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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- 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 , Gila National Forest All Units
- 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
Gila National Forest Travel Managment Rule Implementation
EIS
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/07/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2013
Expected: 08/2013 12/2013 Lisa Mizuno
575-388-8267
lmizuno@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest is implementing the Travel Management rule, which calls for establishing a system of roads, trails, and areas designated for motorized use; and determining suitable locations for motorized dispersed camping.
Web Link: http://fs.usda.gov/goto/gila/travel
Location: UNIT - Gila National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, Sierra. LEGAL - Gila National Forest system lands located within all or portions of Townships: 1S to 22S and Range 8W to 21W This project encompasses the entire Gila National Forest. The Forest is located in the southwest quarter of New Mexico
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
Abandoned Mine Closures
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us
Description: Remediation of physical safety hazards at abandone mine features.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District, Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant. LEGAL - Various mines on Glenwood R.D. and Silver City R.D. Grant Co. and Catron Co. Various mines on Glenwood R.D. and Silver City R.D.
Arizona Interconnection Project (AIP) Access Roads Amendment
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/04/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 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
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/18/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Robert Gallardo
575-536-2250
rgallardo@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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Rene Guaderrama
575-894-6677
rguaderrama@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
Restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in the Animas Creek Watershed
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
02/19/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Jerry Monzingo
575-388-8221
jmonzingo@fs.fed.us
Description: Contribute to conservation of Rio Grande cutthroat trout by restoring it to approximately 30 miles of interconnected stream habitat in the Las Animas Creek watershed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43312
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - Not Applicable In the Animas Creek Watershed in the southern portion of the Black Range.
South Fork Allotment
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 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.
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.
Trujillo Thinning for Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 James Apodaca
575-894-6677
jwapodaca@fs.fed.us
Description: Thin dense stands of pinyon/juniper to create openings in the canopy to promote increased herbaceous growth.
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T.16S., R. 8S., section 27 is center of project area. Project area is located at south end of Black Range, south of the town of Kingston.
Wedgewood Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/10/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Sean Brown
575-894-6677
seanbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-authorize livestock grazing in the Wedgewood 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=42802
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T. 17S., R. 8W., section 2 4 miles southeast of Kingston, New Mexico.
Gila National Forest , Gila National Forest All Units 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 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.
Catron County Public Target Range north of Alma. NM
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 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
Frank Shaft - Shamrock, Plan of Operation
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
05/05/2010
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Cleaning out to Frank Shaft and removal of the stockpiled earth on the Shamrock #1 & #2 by the Operator Louis Osmer.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Section 22, T.19 S., R. 16 W., NMPM. within the Shamrock #1 & #2 LMCs. The Frank Shaft on the Shamrock #1 & #2 LMCs within the Burro Mountains
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
Zirkle Special Use Road Access
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: The Zirkle's would like to acquire NFSR #4184M as their private land access road to the property they recently purchased.
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S1/2 NW1/4, S1/2 NE1/4 Section 3, T. 3 S., R.. 16 W., NMPM. Private lLand Access to the 40 acre parcel located where Lyles Camp Spring is located at. The road is currently numbered NFSR #4184M.
Gila National Forest , Glenwood Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dripping Springs Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed land exchange is 80 acres T15S, R21 W, Sec 15 (PVT) for comparable value in T14S, R20W, Sec 13 (USA)
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T14S, R21W, Sections 35 South of Mule Creek, New Mexico
Dry Creek and Holt Gulch Allotments
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southeast of Glenwood, New Mexico
Harve Gulch/Mogollon Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/07/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize livestock grazing (may include Mogollon Allotment as possible alternative)
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 11 South, Range 20 West Approximately 1/2 mile north of Glenwood, New Mexico
Pueblo Park Campground Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project
EA
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposes to treat approximately 200 acres in and around Pueblo Park Campground to enhance ecological function and reduce hazardous fuels.Hazardous fuels in this area are in the form of an abundance of small trees.Legal T8R21sec23,24,25,26
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 8S Range 21W sec 23,24,25,26 NMPM 200 acres in and adjacent to Pueblo Park Campground
San Francisco River re-channelization
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@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 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@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
7 Troughs Hazardous Fuels Reduction
EA
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Janice Stevenson
575-773-4678
jsstevenson@fs.fed.us
Description: thin pinyon juniper stands adjacent to private lands, east of Black Peak.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30730
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 3 South, Range 19 West, Sections 13, 14, 23, 24 2 miles East of Black Peak
Mangas Electronic Site
EA
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Janice Stevenson
575-773-4678
jsstevenson@fs.fed.us
Description: thin vegetation adjacent to Electronic site
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30729
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 3 South, Range 14 West, Section 16 Mangas Electronic site
Spring Canyon / Hay Canyon Pipeline
CE
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 12/2014 Monte Topmiller
505-773-4678
mtopmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Install pipeline from overflow water system from the Spring Canyon Subdivision to provide water for wildlife and livestock in the Middle and West pastures of Agua Fria Allotment.
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 1 South, Range 17 West, sections 2, 3, & 11 Project is located 6 miles west of the village of Quemado, NM within Catron County.
Gila National Forest , Reserve Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burro Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/04/2011
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 01/2015 Carolyn Koury
575-388-8378
ckoury@fs.fed.us
Description: Thinning of Pinyon-Juniper, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer. Grassland restoration.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T7S,-8S, R16W-17W 25 Miles SE of Reserve
Stanford Road permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a special use permit to use and maintain an existing road (approximately 0.2 miles) to provide access to private property
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S24, T7S R20W by Rancho Grande Estates, Reserve NM
Trujilo Road Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A John Baumberger
505-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a Special Use permit to provide access to private property
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T 6 S R 18 W, Sec 2 Adjacent to private land
Gila National Forest , Silver City Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
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 Developing Proposal
Scoping Start
04/01/2010
Expected: 05/2014 04/2015 Antonio Ybarra
575-388-8460
aybarra@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would consist of Prescribed burning 2,386 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, 11, 12, 13, 14 and portions of 23 and 24. Project is located eight miles northeast of Silver City within the Fort Bayard Game Preserve.
PNM Electric Transmission Powerline - Burro Mt. to Lordsburg
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/02/2002
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
06/28/2007
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 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
White Signal / Ferguson Mountain Range NEPA
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
09/2014
Expected: 01/2015 04/2015 Michael Head
505-388-8422
mhead@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize grazing on White Signal / Ferguson Mountain Range Allotments
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Burro Mountains
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.