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 in more than one Region (excluding 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, Escalante Ranger District
- Dixie National Forest, Pine Valley Ranger District
- Dixie National Forest, Powell Ranger District


Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
11/21/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2018
Expected: 01/2019 02/2019 John Shivik
801-625-5667
johnashivik@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.
Web Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=stelprd3843381
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest All Units, Ashley National Forest All Units, Boise National Forest All Units, Bridger-Teton National Forest All Units, Dixie National Forest All Units, Fishlake National Forest All Units, Manti-La Sal National Forest All Units, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Caribou-Targhee National Forest All Units, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest All Units, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache All Units. STATE - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Adams, Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Fremont, Madison, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Churchill, Clark, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lincoln, Nye, Pershing, Washoe, White Pine, 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, Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, Sublette, Teton, Weston, Jackson, Moffat, Routt. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sagebrush lands in National Forests of Nevada, Utah, southern Idaho, southwest Montana, southwest & south-central Wyoming and northern Colorado.
R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Transwest Express 600 kV Direct Current Powerline (TWE)
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/13/2017
Expected: 05/2017 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
Brian Head Fire Rehabilitation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
12/20/2017
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Adam Howes
435-865-3793
ahowes@fs.fed.us
Description: In the summer of 2017 the Brian Head fire burned more than 71,000 acres of private, state, and federal land. This project focuses on rehabilitation for the burned area and areas immediately adjacent.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52918
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located within Iron and Garfield County Utah. The project boundary extends from the town of Brian head East to Panguitch Lake and Highway 143 North towards Upper Bear Valley.
Duck Creek Townsite Act Land Conveyance
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management In Progress
Comment Period
10/18/2017
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 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 69 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.
Highway 143 and Forest Service Road 050 Salvage Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
10/20/2017
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 Richard Jaros
435-865-3722
sjaros@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage of merchantable dead Ponderosa Pine, Fir and Spruce that were burnt in wildfire. Salvage areas are in close proximity of the roadway and may pose a safety hazard. They also have economic value before they succumb to insect and disease.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52733
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron. LEGAL - T35S, R08W, Sections 25, 26; T36S, R08W, Sections 25, 26; and T36S, R07W, Section 30 Cedar City Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest in Iron and Garfield County, Utah. The project area is located southeast of Brian Head, Utah and northwest of Panguitch Lake along Highway 143 and Forest Service Road 050
Ikes Valley Vegetation Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2018
Actual: 01/02/2018
01/2018 Jennifer Green
435-865-3729
jennifergreen@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.
Upper Midway Salvage Project
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
06/20/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Richard Jaros
435-865-3722
sjaros@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage of 168 acres of dead (beetle killed) spruce using tractor logging, mechanical harvest equipment and whole tree removal. Slash would be available as biomass or fuel load. Slash at landing burned through a burn plan. Replanting if needed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52049
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T37S, R9W, within parts of Section 22, 23 and 26 The Upper Midway Salvage Project analysis area is located approximately 20 miles east of Cedar City, Utah near the junction of State Highway 14 and 148. The project is located on the Markagunt plateau at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet.
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
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A 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.
Jacob's Valley Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
11/23/2016
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 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.
Ranch Creek Watershed and Riparian Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
12/12/2017
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 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.
South Central Communications Upper Boulder Fiber Optic Project
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 Adam Howes
435-865-3793
ahowes@fs.fed.us
Description: South Central Communications is proposing to construct, operate and maintain a telecommunications system north of Boulder on Hwy 12. Project components include placement of fiber and installation of access vaults, needed for improved services.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52863
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T 33 S, R 4 E, sections 2,11,14 and 23 The project is located in rights-of-way administered by the National Forest Service, UDOT and private property, from the town of Boulder to the Boulder King Ranch Estates turnoff.
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
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/31/2017
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 08/2018 08/2018 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 regeneration, 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
North Hills Wild Horse Management Plan
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
01/2018
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Joseph Rechsteiner
801-676-9320
jrechsteiner@fs.fed.us
Description: Collaborative analysis for continued wild horse management in southern Utah lands administered by USDI Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service-Dixie National Forest.
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
Pinto Watershed and Defensible Fire Space Improvement Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/06/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 Adam Howes
435-865-3793
ahowes@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 - T37S R13W, T37S R14W, T37S R15W, T37.5S R14W, T38S R14W, and T38S R15W of the Salt Lake Base and Meridian. 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
Mud Springs Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
10/10/2017
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 Jake Schoppe
435-676-9341
jschoppe@fs.fed.us
Description: Protect and restore sage-steppe habitats for the benefit of the threatened Utah prairie dog and the Forest Service sensitive sage-grouse. Restore watershed conditions to facilitate improved wildlife habitat effectiveness. Reduce encroaching conifers.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52595
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T34S, R04W, Sections 32-35; T34S, R03W, Sections 31-34; T35S, R04W, Sections 1-36; and T35S, R03W, Sections 3-10, 15-19, 30 and 31. The project area is located east of Panguitch, north of Highway 12, and east of Johns Valley Road.
Powell Travel Management Project
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Road management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/08/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2018
Expected: 11/2018 11/2018 Paul Hancock
435-676-9301
phancock@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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