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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- National Forests in Alabama, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- National Forests in Alabama, Bankhead Ranger District
- National Forests in Alabama, Conecuh Ranger District
- National Forests in Alabama, Oakmulgee Ranger District
- National Forests in Alabama, Shoal Creek Ranger District
- National Forests in Alabama, Talladega Ranger District
- National Forests in Alabama, Tuskegee Ranger District


National Forests in Alabama, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Talladega Division New Prescribed Burn Units Environmental Assessment
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
07/03/2014
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us
Description: Addition of 9900 acres to its prescribed burning program for fuel reduction, ecosystem restoration and wildlife habitat improvement
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45542
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District, Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Talladega. LEGAL - Not Applicable A total of 10 new burn unit as show on associated maps
National Forests in Alabama, Bankhead Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Special Use Permit - Reggie Watts Right-of-way
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Mike Cook
205-489-5111
mcook01@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit for right-of-way to Reggie Watts for driveway and utility installation to private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40043
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Section 23, T10S, R7W Bankhead National Forest, Horseshoe Bend Area, Houston, Alabama, FS Road 123D1 and unnamed woods road
Special Use Permit- Alabama Power Company Distribution Line, Franklin County Road 138
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Mike Cook
205-489-5111
mcook01@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit to install a new distribution power line with 3 poles and 2 guys and 860 ft. /- of overhead conductor adjacent to Franklin County Highway #138. Line clearing of trees will be 15 ft from line where needed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43130
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Section 36, Township 7 South, Range 10 West Off of Franklin County Road 138
National Forests in Alabama, Conecuh Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 Miscellaneous Longleaf Pine Planting
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2017
Actual: 02/06/2017
02/2017 Tim Mersmann
334-222-2555
tmersmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Hand plant an additional 24 acres with longleaf pine seedlings in several small sites in Compartments 14, 35,37,40,44,50 and 62 that will add to this year's planting program.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51039
Location: UNIT - Conecuh Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Covington, Escambia. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 14,35,37,40,44,50,and 62.
Blue Springs West
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Jaime Hernandez
334-222-2555 x103
jahernandez@fs.fed.us
Description: Conecuh National Forest proposes to thin stands to increase early successional habitat, mostly located within the Blue Springs WMA, west of Highway 137. The project area is approximately 9,000 acres of National Forest Land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49198
Location: UNIT - Conecuh Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Covington, Escambia. LEGAL - T1N, R14E, Sections 1,5,6,12,19,20,24,25,30,31,32,36. T2N, R14E, Sections 7,8,12,13,17,18 The project area is located west of Highway 137, which majority of the project is within the Blue Springs Wildlife Management Area.
Boggy Hollow Longleaf Pine Management Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
02/01/2017
Expected: 03/2017 03/2017 Jaime Hernandez
334-222-2555 x103
jahernandez@fs.fed.us
Description: To restore and maintain desired conditions of fire-maintained longleaf pine forest and to improve habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers and other featured species that are dependent on these conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46778
Location: UNIT - Conecuh Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Covington, Escambia. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Boggy Hollow Project Area is located in Covington County, Alabama, west of Wing, Alabama, and north and south of County Road 4. It is composed of compartments 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, and 59.
Parker Springs Tower CE
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2017
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Tim Mersmann
334-222-2555
tmersmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Approve and modify current use of the radio facilities at Parker Springs Tower by Escambia County Sheriff. Modification is needed to add back-up power generation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49288
Location: UNIT - Conecuh Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Escambia. LEGAL - Township 1N, Range 12E, Section 13 Located off of County Road 11 in Compartment 63, Township 1N, Range 12E, Section 13
National Forests in Alabama, Oakmulgee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 NATRC Event - Oakmulgee
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/13/2017
Expected: 01/2017 03/2017 Cynthia Ragland
205-926-9765 ext 226
cragland@fs.fed.us
Description: A decision to issue a Special Use Permit authorizing the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) %u2013 Region 5, Paula Riley to conduct a two-day competitive horse riding event scheduled for March 10-11, 2017.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50955
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Chilton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Perry Mountain area of Chilton County, lands south of AL 183 and west of U.S. 82
National Forests in Alabama, Shoal Creek Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 Forest Health Project Ivory Mountain
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2017
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Jonathan Stober
256-463-2272
jstober@fs.fed.us
Description: Promote resiliency of forest lands susceptible to disease and insect infestations by thinning overcrowded plantations and natural stands of longleaf, shortleaf, loblolly and mixed pine hardwood forest types.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51103
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay, Cleburne. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ivory Mountain area south of Heflin.
2017 Mission-Uncharted LLC Josh Wheeler
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/23/2017
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Gregory Scull
256-463-2273
gregorylscull@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Recreation Event involving team based competition which includes hiking, geocaching, survival skills, orienteering. The course will run from Cheaha Trailhead to the intersection of the Pinhoti and US 431 and then back to Cheaha Trailhead.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50986
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay, Cleburne. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pinhoti Trail contained within T16S R8E T17S R9E
National Forests in Alabama, Talladega Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 Mount Cheaha 50K
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2017
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Gregory Scull
256-463-2273
gregorylscull@fs.fed.us
Description: 50K Ultra Marathon trail race on the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51106
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pinhoti Trail starting at Porter's Gap Trailhead and Ending at Cheaha State Park.
2017 Talladega Taeda Forest Health Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us
Description: Promote resiliency of forest lands susceptible to disease and insect infestations by thinning of overcrowded plantations and natural stands of longleaf, shortleaf, loblolly and mixed pine hardwood forest types.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51109
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various locations scattered across the Talladega Ranger District
Alabama Power Mitchell Property Electric Access
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2017
Actual: 12/29/2016
01/2017 Gloria Nielsen
256-362-2909 x121
glorianielsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Requests access across national forest lands in the NW ? of section 19, T17S, R8E in Talladega County for residential electrical service. The maintained corridor will be about 2646 feet long and 20-30 feet wide with the total permit area of ~1.3 ac
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50053
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Talladega. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near the Kentuck Road area of the Talladega Ranger District
Palustris Assessment Area
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2017
Actual: 01/03/2017
01/2017 Art Henderson
256-362-2909
arthenderson@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49365
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay, Talladega. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along FSR 616, north of State Road 148
Tallaseehatchee Bridge
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
On Hold N/A N/A Art Henderson
256-362-2909
arthenderson@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of new bridge to replace a 75 year old multi-span bride.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45244
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located at the Tallaseehatchee Creek crossing on FSR 607
National Forests in Alabama, Tuskegee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dixie Electric SU Permit - District Office Power
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/22/2016
Est. Comment Period
02/2017
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Cameron Seals
334-727-2652
cseals@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a 30 year Special Use permit to Dixie Electric to install approximately 5000 feet of overhead power line along FDR 904 to restore electric service to the Tuskegee NF District Office.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50807
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located along FDR 904 in sections 11,12,and 14 of township 17 North, range 24 East
TUSKEGEE NF RX BURNING FY17
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Cameron Seals
334-727-2652
cseals@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct approximately 3500 acres of prescribe burning on the Tuskegee National Forest in Compartments 1,5,6,8,9 and 11 for fuel reduction and wildlife habitat improvement.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 1,5,6,8,9 and 11.
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