Whitebark Institute of Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences, “ESCCRP: Phase I Implementation:” Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Fuel Reduction Project (USFS)

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SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Whitebark Institute of Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences, “ESCCRP: Phase I Implementation:” Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Fuel Reduction Project (USFS)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
CAL FIRE would provide funding to the Whitebark Institute to conduct prescribed fire treatments that promotes pre-European settlement conditions, featuring open, park-like Jeffrey pine stands dominated by large, old trees, and where frequent low-intensity fire maintains these open forest conditions and does not allow forest fuels to accumulate excessively and is amending the agreement to extend the prescribed fire unit boundaries a total of an additional 121 acres. These treatments will aid in reducing the intensity of future wildland fires burning in the treated stands and will also allow firefighters to suppress the fire more easily and safely. 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 Location Info
Portions of Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake Ranger Districts, Inyo National Forest

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
PRC 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 Mono Lake and Mammoth Lakes Ranger District, Inyo National Forest NEPA Jeffrey Pine Forest Health and Fuel Reduction Project Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact, signed April 6, 2007 and later revised to include Letter to File #1950, 2430 signed October 25, 2023, that increases the proposed projects prescribed fire unit boundaries to include an additional 121 acres. The NEPA record of project approval is available to the General Public at: https://www.whitebarkinstitute.org/resources


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