Caldor Hazard Tree Fuels Reduction Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Tahoe Conservancy
Document Title
Caldor Hazard Tree Fuels Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Caldor Hazard Tree and Fuel Reduction project will reduce fuel loading and remove fire-killed or weakened trees, trees that are likely to die because of fire damage, and other trees that pose a hazard to roads, trails, private property boundaries and developed recreation sites impacted by the Caldor Fire. The project will also include native tree planting in areas where natural tree regeneration is not likely to occur due to the fire severity. Planting trees will hasten recovery back to a fire adapted forest rather than a shrub dominated landscape that poses a greater fire risk to neighboring communities. Native vegetation will be planted in priority areas denuded by suppression activities which will prevent the conversion to non-fire adapted invasive plants that also increases fire risk.

Contact Information

Joseph Harvey
Agency Name
California Tahoe Conservancy
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


South Lake Tahoe
El Dorado
Northern California
Total Acres
Other Location Info
Multiple locations in South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. The project is on USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) lands impacted by the Caldor Fire.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code Section 4799.05(d)(1)
Reasons for Exemption
The California Environmental Quality Act 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 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) if the primary role of a state or local agency is providing funding or staffing for those projects. The Conservancy would provide funding to the LTBMU to reduce forest fuels on federal land. All the proposed project activities are included in the NEPA Decision Memo Tahoe Basin Caldor Hazard Tree Fuels Reduction Project prepared by LTBMU, signed on July 29, 2022.
County Clerk
El Dorado


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