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)
- R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Malheur National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Malheur National Forest , Blue Mountain Ranger District
- Malheur National Forest , Emigrant Creek Ranger District
- Malheur National Forest , Malheur National Forest All Units
- Malheur National Forest , Prairie City 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.
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress

03/14/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2015
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Sabrina Stadler
541-523-1246
bluemtnplanrevision@fs.fed.us
Description: Revision of Land Management Plans (Forest Plans) for the Malheur, Umatilla, & Wallowa-Whitman Forests. Forest Plans provide stategic, program-level guidance for future management of forests and their natural resources for the next 10-15 years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainForestPlanRevisionComments
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units, Umatilla National Forest All Units, Wallowa Valley Ranger District, Eagle Cap Ranger District, La Grande Ranger District, Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon, Washington. COUNTY - Baker, Grant, Harney, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler, Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Walla Walla. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest-wide for Malheur, Umatilla, & Wallowa-Whitman (except for the HCNRA)
Malheur 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
Aquatic Restoration Analysis
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
06/25/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
08/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Steven Namitz
541-575-3167
smnamitz@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop a programmatic approach for Forest-wide aquatic restoration projects.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43570
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Crook, Grant, Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest-wide
Malheur NF Travel Management
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Richard Vetter
541-573-4369
rvetter@fs.fed.us
Description: Implement the Travel Management Rule (prohibiting motorized travel off of existing designated routes where it is not currently prohibited) and continue to provide motorized access for dispersed camping.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33448
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Crook, Grant, Harney. Malheur National Forest and that portion of the Ochoco National Forest that is administered by the Malheur NF.
Malheur National Forest Site-Specific Invasive Plants Treatment
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/08/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
08/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Joseph Rausch
541-575-3141
jhrausch@fs.fed.us
Description: (Corrected) Treatment of known and newly discovered invasive plants using herbicide, manual, mechanical, biological and/or cultural treatments. Includes 1 non-significant forest plan amendment to allow use of aminopyralid (Milestone TM).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35614
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Crook, Grant, Harney, Malheur. LEGAL - Forest-wide Malheur National Forest
Malheur National Forest , Blue Mountain Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mosquito
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/26/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Sasha Fertig
541-575-3061
sashafertig@fs.fed.us
Description: The Big Mosquito Project includes a suite of activities to restore forest resiliency, including silviculture and fuels treatments, riparian restoration, range water developments, recreation site development, and associated road activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41022
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Big Creek and Mosquito Creek sub-watersheds approximately 25 miles north of the City of John Day, Grant Co., OR.
CenturyLink Buried and Overhead Telephone Lines
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us
Description: Continued use and maintenance of buried and overhead telephone cable and necessary appurtenances located on the Blue Mountain Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38481
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Grant County, Oregon - Malheur National Forest John Day (Pine Creek), Hamilton, Galena, Izee Hwy., Starr Ridge, Canyon Creek, Seneca, Beech Creek, Long Creek Mt.
Starr Aspen
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/26/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Sasha Fertig
541-575-3061
sashafertig@fs.fed.us
Description: Aspen and stream restoration in the Starr sub-watershed. Removal of encroaching conifers through commercial and non-commercial treatments. Addition of large and course wood in streams and decommissioning of riparian roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41023
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Within the Starr sub-watershed located in Grant County on NFS lands, approximately 14 miles south of John Day, Oregon and approximately 8 miles north of Seneca, Oregon.
Malheur National Forest , Emigrant Creek Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Calamity Creek Riparian Juniper Thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/02/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Melissa Ward
541-573-4300
mward@fs.fed.us
Description: A multi-year project to thin approximately 150 acres of juniper trees from riparian zones along Calamity Creek. Some of the juniper will be placed into the stream channel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44201
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable Calamity Creek
Central Malheur Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/22/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorization of grazing on the Central Malheur Allotment
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42821
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - T.17S. R.33.5E. sections 25-27 and 35-36; T.17S. R.34E. sections 19-20 and 29-33; T.18S. R33.5E. sections 1-2 and 12; T18S. R34E. sections 3-10 and 15-18. Central Malheur Allotment
Devine Ridge Communication Site
CE
- Facility management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/09/2014
08/2014 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us
Description: Fell trees that are interfering with radio path from Devine Ridge to Fall Mtn communication sites.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44607
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable Devine Ridge, T 20S, R 31E, Section 35
Dry Creek Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/12/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Melissa Ward
541-573-4300
mward@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat 1500 acres of western juniper and ponderosa pine trees up to 16 inches in diameter (dbh) that are sparsely scattered across open sagebrush and Mountain Mahogany vegetation types.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43679
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - T20S, R30E, Parts of Sections 12, 13, 24, and T20S, R31E, Parts of Sections 7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Dry Creek, south of 31 rd, in Emigrant Creek Ranger District.
Izee Allotment Environmental Analysis
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/02/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
07/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Melanie Mirati
541-575-3346
melanielmirati@fs.fed.us
Description: The Emigrant Creek Ranger District, Malheur National Forest, proposes to continue authorization of livestock grazing within the Izee allotment using adaptive management strategies designed to meet Forest Plan standards and guidelines.
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - Township 18 South, Range 27 East, sec. 15, 18, 19, 21-23, 25-29 & 32-36 T.18S, R.28E, sec. 30 & 31 T.19S, R.27E, sec. 1-4 & 11-13 T.19S, R.28E, sec. 3-11 & 15-21 Located approximately 33 miles northwest of Burns, Oregon within both Grant and Harney Counties. It consists of approximately 23,618 acres.
Pine and Trout Creeks Culvert Replacement
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/02/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2015 Melissa Ward
541-573-4300
mward@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove and replace three culverts that are degrading stream habitats and are insufficient in size.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44205
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pine Creek and Trout Creek
SPLAT Test
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
06/11/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Melissa Ward
541-573-4300
mward@fs.fed.us
Description: Test the effectiveness of Strategically Placed Land Area Treatments (SPLAT) Verbenone Plus on western pine beetles in the Malheur National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44605
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable On Emigrant Creek Ranger District, along the 28 road.
Wolf Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/25/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us
Description: Watershed restoration activities within the Wolf Creek Watershed that improve the health, vigor, and resiliency of vegetation; improve soil and watershed conditions; reduce the fire hazard, and capture the economic value of surplus trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42301
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - T18S R33.5E sections 1-15, 17-18; T18S R33E sections 1-3, 10-15, 23; T17S R 33.5E sections 5-9, 15-22, 27-35; T17S R33E sections 1-5, 8-16, 20-29, 33-36 Wolf Creek Watershed
Malheur National Forest , Malheur National Forest All Units R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Jeff Davis Creek Spring Development Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a Special Use Permit for a domestic spring development. The point of diversion is on Jeff Davis Creek near Dixie Summit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38455
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Point of Diversion is SW1/4SE1/4, sec. 10, T.12 S., R. 34 E., WM to place of use in SE1/4NE1/4, sec. 16, T. 12 S., R. 34 E., WM Point of diversion is from Jeff Davis Creek south of Dixie Summitt, then piped underground over half a mile to a private residence.
OWRD Strawberry Creek Gauging Station SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of Special Use Permit for the Oregon Water Resources Department Strawberry Creek Gauging Station. The gauging station has collected critical baseline stream data since 1925, and is one of the State's priority stations to maintain.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38454
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - SE1/4NW1/4 sec. 20, T. 14 S., R. 34 E., WM, Grant County, Oregon Strawberry Creek Watershed
Malheur National Forest , Prairie City Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Elk 16
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/27/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Ryan Falk
541-820-3890
rfalk@fs.fed.us
Description: Application of thinning, slash treatments, and prescribed fire to reduce insect outbreak and fire hazard.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32129
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T16S R34E, T16S R35E, T17S R34E, T17S 35E Elk Creek and Crane Creek subwatersheds
Summit HFRA Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Sarah Bush
541-820-3807
sbush01@fs.fed.us
Description: reduce fire hazard near evacuation route for at-risk communities; reduce stand density to increase resilience to insect and disease; protect bull trout habitat; develop pre-fire suppression old-growth stand composition; protect scenic and roadless
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42450
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable 15 miles southeast and of Prairie City and approximately 30 miles from the cities of John Day/Canyon City
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