Clear Lake Environmental Research Center Forest Health Grant: Lake County Fire Resilience Phase I – Mendocino National Forest


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Clear Lake Environmental Research Center Forest Health Grant: Lake County Fire Resilience Phase I – Mendocino National Forest
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
CAL FIRE would provide funding to the Clear Lake Environmental Research Center to conduct reforestation and fuel reduction treatments, including mechanical and/or hand treatment, pre-commercial and commercial thinning, mastication, cut-and-pile, and prescribed fire on portions of the burned 288,000 acres of Mendocino National Forest lands within the Ranch Fire perimeter. These treatments will reduce wildfire risks to local resources and community members, promote native plant and wildlife species, and improve forest resiliency.

Contact Information

Shannon Johnson
Agency Name
California Department of Foresty and Fire Protection
Job Title
Staff Chief
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Total Acres
Other Information
11 miles southeast of the town of Upper Lake, California in the foothills to the east and northeast of Lucerne, Glen Haven, and Clearlake Oaks along the north and northeast shoreline of Clear Lake. The project is entirely within the Mendocino National Forest and Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
PRC Section 4799.05(d)(1)
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA does not apply to fuel reduction, reforestation, & habitat restoration projects undertaken, in whole or in part, on federal lands to reduce the risk of high severity wildfire that have been reviewed under the NEPA, if the primary role of a state or local agency is providing funding or staffing for those projects. The proposed project was reviewed in its entirety under the NEPA North Shore Restoration Project Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact signed on October 14, 2022.


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