Contract # 600-10-006 to United States Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (Recipient)

Summary

SCH Number
2011068188
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Contract # 600-10-006 to United States Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (Recipient)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The project will fund the pre-treatment research activities and data collection in the Blodgett and Stanislaus - Tuolumne experimental forest. Activities include collecting and analyzing data with respect to soil productivity, tree mortality and survival, soil health, post-fire beetle attack rates, seeding densities, hardwood re-sprouting response, understory diversity, and soil litter, among others, in areas affected by wildfire and in unburned areas. The activities will inform how areas best respond to various treatment scenarios and how to utilize woody biomass gathered from treatment activities. The project benefits the U.S. Forest Service, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, SGI, the Energy Commission, and the public by providing information on optimal treatments and uses in California's forests.

Contact Information
Kristen Driskell
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

916 654 3951

Location

Counties
El Dorado Tuolumne
Other Location Info
Blodgett and Stanislaus - Tuolumne experimental forests

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15306
Reasons for Exemption
Information Collection This activity consists of data collection, sample collection, and analysis in experimental forest designated for such activities. The activities would not result in a serious or major disturbance to these forest or their resources, but are necessary in order to better understand the effects of treatment and wildfire on forest ecology and woody biomass resources in California. Because the agency has not adopted, approved, or funded any action that would have significant impact on the environment, and because this action would not result in a significant impact on the environment, it is exempt from further environmental review.
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