Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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

   *UPDATED*
- 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
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.
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
Henrie Knolls North Vegetation Treatment
EA

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/10/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 Peter Goetzinger
435-865-3271
pgoetzinger@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat forest vegetation ground, ladder and crown fuels in areas surrounding private subdivisions in order to enhance fire prevention and fire control.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42922
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T36S,R8W,Secs 25-27,36; T36S,R7W,Secs 20,29-34; T37S,R8W,Secs 1,2 ;T37S, R7W,Secs 3-10,13-17,20-23,27-33; SLB&M. Approximately 8 miles north of Duck Creek Village, Utah.
Ikes Valley Vegetation Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 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.
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
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
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.
Mammoth Creek Fish Barriers
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2015
Actual: 07/23/2015
08/2015 Michael Golden
435-865-3726
mgolden@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to maintain and enhance the status of Bonneville cutthroat trout in Mammoth Creek drainage.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46563
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron. LEGAL - T36S, R7W, Section 31 and T36S, R8W, Sections 14, 23, 26, 28, 29, SLB&M Mammoth Creek is a major tributary to the Sevier River in the Upper Sevier River 6th field Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) watershed.
Navajo Cinder Pit Reclamation Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Heritage resource management
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/13/2015
Expected: 09/2015 03/2016 Susan Baughman
435-865-3703
sbaughman@fs.fed.us
Description: Reclaim the 4.95 acre Navajo Cinder Pit. The proposed action is to re-contour the current cut slopes to a more natural slope along the base of the pit, place fill and growth medium on the surface of the re-contoured slopes, and restore vegetation
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47515
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Kane. LEGAL - Not Applicable T38S, R8W, Section 9NE; SLB&M: North of Utah State Route (SR) 14 adjacent to Forest Service Road #30383.
Sawyer Point Vegetation Treatment
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2015
Actual: 07/23/2015
08/2015 Eric Eastep
435-865-3278
eeastep@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation treatments to improve habitat and veg conditions
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37386
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Kane. LEGAL - T37S, R6W, Sec 31-34; T38S, R6W, Sec 3-6. Approximately 6 miles northeast of Duck Creek Village, UT.
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.
Lower Box Trailhead Relocation
EA
- Road management
- Recreation 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)
Mitchell Spring Vegetation Improvement Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
07/21/2014
Expected: 11/2015 11/2015 Dean Dolatta
435-826-5423
ddolatta@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve forest health by removing dead/dying Douglas fir and restore aspen and ponderosa pine stands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40232
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T 34N R 1W, Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24,25, 26, & 27; T 34N R 1E Sections7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 30 The upper portion of the Birch Creek Watershed, adjacent to Main Canyon Road (FH 17) and downslope from Griffen Top Road (FR 140).
Ranch Creek Watershed and Riparian Improvement Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2015
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 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.
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

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/20/2013
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 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 Hiway 12.
Dixie National Forest, Pine Valley Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BLM Wild Horse Management NEPA
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Eric Eastep
435-865-3278
eeastep@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.
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron, Washington. Western Iron and Washington Counties.
Cottonwood Spring Pipeline Extension CE
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/03/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Randolph Beckstrand
435-652-3101
rbeckstrand@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve an existing water development in one pasture within the East Pinto Allotment. The existing water development would be improved by extending the Cottonwood Spring pipeline and adding a stockwater trough in an advantageous location.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47444
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable North Richie Pasture, East Pinto Allotment
Grass Creek Watershed Restoration
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
09/2015
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 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
Mountain Meadows Massacre Permit Reissuance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 Pamela Gilbert
435-865-3200
pjgilbert@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will re-issue the Mountain Meadows Massacre special use permit to Utah State Parks and Recreation and construct 4 information signs, 2 kiosks, and a vault toilet and improve the parking area at the lower site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46562
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - Township 38 South, Range 16 West, Section15, 21, 22, Salt Lake Meridian. Mountain Meadows Massacre site is located approximately four miles north of Central, Utah, on the east side of State Highway 18.
Pine Valley Fuelbreak Improvement
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Skeet Houston
435-865-4655
sdhouston@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvement of existing fuelbreak around community of Pine Valley, UT. Activities include removal of invading woody species (primarily juniper),widening, seeding and construction of 12-18" fireline. 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 Road DFS and Restoration
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2015
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Skeet Houston
435-865-4655
sdhouston@fs.fed.us
Description: WUI fuels reduction, winter range enhancement, grass and forbe diversity improvement, dispersed campsite and watershed management in Pinto Road and Pinto to New Castle road corridors.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44562
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - 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 Management Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
08/2015
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 Mark Carrara
435-865-3224
mcarrara@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.
Powell Travel Management Project
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Road management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/08/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 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
South Central Utah Telephone Association Special Use Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
02/25/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 Paul Hancock
435-676-9301
phancock@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the South Central Utah Telephone Association Special Use Project is to improve communication in the project area, update the Association's permit and reissue their permit for a new term.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46245
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.