Pine Mountain Lake Fuel Reduction Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Pine Mountain Lake Fuel Reduction Project
Document Type
FIN - Final Document
Present Land Use
The 640-acre project area is best described as a transition belt between montane-hardwood conifer to Sierra Nevada Mixed Conifer Forest.
Document Description
This project will use a variety of methods to reduce fuel loading and remove ladder fuels on a highly dense, approximately 640-acre WUI area east of Pine Mountain Lake. Phase I: Manual or mechanical tree felling of dead/hazard trees with a felling crew with chain saw or tracked style feller buncher, to establish a safe work environment. Brush, ladder fuels, and suppressed trees will be targeted for removal with a goal of retaining diverse species, and stand structure. Ideal spacing in the treated landscape will be variable and dependent on vegetation density. Generally, 10–40-foot crown spacing. The primary treatment method for this will be mastication using tracked style excavators or skid-steer. Phase II: Hand crews utilizing chainsaws, and pole pruners will prune trees ½ the height of the crown or 8-10 feet, whichever is less. This treatment will target areas either too steep, rocky, or sensitive for mechanical treatment. Slash will either be broadcast chipped or lopped and scattered. Phase III: Slash treatment (if required) will be done with tracked or rubber-tired mastication. Areas where machinery is unable to access or is excluded from, slash disposal will be done by hand using lop and scatter. Phase IV: Herbivory will be used to browse the regenerating vegetation.

Contact Information

Gary Whitson
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Job Title
Unit Forester
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Countywide, Southern California
Cross Streets
Ferretti Rd and Clinton Rd
Total Acres
13, 23
Other Location Info
The Pine Mountain Lake Fuel Reduction (PMLFR) project is located East of Groveland, CA adjacent to the community of Pine Mountain Lake in Tuolumne County. The project footprint is owned by multiple private landowners. The PMLFR project boundary is described as portions of sections 13, 23, 24, 25 & 26 T1S R16E Mount Diablo Baseline and Meridian (MDB&M).

Notice of Completion

State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Other (Fuel Reduction)
Local Actions
Fuels Reduction
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Recreation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Final Document(s) [Approved_Certified draft environmental documents]

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