Forest Projects Plan Phase One-B (SNC 1636)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Forest Projects Plan Phase One-B (SNC 1636)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is funding the #1636 Forest Projects Plan Phase One-B (Project), which is a minimum 1,595-acre fuels reduction and forest-health implementation project within Eldorado National Forest (ENF) in the Upper Mokelumne River watershed in eastern Amador County, and implemented in partnership between the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority (UMRWA) and the ENF. Activities under the Project include, but are not limited to: Completing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) required, pre-implementation natural and cultural resource surveys; mechanical thinning/mastication with chips to be spread on the forest floor; and/or hand-thinning. The Project is part of the larger landscape-scale 25,671-acre ENF Forest Projects Plan Phase One project, a timber stand and wildlife-habitat improvement and protection project designed to help prevent high-intensity, larger scale wildfires, improve forest conditions, and protect important wildlife habitat and other resources. Phase One consists of non-commercial actions to reduce forest ladder fuels and implement other forest-management activities on the Amador Ranger District.

Contact Information

Mary Akens
Agency Name
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Job Title
Legal Counsel
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Five – 15 miles east of the town of Pioneer
Northern California
Other Location Info
Eldorado National Forest, Amador Ranger District. Three project areas 1) along Salt Springs Road west of Salt Springs Reservoir, 2) approximately three miles west of Lower Bear River Reservoir, north of State Highway 88, 3) along Salt Springs and Tiger Reservoir roads, in the vicinity of Tiger Creek Forebay.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Pub. Resources Code, section 4799.05, subd. (d)(1)
Reasons for Exemption
Public Resources Code, section 4799.05 statutorily exempts from CEQA projects for prescribed fire, reforestation, habitat restoration, thinning, or fuel-reduction projects, or to related activities included in the project description, 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 SNC is providing funding to the UMRWA to conduct fuels reduction and forest-health treatments in the ENF. The Project was reviewed in its entirety under NEPA in the ENF Projects Plan Phase One Decision Notice signed on November 23, 2022.
County Clerk


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