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 Nationwide
- 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 , Dixie National Forest All Units
- Dixie National Forest , Escalante Ranger District
- Dixie National Forest , Pine Valley Ranger District
- Dixie National Forest , Powell Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
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. Objection Period Legal Notice
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
Henry Knolls North Vegetation Treatment
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 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.
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 12/2016 05/2017 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.
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.
Indian Hollow Road Stream Crossings
CE
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/21/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Michael Golden
435-865-3726
mgolden@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of effective stream crossings at three locations on Indian Hollow Road. Structures may include bridge, culvert or other variations necessary to protect fisheries and riparian vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42926
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T34S,R6W, Sec 18; SLB&M. Approximately 8 miles west of Panguitch, Utah.
Little Creek-Red Creek Vegetation Treatment
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- 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.
Sawyer Point Vegetation Treatment
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 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 , Dixie National Forest All Units R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pacificorp dba Rocky Mountain Power Underground Power Line Extension Brian Head New Ski Lift Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Pamela Gilbert
435-865-3200
pjgilbert@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose and need of this project is to authorize PacifiCorp dba Rocky Mountain Power a Special Use Permit for the extension of their current underground power line to provide power to the new Brian Head Resort ski lift.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44639
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - Township 36 South, Range 9 West, Section 11, S.L.M., East Quarter Corner, Salt Lake Baseline and Meridian Brian Head Ski Resort is located on the Cedar City Ranger District within the Dixie National Forest, approximately 12 miles south of Parowan, Utah.
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.
Citation Oil Special Use Permit Reissue
CE
- Special use management In Progress

08/28/2013
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Leslie Fonger
435-676-9360
lesliefonger@fs.fed.us
Description: A Special Use Permit to Citation Oil for the maintenance and operation of an oil pipeline and telephone line across National Forest System Lands is expired and needs to be analyzed for the purpose of issuing a new Special Use Permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41808
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T36S, R1E, Sections 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 30; SLB&M Dixie National Forest, Garfield County, Utah, approx. 6,000 feet elevation
East Zone Minerals Source Sites
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
05/06/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
07/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Brooke Shakespeare
435-826-5434
bshakespeare@fs.fed.us
Description: The Escalante and Powell ranger districts propose to analyze the expansion and development of mineral material pits to respond to mineral material needs of the Forest for the next 15-20 years. The project is consistent with 36 CFR 2850.2 and .3(2).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40233
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. Various locations throughout the Escalante and Powell ranger districts
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
07/21/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
09/2014
Expected: 12/2014 05/2015 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. Restore and invigorate riparian vegetation along Hall Creek.
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).
Upper Valley Landscape Improvement Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
03/28/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
08/2014
Expected: 11/2014 04/2015 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.
Pine Valley Fuelbreak Improvement
EIS
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
10/2014
Expected: 09/2015 02/2016 Joseph Harris
435-652-3172
jrharris@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvement of existing fuelbreak around community of Pine Valley, UT. Activities include removal of invading woody speies (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; T39S, R15W, SLBM. Surrounding Community of Pine Valley, UT.
Pine Valley Trails Improvement
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 10/2014 04/2015 Justin Laycock
435-652-3124
jlaycock@fs.fed.us
Description: Heavy maintenance and reconstruction of portions of Forsyth, Canal, Whipple and Mill Canyon hiking trails. Reroute of some segments due to terrain, summer home proximity and avalanche activity.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42920
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T39S, R14W, Sec 1,2,11; T39S, R15W, Sec 4-7, SLB&M. Adjacent to the town of Pine Valley and Pine Valley Recreation Area.
Pinto Road DFS and Restoration
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
10/2014
Expected: 09/2015 02/2016 Joseph Harris
435-652-3172
jrharris@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
Alton Motorized Access
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Joseph Rechsteiner
801-676-9320
jrechsteiner@fs.fed.us
Description: Designate motorized use on an existing 2.8-mile route from the area of Alton, UT, located in Kane County, to Robinson Canyon Trailhead and construct about 2 miles of non-motorized Grand View Trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40218
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Kane. LEGAL - R5W T39S Sections 3, 9, 10,15 and 16, SLBM Water Canyon to Robinson Cyn Trailhead
Powell Travel Management Project
EA
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 Keith Gustafson
435-676-9354
keithgustafson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Powell Ranger District is proposing to update its system of motorized roads and trails by constructing or designating new roads and motorized trails; and relocating, upgrading, or decommissioning some existing roads and trails.
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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