Reds Meadow II - ESCCRP (SNC1532)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Reds Meadow II - ESCCRP (SNC1532)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy would provide funding for the Whitebark Institute of Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences to partner with Inyo National Forest (INF) to conduct forest restoration thinning and pile burning on approximately 1,538 acres of INF lands that surround the town of Mammoth Lakes, including areas around the headwaters of the Middle Fork San Joaquin River, as well as Sherwin Creek, a tributary to the Owens River. The Project will significantly improve both forest resilience and public safety along the single ingress/egress access route used by more than 150,000 annual visitors to Reds Meadow Valley and Devils Postpile National Monument.

Contact Information

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


Approx. 4.5 mi west, 3 mi southeast of the Town of Mammoth Lakes
Madera, Mono
Northern California, Southern California
Other Location Info
Two sites on Inyo National Forest, one site about 4.5 miles west of the Town of Mammoth Lakes along Minaret Rd, Minaret Summit Rd, Reds Meadow Rd, and one site about 3 miles southeast of the Town of Mammoth Lakes near Sherwin Creek Campground along Sherwin and Mammoth Creeks. Project centers at approximately 37.651309, -119.074287 and 37.632109, -1118.935756.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code Section 4799.05, subd. (d)(1)
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 fuel reduction activities on federal lands in Inyo National Forest. The proposed activities were reviewed in their entirety under NEPA by Inyo National Forest. The Reds Meadow units were analyzed in the Reds Meadow Hazardous Fuels Reduction analysis; the Final Decision Notice was signed on May 27, 2020. The Sherwin to Scenic units were analyzed in the Sherwin-Scenic Loop Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project analysis; the Final Decision Notice was signed March 20, 2013.
County Clerks
Madera, Mono


Notice of Exemption

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