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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- National Forests in Alabama, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- 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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
NFsAL Forest Plan Monitoring Plan Transition
CE
- Land management planning Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Felicia Humphrey
334-241-8146
fhumphrey@fs.fed.us
Description: Update Forest Plan Monitoring Plan to meet requirements of 2012 Planning Rule. This effort will result in an Administrative Change to the Forest Plan and is NOT a NEPA decision. NEPA project webpage used to increase visibility for public convenience.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48481
Location: UNIT - National Forests in Alabama All Units. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb, Calhoun, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Covington, Escambia, Franklin, Hale, Lawrence, Macon, Perry, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Winston. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forests in Alabama
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: 08/2016 08/2016 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
Bankhead 2016 Forest Health Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/24/2015
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Lorenzo Walton
205-489-5111
lwalton03@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve forest health while concurrently reducing the risk of Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) outbreak through the thinning of overstocked pine stands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48347
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Not Applicable The northern and southern portions of Bankhead RD encompassing Areas 1 and 3 as defined in the Bankhead Forest Health and Restoration Project.
Brushy Lake Recreation Area Timber Salvage
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/28/2016
05/2016 William Addison
205-489-5111
wbaddison@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct a commercial salvage timber harvest of wind-damaged trees within the Brushy Lake Recreation Area on approximately 4 acres.
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Section 4, Township 9 South, Range 7 West, Winston County, Alabama Brushy Lake Recreation Area, Bankhead National Forest
Houston Longleaf Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/20/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Lorenzo Walton
205-489-5111
lwalton03@fs.fed.us
Description: Longleaf Pine and Oak-Pine Woodland Restoration
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45918
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southern portion of Bankhead RD. Area 3-as defined in the Bankhead Forest Health and Restoration Project
Special Use Permit - Alabama Power Company Distribution Line, Winston County Road 91.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/14/2012
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 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.
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Winston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bankhead National Forest, Winston County Road 91.
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
Blue Springs West
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 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
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/15/2016
Expected: 09/2016 01/2017 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.
MC Davis Land Acquisition Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Land acquisition Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 06/2016 08/2016 Tim Mersmann
334-222-2555 ext.101
tmersmann@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a project to acquire 11 tracts of approximately 1050 acres from M.C. Davis estate to add to the Conecuh National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49499
Location: UNIT - Conecuh Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Covington, Escambia. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 12, 13, 14, 18, 37, 38, 40, 42, 56, and 69
Parker Springs Tower CE
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 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
Pearson Gap
CE
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/27/2016
05/2016 Michael Caylor
205-926-9765
mcaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: The Pearson Gap project is designed to improve the resiliency of important red-cockaded woodpecker habitat to southern pine beetle infestations, while moving the area toward the desired condition of longleaf woodlands with intermixed savannahs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48764
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb, Tuscaloosa. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Project area is located 15 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa Alabama in Compartments 8 and 12 of the Talladega NF, Oakmulgee District.
Pearson Gap Expanded
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/23/2015
Expected: 03/2016 05/2016 Michael Caylor
205-926-9765
mcaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: Project activities are designed 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=48448
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb, Tuscaloosa. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project Area is located 15 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama in Compartments 7, 10, 11, and 13
National Forests in Alabama, Shoal Creek Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Shoal Creek Healthy Forest Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/20/2016
05/2016 Jonathan Stober
256-463-2272
jstober@fs.fed.us
Description: Thinning of overstocked plantations to reduce southern pine beetle threat
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47939
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne. LEGAL - Not Applicable Shoal Creek Ranger District
National Forests in Alabama, Talladega Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Palustris Assessment Area
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/28/2016
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 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
Tuskegee NF P-burning FY16
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/11/2015
Expected: 01/2016 01/2016 Cameron Seals
334-727-2652
cseals@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct approximately 1350 acres of prescribed burning on the Tuskegee National Forest in Compartments 10,14,and 15 for fuel reduction and wildlife habitat improvement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48039
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 10, 14 and 15
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