The Ponderosa Way-Sky Ranch-Canyon View Loop Fuels Treatments project will create an 8-mile long, 300' wide roadside fuel break over an area of approximately 291 acres in Eastern Tehama County. Hand cutting, chipping, piling and burning of roadside vegetation will occur along untreated portions of Ponderosa Way between Ponderosa Sky Ranch and Plum Creek Road. Project work will also include treatments along 1 mile of previously untreated Canyon View Loop. State and County approve herbicides will be applied to treatment areas when appropriate and as approved by landowners who have property adjacent to the road within the project area. These fuel treatments will create a fuel break that will allow improved access for fire fighters responding to wildfires originating in adjacent chaparral and forest lands. They will also provide an improved evacuation route for residents of Ponderosa Sky Ranch, the Payne's Creek Road and Gun Club, Wilson Ranch, Lyman Springs and the Battle Creek Road and Gun club. Roadside fuel treatments will reduce the risk of roadside ignitions and fire spread as well as provide a cleared area from which fire fighting forces can conduct backfires and other fire suppression operators along with future prescribed fire projects that will protect roughly 150 inhabited structures located within the overall project area.
It has been determined that project work as proposed will provide a wider array of habitat for species particularly shade intolerant plants. In those areas where chipping will occur, chipping equipment will not leave the paved road thus reducing potential impacts related to fuel and lubricant spillage. Project work has also been determined to have a low potential to effect cultural resources.