Reasons for Exemption
CEQA does not apply to prescribed fire, reforestation, habitat restoration, thinning, or fuel reduction projects, or to related activities included in the project description, undertaken, in whole or in part, on federal lands to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire that have been reviewed under the federal National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 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 to conduct fire recovery and restoration activities through fuel reduction on federal lands in Sequoia National Forest. The proposed activities were reviewed in their entirety under NEPA by the Sequoia National Forest in the Pier Fire Roadside Hazard Tree Mitigation Project, with a Categorical Exclusion Decision Memo signed on October 3, 2018. SNC has determined that the proposed activities were also reviewed in their entirety under NEPA by the Sequoia National Forest as follows: The Castle Fire North Road Hazard Tree Mitigation Project with a Categorical Exclusion Decision Memo signed on August 25, 2021, and by U.S. Forest Service Region 5 in the Region 5 Post-disturbance Hazardous Tree Management Project - Southern Sierra Zone Hazard Tree Mitigation Environmental Assessment with Decision Memo signed on January 24, 2023.