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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CONF Forest Monitoring Plan Administrative Change Transition to the 2012 Planning Rule
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow
770-297-3051
nelsongonzalezsullow@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing an administrative change to the Forest Monitoring Plan to comply with the 2012 Planning Rule (codified at 36 CFR Part 219). This change would add additional questions to the Monitoring and Evaluation program.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48853
Location: UNIT - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Banks, Catoosa, 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 The Forest Monitoring Plan Administrative change would occurs across all four Ranger District on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests (CONF).
Revised LRMP Amendment Updating Standards for Federally Listed Bat Species (LRMP Amendment)
EA
- Land management planning In Progress
Comment Period
05/21/2014
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 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
Blue Ridge Adventure Race
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue special use permit for the Blue Ridge Adventure race in Fannin County, Georgia.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49333
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Race will be held in Fannin County, GA
Byron Herbert Reece Trail Connector
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: Byron Herbert Reece Trail Connector
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47371
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Union County, Georgia
Cooper Creek Watershed Project.
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
06/03/2014
Expected: 06/2016 10/2016 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
Dockery Creek Road FLPMA Road Use - SUP
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
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
Duncan Ridge Trail Reroutes - Rhodes Mtn to Fish Gap
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/23/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@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
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
Tipton Trail Forest Health
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Cancelled N/A N/A Kevin Bridges
706-745-6928
kbridges@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management, commercial thinning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47850
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Lumpkin, Towns, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located in Fannin, Lumpkin, Towns & Union Counties, Georgia.
Whissenhunt OHV Trail System Improvement
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@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
Astronomy Observation Site.
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/18/2016
06/2016 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service received a proposal to use National Forest System (NFS) land on the CONF for establishing an astronomy observation site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47657
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable The approximate GPS coordinates of the site would be 34.46.29.7 degrees North and 83.21.11.3 degrees West.
Chapman Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/12/2016
06/2016 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
Energy Way Corporation Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/12/2016
06/2016 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 Trail Re-route and Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management Cancelled N/A N/A Justin Farr
770-297-3038
jrfarr@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail re-route and maintenance for Frady Branch.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47370
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stephens County, Georgia
Guard Camp Road Reroute
EA
- Road management Cancelled N/A N/A Edward Hunter
318-765-3554
ehunter@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 Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/12/2016
06/2016 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 Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/12/2016
06/2016 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: 08/2016 09/2016 Justin Farr
770-297-3038
jrfarr@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 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
Rabun County Board of Commissioners Sandy Ford Road Paving
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2014
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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
Two Small Tract Act cases on the Chattooga River Ranger District
CE
- Land acquisition In Progress
Scoping Start
08/21/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is in the process of considering 2 applications that request conveyance of small tracts of National Forest System (NFS)lands on the CONF to private landowners per the provisions of the Small Tracts Act.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47654
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable The two projects are located on Stephens County, Georgia, adjacent to National Forest land.
Walker Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/12/2016
06/2016 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
Armuchee Healthy Forests Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
04/26/2016
Expected: 08/2016 11/2016 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.
Fightingtown Creek Early Successional Habitat Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/17/2015
Est. Comment Period
06/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2017 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
Improved Recreational Access to Mountaintown Creek
EA
- Recreation management
- Land management planning
In Progress
Comment Period
06/16/2008
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 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
Stover Creek - Pinhoti Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 08/2016 01/2017 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
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