The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide $995,995 in funding for forest thinning and fuel reduction treatments (hand thinning and hand and/or grapple piling) on 1,030 acres of federal land within the Plumas National Forest. The treatments would enhance forest health, promote ecosystem resiliency in the event of wildfire, and improve watershed condition and provide water supply protection in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. The project would geographically connect to a larger 5,463-acre area undergoing stewardship timber sales and prescribed fire projects to provide a comprehensive forest health strategy in the area.
CEQA does not apply to prescribed fire, thinning, or fuel reduction projects undertaken on federal lands to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire that have been reviewed under the NEPA if the primary role of a state or local agency is providing funding or staffing for those projects. See NOE for full details.