June Mountain Fuels Reduction and Keystone System Restoration Project, Phase II (SNC 1227)

Summary

SCH Number
2020030345
Lead Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
June Mountain Fuels Reduction and Keystone System Restoration Project, Phase II (SNC 1227)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
3/10/2020
Project Applicant
California Trout

Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide $458,673 in funding for forest thinning and fuel reduction treatments on 214 acres of federal land within the Inyo National Forest including mechanical and hand thinning and pile burning. The treatments would enhance forest health by removal of mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine and candidate-threatened whitebark pine, promote ecosystem resiliency in the event of wildfire, improve watershed condition, and provide water supply protection in the surrounding areas.

Contact Information
Jamie Sammut
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone : (530) 823-4688

Location

Counties
Mono
Other Location Info
Within the June Mountain Ski Area in Mono County, Center of project area is 37.745554°N / 119.070546°W

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code Section 4799.05(d)(1)
Reasons for Exemption
The California Environmental Quality Act 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 National Environmental Policy Act (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 for fuel reduction on 214 acres of federal land within the Inyo National Forest. The proposed activities were reviewed in their entirety under NEPA in the June Mountain Vegetation Management Project Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The final Decision Notice for the EA/FONSI was signed by the Plumas National Forest on June 6, 2012. In 2020, the US Forest Service reviewed the EA/FONSI and certified that the NEPA analysis adequately addresses current site conditions and project impacts.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020030345_SNC_1227_FH_JuneMtn_NOE_03   PDF 942 K

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