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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- R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Gila National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District
- Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District
- Gila National Forest, Quemado Ranger District
- Gila National Forest, Reserve Ranger District
- Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District


R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Stateline Range NEPA
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/15/2017
Est. Comment Period
06/2018
Expected: 01/2019 02/2019 Kent Ellett
928-965-4150
kellett@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-authorize livestock grazing for allotments on Gila NF-Glenwood RD: Alma, Citizen, Dry Creek, Holt Gulch, Pleasanton, Potholes & Sacaton; and on A-S NF-Clifton RD: Alma Mesa, Lop Ear, Copperas, Pleasant Valley, Blackjack, Hickey & Keller Canyon
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22466
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District, Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant, Greenlee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Allotments located along the stateline between the Clifton and Glenwood Ranger Districts
Gila National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Revision of Forest Plan for the Gila National Forest
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/26/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2018
Expected: 10/2019 01/2020 Matthew Schultz
575-388-8280
gilaplan@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Plan Revision
Web Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gila/home/?cid=STELPRD3828671
Location: UNIT - Gila National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, Sierra. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project encompasses the entire Gila National Forest located in the southwest corner of New Mexico.
Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
NMDOT - Mud Hole Quarry and Stockpile Site
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-opening an existing quarry site to the New Mexico DOT for a gravel source
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T10S, R10W, NWNWNW Section 11 1 miles west of the Mud Hole private property, north of NM 159.
Wanek Private Land Access
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/20/2015
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction and issuance of a road easement to a private piece of property in exchange for a public easement across private land along an existing road for public recreation access.
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - NE1/4SW1/4 SECTION 18 T.16 S., R. 8 W South of Kingston, NM
Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Catron County Public Target Range north of Alma. NM
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/12/2016
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Clyde King
575-388-8394
clydeking@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issuance of an existing target range in the Glenwood, NM area S1/2SE1/4 Section 16, N1/2NE1/4 Section 21, T.10 S., R.20 W., NMPM
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S1/2SE1/4 Section 16, N1/2NE1/4 Section 21, T.10S., R.20W., NMPM. North of the Deep Creek Road, approx. 4 Miles North of Alma, NM
Whitewater Creek Gila Trout Recovery Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2017
Actual: 10/18/2017
11/2017 Dustin Myers
575-388-8220
dustinmyers@fs.fed.us
Description: Due to post-fire flooding and ash flows fish were nearly eliminated from whitewater creek and tributaries. This project would restore native fish including Gila trout, speckled dace,Sonora and desert sucker to approx 24 miles of stream
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48856
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Not Applicable T11S R19W Sec. 5-12
Gila National Forest, Quemado Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Luna Restoration Project
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
05/19/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2018
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 Emily Irwin
505-842-3281
eirwin@fs.fed.us
Description: Ecological restoration treatments to minimize impacts of high severity fire across the landscape & community protection; vegetation & forest health mngt; improve watershed conditions; protect & conserve wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gila/home/?cid=STELPRD3828973
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Project area extends over Townships 3S, 4S, 5S, & 6S and Ranges 19W, 20W, & 21W Project encompasses community of Luna. Extends south of Luna to the Dry Blue; north to the district boundary; west to the stateline; and east of Centerfire Creek
Gila National Forest, Reserve Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Bob and Lower Plaza Allotment EA
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/08/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 Aaron Baldridge
575-533-6231
abaldridge@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to authorize livestock grazing consistent with Forest Service policy and to provide long-term management direction for domestic livestock grazing. The Black Bob Allotment is proposed to be split into two Allotments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53006
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Black Bob:T6SR19W Sec.1-4,8-17,19-36 T6SR20 Sec.25,35-36 T6SR18W Sec.2-11,15-21,29-32 T7SR18W Sec.5-7 T7SR19W Sec.2-7 T7SR18W Sec.1-3; Lower Plaza:T7SR19W Sec.12-16,21-28,33-34 T7SR18W Sec.7,17-19 Black Bob Allotment is located North east of the Village of Reserve and the Lower Plaza Allotment is located South/South East of the village of Reserve, NM.
Catron County Public Target Range - Largo Canyon
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/12/2016
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Clyde King
575-388-8394
clydeking@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issuance of an existing target range in the Reserve, NM area. SW1/4 NE1/4, NW1/4 SE1/4 Section 32, T.6 S., R.18 W., NMPM.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - SW1/4 NE1/4, NW1/4 SE1/4 Section 32, T. 6 S., R.18 W., NMPM. Adjacent to Largo Canyon and 1/2 mile northwest of the Tularosa River, approximately 2 miles northeast of Reserve, NM.
Catron County/Reserve Airport Additional Facilities
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/30/2004
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of facilities & modification of permit to Catron Cty. Facilties include such things as buildings with water, sewer, power & telephone; runway improvements/maintenance; well construction; above ground fuel tanks; & increase fence height.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - SE 1/4 Section 13, T.7 S., R. 19 W., and NW 1/4, SW 1/4 Section 18, T. 7 S., R. 20 W., NMPM. Catron County ( Reserve) Airport along NMSH #12 (adjacent to the junction of NMSH #12 and US Highway 180).
Rancho Grande Water Association Water System Addition
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 11/2017 03/2018 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed to add a 2nd buried water pipeline from private property to existing freshwater storage tank. Pipeline is approximately 615 linear feet in length.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T7S, R20W, Section 24 Project is located 1/2 mile south of intersection of NM12 and Hwy 180 within the Rancho Grande Estates
South Fork Negrito Campground Relocation
EA
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Silas Davidson
575-539-2381
sdavidson@fs.fed.us
Description: Propose to decommission flood damaged South Fork Negrito CG and relocate outside of existing floodplain.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52319
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Not Applicable Relocation sight is located off of Forest Road 141 between Hail Canyon and Beaverdam Canyon and the second proposed sight is located at Gwynn Tank
WNMTC Installation and Use of a Fibre Optic Telephone Line between Apache Creek and the Deaf Ranch
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Western New Mexico Telephone Company is applying to install and use a fibre optic telephone line between the Telephone Company's Office west of Apache Creek, NM and the Deaf Ranch, north of Apache Creek, NM. A portion of this line crosses NFS land.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Sections 5, 28, 29, & 32, T. 5 S., R. 17 W., NMPM. Along the existing WNMTC Sp. Use Permit alignment, between Apache Creek, NM and the Deaf Ranch
Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
PNM Electric Distribution Powerlines Master Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of one master permit for all existing distribution lines
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Distribution lines located across Silver City, Wilderness, and Glenwood Ranger Districts
Pine Canyon-Spar Canyon Mineral Exploration
CE
- Special use management
- Minerals and Geology
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 09/2017 11/2017 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Mineral specimen exploration and recovery from lode mining claims in proposed project area.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T19S R16W Section 27 Project is located in the Burro Mountains, approximately 5.5 miles southwest of Tyrone Mine open pit
Silver City RD Trail Heavy Maintenance
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2017
Actual: 10/04/2017
03/2018 Brian Martinez
575-388-8379
brianmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct heavy trail maintenance on the following trails: Black Range Crest trail system, Fort Bayard trail system, and Signal Peak trail system.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Black Range trails located off of NM152; Signal Peak off of NM15, and Fort Bayard trails north and west of Fort Bayard
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