Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Road 1000/ Three Chop Ridge Shaded Fuel Break
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) occupies an area of approximately 48, 652 acres within Mendocino County, California. The JDSF Forest Management Plan and associated Fire Protection Plan has 87 miles of planned fire breaks that are intended to minimize the size and intensity of wildfires on JDSF. This project proposes to establish approximately 6 miles of fire break that is consistent with the Fire Protection Plan.
This project proposes to treat understory/ladder fuels along a fire suppression ridge and main access road. The majority of the fuels will be masticated utilizing a medium sized excavator with a masticator head. Where equipment access is limited due to topography, hand crews will cut and either loop and scatter or chip the resulting slash. Woody material chipped by the masticator or chipper will be broadcast and left dispersed on site.
Treatment prescription will include removing small trees of less than 11" DBH and brush with either an excavator masticator or hand crew with chainsaws. The width of the shaded fuel break will vary from 200-400 feet in width depending upon access and slopes. Heavy equipment will be restricted to flat to moderate slopes and existing roads and skid trails. The limbs of the retention trees will be pruned up to 8-12 feet above the ground level.
The project meets the requirement of a CEQA Article 19 Class 4 Categorical exemption, consisting of "minor public/private alterations in the conditions of land, water and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature & scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes. The California Natural Diversity Data Base (CNDDB) was searched and no rare, threatened or endangered plant or animal species were identified on the project site that will be negatively impacted by this project. The Cal FIRE Archaeologist has been consulted and has be determined that this project is exempt from further archaeological review.
*See NOE for full details.