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, 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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Foothills Landscape Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/30/2017
Expected: 12/2019 02/2020 Angie Bell
770-297-3095
albell@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to maintain or restore biologic integrity, connectivity, resilience, and soil and water quality on the 143,419 acres of the Foothills Landscape. www.tinyurl.com/foothillslandscapecollaborate
Web Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52509
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District, Blueridge Ranger District, Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, White. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. It includes a portion of the Cohutta WMA, and Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun and White Counties.
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
12/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 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
Authorization for Improvements to the Blue Ridge WMA Check Station-Georgia Department of Natural
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/14/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: The Blue Ridge WMA check station facility is located approximately 12 miles southeast of Blue Ridge, GA via Rock Creek Road (F.S. Road 69) in Fannin County, GA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53182
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Blue Ridge WMA check station facility is located approximately 12 miles southeast of Blue Ridge, GA via Rock Creek Road (F.S. Road 69) in Fannin County, GA.
Cooper Creek Watershed Project.
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
06/03/2014
Expected: 03/2018 06/2018 James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us
Description: The primary focus of the Cooper Creek watershed project is to make the forest more resilient and sustainable by reestablishing a healthy range of age and diversity of tree species, improving wildlife habitat and increasing watershed function.
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
FY18 Dormant Season Prescribed Burn Planning and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project - BRRD
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/04/2017
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 Jason Demas
706-745-6928 ext105
jdemas@fs.fed.us
Description: This project burning would enhance forest health, improve wildlife habitat diversity and reduce hazardous fuels accumulation on approximately 3,108 acres of National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52952
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located on National Forest land and private lands, utilizing the Community Wildfire Protection Grant (CWPG).
Installation of Fuel Tank Fannin County Fire/EMS Station #3
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/14/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of a 500-gallon, above-ground diesel fuel storage tank at County Station #3.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53184
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located on National Forest System (NFS) land at 12520 Aska Road, Blue Ridge, GA.
Jake and Bull RTP (Jones Crk. Dam Reroute)
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/04/2017
Expected: 02/2018 05/2018 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
Lakewood Landing Parking Lot Expansion - BRRD
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 06/2018 10/2018 Towdy Tipton
706-745-6928
towdytipton@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand the parking lot at Lakewood Landing on the Blue Ridge RD.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53070
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fannin 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
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: 01/2018 02/2018 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
01/2018
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 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
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/02/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 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.
Installation of tower by Southern Linc Wireless at Glassy Mtn. Communications Site - SUP
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Install a tower at Glassy Mtn. Communications Site by Southern Linc Wireless
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52604
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Glassy Mtn. Communications Site in Rabun County, GA
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
Outfitter/Guide - James Hames III for Guided Horse Riding - CRRD
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 06/2018 08/2018 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Outfitter/Guide permit for guided horseback riding tours.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53118
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun, Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Habersham, Rabun and Stephens Counties, GA on the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Outfitter/Guide - New Vision East (Blue Ridge and Chattooga River Ranger Districts)
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 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 - Fannin, Lumpkin, Union, White. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple counties in Georgia
Outfitter/Guide - Outdoor Climbing Adventures, LLC for use of Currahee Mountain - CRRD
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 06/2018 08/2018 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Outfitter/Guide permit for use of Currahee Mountain on the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53119
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stephens County, GA on the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Outfitter/Guide SUP for North Georgia Social Club
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/26/2017
Expected: 02/2018 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
10/25/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 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
03/2018
Expected: 05/2018 07/2018 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
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Conasauga Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cohutta Springs SUP - Outfitter/Guide Services.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/28/2016
Expected: 01/2018 05/2018 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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: 01/2018 02/2018 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
Flat Top Mountain Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
11/06/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 Ruth Stokes
706-695-6736
rbstokes@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is intended to improve habitat for ruffed grouse.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52817
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gilmer. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located on Flat Top Mountain within the 12,174 acres Pink Knob Inventoried roadless area (IRA).
NGEMC SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/18/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 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.
North Georgia Equestrian Tours SUP re-issue
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 Jerome Bennett
706-695-6736 ext 101
jeromebennett@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is located in the Conasauga Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52659
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Murray. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Conasauga Ranger District.
Northwest Georgia Southern Off Road Biking Association SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/18/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 Jerome Bennett
706-695-6736 ext 101
jeromebennett@fs.fed.us
Description: Northwest Georgia Southern Off Road Biking Association is requesting to renew an existing special use authorization.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52396
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gordon, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Conasauga Ranger District.
Songbird Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/30/2017
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 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
03/2018
Expected: 08/2018 01/2020 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
03/2018
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 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.
Town Creek ATV Trail Improvement Project.
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Heritage resource management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 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.