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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- Colville National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Colville National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Colville National Forest, Newport Ranger District
- Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District
- Colville National Forest, Sullivan Lake Ranger District
- Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District


Colville 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
Colville National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/30/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2015
Expected: 10/2016 06/2017 Amy Dillon
509-684-7211
adillon@fs.fed.us
Description: The Land and Resource Management Plan for the Colville National Forest is being revised as required by the National Forest management Act. The focus is to update parts of the plan no longer current and requiring change.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/colville/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprd3824594
Location: UNIT - Colville National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Colville National Forest
Colville 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
Colville National Forest Whitebark Pine Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
06/17/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Katherine Brodhead
(509)738-7775
kbrodhead03@fs.fed.us
Description: improve the health and cone production of whitebark pine, protect against mountain pine beetle attack.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46403
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District, Republic Ranger District, Sullivan Lake Ranger District, Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens. LEGAL - Not Applicable High elevations greater that 6000ft.
Colville National Forest, Newport Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Iron Mountain Claims #2 and #3 Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Karen Nooney
(509) 684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Plan of operation for development of Iron Mountain #2 and #3 mining claims.
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - T32N, R45E, Sec. 5 & 8 West of Bead Lake and adjacent to Iron Mountain Quarry (private)
Lorelei Diamond Ranch FLPMA Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/16/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Applicant has purchased property and asked to re-construct a 600 foot long by 15 foot wide, low standard road to access the east side of their parcel to manage timber. Their parcel is bisected by a large pond thatprevents roaded access east of pond.
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - SW1/4SW1/4 sec. 19, T.32N., R.44E., W.M. Off Forest Road 1914 in Management Area 8
Lousen Amateur Radio North Baldy
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7000
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: To locate an amateur radio facility at North Baldy including a small equipment cabinet, solar panel, mast support and antennas.
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - T35N, R45E, SE 1/4 Sec. 7 North Baldy Mountain
Pend Oreille PUD #1 Permit Amendment to add Fiber Optic Cable
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2012
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7184
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Amendment of an existing special use permit to authorize installation, use and maintenance of fiber optic cable.
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - NE1/4 Sec 13, T31N-R45E; Sec 21, T32N-R45E; E1/2SE1/4 Sec 17, T32N-R45E; Sec 9, T32N-R45E; & NW1/4SW1/4 Sec 10, T32N-R45E Several sections across the Newport Ranger District
Schacher Road Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Karen Nooney
509-684-7000
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Permanent easement over National Forest System Roads to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - SW 1/4 Section 9, T32N, R45E Forest Roads 3200132 and 3200145
Trout habitat Restoration Program Fish Habitat Improvements Programmatic EA
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Comment Period
03/24/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Michelle Paduani
509-447-7361
michellelpaduani@fs.fed.us
Description: The projects focus is to enhance/restore aquatic habitat within eight subbasins that are tributaries to the Pend Oreille River including LeClerc, Calispell, Cee Cee Ah, Indian, Ruby, Cedar, Tacoma, and Mill creeks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46147
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - The proposed Actions are located on tributaries of the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington State. Townships 32-38 Ranges 42-44 Sections 1-36
White Raven Mineral Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
04/08/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Karen Nooney
509.684.7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Claimant has submitted a Plan of Operations to take mineral samples for assay. Claimant will take core samples from dried pond to determine whether evidence of rare earth elements are present.
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Portions of SE1/4 Sec. 1, T32N, R44E; SW1/4 Sec. 6, T32N, R45E, WM in Pend Oreille County Access to the claims are off Forest Road 190007
Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Adamera Minerals: Empire Creek Project Exploratory Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 09/2015 11/2015 Karen Nooney
(509) 684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Adamera Minerals proposes to conduct mineral exploration by drilling and trenching to define the length and extent of mineral deposits in the Empire Lake area. Up to 10 drill sites, and 6 trenches will be excavated.
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - Sections 12 and 13, T38N, R32E; Section 7 T38N, R33E, WM in Ferry County Project is located to the east and southeast of the Empire Lake Recreation Area in Ferry County.
Adamera Minerals: Oversight Project Exploratory drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2015
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 Karen Nooney
559-877-2218 ext. 3197
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Adamera Minerals proposes to conduct exploratory drilling and trenching on unpatented mining claims located near the Kettle River Mill operated by Kinross Gold Corp. Testing will aid determining the nature and extent of gold and silver deposits.
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - Section 18, Township 37 North, Range 34 East, Willamette Meridian in Ferry County Location is on and around Cooke Mtn. where exploratory activities have occurred in the past by Echo Bay Minerals, etc. Access to claims on National Forest via Palmer Trail Road, and Belcher Mine Rd.
Ferry County PUD #1 Power line Maintenance Trail - San Poil Section
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Karen Nooney
559-877-2218 ext. 3197
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Ferry County PUD #1 proposes to construct a motorized access trail within the San Poil Power line ROW authorized under permit. The trail access would improve service reliability, maintenance, worker safety, veg. management, and fire suppression.
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - E1/2E1/2 sections 24 and 36, T.35N., R.32E., W.M., in Ferry County Located to the east and west of Highway 21 in Ferry County. Project is located between the 10 Mile Creek Campground and the northern border of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
Fire Mountain Proposed Research Natural Area
EA
- Special area management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 11/2015 01/2016 Kathleen Ahlenslager
509-684-7178
kahlenslager@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed action is to establish Fire Mountain RNA. Vegetation includes Douglas-fir/pinegrass community, ponderosa pine/pinegrass community, and subalpine fir/huckleberry community snowberry phase. Establish the RNA
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - T35N R34E Sections 28-33 Upper Hall Creek, Thirteenmile Creek-Sanpoil River, and Seventeenmile Creek
Halls Pond Proposed Research Natural Area
EA
- Special area management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 12/2016 12/2016 Kathleen Ahlenslager
509-684-7178
kahlenslager@fs.fed.us
Description: Hall Ponds Proposed RNA was recommended to replace Thirteenmile Ponds Proposed RNA, which was proposed in the 1988 CNF Forest Plan, but later determined that it didn%u2019t meet RNA criteria. _
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - T35N R34E Sections 15-16, 21-22 Included in watersheds: Upper Hall Creek and Ninemile Creek
Holmdahl Property Access - reciprocal easement
CE
- Special use management
- Land ownership management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Karen Nooney
559-877-2218 ext. 3197
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Request right of way for motorized trail access across NFS lands to connect 2 private land parcels in American Flats, Ferry County. 12-ft wide by 1742 ft long right-of-way for a total of .5 acres of NFlands. Reciprocal right-of-way to the NFS.
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - NE1/4NW1/4 Sec. 2, T. 40N, R. 34 E., Willamette Meridian, The proposed trail is located in a mixed forest environment on steep slopes just south of the Canadian border. The proposed trail has been flagged in.
Karamip Rd Plowing Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/22/2015
Expected: 07/2015 11/2015 Tinelle Bustam
530-336-3381
tbustam@fs.fed.us
Description: Private land owner has requested to plow NFS Rd #2040000 during winter in order to gain access to his residence in the winter
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - SE1/2 Sec 9, T36N, R34E; NW1/4 Sec 32, NE1/2 Sec 31, T36N, R34E Karamip Rd, National Forest System Road #2040000 and Road #2040075
Lambert Creek Restoration
EA
- Watershed management In Progress
Comment Period
02/25/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Jennifer Hickenbottom
509-738-7718
jhickenbottom@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore the banks & floodplain of Lambert Cr. & the existing campground area. Includes relocating the campground loop rd., campsite turnouts, & utilizing woody debris & rocks to rehabilitate the creek, floodplain, and effected campground area
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46010
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - T37N R34E SW1/4 of Section 4, FS Road 2156-000 The project is located within the Lambert Creek watershed
Colville National Forest, Sullivan Lake Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendment to Bluebird Mining Claim Exploratory Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Karen Nooney
509-684-7000
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Amendment to Plan of Operations for exploratory drilling on Bluebird Mining Claims
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Section 30, T40N, R44E, WM In the area of Bluebird Ridge, Slate Creek watershed
Knecht FLPMA Forest Road Specia Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: applicant purchased private property that is accessed by a Forest system road 1900740. This access has been authorized by previous landowners since 1979
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - NE1/4NE14 sec. 22, NW1/4NW1/4 sec. 23, T.36N., R.43E., W.M. Location is Forest Road 1900740 in Management Area 8
Knecht Water System Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/15/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: The applicant purchased property that is served by a water diversion and pipeline located on National Forest System lands. Property owner holds a State Water right and has requested authorization for the water system.
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - NW1/4NW1/4 sec. 23, T.36N., R.43E., W.M. Located in Management Area 8
LeClerc Creek Grazing Allotment Management Planning
EIS
- Grazing management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/22/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2015
Expected: 09/2016 12/2016 Gayne Sears
509-447-7300
gsears@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze the options for management of grazing in the LeClerc Creek drainage.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41517
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable LeClerc Creek drainage
Outlet Creek Recreation Residence Well & Waterline
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Karen Nooney
509-684-7000
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Drilling of well & installation of new waterlines to replace existing water system.
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - NW 1/4 Sect 31, T39N, R44E, WM Outlet Creek Tract of Recreation Residence, Northwest shore of Sullivan Lake
Pend Oreille County PUD #1 Cold Water Release Fiber Optic
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Karen Nooney
(509) 684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of fiber optic cable from Outlet Creek Dam to radio facility on Sand Ridge.
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - T39N, R44E, Sec 31; T38N, R44E, Sec 6; T38N, R43E, Sec 1, 12, 13 & 14 Sullivan Lake Road and Sand Ridge
Pend Oreille PUD: buried electric line to private property
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/12/2013
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: The Pend Oreille PUD has submitted an application to bury 50 lineal feet of single phase electric cable from an existing utility pole to provide service to a private parcel. The width of the right-of-way would be 20 feet.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42986
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable The power line would be located on the east side of Flume Creek Road (FR6200350), T39N, R43E, SW 1/4 SW1/4 Sec. 4, WM
Pend Oreille Telephone Permit Amendment to add Fiber Optic Cable
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2012
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Karen Nooney
(509) 684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Amendment of an existing special use permit to authorize installation, use and maintenance of fiber optic cable
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - NW1/4 SW1/4 Sec 3, T37N-R43E; SE1/4 NE1/4 Sec 34, T38N-R43E; SW1/4 SE1/4 Sec 25, T38N-R44E; NW1/4 SW1/4 Sec 30, T38N-R44E, WM Sullivan Lake Ranger District
Seattle City Light Forest Road 3165000 Authorization
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/10/2014
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Seattle City Light has applied for authorization for continued access over Forest Road 3165 (CR 3990) on a year-round basis to access the Vista House and east side of Boundary Dam from State Route 31.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42987
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable near Boundary Dam Vista House. T40N, R43E, SW1/4 SW1/4 Sec 2; Sec 11; Lots 1 and 2, NW1/4 NW1/4 Sec 12.
Seattle City Light Power Line Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2012
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of permit for existing power transmission line.
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - T40N, R43E, Sec. 10, SW1/4 Sec. 15, NW1/4 SW1/4 Sec 22; T39N, R43E, E1/2 Sec. 4 Boundary Dam Road
Vaagen Bros. Private Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2012
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Karen Nooney
509-684-7000
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a special use permit authorizing construction of approximately 50 feet of new road to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - NW1/4 SW1/4 Sec 20, T38N-R42E, WM North of Huckleberry Mountain
West Branch LeClerc Creek Watershed Restoration
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/18/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Robert Lawler
509-447-7375
rrlawler@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze the relocation and obliteration of 1.8 miles of the 1935-000 Forest Service Road (FSR)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45021
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - T37R44S27 Legal: T37R44S27 General: The project start point is approximately 2 miles east of the 1935/1936 road junction on the 1935 road in the upper West Branch LeClerc Creek drainage (if useful: also known as the Middle Branch LeClerc or Harvey Creek road).
YZN Exploratory Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Approval of a plan of operations for drilling at four locations in the Lead Hill area
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Sect. 2, 10 & 11, T40N, R44E, WM Lead Hill
Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Fork Mill Creek A to Z Project
EA
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/11/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 Mike North
928-213-5846
mnorth01@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis to identify opportunities for activities for improving road and stand conditions, and to improve or restore other resource conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43503
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Stevens. LEGAL - Not Applicable North Fork Mill Creek subwatershed
Sherman Pass Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 12/2015 07/2016 Jean Lavell
509-738-7737
jlavell@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce hazardous fuel conditions along Sherman Pass Hwy(20); identified critical infrastructure including the Bonneville Power Administration high tension power line; and along the Colville National Forest System land boundary
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - T36N, R33E S25-27, 34; T36N, R34E S1,12,13,16,17,20-30,35,36; T37N, R34E S35,36; T36N, R35E S2-30, 34-36; T36N, R36E S7, 17-22, 26-36;T35N, R36E S1-4; T36N, R37E S31,32, Lies appr. 4 miles southeast of Republic, WA & appr. 5 miles west of Kettle Falls, WA. The project area encompasses a corridor along Washington State Route Highway 20 and crosses the Kettle Crest.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.