Yuba Roadside Fuel Treatment Project
Yuba Roadside Fuel Treatment Project
Phase 1 Implementation
Phase 1 begins in 2023 in the Dobbins-Oregon House area with grant funding from CAL FIRE and Yuba Water Agency.
CURRENT STATUS: Landowners within the treatment area are being contacted to obtain access agreements. Required biological and cultural surveys will begin in Spring 2023. Fuel reduction work will begin late Spring 2023, pending weather conditions.
Q: What does this project involve?
A: The project will entail the removal of smaller, connected ladder fuels and flammable vegetation such as dense limbs, branches, and interconnected thickets of trees less than 12-inches diameter. The cutting and mulching or chipping of this material greatly reduces flammability and flame length in the event of a
wildfire and improves public safety along the thoroughfares. The cutting, mulching, and chipping will be completed with small to mid-size mechanical mastication tractors, chain saw cutting and pull-behind chippers, and in some cases a tracked chipper.
Following thinning treatments, there will be focused applications of herbicide on sprouting brush species to minimize resprouting and maintain project effectiveness only where landowners are favorable to that approach. Herbicides are not a requirement as part of this project.
Q: Why is herbicide application part of the project?
A: Following mechanical treatment, it is anticipated that brush and hardwoods will re-sprout. This resprouting will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment over time. The use of herbicides will control resprouting vegetation, and thus increase the effectiveness of the treatment over time. It is possible for
resprouting vegetation to be controlled through manual cutting, but this option carries a much higher cost and must be repeated annually, and for several years past the duration of the grant.
Q: Can I opt out of herbicide application, but participate in the rest of the project?
A: Yes! A landowner can choose to participate in the rest of the project and still opt out of herbicide use.
Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council encourages participating landowners who opt out of herbicide application to complete manual cutting of re-sprouting vegetation on portions of land that they own within the project in order to maintain project effectiveness.
Q: How can I request you don’t remove specific plants?
A: Email email@example.com to schedule a time to meet with a project forester on your property and to identify specific vegetation to be retained. If the requested vegetation retention is at a level that treatment would not be effective, your property may be excluded from treatment.
Q: How is this project any different than PG&E’s vegetation management work?
A: PG&E is mandated by the CPUC to maintain their utility easements. With this project, the landowner is not mandated to participate, but can benefit from the grant funding the Yuba Fire Safe Council (YWPFSC) secured from CAL FIRE and take action to reduce vegetation fuel loading on portions of their
property adjacent to the roadways. This project is subject to specific environmental requirements under the Cal VTP (see below) which are different that those mandated by the CPUC for utility work.
Q: What environmental protections will be in place to protect my property?
A: This project is subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Project compliance with
CEQA has been obtained through the California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) developed by the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. The project was assessed and found to be within the scope of the CalVTP, verified by a Project Specific Analysis (PSA) prepared for county roadways. The CalVTP incorporates both standard protection requirements and mitigation measures designed to minimize effects to the environment. These include protections related to wildlife, rare plants, watercourses and water quality and soils. These documents can be viewed on the California Board of Forestry’s website at:
Q: I have more questions. Who can I talk to?
A: Please reach out to our project team lead at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-786-0650.
Funding for this project provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Fire Prevention Program as part of the California Climate Investment Program. Funding for project management support funded by Yuba Water Agency