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Cities Can Now Comment on CAL FIRE’s California Vegetation Treatment Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Report

July 22, 2019
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is seeking public comment on the California Vegetation Treatment Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (CalVTP).
 
The 45-day public comment period is open until Aug. 9. 
 
CalVTP is a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)-compliant program that focuses on protecting natural resources, people, and property through vegetation treatments designed to reduce the risk of destructive wildfires. When certified, it will be implemented by the CAL FIRE as well as other local and state agency partners.
 
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 this public review period that raise significant environmental issues.

The board held an informational webinar on July 11 to discuss the CalVTP and the Draft PEIR. The webinar power point is available online for viewing.
The program will:
  • Assist in expanding statewide vegetation treatment activities up to 500,000 acres per year to achieve the goal established in Executive Order B-52-18; and
  • Provide a robust environmental analysis as required by CEQA as well as project-level mitigation measures to help ensure the protection of public trust resources (water, air, wildlife, archaeology, Greenhouse Gas, etc.) 
CalVTP treatments include:
  • Wildland-Urban Interface fuel reduction, including removal of vegetation to prevent or slow the spread of fires between wildlands and structures;
  • Fuel breaks that support fire suppression activities by providing emergency responders with strategic staging areas and access to otherwise remote landscapes for fire control;
  • Restoration in ecosystems where natural fire regimes have been altered due to fire exclusion, including restoring ecological processes, conditions, and resiliency to more closely reflect historic vegetative composition, structure, and habitat values; and
  • Prescribed burning, mechanical and manual fuels treatment, prescribed herbivory, and limited herbicide use, where appropriate. 
Comment Period and Details
 
The CalVTP Draft PEIR is available for public inspection for a 45-day public review and comment period, which ends on Aug. 9.
 
Written comments are preferred via email and may be submitted to CalVTP@bof.ca.gov.
 
Comments may also be mailed to the following address:
Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
Attn: CalVTP
PO Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
 
If you have additional questions, please contact CAL FIRE staff at (916) 653-8007 or email CalVTP@bof.ca.gov.


 
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