Parks and Recreation, Department of
(California Department of Parks and Recreation)
Vegetation Removal and Prescribed Burn
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Remove vegetation and conduct prescribed burn in the areas known as Bigtree National Forest (BTNF) and North Grove sites at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to reduce the threat of wildfire and improve native forest composition and structure.
BTNF: Work will manually remove woody debris on 35 acres in BTNF; place debris in 5'X5' piles and burn piles prior to conducting prescribed burn. Rake duff down to mineral soil approximately 10' around the base of old growth sugar pine trees greater than 40" diameter at breast height (DBH) to prevent high intensity heating and scorching during prescribed burn. Cut 5' W fire lines throughout the 35 acres to prepare and perform the prescribed burn.
North Grove: Work will manually remove shrubs, shade-tolerant trees less than 6" DBH, and all dead and diseased vegetation, on 126 acres in North Grove. Place fuels in 5'X5' piles; and burn piles prior to conducting prescribed burn. Cut 5' W fire lines throughout the 125 acres to prepare and perform the prescribed burn.
Project consists of maintenance or minor alteration of existing public facilities or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination; and minor public alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for the forestry purposes; included as "prescribed burns to maintain native vegetation" and "prescribed burns to restore native vegetation, reduce fuel loads, and control invasive exotic or alien species" in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities, in accordance with CCR S 15300.4.