Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Gila National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Gila National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- 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


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
K265EI Community Access TV of Silver City and KOOT FM Repeater on Black Peak
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: James S. Bumpos wants to construct and use an antenna at Black Peak for a Community Acces TV channel and an FM radio repeater on the Black Peak Communication Site.
Location: UNIT - Gila National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - NE1/4NE1/4NW1/4 Section 23, T. 16 S., R. 13 W., NMPM. The repeater will be located at the Black Peak Communication Site
Gila National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona Interconnection Project (AIP) Access Roads Amendment
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/04/2014
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: El Paso Electric has applied to amend their right-of-way to include permanent access to their existing authorized 345 kV transmission line to facilitate necessary transmission line maintenance activities on BLM & Forest Service lands
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/nm/epeaccess
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District, Quemado Ranger District, Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Luna, Sierra, Socorro. LEGAL - Not Applicable Transmission line extends from Red Hill tie-in point in western New Mexico (north of Gila National Forest) to east of Luna Substation near Deming, New Mexico
Upper Mimbres Landscape Assessment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
08/12/2015
Expected: 01/2016 02/2016 Melvin Burton
575-536-2250
mburton@fs.fed.us
Description: To improve watershed conditions, range improvement, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37200
Location: UNIT - Wilderness Ranger District, Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant. LEGAL - T-14S R-10, 11 & 12W T-15S R-10, 11 & 12 W T16S R-10, 11, & 12W Covers non-wilderness area on the Wilderness Ranger District and a portion of the Silver City Ranger District.
Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Corkscrew Erosion Rehabilitation
CE
- Watershed management On Hold N/A N/A Sean Brown
928-462-4300
seanbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will use rock gabions to rehabilitate gullies near the intersection of NM 59 and Forest Road 4074L
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T. 9 S., R. 9 W, Sec. 32 NM 59 and Forest Road 4074L
Elberus Mineral Pat. Access Road
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit authorizing access to private land
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T11S, R8W, S19 & 30 Blackhawk Gulch in the northern-central portion of the Black Range
South Fork Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Est. Comment Period
02/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Sean Brown
575-894-6677
seanbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-authorization of livestock grazing within the South Fork Allotment on the Black Range Ranger District of the Gila National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42801
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T.11S, r. 9W., section 32 15 miles west of Winston New Mexico.
Wanek Private Land Access
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/20/2015
Expected: 01/2016 02/2016 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@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
Dry Creek, Sacaton, and Holt Gulch Allotments
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Kendall Brown
575-539-2481
kbrown03@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize livestock grazing on allotment with appropriate measures to meet resource objectives
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southeast of Glenwood, New Mexico
Pueblo Park Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Vernon Lente
575-539-2481
vlente@fs.fed.us
Description: District proposes to treat an area around Pueblo Park, w/in Escudilla Landscape Area. Treatments may involve mechanical thinning and burning. Objective is to improve herbaceous forage for wildlife, & habitat for raptors & game birds.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Within portions of the following T. 7 & 8 S and R. 20 & 21 W The Glenwood RD proposes to treat an area around Pueblo Park, which falls within the larger Escudilla Landscape Area on the Gila and A-S National Forests. The project area includes approx. 19,000 ac.
San Francisco River re-channelization
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Vernon Lente
575-539-2481
vlente@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-channelize 200 feet of river off private land back to forest land.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 10 South, Range 20 West, Secton 29 Alma, New Mexico
Silver Creek Material Area Expansion
EA
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Tracy Weber
575-388-8382
tracyweber@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand the existing material removal area to approx. 20 acres. Material is used for maintenance of improvements, roads, etc. along the Bursum Road (State Highway 159) in Catron Co. Area may be used for slash burning.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T11s, R18w, sec 5 Bursum Road (state Hwy 159), Approximately 4-5 miles east of the town of Mogollon.
Gila National Forest, Quemado Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Luna Planning Area
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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.
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
Catron County (Reserve) Airport
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of the following at the existing permitted airport: nine airplane hangers, taxiway, aprons, beacon, wind cone, lighting aids, higher fencing, drainage culverts, a well and water system, electrical service, septic tank, and restrooms.
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).
Catron County Public Target Range - Largo Canyon
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@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.
Cruzville Thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Laura Vallejos
575-533-6231
lvallejos@fs.fed.us
Description: Thinning of Pinyon-Juniper, Oak, Ponderosa Pine, and disposal of thinning slash through pile/burn and lop/scatter/burn.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Portions of T5S R17W Sec 29-32; T5S R18W Sec 35&36; T6S R18W Sec 2-4,9-11,15-17,19-21,29-31; T6S R19W Sec 25&36 Unit Reserve Ranger District. State - New Mexico. County - Catron. Approximately 1 mile Northeast of Reserve and adjacent to the community of Cruzville along NMSH 12
Dark Canyon and Long Canyon Allotment EA
EA
- Grazing management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2016
Actual: 01/12/2016
03/2016 Aaron Baldridge
575-533-6231
abaldridge@fs.fed.us
Description: Grazing allotment managment plan for the Dark Canyon and Long Canyon Allotments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45375
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximatley 20 miles east - north east of Reserve, NM and approximatley 11 miles east of Aragon, NM.
Leggett Timber Stand Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Laura Vallejos
575-533-6231
lvallejos@fs.fed.us
Description: Non-commercial thinning to improve growth of ponderosa pine seedlings/saplings.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Portions of Township 7 South Range 20 West Sections 11, 13, and 14 Unit - Reserve Ranger District. State - New Mexico. County - Catron. Along US Highway 180, 0.8 mile north of the intersection of US Highway 190 and NM State Highway 12.
WNMTC Installation and Use of a Fibre Optic Telephone Line between Apache Creek and the Deaf Ranch
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 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
Willow Creek Fish Barrier
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
11/18/2015
Expected: 03/2016 05/2016 Jerry Monzingo
575-388-8221
jmonzingo@fs.fed.us
Description: NM Dept. of Game and Fish has proposed constructing a fish passage barrier on Willow Creek to prevent the upstream movement of nonnative trout and protect an establish Gila trout population.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Not Applicable T10S R17W Sec. 27 near the confluence of Willow and Gilita creeks.
Gila National Forest, Silver City Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Mesa Pinon-Juniper Treatment Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/11/2011
Expected: 01/2016 05/2016 Michael Head
505-388-8422
mhead@fs.fed.us
Description: approximately 239 acres within the Allie/Avalanche grazing allotment will treat juniper and pinon pine using mechanized equipment and hand tools, to improve wildlife habitat and provide forage for wildlife and livestock.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47195
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T16S, R11W, Sec 19, T16S, 12W, sec 24 project is approximately two miles southwest of The Wilderness District Ranger Station
Burro Mountains AML 2015
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2015
Expected: 02/2016 04/2016 Antonio Ybarra
575-388-8460
aybarra@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the project is to reduce potential hazards to the public associated with open mines while protecting and preserving the intrinsic value of mining related features such as wildlife habitat and historic artifacts (25-30 possible sites)
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout the Burro Mountains
Elias Road Association - Private Land Access
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Providing an access road across NFS land to private land.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T.17 S., R. 13 W., Section 27 Access to private property at the end of Elias Road.
Fort Bayard Cameron Creek RX
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
08/03/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Antonio Ybarra
575-388-8460
aybarra@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would consist of Prescribed burning 3,315 acres within the Fort Bayard Game Preserve. The purpose of the burn is to improve wildlife habitat by reducing woody encroachment and stimulating grass and browse production.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Township 17s Range 13w sections 1,3,10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and portions of 15, 23 and 24. Project is located eight miles northeast of Silver City within the Fort Bayard Game Management Area.
PNM Electric Transmission Powerline - Burro Mt. to Lordsburg
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a permit for an existing, approximately 8 -mile powerline.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - S1, T22S R17W, S35, T21S R17W, S12-15, 21, 22, 28-31 T21S R16W Southern end of the Burro Mountains, northwest of Highway 90,
PNM Gila Valley Powerlines
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a permit for existing power lines in various locations in the Gila Valley
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - various townships various locations in the Gila Valley area
Silver City R.D. Continental Divide Trail Improvements
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Brian Martinez
575-388-8379
brianmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute 9 segments (approx. 19 miles) of Continental Divide Trail on Silver City RD. Reroute segments that currently overlap motorized roads and trails; and reconstruct/realign segments to Trail Class 2 design and address resource concerns
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant, Hidalgo. LEGAL - Not Applicable Continental Divide Trail work extends from T22S R16W through the Burro Mountains to Pinos Altos T16S R14W on Forest Service lands
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