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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- Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Ranger District
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt Adams Ranger District


Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Invasive Plant Program Management Amendment
CE
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
05/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Carol Chandler
360-891-5106
cachandler@fs.fed.us
Description: To add the herbicide aminopyralid to the list of approved ones in the Forest Plan. This amendment is a relatively minor modification to the invasive plant program. It would not approve any projects on the ground. Project-level analysis is required.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50252
Location: UNIT - Gifford Pinchot National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable This amendment would apply forestwide.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2015 Goat Mountain Hardrock Prospecting Permit Applications
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
02/18/2016
Expected: 11/2017 01/2018 Charles Sharp
970-403-6174
charlesmsharp@fs.fed.us
Description: BLM mineral exploration & permit conditions on NFS lands. USFS draft decision & FONSI. The draft decision being made by the Forest Service is to provide consent to the BLM to approve an application to prospect or explore for minerals on NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46996
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - The permit area is within portions of sections 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, and 19 of Township 10 N, Range 6 East, Willamette Meridian, Skamania County, WA Located on & adjacent to south slope of Goat Mt. Lands are next to and extend NE from the boundary of Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Adam's Fork Trail Crossing
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2017
Actual: 07/07/2017
07/2017 Andrea Durham
360-497-1173
adurham@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate the High Lakes Trail #116 from its existing location downstream to an existing user created trail and crossing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50907
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, Adam's Fork Trail
Communication Site Add-on at White Pass Special Use Authorization
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 08/28/2017
09/2017 Elizabeth Robinson
360-497-1136
elizabethlrobinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Co-located communication equipment on an existing communications tower at the White Pass Base Communications site and extend one building to accommodate.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52301
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Not Applicable White Pass Base Communications Site in eastern Lewis County, Washington.
ERFO 4 Flood Damage Site Repairs
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 08/17/2017
08/2017 Elizabeth Robinson
360-497-1136
elizabethlrobinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Stabilize FR 5270 from the December 2015 flood washout. Remove 6 culverts, construct control stream grade control structures, drainage, water bars, and closure barrier. Disturbed areas will be mulched and seeded. FR 5270 will remain a system road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51710
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - R 9 E; T 14 N; Section 8 Forest Road 5270, off of Skate Creek Road and north of Packwood, WA.
Goat Creek Trail Crossing
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2017
Actual: 07/06/2017
08/2017 Andrea Durham
360-497-1173
adurham@fs.fed.us
Description: The trail would be rerouted to an existing stock detour and utilize a crossing upstream from the existing bridge location. The new crossing would be considered a ford.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50911
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Not Applicable Goat Creek Trail
Iron Crystal
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/09/2017
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 James Donahey
360-497-1132
jdonahey@fs.fed.us
Description: Produce timber, develop old-growth characteristics, accelerate the achievement of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy, enhance huckleberries, improve water quality in the Iron/Crystal creek watersheds. Scoping comment due July 9, 2017.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51825
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Not Applicable Iron Creek and Crystal Creek-Cispus River tributaries to the Cispus River in Lewis County, WA.
North Fork Instream Restoration
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Ken Wieman
360-497-1141
kwieman@fs.fed.us
Description: Instream restoration over 12 miles of stream with development of approximately 216 structural complexes and non-commercial thinning of approximately 157 acres of riparian stand to a canopy closure of 50-55%.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51820
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis, Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Around harvest units from the North Fork Thin in Lewis and Skamania Counties.
WSDOT Fuel Tank Replacement Special Use Authorization
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 08/18/2017
09/2017 Elizabeth Robinson
360-497-1136
elizabethlrobinson@fs.fed.us
Description: WSDOT is proposing to replace an existing underground storage fueling system with a new system that includes above ground fuel tanks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52306
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Not Applicable Existing Administrative site with permitted WSDOT facilities, on NFR 011 north of US-12.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ape Cave Interpretive Site Improvement Projects
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A William Uyesugi
360-449-7828
wuyesugi@fs.fed.us
Description: Actions being considered to address the impacts associated with increasing visitor use and after-hours vandalism include installation of cave gates, establishment of defined hours of operation and implementation of nightly and off-season closures.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47980
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located NE of Amboy, WA, just north of Yale and Swift Reservoirs. The legal land description is T7N, R5E, Sections 5 and 8, Willamette Meridian.
Coldwater Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Treatment
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A James Donahey
360-497-1132
jdonahey@fs.fed.us
Description: Hand pulling of Eurasion milfoil invasive weed at the outlet of Coldwater Lake. The area is accessible from boat or established foot paths. No vegetation clearing or trail construction is necessary for this project.
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Cowlitz. LEGAL - T10N, R4E, SE 1/4, Section 35; W.M. Outlet of Coldwater Lake, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Coldwater Lake Campsite Development
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Lisa Romano
859-745-3176
lmromano@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed designation of backcountry campsites around perimeter of Coldwater Lake to be used by paddlers, hikers, outfitter-guides, and educational groups.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44365
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Skamania County, WA, Sections 29, 30, 31 of T10N R5E; Section 36 of T10N R4E; Sections 1 and 2 of T9N R4E, W.M.
Kalama Non-Stock Campground
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Lisa Romano
859-745-3176
lmromano@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal for creation of a low-development campground at two sites near Forest Road 81 to provide non-stock campers with tent and trailer camping opportunities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44368
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable The south side of Mt. St. Helens along Forest Road 8122 and 8120-420. SE1/4 Sec 26, T. 8 N., R. 4 E., WM; SW1/4 Sec 26, T8N, R 4E, WM; NE1/4 Sec 33, T.8N., R4E., WM.
Spirit Lake Access Route
EA
- Special area management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/15/2017
Est. Comment Period
05/2017
Expected: 08/2017 10/2017 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to improve limited administrative access to the southwest shore of Spirit Lake. The proposed action would require periodic use of the 1980s access route for use by tracked equipment and ATVs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51305
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable South shore of Spirit Lake on the Mt. St. Helens Nat'l Volcanic Monument.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt Adams Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Creek Restoration Thin
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2017
Actual: 01/13/2017
10/2017 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bear Creek Restoration project includes commercial thinning on 533 acres, road improvements and road decommissioning. The draft decision has been published for a 45-day objection period. Email ekblack@fs.fed.us with questions on this process.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49875
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - T4N, R8E, Willamette Meridian Bear Creek Municipal Watershed, just north/east of the town of Carson, WA.
NEON Climate Change Research
EA
- Research
- Special use management
In Progress
Comment Period
12/05/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a nationwide, 30-year research effort to investigate the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on ecology (under a special use permit).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50114
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project takes place just NW of Stabler, WA.
Upper Lewis River Roads Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
09/12/2016
Expected: 02/2017 06/2017 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposes to close or decommission roads or potions of roads; rehabilitate or block use of unauthorized routes; and conduct heavy road maintenance on roads that will remain open to the public.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50186
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - T6N, R8E, Sections 6, 7, 18, 19; T6N, R7E, Sections 1, 3-5, 8-10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 22-24; T7N, R7E, Sections 1, 12-14, 23-26, 28-32, 35, 36; T7N, R8E, Sections 7, 8, 14-1718-21, 27-30, 33 The project area is located north of Carson, WA, in the Rush Creek, Curly Creek, Big Creek, and Little Creek-Lewis River subwatersheds, all of which are in the Headwaters Lewis River watershed.
Upper White Salmon River Forest Restoration and Fire Resilience Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
03/09/2017
Expected: 09/2017 04/2018 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal includes commercial thinning of both young plantations and older stands with high tree mortality from insect and disease, prescribed burning, fuel break maintenance along Forest Road 82, fuel reduction treatments and tree planting.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49273
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - T7N, R10E, and T7N, R11E Willamette Meridian The project is located in three subwatersheds (Headwaters of the White Salmon River, Gotchen Creek, and Morrison Creek) all north of Trout Lake, WA on the Mt. Adams Ranger District.
Upper White Salmon River and Cascade Creek Comprehensive River Mgmt Plan
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
01/12/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 for each segment to provide for the protection of the river values. The CRMP will focus on protecting the river's free-flowing condition & water quality
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania, Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable The White Salmon River is located in southwest Washington (Skamania County). It originates on the western slopes of Mount Adams and flows downstream to its confluence with the Columbia River.
Upper White Salmon and Cascade Creek Comprehensive River Mgmt Plan.
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Special area management
In Progress
Comment Period
01/12/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 for each segment to provide for the protection of the river values. The CRMP will focus on protecting the river's free-flowing condition & water quality
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50958
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania, Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable The White Salmon River is located in southwest Washington (Skamania County). It originates on the western slopes of Mount Adams and flows downstream to its confluence with the Columbia River.
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