Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Lincoln National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Lincoln National Forest , Guadalupe Ranger District
- Lincoln National Forest , Sacramento Ranger District
- Lincoln National Forest , Smokey Bear Ranger District


Lincoln 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
Integrated Non-native Invasive and Native Invasive Plant Project
EIS
- Special area management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Grazing management
On Hold N/A N/A Sabrina Flores
575-434-7200
sflores@fs.fed.us
Description: The forest will be developing a proposal to manage the existence of non-native invasive and native invasive plants within the Lincoln National Forest's boundaries. Adaptive management would be incorporated into the analysis.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31150
Location: UNIT - Lincoln National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy, Lincoln, Otero. All management areas within the Lincoln National Forest
Lincoln National Forest , Guadalupe Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Last Chance Trail 226 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Dennis Brockman
575-885-4181
dennisbrockman@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute approximately 1/4 mile of trail out of floodplain.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41025
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 23 south; Range 22 east; Section 32 Last Chance Trail 226; approximately 3.0 miles from trailhead located on Forest Service Road 276.
New Campground Construction
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Dennis Brockman
575-885-4181
dennisbrockman@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of campground on south side of State route 137 directly across from the Queen Forest Service administration site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34819
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 26 South, Range 22 East, Section 22 South side of State route 137 directly across from the Queen Forest Service administration site.
Sargent Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/17/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Mark Sando
575-885-7414
msando@fs.fed.us
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5617
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Chaves, Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northeastern portion of the Guadalupe Ranger District , Northwest of Carlsbad, NM
Sitting Bull Falls New Host Site
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Dennis Brockman
575-885-4181
dennisbrockman@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of new host site at Sitting Bull Falls Campground day use area along road leading into parking lot behind closed gate.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34821
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 24 South, Range 22 East, Section 22 Sitting Bull Falls Campground
Sitting Bull Falls New Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Dennis Brockman
575-885-4181
dennisbrockman@fs.fed.us
Description: New non-motorized trail would be constructed to connect Trail 215 to Trail 68 to create another loop in the existing Stack loop trail system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34820
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 24 South, Range 22 East, Section 4 Sitting Bull Falls Campground area
Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area Walkway Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2014
Expected: 04/2014 08/2014 Larry Paul
575-885-4181
lpaul@fs.fed.us
Description: September 2014 monsoonal flood event resulted in closure of Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area. There is concern with safety of the hikers using the current walkway.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43725
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 24 South, Range 22 East, Section 3 Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area walkway to viewing decks for the falls.
Lincoln National Forest , Sacramento Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chippeway Park Water Association Fence
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us
Description: Install a fence around a spring source amending the Chippeway Park Association's current authorization.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R12E, Sec. 14 Just north of Chippeway Park subdivision on Hwy 130, approximately 7 miles east of Cloudcroft.
City of Alamogordo Municipal Water Pipeline
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue special use permit for operation and maintenance of existing pipeline in Alamo Caballero and Golden Canyons.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28551
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R10E/ T16S, R11E/ T16S, R17S/ T16S, 10E / R17S, 10E Alamo, Carellero, and Golden Canyons
Cloudriders Snowmobile Club Shelter
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 08/2014 10/2014 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us
Description: The current authorization for the shelter will be reissued for a new term. Also, the shelter will be relocated to a new location. The old shelter will be completely removed and new shelter will be constructed at the new location.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T15S, R12E, Sec. 25; T16S, R12E, Sec. 25 The current shelter is located at the end of FR 568, approximately 3 miles north of Cloudcroft. The proposed shelter would be located 0.5 miles east of Upper Kerr Recreation Area off Sunspot Hwy.
James Canyon Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Ralph Fink
575-682-2551
rfink@fs.fed.us
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=792
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 4 miles northeast of Cloudcroft, NM
Otero County Electric Cooperative Power Line- Cloudcroft to Sunspot
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace ~12 miles of overhead line with buried line (24 inches wide by 52 inches deep). Minimal trees to cut (none over 18" diameter at breast height). Upgrade will better serve customers and provide more reliable, economical, and safe power.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40316
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S; R12E; Sec 6, 7, 18; T16S, R11E; Sec 13, 24-26, 35, 36; T17S; R11E; Sec 2, 10, 11, 14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27, 34 Approximately 1 mile north Cloudcroft, NM off of State Highway 6563 and along the Rim Trail (T105).
Scott Able, Escondido, and San Andres Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2008
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Mark Cadwallader
(575) 682-2551
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of continuation of Grazing Authorization for Scott Able, Escondido and San Andres allotments
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22893
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 16 miles southeast of Village of Cloudcroft
Wills Canyon Trail (TR 5008) Reroute, Maintenance, and Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2013
Expected: 04/2014 10/2014 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us
Description: Work 3.2 mi of TR 5008: reroute of 0.25 mi out of drainage bottom and 2.0 mi of maintenance. Reduce active erosion and indirect effects to threatened and endangered plants; and increase user safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37982
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S; R12E; Sections 16, 17, 19-21, 29, and 30 Throughout Wills Canyon Trail (TR 5008). Reconstruction and reroute would occur on the western half of trail.
Lincoln National Forest , Smokey Bear Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Copeland Canyon Pipeline
CE
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct and reconstruct approximately 3 miles of deteriorated pipeline from a perennial spring at the mouth of Copeland Canyon to a storage tank in the middle of the Arroyo Seco Allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38564
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 7 South and Range 17 and 18 East The allotment lies south of Highway 246, northeast of the community of Capitan, New Mexico.
Divide Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Peggy Luensmann
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of authorization for livestock grazing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37789
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R14E, Sections 2, 3, and 9-16; T8S, R15E, Sections 4-8 The Divide Allotment is located north of Capitan, New Mexico.
El Capitan Mineral Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Test core drilling and related activities. Compliance with relevant processes and permitting requirements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19778
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R14E, Sections 9-11 and 13-16 Smokey Bear Ranger District, North of Capitan NM
Madden Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us
Description: Wildlife habitat improvement project. The project would reduce tree densities while providing increased understory forage. In the pinyon-juniper there would be a 60% openings to a 40% cover ratio to optimize wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24431
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T7S. R13E. Sec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 28 The Patos Area, West of the Capitan Mountains
Merchant Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Peggy Luensmann
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Reauthorize livestock grazing on the Merchant Allotment.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 7 S., R. 15 E., sections 25-28, 31-34; T. 8 S., R. 15 E., sections 3-6 Approximately 14 miles north of Capitan, New Mexico on NM highway 246, on the north side of West Mountain in the Capitan Mountains.
North Fork Wells of Eagle Creek
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/25/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
12/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis for special use permit re-issuance associated with Municipal Water Supply for the Village of Ruidoso, NM.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=9603
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R12E, Sec 36 North Fork of Eagle Creek
Seven Cabins Road Realignment
EA
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/15/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us
Description: Aquisition of right of way road easement and construction of approx. 0.8-mile of new road to access Forest System Road 256 and ensure legal access to the north side of the Capitan Mountains.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36462
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 7 South, Range 17 East, Section 21 North side of Capitan Mountains, FR 256
Ski Apache Recreation Enhancement
CE
- Special area management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Peggy Luensmann
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Ski Apache is proposing to install a zip line, 2 new mountain biking trails and utilize an area burned during the Little Bear fire as a ski run.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44154
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 10 S., R. 11 E., sec. 33, 34 Improvements would be constructed on National Forest System lands and Mescalero Apache lands.
Skinner Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Peggy Luensmann
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Reauthorize livestock grazing on the Skinner Allotment.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 9 S., R. 13 E., sections 35, 36; T. 8 S., R. 13 E., sections 1-2, 11-12, 13-17 Approximately 4 miles west of Capitan, New Mexico
Summit Communications Site Improvements
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Peggy Luensmann
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize construction of a new solar array and generator platform by ATT. Also authorize replacement of the BLM/USFWS shelter and tower. A new shelter and tower would be placed in the same location or moved to closer to their solar array.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44321
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T 8 S., R 16 E. Sec. 15 South side of the Capitan Mountains; bordering the Capitan Wilderness.
West Mountain Push Units 7-9
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/31/2013
Expected: 05/2014 09/2014 John Kennedy
575-257-4095
jkennedy@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat 1,053 acres of pinyon/juniper woodlands in the vicinity of Capitan, NM. This project will authorize stand improvement activities to improve watershed and wildlife habitat. Treatment would be conducted mechanically and with prescribed fire.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42365
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T7S, R14E, Sections 25, 26, and 36; T8S, R14E, Sections 1, 2, and 3. near Capitan, New Mexico
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