Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Boggs Mountain DSF Reforestation Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
BMDSF and the surrounding community was severely impacted by the 76,000 acre Valley that began on Sep 12, 2015. An estimated 85 to 90% of the timber resources on the forest were either killed or substantially damaged by the intensity of the fire and very little to no understory vegetation survived the fire. As a result of this fire, timber salvage operations and forest rehabilitation efforts are underway. A key objective of the rehabilitation effort is to re-establish a healthy mixed conifer/hardwood forest. Approximately 600,000 mixed conifer seedlings will be required to fully reforest BMDSF.
This project fits under 15307 - actions by regulatory agencies for protection of natural resources, and 15308 - actions by regulatory agencies for protection of the environment.
In the absence of forest rehabilitation, including replanting and vegetation control, the proliferation, abundance and accumulation of understory vegetation is well recognized and documented to be a major contributing factor to the potential for catastrophic wildfire by increasing the fuel loading and acting as ladder fuels.