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)
- Manti-La Sal National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Manti-La Sal National Forest, Ferron Ranger District
- Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab Ranger District
- Manti-La Sal National Forest, Monticello Ranger District
- Manti-La Sal National Forest, Sanpete 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.
Manti-La Sal National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Manti-La Sal National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
06/2017
Expected: 12/2019 01/2020 Tami Conner
435-636-3504
tamiconner@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Plan Revision.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50121
Location: UNIT - Manti-La Sal National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado, Utah. COUNTY - Carbon, Emery, Grand, Juab, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Utah, Mesa, Montrose. LEGAL - Not Applicable Manti-La Sal National Forest in Central and Southeastern Utah and Western Colorado.
Manti-La Sal National Forest, Ferron Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Deer Creek Mine Closure Water Pipeline
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/14/2016
Expected: 12/2016 12/2016 Jeffrey Salow
435-637-2817
jsalow@fs.fed.us
Description: PacifiCorp submitted and application for a pipeline to convey intercepted groundwater from the Portals in Rilda Canon to a permitted discharge location at the Huntington Power plant to allow for final closure and reclamation of the mine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49573
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Emery County Utah. The pipeline would be constructed along National Forest System Road 50246 (Emery County Road 306) and State Hwy 31.
Joe's Valley Recreation and Bouldering Area
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
05/28/2015
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Greg Montgomery
435-636-3348
gmontgomery@fs.fed.us
Description: Bouldering and camping at Joe's Valley have contributed to recreation resource impacts throughout the area. The purpose is to mitigate current impacts to soil and vegetation while providing quality recreation opportunities and protecting resources.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46836
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Straight Canyon along Utah Highway 29, Cottonwood Canyon along Forest Road 50040, and Grimes Wash near Utah Highway 57. These areas are located in Townships 17 and 18 South, Range 6 and 7 East. Straight and Cottonwood Canyons west of Orangeville, Utah
Liberty Pioneer Energy Source, Inc. Middle Mountain Unit #1. O and G lease UT-8735
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2015
Expected: 01/2017 07/2017 Kyle Beagley
435-636-3577
kbeagley@fs.fed.us
Description: FS will evaluate the Application for Permit to Drill and Surface Use Plan of Operation. The FS will analyze the environmental impacts of the proposal on non-mineral resources and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and the Manti-La Sal LRMP
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47784
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Emery County in the NE 1/4 SW 1/4 of Section 29, Township16 South, Range 6 East, SLB&M. The site is 17 miles northwest of Orangeville, UT. State Road (SR) 29 and existing Forest Service Roads (FSR) Millers Flat (50014) and Lowry Water (50038) provide access to Middle Mountain Unit #1
Long Four S&G (Clay Banks, Olsen Bench, Ridley Ridge, & Becks Ridge) Grazing Allotments Analysis
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
01/22/2013
Expected: 02/2017 05/2017 Darren Olsen
435-384-2372
dgolsen@fs.fed.us
Description: In response to the 1995 Rescission Act, the Ferron Ranger District will complete analysis of grazing activities on the Clay Banks, Olsen Bench, Ridley Ridge, and Becks Ridge Sheep & Goat Grazing Allotments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37582
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Carbon, Emery. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is about 15 miles northwest of Castle Dale, UT; situated on the east slope of the Wasatch Plateau, extending from Skyline Ridge southeastward to Joes Valley Reservoir.
Middle Mountain Unit #1 APD
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Kyle Beagley
435-636-3577
kbeagley@fs.fed.us
Description: Application for permit to drill (APD) for oil & gas exploration
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lowry Watershed on the Ferron Ranger District, Middle Mountain, Wasatch Plateau, in Emery County.
Potters Canyon Veratrum Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
08/09/2016
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Michael Scottorn
435-283-4151
mscottorn@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is evaluating a proposal to gather the roots of Veratrum californium for pharmaceutical research.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50091
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - T15S, R5E section 25, 36 and T15S, R6E section 31 Potters Canyon
South Horn Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 01/2017 06/2017 Jeff Jewkes
435-636-3592
jjewkes@fs.fed.us
Description: The Manti-La Sal National Forest proposes to remove invading pinyon and Utah juniper in the South Horn area to improve habitat for greater sage-grouse. Removal of PJ will emphasize retention of healthy sagebrush areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50592
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Not Applicable South Horn
Trail Mountain Wildlife Habitat Enhancement and Aspen Regeneration Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/08/2016
Expected: 02/2017 05/2017 Russell Bigelow
928-333-6247
rbigelow@fs.fed.us
Description: The Ferron/Price Ranger District on the Manti-La Sal NF proposes to prescribe burn approximately 4,004 acres within a 17,115 project area to regenerate aspen, improve wildlife habitat, protect watershed values, and reduce hazardous fuel conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48869
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Township 16S Range 6E Sections 22, 27, 28, 33-35; Township 17S Range 6E Sections 2-5, 8-11, 14-29, 32-35; Township 18S Range 6E Section 1-5, 11, and 12, Salt Lake Meridian Located on the Ferron/Price Ranger District Manti-La Sal National Forest in Emery County, Utah. The project is approximately 10 miles northwest of Orangeville, Utah.
Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2016 Priority Use Special Recreation Use Permit Renewals and Modifications
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Autumn Ela
435-636-3335
aela@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluation of the SUP renewal and modification requests for existing permits including rock climbing, horseback tours, outfitting and guiding, and mountain biking.
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Grand, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable In the La Sal Mountains.
2016 Temporary 1 Year Special Recreation Use Permits
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Autumn Ela
435-636-3335
aela@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluation of Temporary 1 year SUPs for the Moab and Monticello Districts including Outfitters and Guides, events, ect.
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Grand, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout the Moab Monticello District on the Manti La Sal National Forest.
Emery Telecom - Bald Mesa
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2016
Actual: 10/28/2016
11/2016 Anita Jones
435-636-3556
anitajones@fs.fed.us
Description: The FS will analyze Emery telecom proposal to install a fiber optic telecommunications cable and facilities to upgrade services to an existing cell tower. Approximately 6.5 miles of cable would be placed on existing powerline poles across NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49951
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Grand. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bald Mesa Area
La Sal Mines Complex
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
02/22/2011
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016
435-636-3577
kbeagley@fs.fed.us
Description: Denison Mines submitted a Plan of Operations Amendment for four underground uranium mines, known as the La Sal Mines Complex, to the BLM and Forest Service for approval. The BLM will act as lead agency with the Forest Service as a cooperating agency
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34565
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - San Juan. LEGAL - Section 5, T29S R 25E Located approximately 3 miles east of La Sal.
Rocky Mtn Power South Zone SUP Reissuances
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2016
Expected: 12/2016 02/2017 Anita Jones
435-636-3556
anitajones@fs.fed.us
Description: The FS will analyze reissuing two special use permits to PacificCorp/Rocky Mountain Power for maintenance and operation of their Harley Dome to Castleton (Rattlesnake) powerline ROW and their Small Pine Ridge Powerline ROW.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49952
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District, Monticello Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Grand, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Existing powerlines in Moab and Monticello area
Manti-La Sal National Forest, Monticello Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Maverick Point Forest Health Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Fuels management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/14/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Greg Montgomery
435-636-3348
gmontgomery@fs.fed.us
Description: Project designed to increase the resistance and resilience of vegetation communities & watersheds to climate change stressors, promotes a sustainable/manageable road system, reclaims abandoned uranium mine adits/waste & restores spring/headcut areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41154
Location: UNIT - Monticello Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - San Juan. LEGAL - T33S, R20E & R21E and T34S, R20E & R21E, SLM. The project area is an area of about 17,000 acres, located about 14 miles from Blanding, Utah, and 14 miles from Monticello, Utah in the Abajo Mountains. Maverick Point and Chippean Rocks area.
Manti-La Sal National Forest, Sanpete Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Twelve Mile Restoration
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/26/2014
Expected: 01/2017 05/2017 Bill Broadbear
435-636-3516
bbroadbear@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop sustainable, resource sensitive transportation routes to camping and staging areas.Contain motorized use at many dispersed campsites, modify some and close others. Provide additional camping and trail opportunities to meet user demands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43989
Location: UNIT - Sanpete Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Sanpete. LEGAL - Not Applicable Twelve Mile Canyon, Manti-La Sal National Forest.
Willow Fuels Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
02/28/2013
Expected: 04/2017 06/2017 Diane Cote
(435) 636-3320
dcote@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce the probability of a high severity wildfire that is difficult to control; and reduce the negative consequences of a fire on the soil and vegetation resources in the area. Need: The current vegetation communities are in a condition that a
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40861
Location: UNIT - Sanpete Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Sanpete. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed Willow Project area is located 2 miles east of Ephraim, Utah.
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