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, Wilderness 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
11/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/18/2013
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 12/2014 03/2015 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
02/19/2014
Expected: 01/2015 03/2015 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.
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
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 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
San Francisco River re-channelization
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Debbie Cress
928-467-3220
dcress@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 Debbie Cress
575-539-2481
dcress@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
Spring Canyon / Hay Canyon Pipeline
CE
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Amanda Gehrt
575-773-4678
agehrt@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.
Zirkle & Darnell Special Use Road Access
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Emily Irwin
505-842-3281
eirwin@fs.fed.us
Description: The Zirkles would like to acquire NFSR #4184M as their private land access road to their private property. Evaluate access needs across existing road 4184M or 4011L; private property through Zirkle; or road construction to access Darnell property.
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, Reserve Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burro Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
07/21/2014
Expected: 01/2015 03/2015 Carolyn Koury
575-388-8378
ckoury@fs.fed.us
Description: Thinning of Pinyon-Juniper, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer. Grassland restoration.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=184
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T7S,-8S, R16W-17W 25 Miles SE of Reserve
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
01/2015
Expected: 03/2015 03/2015 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2015
Expected: 06/2015 01/2016 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Aaron Baldridge
575-533-6231
abaldridge@fs.fed.us
Description: Grazing allotment managment plan for the Dark Canyon and Long Canyon Allotments
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) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 04/2015 09/2015 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
10/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 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
Aven Associates, LLC Plan of Operations July 2014
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 12/2014 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Mineral investigation on 2 identified mining claims in the Burro Mountains. Work includes leveling of a drill pad, drilling two separate holes each to an approximate 2000' depth, construction of 2 mud pits for drilling fluids and 2 pits for cuttings.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - NE1/4 NE1/4 Section 20 & SW1/4 NW1/4 Section 21, T.20 S., R.16 W., NMPM Along Gold Gulch in 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 Developing Proposal
Scoping Start
04/01/2010
Expected: 05/2015 01/2016 Antonio Ybarra
575-388-8460
aybarra@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would consist of Prescribed burning 3,386 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.
Frank Shaft - Shamrock, Plan of Operation
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
05/05/2010
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 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
PNM Electric Transmission Powerline - Burro Mt. to Lordsburg
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/02/2002
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 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: 11/2014 11/2014 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
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
09/26/2014
Expected: 01/2015 04/2015 Michael Head
505-388-8422
mhead@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize grazing on White Signal / Ferguson Mountain Range Allotments
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44259
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Burro Mountains
Gila National Forest, Wilderness Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fish Barrier Maintenance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
12/12/2013
Expected: 02/2015 06/2015 Jerry Monzingo
575-388-8221
jmonzingo@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair and maintenance to 2 existing fish barriers located in McKnight Canyon and West Fork Gila River
Location: UNIT - Wilderness Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable McKnight site is located at T15S R11W Sec 1 and West Fork Gila site is located at T12S R16W Sec 12
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