Western Nevada County Community Defense Project - Deer Creek

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Nevada County
Document Title
Western Nevada County Community Defense Project - Deer Creek
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
forest lands/FR-Forest/FOR-Forest

Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) would provide $500,000 to the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County for the Western Nevada County (Community Defense Project - Deer Creek (project). The purpose of the project is to improve forest health and resilience to climate and future drought, reduce the wildfire fuel hazard, and complete a strategic network of treatments across public and private ownerships to utilize for protection of the watershed during wildfires. The Deer Creek Watershed was ranked as the top priority for wildfire hazard reduction in the Nevada County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (updated 2016). The goal of the project is to complete remaining portions of the Western Nevada County Community Defense Project in the Deer Creek Watershed. Approx. two thirds of the strategically placed network of treatments, wider than a single fuel break, have already been completed. This project would help complete the network by treating 239 acres of Tahoe National Forest lands, which are prescribed to be treated by hand-cut/hand pile for burning. Hand thinning utilizes crews with chainsaws or handsaws that cut understory trees less than 12 inches in diameter and brush (greater than 12 inches in height) in order to accomplish fuels reduction, stand improvement and/or wildlife habitat/plant community enhancement objectives. Cut trees would be piled using manual labor. After piles are cured they would be burned to ensure a clean, hot burn with minimal smoke impacts to surrounding communities.

Contact Information
Shannon Ciotti
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
11521 Blocker Dr., Suite 205
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone : (530) 823-4689


Nevada City
Cross Streets
Various locations north and east of Nevada city, Cascade Shores and Scotts Flat Lake
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
20, 49
Nevada County
Yuba River, Scotts Flat Lake

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
11521 Blocker Dr., Suite 205, Auburn, CA 95603


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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