Jackson Demonstration State Forest Casper Bypass Trail


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Jackson Demonstration State Forest Casper Bypass Trail
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The proposed project includes the construction of a 0.7-mile single-track multi-use trail within the Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF). The goal of this project includes creating a trail suitable for use as a bypass prior to the beginning of timber operations associated with the approved Caspar 500 Timber Harvest Plan (THP) that encompasses 533 acres. Completion of the bypass trail is targeted for late winter, 2021. The trail construction method will involve removal of vegetation with a gas-powered chainsaw and pruners. Hand tools will be used to create the trail surface, removing down debris and duff with McCleod tools, creating a trail surface of approximately 2 feet wide. Other hand tools may include the use of Pulaski’s, pruner shears, and rakes. Removal of vegetation will involve mostly brush cutting and tree limbs. A few trees up to 4-inches DBH will be removed. Removed vegetation will be lopped and scattered. The amount of vegetation removal and creation of slash is expected to be minor, as an effort was made to locate the trail between standing trees and within natural openings. Trail construction will use the natural topography to ensure proper drainage, grade control, and to demonstrate proper techniques that minimize the need for long-term.

Contact Information
Christina Snow
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Lead/Public Agency
1131 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Phone : (916) 324-1639


Northern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, Section 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project trail will be constructed without the use of heavy machinery and will not remove substantial vegetation. The trail is approximately 0.7 miles in length and will implement best management practices according to the applicable Timber Harvest Plan.


Notice of Exemption
JDSF_Caspar_Bypass_Trail_NOE   PDF 173 K

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