Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

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- Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Cibola National Forest, Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands
- Cibola National Forest, Magdalena Ranger District
- Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District
- Cibola National Forest, Mountainair Ranger District
- Cibola National Forest, Sandia Ranger District


Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cibola National Forest Mountain Ranger Districts Revised Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
11/20/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Sarah Browne
505-346-3812
sarahbrowne@fs.fed.us
Description: Revision of the 1985 Cibola National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to develop specific direction for the Sandia, Mountainair, Mount Taylor, and Magdalena Ranger Districts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46268
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District, Magdalena Ranger District, Mountainair Ranger District, Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Lincoln, McKinley, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance, Valencia. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sandia Ranger District is located directly east of Albuquerque; Mountainair RD is located 40-60 miles SE of Abq; Mt Taylor RD is 70 miles west of Abq; Magdalena is 80 miles SW of Abq.
USAF Training Area
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
07/21/2013
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Robin Price
505-346-3822
rmprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Military training area permit on Mountainair, Mount Taylor, Magdalena, and Sandia Ranger Districts
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5375
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District, Magdalena Ranger District, Mountainair Ranger District, Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Cibola, Socorro, Torrance. LEGAL - Specific areas on each district Mountainair, Magdalena, and Sandia Ranger Districts
Cibola National Forest, Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mills Restoration & Fuelwood Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/27/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Michael Smith
575-374-9652
michaelssmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to cut pinyon and juniper trees, followed by prescribe burning on about 611 acres near the Mills Rim Campground.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48994
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Harding. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mills Rim Campground, 11 miles northwest of Roy, NM
Cibola National Forest, Magdalena Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baldy Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/25/2011
Est. Comment Period
09/2016
Expected: 03/2017 05/2017 Dennis Aldridge
505-854-2281
daldridge@fs.fed.us
Description: Livestock grazing authorization and related management activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37209
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Socorro. LEGAL - T3S, R3W, S. 14-17, 19-36 and T4S, R3W, S.1-23, 25-35 10 miles southeast of Magdalena, NM
Durfee/Bolander Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/27/2009
Est. Comment Period
11/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Dennis Aldridge
505-854-2281
daldridge@fs.fed.us
Description: Project on approximately 14,000 acres to restore more natural vegetative conditions and reintroduce fire into fire adapted ecosystem. Thin dense stands with hand and mechanical tools, construct small watershed structures, and prescribe burn.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29486
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Socorro. LEGAL - T4S, R6W, Secs. 18,19, T4S, R7W, Secs. 8-11, 13-30, 32-36, T5S, R7W, Secs. 1-4, 10-12, T4S, R8W, Secs. 23-26 Approximately 20 miles southwest of Magdalena in northwest portion of San Mateo Mountains.
Mineral Withdrawal of Zuni Fleabane Habitat
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/10/2012
Est. Comment Period
12/2016
Expected: 04/2017 06/2017 Zachary Parsons
505-346-3818
zparsons@fs.fed.us
Description: Withdraw from mineral entry about 1,000 acres of habitat in 4 areas to facilitate recovery of the federally threatened Zuni fleabane (Erigeron rhizomatous).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37526
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T1N, R11W, portions of sections 4, 9 and 10; T2N, R11W, portion of section 36; T1N, R10W, portions of sections 3 and 4. 4 areas in the Datil Mountains and Sawtooth Mountains
Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Mesa Thinning and Prescribe Burning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2013
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Consuelo Zamora
505-287-8833
czamora@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to improve wildlife habitat within 40,000 acres of ponderosa pine, mountain meadow, and pinyon-juniper forest communities through thinning and prescribe burning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40796
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - McKinley, Sandoval. LEGAL - T15N, R5W, sects. 20-36; T15N, R4W, sects. 19, 20, 31, & 32; T14N, R4W, sect. 6 About 35 miles northeast of Grants, NM
Horace Mesa Wildlife Habitat and Stand Improvement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/16/2016
Expected: 11/2016 05/2017 Shawn Martin
505-346-3856
samartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to remove trees by individual and group selection, masticate slash and understory vegetation, and prescribe burn to improve wildlife habitat, forest health, and reduce fuel loads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49673
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - Township 11 North, Range 8 West: Sections 4-9, 16-18; and Township 11 North, Range 9 West: Sections 12-14 The project is located about 3 miles northeast of Grants, NM.
Roca Honda LLC Project - Exploration and Mine Development
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/15/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to develop and conduct underground uranium mining operations on Roca Honda Resources LLC mining claims on and near Jesus Mesa with a surface disturbance area of 183 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18431
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - McKinley. LEGAL - T. 13N., R 8W., Sections 9 and 10 Approximately 3 miles northwest of San Mateo, New Mexico
Zuni Mountain Trails Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/30/2015
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 Alvin Whitehair
505-287-8833
awhitehair@fs.fed.us
Description: Closure and decomissioning of eoads within the Zuni Mountains using various methods. Designation of mountain bike and hiking trails in the Zuni Mountains.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40355
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola, McKinley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Several locations within the Zuni Mountains portion of the Mt. Taylor Ranger District
Cibola National Forest, Mountainair Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BNSF Telecommunication Site Renewal
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2016
Actual: 09/12/2016
11/2016 Robin Price
505-346-3822
rmprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to issue a new authorization to BNSF for their telecommunication site on Capilla Peak.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49176
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Valencia. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located about 5 miles northwest of Manzano, NM.
ENMR Fiber Optic Line Installation
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/28/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 Robin Price
505-346-3822
rmprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install fiber optic lines between Manzano and Capilla Peak and in the Gallinas Peak area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49776
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln, Torrance. LEGAL - Not Applicable Manzano is located about 9 miles northwest of Mountainair, Capilla Peak is located about 5 miles northwest of Manzano. Gallinas Peak is located about 10 miles west of Corona, NM.
Cibola National Forest, Sandia Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendment to Three Existing Priority Use Climbing Outfitter Guide Special Use Permits.
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 04/2017 04/2017 Elke Schuster
505-281-3304 Ext. 110
eschuster@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to amend three existing priority use climbing outfitter guide special use permits to include additional locations on the Magdalena and Mountainair Ranger Districts.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Valencia. LEGAL - Not Applicable Enchanted Tower in the Datil Mountains of the Magdalena Ranger District; Trigo Canyon and JFK Campground areas in the Manzano Mountains of the Mountainair Ranger District.
Cedro Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
04/15/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Aaron Johnson
505-281-3304 ext. 127
aaronjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to improve forest health through thinning, mastication, prescribe burning, and treatment of non-native invasive plant species, well as trail relocation and limiting mountain biking and horse back riding to existing trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41910
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T9N, R5 & 6E, sections 6, 19, 24, 25, 36; T10N, R5 & 6E, sections 2,5-8, 11-13, 18-20, 23-26,29-32, 35 & 36 NMPM 2 miles south and east of Tijeras, NM
Davis Telecommunication Site
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/10/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 Robin Price
505-346-3822
rmprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to authorize use of an existing communication site on the Sandia Crest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48936
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Not Applicable About 9 miles northwest of Tijeras, NM
Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Renewal for Cedar Crest Country Cottage & Stables.
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Elke Schuster
505-281-3304 Ext. 110
eschuster@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to replace an expired permit and issue a 10-year priority special use permit to Cedar Crest Country Cottage & Stables for guided horseback riding.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Not Applicable Armijo area trails on the Sandia Ranger District.
Sandia Peak Tram Company Restaurant Reconstruction
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/23/2016
08/2016 Robin Price
505-346-3822
rmprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to remove the existing Sandia Peak Tram Restaurant with a new larger facility.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47603
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T11N, R5E, Section 8 This project is located about 2 miles east of Albuquerque, New Mexico, atop Sandia Peak.
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