California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Whiskey Working Forest Conservation Easement
NOE - Notice of Exemption
THIS PROJECT IS FOR GRANTING OF FUNDING FOR THE PURCHASE OF A CONSERVATION EASEMENT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. THE PURPOSE OF THE CONSERVATION EASEMENT CAN BE SUMMARIZED AS PERMANENT PROTECTION OF THE WORKING FOREST PROPERTY TO ENSURE THAT (1) IT REMAIN A WORKING FOREST WITH NO CONVERSION TO NON-FOREST USE AND (2) NO SUBDIVISION OCCUR AT ANY TIME IN THE FUTURE. THIS PURPOSE HAS THE DESIRED OUTCOME OF CONSERVING FOREST RESOURCES, SOIL RESOURCES, WATER RESOURCES, WILDLIFE HABITAT, OPEN SPACE CHARACTER, AND SCENIC VIEWSHED QUALITIES OF THE PROPERTY. THE CONSERVATION EASEMENT FOR THE WHISKEY WORKING FOREST CONSERVATION EASEMENT IS BEING PURCHASED BY SISKIYOU LAND TRUST WITH GRANT FUNDING PROVIDED BY CAL FIRE THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA CLIMATE INVESTMENTS (CCI) FUND TO CONSERVE WORKING FOREST LANDS, SOIL AND WATER RESOURCES, AND WILDLIFE HABITAT IN CALIFORNIA.
TOWNSHIP 41 NORTH, RANGE 9 WEST
Sections 8 (All), Sections 4, 5, 6 (Portions)
TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 9 WEST
Sections 7, 19, 31 (All), Sections 8, 18, 30 (Portions)
TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 10 WEST
Sections 3, 5, 7-11, 13-19, 22, 23, 25, 27 (All), Sections 1, 2, 4, 12, 24, 26, 36 (Portions)
Notice of Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 17 and Class 25
Reasons for Exemption
This project is exempt pursuant to CEQA Categorical Exemptions: Class 17 (Open Space Contracts or Easements) and Class 25 (Transfer of Ownership and Interest in Land to Preserve Existing Natural Conditions and Historical Resources). Class 17 consists of the establishment of agricultural reserves, the making and renewing of open space contracts under the Williamson Act, or acceptance of easements or fee interests in order to maintain the open character of the area. Class 25 consists of transfers of ownership in interests in land in order to preserve existing natural conditions and historical resources. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE’s headquarters at: 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.