Western Klamath Landscape Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project

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Summary

SCH Number
2019012052
Lead Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Western Klamath Landscape Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
7/11/2023
Document Description
The Mid Klamath Watershed Council is proposing the Western Klamath Landscape Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project (project) which would include vegetation treatments on 31,234 acres of private State Responsibility Area (SRA) lands in western Siskiyou and eastern Humboldt counties (project area). The project consists of ecological restoration and wildland-urban interface (WUI) fuel reduction treatment types and the proposed treatment activities are prescribed burning, mechanical treatments, and manual treatments. The CEQA lead agency is the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE); its discretionary approval is the issuance of Forest Health Grant funding to implement treatments within a portion of the project area. CAL FIRE has prepared a Project-Specific Analysis and Addendum (PSA/Addendum) for the project as a later activity covered by the California Vegetation Treatment Project (CalVTP) Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Mid Klamath Watershed Council is the “implementing entity” reflecting its role as the lead implementer of treatments. The project consists of vegetation treatments in the western Klamath Mountains within and adjacent to the 1.2-million-acre planning area of the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership. The elevation of the project area ranges from approximately 400 to 7,200 feet. The current conditions in the project area include overstocked forests, dense shrublands, and meadows that have been degraded and as a result are experiencing conifer, hardwood, and shrub encroachment. Proposed treatments aim to increase biodiversity, ecosystem health, and climate resilience by recreating pre-suppression vegetation distribution to establish functioning, resilient, heterogeneous forests and meadows at multiple scales and process-based restoration through fire. Vegetation removed during implementation of the proposed treatments would be processed through mastication, chipping and scattering, piling and burning, and lopping and scattering. Invasive plant and noxious weed biomass would be treated onsite to eliminate seed and propagules or would be disposed of offsite at an appropriate waste collection facility to prevent reestablishment or spread of invasive plants and noxious weeds. Invasive plants and noxious weeds would not be chipped and spread, scattered, or mulched on site.

Contact Information

Name
Shannon Johnson
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Staff Chief
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
Humboldt, Siskiyou
Regions
Countywide
Total Acres
31,234
State Highways
96
Other Location Info
Western Klamath Mountains, including portions of western Siskiyou and eastern Humboldt counties
Other Information
Portions of Horse Creek Rd, Scott River Rd, China Grade Rd, Indian Creek Rd, Sawyers Bar Rd, Cecilville Rd and Caribou Rd

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
Yes
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes (Project Specific Analysis)
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
Yes
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

Attachments

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