Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Camp Whittle Fuels Reduction Project
NOE - Notice of Exemption
This project is located on the Camp Whittle YMCA property in Fawkskin, CA. The project is in a mixed conifer forest and chaparral community in the San Bernardino mountains. Jeffrey Pine, white fir, sugar pine and black oak are the main tree species. The dominant shrub species inlcude manzanita, white thorn and rabbit brush. Elevation is around 7,000 feet and the topography is relatively flat (<10% slope). The project is approximately 144 acres. This project will help reduce wildfire risk to the camp and nearby homes by reducing the hazardous fuels and improving forest health.
This project will encompass most of the camp's property and will consist of a combination of treatments which may include: masticating brush ground cover to create a mosaic of islands of vegetation of various natural appearing shapes and sizes; thinning trees under 12 inches in diameter at breat height (DBH) to an average spacing of 20 feet between tree trunks; and pruning residual trees to a height of eight feet or half their height, whichever is less. All vegetation within the drip-line of residual trees will be removed using masticators or chainsaws. Dead or dying trees will be felled.
Note: See NOE for full descriptions
Minor Alterations to Land
"minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees execept for forestry or agricultural purposes." This project as proposed, consists of mastification, chipping, thinning, and crew work and does not removal healthy, mature, scenic trres. These activities are best described as minor in scope.
Note: See NOE for full details