Marshall Prescribed Fire Project – CalVTP Program EIR Project Specific Analysis

The California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) adopted by the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) evaluates the potential environmental effects of implementing qualifying vegetation treatments that reduce the risk of wildfire throughout the State Responsibility Area in California. It was designed for use by many State, special district, and local agencies to accelerate vegetation treatment project approvals by finding them to be within the scope of the PEIR. This finding that the proposed treatments are within the scope of the PEIR must be supported by a Project Specific Analysis (PSA).

The Humboldt County Resource Conservation District (HCRCD) is assisting Mattole Restoration Council (MRC) implement the Marshall Prescribed Fire Project. As part of the project’s overall objectives, MRC will provide eight National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) S-212 chainsaw trainings, host two prescribed fire training exchanges (TREX) and coordinate 350 days of prescribed fire training opportunities for local fire practitioners to build local capacity to participate in forest thinning, fuels reduction, and prescribed fire treatments.

The Marshall Prescribed Fire Project will implement prescribed fire treatments on a 109-acre private parcel in Honeydew, where approximately 35 acres of mixed grassland/oak woodland were restored 10 years ago by removing large Douglas fir trees. Prescribed fire implemented under this project will maintain oak woodland and grassland habitat. The Marshall Prescribed Fire Project PSA describes the proposed treatment project and assesses the potential impacts of that project along with the applicability and effectiveness of Standard Project Requirements (SPRs) and mitigation measures contained in the PEIR in reducing the potential project-specific impacts.