The Sierra Nevada Conservancy will provide funding to the U.S. Forest Service, Eldorado National Forest, to complete forest fuel reduction activities in areas affected by the 2014 King Fire. This project will include forest fuel reduction, including the management of shrubs and dead trees. Project treatments will involve initial fuel reduction activities on approximately 1,810 acres, including skidding and piling of large material and mastication or piling of small material. The secondary treatments on these acres will include shrub control on 1,515 acres and biomass removal on 251 acres. These activities will reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire and support forest restoration on the Eldorado National Forest, promoting forest health and resiliency during future wildfire events.
The project area is located in the central Sierra Nevada mountain range north of Pollock Pines, California and east of Foresthill, California.
Notice of Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources 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. SNC will obtain funding from the Califomia Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and provide it to the U.S. Forest Service to reduce forest fuels on 1,810 acres of federal land in the Eldorado National Forest. The project activities have been analyzed by the U.S. Forest Service pursuant to NEPA. A NEPA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared for the project and a Record of Decision was signed by the Eldorado National Forest on September 2, 2015. Proposed project activities were evaluated in the NEPA EIS.