North East Warner Fuel Reduction and Habitat Restoration

Modoc County, California and Washoe County, Nevada

Foothill Associates prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the North East Warner Fuel Reduction and Habitat Restoration for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). BLM proposed hazardous fuels reduction treatments within areas of juniper encroachment in sage steppe plant communities to improve hydrologic conditions, enhance the forage base for wildlife and domestic animals, and restore vegetation conditions that resemble historic mosaic plant communities on lands within Modoc County, California and Washoe County, Nevada. Treatments utilized a mix of hand clearing, mechanical thinning, broadcast burning, or pile burning practices to remove invasive juniper trees on 1,611 acres of sagebrush-steppe and east side pine ecosystems. In support of the EA, Foothill Associates prepared a BLM protocol visual analysis, conducted botanical and wildlife surveys, and prepared technical reports documenting botanical and wildlife inventories.

 

Foothill Associates developed the Visual Resource Management (VRM) section of the NEPA EA document. We utilized BLM protocols for completion of visual contrast ratings from key observation points. We assessed potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of proposed fuel reduction techniques based upon VRM objectives and developed mitigation measures to maintain Class II VRM objectives.

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View toward treatment area.

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Four separate areas for fuels reduction and habitat restoration.

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Vegetation communities.

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Viewshed graphic for Visual Resource Management section of Environmental Assessment.