Bullskin Ridge Fuel Break (SNC #1528)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Bullskin Ridge Fuel Break (SNC #1528)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) will provide funding to implement a shaded fuelbreak to protect the Oak Run community on Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and other private timberlands. The purpose of the proposed project is to utilize biomass thinning, mastication, sawlog harvest, and pruning of leave trees to create a shaded fuelbreak along Bullskin Ridge. Bullskin Ridge is a major ridge to the north of the community of Oak Run and would provide a key anchor point to protect the community of Oak Run, the Oak Run Creek watershed, and many homes on either side of the ridge. The total acreage for the fuebreak is approximately 300: 178 acres on SPI lands and 122 acres on other private, non-industrial timberlands. Herbicide treatment will only be implemented on SPI property. Follow-up mastication will be utilized in lieu of herbicides for the private, non-industrial timberlands.

Contact Information

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


Oak Run
Northern California
Other Location Info
The proposed project is located in the community of Oak Run, in Shasta County, along a private logging road that runs on the ridge from Bullskin County Road to Phillips County Road, locally known as Bullskin Ridge. The legal description is Sections 16, 15, 10, 11,12, T35N, R1W MDBM. The community of Oak Run is 1-1.5 miles to the south.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines Section 15304 (Class 4), minor alterations to land
Reasons for Exemption
The Bullskin Ridge Fuel Break is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15304 (Class 4). Class 4 is applicable to projects that consist of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation, which do not involve removal of mature, scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. The minor alterations to vegetation proposed by the project involve forestry treatments to establish a shaded fuelbreak on private lands. Live tree removal would only occur to create a fuelbreak that would protect the community and the adjacent mixed-age conifer forest habitat. The project will comply with the Forest Practice Rules per Title 14, California Code of Regulations, Chapters 4, 4.5, and 10, California Forest Practice Rules of 2023. None of the exceptions to the categorical exemption apply to the project.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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