habitat for Mariposa lily within the project area; however, no populations have been identified, and if identified they will be avoided. An archeological records search and survey has been completed, the Henry's Diggings Mining District has 21 features within the project boundary on both Federal and private lands; historic values are not at risk from the project activities. No sires are located within areas identified for hand line construction.
The project is categorically exempt and will not have a significant impact on the environment.