Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
El Dorado Irrigation District
Document Title
Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
Natural Resource; Open -forest

Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) would provide $476,709 in funding to El Dorado Irrigation District to implement the Caples Creek WAtershed Ecological Restoration Project (proposed project). The proposed project involves prescribed fire activities on approx. 6,800 acres, and meadow restoration and aspen enhancement activities on approx. 25 acres in the Caples Creek watershed in the El Dorado National Forest. The proposed project would reintroduce fire as an ecosystem process to reduce fuel accumulation, to reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire, and restore a a diverse forest composition and structure over multiple years. Prescribed understory fires (both hand and aerial ignitions) within 25 miles of containment lines would be implemented under carefully monitored conditions favoring low to moderate intensity understory fires that would consume surface fuels, thin out small trees (aspen, oak, and cottonwood) contributing to a more diverse forest structure and composition. As part of restoration efforts in Jake Schneider Meadow, the proposed project would remove the competing confiers from aspen groves and reroute a hiking trail around the meadow. The project includes design criteria and best management practices adopted by the USFS for project activities to prtoect aquatic, terrestrial, and botanical special-status species, waterways and riparian areas, cultural resources, and easethetic/visual resources. Impacts from smoke emissions would be minimized by complying with smoke management plans taht will be approved by the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District. SNC has reviewed the Initial Study nad Neg Dec prepared by EID, and has independently determined that the Project would not result in significant adverse environmental impacts.

Contact Information
Patrick Eidman
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Lead/Public Agency
11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone : (530) 823-4689


38°40'"N 120°07'"W
Amador El Dorado
Total Acres
State Highways
Caples Creek, Silver Fork of American River
Other Location Info
Pollock Pines

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
11521 Blocker Dr., Suite 205, Auburn, CA 95603


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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