Albee Creek Prescribed Burn

Summary

SCH Number
2021080334
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Albee Creek Prescribed Burn
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
8/18/2021
Document Description
Conduct seasonal prescribed burns on multiple small prairies (totaling 539 acres) near Albee Creek Campground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park to control brush and trees encroaching on the prairies, reduce prairie loss, and restore historic ecosystem function. Work will: • Remove or reduce fuel from around improvements such as pit toilets, signs, and culverts; • Manually remove vegetation and leave on site to decompose naturally or burn by prescribed fire; • Prior to ignition, use chain saws to cut down the encroaching conifer trees within or along the prairie edge to reduce fire intensity; and • Use an integrated weed management plan to control invasive, non-native plants including teasel, thistle species, jubata grass, and Himalaya blackberry that may resprout or newly germinate after the prescribed burn. Parks will perform these prescribed burns in the fall after at least one precipitation event or just prior to the predicted season-ending precipitation event, or alternatively, burn prairies in winter or spring during short periods of dry weather. The burning and noise from power equipment within 0.25 miles of marbled murrelet and northern spotted owls nesting habitat will occur outside of breeding season (February 1 – September 15).

Contact Information

Name
Rosalind Litzky
Agency Name
CA Department of Parks an Recreation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
Humboldt
Regions
Northern California
Total Acres
539
Other Location Info
Albee Creek

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists minor public alterations in the condition of land, water, and vegetation, which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees and is included as “prescribed burns to restore native vegetation, reduce fuel loads, and control invasive exotic or alien species” in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s list of exempt activities, in accordance with CCR § 15300.4.

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