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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- R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Prescott National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District
- Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District
- Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District


R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AZ Public Service-Salt River Project ROW Vegetation Management with Herbicides
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2015
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 12/2017 04/2018 Heather Snow
505-842-3445
hsnow@fs.fed.us
Description: FS must decide whether to allow APS and SRP to include using herbicides as a method to manage vegetation on existing APS and SRP transmission ROW within five National Forests in Arizona.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45771
Location: UNIT - Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units, Coconino National Forest All Units, Kaibab National Forest All Units, Prescott National Forest All Units, Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Arizona Public Service Company and Salt River Project Rights of Way across the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests. See map on website.
Prescott 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
Prescott College Academic Outfitter and Guide Priority Use (2015-2025)
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2015
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Julie Rowe
928-203-7516
jrowe@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize Prescott College to conduct academic courses including new student orientation, adventure education, biology, human ecology, natural history, physical geography, field ecology, environmental conservation
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47407
Location: UNIT - Prescott National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Activities take place in a variety of locations throughout the forest.
Prescott College State-Wide Outfitter and Guide Priority Use
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Julie Rowe
907-228-4111
jrowe@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to authorize a State-wide O&G Permit to Prescott College to conduct academic field courses year-round for a period of ten years. This is currently authorized under a existing permit on the Prescott, Coconino, Kaibab, A/S, and Coronado NFs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49908
Location: UNIT - Prescott National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, Santa Cruz, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Activities will occur on multiple Forests; a spreadsheet listing all activities by Forest and District with a map key for each activity, and the associated maps are available from the Project Manager.
Reissuance of 23 Lands Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/23/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Hillarie Jackson
605-920-8049
hljackson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes to reissue 23 lands special uses permits.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51878
Location: UNIT - Prescott National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various locations across the Prescott National Forest
Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alpine Hikers dba Rubicon Outdoors Priority Outfitter Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/30/2016
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Jeffrey Gilmore
928-687-1301
jlgilmore@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to authorize a Priority Use Permit for up to 10 years to Rubicon Outdoors to provide outfitted and guided rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking trips. These trips would occur on the Bradshaw RD throughout the year.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49844
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest system trails and trailheads, and climbing areas in Granite Mountain Wilderness, Granite Basin, the Thumb Butte area, the Spruce Mountain Loop, and the Prescott Circle Trail.
Hassayampa Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/10/2017
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Aaron Hulburd
928-777-5666
ahulburd@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bradshaw Ranger District, Prescott National Forest, is proposing to reduce hazardous and excess fuels and restore fire to its natural role on approximately 246,000 acres of National Forest System Lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49910
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area includes National Forest System lands south, southeast, and southwest of the city of Prescott, AZ.
Jack's Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Kevin Weldon
928-443-8083
kkweldon@fs.fed.us
Description: The Project would authorize mining placer deposits from approximately 11 acres for up to 20 years. Mining would be conducted with suction dredges, sluice boxes, dry washers, high bankers, metal detectors, gold pans, and hand tools
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45642
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Sections 23, 24, 26 & 27 T. 12.5 N., R. 1 W; Sections 35 & 36, T. 13 N., R. 1 W; Section 24 T. 12 N., R. 1 W; Section 36 T. 12 N., R. 2 W; Section 29 T. 13 N., R 3 W; Section 1 T. 10 N., R. 1 E GSRM Big Bug Creek, Eugene Gulch,Poland Creek, Crooks Canyon, Wolf Creek, and Copper Basin Wash
Pine Creek Mining River Bend Placer Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/17/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Frances Alvarado
928-443-8014
falvarado@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would include gold mining operations on approximately 48 acres (10 acres in the Red Hill #2 placer mining claim (PMC) and 38 acres in the Riverbend PMC), with an additional 4 acres for processing facilities, settling ponds, and roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45609
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T12N,R3W,Sec11,14,15 The proposed mining project is just south of and adjacent to the existing Gold Basin mine, south of Wilhoit along the Hassayampa River.
Tank Creek and Tonto Mountain Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
04/14/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Marc Stavropoulos
928-203-7517
mastavropoulos@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes an analysis to determine whether to re-authorize grazing on the Tank Creek and Tonto Mountain Allotments, to combine the two allotments, or whether to implement a no grazing alternative.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50744
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near Tonto Mountain, just north of Ferguson Valley, approximately 14 miles northwest of Prescott, Bradshaw Ranger District, Prescott National Forest.
Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chino Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2016
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Christopher Brown
928-443-8218
christopherjbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will encompass a series of actions targeting watershed function, wildlife habitat, vegetation conditions, and natural fire regime.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45619
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chino Valley Ranger District
UNAVCO Special Use Permit Reissue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/20/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Celeste Gordon
520-388-8422
cgordon@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to reissue a 10-year Special Use Permit to UNAVCO to operate and maintain a GPS data device on approximately .1 acres of NFS land on the Prescott National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51702
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T16N, R2E Off County Road 72 just north of the Woodchute Wilderness area.
Yavapai Ranch Reciprocal Easements Project
EA
- Land ownership management In Progress
Comment Period
04/14/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Omero Torres
928-777-2230
omerotorres@fs.fed.us
Description: Exchange reciprocal easements on approximately 18 mile of road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29905
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northwestern corner of Prescott National Forest in the
Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AAM Priority River Rafting Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Thomas Palmer
928-567-1114
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes to issue to the outfitter/guide known as AAM a 5-year priority special use permit for a river rafting outfitter guide operation on the Verde River and Verde Wild and Scenic River Segments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40886
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Boat launching will occur at White Bridge and Beasley Flats River access sites on the Prescott; take outs at GAP Creek, Childs and Hoseshoe reservoir on the Prescott, Coc, and Tonto
Butterfly Cell Tower
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest intends to approve a proposal to install a 100ft to 120ft free standing or tree tower on Mingus Mtn.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51319
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T15N, R2E, Section 4 ADOT materials yard off 89A, Mingus Mtn
Gila Chub Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
07/23/2010
Est. Comment Period
07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Albert Sillas
928-567-1124
asillas@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve pool habitat by sediment removal, instream structures, exclosure fences, and removal of juniper tree encroachment in three sites.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30425
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 11 N, R 4 E, sections 4, 16, 20 Near Sycamore Historic Site/Dugas area
Reissuance of a Water Development Special Use Permit to Frank and Wanita Melluzzo
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest is proposing to reissue a 10-year special use permit for 2 water pipelines, 1 springbox, 600 gallon water tank, and cattle exclosure fence.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39048
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T14N, R3E, Sect17 Off Cherry road in Cherry, AZ
Sedona Adventure Outfitter Guide Priority River Boating Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Thomas Palmer
928-567-1114
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us
Description: The PNF proposes to issue to Sedona Adventure Outfitter and Guides Inc. a 5-year priority special use permit for a river boating outfitter guide operation on the Verde River and Verde Wild and Scenic River segments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40889
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Boat launching will occur at Skidmore, Big Notti, Black Canyon, White Bridge, Clear Creek and Beasley Flats River access sites on the PNF. Take outs at Gap Creek, Childs, and Horseshoe resvr
Verde Trails and Access Plan
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/05/2017
Est. Comment Period
07/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Thomas Palmer
928-687-1301
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us
Description: The Verde Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest proposes improving the Forest trail system on the Verde Ranger District to include 118 miles of non-motorized trail routes including new construction and adoption of some social trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51507
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project will be on the Verde Ranger District, concentrated on West Mingus Ave., Grief Hill, and the Black Canyon Trail.
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