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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- 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 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 In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/27/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2014
Expected: 03/2014 04/2014 Christopher Wehrli
435-896-1053
clwehrli@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.
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.
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction - Utah
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/01/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Glen Stein
801-625-5281
gstein@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management land use plans and Forest Plans.
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/western.html
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Dixie National Forest All Units, Fishlake National Forest All Units, Manti-Lasal National Forest All Units, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache All Units. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber. LEGAL - Not Applicable All National Forests in Utah
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
- Facility management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/04/2014
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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
Strawberry Peak Livestock Conversion
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
05/09/2012
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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.
Vantage 2014 Oil and Gas Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2014
Actual: 11/12/2014
12/2014 David Herron
435-781-5218
daherron@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal from Vantage Energy to construct a single new well pad, on existing oil and gas leases, in the Wildhorse Ridge area of the South Unit, then drill up to 4 oil and gas wells from that pad.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43282
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - The well pad, along with any road upgrades or new road construction, would be located with Section 1, T6S R6W, Uinta Meridian. The well pad, and any needed road upgrades or new road construction, would be located on Wildhorse Ridge, within section 1, T6S R6W Uinta Meridian.
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/05/2010
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 Leann Colburn
435 781 5163
lscolburn@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would improve bighorn sheep forage and lambing habitat, including increasing sight distances to detect predators, in areas along Flaming Gorge Reservoir. We would use prescribed fire to remove encroaching conifers (mostly juniper).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24730
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project analysis area lies approximately 30 miles north of Vernal, Utah in Daggett County. It is above the Flaming Gorge Reservoir from Bears Tusk on the west to Gold Point.
Greendale Water Company Facility Upgrade Project
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 12/2014
Actual: 12/01/2014
12/2014 Jayson Roundy
435-781-5281
jcroundy@fs.fed.us
Description: Modify existing permit to all for the construction a new water treatment plant, install a new partially buried water tank and construct a 700 square yard gravel parking area within the existing site boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44507
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Located in Section 29, T2N, R22E, SLM, Daggett County, Utah. Located in Section 29, T2N, R22E, SLM, Daggett County, Utah.
Half Whiskey Moon Lookout Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/29/2013
Est. Comment Period
12/2015
Expected: 04/2016 06/2016 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.
Town of Manila Land Conveyance - Manila Landfill
EA
- Land ownership management In Progress
Comment Period
10/14/2014
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 Lesley Tullis
435-789-1181
ltullis@fs.fed.us
Description: Land conveyance to the Town of Manila to expand the town's landfill. The land proposed for conveyance is located immediately adjacent to and east of the landfill. The current landfill is nearing capacity.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44514
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - SLM&B, T. 2N., R.20E., section 5, A portion of Lot 2 Ashley National Forest - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. Utah - Daggett County. Located approximately 3 miles southeast of Manila, Utah immediately adjacent to and east of the Manila landfill.
Ashley National Forest, Roosevelt Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Atwood Dam Repair Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
11/25/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Gina Reese
435-781-5133
greese@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would issue a two year temporary special use permit to allow repair to Atwood Dam and provide continued operation of the dam, which is located in the High Uintas Wilderness, pending the issuance of a Ditch Bill Easement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44545
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - E1/2 of Section 14, T4N, R4W, USM The project is located in the High Uintas Wilderness, southeast of Kings Peak on the Roosevelt Ranger District. Lake Atwood is located northeast of Duchesne,and southwest of Manila, UT.
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
03/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 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.
High Uintas Wilderness Domestic Sheep Analysis Project (Ashley NF)
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2013
Est. Comment Period
09/2015
Expected: 01/2016 02/2016 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. 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
Lake Fork Fuels Reduction and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/02/2013
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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.
Moon Lake Boat Ramp
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
09/23/2014
Expected: 02/2015 07/2015 Ronald Brunson
435-781-5202
rbrunson@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed project would improve boating access to Moon Lake by installing a concrete boat ramp and paved parking area. The proposed ramp measures 800' long by 20' wide with 85' by 85' turnaround areas every 200'.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40164
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable West shoreline of Moon Lake adjacent to the developed campground in Lake Fork Canyon on the Roosevelt-Duchesne Ranger District of the Ashley National Forest.
Ashley National Forest, Vernal Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cart Creek Watershed Roads Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/10/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Christopher Plunkett
435-781-5140
cplunkett@fs.fed.us
Description: We are proposing to reroute and rehabilitate a 1.33 mile segment of Forest Road 49 and a 1.35 mile segment of Forest Road 177. This proposed project also includes seasonal closures of portions of FR 49 and FR 177 and Forest Trails 3, 4, and 8.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41469
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - T 1N, R 22E, Sec 2, 10 - 12, 15, 16, 21 - 24, 27, 28. T1N, R23E, Sec 7. Salt Lake Meridian Bowden Draw and Greens Draw in the Cart Creek Watershed, located east of Hwy 191.
Whiterocks Canyon Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/08/2014
Est. Comment Period
03/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Chris Deets
435-781-5153
cdeets@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would include campground vegetation management, ponderosa pine restoration and maintenance, mixed conifer broadcast burning, and the creation of shaded fuel breaks and a safety zone 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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