Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
East Indian Fuels Reduction Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The project area is characterized by a sparse to moderately dense, mixed conifer stand consisting of Douglas Fir, Ponderosa pine, incense cedar, madrone and black oak 20-80 years of age. The understory is composed of moderate to dense occurrences of conifer and hardwood species, blackberries and other brush species with moderate amounts of fine wood debris. Elevation ranges from 1,380 feet to 1,800 feet with slopes ranging from 10% to 50%.
Hand crews will be utilized to remove all brush species, thin understory trees 8" DBH or less, prune leave trees to a height of 6 to 8 feet and remove existing ground fuels between 1 and 5 inches in diameter. All the woody material generated by treatment activities will be placed in manageable piles, which are no larger than 6 feet in height and 8 feet in diameter, and burned during safe climatic conditions. Piles will be established as far as possible from residual trees.
This project fits within the above-listed Categorical Exemption listed in the CEQA Guidelines. Field review by CalFire staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. CalFire has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazards materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems.