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, 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
NFsAL Indiana Bat Forest Plan Amendment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/02/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Gary Shurette
334-241-8143
gshurette@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend the Revised Forest Plan(2004) to remove FW-106 which deals with growing season burning and to restructure standards FW-101, FW-102 and FW-104, which deal with snag and roost retention and upland water sources, in Indiana Bat management areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39772
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
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: 04/2015 12/2015 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
BNF Rush Creek/NFSR 263 Culvert Replacement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2014
Actual: 11/20/2014
02/2015 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)
Bankhead Compartment 30 Midstory Removal Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2015
Actual: 12/16/2014
03/2015 Jera Cochran
205-489-5111
jacochran@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove midstory vegetation with hand tools on approximately 48 acres to improve wildlife habitat and restore native forest communities, specifically oak woodlands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45509
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Sections 26 and 35, Township 8 South, Range 7 West, Lawrence County, Alabama Bankhead National Forest, Compartment 30, Stand 4, Forest Service Road 262 near the Owl Creek Horse Camp.
Greater Collier Watershed Forest Health and Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/03/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 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.
Houston Longleaf Restoration Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/20/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2015
Expected: 01/2016 02/2016 Alton Gaskins
205-489-5111
agaskins@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
Owl Creek Trail System - Re-route
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/23/2012
Est. Comment Period
01/2015
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 Mike Cook
205-489-5111
mcook01@fs.fed.us
Description: Owl Creek Trail System re-route and maintenance project
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38211
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. LEGAL - T8S, R7W Owl Creek Trail System, Bankhead National Forest
Special Use Permit - Reggie Watts Right-of-way
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/14/2012
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 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: 01/2015 02/2015 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
Tim Smith Permanent Easement SUP
CE
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A 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
Pipeline Northwest Restoration Plan
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Michael Caylor
205-926-9765
mcaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: The EA provides analysis proposed to build a more resilient landscape capable of naturally absorbing natural events such as severe weather, fire and insect infestations. Actions will enhance the ecological function of natural stands.
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb, Hale, Tuscaloosa. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Pipeline NW Restoration Plan area consists of 8,783 acres of NFS lands located in the northwest portion of the TNF, Oakmulgee District in Bibb, Tuscaloosa and Hale Counties in Alabama.
National Forests in Alabama, Shoal Creek Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2015 Shoal Creek Ranger District Midstory Removal
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/02/2014
Expected: 12/2014 03/2015 Jonathan Stober
256-463-2272
jstober@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing a mid-story removal for approximately 318 acres on the Shoal Creek Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45829
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Cleburne. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is in the vicinity along Forest Service roads 553, and 500.
Aeonian Environmental Analysis
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
08/29/2013
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
Shoal Creek Road Access
EA
- Road management In Progress
Comment Period
07/29/2014
Expected: 04/2015 12/2016 David Rasmussen
256-463-2273
derasmussen@fs.fed.us
Description: Project includes the removal of gates within the Big Oak Physically Disabled Hunting Area, closing of approximately 6.3 miles of open roads, decommissioning of 20.5 mile of closed roads, and altering seasonal closure dates.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44925
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Roads across the 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
Amaranthine Environmental Assessment
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
06/06/2014
Expected: 04/2015 01/2016 Art Henderson
256-362-2909
arthenderson@fs.fed.us
Description: Treatment of approximately 2,000 acres through intermediate thinning and regeneration treatments to restore montain longleaf pine ecosystems
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44473
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay, Talladega. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area is located near Cemetary Mountain and NFSR 637 near the Guntertown community.
Commercial Filming / Wallis Visuals LLC (Michael Walters) FY2014
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2014
Actual: 10/16/2014
10/2014 Gloria Nielsen
256-362-2909 x121
glorianielsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial Filming for Alabama Tourism Campaign
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45693
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southern end of Talladega Scenic Drive
High Noon Entertainment Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2014
Actual: 10/16/2014
10/2014 Gloria Nielsen
256-362-2909 x121
glorianielsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial filming on Talladega Scenic Drive for Travel Channel TV Show
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45692
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southern End of Talladega Scenic Drive
Horn Mountain Communication Tower
EA
- Facility management Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2014
Actual: 12/05/2014
01/2015 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
NFSR 601 Culvert
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/12/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 David Rasmussen
256-463-2273
derasmussen@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of existing low water crossing with a large bottomless culvert to allow free passage of aquatic organism
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45125
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay, Talladega. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest Service Road 601 between FSR 601B and FSR 607
Tallaseehatchee Bridge
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/12/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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
Road construction & or road realignment at the Uchee Shooting Range, & parking lot improvement.
CE
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Facility management
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2012
Actual: 05/04/2012
08/2012 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. LEGAL - R25E, T18N, Section 31 Tuskegee National Forest
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