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

   *UPDATED*
- 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: 09/2017 01/2018 Gar Abbas
360-497-1100
gabbas@fs.fed.us
Description: Please proceed directly to the BLM project page at http://stg.or.blm.gov/or/programs/minerals/prospecting/ for comment and contact information.
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 The project area is located on and adjacent to the south facing slope of Goat Mountain. These lands are next to and extend northeast from the boundary of Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument.
2016 Priority 3 Flood Damage Site Repairs
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2017
Actual: 04/14/2017
04/2017 Ruth Tracy
360-891-5112
rtracy@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair twenty-one road sites damaged in the December 2015 flood.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50587
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis, Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various road locations.
Adam's Fork Trail Crossing
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/27/2017
Expected: 06/2017 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
ERFO 4 Flood Damage Site Repairs
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/26/2017
Expected: 07/2017 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
01/27/2017
Expected: 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 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.
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
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/09/2015
Est. Comment Period
12/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Kevin Senderak
360-497-1136
ksenderak@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

   *UPDATED*
- 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
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/11/2016
Expected: 02/2017 07/2017 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
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/09/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2018 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
- Land management planning
- Special area management
In Progress
Comment Period
01/12/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 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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