The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has executed Streambed
Alteration Agreement EPIMS Notification No. BUT-38115-R2, pursuant to section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to the project Applicant, the City of Chico.
The project proposes to improve wildfire safety, reduce fire hazards and create defensible space along Lindo Channel from Highway 99 to Manzanita Avenue in-between homes bordering the channels open space in the City of Chico. This will be accomplished through thinning, chipping and grazing by goats or other small
livestock. Treatment will limit growth of tall grasses and smaller shrubs. No work will be conducted within 50 feet of or in Lindo Channel. The initial thinning area would be approximately 44 acres, and annual livestock grazing would occur across 96 acres.
Initial work would involve manual thinning of woody vegetation while leaving root systems intact using hand tools (e.g., saws, weed wrenches, pole saws, and loppers), chainsaws, and rubber-tired equipment to minimize ground disturbance. Most of the activities would concentrate on removing and reducing shrub and understory vegetation. Crews would also focus on removing dead or unstable trees while thinning smaller live trees. Live trees over 4-inch diameter at breast height will only be removed if it poses an immediate hazard to structures.