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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- R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- National Forests in Alabama, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- National Forests in Alabama , Bankhead 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


R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Southern Region Caves and Mine Closures
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/02/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Dennis Krusac
404-347-4338
dkrusac@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the action is to close caves and mines to minimize the transmission potential of white nose syndrome and for the protection of associated wildlife species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44053
Location: UNIT - National Forests in Alabama All Units, Daniel Boone National Forest All Units, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units, Cherokee National Forest All Units, National Forests In Florida All Units, Kisatchie National Forest All Units, National Forests In Mississippi All Units, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest All Units, Ouachita National Forest All Units, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest All Units, National Forests In North Carolina All Units, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest All Units, National Forests In Texas All Units, Savannah River Natural Resource Management and Res All Units, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area All Units. STATE - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Cherokee, Covington, Hale, Lawrence, Macon, Lake, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Chattooga, Murray, Oglethorpe, Jackson, Morgan, Whitley, Natchitoches, Vernon, Winn, Chickasaw, Pontotoc, Craven, Randolph, Berkeley, Edgefield, Newberry, Cocke, Monroe, Unicoi, Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Ashley, Benton, Montgomery, Botetourt, Charlotte, Roanoke, Shenandoah, Roanoke. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest Systems lands: KY, VA, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL, LA, TX, AR, OK
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
NFsAL Indiana Bat Forest Plan Amendment
EA
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation
05/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Gary Shurette
256-463-2272
gshurette@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Plan Amendment to remove FS-106 standard - site specific inventory requirement for Indidana Bat prior to prescribed burning between May 1 and July 1.
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District, Shoal Creek Ranger District, Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb, Calhoun, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Covington, Dallas, Escambia, Franklin, Hale, Lawrence, Macon, Perry, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Winston. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forests in Alabama
National Forests in Alabama , Bankhead Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BNF Rush Creek/NFSR 263 Culvert Replacement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
10/31/2013
Expected: 01/2014 02/2014 Erika Davis
334-241-8108
erikadavis@fs.fed.us
Description: The existing culvert will be replaced with a single span bridge, with abutment walls and wingwalls designed to pass a 50-year flood event and span the bankfull width of Rush Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42157
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Not Applicable 6th level HUC: Rush Creek-Brushy Creek(031601100201)
Compartment 131 Thinning Project
CE
- Forest products In Progress

01/27/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 William Addison
205-489-5111
wbaddison@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercially thin approximately 68 acres of overstocked loblolly pine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43129
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Compartment 131 Stand 22. Section 35, Township 9 South, Range 7 West Compartment 132 off of Forest Service Road 124A
Compartment 132 Thinning Project
CE
- Forest products In Progress

12/09/2013
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 William Addison
205-489-5111
wbaddison@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercially thin approximately 31 acres of overstocked loblolly pine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43128
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Compartment 132 Stand 9. Section 25, Township 9 South, Range 7 West Compartment 132 off of Forest Service Road 124
Double Springs Water line SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/24/2014
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Mike Cook
205-489-5111
mcook01@fs.fed.us
Description: Install a 3100 foot X 21 foot waterline along Hwy 278 and County Road 2
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43980
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Township 10 South, Range 8 West, Sections 27 & 34 Township 10 South, Range 8 West, Sections 27 & 34
Greater Collier Watershed Forest Health and Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
03/03/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Alton Gaskins
205-489-5111
agaskins@fs.fed.us
Description: Shortleaf Pine and Oak Woodland Restoraton
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42468
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bankhead National Forest, Alabama. Project is located in Winston and Lawrence Counties.
Owl Creek Trail System - Re-route
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Mike Cook
205-489-5111
mcook01@fs.fed.us
Description: Owl Creek Trail System re-route and maintenance project
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. LEGAL - T8S, R7W Owl Creek Trail System, Bankhead National Forest
Special Use Permit - Alabama Power Company Distribution Line, Winston County Road 91
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/14/2012
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Mike Cook
205-489-5111
mcook01@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit to install new single phase power line within the existing 15' right-of-way along Winston County Road 91.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40040
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Section 24, T10S, R8W Bankhead National Forest, Winston County Road 91
Special Use Permit - Reggie Watts Right-of-way
CE
- Special use management In Progress

07/14/2012
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
11/12/2013
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 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.
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Section 36, Township 7 South, Range 10 West Off of Franklin County Road 138
Tim Smith Permanent Easement SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/18/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Mike Cook
205-489-5111
mcook01@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit for a right-of-way for access to private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43979
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Section 5, Township 10 South, Range 7 West (off Forest Service road 121B) Section 5, Township 10 South, Range 7 West (off Forest Service road 121B)
National Forests in Alabama , Oakmulgee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Deer Pen Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
05/2014
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 Michael Caylor
205-926-9765
mcaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: To provide resiliency and sustainability by restoring species composition, structure, and function through a series of actions designed to favor native species on native sites
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44156
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb. LEGAL - Township 22 North, Range 07 East, portions of Sections 4,5,7, 8,and 9. The Deer Pen Restoration Plan area is located in the west central portion of the TNF, Oakmulgee District in Bibb County, Alabama. The area is inventoried as Oakmulge Compartment 51.
Midstory Removal in RCW Habitat 2014
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Michael Caylor
205-926-9765 x206
mcaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed action of cut and leave midstory removal to restore open woodland conditions on 315 acres. The treatment areas are located within or adjacent to seven red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) clusters.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43813
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 45, 49, 59 & 67 of the Talladega NF, Oakmulgee District ( Bibb County Alabama)
National Forests in Alabama , Shoal Creek Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aeonian Environmental Analysis
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
03/05/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Daniel Wagner
256-362-2909
dswagner@fs.fed.us
Description: 2100 acres within Compartments 30, 31, 40 and 47 on the Shoal Creek Ranger District. Include approximately 1600 acres of thinning and 500 acres of clearcuts with reforestation, including chemical site preparation, site prep burning and release.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41423
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Calhoun, Cleburne. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 30, 31, 40 and 47
Alabama Power Company - Heflin-Choccolocco Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/30/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Mary Humphries
256-362-2909 x 145
mhumphries@fs.fed.us
Description: Existing transmission line %u2013 perpetual right of way, need to use access roads on Forest Service Lands
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Cleburne. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 16S, Range 9E, Section 12 and Township 16S, Range 10E, Section 7
Cheatwood Easement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/12/2013
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Mary Humphries
256-362-2909 x 145
mhumphries@fs.fed.us
Description: Easement to allow access to private property
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42643
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Cleburne. LEGAL - Township 17S, Range 9E, Section 10 Township 17S, Range 9E, Section 10
National Forests in Alabama , Talladega Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alabama Power Company / Southern Electric Generation Company - Gaston-Yellow Dirt Transmission Line
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
07/08/2013
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Mary Humphries
256-362-2909 x 145
mhumphries@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of eight structures on existing right-of-way and construction of bridge over Hatchett Creek for maintenance access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42206
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay, Talladega. LEGAL - Not Applicable SEC 25, 26, 27 & 28, TWN 20S. RNG 5E as well as SEC 30, TWN 20S, RNG 6E
Horn Mountain Communication Tower
EA
- Facility management In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
06/28/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
05/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Jeremy Brand
256-362-2909
jbrand@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of new telecommunication tower at existing communications site on Horn Mountain
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42473
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Talladega. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 20 South Range 5 East Section 12 - Horn Mountain Communications Site
Kentuck OHV Trail - White Loop Re Route
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2014
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Lesley Hodge
256-463-2273
lhodge@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of ~300 ft of new OHV trail and decommissionment of ~200 ft of existing trail due to soil erosion.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43830
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Talladega. LEGAL - Not Applicable Kentuck OHV Trail of the Talladega Ranger District
National Forests in Alabama , Tuskegee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Road construction & or road realignment at the Uchee Shooting Range, & parking lot improvement.
EA
- Facility management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2010
Expected: 12/2010 12/2010 Darrius Truss
334-727-2652
dtruss@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct an additional lane or loop road to provide more structured access that will mitigate the current safety threat and provide additional parking for the increased use at Uchee.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. Tuskegee National Forest
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