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 Champe Green
505-346-3889
champegreen@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: 12/2016 01/2017 Cheryl Prewitt
505-346-3820
cprewitt@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)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Michael Smith
575-374-9652
michaelssmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to cut pinyon and juniper trees, followed by prescribe burning on about 530 acres near the Mills Rim Campground.
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
RB-38 Playa Restoration
CE
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Benjamin Coble
575-374-9652
blcoble@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to restore 1 playa basin by filling in pits which were dug in the 1970%u2019s. The spoil piles which remain from the original pitting will be placed back in the original borrow pits.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Dallam. LEGAL - Not Applicable The playa is located about 22 miles southeast of Texline, Tx.
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
07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 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
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/27/2009
Est. Comment Period
06/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 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
05/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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: 05/2016 06/2016 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
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
01/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 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
Stinking Springs Allotment Well
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/17/2015
Expected: 04/2016 09/2016 Virginia Yazzie Ashley
505-287-8833
vyazzieashley@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to drill new well, which would include the construction of a well pad, and installation of a storage tank, drinker, and pipelines to tie the new well to 3 existing drinkers.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46420
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - McKinley. LEGAL - T13N, R17W, section 13 The Stinking Springs Grazing Allotment is located about 20 miles southeast of Gallup, New Mexico
Telecommunications Site Improvements
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 03/28/2016
06/2016 Robin Price
505-346-3822
rmprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. proposes to install a concrete slab and replace their communication building on La Mosca Peak. El Paso Natural Gas Co. proposes to install a concrete slab and replace their generator on Microwave Ridge.
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - Not Applicable 14 & 12 miles northeast of Grants, NM
Zuni Mountain Trails Project
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/30/2015
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Valencia. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located about 5 miles northwest of Manzano, 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
05/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
04/15/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 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: 04/2016 05/2016 Robin Price
505-346-3822
rmprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to authorize use of an existing communication site on the Sandia Crest.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Not Applicable About 9 miles northwest of Tijeras, NM
La Puerta Homeowners Association Pipelin
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/25/2016
05/2016 Robin Price
505-346-3822
rmprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to issue a special use permit to the La Puerta Homeowners Association for use of an existing 2 inch diameter water transmission pipeline across National Forest System land.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near Tunnel Springs, about one mile southwest of Placitas, NM
Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Renewal for Cedar Crest Country Cottage & Stables.
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
08/28/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 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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