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)
- Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Eagle Cap Ranger District
- Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Hells Canyon NRA
- Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, La Grande Ranger District
- Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Wallowa Valley Ranger District
- Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Whitman 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
06/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 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)
Blue Mountains Forest Resiliency Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
02/05/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Darcy Weseman
541-278-3755
deweseman@fs.fed.us
Description: The Blue Mountains Forest Resiliency Project will propose thinning and prescribed burning on approximately 610,000 acres on the Ochoco, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48582
Location: UNIT - Ochoco National Forest All Units, Umatilla National Forest All Units, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest All Units. STATE - Oregon, Washington. COUNTY - Baker, Crook, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler, Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Walla Walla. LEGAL - Not Applicable the project area lies within the Blue Mountains ecoregion of northeast Oregon and southeast Washington. It covers 13 counties and includes shared boundaries with private, tribal, state and other lands
Ten Cent Community Wildfire Protection Project
EIS
- Fuels management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/21/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Andrew Stinchfield
541-427-5397
astinchfield@fs.fed.us
Description: This fuels reduction project is located within the Granite Creek Watershed on the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National forests and is located in Grant County, Oregon.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45203
Location: UNIT - North Fork John Day Ranger District, Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - The project area is located in Grant County, Oregon, in the: Southeast corner of Township 8, South Range 34 East This project is located within the Granite Creek Watershed on the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National forests
Wallowa-Whitman 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
Forest Plan Amendment to add Aminopyralid to the list of Herbicide Ingredients
CE
- Land management planning In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Sitka Pence
541-426-5689
sitkapence@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to amend the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, as amended (Forest Plan, 1990) by adding aminopyralid to the list of herbicides approved to treat invasive plants.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51119
Location: UNIT - Wallowa-Whitman National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Oregon. COUNTY - Idaho, Nez Perce, Baker, Grant, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest-Wide
Wallowa-Whitman 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
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Travel Management Plan
EIS
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us
Description: Comprehensive plan for motorized recreation on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (except for HCNRA). Will include designated routes for all motorized vehicles except snowmobiles.
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District, La Grande Ranger District, Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Grant, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa. Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Eagle Cap Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lostine Corridor Public Safety Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Facility management
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017
Actual: 04/05/2017
06/2017 Sitka Pence
541-426-5689
sitkapence@fs.fed.us
Description: The primary purpose is to address the public safety issues within the Lostine corridor, as well as mitigate or minimize risks to the other values, including infrastructure (homes, cabins, recreation improvements, roads), the natural resource values.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48592
Location: UNIT - Eagle Cap Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - Those portions of T. 2S., R. 43E., 33; T. 3S., R. 43E., 33; T. 4S., R. 43E., 33; T. 4S., R. 44E., 33; that are not contained within the Eagle Cap Boundary Lostine River Corridor (portions not within the Eagle Cap Wilderness)
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Hells Canyon NRA R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hells Canyon NRA Private Land Use Regulations
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders On Hold N/A N/A Dea Nelson
541-523-1316
dnelson09@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct a NEPA analysis on the Private Land Use Regulations (36 CFR 292.20-25) for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. On hold pending further direction.
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Idaho, Oregon. COUNTY - Adams, Idaho, Nez Perce, Baker, Wallowa. LEGAL - Portions of T5N-7S, R46E-51E WM; T27N-22N, R1W-3W and 1E BM Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in Baker and Wallowa Counties in Oregon and Adams, Idaho and Nez Perce Counties in Idaho.
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, La Grande Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
51 Road Reconstruction
EA
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us
Description: 4.5 miles of the 51 road would be reconstructed. This road is narrow with blind corners and no shoulders. Lanes will be widened, sharp corners will be straightened, and the road surface will be improved.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34466
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T5S, R35E, section 24, 25, 26, 34, 35 and T5S, R36E, section 18 and 19 Vey Meadows
BPA Permit Renewal
CE
- Facility management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Andrew Steele
541-962-8543
andrewtsteele@fs.fed.us
Description: The BPAs Mt. Emily facility needs reissuance of an expired permit in advance of site maintenance scheduled for the summer of 2017.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51352
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T1S, R37E, S32 Mt. Emily Communication Site.
Bird Track Springs Fish Enhancement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2015
Est. Comment Period
06/2017
Expected: 10/2017 04/2018 Aric Johnson
541-962-8517
ajjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: To enhance fish habitat for salmonids by creating active and available floodplain, relocating channel, enhancing side channels and existing channel, enhancing floodplain roughness, enhancing riparian and upland vegetation and wetlands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47283
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T3S, R36E, Sections 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 Project is located along a portion of the Grande Ronde River, along Hwy. 244, on national forest land and private lands, in the vicinity of Bird Track Springs.
Boardman To Hemingway Transmission Line Project
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/19/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Arlene Blumton
541-962-8522
ablumton@fs.fed.us
Description: Idaho Power is proposing to construct and operate a 500 kV transmission line between Boardman, Or and Murphy, Id. BLM is the lead agency.
Web Link: http://www.boardmantohemingway.com
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T2S R36E Union County, Oregon, along Interstate 84.
Catherine Creek Summit Thinning Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
11/20/2015
Expected: 04/2017 06/2017 Thomas Burry
541-962-8537
tburry@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes harvest for thinning in two units, to achieve stocking level. The two units were treated with prescribed burning in South Fork WUI project. The units are South Fork WUI Unit 2, 62 acres, and South Fork WUI Unit 1, 31 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48509
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T5S, R41E, Section 27 Catherine Creek Summit, near Highway 203.
Lower Dark Canyon Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
11/18/2015
Expected: 01/2018 07/2018 Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us
Description: The project will include fish structure construction, planting, and plant protection, to provide fish passage.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48507
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T3S, R35E, Sections 2, 11, 14, 26, and 35. Dark Canyon Creek, in Dark Canyon Creek subwatershed.
Muir Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Watershed management On Hold N/A N/A Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would replace an undersized, partial fish passage barrier with a properly sized open arch or box culvert. A slight channel relocation would occur to fit the new culvert.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37472
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T 6S, R 36E, Section 9 Muir Creek at 5125 road
Riparian Livestock Exclusion by Wood II
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would exclude livestock from streams by placing wood within the riparian area, allowing the riparian area to recover and streambank stabilization. Listed fish species are present.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34479
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T4S, R36E, section 18 and 19 Little Beaver Creek within the Lower Beaver Creek subwatershed
Sheep Creek Large Wood, Fencing, and Planting Project Phase II
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/23/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2018 Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is designed to improve spring/summer Chinook habitat, summer steelhead habitat, and migratory habitat for bull trout. Project activities include building 45 woody stream structures, 2 culvert replacements, planting, fencing, and seeding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51154
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T6S, R35E, S1/2/11/14 Sheep Creek is a tributary to the Uppper Grande Ronde River. The project is on 3.0 miles of Sheep Creek in reaches 1-2. Union County.
Starkey Allotment Management Plan Update
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
03/07/2016
Expected: 04/2017 07/2017 Aric Johnson
541-962-8517
ajjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: It will authorize livestock grazing in Briggs and Meadow Creek Pastures in Starkey Cattle and Horse Allotment, to facilitate a grazing research study in Meadow Cr on Starkey Experimental Forest and Range. Will construct 1.5 miles of fence on Hwy 244.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47251
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T4S, R35E, Sections 7, 8, 18, and T3S, R34E, Sections 26, 27, 28, 32, 33, and 34. In Briggs Pasture and Meadow Cr Pasture of Starkey Cattle and Horse Allotment.
Two Eagle Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 02/2019 06/2019 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us
Description: Mechanical thinning, slash busting, prescribed fire, piling and burning to manage and improve vegetative health and sustainability and to treat fuels near wildland urban interface, private lands, and the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T5-6S, R42-43E Project area is from Flagstaff Butte and West Eagle Meadows to Eagle Creek, Two Color Guard Station and Tamarack Campground in the West Eagle, Upper Eagle, and Eagle-Bennett subwatersheds.
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Wallowa Valley Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Sheep Divide Range Analysis
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
03/23/2016
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Shawn Mork
541-426-5593
smork@fs.fed.us
Description: Environmental analysis to authorize livestock grazing for 4 allotments on the Wallowa Valley Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45756
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 16 miles east of Enterprise, Oregon on the Big Sheep Divide.
Miller-Tyee Fence
CE
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/14/2016
Expected: 04/2017 04/2017 Shawn Mork
541-426-5593
smork@fs.fed.us
Description: This projects purpose is to build approximately 7 miles of fence to distribute cattle away from Endangered Species Act listed critical fish habitat, along Big Sheep Creek within the Marr Flat Allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50710
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - Not Applicable Big Sheep Creek within the Marr Flat Allotment
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Whitman Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
1305 Road (Olive Creek) Maintenance and Reconstruction (Granite Creek Watershed Action Plan)
CE
- Watershed management On Hold N/A N/A Sophia Millar
541-263-1735
smillar@fs.fed.us
Description: This project consists of maintenance and intermittent reconstruction of approximately 5.3 miles of the NFS 1305 Road.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T9S., R.35E., sec. 23, 26, 35; T10S., R35E., sec.2 Granite Creek Watershed, Forest Road 1305 Olive Creek Road.
Charles Grier Johnson Jr. Research Natural Area Establishment Project
EA
- Research On Hold N/A N/A Dea Nelson
541-523-1216
dnelson09@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed project would initiate an environmental analysis to analyze the environmental consequences of establishing the Charles Grier Johnson Jr. Research Natural Area (RNA).
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 7S, R 36 E sections 31 and 32 The proposed RNA is located in the John Day Wild and Scenic River Corridor on the Whitman Ranger District, approximately 26 miles northwest of Baker City, Oregon.
Mark Christman / Christman Spring
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2017
Expected: 03/2017 03/2017 Jay Moore
541-742-6701
jbmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit reflecting the change in ownership of land served by a spring development and pipeline on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest west of Halfway, Oregon.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near Halfway, Oregon
Pine Valley Range Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Est. Comment Period
03/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Kelby Witherspoon
541-523-1333
kswitherspoon@fs.fed.us
Description: Four grazing allotments on the Whitman Ranger District of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48919
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Wallowa. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pine Creek Watershed
Powder River Mining
EIS
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
01/2017
Expected: 12/2018 01/2019 Robert Macon
541-523-1343
rmacon@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze proposed mining plans of operations within the Powder River Watershed.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 8,9,10S, R 36,37,38,39E Powder River Watershed
Sparta Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
01/23/2017
Expected: 09/2017 03/2018 Sophia Millar
541-263-1735
smillar@fs.fed.us
Description: Goal is to create sustainable, diverse, and resilient forest vegetation using commercial timber harvest, non-commercial thinning, fuels reduction, aspen restoration, prescribed burning and underburning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48947
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T7&8S, R43-45E Located within the Powder sub-basin, south of Forest road 7700, in the Eagle Creek area.
Split Rail Insect and Disease Vegetation Management
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
04/05/2017
Expected: 09/2017 01/2018 Roy Cuzick
530-233-8803
rdcuzick@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of lodgepole pine within stands that are currently at the highest risk of increased beetle attack.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51620
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 14 S R 35  E Approximately 5 miles west of Unity Oregon in Baker County
Spruce Gulch Quarry
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Robert Macon
541-523-1343
rmacon@fs.fed.us
Description: ODOT has proposed approx. 45 acre mineral material site for development and an a 11 acre storage site within an overall site area of 135 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48138
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 10 S, R 37 E, Sec 15 & 16 FS 1090 Rd approximately 1/2 mile south of Hwy 7, about 4 miles southwest of Sumpter, OR.
Upper North Fork John Day Mining
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/03/2009
Est. Comment Period
01/2018
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 Robert Macon
541-523-1343
rmacon@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would provide approval for Plans of Operations under 36 CFR 228.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 7S., R 36 E., sec 7, T 8S, R. 35 1/2 E., sec 11 and 12, T 8S, R 36 E., sec 7, These mines are located in the Upper North Fork John Day River watershed off of road systems 7325, 7335, 7340
West Sumpter Fuels Maintenance Project
CE
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Francis Tyler
541-523-1312
ftyler@fs.fed.us
Description: The Whitman Ranger District is proposing maintenance burning of previously treated forested stands particularly stands in the Wildland Urban Interface portions of the District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27172
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 10 S. R37 E., T10 S. R36E., T11S R37 E., T11S. R38E. The burning would take place at various locations across the Whitman Ranger District.
Whitney Fiber Optic Cable Project
EA
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Raymond Lovisone
541-523-1343
rslovisone@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would involve new construction of 35 miles of underground phone cable.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 10 S, Ranges 35, 35 1/2 and 36. The project would be within existing road right of way for State Highway 7, County Rds 504 and 529, Forest Rds 1900, 1900-420 and 7386
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