Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Cibola National Forest, Black Kettle National Grassland
- 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
Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts Road Decommissioning
EA
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/03/2013
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Richard Graves
505-346-3846
rlgraves@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposal to decommission 90 miles of roads/routes to reduce erosion, soil compaction and sedimentation, which would result in enhancing water quality and wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38071
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District, Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Torrance. LEGAL - Not Applicable Upper Tijeras watershed on Sandia RD and Tajique watershed on Mountainair RD.
USAF Training Area
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
07/21/2013
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 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, Black Kettle National Grassland R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apache Corp Washita 2H Oil and Gas Well
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
07/10/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Curtis Youngman
580-497-2143
cyoungman@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to develop an oil and gas well, including construction of a well pad, 66-foot long road to the well, and installation of a 1,600-foot long gas pipeline.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44945
Location: UNIT - Black Kettle National Grassland. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Roger Mills. LEGAL - Not Applicable T15N, R26W, section 15, IM
Apache Unit 71 Triple Well
CE

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- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Tom Smeltzer
580-497-2143
tsmeltzer@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to drill 3 wells from one well location pad, 435 feet by 350 feet in size. The proposal also includes construction of a 370-foot long road and 1048-foot long gas pipeline.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45113
Location: UNIT - Black Kettle National Grassland. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Roger Mills. LEGAL - T13N, R25W,section 14, NW 1/4 Grassland management unit 71, about 9 miles southwest of Cheyenne, OK.
Cibola National Forest, Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Carrizo Creek Mountain Plover Prescribe Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2011
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Richard Hanson
575-374-9652
rahanson@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescibe burning approximately 300 acres to improve mountain plover nesting habitat. Burn needs to occur in the months of Feb or March prior to mountain plover migration.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T 24N R35E Sec.15 Unit K-21 North
K-84, K-87, K-91E Woodland Prescribed Burn and Thinning Projects
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/16/2006
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Mike Atkinson
575-374-9652
matkinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Mechanically cut juniper and conduct a prescribed burn to treat encroaching juniper and pinyon pine in the woodland ecosystem adjacent to the Canadian River canyon.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Harding. LEGAL - Not Applicable Kiowa National Grassland, Unit K-84, K-87, and K-91 East about 8 miles northwest of Roy, NM
Kiowa K-85 Thin and Prescribe Burn
CE
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Mike Atkinson
575-347-9652
matkinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Mechanically thin and utilize prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat and watershed and to reduce fuel loadings.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Harding. LEGAL - T 21 N, R 25 E, Sections 22, 26, 27, & 35 3 Miles south of Mills, 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
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 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
Chavez/Whitecap 2nd Entry Prescribe Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2006
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Manuel Martinez
505-287-4924
mrmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to prescribe burn previously treated area using higher intensity fire treatments.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Socorro. LEGAL - Not Applicable .
Corn Canyon 2nd Entry Prescribe Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2006
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Manuel Martinez
505-287-4924
mrmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to prescribe burn previously treated area using higher intensity fire treatments.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Socorro. LEGAL - Not Applicable .
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
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 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.
East Red/North Canyon 2nd Entry Prescribe Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2006
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Manuel Martinez
505-287-4924
mrmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to prescribe burn a previously treated area using higher intensity fire treatments.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Socorro. LEGAL - Not Applicable .
Magdalena Travel Management Project
EA
- Road management In Progress
Comment Period
11/22/2013
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Clifford Nicoll
505-346-3833
cnicoll@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to designate the motorized transportation system on the district to comply with the Travel Management Rule. End product will be a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that shows roads and trails open to motorized use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34153
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Socorro. LEGAL - Not Applicable District-wide where existing motorized use is not consistent with the Travel Management Rule
Mineral Withdrawal of Zuni Fleabane Habitat
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/10/2012
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Cheryl Prewitt
505-346-3820
cprewitt@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
San Juan/Long Spring 2nd Entry Prescribe Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2006
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Manuel Martinez
505-287-4924
mrmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to prescribe burn a previously treated area using higher intensity fire treatments.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Socorro. LEGAL - Not Applicable .
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: 09/2014 10/2014 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
05/08/2012
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Matt Reidy
505-287-8833
mreidy@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
Laramide Resources Mine Development - La Jara Mesa
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/18/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 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
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
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 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 In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
12/08/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2014
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 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
Scoping Start
12/12/2012
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Matt Reidy
505-287-8833
mreidy@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
Largo Trick Tank Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Zachary Parsons
505-281-3304
zparsons@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve habitat for wildlife by replacing fiberglass trick tank with steel umbrella type.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Torrance. LEGAL - T7N, R6E, section 8 New Mexico , Torrance County New Mexico, about 6 miles west of Chilili New Mexico
West Turkey Cone Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/24/2013
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Zachary Parsons
505-281-3304
zparsons@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve habitat for wildlife through the replacement of water catchment structure and relocate to a more suitable site for use by wildlife.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39815
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. About 13 miles west of Corona, New Mexico.
Cibola National Forest, Sandia Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cedro Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/09/2013
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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
Placitas Area Trails Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/28/2013
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Kerry Wood
505-281-3304 ext. 107
kwood@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to construct & reconstruct trails; rehabilitate some trails & roads; prohibit cross-country travel, camping, and campfires; and amend the Forest Plan to allow fence installation in Bernalillo NRA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42175
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 3 miles east of I-25 and south of NM-165.
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