WILDFIRE RISK REDUCTION, RELIABILITY, AND ASSET PROTECTION (WRAP) PROJECT (DOE/EIS-0548)
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) and Trinity Public Utilities District (Trinity PUD) are proposing a Wildfire Risk Reduction, Reliability, and Asset Protection (WRAP) Project to reduce fire risk to the surrounding Trinity County communities and public lands, as well as to increase electrical reliability to maintain critical services in the local communities.
The areas surrounding WAPA and Trinity PUD’s systems are particularly vulnerable to fire risk due to the dense vegetation and steep terrain. This proposed WRAP project would reduce fire risk by expanding existing transmission/distribution rights-of-way (ROWs) on US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and private lands and by implementing a proactive integrated vegetation management program within the expanded ROWs. Maps of the Project area are included in the PROJECT DOCUMENTS section below.
- Expand the width of WAPA’s ROW for the 17.5 miles between Trinity Substation and Weaverville Switchyard from 80 feet to up to 130 feet.
- Expand the width of Trinity PUD’s transmission and distribution utility ROW for 216.8 miles from 20 feet to up to 130 feet (based on topography, land use, and sensitive resources). The existing ROW easements for underground distribution lines would not change.
- Improve WAPA’s existing legal access roads using Best Management Practices for routine access road maintenance and associated rehabilitation. Trinity PUD would maintain existing ROW access roads to the road standards set by the land managers.
- Clear vegetation within the ROWs using a combination of mechanical, manual, and herbicidal control methods.
- Update WAPA and Trinity PUD’s Operation and Maintenance Plans for long-term maintenance of vegetation and protection of sensitive resources within the ROW.
We would like to know about issues, concerns, and suggestions you may have regarding the proposed WRAP Project. Your comments will help define issues and alternatives for consideration in the environmental review process. Comments can be provided in writing or by fax to the contact listed below.
Mail: Western Area Power Administration, Sierra Nevada Region
ATTN: Beth Kelly, Natural Resources Specialist
114 Parkshore Dr.
Folsom, CA 95630
Last modified on September 21st, 2023