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 Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2016
Actual: 01/05/2016,
01/05/2016,
01/05/2016
01/2016 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: 02/2016 03/2016 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
Appalachian Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2015
Expected: 03/2016 05/2016 Amanda Walrod
706-754-6221
awalrod@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.
BRRD Farm Bill Forest Health
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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.
Byron Herbert Reece Trail Connector
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2016
Expected: 03/2016 05/2016 Amanda Walrod
706-754-6221
awalrod@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
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
06/03/2014
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us
Description: More detailed information at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/conf/home/?cid=FSEPRD490276&width=full
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 Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2016
Actual: 09/28/2015
02/2016 Amanda Walrod
706-754-6221
awalrod@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: 02/2016 03/2016 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
Hawk Mountain Improvement Project
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2016
Actual: 12/23/2015
02/2016 Kevin Bridges
706-745-6928 ext 112
kbridges@fs.fed.us
Description: The Hawk Mtn. Dispersed Camping Improvement Project provides dispersed camping and latrine facilities for hikers along the AT. Currently, there are too many dispersed campsites. Inventory has been conducted, and identified for construction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47836
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is along a portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail located in Union County, Georgia.
Rich Mountain WMA Habitat Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 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
02/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 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
Whissenhunt OHV Trail System Improvement
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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.
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
08/17/2015
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
01/28/2013
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
07/30/2013
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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: 03/2016 04/2016 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
01/28/2013
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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: 02/2016 04/2016 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: 03/2016 04/2016 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
07/30/2013
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 04/2016 10/2016 Danny Skojac
479-964-7574
dskojac@fs.fed.us
Description: The project will emphasize locating and developing treatment options for areas considered at risk for southern pine beetle infestations.
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 In Progress
Comment Period
06/16/2008
Expected: 03/2016 05/2016 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
Johns Mountain TSI and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
10/27/2015
Expected: 02/2016 05/2016 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
Snake Creek Race Amendment SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/07/2015
Expected: 01/2016 02/2016 Jerome Bennett
706-695-6736 ext 101
jeromebennett@fs.fed.us
Description: To respond to a SUP for use of NFS lands for a mountain bike race which has prior approval through a decision document signed on 11/14/14.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47955
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Chattooga, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chattooga and Walker Counties, GA
Stover Creek - Pinhoti Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 04/2016 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
Upper West Armuchee Creek Watershed Project.
EA
- Watershed management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2016
Actual: 01/13/2016
04/2016 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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