California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Hornbrook FFS Fuels Treatment Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The property is owned by the State of California and is operated and is operated as a year-round, 24/7 CAL FIRE station. The project area is characterized by 11 acres of Ponderosa pine, approx. 80 to 100 years of age. The largest individual trees are up to approx. 35' DBH and over 150' in height. The understory is composed of scattered Oregon white oak, moderate occurrences of brush species and dense grasses. Elevation is approx. 2,400 feet with slopes ranging from 0% to over 90% with an average slope of less than 30%.
The entire property was burned by the 2018 Klamathon fire which burned 38,008 acres. Most of the vegetation within the project area is dead or damaged. Immediate action is required to prevent potential threats of life, property, and essential public services.
Treatment shall entail the removal of all dead or dying trees that pose a safety hazard. Trees to be removed range from 8'-31' DBH and up to 130' in height. Dead or dying trees with characteristic beneficial to wildlife shall be retained, unless they pose a safety hazard. Treatment of slash shall be accomplished by piling and burning or by chipping. Trees will be bucked into logs at appro. lengths such that they may be move by hand. Logs will be processed into firewood that will be utilized by the CAL FIRE Hornbook Station. Trees removed during treatment activities shall not be utilized for commercial purposes.
*See NOE for full details.
The project fits within the above-listed Categorical Exemption, Declared Emergency, and Emergency Project listed in the CEQA Guidelines. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exception apply which would preclude the use of a NOE for this project. CAL FIRE has concluded that not significant environmental impacts would occur to aesthetics, agriculture, and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soil, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, publics services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems.
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