Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Root Carbon Research Study
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The project involves the measurement of root biomass on Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) including sampling for coarse and fine roots in a 10m X 10 m study plot. The coarse roots will be measured by ground penetrating radar over the entire plot and single trench 1m deep x 20cm wide x 1m long. Fine roots will be sampled within a portion of the plot by randomly locating five, 10cm x 30cm soil cores. Material not removed for laboratory analysis will be replaced. Trees will be measured using standard tree measurements including increment cores. Potential negative effects will be avoided by 1) Botanical - survey for rare plants by CAL FIRE Forester and 2) Cultural Resources - consultation with a CAL FIRE Archeologist including a cultural resources record check, and a field spot check by a CAL FIRE Forester with current archeological certification.
Project Location: Jackson Demonstration State Forest
Notice of Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits within the Class 4 and 6 Categorical Exemptions described in state law (14 CCR 15304 (f) and 15306) pertaining to minor alterations to land and information collection (research). It will not have significant effect on the environment and is exempt from the provisions of CEQA.
Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at Jackson Demonstration State Forest.