Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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, 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
07/2017
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: 02/2018 03/2018 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
Kiowa Vacant Unit Prescribed Burns
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Kristen Linner
575-374-9652
klinner@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuel loads through prescribe burning in Units K-44, K-45E, K-47N, and K-79.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50995
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T26N, R37E, sections 7 and 8; T27N, R37E, section 32; T27N, R36E, section 27, 28, 33, 34; T28N, R37E, sections 17 and 18 About 7 miles northeast of Clayton, 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
04/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/27/2009
Est. Comment Period
05/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 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
05/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2013
Expected: 02/2017 03/2017 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
Eric #1 Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Alvin Whitehair
505-287-8833
awhitehair@fs.fed.us
Description: Mineral exploration consisting of drilling up to 2 drill holes from 2 drill pads (75 ft. X 150 ft.); accessing sites by existing roads and overland travel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37787
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - T12N, R9W, section 10 North of Grants, NM off of Forest Road 450F
Horace Mesa Wildlife Habitat and Stand Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/16/2016
Expected: 05/2017 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.
Laramide Resources Mine Development - La Jara Mesa
EIS
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us
Description: Laramide Resourcess proposes to tunnel two inclined adits from under the west edge of La Jara Mesa to remove 40,000 tons of uranium ore for testing and to begin development of a production mine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25654
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - T12N, R9W, Sections 11, 12, 14, and 15. La Jara Mesa north of Grants, NM
Puerco Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/19/2016
Est. Comment Period
03/2017
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 Shawn Martin
505-346-3856
samartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Increase watershed resiliency by reestablishing and restoring forest structure and pattern, health, fire regime, vegetation composition and diversity of forest ecosystems to conditions within the natural range of variability and desired conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50987
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola, McKinley. LEGAL - Not Applicable The eastern edge of project is located area about 1 mile southwest of Coolidge, NM, and encompasses the western portion of the Zuni Mountains.
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
12/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 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
Uranium Exploration Drilling
EIS
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to approve multiple Plans of Operations for exploratory drilling to determine the extent of uranium deposits in several areas on the mesas surrounding Mt. Taylor.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33948
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola, McKinley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Several locations including San Mateo Mesa and La Jara Mesa northeast of Grants, NM.
Zuni Mountain Trails Project
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/30/2015
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 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, 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
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 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.
Armijo Trails Improvement Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2017
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Kerry Wood
505-281-3304 ext. 107
kwood@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to maintain, improve, and relocate user-created and National Forest System trails within and near the Cienega Picnic Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51328
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project includes Cienega Picnic Area and area immediately south.
Cedro Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
04/15/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 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: 03/2017 04/2017 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
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 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.
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