Forest Projects Plan (SNC 1280)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Forest Projects Plan (SNC 1280)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed Forest Projects Plan is a landscape-level, NEPA/CEQA planning project located within the upper Mokelumne watershed on lands administered by the Calaveras Ranger District on the Stanislaus National Forest and the Amador Ranger District on the Eldorado National Forest. The project involves the initial steps of the NEPA process, specifically the development of the proposed action through scoping and issues analysis. This plan will address a large landscape area that will be refined to identify a minimum of 10,000 acres of the highest priority fuels treatment areas. This project is proposed by the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority (UMRWA), a Joint Powers Agency (JPA) comprised of six water agencies and the counties of Amador, Calaveras and Alpine.

Contact Information

Shannon Ciotti
Agency Name
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Jackson, Murphys
Alpine, Amador, Calaveras
Northern California
Other Location Info
Upper Mokelumne River Watershed upstream of Pardee Reservoir
Other Information
Cities: West Point, Volcano, Jackson, Pioneer, and Murphys

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15262: Feasibility and Planning Studies
Reasons for Exemption
The project is Statutorily Exempt under Section 15262, Feasibility and Planning Studies, of the CEQA Guidelines. This project involves only the planning studies for possible future actions which the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board has not approved, adopted, or funded. The planning project does not require the preparation of a Negative Declaration or Environmental Improvement Report but does require consideration of environmental factors. The project is also Categorically exempt under CEQA Section 15306, Information Collection (Class 6), because it consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The proposed activities are for information gathering purposes, or as part of a study leading to an action which a public agency has not yet approved, adopted, or funded.


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