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
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
12/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Tracy Kremer
505-842-3445
tkremer@fs.fed.us
Description: FS must decide if 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 - 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.
CAMP TATIYEE LAND EXCHANGE - 0100 #5004
EIS
- Land acquisition In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/25/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2015
Expected: 12/2015 12/2015 Randall Chavez
928-368-2106
rchavez02@fs.fed.us
Description: Exchange of private parcels in the A-S, Coronado, Prescott, & Tonto NFs for Federal lands in Pinetop-Lakeside (T9N, R22E). Would provide land for children's camps currently under spec. use permit & result in consolid. of isolated parcels on Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5004
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District, Bradshaw Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N, R22E, sec.16, G&SRBM. Along State Highway SR260 within existing Pinetop-Lakeside town limits.
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
Forestwide PNF Vaquero Outfitters Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Thomas Palmer
928-687-1301
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes to reissue an existing priority special use permit for outfitting and guiding (Hunting) for a period of 10 years.Guided hunting activities can occur year round, majority of the use occurs during the fall hunts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45204
Location: UNIT - Prescott National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed activities are for the entire Prescott Forest including eight wilderness areas.
Prescott College Academic Outfitter and Guide Priority Use (2015-2025)
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2015
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 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 National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Communication Site Use Reissues on Towers Mtn. and Mt. Frances
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2015
Actual: 03/10/2015
03/2015 Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bradshaw Ranger District proposes to reissue 30-year Special Use Permits for 15 existing communicaiton sites on Towers Mtn. and Mt. Frances.
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T10N, R1W, Section 4 and T13N, R3W, Section 23 Towers Mtn and Mt. Frances, Bradshaw Ranger District
Eastside Ore Reserve - Gold Basin Supplement
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Kevin Weldon
928-443-8083
kkweldon@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would include placer gold mining operations on approximately 6 acres of land. Mining activities include mining out two deposits (Pit # 3 and # 4), developing an access road off FR 9262E, and a stockpile site. This is a 15-year project.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45680
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 12 N, R 3 W, Section 11 This project is located east of the Gold Basin Mine south of Wilhoit along the Hassayampa River.
Epic Rides Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Event
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2016
Actual: 01/06/2016
01/2016 Jeffrey Gilmore
928-687-1301
jlgilmore@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bradshaw District Ranger, Prescott National Forest, intends to authorize Epic Rides for a five-year permit to offer the Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike event.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48546
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Route includes 15, 30, and 50 mile course in the Prescott Basin area of the Bradshaw Ranger District.
Foothills Ranch Equestrian O&G SUP
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2015
Expected: 01/2016 01/2016 Susan Johnson
928-443-8075
sajohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit year-round guided horseback rides for trips on Forest Service system roads and trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47092
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Permittee will operate out of 11680 Finley Rd, Mayer, AZ, 86333
Greater Prescott Area Trails Planning - Mid-Term Project #1
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Susan Johnson
928-443-8075
sajohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest proposes improving the Forest trail system in the Prescott Basin and neighboring areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48048
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various areas around the city of Prescott, AZ
Jack's Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 10/2016 12/2016 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
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
Prescott YMCA Whiskey Row Marathon
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/08/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeffrey Gilmore
928-687-1301
jlgilmore@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bradshaw District Ranger, Prescott National Forest, proposes to issue a five-year priority special use permit for the YMCA Whiskey Row Marathon.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48554
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Route goes from downtown Prescott out Copper Basin Road, over the Sierra Prieta and back to town.
River Bend Placer Mining Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Kevin Weldon
928-443-8083
kkweldon@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.
Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Century Link Buried Fiber Optic Project- Drake to North Boundary
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2016
Actual: 01/06/2016
04/2016 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest intends to authorize Century Link to bury a fiber optic cable in an existing utility corridor between Drake and the forest's northern boundary with the Kaibab NF>
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48545
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable From Drake to northern forest boundary with Kaibab NF along Transwestern corridor.
Quartz Wash, Hitt Wash, Old Camp/Jordan, Yolo South Grazing Allotments Management Plan Revision
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 08/2015 10/2015 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze future options for grazing on four small range allotments on the Chino Valley Ranger District. The proposal may include new range improvements.
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chino Valley Ranger District
Smith Canyon and Williamson Valley Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/19/2016
Est. Comment Period
03/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Chris Thiel
928-777-2211
cathiel@fs.fed.us
Description: The Chino Valley District Ranger plans to authorize livestock grazing on two allotments with the following five action components: Authorization, Adaptive Management, Resource Protection Measures, Structural Range Improvements, and Monitoring.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48457
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Smith Canyon and Williamson Valley on the Chino Valley Ranger District.
Upper Verde Watershed Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/18/2014
Est. Comment Period
06/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Noel Fletcher
928-443-8020
nfletcher@fs.fed.us
Description: Watershed restoration through vegetation management and possibly road closures
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
Yavapai Ranch Reciprocal Easements Project
EA
- Land ownership management In Progress
Comment Period
03/28/2014
Expected: 06/2016 12/2016 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@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
Gila Chub Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
04/23/2012
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 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
Rim Country Bowhunters Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service, Prescott National Forest, is proposing to issue a 10-yr special use permit to the Rim Country Bowhunters Association for their existing site located off Cherry Rd in Camp Verde, AZ.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39106
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T14N, R4E, Section 16 Located off Cherry Creek Rd & Hwy 260
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
West Mingus Avenue Project
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Thomas Palmer
928-567-1114
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes to develop a trailhead and system of trails, in coordination with the City of Cottonwood, along FR493 (West Mingus Avenue) in the Cottonwood and Clarkdale Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40891
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed project occurs southwest of Cottonwood, AZ along FR493 (West Mingus Avenue).
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