Sierra Foothill Forest Climate Resilience


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)
Document Title
Sierra Foothill Forest Climate Resilience
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of this project is to improve forest health and wildlife habitat by treating 625 acres of Sierra Nevada foothill forest though a combination of targeted hand-thinning and mastication of invasive species, shrubs and small trees; application of prescribed fire; planting of native species; and targeted herbicide application to increase duration between treatments. The native plant species will be selected based on their capability to withstand projected drought conditions under a changing climate. WCB Project Tracker ID: 2023029.

Contact Information

Rebecca J. Fris
Agency Name
Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Board
Job Title
Acting Executive Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Nevada City
Other Location Info
Estimated center of project area: Latitude 39.2712538 N, Longitude: -121.1152751 W. The project is in rural western Nevada City, north of the town of Rough and Ready and Highway 20. Lake Wildwood is to the west, and the South Yuba River is to the north of the project area.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code Section 21080.56
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is statutorily exempt from CEQA pursuant to the Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects (SERP), Public Resources Code section 21080.56, as a project that meets all of the following conditions: (1) the Project is exclusively to conserve, restore, protect, or enhance, and assist in the recovery of California native fish and wildlife, and the habitat upon which they depend; or is exclusively to restore or provide habitat for California native fish and wildlife; (2) the Project may have public benefits incidental to the Project's fundamental purpose; (3) the Project will result in long-term net benefits to climate resiliency, biodiversity, and sensitive species recovery; and includes procedures and ongoing management for the protection of the environment; and (4) Project construction activities are solely related to habitat restoration.


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