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
APS-ROW Vegetation Management with Herbicides
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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 to include using herbicides as a method to manage vegetation on existing APS 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
09/2014
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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 Big Chino Guide Outiftter/Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 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, but are primarily in the fall hunt seasons.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45202
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.
Forestwide PNF Starr Guide Service Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 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 fall hunts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45205
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.
Forestwide PNF Vaquero Outfitters Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 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 National Forest Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/30/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Mary Rasmussen
928-443-8265
mcrasmussen@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest is revising its land and resource management plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott/plan-revision/index.shtml
Location: UNIT - Prescott National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. Entire Prescott National Forest
Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BRD River Bend Placer 2014
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
10/07/2014
Est. Comment Period
03/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 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.
Communication Site Use Reissues on Towers Mtn. and Mt. Frances
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/11/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 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
ISP pole installation at the Highland Center
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us
Description: The pole will be placed at the base of a juniper tree, and conduit will be trenched 3-4 inches deep for approximately 650ft from the Center to the juniper. Project area/disturbance = 0.03 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45130
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T13N R1W Sec8 The Highlands Center for Natural History
Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chino Valley Watershed Restoration
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 Noel Fletcher
928-443-8020
nfletcher@fs.fed.us
Description: Watershed restoration through vegetation management and possibly road closures
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chino Valley Ranger District
K Four Allotment Grazing Management
EA
- Grazing management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2014
Actual: 09/30/2014,
09/30/2014
11/2014 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us
Description: Continue authorization of livestock grazing
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37239
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northeast portion of the Chino Valley Ranger District
Quartz Wash, Hitt Wash, Old Camp/Jordan, Yolo South Grazing Allotments Management Plan Revision
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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
Walnut Creek Site Special Use Permits
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2013
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest is proposing to issue three special use permits to Northern Arizona University and Prescott College (WCCER partnership) to use the Walnut Creek Administrative Site a 285 acres of NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42814
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 18 N, R 5 W, Sect 25 Walnut Creek Administrative Site plus 285 additional acres of surrounding NFS lands.
Yavapai Ranch Reciprocal Easements Project
EA
- Land ownership management In Progress
Comment Period
03/28/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us
Description: Exchange reciprocal easements on approximatley 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
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/21/2012
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 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
Agua Fria Grasslands Improvement Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
08/22/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Christopher Brown
928-443-8218
christopherjbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: The Verde District of the Prescott National Forest (PNF) is proposing to improve wildlife habitat and watershed conditions on the Agua Fria Grasslands portion of the forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41299
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T11N - 13N; R 2E - 5E The project area comprises approximately 100,000 acres on the Prescott National Forest south of Camp Verde and east of I-17
Arizona Balloon Works, Inc. Special Use Permit Reissue
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/21/2012
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Thomas Palmer
928-567-1114
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott NF proposes to reissue a 10-year special use permit to Arizona Balloon Works to continue to provide hot air balloon tours in the Verde Valley.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40888
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project will occur on the PNF in the Verde Valley. Launch sites are located near Cottonwood Az.
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 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
Rim Country Bowhunters Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use 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
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/21/2012
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 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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