Western Nevada County Community Defense Project - Deer Creek - EIS17-0011

3 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2017072006
Lead Agency
Nevada County
Document Title
Western Nevada County Community Defense Project - Deer Creek - EIS17-0011
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
2/13/2018
Present Land Use
forest lands/FR-Forest/FOR-Forest

Document Description
The project would involve the treatment of forest conditions in order to reduce fire danger. The Forest Service is proposing to reduce surface fuel loadings and ladder fuels to a level that would allow safe fire suppression by hand cutting, piling, and burning material, developing Helispots, and water sources, treating non-native invasive plants, and removing hazard trees. In addition, the Forest Service is proposing to recondition/maintain and repair several sections of existing roads to improve accessibility for firefighting operations and public ingress and egress in the event of a wildfire in the area. To accomplish the purpose and need of this project, the Forest Service is proposing the treatments on approx. 4,321 acres of national forest lands on the Yuba River Ranger District, within western Nevada County. The following treatments are proposed: 1) Hand cut machine pile and burn piles; 2) Mechanically thin (tractor) and underburn; 3) Hand cut, machine pile, burn piles, and underburn; 4) Helispot development; 5) Water Source Developments; 6) Mastication; 7) Hand cut, hand pile, and burn piles; 8) Hand cut, hand pile, burn piles, and underburn; 9) Underburn; 10) Manually treat non-native invasive plants; 11) Improve sensitive plant habitat by hand cutting small trees, shrubs, and small down wood in selected areas to provide more sunlight; 12) Remove hazard trees; 13) Protect residual trees in treated stands from annosus root disease by treating freshly cut stumps greater than 14 inches diameter with a registered borate compound; 14) Enhance hardwoods by handcutting selected hardwood sprouts in treatment units; 15) Improve road conditions through maintenance of 37 miles of road of which approx. 17 miles would be reconditioned; 16) Transfer of ownership and maintenance to Nevada County of two segments of roads (totaling 1.86 miles) in the Madrone Springs-Cooper Road area.

Contact Information
Brian Foss
Nevada County
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 170
Nevada City, CA 95959-8617

Phone : (530) 265-1256

Location

Cities
Nevada City
Counties
Nevada
Cross Streets
Various locations north and east of Nevada city, Cascade Shores and Scotts Flat Lake
Zip
95959
Total Acres
4,321
Parcel #
various
State Highways
20, 49
Airports
Nevada County
Schools
Various
Waterways
Yuba River, Scotts Flat Lake

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Nevada County Planning Dept.
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 170, Nevada City, CA 95959

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
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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