Vegetation Treatment Program Environmental Impact Report (VTPEIR)

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board), as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has added significant new information to the previously circulated Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the Board’s Vegetation Treatment Program (VTP). The Board prepared this PEIR to provide the public and responsible and trustee agencies with information about the potential environmental effects of the proposed VTP.

Since the public comment period in 2016, the Board has revised the VTP PEIR to include additional data and significant clarifying information. This revised VTP PEIR was prepared in compliance with CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines. (California Code of Regulations, title 14 (CEQA Guidelines), section 15000, et seq.) The Board is now recirculating the revised VTP PEIR and invites public comments on the adequacy and completeness of the environmental analysis in the document. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Pursuant to CEQA Guideline 15088.5, subdivision (f)(1), commenters are required to submit new comments, exclusively pertaining to this recirculated revised VTP PEIR, during this new public comment/recirculation period. The Board will only respond to comments exclusively pertaining to this recirculated revised VTP PEIR, submitted during this recirculation period (e.g., the Board will not respond to any comments pertaining to prior versions of the PEIR, including comments that were previously submitted during earlier circulations). (CEQA Guideline 15088.5, sub. (f)(1).) Although previous comments submitted during the VTP PEIR’s prior recirculation periods will be part of the administrative record, those comments do not require a written response in the final EIR.  (Id.)

Please see the full Notice of Availability below for information on viewing the Draft PEIR and submitting comments. The Draft PEIR is linked below for the public’s review.

November 2017 Draft Vegetation Treatment Program PEIR for Recirculation

Vegetation Treatment Program

In 2014, the California Fire Science Consortium was commissioned to review the previously proposed Vegetation Treatment Program Environmental Impact Report, and they developed recommendations for improving the document and proposed program. A CAL FIRE workgroup has completed a comprehensive revision of the Preliminary  Draft Vegetation Treatment Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (VTPEIR) based on those recommendations and other identified areas for improvement. The preliminary draft document has been provided to the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection for their review and revision and will be released for public comment under CEQA. Please bookmark this website to check back for updates on public comment opportunities.

The purpose of an EIR is to provide the public with information about whether a specific project (or in this case a Program of projects) might cause a significant effect to the environment. A Program EIR may be prepared on a series of actions that can be characterized as one large project and are related to, among other things, the issuance of general criteria to govern the conduct of a continuing program or individual activities carried out under the same authorizing statutory or regulatory authority and having generally similar environmental effects that can be mitigated in similar ways. This Program EIR, prepared according to the State CEQA Guidelines, California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 15168, provides an environmental analysis framework for vegetation treatment projects that abate fuel hazard on SRA lands and supports federal and local non-SRA fuel reduction projects.

Describing the environmental consequences of a program across a landscape of the scale being proposed is a difficult task that does not lend itself to brevity. The workgroup has strived to balance a thorough environmental analysis with concise writing so as to not overwhelm the reader, but this Programmatic EIR is over 1,000 pages.

Because of the challenge to reviewing a document of this size, we provide the following guide to readers:

  • The Executive Summary provides the reader with the framework for the proposed VTP and an overview for ease of understanding.
  • A guide to Acronyms and Abbreviations and a Glossary of Terms is provided at the beginning of the document for ease of understanding.
  • Chapter 1 discusses the purpose and need for the program, regulatory framework for the program, and current setting.
  • Chapter 2 discussed the proposed Vegetation Treatment Program in depth.
  • Chapter 3 explains the Alternatives considered under this Program EIR.
  • Chapter 4 examines the affected environment and environmental impacts of the proposed VTP, as well as any mitigations that reduce environmental impacts.
  • Chapter 5 discusses cumulative environmental impacts from the proposed VTP.
  • Chapter 6 describes the significant environmental effects of the proposed VTP and any growth-inducing impacts.
  • Chapter 7 contains the “Project Scale Analysis,” or PSA, which is the CEQA Environmental Checklist equivalent.
  • Chapter 8 lists the preparers of the document.
  • Chapter 9 is a list of references.
  • Appendices. Of particular interest may be Appendix I. Monitoring and Communication Plan.

If you need further information regarding the Preliminary Draft VTPEIR the contact person is:

Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
Edith Hannigan, Board Analyst
Phone:(916) 653-8007
Fax: (916) 653-0989
Email:VegetationTreatment@bof.ca.gov

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