The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding in the amount of $99,997 to the Plumas Audubon Society to complete a CEQA and NEPA study for fuels reduction via hand thinning, piling, and underburning. Initial planning will require wildlife, archaeology, soils, botany, and forestry surveys in addition to preparation of NEPA and CEQA documents. This planning phase is the first step towards initiating a fuels reduction project within the Wildland Urban Interface near the town of Quincy.
The approximately 665-acre project area Is located within the upper Feather River watershed In Plumas County. The project area Is bound by the town of Quincy to the north and the 2017 Minerva Fire footprint to the south-southwest. The ea stem border of the project area abuts Soper-Wheeler logging company lands. Landowners within the project site include the Plumas National Forest and American Valley Community Service District.
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This is a planning project involving the preparation of environmental compliance documents; it does not involve physical alterations to the environment. Specific actions include completing resource surveys and preparation NEPA and CEQA documents that evaluate future possible actions. Future fuel reduction activities have not been approved, and the completion of these environmental documents will not have a legally binding effect on future activities.