Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- 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, 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
06/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 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
Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
South Fork Allotment
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Teresa Smergut
541-426-5547
tsmergut@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: 05/2016 06/2016 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
07/2016
Expected: 10/2016 12/2016 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
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
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.
Upper Catwalk Trail and Associated Trails Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Silas Davidson
575-539-2481
sdavidson@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair and maintenance of the upper portion of the Catwalk Trail and associated connecting trails, to include Gold Dust Trail (Trail #41), South Fork of Whitewater Trail (Trail # 212), and Little Whitewater Trail (Trail #214).
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T11S, R19W, portions of sections 5, 9, 16, 21, 22, 23. Gold Dust T#41-From Whitewater Mesa to Catwalk Trail 207; SF Whitewater#212 From Catwalk Trail#207 Trail #214 w/in Wilderness; Little Whitewater #214-From FSR 140 to Trail # 212 part w/in Wildeness
Whitewater Creek Gila Trout Recovery Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 04/2017 06/2017 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
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
05/19/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2016
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 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
Catron County Public Target Range - Largo Canyon
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 10/2016 12/2016 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.
Cruzville Thinning
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
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
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
07/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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 Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 05/10/2016
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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48133
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
Burro Mountains AML 2015
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47800
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout the Burro Mountains
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 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
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48337
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
Sprint Nextel Communication Facility on the Jack's Peak Communication Site
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/14/2015
Expected: 04/2016 06/2016 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Placement and use of communication equipment on the Jack's Peak Communication Site
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located on Jack's Peak Communication Site located in the Burro Mtns in the Silver City RD
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