Yosemite Area Forest Restoration, Phase 2, Project ID: 2020139

Summary

SCH Number
2021030033
Public Agency
California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)
Document Title
Yosemite Area Forest Restoration, Phase 2, Project ID: 2020139
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
3/1/2021

Document Description
This project will enhance forest health and reduce hazardous fuels through selective thinning activities on approximately 2,153 acres of mixed conifer forest.

Contact Information
John P. Donnelly
Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Board
Lead/Public Agency
P.O Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94420-2090

Phone : (916) 445-0137
john.donnelly@wildlife.ca.gov

Location

Cities
El Portal
Counties
Mariposa
Other Location Info
Yosemite National Park and the community of Yosemite West approximately 5 miles west of El Portal

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Emergency Project [Sec. 15269 (b) and (c)]: Actions to prevent and mitigate an emergency.
Reasons for Exemption
The portion of the project to be conducted in Yosemite National Park is on federal land. Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 4799.05, subdivision (d), CEQA does not apply to prescribed fire, thinning, or fuel reduction projects undertaken on federal lands to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire that have been reviewed under the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), under specified circumstances. On February 7, 2020, the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency certified that the exemption in Public Resources Code Section 4799.05 should remain in effect. NEPA review for the work to be conducted under the project has been completed through Final Yosemite Fire Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) prepared by Yosemite National Park and signed on August 1, 2004. The proposed activities are within the scope of the EIS and ROD. The portion of the project to be conducted in the community of Yosemite West entails prevention and mitigation of an emergency, maintenance of existing facilities, and minor alterations to land and vegetation.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Categorical Exemption. State Section number and type: 15301 Existing Facilities and 15304 Minor Alterations to Land.
Reasons for Exemption
The portion of the project to be conducted in Yosemite National Park is on federal land. Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 4799.05, subdivision (d), CEQA does not apply to prescribed fire, thinning, or fuel reduction projects undertaken on federal lands to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire that have been reviewed under the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), under specified circumstances. On February 7, 2020, the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency certified that the exemption in Public Resources Code Section 4799.05 should remain in effect. NEPA review for the work to be conducted under the project has been completed through Final Yosemite Fire Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) prepared by Yosemite National Park and signed on August 1, 2004. The proposed activities are within the scope of the EIS and ROD. The portion of the project to be conducted in the community of Yosemite West entails prevention and mitigation of an emergency, maintenance of existing facilities, and minor alterations to land and vegetation.
Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Statutory Exemptions, State code Number: PRC Section 4799.05(d)
Reasons for Exemption
The portion of the project to be conducted in Yosemite National Park is on federal land. Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 4799.05, subdivision (d), CEQA does not apply to prescribed fire, thinning, or fuel reduction projects undertaken on federal lands to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire that have been reviewed under the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), under specified circumstances. On February 7, 2020, the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency certified that the exemption in Public Resources Code Section 4799.05 should remain in effect. NEPA review for the work to be conducted under the project has been completed through Final Yosemite Fire Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) prepared by Yosemite National Park and signed on August 1, 2004. The proposed activities are within the scope of the EIS and ROD. The portion of the project to be conducted in the community of Yosemite West entails prevention and mitigation of an emergency, maintenance of existing facilities, and minor alterations to land and vegetation.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020139_NOE_YosemiteArea2_JG_JGr_SM   PDF 304 K

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