Great Basin Institute, “Eshom-Rough-Castle Ecological Restoration Phase 2”, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Grant Grove


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Great Basin Institute, “Eshom-Rough-Castle Ecological Restoration Phase 2”, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Grant Grove
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
CAL FIRE would provide funding to the Great Basin Institute to conduct hazardous fuels reduction treatments on at least 513 acres of National Park land within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 60 miles east of Fresno. The fuel reduction treatments would involve site preparation and thinning/clearing followed by broadcast burning. The goal of the project is to implement fuel reduction treatments to protect special-status species including giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) groves, enhance forest habitat resiliency, improve visitor and employee safety, and protect cultural resource values.

Contact Information

Shannon Johnson
Agency Name
California Department of Foresty and Fire Protection
Job Title
Staff Chief
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Fresno, Tulare
Total Acres
Other Location Info
Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, Hume Lake Ranger District and Western Divide Ranger District

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 NEPA in the 2021 Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Fire and Fuels Management Plan, updated annually, and the Big Stump East Fire Restoration Categorical Exclusion (CE), and the Pan Point Prescribed Burn CE, both of which were signed in September 2021.


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