Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley Fire Protection Project (SNC 1692)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Document Title
Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley Fire Protection Project (SNC 1692)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) would provide funding to the National Forest Foundation to partner with Tahoe National Forest to mitigate wildfire risk for the communities of Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley through active forest management in the Tahoe National Forest. This project would reduce wildfire risk on up to 1,080 acres of federal land near important ingress and egress routes, private property, and valuable public infrastructure. Expected outcomes from the project are to reduce fuels in the WUI Defense and WUI Threat Zones so that these zones can be used for wildfire suppression and control; allow for safe ingress and egress by first responders and the public in the event of a wildfire or during an emergency evacuation; improve overall forest health and resilience; and protect important upland water resources. Proposed treatment methods include mastication, mechanical thinning, hand thinning, and biomass removal.

Contact Information

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


Alpine Meadows and unincorporated community of Olympic Valley
Northern California
Other Location Info
T15N, R16E, Sections 3, 4, 8, and 9; T16N, R16E, Sections 28, 33, and 34.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code Section 4799.05(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 would provide funding to reduce forest fuels within the Tahoe National Forest. The proposed activities were reviewed in their entirety pursuant to NEPA in a Categorial Exclusion (2024) under the “Wildfire Resilience” category within HFRA Section 605(c)(2)(c). The Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley Fire Protection Project Decision Memo was signed on March 8, 2024.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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