Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine Ranger District
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Black Mesa Ranger District
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Clifton Ranger District
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Lakeside Ranger District


R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CAMP TATIYEE LAND EXCHANGE - 0100 #5004
EIS
- Land acquisition In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/25/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2015
Expected: 12/2015 12/2015 Randall Chavez
928-368-2106
rchavez02@fs.fed.us
Description: Exchange of private parcels in the A-S, Coronado, Prescott, & Tonto NFs for Federal lands in Pinetop-Lakeside (T9N, R22E). Would provide land for children's camps currently under spec. use permit & result in consolid. of isolated parcels on Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5004
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District, Bradshaw Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N, R22E, sec.16, G&SRBM. Along State Highway SR260 within existing Pinetop-Lakeside town limits.
Four Forest Restoration Initiative Rim Country Environmental Impact Statement
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/27/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2017
Expected: 01/2019 02/2019 Annette Fredette
928 226 4684
4FRI_comments@fs.fed.us
Description: Landscape-scale restoration on the Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto National Forests of ponderosa pine ecosystems, designed to maintain, improve, and restore ecosystem structure, pattern, function, and resiliency.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/4fri/planning/?cid=stelprd3837085
Location: UNIT - Coconino National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mogollon Rim Ranger District, Coconino NF; Black Mesa and Lakeside Ranger Districts, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest; Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Outfitter/Guide Permit Authorization Project
EA
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
11/17/2015
Expected: 06/2016 08/2016 Cody Hutchinson
928-333-6333
crhutchinson@fs.fed.us
Description: A planning process that examines outfitter and guide activities and special use authorizations for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and hiking across the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47946
Location: UNIT - Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, Navajo. LEGAL - Not Applicable All National Forest System lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Public Motorized Travel Management Plan
EIS
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Cody Hutchinson
303-541-2512
crhutchinson@fs.fed.us
Description: A Forest Service proposal to designate motorized travel routes (roads and trails) in areas on federal lands administered by the Forest Service within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22692
Location: UNIT - Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Greenlee, Navajo. LEGAL - National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Forests) National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Forests)
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Wallow West Landscape Prescribed Fire Project
EA
- Fuels management In Progress
Comment Period
02/16/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Cary Stock
715-373-2667 ext. 231
cmstock@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes prescribed fire on approximately 112,386 acres on the Springerville and Alpine Ranger Districts of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48165
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District, Springerville Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located on the Springerville and Alpine Ranger Districts of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Apache County, Arizona.
West Escudilla Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
09/08/2015
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Sheila Williams
928-339-5055
sheilawilliams@fs.fed.us
Description: The project area covers about 68,000 acres and is located on the Alpine and Springerville Ranger Districts. The proposed action will include thinning trees, prescribed fire, and watershed, wildlife habitat, and transportation improvements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47631
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District, Springerville Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Greenlee. LEGAL - Townships 8 North, Ranges 29 East; 8N, 30 E; 8N, 31E; 7N, 30E; 7N, 31E; 6N, 31E; 5N, 30 E; 5N, 31E, 4.5 N 32E. Gila and Salt River Meridian Southeast of Springerville, Arizona
Wildlife Habitat Planting Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Sheila Williams
928-339-5055
sheilawilliams@fs.fed.us
Description: ASNFs, Springerville and Alpine Ranger Districts, propose to conduct a series of vegetation plantings designed to enhance habitat for a variety of wildlife species over multiple years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49396
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District, Springerville Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Greenlee. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area encompasses many locations on approximately 27,000 acres across the Springerville and Alpine Ranger Districts. Please see attached maps for project locations.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fite Water Tank and Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/26/2014
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Paul Schilke
928-339-5052
pschilke@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit reissue to operate and maintain and existing water tank and transmission line.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42962
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - T5N R30E, Sec 1, NW1/4 Near Georges Lake, adjacent to Alpine Domestic Water Improvement District wells.
Navapache System Communication Tower
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Paul Schilke
928-339-5052
pschilke@fs.fed.us
Description: Install a less than 50ft tall communication tower (repeater) on Maness Peak adjacent to Forest System Roads 14A and 14G. The repeater would help ensure communication is feasible with isolated communities along the Blue River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42976
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - T4N, R32E, Sec 17, NE1/4 Alpine Ranger District - near the 14A and 14G road
Wiltbank Isolated Cabin
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/26/2014
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Paul Schilke
928-339-5052
pschilke@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue permit for an isolated cabin used as a summer residence for recreation purposes.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40265
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - Part of the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 Section 34. T 4 1/2 N, Range 29 E of the Gila and Salt River Base and Meridian. FSR 565
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Black Mesa Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona Public Service Micro-grid System Installation
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7312
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of a micro-grid system and maintenance of utility lines.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46376
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T 13N, R 13E, Section 1 Located at the Black Mesa Work Center along Forest System Road 34.
Brookbank Cellular One Cell Tower Replacement
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7312
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace a current cell tower due to failing structural components with a new functioning cell tower in the same location.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46172
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T11N R15E S21 Located at the Brookbank Communications Site near Forest Service Rd. 300 east of the Forest Lakes Community.
Dept. of Public Safety Trailer Replacment
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7312
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of existing mobile trailer unit with a new trailer unit.
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T 12N, R 16E, Section 20 Located at the Job Corp in Camp Shadow Pines.
Heber Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
05/15/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Dawnee Burson
928-368-2108
dlburson@fs.fed.us
Description: Allotment analysis to determine re-issuance of a term grazing permit, what grazing management strategy will be implemented in the allotment management plan (AMP), treatments for grassland restoration and maintenance, and placement of tanks and fence.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43442
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - All or portions of T10 1/2N R15 ½ E, T11N R15E, T12N R15E, T13N R15E, T14N R15E, T14N R16E, T13N R16E, T12N R16E, T11N R16E, T10 1/2N R16E, T11N R17E, T12N R17E, T13N R17E, T14N R17E, T10 1/2N R17E, T The allotment is located around the community of Heber Overgaard. The southern boundary borders the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, and the Northern Boundary is the forest boundary.
Heber Substation Expansion
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7312
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us
Description: Expansion of the Heber Substation permit are from 0.3 to 0.85 acres in order to accommodate new updated equipment and increase security at the site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46374
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Section 18, T 12N, R 17E North of Heber-Overgaard at the junction of Bucskin Rd. and Forest Road 488E.
Heber Wild Horse Territory Plan
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Grazing management
On Hold N/A N/A David Evans
928-333-6309
daevans@fs.fed.us
Description: To develop a management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18916
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Navajo. LEGAL - Portions of T11N, R15E, T11N, R16E, T12N, R16E, G&SRM South of Heber-Overgaard Arizona, west and south of Hwy 260
Heber-Overgaard Non-motorized Trail System
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Steven Richardson
928-535-7300
srichardson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Create a trail system which connects the County Park with existing trails. The system would include new trails to get existing trails off of forest roads 50 and 51.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30870
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Sections 35, 36, T12N, R16E, Sections 32, 34, T12N, R17E, Section 1, T11N, R16E, Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, T11N, R17E South of the Community of Heber-Overgaard, AZ
R-C Mastication
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/11/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Gayle Richardson
928-535-7300
grichardson@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuels reduction around the Heber-Overgaard community and Ricochet/Williams Ranch. Mastication and removal of small trees less than 12" and piling and burning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49303
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Sec 5-6, T11N, R17E; Sec 32, T12N, R17E; Sec 1, T11N, R16E; Sec 36, T12N , R16E; Sec 12-13, T11N, R18E; Sec 9 and 18, T11N, R19E; 65RM. South of the Heber-Overgaard community and in the area around Ricochet and Williams Ranch.
R-C Site Prep for Reforestation
CE
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/24/2016
08/2016 Gayle Richardson
928-535-7300
grichardson@fs.fed.us
Description: RC Reforestation and site prep for artificial ponderosa pine regeneration and alligator juniper control. Site preparation to include mastication and burning of alligator juniper to reduce competition and aid in planting effort.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48660
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Not Applicable FR 124 south of Highway 260 in the Rodeo-chediski Fire area. Various locations of high severity fire south of Overgaard, AZ
Reissue Six Small ROW Permits
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Meckenzie Helmandollar-Powell
928-535-7305
mhelmandollarpowell@fs.fed.us
Description: Six established and existing right of way permits have expired and need to be re-issued
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37801
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Navajo. LEGAL - T11N,R18E; T11N, R19E; T12N, R16E; T11N, R14E; T11N, R15E Various locations across the district
Rim Lakes Recreation Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Facility management
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 12/2016 03/2017 Richard Polanco
928-333-6279
richardrpolanco@fs.fed.us
Description: Around Woods Canyon & Willow Springs Lakes: reconstruct wider roads (i.e. NFSR 105), & parking areas; construct new overflow parking lots; expand boat ramp lanes; install a fishing pier; construct an accessible path; & add picnic sites.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49865
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is location around the Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes recreation areas and includes National Forest System Road 105.
Ryan Ranch Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Meckenzie Helmandollar-Powell
928-535-7305
mhelmandollarpowell@fs.fed.us
Description: Provide an easement to allow access to private property historically known as Ryan Ranch that would extend 942 linear feet from Forest Service Road 99A and along previously numbered Road 99M to the property. A gate may be placed at FS Road 99A
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44241
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T11N R14E Sec. 02 Located north of the community of Forest Lakes, AZ, beginning at Forest Service Road 99A and traveling 942 linear feet following the previously numbered road 99M directly to the private property.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Clifton Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Wildbunch Allotment Management Plan (AMP) - 0103
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
10/27/2014
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Sheila Williams
928-339-5055
sheilawilliams@fs.fed.us
Description: AMP analysis for future livestock mgmt.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed/re/asnf
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - T11S and T12S, R31E, G&SRBM Confluence of Blue & San Francisco Rivers & continues N. approx. 7 mi. to just N. of Wildbunch Canyon & FR475.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Lakeside Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lakeside District Office Conveyance
EA
- Facility management
- Land ownership management
On Hold N/A N/A Randall Chavez
928-368-2106
rchavez02@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze NF land at the Lakeside Ranger Station for sale under FS Facility Realignment & Enhancement Act (FSFREA, PL 109-54). This also involves analyzing the location of a new ranger station. There will be 2 decisions from this analysis.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33916
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N R22E Portions of Section 12-14 & 23, G&SR BM. Lakeside Rgr. Station and Lakeside CG within the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. New site near junction Penrod & Porter Mtn. Rds.
Scott Reservoir Overnight Camping Open-season Amendment
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Lorna Mcneil-Cox
928-368-2117
lmcneilcox@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce overnight camping at Scott Reservoir Campground from March 1 - November 1 to April 1 - October 15 for resource protection due to wet winter conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48555
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N R22E Section 13 Scott Reservoir Campground
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