Reasons for Exemption
The project is classified as a Categorical Exemption, Class 4, section 1504 minor alterations to land. The project consists of the hand clearing of brush, small trees (trees less than 10” in diameter) and dead woody debris (snags less than 10” in diameter) along major escape routes and travel ways within the area of Berry Creek to reduce fire hazard and create fuel breaks. Approximately 46% of the fuel break area within the project will be treating vegetation around habitable structures for fire safe clearance. Furthermore, sensitive environments, unusual circumstances, a scenic highway, historical resources or hazardous waste sites are not located within the project area. Thus the project fits classification as a categorical exemption, Class 4, section 1504 minor alterations to land. Documentation of the environmental review completed by Sierra Timber Services on behalf of Butte County Fire Safe Council and CAL FIRE is kept on file at 1600 Feather River Blvd., Suite B, Oroville, CA 95965 and CAL FIRE’s BTU Office, 176 Nelson Avenue, Oroville, CA 95965.