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
- Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
- R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Ashley National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Ashley National Forest, Duchesne Ranger District
- Ashley National Forest, Flaming Gorge Ranger District
- Ashley National Forest, Roosevelt Ranger District
- Ashley National Forest, Vernal Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land ownership management
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Land management planning
- Watershed management
- Land acquisition
- Grazing management
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Special use management
- Road management
- Minerals and Geology
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Heritage resource management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 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.
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. 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.
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A David Loomis
303-275-5008
dloomis@fs.fed.us
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30630
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Ashley National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Dawes, Daggett, Uintah, Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska
R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Energy Gateway South 500 kV Powerline (EGS)
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/01/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2014
Expected: 03/2015 01/2020 Charles Call
435-865-3730
ckcall@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposed 500 kV transmission line is designed to deliver power to Rocky Mountain Power utility costumers in Utah and the intermountain west. Generation sources are located in central Wyoming.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42534
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District, Pine Valley Ranger District, Fillmore Ranger District, Richfield Ranger District, Price Ranger District, Heber-Kamas Ranger District, Spanish Fork Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Beaver, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Iron, Juab, Millard, Piute, Sevier, Uintah, Wasatch, Weber. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project initiates in central Wyoming and crosses public, private, and state lands in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. Project terminates at the Mona substation in central Utah.
High Uintas Wilderness Domestic Sheep Analysis Project (Ashley and UWC National Forests)
EIS
- Grazing management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
12/01/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Paul Cowley
801-999-2177
pcowley@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will evaluate the effects of continued domestic sheep grazing in the High Uintas Wilderness (HUW). There are 10 sheep allotments located on the north and south slopes of HUW and are located in both the Ashley and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NFs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44503
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District, Duchesne Ranger District, Evanston-Mountain View RD. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne, Summit. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the High Uintas Wilderness in both Duchesne and Summit counties. The project is located northeast of Duchesne, UT and southwest of Manila, UT
Transwest Express 600 kV Direct Current Powerline (TWE)
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/18/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2013
Expected: 12/2014 03/2018 Charles Call
435-865-3730
ckcall@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposed 600 kV direct current transmission line is designed to carry renewable energy (primarily wind power) from generation sources in central Wyoming to markets in in the pacific southwest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42526
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District, Pine Valley Ranger District, Fillmore Ranger District, Richfield Ranger District, Ferron Ranger District, Heber-Kamas Ranger District, Spanish Fork Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Beaver, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Iron, Juab, Millard, Piute, Sevier, Uintah, Wasatch, Weber. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project initiates in central Wyoming and crosses public, private, and state lands in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.
Ashley National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Side Recreation Facilities Decommissioning
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2016
Expected: 11/2016 01/2017 Molly Ryan
435-781-5282
mollymryan@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes decommissioning 12 Developed Recreation sites on the Flaming Gorge (9 sites) and Vernal Districts(3 sites). These sites were chosen because of their limited use by the public, outdated facilities, and/or aging infrastructure.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43630
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District, Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Daggett, Uintah, Sweetwater. LEGAL - T14NR108WSEC34;T2NR18SEC14;T2N22ESEC29;T3NR21E;SEC28;T2NR21ESEC35;T1SR20ESEC12;T2NR21ESEC21;T1NR22ESEC20;T2NR20ESEC9;T1SR21ESEC30;T2NR19ESEC12;T3NR21ESEC19; This project proposes decommissioning 12 Developed Recreation sites on the Flaming Gorge (9 sites) and Vernal Districts(3 sites). Sites range from Sweetwater County WY, to Daggett and Uintah County,UT
Ashley National Forest, Duchesne Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amber Onyx Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
02/09/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 David Herron
435-781-5218
daherron@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposal for small-scale open pit mining operation at the proposed Amber Onyx Mine. Large blocks of decorative calcite would be removed from the mine. Up to 2.5 acres active disturbance proposed. Disturbed areas not needed would be reclaimed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46249
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - New mine site, to be located near center of Section 28, T2N R8W, Uinta Meridian. The Amber Onyx Mine would be in the Blind Stream drainage of the Duchesne District of the Ashley NF. Alongside Forest System road 121, near the center of Section 28, T2N R8W, Uinta Meridian.
Honeycomb Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 05/11/2016
06/2016 David Herron
435-781-5218
daherron@fs.fed.us
Description: A new Plan of Operations was submitted for continued operations at the Honeycomb Mine. Large blocks of decorative calcite will be removed from the mine. Up to 2.5 acres active disturbance proposed. Disturbed areas not needed would be reclaimed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46248
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Mine located within North 1/2 of Section 28, T2N R8W, Uinta Meridian. The Honeycomb Mine is within the Blind Stream drainage of the Duchesne District of the Ashley NF. At the end of Forest System road 121, in the North 1/2 of Section 28, T2N R8W, Uinta Meridian.
Strawberry Peak Livestock Conversion
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
03/01/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Amber Helmus
435-738-5205
ahelmus@fs.fed.us
Description: The Roosevelt-Duchesne Ranger District proposes to convert the Strawberry Peak allotment on the Ashley National Forest from sheep to cattle.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38715
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Strawberry allotment occurs in portions of: 1) T4S. R9W. 2) T5S. R9W. 3) T5S. R9W. 4) T5S. R10W. 5) T6S. R9W. 6) T6S. R10W. USM The Strawberry Peak allotment is located on the South Unit of the Ashley National Forest.
Ashley National Forest, Flaming Gorge Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Antelope Flat Vegetation Management Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A David Olsen
435-781-5181
dwolsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Pinyon and juniper trees encroaching into sagebrush communities will be mulched or lopped, scattered and otherwise left in place. Objective is to maintain the sagebrush community for sage-grouse and to maintain native vegetative diversity.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43849
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - T3N, R21E, portions of Sections 25, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35, 36, and R22E portions of Sections 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 in Daggett County, Utah Project is located along the North side of Dutch John Mountain and Antelope Flat. The project is bisected by the Antelope Flat boat launch road and runs parallel and easterly across Hwy 191
Half Whiskey Moon Lookout Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/29/2013
Est. Comment Period
08/2016
Expected: 11/2016 01/2017 Lesley Tullis
435-781-5103
ltullis@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would include a variety of timber and fuels vegetative management activities totaling 1,106 acres within a 1,787-acre project area. Trees killed by beetles or infected by dwarf mistletoe would be removed to achieve project objectives.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41959
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the vicinity of Half Moon Park, Whiskey Creek, and the historic Ute Lookout Tower on the Flaming Gorge Ranger District of the Ashley National Forest.
Spirit Lake Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/31/2016
Est. Comment Period
03/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Lesley Tullis
435-781-5103
ltullis@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial timber harvest as well as non-commercial vegetation management across 665 acres of heavy mountain pine beetle caused mortality and lodgepole pine dwarf mistletoe infection.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49165
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - All Salt Lake Meridian: T1N, R17E, all or portions of sections 3 and 10; T2N R17E, all or portions of sections 24, 25, 26, 34, and 35; and T2N R18E, all or portions of sections 18, 19, and 30. The project area is located approximately 13 miles southwest of Manila, Utah along Forest Service Road 001 between Hickerson Park and Spirit Lake.
Ashley National Forest, Roosevelt Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Duchesne/Roosevelt District Wide Range Improvement Project
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/01/2015
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 Sandra Remund-Kaminski
435-781-5221
sbremundkaminski@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of 5.7 miles of fence and extend 11 livestock water systems which would include pipe installation, new troughs and water holding tanks. All proposed water developments will connect into existing livestock water systems.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48152
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable District wide.
High Uintas Wilderness Colorado River Cutthroat Trout (CRCT) Habitat Enhancement
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/24/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2017
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Ronald Brunson
435-781-5202
rbrunson@fs.fed.us
Description: Cooperative project with UDWR to restore and enhance CRCT populations within the High Uintas wilderness through the use of piscicide rotenone to remove non-native fish from selected streams and lakes. CRCT would be reintroduced following treatment
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31640
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. High Uintas Wilderness Area Roosevelt Ranger District, Duchesne Ranger District.
Lake Fork Fuels Reduction and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Robert Christensen
435-781-5232
rchristensen@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to reduce fuels in several vegetative communities, to provide additional protection to values at risk in the Lake Fork Drainage, and to improve wildlife habitat and ecological conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44374
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project located in the Lake Fork drainage of the Roosevelt/Duchesne RD of the Ashley NF.
Ashley National Forest, Vernal Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Park Reservoir and Little Brush Creek Waterline
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/04/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Gina Reese
435-781-5133
greese@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew a special use permit to the Division of Wildlife Resources to operate and maintain the East Park Reservoir, dam, and spillways. Renew a special use permit to the Sunshine Canal Company to operate and maintain a waterline in Little Brush Creek.
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - East Park Reservoir - Sec.27,28,33,34,T1N,R21E,SLM. Little Brush Creek Waterline - Sec.30,T1S,R22E,and Sec.24,25,T1S,R21E,SLM. East Park Reservoir located ~30 miles north of Vernal, Utah on Hwy.191 and FSR #020. Little Brush Creek Waterline located ~22 miles north of Vernal, Utah on Hwy.191 and FSR #278.
Highway 191 Barrier Rock Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
06/21/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Leann Colburn
435-781-5163
lscolburn@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would involve building a short administrative road for the Forest to access barrier rock to be used in a variety of projects.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49626
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - SW ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section 17, T 1 N, R 22 E, Salt Lake Base Meridian The project is located about 20 miles north of Vernal, Utah on Highway 191, and about one mile north of Red Springs campground on the west side of the road.
Lambson Draw Allotment Livestock Conversion
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/24/2015
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Garry Brown
435-781-5168
gdbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: The Vernal-Flaming Gorge Ranger District proposes to convert the Lambson Draw On/Off Allotment from sheep use to cattle and horse use on the Ashley National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47570
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - Salt Lake Meridian, Township 1 North, Range 23 East, and portions of sections 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16. The project is located approximately 40 miles northeast of Vernal, Utah and can be accessed by permission from the land owner using Highway 191, the Diamond Mountain Road, the Davenport Road and the Lambson Draw Road
Whiterocks Canyon Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 06/10/2016
07/2016 Lesley Tullis
435-781-5103
ltullis@fs.fed.us
Description: This project includes campground vegetation management, fuel breaks, an emergency pullout, and ponderosa pine restoration and maintenance in Whiterocks Canyon.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43220
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - T2N R1E, sections 5-7; T2N R1W, sections 1 and 12; T3N R1E, sections 30-32; T3N R1W, sections 21-28 and 35-36; all Uintah Meridian Whiterocks Canyon (on the southwestern edge of the Vernal Ranger District)
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