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, 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
Revised LRMP Amendment Updating Standards for Federally Listed Bat Species (LRMP Amendment)
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Land management planning Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/09/2017
05/2017 James Rickard
770 297 3070
jrickard@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal would include the addition of seven new standards and modifications to two existing standards in the LRMP.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44342
Location: UNIT - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Banks, Catoosa, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Greene, Habersham, Jasper, Jones, Lumpkin, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White, Whitfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest-wide, Georgia
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
05/2017
Expected: 07/2017 10/2017 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
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
06/03/2014
Expected: 07/2017 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: 06/2017 07/2017 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
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) SUP
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017
Actual: 04/20/2017
05/2017 Towdy Tipton
706-745-6928
towdytipton@fs.fed.us
Description: GADNR has requested permission to install a drilled water well at the Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) check station to supply the facility with potable water.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50601
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The location of the Rich Mountain WMA is approximately 4 miles east of Cherry Log, GA on Rock Creek Road.
Jake and Bull RTP (Jones Crk. Dam Reroute)
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/04/2017
Expected: 07/2017 10/2017 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: 05/2017 07/2017 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
Cemetery Maintenance permit for Howard Farmer - SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/26/2017
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit for cemetery maintenance for Howard Farmer.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50414
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stephens County, Georgia
Chattooga River Ranger District FY17 Prescribe Burning
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/09/2016
Expected: 04/2017 08/2017 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
Helenback Trail Run Recreation Event
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017
Actual: 04/18/2017
04/2017 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The Helenback LLC has requested authorization to conduct the Helenback Trail Run recreation event on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The event would include a full marathon, half marathon, and 5K distance races.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51727
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - White. LEGAL - Not Applicable The event would use a combination of roads and trails on NFS lands in White County, GA.
Installation of Permanent Flag Pole on Currahee Mountain.
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 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
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 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 SUP for North Georgia Social Club
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/26/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 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
04/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 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).
Satolah Fire House Relocation - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 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

   *UPDATED*
- 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
801-999-2171
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 - Rabun. 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
04/26/2016
Expected: 06/2017 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
FY 17 Prescribed Fire Projects
CE
- Fuels management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
Expected: 10/2017 12/2017 Jeffrey Schardt
706-695-6736
jrschardt@fs.fed.us
Description: FY 17 Prescribed burning projects.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49721
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Walker County, GA
Fightingtown Creek Early Successional Habitat Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
09/17/2015
Expected: 07/2017 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
Johns Creek Trout Habitat Enhancement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Ruth Stokes
706-695-6736
rbstokes@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the project is to improve trout habitat by adding large woody debris in the form of cover logs and instream structures. This would create pools for holding trout during the warm summer months.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51324
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Floyd. LEGAL - Not Applicable The location of this project is Johns Creek (Everett Springs Road in Floyd county, GA).
Songbird Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
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
05/2017
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
General plant collection for Emory University Herbarium
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Research Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/04/2017
05/2017 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
770-297-3051
nelsongonzalezsullow@fs.fed.us
Description: The collection work will be done in the Oconee Ranger District. The primary purpose of this plant collection is to be used in undergraduate biology and ecology classes to teach student about common taxa representative of key ecosystem of the SE US.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51801
Location: UNIT - Oconee Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Oconee Ranger District.
Ocmulgee Bluff Trail Bridge Project.
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2017
Expected: 05/2017 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 about ecology of bark beetles in the Oconee National Forest (ONF) during 2017-2018
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Research Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/04/2017
05/2017 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
770-297-3051
nelsongonzalezsullow@fs.fed.us
Description: The objective of this research is to assess attractiveness of highly-purified exo-brevicomin released by BTB, which may act synergistically with frontalin for attracting SPB to suitable host trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51802
Location: UNIT - Oconee Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Oconee Ranger District.
Special Use Authorization to AT&T for transportation and utility systems on National Forest Land.
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2017
Expected: 05/2017 09/2017 Jeff McDonald
770-485-7110, Ext. 103
jmcdonald@fs.fed.us
Description: SUP authorization-AT&T proposal to bury a 48-fiber optic cable, 2.5 miles along Cold Springs Rd and through 4 areas of National Forest Land to reach Private residences in Green County, GA
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51181
Location: UNIT - Oconee Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Greene. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cold Springs Road, Greensboro, Greene County GA
Town Creek ATV Trail Improvement Project.
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2017
Expected: 05/2017 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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