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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- 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, Prairie City Ranger District


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
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/14/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2018
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Peter Fargo
541-523-1231
bluemtnsplanrevision@fs.fed.us
Description: Revision of Land Management Plans (Forest Plans) for the Malheur, Umatilla, & Wallowa-Whitman Forests. Forest Plans provide strategic, 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)
Ragged Ruby
EIS

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- Forest products
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/24/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2018
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 Sasha Fertig
541-575-3061
sashafertig@fs.fed.us
Description: The project includes a suite of activities to restore forest resiliency and function, including: upland restoration activities; watershed, fisheries, and wildlife restoration; prescribed burning; road activities; and recreation system changes.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49392
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District, North Fork John Day Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T10S, R33E, sec 7-10, 13, and 15-36; T10S, R34E, sec 9-24 and 27-33; T11S, R33E, sec 1-5, 9-15, and 23-26; and T11S, R34E, sec 5-9, 16-21, and 28-30, W.M. The planning area is located in Grant County approximately 9 miles north of Prairie City, Oregon.
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
Malheur NF Travel Management
EIS
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
03/2018
Expected: 12/2019 12/2019 Mike Montgomery
541-575-3401
mmontgomery02@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze and designate the appropriate system of roads, trails, and areas open for motorized travel across the forest. Analyze the potential for game retrieval, dispersed camping, and seasonal closures to address resource issues and social concerns.
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. LEGAL - Not Applicable Malheur National Forest and that portion of the Ochoco National Forest that is administered by the Malheur NF.
Malheur National Forest, Blue Mountain Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aldrich Mountain Communication Site New Lease Term, Oregon Department of Transportation
CE

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- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Hannah Smith
541-575-3031
hannahksmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-authorization of ODOT 20-year special use authorization for existing improvements at the Aldrich Mountain Electronic Communications Site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51915
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable T. 14S, R. 27 E, Sec. 11
Aldrich Mountain Communication Site New Lease Term, RCC Atlantic, Inc.
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Hannah Smith
541-575-3031
hannahksmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorization of RCC Atlantic, Inc. 20-year special use permit for existing ancillary improvements at the Aldrich Mountain Electronic Communications Site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52439
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Aldrich Mountain Commsite. Malheur National Forest
Camp Lick
EA
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
03/08/2017
Expected: 01/2018 05/2018 Hannah Smith
541-575-3031
hannahksmith@fs.fed.us
Description: The Camp Lick Project includes a suite of activities to restore forest resiliency, including silviculture and fuels treatments, riparian restoration, range improvements, recreation site development, and associated road activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46219
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T.10 S., R.32 E., sec. 19-36; T.10 S., R.33 E., sec. 18, 19, and 30-32; T.11 S., R.32 E., sec. 1-36; T.11 S. R.33 E., sec. 4-10, 15-22, and 28-32; T.12 S., R.32 E., sec. 1-5 and 8-12, Willamette Mer. The project planning area is located in Grant County approximately 10 miles northeast of John Day, Oregon.
Columbia Power Line Extension
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Hannah Smith
541-575-3031
hannahksmith@fs.fed.us
Description: The extension of existing power lines for approximately 1,700 feet, including the installation of 5 forty-foot power poles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52449
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 10S, R 31E, sec12, Willamette Meridian
Murderers Creek Wild Horse Territory Herd Management Area Plan
EIS
- Special area management Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
12/2017
Expected: 08/2019 08/2019 Marion Mahaffey
541-575-3302
marionmahaffey@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluate Wild Horse Territory/Herd Management Area boundary, Appropriate Management Level (AML) & management including gathers & fertility control to maintain a Thriving Natural Ecological Balance and a genetically viable wild horse population.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable The area lies between Dayville, Seneca, & Mt. Vernon, Oregon covering approximately 143,000 acres of National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife & private lands.
Scotty Creek Range Improvement Project
CE

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- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Katherine Cueno
541-575-3187
klcueno@fs.fed.us
Description: The project consists of nine fence construction projects and 41 off-channel water developments in the Scotty Creek allotment allowing for improved management options, livestock distribution, and riparian vegetation conditions over the allotment.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T17S, R29E, sec 11, 24, 26, and 36; T17S, R30E, sec 1, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15- 17, 19, 21, 22, 28- 30, 34, and 35; T18S, R29E, sec 12; T18S, R30E, sec 6, 16, W.M. The project area is located in Grant County, approximately 5 miles west 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
Emigrant Creek Ranger District Hazard Tree Removal Project
EA
- Road management
- Facility management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Melissa Ward
541-573-4300
mward@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove hazard trees along 2 and 4 digit roads and campgrounds through out the Emigrant Creek Ranger District
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52029
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Crook, Grant, Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Emigrant Creek Ranger District, Malheur National Forest
Flat Vegetation Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/21/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management and watershed restoration activities including timber harvest and road closures and decommissioning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47364
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable Flat and Upper Camp Creek area, both sides of HWY 395
Rattlesnake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
12/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove hazardous fuels from the Rattlesnake project area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50792
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - See attached map. Coffeepot, Cow, and Rattlesnake subwatersheds
Soldier Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/13/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Melissa Ward
541-573-4300
mward@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce stocking in ponderosa pine dominated stands affected by pine butterfly defoliation, drought, and high populations of bark beetles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52494
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable Emigrant Creek Ranger District, Armstrong Canyon, Coffeepot Creek, Rattlesnake Creek, Cow Creek
South Silvies Complex Grazing Allotments Project
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 09/2018 05/2019 Marion Mahaffey
541-575-3302
marionmahaffey@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluation of livestock grazing on three existing allotments: Big Sage Hen, Bridge Creek, and Silvies.
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable The South Silvies planning area is located about 22 miles north of Burns, Oregon and includes approximately 38,759 acres of National Forest System lands.
Malheur National Forest, Prairie City Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blue Dollar Complex Allotment Management Plans Project
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
07/19/2017
Expected: 11/2017 06/2018 Marion Mahaffey
541-575-3302
marionmahaffey@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluation of livestock grazing authorization on three existing allotments: Blue Bucket, Dollar Basin, and Star Glade.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48798
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Blue Dollar Complex project planning area includes approximately 42,000 acres of National Forest Systems public lands and consists of three allotments located south of Prairie City, Oregon.
Cliff Knox
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 Amy Mathis
541-820-3890
amymathis@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management and watershed restoration activities including timber harvest and fuels treatments and associated road activities.
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area is approximately 40,000 acres in size and is located about 30 miles southeast of Prairie City, Oregon.
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