French Meadows Prescribed Fire Project (SNC #1130)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
French Meadows Prescribed Fire Project (SNC #1130)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide $995,995 in funding to improve forest and ecosystem health and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfires on 700 acres in the Tahoe National Forest through the introduction of controlled fire within the project area. Prescribed fire would directly benefit water quality in the French Meadows Reservoir, which is located immediately downstream of the project. Project activities would involve pre-fire site preparation (including pre-fire hand thinning and establishing fire containment lines), prescribed fire burning, and post-fire monitoring.

Contact Information

Shannon Ciotti
Agency Name
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
The Nature Conservancy
Contact Types
Project Applicant



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 4799.05(d)(1)
Reasons for Exemption
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 NEPA if the primary role of a state or local agency is providing funding or staffing for those projects. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding to conduct prescribed burning activities on 700 acres of federal lands within the Tahoe National Forest. The actions to be undertaken by this project were reviewed in their entirety pursuant to NEPA through an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The Decision Notice and FONSI for the project was signed by the Tahoe National Forest on December 10, 2018.


Notice of Exemption

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