Butte Valley Fire Safe Council Fuel Reduction

Summary

SCH Number
2015118323
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Butte Valley Fire Safe Council Fuel Reduction
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
11/30/2015

Document Description
The project consists of reducing roadside vegetation and improving community escape routes in Pleasant Valley subdivision, the properties access from Andrews Road, and the properties along Schoolhouse Road and the Meiss Lake Sam's Neck Road. The project will use mastication in the Andrews Road and the eastern 2/3 of the Pleasant Valley areas. The rest of the Pleasant Valley area and approximately half of the Schoolhouse area will be hand cut and chipped back onto the area. Residual tress will be pruned to a height of 8-10 feet, but not more than 50% of the crown may be removed. All mature trees will be retained. Trees greater than 10" dbh will not be removed unless they area hazard to the road or personnel. The project area will be fully stocked upon completion of the project. No healthy, mature, scenic trees will be removed.

Contact Information
Giselle Nova
Cal Fire
206 Shasta Avenue
Mount Shasta, CA 96067

Phone : (530) 926-2089

Location

Counties
Siskiyou
Township
48N
Range
1W
Section
2,11
Other Location Info
Pleasant Valley
Other Information
Section 14, 15, 16, 22 Schoolhouse Area: T46N, R2W, Sec 6, T47N,2W, Section 20, 29, 31, 32

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15304 C:4
Reasons for Exemption
Public Resources Code, Division 13, Chapter 55, Article 19 Section 15304 allows minor alteration of vegetation including fuel management activities to reduce the volume of flammable vegetation, provided the activities do not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant/animal species, or cause significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters. Minimal ground disturbance is expected from most of this project, although mastication of brush and juniper will affect the ground in the Andrews Road and portions of the Pleasant Valley areas. A current CNDDB search was conducted. The project as proposed will not have a negative impact upon any listed species of plant or animal with potential to be found within the project area. A current Archaeological records check was obtained and the project area was surveyed by RPF john Kessler. Several sites were identified and protection measures developed with concurrence from CAL FIRE archaeologist Richard Jenkins. Native American Inquiry letters were sent to tribal Members on the current contact list. This project as proposed is not expected to result in a significant impact on the environment. Documentation of the environmental review is kept on file at CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit Headquarters, 1809 Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097

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