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)
- R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Inyo National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Inyo National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Inyo National Forest , Inyo National Forest All Units
- Inyo National Forest , Mammoth Ranger District
- Inyo National Forest , Mono Ranger District
- Inyo National Forest , Mount Whitney Ranger District
- Inyo National Forest , White Mountain Ranger District


Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA)
EIS
- Land management planning On Hold N/A N/A Donald Yasuda
916-640-1168
dyasuda@fs.fed.us
Description: Prepare a narrowly focused analysis to comply with two orders issued by the Eastern District Court of California on November 4, 2009. Correct the 2004 SNFPA Final SEIS to address range of alternatives and analytical consistency issues.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/snfpa/2010seis
Location: UNIT - Carson Ranger District, Bridgeport Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest All Units, Inyo National Forest All Units, Lassen National Forest All Units, Modoc National Forest All Units, Plumas National Forest All Units, Sequoia National Forest All Units, Sierra National Forest All Units, Stanislaus National Forest All Units, Tahoe National Forest All Units, Lake Tahoe Basin Mgt Unit. STATE - California, Nevada. COUNTY - Douglas, Esmeralda, Mineral, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yuba. LEGAL - Along the Sierra Nevada Range, from the Oregon/California border south to Lake Isabella as well as lands in western Nevada. Sierra Nevada National Forests
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mammoth Base Area Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
07/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us
Description: Exchange of approximately 21 acres of National Forest System land, currently under special use authorization to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, located near the Main Lodge north of Highway 203 for approximately 1,500 acres of land in California.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30428
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District, White Mountain Ranger District, Mount Whitney Ranger District, Mt. Hough Ranger District, Mi-Wok Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono, Plumas, Tuolumne. LEGAL - Land to be exchanged is located in T.3S, R. 27E., Sec 30, MDM. Proposal includes the addition of non-federal parcels to the Inyo, Plumas, and Stanislaus National Forests in California Main Lodge, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
Inyo National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Closure of Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Habitat to Pack Goat Use
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
09/12/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Leeann Murphy
760-873-5865
lbmurphy@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will address potential disease transmission from pack goat use on the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. This project is a continuation of a previous closure which has expired.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40094
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project includes the 11 SNBS herd units located on the Inyo NF.
Issuance of 10 Year Priority Use Outfitter/Guide Fishing Permits
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Jon Kazmierski
760-924-5503
jkazmierski@fs.fed.us
Description: Trips to: Lee Vining Cr., June Lake Loop, Big Springs, Deadman Cr., Mammoth Lakes Basin, Middle Fork San Joaquin, Sotcher Lake, Starkweather Lake, Hot Creek, Convict Lake, McGee Cr., Rock Cr., Rock Cr. Lake, Pine Cr., Bishop Cr., No. Lk., So. Lk.
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Madera, Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable See Project Description
Land and Resource Management Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est.
07/2014
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 Debra Schweizer
760-873-2427
debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
Description: Revision of the 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan under the provisions of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/inyo/landmanagement/planning
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California, Nevada. COUNTY - Esmeralda, Mineral, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, Mono, Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forestwide
Inyo National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sierra Mountain Center Guided Mountain Biking
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Carmen John
760-873-2510
cjohn@fs.fed.us
Description: To authorize guided mountain biking activities on authorized National Forest System roads and trails. Authorized activity will be added to current priority use special use permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44071
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District, White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable Authorized National Forest System roads and trails within the areas of Coyote Flat, Upper and Lower Rock Creek Canyon, Black Canyon/Poleta and Papoose Flat (Death Valley Rd. to Mazourka Canyon Rd.).
Three Creeks Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/29/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
08/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Sue Farley
760-924-5535
sfarley@fs.fed.us
Description: The Three Creeks Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Restoration project objective is to provide for healthy forest conditions, promote establishment of old growth and reintroduce fire to the ecosystem.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37712
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District, Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable All proposed treatment units lie within the Mono Lake and Mammoth Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California.
Inyo National Forest , Inyo National Forest All Units R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chispa/Australia Too Mineral Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Margaret Wood
760-876-6227
mwood@fs.fed.us
Description: Process a Plan of Operations for mineral exploration
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - T 12 S, R 35 E, Sect. 26 and T 12 S, R35 E, Sect. 1, and T 12 S, R 36 E, Sect. 6 Mazourka Canyon area
Convict Lake Resort Master Development Plan (formerly Convict Lake Resort Equestrian R.V. Park)
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Jon Kazmierski
760-924-5503
jkazmierski@fs.fed.us
Description: Facilities include 12 RV campsites with hook-ups; 6 temporary day use stalls, expansion of existing tack shed from 225' to 600' sq. ft.; 1,500 sq. ft. recreation building with toliets & showers, game room, laundry; new landscaping
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T.4S., R.28E., Section 14 At existing horse corrals north of Convict Lake Resort
Mammoth Airport Alternate Access Road
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 10/2014 04/2015 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of new southerly access road to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. This road will be constructed from the Benton Crossing Road.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System lands between the Benton Crossing Road and the Mammoth Yosemite Airport
Mammoth Creek Road Crossing Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 08/2015 Todd Ellsworth
760-873-2457
tellsworth@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair/restoration of the crossing of Mammoth Creek and Road 03S09E, off of Highway 203, near the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The road is currently diverting the stream, leading to increased sedimentation into the stream and streambank disturbance.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Township 4S, Range 28E, Section 6 At the crossing of road 03S09E and Mammoth Creek, near the junction of Highway 203 and 395.
Southern Califoria Edison, replacement of the Rhinedollar 12kV line, Upper Lee Vining Canyon
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us
Description: Placement of 1,300 feet of new buried powerline in the upper Highway 120 corridor. Abandonment of 13,200 of corroded buried line.
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDM, T.1N., R.25E., sec 20,29 Upper Lee Vining within the Caltrans Highway 120 right-of-way
Inyo National Forest , Mammoth Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amerigas Project
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us
Description: Install 100 feet of propane pipeline to connect existing pipeline on both ends of existing pipeline. This is the same project as the Rock Creek Energy Project. Rock Creek Energy was purchased by Amerigas.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T3S, R27E, Sec 33 West of John Muir Rd. and ending at 924 Canyon Blvd.
CHP, Rebuild of Communication Site Building and Tower at the Crestview Communication Site
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us
Description: California Highway Patrol has requested to rebuild existing building and install a new 80 foot tower at the Crestview Communications Site. CHP also requires a new Communication Use Lease.
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDB, T.2S., R27E. portion of sec 22 Crestview Communications Site
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Glass Mountain Communication Lease
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of Communication Site Lease to replace expired permit
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDM, T.2S., R.30E. Sec. 18 Glass Mountain Peak, Glass Mountains
Mammoth Community Water District, Permit Issuances
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/02/2012
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of two permits: one for a master permit for all facilities, one for the government-owned Lake Mary Dam.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. various locations adjacent to the Town of Mammoth Lakes, CA
Mammoth Mountain Summer Experience Improvements
EA
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Carmen John
760-924-5518
cjohn@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposal includes trenching to lay electrical conduit and irrigation lines and subsequent backfill and revegetation. Total area 2.7 acres, adjacent to Canyon Lodge. The entire area has been previously disturbed during past development.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T3S, R27E, SE1/4 of the NW 1/4 Section 33 Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Canyon Lodge, slopeside
Reds Meadow Valley Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Sue Farley
760-924-5535
sfarley@fs.fed.us
Description: Hazardous fuels reduction treatments would be designed to provide defensible space at recreation sites and to create a fuelbreak along roads. Fuels treatment activities would include tree thinning, pruning and prescribed burning on approx. 1735 acres
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera, Mono. LEGAL - Portions of Sections 14,15,22,23,25,26,34,35,36 of T3S, R26E & 2,3,11,14 of T4S, R26E & 28,29,30,31,32,33 of T3S, R27E The project area is located in the Reds Meadow Valley, Madera County, CA and includes a corridor along Hwy. 203 from Minaret Vista to Earthquake Fault, Mono County, CA.
Scenic Loop OSV/OHV Staging Areas
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Jon Kazmierski
760-924-5503
jkazmierski@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to improve two off highway vehicle (OHV) and over snow vehicle (OSV) staging areas in areas that have existing, user-created staging areas (just east of Highway 395, lookout loop; and at 3S22, just off the Scenic Loop).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40838
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Site 1: SW1/4 SW1/4 SEC1 T3S R27E Site 2: NE1/4 SW1/4 SEC15 T3S R27E Site 1: Junction of 395 and the Mammoth Scenic Loop - East side of Highway 395 at the intersection with route 3S06. Site 2: Junction of Mammoth Scenic Loop and route 3S22
Southern California Edison Mammoth Distribution Area Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of expired permit for Southern California Edision's electrical distribution lines in the Mammoth Distribution Area.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T.3S., R.28E., MDBM Mammoth Distribution Area, Mammoth Lakes Area
Inyo National Forest , Mono Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Glass Mountain Escarpment Sage-Grouse Habitat Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Richard Perloff
760-924-5508
rperloff@fs.fed.us
Description: Jeffrey pines are encroaching into otherwise suitable sage-grouse habitat, creating perches for raptors which dissuades use by grouse. Jeffrey pines would be felled and limbed using chain-saws and allowed to decay naturally on site.
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T2S, R29E, Sections 22, 25, 26, 27, 36, TS, R30E, Section 31 and T3S, R30E, Section 8 (MDB&M) Southwest escarpment of the Glass Mountains, Mono County, CA.
Inyo National Forest , Mount Whitney Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chispa Mine Operation
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress

02/10/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Casey Shannon
760-873-2407
cshannon@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is a dry placer mining operation using a metal detector. The project will involve moving existing tailing piles left behind early mining activites by means of a Kubota garden tractor and disturbed areas will be reclaimed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42499
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pops Gulch near Santa Rita Flat, Inyo Mountains, Inyo National Forest, Section 1, Township 12s, Range 35e MDM, and Section 6,Township 12s, Range 36e MDM. Approximately 10 miles NE of Independence,CA
Inyo SZ Desert Allotments Grazing Analysis
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/22/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 April Barron
760-924-5532
abarron@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of grazing allotments on the South Zone of the Inyo National Forest, including the Alabama Hills, Ash Creek, George Creek, Olancha, and Tunawee Allotments
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40657
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. Grazing allotments in the southern portion of the Inyo National Forest along the escarpment of the Sierra Nevada
Kern Plateau Grazing Allotments Analysis
EIS
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
04/2014
Expected: 11/2015 05/2016 Lesley Yen
760-873-2524
lyen@fs.fed.us
Description: Review and analysis of the Monache, Mulkey, Templeton and Whitney grazing allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Mt Whitney Ranger District
Web Link: http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34380
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Tulare. Templeton/Whitney Grazing Allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness
Inyo National Forest , White Mountain Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bishop and Pine Creek Fuels Reduction
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Heather Stone
760-873-2561
hestone@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuels reduction to protect communities, facilities, and recreation sites in the Bishop Creek and Pine Creek drainages.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Townships 6-8S, Ranges 30-31E Near communities, developments, and recreation sites in the Bishop and Pine Creek drainages.
Division Creek Pipeline Replacement
EA
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A Margaret Wood
760-876-6227
mwood@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuing LADWP a construction permit for Replacement of Division Creek Pipeline
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along Division Creek approximately 3 miles southwest of the community of Aberdeen.
Sierra Front OHV Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/06/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 11/2014 06/2015 Lesley Yen
760-873-2524
lyen@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore unauthorized routes along the Sierra Escarpment(Bishop to Olancha)that are continuing to cause watershed and vegetation issues.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42877
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along the Sierra Escarpment from Bishop to Olancha
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