WIP Capacity Program Subgrant - Sierra Foothill Conservancy SNC967-RFFCP


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
WIP Capacity Program Subgrant - Sierra Foothill Conservancy SNC967-RFFCP
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding for partnership coordination between the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Mariposa County, and the Southern Sierra Miwok Nation, including outreach, education, and training as well as the design and implementation of a small cultural prescribed burn project in partnership with CAL FIRE, to maintain vegetation on public land. The prescribed burn treatment area is approximately 3.5 acres of riparian woodland habitat, and 4.5 acres of riverine habitat, comprised of 3,000 linear feet of creek with an average width of 22 feet on each side of the creek channel. The treatment site is county-owned property managed for public and wildlife use, and the prescribed burn would be used as a vegetation maintenance tool. A specific burn plan (VMP) and burn permitting will be completed with CAL FIRE and Mariposa County Fire. Once preliminary site work is complete, burning operations will be timed to occur in the winter, when high-moisture conditions are conducive to low-intensity prescribed fire, and specific weather patterns (including wind speed/direction, temperature, and humidity) will be closely monitored before determining a specific day to conduct burning activities. Professional fire personnel, including the Mariposa County and Tuolumne Rancheria Fire Departments, as well as CALFIRE, will be on-site to coordinate both site preparation and prescribed burning activities, and to respond rapidly to potentially hazardous fire conditions. Mariposa County prepared and submitted a smoke management permit to the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. All activities will be implemented subject to the approved plans and permits. Mariposa County filed a Notice of Exemption which included analysis of these activities in January 2021 (SCH 2021010094).

Contact Information

Mary Akens
Agency Name
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Job Title
General Counsel
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Southern California
Other Location Info
The project is located adjacent to Mariposa Creek, between 6th Street and Joe Howard Street on Mariposa County-owned parcels managed for public and wildlife use.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1; Section 15301(h) Maintenance of existing landscaping, native growth, and water supply reservoirs; and S
Reasons for Exemption
The project is Categorically Exempt under Class 1 15301 Existing Facilities as the project is continued maintenance of vegetation on public lands with no expansion of existing use. The project qualifies under Section 15301(h) as the activities are for continued maintenance of existing landscaping / vegetation on county-owned lands managed for public use and wildlife purposes. The project also qualifies under Class 1 Section15301(i) as the activities are for continued vegetation maintenance on county-owned lands managed for wildlife habitat, including to protect flows and water quality in the adjacent county-owned stream. This project does not fall within any exceptions to these exemptions.
County Clerk


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