Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Daniel Boone National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Daniel Boone National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Daniel Boone National Forest , Cumberland Ranger District
- Daniel Boone National Forest , London Ranger District
- Daniel Boone National Forest , Redbird Ranger District
- Daniel Boone National Forest , Stearns 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
Daniel Boone National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Invasive Plant Species Treatment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
07/17/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
07/2014
Expected: 01/2015 03/2015 David Taylor
859-745-3167
dtaylor02@fs.fed.us
Description: Control or eradication of invasive plant species using one or more of the following treatment methods: manual, mechanical, chemical, biological and others. If approved, proposed actions would be implemented on each of the four Ranger Districts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26548
Location: UNIT - Daniel Boone National Forest All Units. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bath, Clay, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forestwide where non-native plants are known to occur and where new locations are found
Daniel Boone National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abandoned Mine Lands Safety Restoration
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
05/13/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Claudia Cotton
859-745-3115
ccotton@fs.fed.us
Description: Abandoned mining sites with features, such as portals, adits, shafts, subsidence, structures, and equipment that are either environmental or safety hazards would be restored to other productive uses.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35674
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District, Stearns Ranger District, Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay, Jackson, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Owsley, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Whitley. LEGAL - Not Applicable On abandoned coal mine sites on London, Stearns and Redbird Ranger Districts
Daniel Boone National Forest , Cumberland Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Commercial timber harvest in the Beaver Creek Watershed
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/02/2008
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Jeffrey Lewis
606-784-6428
jefflewis@fs.fed.us
Description: 401 acres of commercial timber harvest designed to improve tree vigor or establish young forest. 292 acres of two-aged shelterwood and 109 acres of thinning in 11 distinct areas. Herbicide treatment of selected species within shelterwood areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25765
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Menifee. LEGAL - Project on Kendrick Ridge, Cape Branch, Gladie Branch, Joes Branch, and Carter Branch Beaver Creek Watershed west of Cave Run Lake
Harvey Branch Special Use: Road Access
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Carey Loomis
606-784-6428
careyloomis@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed issuance of a Special Use Permit for construction of a temporary road on national forest system land for private land access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38501
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bath, Rowan, Wolfe. Between Harvey and Road Branches north of Morehead, Kentucky
Reroute Morehead section of Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress

02/21/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Lee Breth
606-663-2852
lbreth@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-route approximately 11 miles of the existing Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail open to bikers and hikers in Rowan County to new location on newly constructed trail, exisiting system trails, system roads, and public roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43707
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Rowan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Corridor extending from Eagle Lake on MSU Campus to Mill Branch near Limestone Knob.
Riparian area improvement in Beaver and Buck Creeks
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Tom Biebighauser
606-784-6428
jefflewis@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvement of stream channel condition on 5 miles of exisiting streams. Establishment of woody vegetation on 22 acres of existing grasslands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25770
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Menifee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Beaver and Buck Creeks west of Cave Run Lake
Sand Lick Fork Watershed Restoration
EIS
- Road management
- Minerals and Geology
- Watershed management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/11/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Tom Biebighauser
606-784-6428
tombiebighauser@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve water quality and reduce soil loss by plugging abandoned oil wells, removing flowing lines, restoration of stream channels and associated floodplains, and managing /maintaining the many open roads in the Sand Lick Fork area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18901
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - National Forest System Lands in Powell County, Kentucky bounded on the east by Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Includes lands in Sand Lick Fork, Barker Branch, Pot Hollow, and Sand Cave Branch Sand Fork watershed (Hydrologic Unit Code # 05100204-140-090)
Daniel Boone National Forest , London Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ano / Goodwater Warm Season Grass Restoration and Maintenance Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Beth Christensen
606-864-4163
bachristensen@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove areas of autum olive, bush honeysuckle, and other non-native invasive species; plant native warm season grasses, legumes. Removal would be accomplished with heavy equipment and hand tools. Planting would be done by machine and by hand.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33871
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable This site is approximately 12 miles west of London and 12 miles east of Somerset
London Fuels Treatment
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Alison Coons
606-376-5323 ext 104
acoons@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct controlled burning in forty-one (41) areas across the district to reduce fuel loading, reduce fire regime condition class and promote fire-mediated upland ecosystems.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40207
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Jackson, Laurel, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Whitley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Scattered areas across the London Ranger District
Daniel Boone National Forest , Redbird Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Billy Joe Osborn Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Jacob Rhyne
850-926-3561 ext6545
jdrhyne@fs.fed.us
Description: Use of Forest Service land for pasture.
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Small pasture/field area near the Osborn residence.
Goose Creek Coal Lease KYES 053729
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Patti Davis
859-745-3149
pattildavis@fs.fed.us
Description: The FS proposes to issue a consent to lease to BLM and BLM proposes to lease federal coal. No surface disturbance is planned on National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24712
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Upper Goose Creek
Special Use Re-Authorizations
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 John Hull
606-598-2192
jahull@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue new special use authorizations for a new term for a previously permitted use. Up to twenty-five (25) permits are due for renewal.
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay, Leslie, Owsley. LEGAL - Not Applicable District-wide
Spencer Branch Coal Lease KYES 051689
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Patti Davis
859-745-3149
pattildavis@fs.fed.us
Description: The FS proposes to issue a consent to lease to BLM and BLM proposes to lease federal coal. No surface disturbance is planned on National Forest System lands. Formerly known as Compliance Coal Lease KYES 051689.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25392
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Leslie. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bear Branch Area
Spring Creek Vegetation Management
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/22/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 John Hull
606-598-2192
jahull@fs.fed.us
Description: Provide for a variety of habitat conditions to augment forest health and vigor. Proposed activities include 161 ac. commercial harvest (80 ac.-two-age shelterwood, 81 ac.-thinning), 249 ac. of crop tree release, and construction of 3 wildlife ponds.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28443
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Spring Creek & Flat Creek areas west of KY-66.
Daniel Boone National Forest , Stearns Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Greenwood Vegetation Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Mike Lick
606-376-5323
mlick@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve wildlife habitat conditions by conducting forest thinning, even-and two-aged regeneration, midstory removal, chemical maintenance of wildlife openings, vernal pond construction, prescribed burning, and chemical NNIS plant treatment.
Location: UNIT - Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - McCreary, Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable Scattered locations around McCreary County, Kentucky
Southfork Coal Lease KYES 051088
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
08/2014
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 Patti Davis
859-745-3149
pattildavis@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to lease a tract of federal coal and the Forest Service proposes to issue a consent to lease to BLM. Proposed lease area is approximately 64 acres, and no surface disturbance is proposed on NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=2437
Location: UNIT - Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - McCreary, Whitley. LEGAL - Not Applicable On Tracts C-1888 and 1941c-IV
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