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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Tonto National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Tonto National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District
- Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District
- Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District
- Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District
- Tonto National Forest, Pleasant Valley Ranger District
- Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
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.
Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan
EA
- Regulations, Directives, Orders In Progress
Scoping Start
03/29/2011
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 08/2015 10/2015 Charlotte Minor
928-635-8271
cminor@fs.fed.us
Description: Creation of a Comprehensive River Management Plan for Fossil Creek as described in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The project is on both the Coconino National Forest and the Tonto National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27457
Location: UNIT - Red Rock Ranger District, Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fossil Creek (Wild and Scenic River Portions) - Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest and Payson Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest
Tonto 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
Bighorn Sheep Population Management Project
EA
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Nathan Yorgason
602-225-5200
comments-southwestern-tonto@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize the use of helicopters by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to capture, release, translocate, monitor populations, and conduct research of bighorn sheep on the Tonto National FOrest, including wilderness areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44049
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tonto National Forest, including the Mazatzal, Hells Gate, Four Peaks, Salt River Canyon, and Superstition Wilderness Areas.
Tonto National Forest Motorized Travel Management
EIS
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/03/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2015
Expected: 06/2015 09/2015 Marianne Thomas
602-225-5213
comments-southwestern-TMRTonto@fs.fed.us
Description: The Tonto National Forest is in the process of implementing the Travel Management Rule which calls for establishing a system of roads, trails, and areas designated for motorized vehicle use and determining suitable locations for dispersed camping.
Web Link: http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/fs-usda-pop.php?project=28967
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Resolution Baseline Hydrological & Geotechnical Data Gathering Activities
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
05/24/2014
Est. Comment Period
02/2015
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 Celeste Kinsey
602-225-5248
ckinsey@fs.fed.us
Description: Resolution Copper Mining, LLC proposes to collect hydrologic, geochemical and geotechnical data in order to provide baseline information on these aspects of the environment over an area being considered for a potential tailings storage site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44494
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - T1S,R11E in portions of Sections 13, 23-27 and 35-36; T1S,R12E in portions of Sections 19, 20 and 28-33; T2S,R11E in portions of Sections 1 and 2; and T2S, R12E in portions of Section 6. The project is proposed on the Mesa and Globe Ranger Districts in Pinal County, Arizona, approximately 6 miles north and west of the Town of Superior.
Salt River Allotments Vegetative Management EIS
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/22/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Andrea Wages
928-402-6222
comments-southwestern-tonto-tonto-basin@fs.fed.us
Description: The Tonto National Forest will prepare and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to improve ecological conditions within the project area usig tools such as fire and grazing management and to authorize continued livestock grazing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36074
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District, Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southwestern Region 3, Tonto National Forest, Globe and Tonto Basin ranger districts along the Salt River corridor.
Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Red Creek, Six Bar, and Skeleton Ridge Grazing
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/21/2013
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Jeffrey Sturla
480-595-3331
comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@fs.fed.us
Description: To improve ecological conditions within three grazing allotments using tools such as adaptive grazing and wildlife habitat improvement and by maintaining or replacing aging structural range improvements such as fences, water developmements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40700
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Yavapai. LEGAL - The Verde River flows through approximately 30 miles of the allotments. Southern portion of allotments are approximately 20 miles north and northeast of Cave Creek, AZ. Cave Creek Ranger District along the Verde River
Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Activities Connected to the Pinto Valley Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
08/27/2010
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Celeste Kinsey
602-225-5248
ckinsey@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is a consolidated authorization to extend previously authorized and/or ongoing activities and uses on National Forest System lands, and limited expansion of existing surface uses for ancillary operations.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33272
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T1N, R13E, S 1, 2, 14, 23, 24, & 25. T1N, R14E, S 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, & 32. T1S, R14E, S 4 & 5. T2N, R13E, S 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 34, & 35. The Pinto Valley Mine is located approximately three miles north of US Highway 60 on Pinto Valley Road (Forest Road 287), and approximately six miles west of Miami, Gila County, Arizona.
BCE Copper Springs Exploratory Drilling & Road Maintenance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Walter Johnson
928-402-6200
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@fs.fed.us
Description: Short term use exploratory drilling.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44943
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T. 1 S., R. 15 E., Sections 3,4,5,8,9 &10 south of Globe, Near Solitude Gulch and Deep Canyon.
Pinaladera WUI Fuels Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Louis Sandoval
928-402-6200
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuels reduction on approximately 83,558 acres south of Globe. Area includes the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=3775
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T. 1-2 S., R. 13-16 E., GSRM Pinal Mountains south of Globe and east of Devil's Canyon
Plan of Operations for Imerys Perlite Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
12/03/2013
Est. Comment Period
12/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Lee Ann Atkinson
928-402-6281
leeannatkinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Consolidates previous Plan of Operation and Special Use Permit authorizations, including continued operation of existing sedimentation basin; Use of segments of Forest Roads 229, 989, and 2403 for hauling; and mining at two unpatented claims.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41543
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Township 2 South, Range 12 East, Sections 4 and 9 Superior, Arizona
Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Material Source 8763, Fish Creek Borrow Site Spec Use Permit reissue (updated to Min Sale Contr)
CE
- Special use management
- Minerals and Geology
On Hold N/A N/A Daniel Bray
480-610-3339
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of Special Use Permit for ADOT to continue use of roadway maintenance material pit on Tonto NF.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - n/a 12 miles east of Tortilla Flat, AZ; accessed via SR88 (Apache Trail) at MP 227.
Millsite Allotment Water Development Projects
CE
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Kelly Kessler
480.610.3305
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@fs.fed.us
Description: The Mesa Ranger District is proposing to add three new 10,000 gallon storage tanks and two 600 gallon toughs to improve range condition through better livestock distribution and provide additional wildlife waters in three pastures on the allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44482
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - T1S R11E Sections 24 and 25, T1S R12E Section 19; T1S R11E Sections 33, 34, 35; T1N R11E Section 22 Water developments are proposed within the Cottonwood, Bear Tanks, and Hewitt pastures of the Millsite grazing allotment.
Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Little Green Valley Complex Allotment Management Plan
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
02/01/2013
Expected: 11/2014 02/2015 Angela Elam
928.474.7901
comments-southwestern-tonto-payson@fs.fed.us
Description: Update Allotment Management Plan for an active grazing allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36642
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable East of SR 87 to Tonto Creek, north and south of SR 260.
Payson RD OHV Management Planning
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Rachael Hohl
928-474-7930
comments-southwestern-tonto-payson@fs.fed.us
Description: This projects seek to do the following 3 things: 1) Convert Houston Mesa Horse Camp to an OHV Campground, 2) Develop 3 OHV staging areas across Payson, 3) Prohibit camping within 200' of streams unless designated.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43717
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable Houston Mesa Horse Campground, all streams, Staging area in vicinity of Payson, Star Valley, Pine .
Tonto National Forest, Pleasant Valley Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Flying V and Flying H Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
08/13/2013
Expected: 01/2015 03/2015 Angela Elam
928.474.7901
comments-southwestern-tonto-pleasant-valley@fs.fed.us
Description: Update and reauthorize two allotment management plans.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30274
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable North, East, and South of Young, AZ
Haigler Fuels Analysis
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Jason Cress
928-467-3251
jcress@fs.fed.us
Description: Manage timber and other woody vegetation to help maintain forest health, reduce forest fuels, and improve wildlife habitat and range conditions on approximately 43,435 acres of the Tonto National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34507
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pleasant Valley Ranger District, Management Areas 5D, 5G, and 4F, including areas around Haigler Creek Estates.
Pleasant Valley Northwest Grazing Allotments Analysis
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
In Progress
Comment Period
04/02/2013
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Angela Elam
928.474.7901
comments-southwestern-tonto-pleasant-valley@fs.fed.us
Description: This analysis covers five grazing allotments and will address actions needed to formalize an adaptive management livestock grazing strategy to maintain or move resources toward desired conditions in the project area as in the Tonto NF Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30075
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bar X, Haigler Creek, Colcord Canyon, Young, and Marsh Creek grazing allotments located north and west of Young, AZ. The project area is bisected by FR200 between State Highway 260 and Young, AZ
Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Material Source 8541, Red Bluff Stockpile Site
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A David Frew
928-462-4330
comments-southwestern-tonto-tonto-basin@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of Special Use Permit (updated to Mineral Contract for Sale), to ADOT for use of roadway maintenance material source and stockpile site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28773
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - n/a 22 miles south of Young, AZ; accessed via SR288 at MP 272.5.
Tonto Basin, 7/K, and Walnut Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
08/07/2012
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
comments-southwestern-tonto-tonto-basin@fs.fed.us
Description: Update managment plans for three active grazing allotments
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27606
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area lies west, east, and south of Punkin Center, Arizona in the Mazatzal and Sierra Ancha Mts., Tonto Basin RD
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