Caldor Forest and Community Recovery Project Phase II

Summary

SCH Number
2024060860
Public Agency
El Dorado County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Caldor Forest and Community Recovery Project Phase II
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/19/2024
Document Description
The proposed project is part of Caldor Fire Recovery – Forest Restoration Action Plan, Phase II for resilient recovery from the 2021 Caldor Fire. The Caldor Fire Recovery is a collaborative effort involving the RCD, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service [USFS]). Objectives of the recovery efforts include treating small private lands and National Forest Systems lands affected by the Caldor Fire to reduce the potential for additional negative impacts from wildfire in the future by: 1) removing accumulated debris and dead trees; 2) conducting site preparation and reforestation actions to re-establish forest cover where appropriate; 3) increase potential carbon sequestration and achieve greenhouse gas emissions reduction through reforestation of the burned area; 4) identify measures and implement measures to protect watershed values and water quality in watersheds that are important sources of domestic and ecological water supply; and 5) utilize the project as an educational opportunity for informing others about community response to wildfire. To meet the objectives, recovery efforts focus on areas where hazard trees present the greatest risk to private property, watershed values, recreation, public access, and fuel loading.

Contact Information

Name
Mark Egbert
Agency Name
El Dorado County Resource Conservation District
Job Title
District Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
El Dorado
Regions
Countywide
Cross Streets
Grizzly Flats Road, Mormon Emigrant Road, Strawberry
Total Acres
1200+/-
State Highways
US Hwy 50
Waterways
South Fork American River, Cosumnes River
Base
MDM
Other Location Info
Township 11N, Range 17 East, Sections 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 on the Echo U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle map, MDM. Township 10N, Range 13 East, Sections 10, 19, 30, 21, 32, 34 on the Sly Park U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle map, MDM. Township 10N, Range 14 East, Sections 12, 17, 18, 19, 20 on the Old Oron Mountain U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle map, MDM. Township 9N, Range 13 East, Sections 28, 29, 32, 33 on the Omo U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle map, MDM. Township 8N, Range 13 East, Sections 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 on the Omo U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle map, MDM. Township 8N, Range 14 East, Sections 3, 4, 5, 6 on the Caldor U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle map, MDM. Township 9N, Range 14 East, Sections 25, 28, 30 on the Caldor U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle map, MDM.
Other Information
The project is located on Private, non-industrial lands affected by the Caldor Fire with moderate to high burn severity with high tree mortality.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304, Class 4 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15304, Class 4 Minor Alterations to Land and qualifies as an emergency project pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15269 (Emergency Projects). The project involves removal of accumulated woody debris, dead trees, and incidental vegetation on 1200+/- private parcels to ensure long term fire fuels are reduced. In addition, the project would conduct site preparation and planting to re-establish forest cover on these private lands. Timely removal of the trees and incidental vegetation and subsequent site preparation is necessary to reduce the immediate risk to the existing private landowners as well as allow for future recovery treatments and/or redevelopment. No exceptions listed under CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 apply to the project.
County Clerk
El Dorado

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