Strengthening Forest Resilience and Reducing Fuels on 200 Acres in Shasta-Trinity National Forest - SNC 1394


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Strengthening Forest Resilience and Reducing Fuels on 200 Acres in Shasta-Trinity National Forest - SNC 1394
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Forest Resilience and Fuel Reduction Project would result in increased wildfire resilience and road access safety, which is of particular interest to the Pit River tribe and Modoc Nation as the project is adjacent to and 6 miles from significant tribal cultural sites including Medicine Lake and Glass Mountain. The California Deer Association would implement fuel reduction treatments, including the implementation of natural fuel breaks and a minimum of 200 acres of fuel management zones (FMZs) along a minimum of 3 miles of USDA Forest Service roads. The treatments would improve road and safety access for firefighters, tribes, the public, and a neighboring community’s egress route. Additionally, the project would complement future phases of prescribed fire application every 5-7 years on a larger 13,200-acre treatment landscape.

Contact Information

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


East-northeast of McCloud
Northern California
Other Location Info
The project is approximately 23 miles east-northeast of McCloud, CA, east of Bear Mountain, and south of Hambone Butte.

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 treatments on 3 miles of USFS roads to reduce the risk of wildfire and increase wildfire resilience. 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 December 14, 2020.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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