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):
- 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


R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
APS 69kv Power Line Permit for Childs-Irving Line
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/12/2015
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Judy Adams
928-203-7506
jadams05@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a permit to replace the expired Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydropower License. Existing 69 kV line that was part of the Childs Irving Power operation and covered under the old license. Has been in continuous operation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47114
Location: UNIT - Red Rock Ranger District, Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Line that travels from Childs substation to Irving power plant area. Includes small sections of the Tonto NF where it crosses Fossil Creek.
AZ Public Service-Salt River Project ROW Vegetation Management with Herbicides
EA
- 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.
Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Heritage resource management
- Fuels management
- Land acquisition
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Land management planning
- Special use management
- Land ownership management
- Facility management
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Special area management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 12/2018 02/2019 Julie Molzahn
406-826-4352
jmolzahn@fs.fed.us
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for the Arizona National Scenic Trail and management corridor.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49535
Location: UNIT - Coconino National Forest All Units, Coronado National Forest All Units, Kaibab National Forest All Units, Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Arizona National Scenic Trail goes from the Coronado NM to the Utah Border at Vermillion Cliffs- 800 miles south to north across the State of Arizona.
Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
11/29/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2017
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Marcos Roybal
928-203-2915
comments-southwestern-coconino-redrock@fs.fed.us
Description: Creation of a Comprehensive River Management Plan for Fossil Creek, per Wild and Scenic Rivers Act requirements. View Fossil Creek general information.
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
Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Interim Management Vault Toilets Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Road management
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017
Actual: 04/07/2017
05/2017 Elizabeth Munding
(928) 203-2914
elizabethamunding@fs.fed.us
Description: Add vault toilets in the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Corridor in order to provide adequate sanitation for existing visitation and to protect river values, including water quality and natural and cultural resources
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51085
Location: UNIT - Red Rock Ranger District, Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Coconino and Tonto national forests. On the Coconino, access is from State Highway 260 on FR 708 near Camp Verde. On the Tonto, access is from Strawberry via foot trail off of FR 708.
Four Forest Restoration Initiative Rim Country Project
EIS
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/26/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2017
Expected: 01/2019 02/2019 Annette Fredette
928 226 4684
4FRI_comments@fs.fed.us
Description: Landscape-scale restoration on the Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto National Forests of ponderosa pine ecosystems, designed to maintain, improve, and restore ecosystem structure, pattern, function, and resiliency.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/4fri/planning/?cid=stelprd3837085
Location: UNIT - Coconino National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mogollon Rim Ranger District, Coconino NF; Black Mesa and Lakeside Ranger Districts, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest; Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest.
Western Area Power Administration Glen Canyon-Rogers 230/345kV Integrated Vegetation Mgmt Program
EA
- Special use management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/20/2016
Est. Comment Period
04/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Mike Dechter
505-829-3535 x 3109
mdechter@fs.fed.us
Description: Western is proposing to implement a operation and maintenance (O&M) and Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) program on the Rogers-Glen Canyon section of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) Transmission System. Includes use of herbicides.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49397
Location: UNIT - Coconino National Forest All Units, Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Gila, Pima, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable This transmission line runs throughout the Coconino National Forest and through portions 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
- Land management planning
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Gregory Dunn
928-467-3218
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
09/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2017 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 Plan Revision
EIS

   *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/06/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2018
Expected: 09/2019 10/2019 Kenna Belsky
602-225-5200
tontoplan@fs.fed.us
Description: A collaborative effort to revise the Land and Resources Management Plan for the Tonto National Forest in Arizona
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51592
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tonto National Forest; Forestwide
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 Copper Project and Land Exchange
EIS
- Land ownership management
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/18/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2019
Expected: 08/2021 09/2021 Mary Rasmussen
928-443-8265
mcrasmussen@fs.fed.us
Description: The Tonto National Forest is preparing an environmental impact statement(EIS) to disclosure the environmental effects from: 1) a mining proposal submitted by Resolution Copper; 2)the exchange of land between Resolution Copper and United States.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48956
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tonto National Forest
Sonoran Desert Ecosystem Restoration Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/27/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Grant Loomis
602-225-5253
comments-southwestern-tonto@fs.fed.us
Description: The Tonto National Forest proposes to obliterate unauthorized and uninventoried user created motorized routes in the six areas on the Cave Creek and Mesa Ranger Districts to benefit vegetation and watershed conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51743
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable portions of Townships 2-7 North, Ranges 7-9 East, and parts of Township 1 South Range 11 East in the Mesa and Cave Creek Ranger Districts
Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bartlett Lake Marina Cable Park System Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/14/2016
Expected: 05/2017 07/2017 Kelly Richards
480-610-3334
comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to amend the existing term Special Use Permit issued to Jack D. Church, Inc. to authorize the construction and maintenance of a Cable Park System within the existing Bartlett Lake Marina permit boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50572
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Township 6N, Range 7E, Section 28 The project is located at Bartlett Lake, just off Bartlett Dam Road, approximately 11 air miles east from the Cave Creek Ranger District Office in Scottsdale, AZ.
Copper Creek Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
02/24/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Eric Hoskins
480-595-3300
comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@fs.fed.us
Description: The Cave Creek District Ranger will decide whether livestock grazing will continue to be authorized on the Copper Creek Allotment. Additionally, the proposed action would require a Forest Plan amendment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50942
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Copper Creek allotment is in southeast Yavapai County, 50 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona. It is located at the northwest portion of the Cave Creek Ranger District.
Red Creek, Six Bar, and Skeleton Ridge Grazing
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A 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
Sonoran Desert Ecosystem Restoration
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 Grant Loomis
602-225-5200
comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@fs.fed.us
Description: The Tonto National Forest is proposing to obliterate approximately 145 miles of unauthorized and uninventoried user created motorized routes in the Desert Vista and St Claire areas in the Cave Creek.Routes currently being analyzed in the Travel Mgmt
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51334
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable North part is located west of Bartlett Reservoir approximately 12 air miles west to east from Cave Creek. The southern part is between Carefree and the Verde River.
Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apache Leap Special Management Area
EA
- Land management planning
- Special area management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/17/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Mary Rasmussen
602-225-5200
Info@ApacheLeapSMA.us
Description: The Tonto National Forest is preparing an environmental assessment(EA) to determine whether the implementation of the management plan would result in significant impacts to the human environment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51530
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located east of the Town of Superior on the Globe Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest.
Arnett Creek Riparian Pasture Trail Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/04/2017
06/2017 Tammy Hoem Neher
602-225-5200
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is a riparian habitat improvement partnership project to protect habitat for native and protected fish and wildlife in the Arnett Creek watershed and would improve user created trails that currently encroach onto riparian areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49517
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Township 2 South, Range 12 E, Section 8,16,17 The project is located at the junction of Arnett Creek and Telegraph Canyons near the Arizona State Highway 60, Telegraph Canyon road, approximately two air miles southwest from Superior, Arizona.
BCE Copper Springs Exploratory Drilling & Road Maintenance
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Lee Ann Atkinson
906-932-1330-308
leeannatkinson@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.
Charley Johnson Small Tracts Act Land Sale
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Expected: 04/2017 04/2017 Tamarya Pike
602-225-5229
tpike@fs.fed.us
Description: Parcel of National Forest System lands with private facilities located on it - qualifies for the Small Tract Act Authority.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48999
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable 4 miles from the junction of Hwy 60 and 77/70
Copper King Exploratory Drilling
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 04/2019 05/2019 Benjamin Harrold
928-402-6200
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@fs.fed.us
Description: Bronco Creek Exploration proposes to drill a maximum of 18 drill sites from 27 possible drill site locations over a period of ten years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51612
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately two miles northeast of the Town of Superior. Township 1 South, Range 12 E, Sections 10-15, and 22-24; Township 1 South, Range 13 E, Section 7, 8, 17, and 18.
Pinal County Pinal Peak Comm Site Improvement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/18/2016
Expected: 02/2017 03/2017 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve radio communications at this site in support of public safety for Pinal County and the region. Primary use of this site is 2-way radio communications for Pinal County Sheriff Office and the Arizona Department for Public Safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50950
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Gila County, Arizona, GSRM, T.2 S., R.15 E., Sections 4 and 9 Site# 16 Pinal Peak Communications Site, Globe Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Pinaladera WUI Fuels Management
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
Pinto Valley Mine Plan of Operations
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/28/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2018
Expected: 10/2019 12/2019 Judd Sampson
6022255272
Comment@Pintovalleymineeis.us
Description: The purpose of this Plan is to administratively consolidate all authorizations required to continue ongoing and future operations, as well as authorize new disturbance on National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.pintovalleymineeis.us
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T1N, R13E, Sections 1, 2, 3,4, 11, 14, 23, 24, 25; T1N, R14E, Sections 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32; T1S, R14 E Sections 5 and 6; T2N, R13 E Sections 25, 26, 27, 28, 34 Pinto Valley Mine is located approximately three miles north of US Highway 60 on Pinto Valley Road (Forest Road 287), and approximately eight miles west of Miami, in Gila County, Arizona.
Superior West Exploration
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 12/2018 01/2019 Benjamin Harrold
928-402-6200
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@fs.fed.us
Description: Use of existing roads and helicopter to access up to 25 drill sites out of 79 possible drill site locations.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49913
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - T. 2 S., R. 12 E., SW 1/4 T. 2 S., R. 13 E., Gila and Salt River Meridian. South and west of the Town of Superior. Accessed from Superior by Highway 60 and AZ-177 to various Forest roads.
Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Millsite Fence Realignment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
On Hold N/A N/A Andrea Wages
928-402-6222
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@fs.fed.us
Description: The Mesa Ranger District proposes to reconfigure pasture fencing on the Millsite Allotment to better protect the suitable Southwestern willow flycatcher habitat on the north side of Queen Creek.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Pinal. LEGAL - Township 1 South, Range 11 E, Section 5,6,33,34 The project is located at the junction of Whitlow Ranch Flood Control Basin on Queen Creek and Forest Road 357 near Arizona State Highway 60.
National Ecological Observatory Network Aquatic Observatory Site Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Research
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017
Actual: 04/17/2017
06/2017 Tyna Yost
480-610-3300
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would authorize long term stream monitoring opportunities in Sycamore Creek by permitting NEON to collect data at the proposed Sycamore Creek site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51033
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located at Sycamore Creek, near Highway 87, approximately ten air miles east from the town of Rio Verde, Arizona. The legal location of the project is Township 5N, Range 8E, Section 6.
Saguaro Lake Marina Parking Lot Expansion Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
Expected: 07/2017 09/2017 Kelly Richards
480-610-3334
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to issue an amendment to Saguaro Lake Marina's existing term Special Use Permit to authorize an additional 150 paved parking spaces and an extension of the existing permit boundary by 2.5 acres to the west.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Township 3N, Range 8E, Section 28 The project is located at Saguaro Lake, just off Bush Highway, approximately ten air miles northeast from Mesa, Arizona.
Sonoran Desert Ecosystem Restoration
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Grant Loomis
602-225-5200
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@fs.fed.us
Description: Obliterate approximately 145 miles of unauthorized and uninventoried user created motorized routes in the Rolls, Bulldog Canyon, and Hewitt Canyon areas in the Mesa Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51337
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable The northern part of project area is between Fort McDowell and Four Peaks Wilderness. The southern part of the project area is between Ft. McDowell and Superstitions Wilderness
Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cragin-Payson TSA Water Treatment Plant
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/01/2015
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Tamarya Pike
602-225-5229
tpike@fs.fed.us
Description: Sell approximately 7 acres to the Town of Payson for a water treatment plant to implement the Decision Notice and FONSI for the Cragin Water Pipeline and Treatment Plant Project signed 11/2/2011
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49004
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable 3 miles north of the Town of Payson limits on the east side of West Houston Mesa Road just south of Mesa del Caballo subdivision.
Diamond Rim Grazing Analysis
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
04/07/2015
Expected: 09/2017 01/2018 Jeffrey Sturla
928-474-7900
comments-southwestern-tonto-payson@fs.fed.us
Description: To develop and implement a single grazing strategy on the Little Green Valley Grazing Complex which is consistent with the Tonto National Forest Land Management Plan, as amended.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46244
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Townships 13-9; Ranges 13-9 Five grazing allotments consisting of Payson/Cross V, Green Valley/Indian Gardens and Star Valley located to the north and east of the town of Payson.
Fossil Springs Trailhead Emergency Vehicle Parking
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management
- Road management
On Hold N/A N/A Chris Welker
928-474-7920
cwelker@fs.fed.us
Description: This action is repair and maintenance of the National Forest System Road (NFSR784) alignment within the Fossil Springs Trailhead developed recreation facility in order to create 3 to 4 additional parking spaces for emergency vehicles and equipment.
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - SW1/4 SW1/4 Section 24, T. 12 N., R. 7 E., Gila & Salt River Meridian The additional emergency parking spaces are located both within the former NFSR784 roadbed and in a previously disturbed area utilized for excess excavated material (e.g. excavation spoils) placement.
Hardscrabble Juniper Clearing 2015
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Kelly Bedson
928-474-7924
kellypbedson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Tonto National Forest proposes to authorize the permittee to treat an area using an agra-axe mounted on a rubber-tired or tread skid steer tractor to cut juniper trees of less than 8 inch diameter breast height (DBH).
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Sec. 26, 27, T 11N, R 8E of the Gila and Salt River Base Meridian The Hardscrabble Juniper Clearing project encompasses about 100 acres west of the town of Pine and south of the town of Strawberry.
New Delph Tank & Bear Tank Maintenance
CE
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Douglas Ruppel
928-474-7908
comments-southwestern-tonto-payson@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to create new water developments that capture and store water for authorized livestock and wild ungulates.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47365
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T10.5; R15E; Sec 21, 28, 33 of the Gila and Salt River Base Meridian The New Delph Tank & Bear Tank Maintenance project is on the Pleasant Valley Ranger District. The project is located on the OW grazing allotment of the Tonto National Forest in Gila County, Arizona.
Payson RD OHV Management Planning
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 08/2019 09/2019 Eric Oswald
602-225-5395
comments-southwestern-tonto-payson@fs.fed.us
Description: This projects seek to do the following: Develop OHV staging areas across Payson, prohibit camping within 200' of streams unless designated, and designate an OHV specific campground.
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 Payson Ranger District
Red Lake Tanks - 2016
CE
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Kelly Bedson
928-474-7924
kellypbedson@fs.fed.us
Description: In compliance with Forest Service policy and Forest Plan objectives, the Pleasant Valley Ranger District proposes to authorize the permittee to construct seven new tanks on the Red Lake allotments.
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - USGS Quad: Parallel Canyon, Township(s): 9,10N Range(s): 15E Section(s): 4, 9, 17, 19, 31 Located on the Red Lake Allotments, northeast of Young, Arizona
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 On Hold N/A N/A 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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 Community Burn Pit
CE
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Chris Welker
928-474-7920
cwelker@fs.fed.us
Description: This action is an issuance of a Convenience Enclosure Special Use Permit (SUP) to the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department (PVVFD) for a community burn pit to service the residents of the Pleasant Valley area (Young, AZ).
Web Link: https://apps.fs.fed.us/pals/projectDetailAction.do?docId=102892¶m2=W&isPage=PLANING
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - NW ¼ Section 1, T. 8 N., R. 13 E., Gila & Salt River Meridian, Gila County, AZ The community burn pit area is located approximately 2.6 miles south of Young, AZ along Arizona State Highway 288, and has immediate site access to the pit area via an existing road (FR496).
Pleasant Valley Northwest Grazing Allotments Analysis
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Jeffrey Sturla
480-595-3331
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
Pleasant Valley Veterans Association American Flag Monument
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Chris Welker
928-474-7920
cwelker@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a Monument Special Use Permit (SUP) to the Pleasant Valley Veterans Association for the American Flag located north of Young, AZ and east of the Young Highway (Arizona Highway 512) on Tonto National Forest System land.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - NW1/4 Section 2, T. 9 N., R. 14 E., Gila & Salt River Meridian, Gila County, AZ American Flag located north of Young, AZ and east of the Young Highway (Arizona Highway 512) on Tonto National Forest System land in Tonto Forest Plan Management Area (MA) 5D.
Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dagger, Poison Spring and Black Mesa Grazing Allotment Management Plans
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 Eric Hoskins
602-225-5395
comments-southwestern-tonto-tonto-basin@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize grazing on the Dagger, Poison Spring and Black Mesa Grazing Allotments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49896
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tonto Basin Ranger District
Davis Monthan AFB, RooseveltLake Training Area Special Use Permit
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2017
Actual: 03/06/2017
03/2017 Eric Oswald
928-467-3200
eoswald@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a training area special use permit for the Air Force to carry out search and rescue training.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49895
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 4 North, Range 12 East, Sections 15 and 16. Township 4 North, Range 13 East, Sections 31 and 32
Three Bar Wildlife Waterer Redevelopment
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017
Actual: 04/27/2017
06/2017 Eric Hoskins
602-225-5395
comments-southwestern-tonto-tonto-basin@fs.fed.us
Description: Redevelopment of three wildlife water catchments constructed in the 1940s and 50s by removing existing systems and replacing them with larger and more reliable systems.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50273
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is in the Tonto Basin Ranger District in an area 4 miles northwest of the Roosevelt Lake Dam; 1.5 miles southwest of Arizona Highway 188 in Gila County, AZ.
Tonto Basin Green Waste Disposal Site
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2017
Actual: 01/26/2017
01/2017 Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
ehoskins@fs.fed.us
Description: Development of a Green Waste Disposal Site for the Community of Tonto Basin, AZ. The one acre site will be cleared of vegetation, fenced and a cattle guard installed. The vegetation will be burned at regular intervals.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49894
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable Adjacent to FR 491, just off of Hwy 188, 2 miles northeast of the town of Tonto Basin, AZ
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