Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Snell Valley Ranch Prescribed Burning
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The proposed project consists of a 175-acre, multi-phased prescribed burn with ecological restoration objectives on the Snell Valley Ranch property, immediately adjacent to LTNC's Missimer Preserve. The primary goal of the project is to restore an extensive area of serpentine alluvial and wet meadow that has been heavily invaded by barbed goatgrass and a number of other invasive exotic plant species. The project area lies immediately adjacent to active serpentine meadow restoration areas on the Missimer Preserve and excludes class I and II watercourses and archaeological resources.
This project fits under portions of four classes of class 4a and 4i, class 7, and class 8 actions by regulatory agencies for protection of the environment. Most of the project activities would occur within previously disturbed areas - the area is managed as a horse ranch for endurance horses, has been grazed for decades, has already established road side firelines in many locations for property protection. The areas where new ground disturbing activities might occur are limited and are best described as minor in scope, limited to minor blading on flat ground to tie into existing fire protection lines.