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 Nationwide
- R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- 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


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aquatic Invasive Species order to prevent the spread or introduction of aquatic invasive species
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Christine Pyle
503-808-2691
cdpyle@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this order is to prevent the spread or introduction of aquatic invasive plant or animal species. Public involvement is targeted for the Umatilla, Willamette, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, Gifford Pinchot, and Colville NFs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44360
Location: UNIT - R6 - Pacific Northwest Region All Units. STATE - Oregon, Washington. COUNTY - Baker, Clackamas, Douglas, Grant, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler, Asotin, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, King, Klickitat, Lewis, Pend Oreille, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable Order will apply to all Forests in Region 6, however targeted scoping is with the Umatilla, Gifford Pinchot, Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie, Willamette and Colville NFs tribal and public scoping lists.
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
Special Use Permit for Research: Investigating Magma under Mount St. Helens (iMUSH)
EA
- Special use management
- Research
In Progress
Comment Period
04/03/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: A team of researchers are requesting a special use permit to conduct a series of geophysical experiments on the Forest. The objective is to obtain high-resolution data of the magmatic plumbing system underground the Cascades.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42610
Location: UNIT - Gifford Pinchot National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sites are distributed throughout the forest.
Gifford Pinchot 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
2013 MSH/MTA TSI
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
05/09/2013
Expected: 06/2013 08/2013 Ben Hoppus
509-395-3405
bhoppus@fs.fed.us
Description: Young stand thinning and bough removal to optimize the health and growth of young stands as well as firewood collection.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42131
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 20,000 acres on Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams Ranger Districts
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cispus Learning Center Dorm
EA
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Phoebe Patterson
360-497-1105
pjpatterson@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a facility consisting of 20 sleeping rooms and one meeting room for the teachers near the center of campus
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Cispus Learning Center
Cispus Side Channel Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Erica Taecker
360-497-1136
etaecker@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is proposed to develop off-channel aquatic and terrestrial wildlife habitat at two sites along the Cispus River corridor.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44442
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Not Applicable T11N, R8E, Sections 10 and 18, Willamette Meridian.
North Fork Wildlife Habitat Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Erica Taecker
360-497-1136
etaecker@fs.fed.us
Description: Tree underplanting, forage seeding, snag and down wood creation, and other projects to improve wildlife habitat in units harvested under the North Fork Project EA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44444
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stands thinned under the North Fork EA and Decisoin Notice (2012).
North Zone Transplants
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Erica Taecker
360-497-1136
etaecker@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to maintain and increase stand vitality and health for future habitat and timber production by thinning overstocked young stands and selling the excess live trees as transplants.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44556
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Sections 9, 10, 15, and 16, T9N R9E (Council Site); Sections 1 and 2, T11N R9E (Deception Site); W.M. Two distinct areas: on the 2130 Rd in the Deception Creek drainage (Deception site) and off the 2325042 Rd on Table Mountain (Council site).
North Zone Young Stand Thinning and Bough Removal
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/24/2014
08/2014 Christopher Starling
360-497-1147
csstarling@fs.fed.us
Description: Young stand thinning and bough removal to optimize the health and growth of young stands as well as firewood collection. Comment period ends January 18, 2014.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43363
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Cowlitz. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Pinchot Partners Restoration Project Units 10 and 17
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Comment Period
08/10/2009
Expected: 05/2011 06/2012 Phoebe Patterson
360-497-1105
klmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Decision Notice for two Units Ommitted Accidentally from the Previous Decision Notice of the balance of the project.
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Cowlitz River watershed near Packwood, WA on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, Lewis County
Pinchot Partners Restoration Project Units 10 and 17
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Comment Period
10/06/2009
Expected: 05/2011 06/2012 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us
Description: Decision Notice for Two Thinning Units accidentally omitted from the previous Decision Notice (9/2/2010) for the balance of the project's activities.
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Upper Cowlitz River watershed near Packwood, WA on the Cowlitz Ranger District
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
Coldwater Lake Campsite Development
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 06/2015 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.
Crater View Climb
CE
- Special area management
- Land management planning
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/14/2014
Expected: 03/2014 06/2014 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us
Description: Project identifies a climbing route on the north side of Mt. St. Helens. No trail construction, machinery or tools will be required.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42809
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mt. St. Helens
Fossil Creek Bridge
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2009
Expected: 02/2011 06/2011 William Uyesugi
360-449-7828
wuyesugi@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a new bridge on the Fossil Creek Trail where it crosses Coldsprings Creek (currently a ford is in place).
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - T8N, R4E, SE of Section 15 The Fossil Creek Trail where it crosses the Coldsprings Creek.
Instream Log Placement on Lewis River and Little Creek
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposes to place in-stream log structures (downed trees with root wads attached) in a stretch of a side channel to the Lewis River and along a stretch of Little Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44131
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Sections 15, 16, 21, 22 and 28 in T7N and R7E The project is located near Bolt Camp and at the confluence of Little Creek on the Lewis River, upstream of Rush Creek between river mile 61 and river mile 61.75.
Kalama Non-Stock Campground
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2016 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.
Science and Learning Center at Coldwater Camp
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
05/01/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us
Description: An ADA accessible campground project located at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42664
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Science and Learning Center at Coldwater
Siouxon Trailhead Restrooms
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2009
Expected: 02/2011 06/2011 William Uyesugi
360-449-7828
wuyesugi@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a new restroom at the SiouxonTrailhead.
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Siouxon Trailhead parking area on the SE side of Mount St. Helens.
Swift Plantation Thin
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 02/2015 07/2015 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial thinning of conifers using ground based equipment, skyline/cable, and potentially helicopter logging systems, construction of temporary roads, landings, and skid trails. Early seral creation on 200 acres may also be considered.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44133
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Swift Thin is located east and south of Swift Reservoir in the Lewis River watershed, within the Mount St. Helens Ranger District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Volunteer Campsite Toilets
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2009
Expected: 02/2011 06/2011 William Uyesugi
360-449-7828
wuyesugi@fs.fed.us
Description: Install toilets, tent pads, yurt pads, and campfire circles at Coldwater Ridge and Cascade Peaks to provide for the needs of a growing volunteer workforce on Mount St Helens.
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Coldwater Ridge bunkhouse area on the west side of MSH and Cascade Peaks Volunteer Campsite area just south of Cascade Peaks.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt Adams Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cave Bear Road Management
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/09/2013
Expected: 11/2013 07/2014 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Cave-Bear Road Management project focuses on road decommissioning, closure and maintenance in Trout Lake Creek, Cave-Bear Creek, and Dry/Lost Creeks watersheds to restore failing roads and remove unneeded roads from the transportation system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42518
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located in the Trout Lake Creek, Cave-Bear Creek and Dry/Lost Creek subwatersheds.
Sale or Exchange of the Willard Work Center Property
CE
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us
Description: Competitive sale or exchange of the property known as the Willard Work Center, an administrative site. The parcel consists of 14.3 acres with several administrative buildings onsite.
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Located on Forest Service Road 1800 in the community of Willard, WA.
Smith Butte Research Natural Area Establishment
EA
- Special area management In Progress
Comment Period
10/22/2013
Expected: 03/2014 04/2014 Andrea Ruchty
509-395-3414
aruchty@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal would officially establish the Smith Butte Research Natural Area (RNA). It is currently proposed in the Gifford Pinchot Land and Resource Management Plan and has been effectively treated as an RNA since 1990.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=11057
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Yakima. LEGAL - S. 20, T. 7 N, R. 11 E, W.M. Smith Butte, southeast of Mount Adams
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