Crestview Fuel Break Project Amendment


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Crestview Fuel Break Project Amendment
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) would amend grant agreements 1200 and 1330 for the Tiger Creek Fuel Break, to authorize the Amador Fire Safe Council (AFSC) to use SNC grant funds towards implementation of the Crestview Fuel Break Project. AFSC would work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to implement 18 acres of fuels reduction to create a strategic shaded fuel break that would reduce high intensity fire behavior and make suppression efforts more effective. This project is located in the Wildland Urban Interface of the community of Pine Grove on BLM land. Project activities could include hand cutting/piling small diameter trees and brush for future pile burning; pruning and limbing of tree species to raise canopy base height to decrease ladder fuels; mechanical mastication of surface fuels, brush, and small trees; chipping of vegetation, lopping and scattering, and removal of vegetation offsite; manual removal of noxious weeds by pulling or cutting; and pile burning and/or understory burning to reduce residual fuel loading. Maintenance activities may include re-mastication, hand cut/pile and pile burning, grubbing of brush species, herbicide application on resprouting vegetation, and/or the use of broadcast burning. The project would include all design features and management practices as required by the National Environmental Policy Act decision approving the project.

Contact Information

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


Pine Grove
Northern California
Other Location Info
18 acres of BLM land along Pine Grove Volcano Road, immediately north of the intersection with State Highway 88. Project center at approximately -120.653, 38.415 degrees.

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 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) if the primary role of a state or local agency is providing funding or staffing for those projects. The SNC is funding the project to conduct fuels reduction treatments on land owned by Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The project was reviewed in its entirety under NEPA in the BLM Rancheria Ridge and Crestview Fuel Breaks Determination of NEPA Adequacy and Decision Record signed on November 20, 2023.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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