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
Revised LRMP Amendment Updating Standards for Federally Listed Bat Species (LRMP Amendment)
EA
- Land management planning In Progress
Comment Period
07/13/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2016
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
jcowart@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
Blue Ridge Adventure Race
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2016
Actual: 05/19/2016
12/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
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: 09/2016 10/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/03/2014
Expected: 12/2016 02/2017 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/23/2016
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
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
GA DNR Phone Line SUP
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2016
Actual: 11/07/2016
12/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: GADNR has requested permission to install approximately 331 feet of buried phone line within the existing gravel driveway and parking area adjacent to the check station office.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50603
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - The project is located in the Chestatee Check Station on Dicks Creek Road (FS 34). The project is located in the Blue Ridge Ranger District.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) SUP
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/10/2016
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
jcowart@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.
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
Ricketts Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/12/2014
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: David and Rosemary Ricketts have requested a special use permit to use NFS lands in order to provide foot access to their boat dock.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45258
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable The location is 456 Lake Vista Drive in Union County , Georgia on Lake Nottely. This access to Lake Nottely (TVA property) would consist of a short walking path (four ft long by four ft wide).
SUP for a Floating Dock (BRRD)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/02/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this permit is to authorize the new landowners the use of an existing mooring boat dock, steps, walkway, and rock rip-rap along shoreline.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50335
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Blue Ridge Ranger District.
SUP for a Power Line (BRRD)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/19/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: To provide power to a floating boat dock located at 1366 Fishhook Point.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50270
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in Fannin county, Georgia.
SUP for a mooring boat dock and walkway on Lake Blue Ridge (BRRD)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/02/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
jcowart@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a Special Use Permit (SUP) for a mooring boat and walkway on Lake Blue Ridge.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50333
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Blur Ridge Ranger District.
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928
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
Cemetery Maintenance permit for Howard Farmer - SUP
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2016
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 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: 12/2016 01/2017 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
Locust Stake OHV Trail Mtce. & Reconstruction Project
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
03/21/2014
Expected: 12/2016 02/2018 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 SUP for North Georgia Social Club
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 12/2016 02/2017 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
Soil and Water Projects (various sites)
CE
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 02/2017 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us
Description: Soil and Water projects for various sites
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49684
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun, White. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various sites in Rabun and White Counties, GA
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: 01/2017 03/2017 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 02/2017 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
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 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: 02/2017 02/2018 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
Songbird Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 03/2017 05/2017 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
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 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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