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Legal Notices: The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is recirculating the Draft Vegetation Treatment Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (VTPEIR) for public review and comment. The dates of review for this public review period are November 13, 2017 through January 12, 2018. There are no scheduled public hearings for discussion of the VTPEIR. The document and references will be available for review at the office of the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection located at 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1506-14; Sacramento, California 95814. The Contact Person for the VTPEIR is Ms. Edith Hannigan, Analyst, Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. Her phone number is (916) 862-0120. Written comments should be submitted to this email address: VegetationTreatment@bof.ca.gov. A brief description of the project is as follows. The VTPEIR lays out a framework for prioritizing, planning, implementing, and monitoring fuel treatments across the State Responsibility Area. Similar projects are currently undertaken by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) as part of the existing Vegetation Management Program (VMP), the Fire Prevention Program, and the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP). Each of these statewide programs are ongoing and implemented through a separate CEQA process. The VTP is part of this comprehensive fire prevention strategy from the Board that is implemented by CAL FIRE. This program intends to lower the risk of damaging wildfires on nonfederal lands by managing vegetation to modify and/or reduce hazardous fuels. The key objectives of this program are to prevent loss of lives and property, reduce fire suppression costs, and protect natural resources from damaging wildfire through the use of appropriate vegetation treatments. After the application of Standard Project Requirements and mitigation measures, the proposed VTP demonstrates no significant environmental impacts. Each proposed subsequent activity under this Programmatic EIR is subjected to an environmental review that includes CEQA identified trustee and responsible agencies. If this review confirms that the subsequent activity will be within the scope of the VTPEIR, it may proceed. However, if the subsequent activity is not within the scope of the VTPEIR or there is the potential for significant impacts, further CEQA review must be conducted. 11/13/2017

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