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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- 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


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special area management
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Fuels 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
08/2014
Expected: 10/2014 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
Lincoln National Forest , Sacramento Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
City of Alamogordo Municipal Water Pipeline
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 09/2014 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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44157
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
07/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 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
07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 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
Lincoln National Forest , Smokey Bear Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baca Fuelwood Area
CE
- Fuels management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Daniel Ray
575-257-4095
dfray@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuel treatments in pinyon-juniper dominated woodlands, approximately 450 acres (4 units total). Prescribed fire will be used after fuelwood harvests 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 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16 West of Baca Campground, Capitan Mountains
Cedar Creek Trail System Improvements
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/16/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Sean Donaldson
575-257-4095
sdonaldson@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruct sustainable hiking/biking trails along Cedar Creek. Rehabilitate user-created trails to reduce erosion impacts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44554
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 11 South, Range 13 East, Section 16 Along Cedar Creek, west of the intersection of Cedar Creek Road and Mechem Drive.
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
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 Eric Turbeville
575-257-4095
eturbeville@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
Merchant Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 03/2015 03/2015 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
07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 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 Phase 1
CE
- Special area management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/16/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Sean Donaldson
575-257-4095
sdonaldson@fs.fed.us
Description: Ski Apache is proposing to install 3 connected zip lines.
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.
Ski Apache Recreation Enhancement Phase 2
CE
- Special area management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/16/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 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
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.