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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- R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Dixie National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Dixie National Forest, Cedar City Ranger District
- Dixie National Forest, Escalante Ranger District
- Dixie National Forest, Pine Valley Ranger District
- Dixie National Forest, Powell Ranger District


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.
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.
Dixie National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Leslie Fonger
435-676-9360
lesliefonger@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue priority permits and issue new permits for outfitting and guiding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31662
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District, Powell Ranger District, Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron. Escalante, Powell and Cedar City Ranger Districts
Dixie National Forest, Cedar City Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ats Queo Archery Range SUP Renewal
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/15/2016
08/2016 Veronica Magnuson
909-382-2765
vmagnuson@fs.fed.us
Description: The permit has reached the end of its current term and needs to be renewed in accordance with policy at 36 CFR 220.6 (e)(15).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48893
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - Not Applicable T37S R9W Section 17, in the southwestern part of Cedar City RD, near Cedar Canyon Campground, off Utah State Highway Route 14.
Cedar Mountain Station Water System Upgrade
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/22/2016
08/2016 Kathy Slack
435-865-3742
kslack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Utah Department of Transportation is proposing to improve the non-potable water system at the UDOT Cedar Mountain station. The station is located near the intersection of SR-14 and SR-143.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50048
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T37S R9W Section 23 of the Salt Lake City Baseline and Meridian The UDOT Cedar Mountain station is located on the Cedar City Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest within Iron County, Utah near the intersection of SR-14 and SR-143.
Duck Creek Townsite Act Land Conveyance
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Kevin Wright
435-654-0470
kewright@fs.fed.us
Description: Kane County, Utah submitted an application for Townsite Act conveyance, dated June 2, 2015 for approximately 74 acres. The main purpose is to acquire and expand the existing Forest Service sewer lagoons for the Kane County Water Conservancy District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50256
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Kane. LEGAL - T38S R7W Sect 9 The general location is approximately one mile east of Duck Creek Village on the north side of Hwy 14 and the east side of Forest Highway 50.
Ikes Valley Vegetation Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/22/2016
Est. Comment Period
11/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Patrick Moore
435-865-3221
ptmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: The main purpose of this project would be to reduce the susceptibility of healthy ponderosa pine stands to bark beetle infestation. A secondary purpose would be to improve VSS composition by moving towards an un-even aged system creating VSS1 stands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44612
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Kane. LEGAL - T37S, R7W; T37S, R6W; T38S, R7W; T38S R6W, SLB&M Approximately 3 miles west and northwest of Long Valley Junction, UT.
Little Creek-Red Creek Vegetation Treatment
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Dave Swank
435-865-3224
dswank@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation treatments on 9281 acres to improve vigor in a variety of species. Mechanical treatments and prescribed fire will be used to reduce forest fuels, regenerate aspen and sagebrush, thin conifer timber and reduce pinyon-juniper invasion.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T33S, R7W. T34S, R7W. Approximately 9 miles east of Parowan, Utah.
Upper Mammoth Creek Farm Bill
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/12/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Mark Carrara
435-865-3224
mcarrara@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to (1) improve forest health (2) reduce the threat of insect-induced forest mortality and to (3) increase forest wildfire resilience.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47935
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - Not Applicable all or parts of Township T36S R7W Section 31; T36S R8W Sections 5-10 and 15-36; T36S R9W Sections 11-14, 24-25 and 36; T37S R7W Section 6; T37S R8W Sections 1-6, 8-9 and 12; T37S RS.SW Sections 1-2 and 12, SLB&M.
Dixie National Forest, Escalante Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chriss/Deer Creek Trail Connector
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Cindy Calbaum
435-826-5425
ccalbaum@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop a new trail connector between the Chriss Lake and Deer Creek Trails. This will provide users with the option of a loop trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40235
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. Off State Route 12 approximately 9 miles north of Boulder, UT, between trail numbers 34015 and 34016.
Escalante Ranger District Eastside Allotments
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2017
Expected: 11/2017 01/2018 Jessica Warner
435-826-5433
jwarner@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to continue to authorize livestock grazing in a manner that will continue to meet or satisfactorily move Dixie National Forest resources toward desired condition and meet Forest Plan objectives.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47936
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area includes the grazing allotments Boulder, Sand Creek and West Deer Creek.
Garkane Energy Barney Top Power Line Realignment and Burial, Phase II
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2016
Actual: 08/26/2016
09/2016 Scott Henrie
435-676-9320
shenrie@fs.fed.us
Description: Garkane Energy proposes to install up to 13600 feet of single-phase 7200-volt underground power line with a 20 foot easement to a depth of 42 inches along Forest Road 132. This proposal includes removing 14650 feet of existing overhead power line.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48336
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T35S, R1W, Sec. 19-21 & 30. The project area is approximately 8 miles northeast of Tropic, Utah and 1 mile east of Pine Lake on Forest Road 132.
Jacob's Valley Vegetation Management Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Buddie Carroll
435-826-5421
buddiercarroll@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to address forest health at both the stand and landscape level to maintain and enhance ecosystem function, watershed characteristics, visual aesthetics, recreational and implementation of the motorized travel plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48406
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located approximately 19 miles north of Escalante, Utah on land surrounding Jacobs Reservoir.
Lower Box Trailhead Relocation
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management
On Hold N/A N/A Jessica Grow
435-826-5427
jgrow@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate the lower trailhead for the Box Trail outside of the wilderness boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40234
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southern end of the Box Trail adjacent to the Pine Creek Road (FR 153)
Ranch Creek Watershed and Riparian Improvement Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/24/2016
Est. Comment Period
01/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Brooke Shakespeare
435-826-5434
bshakespeare@fs.fed.us
Description: The project purpose is to improve riparian health, stream functioning, and upland watershed health throughout the drainages for the benefit of Bonneville cutthroat and other wildlife species requiring riparian and upland habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47201
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T33S R1W, T33S R2W, T34S R1W, and T34S R2W The project is approximately 15 miles south of Antimony, Utah. The NFMA analysis covers most of the Ranch Creek-Sevier River sub-watershed and the Horse Creek drainage on the Escalante RD.
Upper Valley Landscape Improvement Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/20/2013
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Chance Stewart
435-826-5475
chancestewart@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would use prescribed fire and mechanical and hand vegetation treatments to reduce wildfire hazard and improve forest health. It would also stabilize and restore streams and provide guzzlers for wildlife.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37898
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Parts of Townships 35 and 36 South, Ranges 1 West and 1 East of the Salt Lake Base and Meridian. The proposed 16,863-acre Upper Valley Landscape Improvement Project project is located in Garfield County, Utah (UT) approximately 15 miles southwest of Escalante, UT. Access is via Utah Highway 12.
Dixie National Forest, Pine Valley Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Grass Valley Creek Watershed Restoration
EIS
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
01/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Nicholas Glidden
435-865-3747
nglidden@fs.fed.us
Description: The Grass Creek Watershed was selected as a project area for NFMA analysis due to its departure from a healthy functioning ecosystem. Analysis will focus on fire restoration, fuels reduction, aspen regen, range enhancement, and biodiversity.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45916
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T38S R14W Sections 8-10, 14-17, 19-23, 26-36; T38S R15W Sections 25-26, 35-36; T39S R14W Sections 1-12, 14-20; T39S R15W Sections 1-2, 10-15 Grassy Creek Watershed, Washington County, Utah
Holmstead Ranch Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/12/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 Adam Howes
435-865-3793
ahowes@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to issue a special use permit to Holmstead Ranch, LLC for an existing water collection infrastructure and improvements to meet state culinary water standards.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50120
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T39S R16W Sections 25 & 26 The project analysis area is within Washington County, Utah and is approximately four miles north of Central, Utah on the east side of Utah State Highway 18.
North Hills Wild Horse Management Plan
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Joseph Rechsteiner
801-676-9320
jrechsteiner@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis for continued wild horse management in southern Utah lands administered by USDI Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service-Dixie National Forest. BLM NEPA completed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48892
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Western Iron and Washington Counties
Pine Valley Fuel Break
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/23/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 Joseph Rechsteiner
435-652-3101
jrechsteiner@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvement of existing fuelbreak around community of Pine Valley, UT. Activities include removal of invading woody species (primarily juniper), widening, herbicide and seeding. Healthy Forest Restoration Act fuels treatment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40181
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T39S, R14W, Sec. 19, 20, 29, 30; T39S, R15W, Sec. 13-16, 21-24, SLBM. Surrounding Community of Pine Valley, UT.
Pinto Watershed Improvement Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Heritage resource management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Jennifer Green
435-865-3224
jennifergreen@fs.fed.us
Description: WUI fuels reduction, winter range enhancement, grass and forbe diversity improvement, and watershed improvement to reduce TMDL to Newcastle reservoir.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44562
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located along the Pinto Road area of Pine Valley RD
Dixie National Forest, Powell Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Deer Springs Vegetation Treatment
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/21/2015
Est. Comment Period
10/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Jennifer Green
4358653224
jennifergreen@fs.fed.us
Description: Purpose is to trend vegetation toward desired conditions per Forest Plan, reduce risk of stand-replacing fire, improve wildlife habitat condition, improve and maintain Meadow Canyon riparian ecosystem.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47244
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Kane. LEGAL - Not Applicable T39S, R4W, S 3,6,7,8,10,17,18,19,20; T39S, R4.5W, S 1,12,13,14,23,24; T38S, R4W, S 33, SLB&M.
Lookout Point Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
09/05/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Paul Hancock
435-676-9301
phancock@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct analysis based on approving a Plan of Operations to Lookout Point Mining Company of Panguitch, Utah, to mine a diatomaceous earth deposit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48895
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T36S R4.5W, section 4 Located in Garfield County, Utah within T36S R4.5W, section 4, approximately 5 miles northeast of Hatch, Utah, just off FS road 31145.
Powell Travel Management Project
EIS

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/08/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2016
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Keith Gustafson
435-676-9354
keithgustafson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest is proposing to revise its system of motorized roads and trails. Some of the activities are proposed in Inventoried Roadless Areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44203
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Kane, Piute. LEGAL - Not Applicable Powell Ranger District
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