Tree planting using native conifers, oaks, and willows as appropriate, would occur on approximately 240 acres of burned hill slopes that suffered moderate to high burn severity in the Redwood Complex Fire. Reforestation efforts will be conducted using hand crews. Project treatments aim to provide accelerated, native vegetative cover within the fire footprint to protect water quality.
The geographic scope of this project includes the Forsythe Creek HSA (HUC 12: 180101100201 and 180W1100202), which includes Forsythe Creek and its tributaries, and the West Fork Russian River (West Fork) and its tributaries; all of which lie within the community of Redwood Valley. The West Fork is the eastern component of the Forsythe Creek HSA, encompassing approximately 22,000 acres. The Forsythe Creek watershed encompasses approximately 32,000 acres of the area within the Forsythe Creek HSA, approximately 21,000 acres (~38%) burned during the Redwood Fire of October 2017 (CAL FIRE Burn Severity Map, 2017).
Notice of Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4-S: 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Project qualifies for categorical Exemption under Section 1§304 as a Minor
alterations in land, water, and vegetation on existing officially designated wildlife management areas or fish production facilities which result In Improvement of habitat for fish and wildlife resources or greater fish production. Project does got involve the removal of healthy, live trees.