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 1) Bureau of Indian Affairs NEPA Tule River Indian Reservation 2018 Pier Fire East Emergency Stabilization and Salvage Sale Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact, signed April 5, 2018; 2) Hume Lake Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument NEPA Rough Plantation Maintenance and Restoration Decision Memo, signed September 28, 2020; 3) Cannell Meadow and Kern River Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest NEPA McNally/Sherman Pass Restoration Project Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, signed March 25, 2004, and McNally Reforestation Decision Memo, signed January 19, 2023; and 4) Western Divide and Kern Ranger Districts, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument NEPA Castle Fire Ecological Restoration Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice, signed December 28, 2023.
NEPA records of project approval are available to the General Public at:
Sequoia National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/sequoia/landmanagement/projects
Tule River Indian Reservation: https://tulerivertribe-nsn.gov/