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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
01/09/2015
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 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
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
- 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
07/14/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 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.
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: 09/2016 09/2016 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.
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.
Greater Prescott Area Trails Planning - Mid-Term Project #1
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2017
Actual: 01/19/2017
04/2017 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
Hassayampa Landscape Restoration Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/10/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2017
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
03/22/2016
Est. Comment Period
04/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 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
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.
Tank Creek and Tonto Mountain Grazing Allotments
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/19/2017
Est. Comment Period
05/2017
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
01/31/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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
Drake Cement LLC Overburden Storage Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
12/09/2016
Expected: 04/2017 04/2017 Kevin Weldon
928-443-8083
kkweldon@fs.fed.us
Description: The Prescott National Forest is proposing to approve a supplement to Drake Cement LLC's plan of operations to allow the use of 80 acres of National Forest System land to deposit overburden from its limestone mining operation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49070
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 18 N, R 1 W, Sect 56 and T 19 N, R 1 W, Sects 31,32 Adjacent to the Drake Cement plant off Highway 89 approximately 5 miles north of Paulden.
Yavapai Ranch Reciprocal Easements Project
EA
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A 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
- Recreation management
- Special use 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 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
Upper Ash WRAP EP12
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/29/2016
Expected: 02/2017 03/2017 David Moore
928-443-8179
dmoore05@fs.fed.us
Description: Work will include closing and rehabilitating unauthorized travel routes. Remediation efforts will focus on mitigating soil compaction and discouraging further unauthorized travel.
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project site is off County Road 168, just south of State Route 169
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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