Taylorsville Community Defense Zone, Planning Phase – SNC 1404


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Taylorsville Community Defense Zone, Planning Phase – SNC 1404
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy will provide funding to the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment to work with partners to finalize conceptual planning and complete environmental compliance for a strategic shaded fuel break of approximately 350 acres around the community of Taylorsville to create the Taylorsville Community Defense Zone (TCDZ). This planning project involves resource surveys, planning and analysis that will not have a physical effect on the environment. Once implemented, the TCDZ will directly protect approximately 88 homes and 140 residents as well as numerous former residents from Greenville who lost homes in the Dixie Fire and are currently residing in Taylorsville. The TCDZ will also increase the resilience of a critical portion of remaining green forest in Indian Valley. Planned future treatments will create conditions with low basal area and bulk crown density, low volumes of surface and ladder fuels, discontinuous fuel beds, and heterogenous, fire-resilient remnant stand structure – all conditions will minimize wildfire hazard, reduce ignition probability, and reduce potential wildfire behavior in the wildland-urban interface surrounding Taylorsville. Post-treatment conditions will have a high probability of reducing severe fire behavior should fire enter the area, eliciting fire behavior that does not require the use of aggressive fire suppression tactics, but allows implementation of safe, efficient, and diverse fire control measures when necessary.

Contact Information

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


Northern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15262: Feasibility and Planning Studies
Reasons for Exemption
The project is Statutorily Exempt under Section 15262, Feasibility and Planning Studies of the CEQA Guidelines. This project involves only the planning studies for possible future actions which the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board has not approved, adopted, or funded. The planning project will not result in physical effects on the environment. The project is also categorically exempt under CEQA Section 15306, Information Collection (Class 6) because it consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The proposed activities are for information gathering purposes, or as part of a study leading to an action which a public agency has not yet approved, adopted, or funded.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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