Grant Grove Big Stump Ecological Restoration Project, Phase Two (SNC #1282)

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SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Grant Grove Big Stump Ecological Restoration Project, Phase Two (SNC #1282)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding for hazardous fuels reduction treatments on at least 2,034 acres of National Park land within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 60 miles east of Fresno. The goal of the project is to implement fuel reduction treatments to protect special-status species including giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) groves, enhance forest habitat resiliency, improve visitor and employee safety, and protect cultural resource values. The fuel reduction treatments would involve site preparation and thinning/clearing followed by broadcast burning. Thinning and clearing activities would be implemented by piling dead and downed woody material and clearing of 20-foot-wide paths to facilitate fire line construction. Following thinning and clearing, National Parks and U.S. Forest Service fire crews would implement broadcast burn treatments.

Contact Information

Shannon Ciotti
Agency Name
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Job Title
Grants & Reimbursements Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Fresno, Tulare
Southern California
Other Location Info
Four treatment areas centered at approximately 36°43'9.18"N and 118°57'35.55"W; 36°43'14.95"N and 118°55'49.85"W; 36°43'45.84"N and 118°56'49.47"W; and 36°45'7.16"N and 118°56'25.51"W.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State code number: Public Resources Code Section 4799.05(d)(1)
Reasons for Exemption
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 NEPA if the primary role of a state or local agency is providing funding or staffing for those projects. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding for fuel reduction treatments on approximately 2,169 acres of National Park land. The proposed activities were reviewed in their entirety under NEPA in the 2003 Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Fire and Fuels Management Plan, updated annually, and the subsequent September 2020 Memo to File for the Tharps Log Prescribed Burn Project, the May 2021 Memo to File for the Hazelwood Prescribed Burn Project, and the Park Ridge Prescribed Burn Categorical Exclusion (CE), Tower Prescribed Burn CE, Big Stump East Fire Restoration CE, and the Pan Point Prescribed Burn CE, all of which were signed in September 2021.
County Clerks
Fresno, Tulare


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