Lakes Basin Fuels Reduction Project

3 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2018039002
Lead Agency
Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District
Document Title
Lakes Basin Fuels Reduction Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) would provide funding to the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District to work with the Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District to reduce hazardous fuels on 661 acres of National Forest System lands. The purpose of this project is to reduce potential future wildfire severity and establish wildfire defensible space around developed infrastructure within the wildland-urban interface (WUI) in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Fuel reduction would occur by thinning standing live and dead trees, and the removal of exiting and created surface fuels during fuels reduction operations. The proposed project includes meadow/aspen restoration, fuels reduction in campgrounds, creation of a fuel break, forest fuels reduction, infrastructure fuels reduction around recreation residences and/or resorts, and roadside fuels reduction. Under the proposed project ground-based equipment and hand labor would be employed to conduct fuels reduction treatments of overstory and understory trees. Ground-based equipment would include typical forestry machinery used for felling and moving and processing timber in the field. This includes rubber-tired and tracked feller buncher style equipment used for felling designated landings. Vegetation management treatments would focus on reducing crown fire potential and creating safer conditions for wildland firefighters to conduct suppression activities. This would be achieved by breaking up continuous horizontal and vertical fuel loads using variable density thinning, which attempts to mimic historic forest conditions present prior to European settlement. In general, the majority of trees to be removed would be small diameter (<10 inches) although larger trees (up to 30 inches diameter at breast height (DBH)) will be removed as well to achieve desired conditions, SNC has reviewed the environmental documentation prepared by the lead agency and independently determined that the project would not result in significant environmental impacts.

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

530-823-4689

Location

Cities
Mammoth Lakes
Counties
Mono

Notice of Determination

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

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
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
No
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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