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) is preparing 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 the 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 Emergency Management Agency. In order to evaluate these applications, FEMA has prepared a draft EIS. This draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental effects that could occur if these projects that are intended to reduce wildfire hazard and risk are implemented.

FEMA has released the draft EIS for public to review and comment during the 45 day public comment period, ending June 17, 2013. Information on the availability of the document and ways to access it are available in the Announcements box and on the Documents tab.

Based on input received during the public comment period, FEMA will revise the draft EIS and prepare a final EIS. The final EIS will be available for public review before FEMA issues a Record of Decision on whether to fund the grant applications.

You can find information about the public meetings and your opportunity to comment on the draft EIS under the Public Participation tab. Thank you for your interest.

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