Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Lake Theodore Fuel Reduction
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The project are consists of 69 acres of brush covered timberland between 1600 and 2000 elevation. Forest management has not occurred on site for over 50 years. The timer stand is primarily small oak trees and brush with a few large scattered overstory Ponderosa Pine, Valley Oak and Black Oak. Forest management has not occurred on site for over 50 years. Understory vegetation is extremely dense includes live and dead Manzanita, Live oak scrub and trees, poison oak, black oak and Himalaya Blackberry. Other species occur throughout the stand typical of the transition zone between a ponderosa pine/oak dominated stand and the blue oak woodland areas found at lower elevations. This transition allows a small number of Buckeye and some blue oaks to occur. The project is limited to hand cutting and chipping of brush and small trees using chainsaws, hand tools, diesel powered chipper, and pole saws for pruning.
The project involves the use of hand tools and a track chipper to reorient understory vegetation. The resulting condition will be only slightly and temporarily alternated form the existing conditions of the land. Placer county Water agency has conducted a biological assessment of the area and identified no resources requiring protection.