Slate Creek Road Hazard Tree Project – SNC 1386


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Slate Creek Road Hazard Tree Project – SNC 1386
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project purpose is to reduce fuels and trees killed during the 2018 Delta Fire in an up to 450-foot buffer along Slate Creek Road (Forest Road 36N20) from the NFS boundary (east end) to the South Fork Slate Creek diversion spur (36N20E; west end). The project would include approximately 145 acres of treatment along 2.6 miles of Slate Road. This project would increase the safety of road users; preserve emergency ingress/egress on the main route that connects Interstate 5 (Shasta County) and State Route 3 (Trinity County); maintain safe access past private inholdings, hydroelectric facilities, and transmission lines; and secure access into popular hunting areas for National Forest visitors. The project would implement prescribed fire and connect to adjacent fuel reduction projects that have been completed by private residential owners, Pacific Power, Sierra Pacific Industries, Shasta Cascade Timberlands, and the California Department of Transportation, increasing the total number of acres treated and reducing the fuel available to future wildfires. The larger USFS project includes felling hazard trees on approximately 4,263 acres along 79 miles of road and treating activity created fuels with hand, mechanical, and prescribed fire treatments. SNC may support some of these additional treatments as funding allows.

Contact Information

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


Northern California
Other Location Info
The project is located on National Forest Service (NFS) lands near Lamoine, CA in Shasta County, approximately 8 miles north of Lakehead and west of Interstate 5.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
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 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 along Slate Creek Road (Forest Road 36N20) on federal land within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The actions to be undertaken by this project were reviewed in their entirety pursuant to NEPA and a Decision Memo with supporting Categorical Exclusion were prepared. The Decision Memo for the project was signed by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on June 6, 2019.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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