North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break Phase II


SCH Number
Public Agency
Placer County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break Phase II
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Placer County Resource Conservation District (RCD) plans to implement fuels reduction activities in the form of hand thinning, hand piling, machine thinning, machine piling, tracked chipping, roadside chipping, mastication, pile burning, broadcast burning, and herbicide on up to 800 acres associated with this project along Gillis Hill Road and East Weimar Cross Rd near the communities of Colfax and Weimar in Placer County, CA. Fuel Reduction treatments will be strategically implemented along roadsides and ridgetops and in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) to protect the life and property of residents as well as to provide safe evacuation routes and ease of firefighter access and suppression efforts. The project area includes portions of many different private landowners within the WUI. Topography is moderate to steep (0%-70%) throughout much of the project area and elevations range from approximately 1640’-2620’. Emphasis will be placed on eliminating the continuity of surface and ladder fuels. Some sub canopy trees may be removed to break up vertical continuity to dominant trees as well as to raise the canopy base height, which will reduce future fire intensity. Prescription will include a combination of the fuels reduction techniques listed above as appropriate based on current conditions, slopes, and access constraints.

Contact Information

Scott Stephenson
Agency Name
Placer County Resource Conservation District
Job Title
Forestry Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Other Location Info
Add'l sections: 14, 23, 24, 25, 26

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Categorical Exemption, Class 4, title 14, section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project meets the requirements of Class 4 Categorical Exemption (Minor alterations to land) Section 15304. Project implementation will result in alterations to the land that are best described as minor in scope, that will not significantly impact the aesthetic of the property or biological and/or cultural resources, and that do not involve the removal of mature, scenic trees for any purpose. No exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a "Notice of Exemption" for this project. It has been concluded that no significant adverse environmental impacts would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forest resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, energy, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, mineral resources, noise, populations and housing, public services, recreation, transportation and traffic, utilities and service systems, or wildfire.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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