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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- Los Padres National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Los Padres National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District
- Los Padres National Forest, Mt. Pinos Ranger District
- Los Padres National Forest, Ojai Ranger District
- Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara Ranger District
- Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia Ranger District


Los Padres 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
AT&T California Master Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us
Description: AT&T requests to renew & consolidate all existing linear rights-of-way special use authorizations into 1 master permit for a 30-yr. term. Existing facilities are on the Monterey, Santa Lucia, Mt. Pinos & Ojai Districts. One line is in Black Mt. IRA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38986
Location: UNIT - Los Padres National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura. LEGAL - Multiple locations in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles & Kern Counties Telephone communication line - linear rights-of-way - across all districts except Santa Barbara Ranger District
Los Padres Tamarisk Removal
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
02/16/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Lloyd Simpson
805-646-4348 ex. 316
lsimpson@fs.fed.us
Description: An effort to remove tamarisk from all watersheds where it occurs in the Los Padres National Forest. For the targeted waterways, project is in or adjacent to the Sespe-Frazier, Juncal, Camuesa, and La Brea IRA's.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28147
Location: UNIT - Los Padres National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable Piru Creek, Sespe Creek, Lockwood Creek, Santa Ynez River, Sisquoc River, Arroyo Seco River Watersheds along stream channels
Los Padres 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
PGE Master Distribution Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us
Description: Pacific Gas & Electric application to consolidate and renew 8 existing authorizations for existing distribution facilities for a 50-yr term. All lines are 12 kv and have a total length of 8.2 miles occupying 35 acres. In or adjacent to Tequepas IRA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=15784
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District, Santa Barbara Ranger District, Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Multiple locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties Tepusquet Pk, Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara Cyn, Tequepis Cynn, Santa Ynez Pk, Raterlee-Cerro Alto, W Cuesta Pk, Rincanada Mine
PGE Master Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us
Description: PGE application to renew & consolidate 8 existing use authorizations for existing distribution facilities that generally serve a single facility into a single master permit for a 30-yr term. In or adjacent to Black Mtn., Garcia Mtn, & Fox Mtn. IRA's.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=15791
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District, Santa Lucia Ranger District, Santa Barbara Ranger District, Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Multiple locations in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties West Camino Cielo, Figueroa Mtn, Olive Cyn, Plowshare Pk, Salmon Cr, Lakes of Monterey Co, Vaqueros Pk, E&W Cuesta, Black Mtn, Lopez, Avenales, LaPanza
Zaca and Piru Fire Burn Area Level 3 Trail Maintenance
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Kyle Kinports
805-961-5710
kkinports@fs.fed.us
Description: Trails within the burned areas have been damaged by erosion resultant from the removal of native vegetation by the fires. The purpose of this project is to repair heavily damaged trail sections through reconstruction and rerouting.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43375
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District, Ojai Ranger District, Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara, Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable Zaca Fire and Piru Fire burn areas
Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abbott Lakes Restoration
EA
- Watershed management In Progress
Comment Period
10/24/2013
Expected: 07/2015 10/2015 Peter Harris
831-385-5434 x228
peterharris@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-fill lower lake to provide year-round available water for use in emergency wildfire situations
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34427
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey. LEGAL - T19S, R4E, Section 36, SE 1/4 Los Padres National Forest System lands, Monterey Ranger District, Monterey County, California
Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
12/28/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Jeff Kwasny
831-667-1126
jkwasny@fs.fed.us
Description: To re-establish and maintain 24.1 miles of historically used fuelbreaks-all of which originated as firelines-within the wildland urban interface threat zones on NFS lands; approximately 7.5 miles within wilderness and 16.6 miles outside of wilderness
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40713
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey. LEGAL - Portions of T18S, R2E, 3E, 4E; T20S, R2E, 3E; Mount Diablo Meridian Monterey County, California, on the northern portion of the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest
Sudden Oak Death Prevention Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 Jeff Kwasny
831-667-1126
jkwasny@fs.fed.us
Description: Selectively remove bay and tanoak trees in Bottchers, Ponderosa, and Nacimiento campgrounds to prevent dispersion of disease spores to adjacent disease-vulnerable native oak trees. Treat cut stems with herbicide to prevent re-sprouting.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46465
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bottchers Gap Campground located at top of Palo Colorado; Ponderosa and Nacimiento Campgrounds located along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.
Los Padres National Forest, Mt. Pinos Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
DWR Gauge and Road Maintenance
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Permit to the Department of Water Resources for use of a water flow gauge on Piru Creek and the maintenance of the Hardluck Road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27975
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Los Angeles, Ventura. LEGAL - Black Mountain Quad T 7N, R 19W, sections 13, 24 SBBM Hardluck road and Piru Creek, east of Hardluck Campground
Southern California Gas Company's Line 8109 Pipeline Exposure Repair Project - Phase 2
CE
- Special use management
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us
Description: The action is to repair a 20-inch high pressure gas pipeline within an unnamed tributary to the Cuyama River. The action includes replacing 74 feet of mostly exposed pipleine with 83 linear feet of underground pipeline.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46310
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located within an unnamed tributary to the Cuyama River (T8N, R24W, Section 34). Access to the site is off State Highway 33,4.6 mile northwest of the Lockwood Valley Road intersection.
Los Padres National Forest, Ojai Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Applications for Permit to Drill (APD's) in the Sespe Oil Field
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us
Description: Seneca Resources is requesting to drill 8 oil and gas wells at 4 existing well pads, installation of 7,960 feet of new pipeline, a 400 barrel emergency tank, a transfer pump, three pressure vessels, and 2 master headers in the Sespe Oil Field.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43309
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T5N, R19W, Section 29, SBBM The 4-proposed pads to be drilled are about 5 miles north of Fillmore in the Sespe oil field. All located in Sec.29, T.5N, R.19W, SBBM.
Blue Point Campground and Day Use Removal and Restoration Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Facility management
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/23/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Erik Van Walden
805-961-5757
evanwalden@fs.fed.us
Description: The Ojai Ranger District proposes to decommission the campground and infrastructure (roads, campsites, cement creek crossing, and rip-rap bank protection) utilizing heavy equipment to remove infrastructure and restore area to natural conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45029
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - SW1/4, Sec. 10, T5N R18W SBBM The Blue Point Campground and Day Use Area Removal and Restoration Project (Blue Point Project) is located 13 miles north of Piru, California and 2 miles north of Piru Reservoir in Ventura County, CA.
Seneca 2013 Pipeline Relocation Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue a SUP for an existing six inch gas pipeline for a new term allowing relocation of a segment of the line and installation of an inspection device launcher on the line.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42747
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Sections 28, 29, 31, 32 & 33, T.5N., R.19W., SBM The project is in the Sespe Oil Field located about 5 miles north of Fillmore.
Seneca Pipeline Special Use Permits Renewal
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of two new special use permits for a new term to replace two expired special use permits with only administrative changes. There are no changes to the authorized facilities or increase in the scope or intensity of activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42694
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Sections 29, 30, 31, 32 & 33, T.5 N., R. 19 W., SBM The project is located 5 miles north of Fillmore in the Sespe oil field.
Seneca weeper dams maintenance project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2015
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us
Description: On-going maintenance work on four weeper dams / catchment basins located within the Sespe oil field in order to protect lower habitat in case of oil spill. The total area of all four catchment basins is 0.228 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46180
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable four weeper dams / catchment basins located within Upper Maple Creek, Upper Tar Creek, and two basins within Fourfork Creek in the Sespe oil field.
Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baron Ranch Trail Connector
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
02/05/2015
Expected: 04/2015 08/2015 John Smith
505-842-3362
jsmith03@fs.fed.us
Description: The US Forest Service, on behalf of the Santa Barbara County Trail Council, proposes to construct a 3.5-mile non-motorized trail in the Gaviota region of the Santa Ynez Mountains in the Santa Barbara Front.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35610
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T 5N R 31W Sections 16 and 21 Santa Barbara Ranger Distirct
Happy Canyon Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/31/2011
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 09/2015 11/2015 Valerie Hubbartt
805-967-3481 ext. 254
vhubbartt@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to authorize livestock use on the Happy Canyon Grazing Allotment for a new 10 year Term. This project replaces the prior Happy Canyon Grazing Allotment EA or project number 33801, since that decision was withdrawn. Within De La Guerra IRA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42263
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 31, 32 and 33 Township 7 North, Range 29 West, San Bernardino Base & Meridian, Santa Barbara County, California The allotment project area is located on the Santa Barbara and Santa Lucia Ranger Districts of the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, California.
Santa Barbara Mountain Communities Defense Zone Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 John Smith
805-967-3481 ext 217
jsmith03@fs.fed.us
Description: The Santa Barbara Ranger District proposes to conduct vegetation management to improve defensible space near the communities of Painted Cave, San Marcos Trout Club, Haney Tract, Rosario Park, West Camino Cielo and Refugio Canyon.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44697
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T5N R28W Sections 8, 17, 18, 22, 23 and 27, T5N R32W Sections 16, 17, 18, 22, 23 and 24, T5N R31W Section 13 and T4N R31W Section 7. San Bernardino Base & Meridian, Santa Barbara County, California The mountain communities are located off Painted Cave Road and East Camino Cielo, Highway 154 and Old San Marcos Road, West Camino Cielo, Highway 154 and Stagecoach Road and Refugio Road.
Winchester Canyon Gun Club
EIS
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/27/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2015
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Jeff Bensen
805-961-5744
comments-pacificsouthwest-los-padres-santa-barbara@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to issue a permit for ongoing operation of exisitng target range. Previously an EA (project #2147) overturned on appeal. Project is in or adjacent to Tequepis IRA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39054
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Sec 18 & 19 T5N, R28W; Sec 13 & 24 T5N, R 29W, SBM West of Hwy 154 on W. Camino Cielo, 5 mi. north of Goleta.
Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
El Dorado Broadcasters, LLC Tower Replacement and Building Upgrade - Cuesta Peak Communications Site
CE
- Facility management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us
Description: El Dorado Broadcasters, LLC has requested authorization to replace a 55 ft. wooden pole with a 200 ft. self-supporting transmitter tower and upgrade the existing 18x18 ft. concrete block building located at Cuesta Peak Communications Site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36869
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo. LEGAL - Section 35, T29S, R12E, MDBM Cuesta Communication Site
PGE Master Transmission Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us
Description: Pacific Gas & Electric application to consolidate and renew 8 existing authorizations for existing transmission facilities for a 50-yr term. Relisted as CE because preliminary results of resource surveys show no significant effects.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=15774
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T28S-32S, R11-13E, R15-18E, MDM and T12N, R31W, SBM Diablo, Gates, Midway,Temblor, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Atascadero, Cayucos, Morro Bay
Porter, Pine Canyon and South Fork La Brea Grazing Allotments
EIS
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Melody Fountain
805-925-9538 ext 214
mfountain@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to authorize continued grazing on the Porter, Pine Canyon and South Fork La Brea Allotments for a new 10 year term. This project is located within five IRA's; Horseshoe Spring, La Brea, Miranda Pine, Spoor Canyon, and Tepusquet Peak.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40807
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T32S, R17 &18E, MDM and T9,10,11&12N, R30,31 &32W SBM Los Padres National Forest, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, California. Approximately 20 miles east of Santa Maria.
Pozo/La Panza OHV Trail Re-route and Restoration Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2013
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Alicia Sanchez
805-925-9538 ext. 235
aliciasanchez@fs.fed.us
Description: The USFS in partnership with the Central Coast Motorcycle Association, proposes to re-route 11-12 motorized trails in the Pozo/La Panza area in order to reduce soil erosion and sediment delivery as well as improve OHV trail system usability.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45928
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo. LEGAL - Sections 25, 26, 27, T29S, R15E; Sections 20, 21, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, T29S, R16E; Section 3, T30S, R16E. The project location is approximately 17 miles east of the Santa Margarita community and south of Highway 58 and is within the Pozo/ La Panza Place and has a Land-Use Zone of Back Country.
Union Pacific Railroad Communication Site Improvements - Tassajera Communications Site
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us
Description: Union Pacific Railroad proposes to remove existing 8'x20' building, replace with a 10'x18' building, fence area, pour four concrete pads: 12'x20', 2'x4', 4'x6', and 3'x8' for building & entrance, generator & propane tank at Tassajera Communications
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39722
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo. LEGAL - Section 20, T29S, R12E, Mt. Diablo Base & Meridian Tassajera Communications Site
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.