Welcome to the website for the East Bay Hills hazardous fire risk reduction project.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on proposed hazardous fire risk reduction activities. The proposed hazardous fire risk reduction activities are in Alameda and Contra Costa counties (in the East Bay Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area) and in the Miller Knox/Shoreline (a facility of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) on San Francisco Bay).

There is a need to reduce risks to people and property in these urban areas because of the history of significant wildfires. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB), City of Oakland, and EBRPD are all responsible for management of forested public lands in the East Bay. These agencies have submitted grant applications for fire risk reduction projects to FEMA via the California Office of Emergency Services. In order to evaluate these applications, FEMA has prepared an EIS. This EIS evaluates the potential environmental effects that could occur if these projects that are intended to reduce wildfire hazard and risk are implemented.

The official comment period on the draft EIS was from May 3, 2013, to June 17, 2013.  The final EIS includes amendments, revisions, and clarifications in response to public and agency comments received on the draft EIS.

The Notice of Availability of the final EIS will be published in the Federal Register on or about December 5, 2014. After release of this final EIS, FEMA will document its decision on the proposed project in a record of decision (ROD) that will be issued in early 2015.

Information on the availability of the document and ways to access it are available in the Announcements box and on the Documents tab.

The EIS can also be accessed on FEMA’s website at http://www.fema.gov/environmental-historic-preservation-documents.

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