Phase II Lakes Basin Forest Health (SNC 1232)


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Phase II Lakes Basin Forest Health (SNC 1232)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Plumas County Fire Safe Council

Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide $999,997 in funding for forest thinning and fuel reduction treatments (hand thinning and hand and/or grapple piling) on up to 1,016.7 acres of federal land within the Plumas National Forest. The treatments would enhance forest health, promote ecosystem resiliency in the event of wildfire, improve watershed condition, and provide water supply protection in the Frazier Creek watershed of the Middle Fork Feather River. This proposal is the second phase of a Sierra Nevada Conservancy funded project and will provide complete implementation of the comprehensive 5,463 acre project to enhance ecosystem resiliency and watershed protection in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area.

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

Phone : (530) 823-4688


Other Location Info
National Forest lands directly adjacent to the communities of Graeagle and Smith Creek Ranch, 70 miles Southeast of Quincy

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 up to 1,016.7 acres of federal land within the Plumas National Forest. The proposed activities were reviewed in their entirety under NEPA in the Lakes Basin 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 September 27, 2018.


Notice of Exemption
2020030346_SNC_1232_FH_LakesBasinPhase2_NOE_03   PDF 1059 K

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