French Meadows Restoration Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Placer County
Document Title
French Meadows Restoration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The French Meadow restoration project is a partnership among Placer County, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA), the U.S. forest Service (USFS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) to improve ecological and watershed conditions and reduce the potential for serve wildlife impacts in the watershed. The Project encompasses approximately 22,000 acres and is proposed to take eight to ten years to full complete. A variety of ground operations to restore the forest to a natural state will include mechanical & hand thinning, mastication, biomass removal and delivery to energy facilities and prescribed fire activities. Note: See NOE for full details.

Contact Information

Brett Storey
Agency Name
Placer County - Community Development Resource Agency
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Location Specific: Multiple. Note: See NOE for full details.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
SB 901, Sec. 15308
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt as an action for the protection of the environment pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15308. The project is also consistent with Senate Bill 901 (Dodd, 2018). SB 901 provides that until January 1, 2023, CEQA does not apply to prescribed fire, thinning, or fuel reduction projects undertaken on federal lands to reduce the risk of high-severity wildlife that have been reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NEPA Decision Notice for the French Meadows Restoration project was signed by TNF Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano on December 12, 2018. The statutory exemption established by SB 901 went into effect January 1, 2019.

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