Vegetation Treatment Program Environmental Impact Report (VTPEIR)

Public Comment Received April 1-May 31, 2016

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY

At their March 2, 2016 meeting, the Board found that the Preliminary Draft Vegetation Treatment Program Environmental Impact Report reflected their independent judgment and analysis and authorized a 60 day public comment period under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Pursuant to that action, Board staff has prepared a Notice of Availability with information about the Vegetation Treatment Program, how the Draft PEIR may be viewed, and how to submit public comment.

Document Availability and Public Review Period

The VTP PEIR is available for download below.

Hard copies of the VTP PEIR can be reviewed at the Board’s office in Sacramento (address below). To arrange to view documents at Board offices during business hours, call (916) 653-2928. The document can also be reviewed at libraries throughout the state; for a full list of locations, please click here. CDs or printed copies are available at cost on request by phoning (916) 653-2928 or emailing VegetationTreatment@bof.ca.gov. Copies will also be available for review only at any regularly scheduled Board meeting where the VTP PEIR is on the noticed agenda.

The PEIR is available for a 60-day public review and comment period, which begins April 1, 2016 and ends at 5pm on May 31, 2016. Please send comments on the PEIR at the earliest possible date, but postmarked no later than 5pm on May 31, 2016 in order for your comments to be considered.

Written comments are preferred via email and may be submitted to VegetationTreatment@bof.ca.gov. Emailed comments should include your name, address, and daytime telephone number so a representative of the Board can contact you if clarifications regarding your comments are required.

Comments may also be mailed to the following address:

Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
ATTN: Edith Hannigan, Board Analyst
VTP Draft PEIR Comments
PO Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the official public record. A Final PEIR will be prepared which will include responses to comments received during the public review period.

DRAFT PROGRAM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT MARCH 2016

Revised Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meeting

Given the passage of time, the Board is updating and revising the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for this PEIR to seek input from responsible and trustee agencies and other interested parties regarding the scope and content of the environmental information to be included in the PEIR, and to ensure accurate information is contained in the public notices relating to this PEIR. In accordance with section 21080.3 of the Public Resources Code, the Board will be conducting a scoping meeting:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 10:30 AM
Natural Resources Auditorium
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Please see the Revised Notice of Preparation for information on submitting public comment related to this Revised Notice.

Written Comments Received in Response to the Revised Notice of Preparation

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