Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Sequoia National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Sequoia National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District
- Sequoia National Forest, Kern River Ranger District
- Sequoia National Forest, Tule River Ranger District


R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans Revision
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
08/29/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Nevia Brown
7075629121
neviabrown@fs.fed.us
Description: The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests propose to revise their land management plans as guided by the 2012 Planning Rule
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=3375
Location: LEGAL - Not Applicable Entire Inyo National Forest, entire Sequoia National Forest outside of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, and the Sierra National Forest.
Sequoia 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
COMMUNICATION USE LEASES/PERMIT RENEWAL
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/13/2016
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Art Colson
760-379-5646
acolson@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of multiple communication leases and permits at 33 existing sites on the Sequoia National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50402
Location: UNIT - Sequoia National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern, Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple locations
Sequoia 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
SEQUOIA PRIORITIZED TEN MEADOWS RESTORATION (TEN MEADOWS PROJECT)
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/13/2017
Expected: 10/2017 06/2018 Nina Hemphill
559-784-1500 ext. 1161
nphemphill@fs.fed.us
Description: This project addresses watershed improvement in four meadows (Upper Parker, Lower Parker, Packsaddle, and Last Chance) on Western Divide RD and six meadows (Little Horse, Powell, Granite Knob, Little Troy, Troy, and Jackass) on Kern River RD.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52286
Location: UNIT - Tule River Ranger District, Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable The four WDRD meadows occur in the headwaters of the North Fork of the Kern River, west side of the river. The six KRRD meadows occur in the South Fork of the Kern River headwaters.
SPEAR CREEK ROADSIDE HAZARD TREE MITIGATION
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 George Powell
559-539-2607 x252
gpowell@fs.fed.us
Description: Felling and removing hazard trees along forest roads affected by the Cedar Fire, drought, and bark beetles in the Spear Creek area of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50892
Location: UNIT - Tule River Ranger District, Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern, Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project decision would include forest roads in the Giant Sequoia National Monument affected by the Cedar Fire.
Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BIG STUMP REDWOOD MTN. FUELS RESTORATION PROJECT
EA
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/14/2014
Est. Comment Period
12/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Brian Vasquez
559-338-2251 x 323
bvasquez@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to reduce fuels buildup in a portion of Big Stump Giant Sequoia Grove through prescribed burning to protect nearby facilities and begin reintroducing fire into the grove.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36313
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Tulare. LEGAL - T14S, R28E, MDB&M Portion of Big Stump Grove bisected by State Highway 180, Redwood Mountain Grove,and area in between southwest of Kings Canyon National Park.
ESHOM AREA FUELBREAK MAINTENANCE
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/05/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Marianne Emmendorfer
559-338-2251 x 313
mmemmendorfer@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintain up to 769 acres on 6 existing fuelbreaks in the Eshom portion of the district. Proposed treatments are hand and machine felling hazard trees and piling the material. Piles would be burned.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52193
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable T14-15S,R27-28E, MDB&M
LEFEVER CREEK BRIDGE AND ROAD DECOMMISSIONING
EA
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Marianne Emmendorfer
559-338-2251 x 313
mmemmendorfer@fs.fed.us
Description: Decommission Lefever Creek bridge on Forest Service Road 13S91 by removing the decking, steel girders, and footings of the bridge. This area is closed to the general public and accesses private property. An alternative route provides adequate access.
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Tulare. LEGAL - T12S, R25E, SW1/4 of Section 28 Lefever Creek bridge is located along FS Rd 13S91 in the Pine Flat Reservoir area. This area is closed to the general public and accesses private property.
STONY CREEK LODGE EXPANSION PROJECT (ASILOMAR MGMT COMPANY)
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Special use management
- Facility management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Carol Hallacy
559-338-2251
challacy@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand lodging facilities to 45 rooms at the Stony Creek Lodge, on Generals Highway.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=3387
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Section 33, T.14S., R.29E., MDM. < 5 acres. Stony Creek Lodge special use permit site on Generals Highway.
TENMILE OVERFLOW RESTROOM INSTALLATION
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Carol Hallacy
559-338-2251
challacy@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install a vault toilet in the Tenmile Campground Overflow dispersed camping area to reduce impacts to resources. It would provide a permanent restroom to replace the portable restrooms placed in this area only during peak season use.
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T13S, R28E, MDB&M The dispersed camping area is adjacent to Tenmile Campground on Tenmile Creek.
Sequoia National Forest, Kern River Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
80's MINING PLAN OF OPERATIONS
EA
- Special use management
- Road management
- Minerals and Geology
On Hold N/A N/A Alfred Watson
760-376-3781
awwatson@fs.fed.us
Description: Placer mining operations for the exploration and extraction of gold from the stream channel in Greenhorn Creek and maintenance of the access roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=25625
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Sections 11 & 12, T.27S., R.31E., MDM. Kern County, CA. Greenhorn Creek located in the Greenhorn Mountains, on Kern River Ranger District.
CARVER (Stanley) ROCKHOUSE BASIN ROAD SPECIAL USE PERMIT
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Art Colson
760-379-5646, ext. 562
acolson@fs.fed.us
Description: FLPMA road special use permit (SUP) to be reissued for 10 years, with no changes and no ground disturbing activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=33099
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Sections 26, 27, 34, T23S, R35 E, MDB&M Dome Land Wilderness
GILBERT DITCH ASSOCIATION
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 Art Colson
760-379-5646
acolson@fs.fed.us
Description: Operation and maintenance of a water irrigation ditch
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36451
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Section 10, T25S, R33E, MDB&M Kernville area
KENNY CARVER WATER TRANSMISSION LINE
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 03/2018 04/2018 Art Colson
760-379-5646
acolson@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintenance & operation of a water transmission line (less than 12 inches diameter) and enclosure with reservoir covering 0.04 acres
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36452
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Section 14, T25S, R33E, MDB&M Kernville area
KERN COUNTY BOAT PATROL STATION - SUP
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Art Colson
760-379-5646
acolson@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue new permit for one building (20 ft X 20 ft) and an associated parking area (one acre), to be used in conjuction with boat patrols on Lake Isabella. SUP to be issued for 10 years. (SUP was never issued. Previously under an ACOE lease)
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=24242
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - NW 1/4 Sec. 9, T.26S., R.33E., MDM. Approximately one (1) acre. Kern County. Located near French Gulch Peninsula at Lake Isabella, on the Kern River Ranger District.
KERN VALLEY RIVER COUNCIL SPECIAL USE PERMIT RENEWAL
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Art Colson
760-379-5646
acolson@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of expired special use permit for a 5-year term for the use of the Miracle Hot Springs Day Use Area for teaching and kayak events.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45462
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Section 15, T.27S., R.32E. MDBM On the Kern River near Miracle Hot Springs Day Use Area, adjacent to Hobo Campground off the Old Kern Canyon Road (214).
LUCAS CREEK PROJECT
CE

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- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/02/2017
Expected: 06/2018 09/2018 Keith Stone
760-376-3781
kstone@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove dead and dying trees near homes and roads, reduce fuels buildup
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52489
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Not Applicable Breckenridge Mountain
PIUTE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT
EIS
- Heritage resource management
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Penelope Shibley
760-376-3781 x 650
pshibley@fs.fed.us
Description: A collaborative process to develop a travel management plan for the Piute Mountains area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34119
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Piute Mountains, Sequoia National Forest Piute Mountains, south of Lake Isabella, California.
SIRRETTA PEAK TRAIL
EIS
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Tricia Maki
760-376-3781 ext 630
triciamaki@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of OHV trail as per the Sequoia Land Management Plan Mediated Settlement Agreement. Revised DEIS published August 2002.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=16550
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - T.22-23S., R.34E., MDM. Seven (7) miles. Kern Plateau, Kern River Ranger District.
TAYLOR/LONG GRAZING PROJECT
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
06/03/2014
Expected: 11/2017 01/2018 Steve Anderson
760-376-3781 x. 680
swanderson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to reauthorize an existing grazing permit for the Taylor/Long Allotment located on the Kern Plateau.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40893
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Sections 20 & 23, T24S, R34E, MDB&M Taylor and Long Meadows on the Kern Plateau, accessed from Cherry Hill Road (22S12)
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS LEASE AT DEMOCRAT
EA
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Art Colson
760-379-5646
acolson@fs.fed.us
Description: New communications use lease at an existing communications site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=40895
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - .5 (one half) acre. Section 5, T28S, R31E, MDBM; elevation 2,300 ft. Highway 178 in the Lower Kern Canyon near Forest Service Road 28S68
YUBA FARMS PASTURE - SUP RENEWAL
CE
- Special use management
- Land ownership management
On Hold N/A N/A Art Colson
760-379-5646
acolson@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue special use permit for existing livestock area, consisting of 3.0 acres of fenced area, to feed four (4) head of animals yearly from April 1st through September 30th. SUP to be issued for 10 years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=24304
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - E1/2, SE1/4 NW1/4 Section 36, T.26S., R.31E., MDM. Approximately 3.0 acres. Located near Poso Creek on the Kern River Ranger District.
Sequoia National Forest, Tule River Ranger District R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BALCH PARK PACK STATION
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/30/2016
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Lisa Gammell
559-784-1500
lgammell@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorizing a 10 year outfitting and guiding special use permit for Balch Park Pack Station for horse back related/riding activities on trails, campsites within the Golden Trout Wilderness area on the Western Divide RD, Sequoia NF.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49845
Location: UNIT - Tule River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cow Camp, Maggie Lake, Twin Lake, Deadman Lake, West Meadow, Groundhog within the Golden Trout Wilderness
BLACK MOUNTAIN GROVE ROAD DECOMMISSIONING
EA
- Special area management
- Road management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 02/2018 06/2018 George Powell
559-539-2607 x252
gpowell@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will consider decommissioning several roads/segments in the Black Mtn giant sequoia grove
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45551
Location: UNIT - Tule River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - T21S, R31E, Sections 1, 7, 12 Spur Roads No. 21S12B, 21S25A, 21S25B, 21S25C, 21S25D and Road No. 21S25 east from its intersection with 21S25B.
DRY MEADOW RESTORATION
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/13/2017
Expected: 10/2017 06/2018 Nina Hemphill
559-784-1500 ext. 1161
nphemphill@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is proposed to reduce erosion within Dry Meadow and restore floodplain function and resiliency.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52290
Location: UNIT - Tule River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the headwaters of Bull Run Creek, tributary to North Fork Kern River.
DURRWOOD CREEKSIDE LODGE
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/30/2016
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Lisa Gammell
559-784-1500
lgammell@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorizing a 10-year special use permit for operation and maintenance of a resort.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49846
Location: UNIT - Tule River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near Johnsondale in Section 35, T22S, R32E, MDB&M
PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC TULE RIVER VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROJECT
EA
- Facility management In Progress
Comment Period
07/05/2013
Expected: 01/2018 05/2018 Chris Sanders
559-539-2607 ext.270
csanders@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is a maintenance program involving the use of herbicides to control vegetation around hydropower facilities, access roads and trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42495
Location: UNIT - Tule River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tule River Hydroelectric Powerhouse, Adm Bldgs, Switchyard, Camp 4 Rd,ROWs-Tunnel Trail, Penstock Trail, Redwood Penstock, Adit Road, Surge Tank Road,
PIER FIRE ROADSIDE HAZARD REDUCTION
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 02/2018 06/2018 George Powell
559-539-2607 x252
gpowell@fs.fed.us
Description: Felling and removing hazard trees along roads, maintaining roads, and restoring ground cover and vegetation in the Pier fire area.
Location: UNIT - Tule River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable T20S, R30E, Sections 13-14,22-23; T20S, R31E, Sections 7-8,16-17,20-22,26-29; T21S, R30E, Sections 1 and 12; T21S, R31E, Sections 3,6-10,16-17
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