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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- R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- 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


R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chattooga River Boating Access
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
10/08/2014
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 James Knibbs
803-561-4078
jknibbs@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to establish access points for boaters on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River within the boundaries of three National Forests (Chattahoochee, Nantahala and Sumter).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42568
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District, Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon, Oconee, Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Access points for boaters:Nantahala RD - Green Creek; Norton Mill and Bull Pen Bridge; Chattooga River RD - Burrells Ford Bridge; and, Andrew Pickens RD - Lick Log.
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 #4)
EA
- Land management planning In Progress
Comment Period
05/21/2014
Expected: 07/2015 09/2015 Michael Joyce
770-297-3032
mjoyce@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal would include the addition of eight 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
Appalachian Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2015
Expected: 07/2015 09/2015 Valencia Morris
706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to relocate two segments of the trail to more sustainable locations. This would provide a more sustainable, maintainable, and enjoyable trail experience.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46966
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sections of the Appalachian Trail near Gooch Gap and Cooper Gap in Lumpkin and Union Counties, GA.
Coopers Creek Watershed Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/03/2014
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us
Description: Duncan Ridge area between Mulky Gap Rd and Gillespie Branch Rd approximately 7 miles south of Blairsville, GA.
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
Dicks Creek Dispersed Camping Improvements
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/30/2015
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 Valencia Morris
706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to decommission the existing campsites that are within the riparian corridor and create new campsites across the road to reduce erosion and improve bank stabilization and watershed quality.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46892
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located within the Dicks Creek Dispersed Recreation Corridor in Lumpkin County, Georgia. This dispersed recreation corridor is adjacent to Dicks Creek.
Dockery Creek Road FLPMA Road Use - SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/08/2012
Expected: 04/2015 08/2015 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: Dockery Creek Homeowners Association (HA) has requested authorization to use a section of non-system road that crosses approximately 1,100 feet of NFS land beyond the county maintained portion of Dockery Creek Road in Union County, GA. historically
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34242
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Union County, Georgia
FY14 Trail Re-routes
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Valencia Morris
706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us
Description: FY14 New Trail Construction
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45494
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Union County, Georgia
GATC Konnarock Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 08/2015 12/2015 Valencia Morris
706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us
Description: GATC Konnarock Trail relocation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45497
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Konnarock Trail in Fannin and Union Counties, Georgia
Jake Bull New Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/22/2014
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Kathryn Hamilton
706-745-6928 x 131
kthamilton@fs.fed.us
Description: This new trail construction will be 1.5 mile long and it will connect with another trail on National Forest land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45900
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lumpkin and Union Counties, Georgia
Morganton Point Electric Expansion
CE
- Facility management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2015
Actual: 01/09/2015
09/2015 Valencia Morris
706-745-6928
vcmorris@fs.fed.us
Description: Morganton Point Electric Expansion
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45496
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Morganton Point in Fannin County, Georgia
Rich Mountain WMA Habitat Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2015
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2015
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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
Summer Recreation Events
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/20/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: Multi-organizations requesting SUP for the next 3 years for the summer recreation events on the BRRD.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46840
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable FS295, FS338, FS339, FS119, Aska Trail, Toccoa River Canoe Trail, Whissenhunt OHV Trail, and 6 miles south of Morganton, GA on west side of Hwy. 60.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Chattooga River Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chapman Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/28/2013
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit - Chapman Access Request
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32494
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Habersham County, Georgia
District-wide Trail Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/17/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Janice Miller
706-754-6221
janicepmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail reroutes for the following trails, Willis Knob, Bartram Trail, Frady Branch Loop Trail, Panther Creek Trail, Three Forks Trail, Sourwood Trail, Rhododendron, Rhododendron Lake Access and Lake Russell Trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45922
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun, Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Habersham, Rabun and Stephens Counties, GA
Energy Way Corporation Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/30/2013
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: A permit has been requested to access private property via National Forest System lands in northeastern Habersham County, Georgia. access road is approx. two miles south of Tallulah Falls via U.S. Hwy. 23/441 to County Road 385-Tugaloo Village Rd.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42511
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rabun County, Georgia
Frady Branch/Leatherwood Creek Loop Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/30/2013
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Janice Miller
(706) 754-6221 Ext. 105
janicepmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to redirect the trail to a sustainable grade and condition-avoiding the area where the trail bridge was washed out during the heavy rain event of September 2009.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41595
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stephens County, Georgia
Guard Camp Road Reroute
EA
- Road management In Progress
Comment Period
05/22/2013
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 John Westbrook
706-754-6221
jdwestbrook@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to implement the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Plan (2004) direction, by addressing TES species habitat, soil, water and transportation needs and opportunities within the Lake Russell WMA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40460
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Habersham County, Georgia
Ivester Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/28/2013
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit - Ivester Access Request
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32493
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Habersham County, Georgia
LaCount Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/28/2013
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: LaCount Access Request - Special Use Permit
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33218
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Habersham County, Georgia
Locust Stake OHV Trail Mtce. & Reconstruction Project
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
03/21/2014
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 Janice Miller
706-754-6221
janicepmiller@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
Rabun County Board of Commissioners Coleman River Road Paving
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/24/2013
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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
Rabun County Board of Commissioners Sandy Ford Road Paving
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Rabun Co. Board of Commissioners Sandy Ford Road Paving
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42998
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rabun County, Georgia
Soil and Water Watershed Restoration Projects - Charlie's Creek/Midway Road
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2015
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The primary objective of this project will be to close this road with gates at both access points (east and west ends), but maintain future access for adjacent landowners and administrative access by the Forest Service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45399
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens, Towns. LEGAL - Not Applicable Charlie's Creek and Midway Road in Stephens and Towns Counties, Georgia.
Stovall Small Tracts - 5.0
CE
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 05/2015 08/2015 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Stovall Small Tracts - 5.0
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42513
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable .
Upper Warwoman Vegetation Management.
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Comment Period
01/28/2013
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Mike Brod
706-754-6221
mbrod@fs.fed.us
Description: The conditions in the Upper Warwoman Project Area indicate a need to restore and maintain shortleaf pine/table mountain pine/pitch pine and Dry Mesic Oak woodland communities, maintain and regenerate oak and oak-pine forests, and improve W/L habitat
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=8722
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rabun County, GA
Walker Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/30/2013
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: A permit has been requested to access private property via NFS lands in eastern Habersham County, Georgia. The proposed route of access would follow an existing gravel road that has been in use for many years. The right-of-way is approx. 365' x 10'.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42512
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham. LEGAL - Not Applicable .
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Conasauga Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Divide Forest Health Thinning Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
07/09/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Danny Skojac
706-695-6736
dskojac@fs.fed.us
Description: Seven of the eight project area stands originate from Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) salvage harvests from the late 1980s and early 1990s, which subsequently were planted or naturally regenerated to loblolly pine from 1987 to 1991.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44957
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Walker County, Georgia
Fightingtown Creek Early Successional Habitat Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 12/2015 03/2016 Danny Skojac
706-695-6736
dskojac@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
Fishers Chapel Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2013
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Danny Skojac
706-695-6736
dskojac@fs.fed.us
Description: The Fishers Chapel Project Area consists of five (5) individually mapped stands currently identified as loblolly or shortleaf pine forest types.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42164
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Chattooga. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chattooga County, Georgia
Improved Recreational Access to Mountaintown Creek
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
06/16/2008
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Karen Larsen
706-695-6736
kalarsen@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose and need for this project is to re-establish public access to Mountaintown Creek that bypasses private land in order to provide opportunities for dispersed recreation uses within the Mountaintown Creek drainage.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22402
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gilmer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Gilmer County, Georgia
Keown Falls Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/10/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Karen Larsen
706-695-6736
kalarsen@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to reconstruct approximately .5 mile of the Keown Falls trail to re-establish a consistent tread width, proper out-sloping and effective drainage in order to enhance the trail long-term sustainability.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44962
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Keown Falls trail is a popular 1.8 mile loop trail which begins and ends at the Keown Falls Picnic area off of the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway, State Highway 156, locally known as the Pocket Rd.
Road/trail decommissioning; trail seasonal closures.
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
02/21/2014
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Karen Larsen
706-695-6736
kalarsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Road/trail decommissioning; trail seasonal closures
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43562
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Murray. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fannin and Murray Counties, Georgia
Stover Creek - Pinhoti Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
Timber Stand Improvement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 12/2015 03/2016 Danny Skojac
706-695-6736
dskojac@fs.fed.us
Description: Timber Stand Improvement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45925
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Walker County, GA
Upper West Armuchee Creek Watershed - Soil and Water Improvement Project - CE
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/05/2014
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 Danny Skojac
706-695-6736
dskojac@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to restore and/or maintain oak, shortleaf pine, and mountain longleaf pine communities, and associated open woodland habitats.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46740
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Walker, Whitfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Primarily within the Upper West Armuchee Creek watershed, approx. 8,912 acres of NFS lands located in Compartments 904, 905, 919, 920, 921, 922 and 923.
Upper West Armuchee Creek Watershed Project
EA
- Watershed management In Progress
Comment Period
09/05/2014
Expected: 07/2015 03/2016 Danny Skojac
706-695-6736
dskojac@fs.fed.us
Description: Upper West Armuchee Creek Watershed Project
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44242
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Walker, Whitfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Walker and Whitfield Counties, Georgia
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