Trinity Community Resilience Project (5GG17203)

Summary

SCH Number
2020110156
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Trinity Community Resilience Project (5GG17203)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
11/9/2020
Project Applicant
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Present Land Use
Rural

Document Description
The Wateshed Research and Training Center (WRTC), plans to implement understory broadcast burning and fuel reduction activities on approximately 113 acres of private land in Weaverville, CA. Pre-burn fuel treatments to minimize fire intensities, especially along control lines and adjacent to critical infrastructure, will occur where necessary within the project area. Pre-fire treatments include fuels reduction in the form of hand thinning (with chainsaws) to remove suppressed trees (less than 8” DBH) and brush/shrubs in strategic locations. Residual materials will be treated by piling and burning, chipping, and/or lop and scatter. Burn units are subdivided by natural features on the landscape (roads, watercourses, trails etc.) to facilitate control efforts and manage smoke impacts based on burn day smoke dispersion. All handlines were established during previous fire suppression efforts, using these, along with the weaverbasin trail system, no new control lines will need to be constructed. Broadcast burning will be implemented during appropriate environmental conditions that will allow us to meet our resource objectives as per the prescribed fire burn plan. Burns will be conducted using hand ignition and other standard prescribed fire methods. Burn prescriptions would aim to reduce surface fuel loading 25-85% and understory woody vegetative cover by 15-65% from pre-burn levels. Implementaion will be in the form of a burn with partners from CAL FIRE, USFS, Trinity RCD, and the Weaverville Volunteer Fire Departments. Objectives include; reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire, stimulating the growth of woody shrubs, oaks, and conifers, increasing water yields, meadow and oak restoration, encouraging the return of native grasses by reducing non-natives invasive plants, reducing conifer encroachment into the oak woodland and grassland areas.

Contact Information
David Jaramillo
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
875 Cypress Ave.
Redding, CA 96001

Phone : (530) 225-2413
David.Jaramillo@fire.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Trinity
Total Acres
113
Other Location Info
Portions of: T34N R10W Sec. 31 and T33N R09W Sec. 06 Mt. Diablo Base and Meridian.
Other Information
Community of Weaverville

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
Field review confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The project consists of minor treatments to land and vegetation in the form of hand thinning and understory broadcast burning via hand crews. The activities do not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, or sedimentation to surface waters. This project will not convert forestland to non-forest uses, and all treated vegetation will have the ability to grow back. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, utilities and service systems, or to wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at 875 Cypress Ave., Redding, CA 96001.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
NOE Trinity Community Resilience Project 5GG17203   PDF 142 K

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