Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project

2 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2016092044
Lead Agency
El Dorado Irrigation District
Document Title
Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

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
11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205
Auburn, CA 95603

530-823-4689

Location

Coordinates
38°40'"N 120°07'"W
Counties
El Dorado Amador
Zip
95646
Total Acres
6,800
State Highways
88
Waterways
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 EIR Available Location
11521 Blocker Dr., Suite 205, Auburn, CA 95603

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
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