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, 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
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/19/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2016
Expected: 04/2017 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 The focus is to update parts of the plan no longer current and requiring change.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.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45826
Location: UNIT - Colville National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Colville National Forest
Forestwide Programmatic for Road Related Restoration
CE
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2016
Expected: 10/2016 02/2017 Karen Honeycutt
509-684-7224
khoneycutt@fs.fed.us
Description: The Colville National Forest proposes to replace or remove culverts, reshape abandoned road grades to the surrounding contours, and stormproof roads on public lands within the boundary of the Colville National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Colville National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest wide there are 680 identified road crossings (144 on abandoned roads, 396 on closed roads, 140 on open roads included in this project.
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)
Limestone/Silver Insect health and disease CE
CE
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2016
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Michelle Paduani
509-447-7361
michellelpaduani@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat 3,000 acres to reduce the risk of insect and disease in Northeastern WA.
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille, Stevens. LEGAL - Not Applicable The analysis area is within the Flume Creek, Pewee Creek, Pend Oreille River, Cedar Creek, and North Fork Deep Creek subwatersheds. Primary access is via Highway 31, NFS2975, NFS4730, and NFS475
Lorelei Diamond Ranch FLPMA Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/16/2014
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 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: 09/2016 10/2016 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: 10/2016 12/2016 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
White Raven Mineral Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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.
Brown Mountain Beetle Thin
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products Cancelled N/A N/A Mary Rourke
509-775-7421
mrourke@fs.fed.us
Description: Pre-commercial thinning of 40 year old pine plantations that are currently being attacked by western pine beetle, mountain pine beetle, and ips.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50039
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - T35N R33E Sections 9 and 8 Seven miles south of Republic near Brown Mountain and the Brown Mountain Seed Orchard.
Echo Bay Minerals Radio Repeater
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Echo Bay Minerals has proposed installing a portable repeater tripod on Cooke Mtn. to transmit water quality data from the Key Pit Mine treatment ponds to the Key Project Mill. The repeater has a footprint of 100 sq. ft., and is solar powered.
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - NE1/4NW1/4 Section 18, T. 37 N., R. 34 E., W.M., in Ferry County Proposed use is on National Forest System lands. See above legal description.
Ferry County PUD #1 Power line Maintenance Trail - San Poil Section
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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
On Hold N/A N/A 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.
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
LeClerc Creek Grazing Allotment Management Planning
EIS
- Grazing management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/02/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2017
Expected: 07/2017 09/2017 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: 07/2016 09/2016 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: 07/2016 09/2016 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: 09/2016 09/2016 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: 09/2016 09/2016 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
Sullivan Dispersed Recreation Sites
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 09/2017 09/2018 Kate Day
509-684-7230
kateday@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would apply restoration treatments to dispersed recreation sites along Sullivan Creek to maintain long-term sustainable camping opportunities for the public, and improve fish and wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49882
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - 39 N 43 E 23, 25, and 26 39 N 44 E 25, 32, 33, 34, and 35 39 N 45 E 3, 10, 16, and 19 40 N 43 E 12 5-20 miles east of Metaline Falls along the Sullivan Lake Road (County road 9345) and the Sullivan Creek Road (Forest Service Road 2220). Recreation sites are situated along Sullivan Creek between No
Timber Mountain Vegetation Management Project and Forest Plan Amendment #34
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2015
Est. Comment Period
06/2016
Expected: 12/2016 05/2017 Michelle Paduani
509-447-7361
michellelpaduani@fs.fed.us
Description: The Timber Mountain proposed action will be based on direction found within the Colville National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan, 1988) as amended by the continuation of Interim Management Direction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47516
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable The analysis area is within the Ruby Creek and Lost Creek subwatersheds. Primary access is via Ruby Creek Road (2700, 2712)
Vaagen Bros. Private Road Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A 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
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
Middle & South Fork Mill Creek A to Z Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2015
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 01/2017 04/2017 Mike North
928-213-5846
mnorth01@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat forest vegetation to more closely reflect historical tree species, spacing, size classes, & improve tree vigor, reduce the threat of severe wildfire, reduce susceptibility to insect and disease, & reduce threats to life property & public safety
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47517
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Stevens. LEGAL - T35N R41E sec 4; T36N R40E sec.1-3, 9-15, 21-28, 34-36; T36N R41E sec. 3-11, 14-23, 26-33; T37N R40E sec. 25-26, 34-36; T37N R41E sec. 28-33. The Middle and South Fork Mill Creek A to Z Project area is located approximately 10 miles northeast of the town of Colville, Washington.
Second Creek Post Fire Restoration
CE
- Forest products Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/28/2016
08/2016 Christy Merritt
509-738-7737
christymerritt@fs.fed.us
Description: The forest would like to reforest this area and reduce hazardous fuels generated by the wildfires of 2015. By removing trees killed by wildfire, units could then be successfully planted with fire-resistant species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49672
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - T39N R35E sections 6, 7, and 18 between the cities of Curlew and Orient on Colville National Forest Land north of the Boulder-Deer Highway
Sherman Pass Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/15/2015
Expected: 08/2016 03/2018 Christy Merritt
509-738-7737
christymerritt@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
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46003
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.