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):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- Daniel Boone National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Ranger District
- Daniel Boone National Forest, London Ranger District
- Daniel Boone National Forest, Stearns Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land ownership management
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Land management planning
- Watershed management
- Land acquisition
- Grazing management
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Special use management
- Road management
- Minerals and Geology
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Heritage resource management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Julie Molzahn
406-826-4352
jmolzahn@fs.fed.us
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for the Arizona National Scenic Trail and management corridor.
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Arizona National Scenic Trail goes from the Coronado NM to the Utah Border at Vermillion Cliffs- 800 miles south to north across the State of Arizona.
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
Additional HWA Treatment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Damien Zona
859-745-3114
dzona@fs.fed.us
Description: Collaboratively identify new locations to treat hemlocks for the woolly adelgid (HWA). Any new locations would be in addition to those approved for treatment in the March 2011 decision for the Suppression of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Infestations
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 Exact treatment locations have not yet been selected; it would occur on specific NFS lands across the Forest. The proposal will result from collaboration w/h interested partners; details forthcoming.
Forest Plan Administrative Change
CE
- Land management planning Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 05/26/2016
05/2016 Elizabeth Robinson
859-745-3151
elizabethlrobinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposes an administrative change to the Forest Plan to comply with 2012 planning rule, codified at 36 Code of Federal Regulations Part 219. This change would add new monitoring questions to the existing Monitoring and Evaluation program.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48844
Location: UNIT - Daniel Boone National Forest All Units. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bath, Clay, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, McCreary, Menifee, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe. LEGAL - Not Applicable All public lands managed by the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.
Invasive Plant Species Treatment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Comment Period
05/04/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 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, Cumberland Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Emerald Ash Borer Control in Clear Fork White Ash Plantation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/11/2016
04/2016 Jeffrey Lewis
606-784-6428
jefflewis@fs.fed.us
Description: Injection of a diluted solution of an insecticide called Imidacloprid into the soil around the base of the trees in the plantation early in the spring.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48620
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Rowan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Clear Fork drainage in northern Rowan County
Commercial Timber Harvest in the Beaver Creek Watershed
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/02/2008
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 Jeffrey Lewis
606-784-6428
jefflewis@fs.fed.us
Description: 303 acres of commercial timber harvest designed to improve tree vigor or establish young forest. 170 acres of two-aged shelterwood and 133 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.
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bath, Rowan, Wolfe. Between Harvey and Road Branches north of Morehead, Kentucky
Sand Lick Fork Watershed Restoration
EIS
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management
Cancelled N/A N/A Jon Kazmierski
(606) 784-6428
jkazmierski@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)
Triplett Creek
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 06/07/2016
06/2016 Elizabeth Robinson
859-745-3151
elizabethlrobinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct (1) mastication of woody material, (2) controlled burning, and (3) planting of desired grasses and forbs to reduce the midstory layer and treat fuels. This project would be done in cooperation with University of Kentucky researchers.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46069
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bath, Rowan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fern Bluff and Caney Areas in southwestern Rowan County and eastern Bath Counties, Kentucky. Project areas are adjacent to Cave Run Lake Dam. Spartman and Buffalo Branches in Rowan County.
Winona Stream Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Facility management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/27/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Jon Kazmierski
606-784-6428
jkazmierski@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore the stream and construct a wetland complex by lowering the spillway of the dam.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49063
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located at Winona Lake near Stanton, KY.
Daniel Boone National Forest, London Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Gap Stand Improvement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
05/23/2016
Expected: 07/2016 10/2016 Jared Calvert
606-598-2192 x107
jaredcalvert@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would improve approximately 2,900 acres of young (less than 30 years of age) sapling/pole-sized mixed hardwood stands by thinning the current overcrowded conditions. This would promote healthier stands and improve wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49089
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Jackson, Laurel, Lee, Owsley, Rockcastle, Whitley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 75% of the stands to be treated are in the Bear Gap area of Jackson County and northeast to Owsley Co. Remaining stands are in Laurel, Rockcastle, Whitley, and Lee Counties.
Kentucky Utilities Special Use Authorization Amendment: Transmission Tower #157 Replacement
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 05/23/2016
05/2016 Thomas Kean
606-864-4163
tomkean@fs.fed.us
Description: Kentucky Utilities needs to replace an electric tower near Mount Victory that is too low, resulting in transmission lines being too low for safety. Project will cause some ground disturbance within the current ROW. Rehab of site will occur.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49471
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable Between Mount Victory, Kentucky and the Rockcastle River.
National Forest System Road 43 Repair Project
CE
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 06/20/2016
07/2016 Jason Nedlo
606-864-4163
jnedlo@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruct storm-damaged National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 43 (a.k.a. Whetstone Road) near the town of McKee, Kentucky, to address safety, travel management, and water quality issues.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48445
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System Road 43 (Whetstone Road) near McKee, Jackson County, Kentucky.
Van Hook Overlook Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Facility management
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 06/15/2016
07/2016 William Ryan
270-924-2179
wryan@fs.fed.us
Description: The project consists of replacing unstable steps with three flights of stairs and a small viewing platform overlooking Van Hook Falls on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. Labor and materials to be donated by the Sheltowee Trace Assoc.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49375
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Laurel. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lat/Long: 84 16 50.415, 37 01 27.764 in Laurel County, KY, at Van Hook Falls along the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.
White Fringeless Orchid Rehabilitation Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 06/15/2016
06/2016 Beth Christensen
606-864-4163
bachristensen@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a groundwater dam to retain water at a white fringeless orchid site. These orchids are a proposed threatened species found only in a "Streamhead Seep/ Bog Rare Community." Natural and man-made disturbances are threatening the site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49707
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project site is located just east of Mount Victory, Kentucky, near Forest System Road 5068 approximately 15 feet south of the powerline right-of-way.
Wildlife Opening Maintenance EA
EA
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special area management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Beth Christensen
606-864-4163
bachristensen@fs.fed.us
Description: Project will analyze various methods of maintaining wildlife openings on the London District. Methods may include mowing, plowing & planting, masticating, burning, and/or herbicides. Currently, mowing is inadequate for proper management.
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Jackson, Laurel. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area, south of McKee, Jackson Co., Kentucky, and Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, west of London, Laurel County, Kentucky.
Daniel Boone National Forest, Stearns Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Frantom, Madden and Mills Special Use Authorizations
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/25/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Laurie Smith
606-376-5323
lauriesmith@fs.fed.us
Description: If approved, this project would authorize three individuals special use of NFS lands for personal use. Uses include a existing boat dock, a new boat dock and road access to private property surrounded by NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49467
Location: UNIT - Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - McCreary. LEGAL - Not Applicable Downstream of Barnett Bend on the Cumberland River in McCreary County, KY; at Jasper Bend on the Cumberland River in Pulaski County, KY; and off Curt Pond Ridge, NFS Road 853 in Pulaski County, KY.
Greenwood Vegetation Management
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/18/2014
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 John Hull
606-376-5323
jahull@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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44085
Location: UNIT - Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - McCreary, Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable Scattered locations around McCreary County, Kentucky
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