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The Initial Studies and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declarations (IS/MND) for seven projects which the SNC is considering funding or supporting are now available for public review. Documents for each project are available at the links below. Copies of the IS/MNDs, and the documents referenced therein, are also available for public review during regular business hours at the SNC office (11521 Blocker Drive #205, Auburn, CA 95603) and at the indicated public locations near the project sites.

Public Comment

As lead agency under CEQA, SNC is releasing the IS/Proposed MNDs for public review and comments. The documents are available for a 30-day public review period. Formal comments regarding the IS/MNDs may be submitted in writing via U.S. mail or email any time during the public review period. Comments may be sent to:

Shannon Ciotti
Grant Program Coordinator
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
11521 Blocker Drive #205
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 823-4689
Email: Shannon.Ciotti@sierranevada.ca.gov

Public Meeting

A public hearing on the proposed projects is scheduled during the Governing Board meeting that will begin at 9 a.m. on June 7, 2018, at the Cerro Coso Community College - Eastern Sierra Campus, 4090 W. Line Street, Bishop, CA  93514.

 

Sagehen Forest Project: A Watershed Improvement and Forest Health Initiative, Nevada and sierra Counties (SNC1003)

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Notice of Intent

Initial Study / Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

Description: The Sagehen Forest Project would involve landscape-scale low-intensity prescribed fire activities, following pile-burning and timber removal activities scheduled to be completed in late spring 2018. The project would reintroduce fire through broadcast burning to a minimum of 973-acres and up to 1,500-acres as an ecosystem process to reduce fuel accumulation. Prescribed burn treatments would enhance water resources for both the ecosystem and downstream water users, and enhance key reproductive and foraging habitat for wildlife in the Sagehen Experimental Forest. SNC would provide funding for the project through the Proposition 1 Grant Program.

Location: The project is located approximately 10 miles north of Truckee in Nevada and Sierra Counties, within the Little Truckee River Watershed and the Middle Truckee River Watershed in the Sagehen Basin.

Public Comments: Written comments regarding the scope and content of information in the IS/MND or any questions regarding the document should be submitted no later than May 21, 2018. Paper copies of the IS/MND are also available for public review at Truckee Library - 10031 Levon Avenue, Truckee, CA 96161, Ph. 530-582-7846.

Little Grass Valley Reservoir Watershed Protection, Plumas County (SNC1012)

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Notice of Intent

Initial Study / Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

Description: The Little Grass Valley Reservoir Watershed Protection Project. would consist of forest management treatments to create 1,814 acres of defensible fuel profile zones (DFPZs) along ridgetops and roadways to improve accessibility for firefighters and to provide strategic locations to initiate fire suppression activities while providing protection for communities at risk, such as La Porte. This project is intended to contribute to a large-scale effort by the Plumas National Forest (Plumas NF) to create landscape-level DFPZs: areas of treated forest lands that have increased resiliency to high intensity wildfires. SNC would provide funding for the project through the Proposition 1 Grant Program.

Location: The 1,814-acre project area is located within the Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas NF, Plumas County, at the headwaters of the Upper Feather River Watershed, approximately 2 miles north of the community of La Porte. Some of the treatment areas are located within the Little Grass Valley Recreation Area.

Public Comments: Written comments regarding the scope and content of information in the IS/Proposed MND or any questions regarding the document should be submitted no later than May 18, 2018. Paper copies of the IS/MND are also available for public review at Plumas County Library - 445 Jackson Street, Quincy, CA 95971, Ph. (530) 283-6310.

South Fork Mokelumne River Watershed Restoration, Calaveras County (SNC1030)

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Notice of Intent

Initial Study / Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

Description: South Fork (SF) Mokelumne Watershed Restoration Project is designed to remove dense understory brush and thin derelict pine plantations on approximately 900 acres of forested land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Because the BLM lands span both sides of the SF Mokelumne River, it is a strategic place to construct a shaded fuel break. The project is intended to create fire-resilient conditions, reduce the risk of wildfire, and control bark beetle infestation while increasing water yield and sequestering carbon. SNC would provide funding for the project through the Proposition 1 Grant Program.

Location: The project is in the SF Mokelumne River Watershed in northeastern Calaveras County on approximately 900 acres of land managed by BLM. The project borders the SF Mokelumne River and its two tributaries, Wet Gulch and Independence Gulch. State Route 26 is on the north, Independence Road on the south, Deardorff Road on the west, and Independence Cemetery Road on the east. This BLM land is surrounded by the communities of Sandy Gulch, Wilseyville, Railroad Flat, Independence, and Glencoe.

Public Comments: Written comments regarding the scope and content of information in the IS/Proposed MND or any questions regarding the document should be submitted no later than May 21, 2018. Paper copies of the IS/MND are also available for public review at Calaveras County Library West Point Branch - 54 Bald Mountain Road, West Point, CA 95255, Ph. 209-293-7020.

Butterfly Twain Fuels and Forest Health Project, Plumas County (SNC1032)

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Notice of Intent

Initial Study / Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

Description: The Butterfly Twain Fuels Reduction and Landscape Restoration Project involves fuel reduction activities on 4,641 acres in the Mount Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest. The goal of the project is to reduce fuel loading within the wildland-urban interface surrounding the community of Butterfly Valley, promote forest health, protect water quality and quantity, and improve and protect habitat for wildlife and botanical values. A variety of fuels reduction and forest health improvement actions would be implemented to meet project objectives. SNC would provide funding for the project through the Proposition 1 Grant Program.

Location: The project is located in the Mount Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, approximately 4 miles northwest of Quincy within the Upper Feather River Watershed.

Public Comments: Written comments regarding the scope and content of information in the IS/MND or any questions regarding the document should be submitted no later than May 18, 2018. Paper copies of the IS/MND are also available for public review at Plumas County Library - 445 Jackson Street, Quincy, CA 95971, Ph. (530) 283-6310.

Improving Landscape and Watershed Health through Restoring Fire Regimes in Lassen Volcanic National Park, Shasta, Lassen, and Plumas Counties (SNC1045)

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Notice of Intent

Initial Study / Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

Description: The Lassen Volcanic National Park (Lassen NP) North Fork Feather River Headwaters Fire Management Project includes fuels reduction activities on 1,940 acres throughout three sites in Lassen NP. There is a need to reduce high fuel loadings and overstocked conditions in the park to maintain forest health; mitigate risk of catastrophic high-intensity fire to human lives, property, and the forest; and promote watershed resilience for climate adaptation. The fuels reduction activities would reduce fuel accumulation, reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire, and restore a diverse forest composition and structure over multiple years. SNC would provide funding for the project through the Proposition 1 Grant Program.

Location: The project is located on three sites within Lassen NP: Project Site 1 and Project Site 2 are located in the upper reaches of Warner Valley in Shasta and Plumas Counties, which can be accessed via Warner Valley Road from the south; Project Site 3 is located along the northwestern edge of Juniper Lake in Lassen County, which can be accessed from Juniper Lake Road.

Public Comments: Written comments regarding the scope and content of information in the IS/MND or any questions regarding the document should be submitted no later than May 18, 2018. Paper copies of the IS/MND are also available for public review at Chester Library - 210 1stAvenue, Chester, CA 96020, Ph. (530) 258-2742.

Biggie Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction, Placer County (Cal Fire CCI)

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Notice of Intent

Initial Study / Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

Description: The Biggie Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction Project would result in forest fuels reduction activities on 3,549 acres along Mosquito Ridge Road northeast of Big Oak Flat near the southern boundary of the Tahoe National Forest, American River Ranger District. The purpose of the project is to use vegetation management and thinning activities to reduce the potential for severe wildfire and restore forest health. The project would result in an increase in diversity of tree species and enhanced stand structural diversity which would strengthen forest stands and establish greater resiliency to environmental stresses and disturbances. SNC would administer funds from a 2017 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Climate Investments - Forest Health Grant to support the project.

Location: The project is located between 23 and 28 miles east of Foresthill, Placer County, California. The project encompasses a large ridge-top area that separates the North Fork of the Middle Fork and Middle Fork of the American Rivers.

Public Comment Period: Written comments regarding the scope and content of information in the IS/MND or any questions regarding the document should be submitted no later than May 18, 2018. Paper copies of the IS/MND are also available for public review at Foresthill Library - 24580 Main Street, Foresthill, CA 95631, Ph. (530) 367-2785.

Tobacco Gulch Ecological Restoration, El Dorado County
(Cal Fire CCI)

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Notice of Intent

Initial Study / Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

Description: The Tobacco Gulch Ecological Restoration Project area has been identified as a very high to extreme fire hazard area due to a high density of trees, high levels of surface and ladder fuels, and proximity to communities. A variety of mechanical thinning, mastication, hand thinning, piling, and prescribed fire would be implemented across 2,791 acres of National Forest lands to reduce fire hazard and restore forest health. The goal of the project is to improve forest health, reduce surface and ladder fuel accumulations, and effectively improve resilience to disturbance. SNC would administer funds from a 2017 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Climate Investments - Forest Health Grant to support the project.

Location: The project is located in the Georgetown Ranger District, El Dorado National Forest, approximately 3 miles east of Georgetown, El Dorado County, California near Darling Ridge, Mace Mill, and Balderston Corral.

Public Comment Period: Written comments regarding the scope and content of information in the IS/MND or any questions regarding the document should be submitted no later than May 18, 2018. Paper copies of the IS/MND are also available for public review at Georgetown Library - 6680 Orleans Street, Georgetown, CA 95634, Ph. (530) 333-4724.