The Dry Creek Rancheria will conduct fuels reduction work and restoration on 40 acres of the Rancheria burned by the Kincade Fire to reduce the potential for future wildfires. The restoration work will also reduce the cost of future fuels treatments.
Fuels reduction and revegetation actions on the 40 acres damaged by the Kincade are exempt from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Public Resources Code section 4799.05(d), which exempts from CEQA state funding of projects undertaken on federal lands that consist of prescribed fire, thinning, or fuel reduction to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. This exemption is applicable only for projects that have been reviewed under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and if the Secretary for Natural Resources has certified that NEPA and laws that affect management of federal forest lands in California have not been substantially amended since August 31, 2018. On April 12, 2021, the Secretary for Natural Resources made the necessary certification (https://resources.ca.gov/-/media/CNRAWebsite/Files/Programs-and Projects/Forestry/SB-901-Certification.docx). The 40-acre portion Dry Creek Rancheria Fire Resilience Project proposed project was reviewed in the 2019 Kincade Fire Burned Area Response Plan
approved by the BIA on November 14, 2019 and found categorically exempt pursuant to 42 C.F.R. 46.210(1). (Exhibit 2, App. II, p. 30).