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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
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
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
07/2017
Expected: 09/2019 10/2019 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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abandoned Mine Lands Remediation Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
04/04/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Andrew Ellis
575-257-4095
andrewellis@fs.fed.us
Description: Reverse or stop the danger of abandoned mines using the following methods: 1.) Closure by Backfill; 2.) Closure by Polyurethane Foam and Backfill; or 3.) Closure with Bat-Friendly Grates. Remediation will occur at 25 Abandoned Mine Land features.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51632
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District, Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln, Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable 23 features on Smokey Bear RD; 2 features on Sacramento RD
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.
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
High Altitude Mountain Environment Training Strategy (HAMETS) Helicopter Operations Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/19/2016
Est. Comment Period
05/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 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.
Hornbuckle Salvage Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/14/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 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
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2017
Est. Comment Period
06/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 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
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
06/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 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).
Rio Penasco Wetland Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/14/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lincoln National Forest is proposing to restore a degraded wetland that has been modified and is no longer functioning 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
Scott Able, Escondido, and San Andres Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2008
Est. Comment Period
10/2016
Expected: 03/2017 03/2017 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
South Sacramento Restoration Project
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
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.
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/19/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 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

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/21/2015
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 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
Hale Lake Wetland Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 11/2016 03/2017 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.
OCEC Powerline - Baca Extension
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/09/2017
05/2017 Sean Donaldson
575-257-4095
sdonaldson@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of a power line to proved electricity to private land. This project will comprise approximately 2,417 feet of above ground powerline across Forest Service land and 8 associated power poles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51703
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T.9S R.16E, Section 12. The project area is located approximately 4.5 miles northeast of Lincoln, NM and approximately 2.0 miles northeast of the Baca Campground. The site can be accessed by forest road 57.
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 On Hold N/A N/A 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
Expected: 09/2017 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
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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