Sierra-Sequoia Burn Cooperative Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (SNC 1278)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Sierra-Sequoia Burn Cooperative Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (SNC 1278)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) would provide funding to the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) to conduct fuel reduction activities on at least 115 acres within Fresno County. This project would reduce wildfire risk and restore historical fire stewardship by implementing at least three 20- to 50-acre prescribed burns to reduce fuel loads and remove ladder fuels in collaboration with regional Native American Tribes on three privately-owned parcels surrounded by the Sierra National Forest. The three private properties are referred to as the Forked Meadow/Van Bossuyt property, the Camp El-O-Win property, and the Haslett Basin Preserve property. Two of the properties are located near or on Dinkey Creek, and the third is located along Nutmeg Creek. Both watersheds are tributaries to the Kings River and Pine Flat Lake. Prescribed burning would be implemented between late fall and early winter, dependent on burn windows and resource availability, and is expected to be completed by early 2024. The project would also involve the establishment of fire containment lines and low-limbing of trees.

Contact Information

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


Southern California
Other Location Info
Three private properties surrounded by the Sierra National Forest near Dinkey Creek and Nutmeg Creek.
Other Information
Dinkey Creek, Shaver Lake, Tollhouse, and Trimmer Springs

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CEQA Guidelines Section 15304, Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
Sierra-Sequoia Burn Cooperative Project is categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15304, Class 4, which consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of mature, scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. The minor land alterations proposed by the project consist of forestry treatments to improve forest health and resilience. The project would not result in significant adverse effects on the environment or any exceptions to the exemption.
County Clerk


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