Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Smith Station Road Shaded Fuel Break
NOE - Notice of Exemption
This Shaded Fuel break is part of a strategic fire defense system, designated by the Southwest Interface Team in their strategic wildfire protection plan. The SFB will consist of removing brush and thinning small trees to shaded fuel break standards in an approximately 200' wide area with Smith Station road running through the center. The thinning and brush removal treatments will be accomplished sing hand cutting with chainsaws. Slash generated from hand cutting will be treated using chip/scatter. Trees up to 12 inches DBH may be removed to achieve the necessary spacing needed for achieving a functional fuel break. The primary goal is to disrupt the horizontal and vertical continuity of fuels in order to provide a safe and feasible means of defense against the high probability of vegetation fire within the WUI.
The Class of Exemption to be used is 14 CCR 15304 - Minor Alterations to Land. The project consists of constructing fuel breaks. A query of the CNDDB did not reveal the presence of any sensitive species. Protection measures for watercourses are consistent with the California Forest Practice Rules. Protection measures for watercourses are consistent with the California Forest Practice Rules. Protection measures for archaeological sites are consistent with the original project and impacts are not expected.