Examining Habitat Clearance in the Name of Fire Protection
A habitat clearance project in the Cleveland National Forest - an example of a questionable project that is not near any significant development. This is the type of enviromental damage that we are trying to prevent.
We have been monitoring the four National Forests in southern California looking for "fuel" management projects the US Forest Service has been proposing that may cause damage to the chaparral ecosystem according to our Relative Value of Vegetation Treatment evaluation. The value number given is based on a scale that ranges from -3 (most damaging/least benefit) to +3 (least damaging/most benefit).
We have listed all the current projects below including links that will direct you to spreadsheets consisting of the project description, acreages and maps of proposed treatment areas, contact information of project supervisors, our evaluation based on the Relative Value Rubric Sheet designed by CCI, and links to CCI comment letters.
Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) is how the US Forest Service presents information about all of their current projects for each of the National Forests. As an example, follow this link to the Cleveland National Forest's SOPA: http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/forest-level.php?110502 To review all of their current projects, choose the top link entitled "Click to view the current SOPA Report."
Each project is labeled as either 'EIS', 'EA', or 'CE.' EIS stands for Environmental Impact Statement, which is a document prepared to address significant environmental risks and propose alternatives. In this way, it is ensured that the project properly adheres to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). EA stands for Environmental Assessment, which is a document prepared when no significant environmental impacts are predicted to be discovered. CE stands for Categorical Exclusion, which greatly diminishes public involvement in legal proceedings.