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
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Special area management
- Heritage resource management
- Fuels management
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/09/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2017
Expected: 12/2018 03/2019 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

   *UPDATED*
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
10/2017
Expected: 08/2019 09/2019 Sabrina Flores
575-434-7200
sflores@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 Restorative Tree Planting
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Craig Wilcox
575-434-7200
cpwilcox@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lincoln National Forest is proposing to plant native trees in areas showing slow natural recovery following disturbance events.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52140
Location: UNIT - Lincoln National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Chaves, Eddy, Lincoln, Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District, Sacramento Ranger District, Guadalupe Ranger District.
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
05/17/2012
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 10/2018 01/2019 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@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 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@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
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 Gordon 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
Escondido Grazing Allotment Management
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2008
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: Continue livestock grazing on the Escondido Allotment
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51927
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Western part of the Sacramento Ranger District
High Altitude Mountain Environment Training Strategy (HAMETS) Helicopter Operations Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/19/2016
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 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.
Hornbuckle Salvage Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/28/2017
10/2017 Ciara Cusack
575-682-5307
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is proposing to salvage fallen trees from a 14 acre area in Hornbuckle Canyon. The trees fell as a result of a wind event in early 2016.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51274
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T. 18 S., R. 11 E. Section 25; and T. 18 S., R. 12 E. Section 30 The project area is in Hornbuckle Canyon and is approximately 0.6 miles west of Sacramento River Road directly on the south side of Forest Road 90 (Westside Rd.).
New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement Projects on the Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/11/2017
Est. Comment Period
11/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is proposing to construct habitat improvement projects on the Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment to aid in the protection of New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (NMMJM) critical habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51273
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - The Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment lies within Township 18 South, Ranges 12, 13, and 14 East;Township 19 South, Ranges 12, and 13 East The project area is within the Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment on the Sacramento Ranger District within the Lincoln National Forest.
New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement Projects on the Sacramento Grazing Allotment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2017
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is proposing to construct habitat improvement projects on the Sacramento Grazing Allotment to aid in the protection of New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (NMMJM) critical habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51153
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sacramento Grazing Allotment
Otero County Electric Cooperative Power Line- Cloudcroft to Sunspot
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/01/2014
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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. From Cloudcroft, NM to Sunspot, NM. Route will follow the existing overhead line corridor.
Rio Penasco Wetland Restoration and Road Stabilization
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lincoln National Forest is proposing to restore a wetland that has been modified and is no longer functioning and improve a road crossing to improve water quality and wildlife habitat for a variety of species including federally listed species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50504
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Township 17 south; Range 13 East, Section 3 The project area is located by the intersection of roads C017 and D019 along the Rio Penasco.
San Andres Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2008
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: Continuation of livestock grazing on the San Andres Allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51928
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Western section of the Sacramento Ranger District
Scott Able Grazing Allotment Management
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
08/15/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: Continue livestock grazing on the Scott Able Allotment(proposal originally listed with the 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
South Sacramento Restoration Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/07/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2017
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Peggy Luensmann
575-434-7200
psluensmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore forest health on the approximately 140,000-acre planning area in the southern Sacramento Mountains. Project is designed to meet restoration objectives at a landscape-scale, primarily in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51146
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southern Sacramento Mountains. The area is roughly bound between West Side Road, State Highway 130, and the southern boundary of the Sacramento Ranger District.
Westside Sacramento Mountains Watershed Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project- Priority Area 1 & 2
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/18/2017
09/2017 Mark Cadwallader
575-434-7200
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action uses a combination of mechanical thinning and prescribed fire on approximately 3,206 acres of National Forest 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
Westside Sacramento Mountains Watershed Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project- Priority Area 3
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/09/2015
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Mark Cadwallader
575-434-7200
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action uses a combination of mechanical thinning and prescribed fire on approximately 3,439 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=51966
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Westside of 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

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 07/13/2017
10/2017 Daniel Ray
575-257-4095
dfray@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuel treatments in pinyon-juniper dominated woodlands, approximately 2,100 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
Pothole Wetland Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Larry Cordova
575-257-4095
lcordova@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will deepen one existing wetland from three to six additional feet and create four additional wetlands in the vicinity of Lucas Wells Canyon.
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: 10/2016 10/2016 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
Skinner Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/29/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 09/2018 02/2019 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 Restoration
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 07/28/2017
10/2017 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore South Fork Campground, which burned in the 2012 Little Bear Fire. This will involve campground repairs, and the replacement of damaged or destroyed bathrooms and other facilities. Camp sites destroyed by the flooding will be removed.
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 - The legal location is at SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section 12, T10S, R11E Bonito Corridor, above Bonito Lake; within the designated developed recreation area
South Fork Trail Repair
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/25/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Realign a portion of the South Fork Trail (Trail 19), to relocate the trailhead, and to clear burned timber from approximately one mile of South Fork Trail between the trailhead and the White Mountain Wilderness boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51797
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - The legal location is at NW 1/4 of Section PB44, T10S, R11E Bonito Corridor, above Bonito Lake; South of the designated developed recreation area, between the South Fork Campground and the White Mountain Wilderness Boundary
Walt Smith Drainage Repair
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/25/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: The repair and/or replacement of Walt Smith drainage crossings within the South Fork Campground that were damaged during post-fire flood events and the strategic removal of large concentrations of debris deposited during flooding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51798
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - The legal location is at SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section 12, T10S, R11E. Bonito Corridor, above Bonito Lake; within the designated developed recreation area. The Walt Smith Drainage is a small drainage that passes through the South Fork Campground.
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