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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- Deschutes National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Deschutes National Forest , Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District
- Deschutes National Forest , Crescent Ranger District
- Deschutes National Forest , Sisters Ranger District


Deschutes National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Winter Yurt Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/14/2013
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 Sommer Moore
909-382-2754
slmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the project is to amend the SUP issued to Three Sisters Backcountry to authorize additional winter Nordic recreation opportunities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43654
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District, Sisters Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Trail: T17S R9E Sections 11-13,24, 25, 34-36; T18S R9E Section 3,4,9, 16, 17, 20, 21; Yurt: T17S, R9E Sections 11, 34. Located on the Sisters and Bend-Fort Rock RD along the Metolius-Windigo Trail
Deschutes National Forest , Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bend Municipal Watershed Fuel Breaks
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/15/2013
Expected: 06/2014 09/2014 Christy McDevitt
541-383-4714
cmcdevitt@fs.fed.us
Description: FS roads 4601370 and 4601 provide an opportunity to establish strategic fuel breaks to increase protection from wildlfire to resources at risk including private homes in Skyliner's community, the watershed, and other nearby private lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41351
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T17S, R9E, Sec. 11-14, 24-25, 33-36; T18S, R9E, Sec 4-5, 8; R8E, Sec. 31 11 miles west of Bend, OR between the wilderness and the Bend Municipal Watershed
CenturyLink Fiber Optic Installation Widgi Creek
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Lisa Dilley
541-383-4025
lldilley@fs.fed.us
Description: CenturyLink proposes to install a fiber optic line on existing poles from private near hwy 46 to FSR 100 across form Widgi Creek Golf Course where the line would go to a vault and travel underground the road then cross under the road to private land
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44312
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T18S R11E Section 13 W.M. Off of Hwy 46 along FS road 100 near the Widgi Creek Golf Course
Cultus Lake Resort Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/26/2013
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Lisa Dilley
541-433-3269
lldilley@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a special use permit to Cultus Lake Resort to allow the permitte to continue to operate an existing resort on National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42418
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T20S, R7E, Section 24 Located at Cultus Lake, 15 miels south of Bend Oregon
Flat Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
12/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 David Frantz
541-383-4721
dfrantz@fs.fed.us
Description: 14k acres thinning in ponderosa pine, overstory removal in lodgepole, precommercial thinning and fuel treatments to maintain and restore forest health to increase stand productivity, reduce threat of large scale wildfire, and contribute wood products
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43289
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes, Klamath, Lake. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 2 miles east of LaPine, Oregon and 30 miles south of Bend, Oregon.
Junction Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/09/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Alicia Underhill
541-383-4012
aunderhill@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial thinning, small tree thinning, salvage and overstory removal treatments on about 16,000 acres to help improve forest health and resiliency, contribute forest products, and to reduce fuels. About 70% lodgepole pine, 30% ponderosa pine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32816
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T19S, R9E, Sections 25 and 36; T19S, R10E, Sections 28-33; T20S, R9E, Sec 1, 12, 13, 24, 25, 36; T20S, R10E Sec 4-11, 14-23, 27-33. North boundary is 4140 and 520 Roads; South boundary is just south of 42 Road; East boundary follows 45-500 and 42; Boundary on west follows 4232 and 45-400
Newberry Geothermal Consent to Lease Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
02/24/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Barton Wills
541-383-5618
bwills@fs.fed.us
Description: The decision will either allow or deny BLM permission to lease National Forest System lands for geothermal exploration and potential development. Forest is analyzing 11 new parcels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30232
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes, Lake. LEGAL - T21S R12E-Sec. 9,20,31; T22S R12E Sec. 14,15; T22S R13E Sec. 2,9,10,17-19,30,31 The parcels surround the Newberry National Volcano Monument east of LaPine, Oregon and south/southeast of Bend, Oregon
Prescribed Fire Maintenance Project
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/19/2013
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Sam Pearcy
541-383-4011
spearcy@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest proposes to prescribe underburn about 15,000 acres over 72 units. These areas were previously underburned following thinning activities and are now in need of maintenance of the fuels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43516
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Not Applicable Units occur across the Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District
Prescribed Fire in the Wilderness
EA
- Fuels management
- Special area management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 Rod Bonacker
541-383-4761
rbonacker@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would use prescribed fire in and adjacent to the Three Sisters Wilderness area to modify vegetation and fuels to reduce the threats to values at risk outside of Wilderness to allow fire to play a more natural role within the Wilderness
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43473
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Township 18S, Range 8E Three Sisters Wilderness between Todd Lake and Cascade Lakes Highway
Recreation Special Use Permits Reissuances
CE
- Special use management In Progress

01/17/2014
Expected: 03/2014 04/2014 Richard Wesseler
541-383-4722
rwesseler@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to reissue multiple expired Special Use permits issued for a variety of recreation events, outfitter/guide services, and one resort on the Deschutes National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43855
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Not Applicable Across the Deschutes National Forest
Red Butte Cinder Pit Expansion
EA
- Special use management
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/16/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Alicia Underhill
541-383-4012
aunderhill@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is for FS to respond to ODOTs request to expand the pit to utilize cinders to accommodate their 10-year Mineral Materials Contract and provide a long-term source.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42639
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T18S, R11E, Section 28 Located on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District in Deschutes County approximately 5 miles west of Bend, Oregon off of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway (Forest Service Road 46)
Research Natural Area Establishment - Headwaters of the Cultus River
EA
- Land management planning On Hold N/A N/A Robin Vora
541-383-5766
rvora@fs.fed.us
Description: Finalize the establishment of a candidate Research Natural Area (RNA) identified in the Deschutes National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). RNA: Headwaters of the Cultus River
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Headwaters of the Cultus River: about 250 acres in T.20S., R.8E. Central Cascades and Newberry
Research Natural Area Establishment - Katsuk Butte
EA
- Land management planning On Hold N/A N/A Robin Vora
541-383-5766
rvora@fs.fed.us
Description: Finalize the establishment of a candidate Research Natural Area (RNA) identified in the Deschutes National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). RNA: Katsuk Butte
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Katsuk Butte: about 950 acres in T.18S., R.8E. Central Cascades and Newberry
Research Natural Area Establishment - Many Lakes
EA
- Land management planning In Progress
Scoping Start
03/12/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
08/2016
Expected: 01/2017 03/2017 Robin Vora
541-383-5766
rvora@fs.fed.us
Description: Finalize the establishment of a candidate Research Natural Area (RNA) identified in the Deschutes National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). RNA: Many Lakes.
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Many Lakes: about 700 acres in T.20S., R.7E Central Cascades and Newberry
Research Natural Area Establishment - Wechee Butte
EA
- Land management planning On Hold N/A N/A Robin Vora
541-383-5766
rvora@fs.fed.us
Description: Finalize the establishment of a candidate Research Natural Area (RNA) identified in the Deschutes National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). RNA: Wechee Butte
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Wechee Butte: about 360 acres in T.20S., R13E. Central Cascades and Newberry
Rocket Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
02/14/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Beth Peer
541-383-4769
bpeer@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial thinning, plantation thinning, deer habitat improvement, shrub mowing, and Rx fire on over 9,000 acres. The project area is primarily second-growth ponderosa pine, includes a portion of Newberry Nat. Volcanic Monument, large lava flows.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38282
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Township 19 South, Range 11 East; T. 19 S., R. 12 E., T. 20 S., R. 11 E., T. 20 S., R. 12 E. Rocket project area lies about 4 miles south of Bend, Oregon city limits, bounded on south by FR 9720.
Ryan Ranch Wetland Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
01/22/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Peter Sussmann
541-383-5594
prsussmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore 0.3 miles of Deschutes riverbank including the natural hydrological function of an historic slough floodplain. Native veg will be planted to stabilize riverbank. Relocation of 0.25 mi. Des. River Trail; add'l parking and ADA facilities
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27157
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T 19 S., R 11 E, Sections 4 & 5 Southwest of Bend, Oregon along the Deschutes River.
U of O Pine Mountain Observatory SUP Fiber Optic Line Install
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2014
Actual: 03/21/2014
05/2014 Lisa Dilley
541-383-4025
lldilley@fs.fed.us
Description: Install and maintain a fiber optic line that would being at Pine Mountain Observatory paralleling FS road 2017500 to the Qwest Communications Facility at the Pine Moutain Communication Site. Line will be buried in previously disturbed utility ditch.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43848
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Township 20 South, Range 15 East, Section 33, W.M. Pine Mountain Observatory is located approximately 16 miles southeast of Bend Oregon
Ursus Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/02/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
09/2014
Expected: 03/2015 03/2015 Christy McDevitt
503-854-4228
cmcdevitt@fs.fed.us
Description: About 4,000 acres of lodgepole pine and mixed conifer forest treated with salvage harvest, regeneration harvest, and fuels reduction. Located between a large expanse of Roadless & Wilderness to west and privately-held forest to the east.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43245
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Not Applicable about 11 miles west of Bend, Oregon. This project is part of the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project landscape.
Welcome Station Trail Connections
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
03/31/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Alicia Underhill
541-383-4012
aunderhill@fs.fed.us
Description: Provide additional paved non-motorized trails, designated single-track mountain bike trails, and a trailhead facility on National Forest System lands between the City of Bend and the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Welcome Station.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41207
Location: UNIT - Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Township 18 South, Range 11 East, Sections 5, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 28, 32 and 33. West of Bend, parallel to the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway from the Forest boundary to the Welcome Station, parallel to FSR 41 between Slough Day Use and Highway 46, and areas within Phils trail system
Deschutes National Forest , Crescent Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2014 Recreation Residence CE
CE
- Special area management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/03/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Timothy Foley
541-433-3216
tfoley@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the projects is to allow permittees to maintain safe and accessible residences that comply with State and Federal regulations, and to restore vegetation in certain areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44052
Location: UNIT - Crescent Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Klamath. LEGAL - T23S, R6E, S7, 8, 9, 15, and 26 and T24S, R6E, S14, 15, 16 &21;Willamette Meridian Crescent Lake and Odell Lake, Klamath CO, OR
Crescent Creek Wild and Scenic River plan
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Timothy Foley
541-433-3216
tfoley@fs.fed.us
Description: Resource assessment has been completed. Preparation of management plan and environmental assessment for protection of outstandingly remarkable values on Crescent Creek. Will involve a Forest Plan Amendment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25205
Location: UNIT - Crescent Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Klamath. LEGAL - T24S, R07E, Sections 14, 15, and 21 Crescent Creek from Crescent Lake to Black Rock
Marsh
EA
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/26/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Timothy Foley
541-433-3216
tfoley@fs.fed.us
Description: Ecosystem Services based-project designed to maintain and enhance a set of values unique to the planning area, including hunting and recreation opportunities, wildlife and botanical resources, water quality, and scenic views.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40231
Location: UNIT - Crescent Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Klamath. LEGAL - T24,25,26S R6,6.5,7E Southwest portion of the Crescent Ranger District, including both upland and Marsh areas of the watershed
Shelter Cove Resort Improvement Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
05/10/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Robert Gentry
541-433-3205
rgentry@fs.fed.us
Description: Shelter Cove Resort requested an amendment to their FS Special Uses permit to authorize construction and year round operation of additional facilities (restaurant/lounge, a second lodge building, and a new septic system) within their permit area.
Location: UNIT - Crescent Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Klamath. LEGAL - Township 23S, Range 6E, Section 17, Willamette Meridian Crescent Ranger District, southwest side of Odell Lake off Forest Service Road 5810530
Deschutes National Forest , Sisters Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Indian Ford Creek Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 10/2014 06/2015 Nate Dachtler
541-549-7725
ndachtler@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would restore fish passage to Indian Ford Creek by addressing the last remaining artificial barriers. It will improve habitat conditions by reducing dispersed camping impacts, thinning conifers and restoring hydrologic function.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43733
Location: UNIT - Sisters Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T14S, R09E, Sections 11, 13, 14, 15 and T14S, R10E, Sections 16, 17, and 21. Lower Indian Ford Creek subwatershed and extends from Glaze Meadow to the east end of the Indian Ford Grazing Allotment.
Meadow Lakes Restoration and Travel Access Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/10/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
08/2014
Expected: 11/2014 06/2015 Rod Bonacker
541-549-7729
rbonacker@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would restore recreation-related impacts to riparian vegetation, fish and wildlife habitat, water qaulity, and the Santiam Wagon Road in the Meadow Lakes Basin area. The project would also provide for managed OHV use in the area.
Location: UNIT - Sisters Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes, Jefferson. LEGAL - T13S R08E sections 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33; T14S R08E sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 The 8,000 acre proejct area is located west of Sisters, Oregon along the east side of the Cascade Crest.
Melvin Butte Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2014
Expected: 11/2014 06/2015 William Munro
541-549-7711
wmunro@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintain and restore resiliency and forest health in stands that provide habitat for interior wildlife species and present a potential risk of large scale wildfires in the Melvin Butte area. The project would generate about 5 MMBF of timber.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44107
Location: UNIT - Sisters Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is about 10 air miles south of Sisters, Oregon. T16S, R09E and T17S, R09E.
Sisters Community Trails
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
215 Comment Period Legal Notice
05/03/2013
Expected: 03/2014 06/2014 Michael Keown
541-549-7735
mkeown@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would build about 21 miles of paved non-motorized path, single track trail, equestrian trails and a trailhead facility in the vicinity of Sisters, Oregon
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38724
Location: UNIT - Sisters Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T15S R10E, sec. 6, 16, 31, 32; T15S R09E sec. 1, 2, 12, 34, 35; T14S R10E 5, 30, 31; T14S R09E sec. 10, 11, 13, 14, 22, 24, 25, 29, 32, 33 The project is located in the vicinity of Sisters, Oregon
Whychus Floodplain Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
03/14/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Mike Riehle
541-549-7702
mriehle@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would address the loss of floodplain and flood channel connection to the creek that resulted from berm construction following the 1964 flood.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37968
Location: UNIT - Sisters Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Deschutes. LEGAL - T15S R09E sections 9, 16, and 17 The proejct is located along Forest Road 16/Mainline Road south of Sisters, Oregon
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.