Placer County Tree Mortality Removal Project- Division 3, 4 and 5 (refer to attached map)

Summary

SCH Number
2018118319
Lead Agency
Placer County
Document Title
Placer County Tree Mortality Removal Project- Division 3, 4 and 5 (refer to attached map)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
This is a continuation of the Placer County Tree Mortality Removal Project; removing dead trees on private and county lands along county roadways and those that threaten county facilities. Trees will be cut and removed to alleviate the risk of dead trees falling and hitting roadways or other county owned facilities. Cut trees will be removed and hauled away. If a tree is within a Type 1 or 2 stream zone, or on slopes greater than 50%, there will be mitigations required to alleviate impacts to the soils and surrounding vegetation. In some case, landowners have asked that the tree be left on their property which they may want to cut up for firewood or other uses. Approx 300 trees have been marked in the area and as additional dead trees are found during project implementation they will be marked for removal. Tree marking has been completed under the supervision of a Registered Professional Forester and follows California Tree Mortality Task Force Marking Guidelines. Tree locations, species and diameter will be provided to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for their review and approval. All trees have been inspected for the presence of nesting wildlife. If an animal is nesting in a dead tree that has been marked for removal, cutting will be deferred until after August 15th the protect wildlife or until fledglings have left. Archeological sites will be protected. Project generated slash may be left on the ground as whole limbs or chipped and spread, depending on the surrounding forest fuels or preference of the landowner. No landings or storage areas will be utilized; trees will be loaded directly onto a truck which will be staged on the roadway. Additional areas in Placer County are planned for tree removal over the next two years.

Contact Information
Alice Atherton
Placer County
3091 County Center Drive, Suite 140
Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 745-7511

Location

Counties
Placer
Other Location Info
West and Northshore Lake Tahoe

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Declared Emergency
Type, Section or Code
21080b3, 15269a
Reasons for Exemption
On Oct 30, 2015 an Emergency Proclamation for dead/dying tree removal in High Hazard Zones, provides CEQA relief for projects undertaken or approved by State/Local agencies. The project's implementation will result in multiple benefits, including public safety and reduction of forest fuels helping to protect Placer County, CA and surrounding areas. There will be no significant adverse impacts on endangered, rare, or threatened species or their habitats. There are no hazardous materials at or around the project site. The project will avoid all archeological resources sites. The project will not result in cumulatively significant impacts. The project will have no significant adverse effect on the environment.
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