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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- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Blueridge Ranger District
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Chattooga River Ranger District
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Conasauga Ranger District
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Oconee Ranger District


Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Research project to study to interactions between two species of two-lined salamander
CE
- Research Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 05/08/2017
07/2017 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
770-297-3051
nelsongonzalezsullow@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposal to investigate genetic and ecological interactions between two species of two-lined salamander (Eurycea wilderae and E. cirrigera) at their zone of contact during the Spring and Summer of this year
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52198
Location: UNIT - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Madison, Rabun, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Effects of the 2016 fires on soil invertebrates in the Conasauga and Chattooga River Ranger District
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Research Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 06/29/2017
07/2017 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
770-297-3051
nelsongonzalezsullow@fs.fed.us
Description: To investigate the effects of the 2016 fires (Rock Mountain and Rough Ridges) on soil invertebrates in the Conasauga and Chattooga River Ranger Districts
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52196
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District, Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project will be located in the Chattooga River and Conasauga Ranger Districts
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Blueridge Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 Outfitter/Guide Permits - BRRD
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Towdy Tipton
706-745-6928
towdytipton@fs.fed.us
Description: 2017 Outfitter/Guide Permits for the Blue Ridge RD
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50442
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fannin County, Georgia
Cooper Creek Watershed Project.
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
06/03/2014
Expected: 10/2017 01/2018 James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us
Description: More detailed information at http://go.usa.gov/cySmC
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44385
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Union County, Georgia
Duncan Ridge Trail Reroutes - Rhodes Mtn to Fish Gap
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/23/2016
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Towdy Tipton
706-745-6928
towdytipton@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to relocate 2 miles of the Duncan Ridge Trail to a more sustainable location and maintain the existing trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48795
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail located in Fannin and Gilmer Counties, GA
Jake and Bull RTP (Jones Crk. Dam Reroute)
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/04/2017
Expected: 07/2017 09/2017 Towdy Tipton
706-745-6928
towdytipton@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail reroute at Jake and Bull RTP (Jones Crk. Dam)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50440
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lumpkin County, Georgia
Rich Mountain WMA Habitat Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us
Description: Rich Mountain WMA Habitat Improvement
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42538
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gilmer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Gilmer County, Georgia
Small Whorled Pogonia Habitat
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us
Description: Small Whorled Pogonia Habitat Improvement
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45495
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fannin County, Georgia
Whissenhunt OHV Trail System Improvement
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2016
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Towdy Tipton
706-745-6928
towdytipton@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to perform maintenance on the sections of trail that are draining poorly and construct or relocate five miles of trail in conjunction with the decommissioning of tow miles of existing trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48671
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The trail is located in Lumpkin County, Georgia.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Chattooga River Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chattooga River Ranger District FY17 Prescribe Burning
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/09/2016
Expected: 08/2017 12/2017 Ryan Peacock
706-754-6221
rpeacock@fs.fed.us
Description: FY17 Prescribe Burning
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49683
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, White. LEGAL - Not Applicable FY17 Prescribe Burning in Habersham, Rabun, Stephens & White Counties, GA
Commercial Filming (Using UAS) - SUP
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 12/2017 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial filming in multiple counties, Georgia.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52125
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, White. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple counties in Georgia.
Installation of Permanent Flag Pole on Currahee Mountain.
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/02/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is located in the Chattooga River Ranger District on Currahee Mountain.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51512
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Chattooga River Ranger District on Currahee Mountain.
Locust Stake OHV Trail Mtce. & Reconstruction Project
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Jill Davis Belanger
706-754-6221
jdavisbelanger@fs.fed.us
Description: Locust Stake OHV Tail Mtce. & Reconstuction Project
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44150
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stephens County, Georgia
Multi-year Permits for Rabun Half Marathon and Sky to Summit Recreation Events
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is located in the Chattooga River Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51510
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Chattooga River Ranger District.
Outfitter/Guide - New Vision East (Blue Ridge and Chattooga River Ranger Districts)
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 10/2017 12/2017 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Outfitter/Guide SUP (New Vision East)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52127
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, White. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple counties in Georgia
Outfitter/Guide SUP for North Georgia Social Club
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/26/2017
Expected: 10/2017 03/2018 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit Outfitter/Guide for North Georgia Social Club
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50413
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rabun County, Georgia
Rabun County Board of Commissioners Coleman River Road Paving
CE
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The entire project would involve approximately 1.57 miles, with the south end of the project being the intersection with County Road #216/87 (Persimmon Road) and the north end being the National Forest boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41594
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rabun County, Georgia
Re-route portion of Vandiver Road FSR #418
CE
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 12/2017 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is located in the Chattooga River Ranger District on Vandiver Road (FSR 418).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51509
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Chattooga River Ranger District on Vandiver Road (FSR 418).
Research study looking for Brook Floater in the Chattooga River
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Research Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/06/2017
07/2017 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
770-297-3051
nelsongonzalezsullow@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposal to sampling approximately 20-40 sites in a 25-miles reach of the Chattooga River looking for the Brook Floater.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52197
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable From Burrells Ford Rd downstream to Tugaloo Lake.
Satolah Fire House Relocation - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate the Satolah Fire House on Forest Service land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50856
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rabun County, Georgia
Stream Habitat Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 David Vinson
706-782-3320
dtvinson@fs.fed.us
Description: Moving structures for habitat improvement along streams.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50855
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun, White. LEGAL - Not Applicable Habersham, Rabun and White Counties, Georgia
Tallulah Falls Road Line Branch Culvert
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/05/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
770-297-3051
nelsongonzalezsullow@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the project is to replace an existing failing culvert with a larger culvert that will be able to control large volumes of water within Line Branch during storm and high rainfall events.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51835
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Towns. LEGAL - Not Applicable The location of the proposed project is approximately 875 feet north of the Towns County line.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Conasauga Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Armuchee Healthy Forests Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/24/2017
10/2017 Danny Skojac
479-964-7574
dskojac@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is designed to reduce the risk for southern pine beetle (SPB) infestations in over-crowded pine stands and restore the ecological integrity of those stands by moving them towards a more ecologically appropriate composition.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48119
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Chattooga, Floyd, Walker, Whitfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Potential project areas would include National Forest System lands located on the Armuchee unit of the Conasauga Ranger District.
Cohutta Springs SUP - Outfitter/Guide Services.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/28/2016
Expected: 08/2017 10/2017 Jerome Bennett
706-695-6736
jeromebennett@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit services for Cohutta Springs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50315
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Murray. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in Murray County, Georgia
Electric Utility Right-of-Way Development
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Jerome Bennett
706-695-6736 ext 101
jeromebennett@fs.fed.us
Description: Constructing an electric utility ROW in Gordon and Walker Counties, GA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52053
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gordon, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located in Gordon and Walker Counties, Georgia.
Fightingtown Creek Early Successional Habitat Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
09/17/2015
Expected: 09/2017 01/2018 Ruth Stokes
706-695-6736
rbstokes@fs.fed.us
Description: Fightingtown Creek Early Successional Habitat Project
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44961
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fannin County, Georgia
NGEMC SUP
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/18/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Jerome Bennett
706-695-6736 ext 101
jeromebennett@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action includes permitting NGEMC of Dalton, GA to install 1 mile of new overhead utility line within an existing GA DOT HWY 136 right-of-way.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52395
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gordon, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in Walker and Gordon counties in Georgia.
Songbird Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 10/2017 01/2018 Kevin Vasalinda
706-695-6736
kvasalinda@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute the Songbird Trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49389
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Murray. LEGAL - Not Applicable Murray County, Georgia
Stover Creek - Pinhoti Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 Kevin Vasalinda
706-695-6736
kvasalinda@fs.fed.us
Description: Stover Creek - Pinhoti Trail Connector
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45432
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Whitfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pinhoti Trail Connector - Stover Creek in Whitfield County, Georgia
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Oconee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ocmulgee Bluff Trail Bridge Project.
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Jeff McDonald
770-485-7110, Ext. 103
jmcdonald@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install a trail bridge along the Ocmulgee Bluff Equestrian Trail, at Crows Creek, Oconee Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51179
Location: UNIT - Oconee Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Jasper. LEGAL - Not Applicable Jasper County, Monticello, Georgia, south to the intersection of Highway 83 and the Ocmulgee River.
Research Study on the Ips avulsus beetle outbreak
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Research Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 06/27/2017
07/2017 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
770-297-3051
nelsongonzalezsullow@fs.fed.us
Description: To conduct research on the on the Ips avulsus beetle outbreak that the Oconee Ranger District (ORD).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52195
Location: UNIT - Oconee Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable The field sites for this project will be located at the Oconee National Forest in the following locations: Compartment 104: stands 9 and 12 and Compartment 149: stands 16, 17, 13, 14, 15, and 19.
Town Creek ATV Trail Improvement Project.
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Heritage resource management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Jeff McDonald
770-485-7110, Ext. 103
jmcdonald@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install a boardwalk, install 3 small bridges and harden approximately 300 ft. of trail surface (The Project) across creeks, tributaries and wet depressions intersecting the Town Creek ATV Trail (TCATV).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51180
Location: UNIT - Oconee Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Greene. LEGAL - Not Applicable , FSR1241 between Penfield Road and Hensley Road surrounding Town Creek, 12 miles north of Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.