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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- 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 Plant Management
EIS
- Special area management
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/09/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Aurora Roemmich
575-434-7200
aurorarroemmich@fs.fed.us
Description: The forest will be developing a proposal to manage the nonnative 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable All management areas within the Lincoln National Forest
Lincoln National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
10/2016
Expected: 09/2019 10/2019 Charles Sharp
575-434-7200
charlesmsharp@fs.fed.us
Description: Plan Revision
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/lincolnforestplan
Location: UNIT - Lincoln National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Chaves, Eddy, Lincoln, Otero. LEGAL - USFS Lands within the Lincoln National Forest USFS lands within the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico
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.
Sargent Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A 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 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
Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bluff Springs New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Rachel Suazo
575-257-4095
rsuazo02@fs.fed.us
Description: New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement in the Bluff Springs Recreation Area
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45523
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bluff Springs Recreation Area
Bounds New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Rachel Suazo
575-257-4095
rsuazo02@fs.fed.us
Description: New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45465
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat in the Bounds Allotment
City of Alamogordo Municipal Water Pipeline
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A 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, Caballero, and Golden Canyons
High Altitude Mountain Environment Training Strategy (HAMETS) Helicopter Operations Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/19/2016
Est. Comment Period
12/2016
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lincoln National Forest is proposing to authorize the Fort Bliss to conduct High Altitude Mountain Environment Training Strategy (HAMETS) helicopter operations, including helicopter landings on the Lincoln National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49571
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 18 landing zones are located in various meadow locations on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest.
Otero County Electric Cooperative Power Line- Cloudcroft to Sunspot
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/01/2014
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 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
08/2016
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@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
Westside Sacramento mountains Watershed Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project.
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/09/2015
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Mark Cadwallader
575-434-7200
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action uses a combination of mechanical thinning and prescribed fire on approximately 6,700 acres of National Forest and City of Alamogordo lands in order to reduce the threat of high intensity wildfires and promote healthy watersheds.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47975
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Westside of the Sacramento Ranger District
Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baca Vegetation Treatments
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Daniel Ray
575-257-4095
dfray@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuel treatments in pinyon-juniper dominated woodlands, approximately 2,000 acres. Prescribed fire will be used after fuel treatments are complete.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44547
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 9 South, Range 16 East, sections 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, and 16; and Township 9 South, Range 17 East, sections 7 and 18 Areas adjacent to Baca Campground, Capitan Mountains
Diamond Peak Pipeline Improvements
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/20/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us
Description: Install a 1 mile pipeline from an existing well on private land to a new storage tank and drinker on the Diamond Peak Allotment. The drinker will have an overflow to provide drinking water to wildlife where reliable water is currently unavailable.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49134
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Diamond Peak Allotment--adjacent to but not within the White Mountain Wilderness Area
Hale Lake Wetland Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Todd Rawlinson
575-257-4095
trawlinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Create wetland habitat north of the existing Hale Lake. Install fencing and gates to provide nonmotorized access and to restrict unauthorized motorized use in the Hale Lake livestock trap. Rehab user-created routes by ripping and seeding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49132
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S R15E Section 19 Area is south of Glencoe, New Mexico; east of Forest Road 443 in the Hale Lake Allotment.
Restrict Unauthorized Vehicle Use on the Hale Lake Allotment
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/10/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Sean Donaldson
575-257-4095
sdonaldson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to restrict unauthorized vehicle use on user-created routes on the Hale Lake Allotment. Unauthorized motorized use is causing resource and rangeland damage.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49619
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 11 South, Range 14 East, sections 22 and 27 Forest Road 590, approximately one mile east of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
Ski Apache Recreation Enhancement Phase 2
CE
- Special area management On Hold N/A N/A Sean Donaldson
575-257-4095
sdonaldson@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct 2 bike trails and a ski access trail at Ski Apache ski area. These activities were scoped with Phase 1 activities. They have been separated to allow for a more thorough analysis of the trail construction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44685
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
07/29/2014
Est. Comment Period
01/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us
Description: Reauthorize livestock grazing on the Skinner Allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43170
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
South Fork Campground Rebuild
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
09/2016
Expected: 02/2017 03/2017 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Rebuild South Fork Campground, which burned in the 2012 Little Bear Fire. Improvements and campsites outside the flood zone would be reinstalled in the same location; improvements and sites within the flood zone will be relocated.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49135
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bonito Corridor, above Bonito Lake; within the designated developed recreation area
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