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, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
- R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Colville National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Colville National Forest, Kettle Falls Ranger District
- 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


R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Regional Aquatic Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/11/2017
Est. Comment Period
02/2018
Expected: 09/2018 09/2018 James Capurso
503-808-2847
jcapurso@fs.fed.us
Description: The USFS is proposing a suite of aquatic restoration activities for Region 6 to address ongoing needs, all of which have completed consultation, including activities such as fish passage restoration, wood placement, and other restoration activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53001
Location: UNIT - R6 - Pacific Northwest Region All Units. STATE - Oregon, Washington. COUNTY - Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill, Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman, Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project will span all national forests in Region 6.
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/01/2017
Est. Comment Period
01/2020
Expected: 03/2021 04/2022 Rebecca Riegle
989-724-9381
rriegle@fs.fed.us
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52259
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District, Olympic National Forest All Units, Methow Valley Ranger District, Tonasket Ranger District, Republic Ranger District, Sullivan Lake Ranger District, Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Clallam, Ferry, Island, Jefferson, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Stevens, Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable The trail begins at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park and travels 1,200 miles through 7 National Forests, 3 National Parks, BLM, state, tribal, municipal and private lands in MT, ID, WA.
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
02/2018
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 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
Colville National Forest, Kettle Falls Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Orient Watershed Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/17/2016
Est. Comment Period
02/2018
Expected: 08/2018 11/2018 Christy Merritt
509-738-7737
christymerritt@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes commercial and non-commercial vegetation treatments , and prescribed burning around the community of Orient in the wildland-urban interface.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50647
Location: UNIT - Kettle Falls Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - T39N, R35E, Sections 2-4, 8-17, and 22-24. T39N, R36E, Sections 7-10, 15-22, and 27-30. The project is located west of the town of Orient, in Ferry County, WA, in the East Deer Creek watershed.
Colville National Forest, Newport Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boulder Park Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2018
Expected: 03/2019 06/2020 Katharine Napier
509-447-7375
knapier@fs.fed.us
Description: Activities are proposed to make forest vegetation more resilient, contribute to the local economy, improve watershed conditions, address road issues, and improve the existing motorized trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52276
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 34 Range 42
Box Canyon Erosion Control
EA
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 06/2018 06/2019 Kate Day
509-684-7230
kateday@fs.fed.us
Description: Bank stabilization treatment on four sites on Box Canyon Reservoir of the Pend Oreille River.
Location: UNIT - Newport Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - T 34N R. 43E Secs. 5 and 33, T. 36N R. 43E Secs. 15 and 22, and T. 37N R. 43E Sec. 33. Sites are located on the east bank of Box Canyon Reservoir off the Leclerc Road between Newport and Ione, WA.
Limestone/Silver Insect health and disease CE
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
10/02/2016
Expected: 01/2018 06/2018 Gayne Sears
559-877-2218 ext 3182
gsears@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat 3,000 acres to reduce the risk of insect and disease in Northeastern WA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49502
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: 02/2018 03/2018 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: 02/2018 04/2018 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: 05/2018 06/2018 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
Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Echo Bay Minerals Radio Repeater
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/29/2016
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
06/29/2016
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 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
Sanpoil
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2016
Est. Comment Period
05/2018
Expected: 10/2018 01/2019 Christy Merritt
509-738-7737
christymerritt@fs.fed.us
Description: The project promotes forest health, improves or maintains water quality, and provides forest products to the local economy by thinning, prescribed burning, and roadside treatments of key ingress and egress routes.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50741
Location: UNIT - Republic Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - T36N R33E sec. 17, 20-21, 25-29, 32-36; T36N R34E sec. 27-30, 31-35; T35N R34E sec. 4-9, 16-21, 28-35; T35N R33E sec. 1-36; T35N R32E sec. 25, 36 The project lies north of the Colville Indian Reservation, south of the town of Republic, and the Sherman Scenic Byway runs east west along the northern edge of the project area.
Colville National Forest, Sullivan Lake Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Harvey Creek Subwatershed Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Special area management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/15/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2019 Kate Day
509-684-7230
kateday@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would apply restoration treatments across the Harvey Creek subwatershed to improve watershed and aquatic function, fish habitat, fish populations, and increase grizzly bear core habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50972
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Township Range Sections 37 N 44 E 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, and 24 38 N 43 E 36 38 N 44 E 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, 29, 28, 34, 35, and 36 38 N 45 E 30, and 31 The Harvey Creek subwatershed is located approximately 5-15 miles northeast of Ione in Pend Oreille County, Washington and is accessed by the Harvey Creek and Paupac Creek roads. The majority of the
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
02/2018
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 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
Noisy John Roadside Danger Tree Removal
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 John Montgomery
509-447-7343
johncmontgomery@fs.fed.us
Description: Danger trees would be removed from along Road 2200-500 based on their risk of falling into the road, to improve safety for forest users. Trees removed would be sold as wood products.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53007
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable In the John Creek watershed east of Sullivan Lake, about 6 miles southeast of Metaline Falls, Washington.
Pend Oreille PUD: buried electric line to private property
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/12/2013
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 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
Seattle City Light Power Line Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2012
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 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 Creek Large Woody Debris Habitat Restoration
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/17/2017
Expected: 04/2018 08/2019 Kate Day
509-684-7230
kateday@fs.fed.us
Description: Wood acquisition in upland and riparian forest stands for installation in Sullivan Creek to improve watershed and aquatic function. Wood will be placed by helicopter and skid steer.
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - T. 39N, R. 43E Secs. 23, 24, 25, and 26; T. 39N, R. 44E Secs. 33, 34, 35, 36, and T. 39N, R. 45E Secs 19 and 30. Sites are located 2 to 8 miles southeast of Metaline Falls and are accessed by Sullivan Lake Road and Sullivan Creek Road.
Sullivan Dispersed Recreation Sites
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/18/2016
Expected: 04/2018 09/2019 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
Vaagen Bros. Private Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2012
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 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
WSDOT Passive Reflector Installation near South Baldy Lookout
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 Karen Nooney
559-877-2218 ext. 3197
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the project is to increase WSDOT communications with maintenance and construction crews in Pend Oreille County, and improve highway safety operations in northern Pend Oreille County. WSDOT has submitted an application to construct a
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51410
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located below the South Baldy Lookout. Legal location: T. 34 N., R. 45 E., section 29 NW1/4NE1/4. See figures 6 and 7.
YZN Exploratory Trenching
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2017
Expected: 03/2018 06/2018 Karen Nooney
509-684-7189
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal from mining operator to conduct exploratory mining operations. Access to YZN claim blocks are over National Forest System Roads 3155000 and 3155200. Proposal is to trench in three discrete locations to expose mineralization and take samples.
Location: UNIT - Sullivan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable %u2022 Legal location: T. 40 N., R. 44 E., section 1, W1/2W1/2; section 2, E1/2; section 10, E1/2E1/2; and section 11, NE1/4 and W1/2W1/2.
Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District R6 - Pacific Northwest Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
South Fork Boulder Road Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/07/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 10/2018 01/2019 Lisa Green
509-684-7211
lagreen@fs.fed.us
Description: Create adequate access, including access for both public and administrative needs,into the South Fork Boulder Road area while minimizing the effects to aquatic resources like water quality and fish habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51934
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area lies within Ferry County, Washington, west of the Columbia River, south of the town of Orient.
T-Mobile Installation Bisbee Mountain,, Ferry County
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 Karen Nooney
559-877-2218 ext. 3197
knooney@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a 220 sq. ft. building to house equipment and a diesel generator; installation electrical service, and wave guide bridge. Installation of microwave dishes on existing, adjoining communication tower.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Ferry. LEGAL - Not Applicable NE1/4 Sec. 9, T.36N, R.37E, W. M. in Ferry County, Washington.
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