USDA Forest Service: Plumas NF Project recommended for funding


March 7, 2019

9:00 a.m.

Cameron Park Community Center, Assembly Hall - West

2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682

At the time and place set forth above, the governing board of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy will hold a Public Hearing and possibly take action on the following matter:

Possible authorization of a grant to the USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest, in the amount of $999,878 for: Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area and Watershed Protection Project (SNC #1146)

The Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area and Watershed Protection Project is a 634-acre implementation project in Plumas National Forest, Plumas County. The project area is near the remote communities of La Porte and American House and the Little Grass Valley and Sly Creek Reservoirs. The Special Interest Area (SIA), in the Lost Creek watershed, represents one of the few remaining examples of Sierra Nevada mixed conifer old growth forest in the northern Sierra Nevada.

The Project will hand thin and lop and scatter and/or pile trees less than 10 inches DBH (diameter at breast height) on 336 acres; masticate trees less than 10 inches DBH on 278 acres; >and plant trees on 20 acres. This Project treats 614 of 1,640 PNF’s prioritized Special Interest Area locations and is consistent with Plumas County’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, 1988 Plumas National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, 2004 Sierra Nevada Forests Plan Amendment, Forest Service Watershed

Condition Framework, the CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit Fire Plan, and the National Fire Plan. Systematic defensible fuels protection zones along ridgetops and roadways improve accessibility to firefighters and provide strategic locations to initiate fire suppression activities while providing protection for communities at risk.

The project area and proposed activities were reviewed in their entirety under NEPA in the Sugarloaf Hazardous Fuels Reduction Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Record of Decision was signed in September 2014. Under Public Resources Code Section 4799.05(d)(1) CEQA does not apply to prescribed fire, thinning, or fuel reduction projects undertaken on federallands 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.

Meeting materials are available on the SNC website at For additional Information, or to submit written comment on any agenda item, please contact Ms. Armstrong at (530)823-4700 or or 11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205, Auburn CA 95603. If you need reasonable accommodations, including documents in alternative formats (California Relay Service 866-735-0373 or 711), please contact Ms. Armstrong at least five (5)working days in advance.