Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area and Watershed Protection Project (SNC #1146)

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SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area and Watershed Protection Project (SNC #1146)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide $999,878 In funding for forest thinning treatments on 634 acres within the Plumas National Forest surrounding the remote communities of La Porte and American House. Forest conditions in the project site are overstocked, with a high level of tree mortality due to bark beetle infestation and drought. Treatments would be aimed at improving forest resiliency to pest and disease infestation, drought-induced tree mortality, and wildfire; and protecting life and property.

Contact Information

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

Agency Name
Plumas National Forest
Contact Types
Project Applicant


La Porte

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 the federal 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 treat 630 acres of forest on federal lands. The proposed activities were evaluated pursuant to NEPA by the U.S. Forest Service in the Sugarloaf Hazardous Fuels Reduction Environmental Impact Statement. The Record of Decision was signed in September 2014.


Notice of Exemption

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