Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Cherokee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Cherokee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee Ranger District
- Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Ranger District
- Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District
- Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District


Cherokee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Vegetation Management in Open Areas
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/21/2014
Est. Comment Period
05/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Mary Miller
423-476-9756
mcmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: manage permanent grassy & herbaceous openings using a combination of treatment methods; openings include permanent openings benefiting wildlife species & utility corridors under special use permit by utility agencies
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45222
Location: UNIT - Cherokee National Forest All Units. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe, Polk, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cherokee National Forest
Cherokee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Stone Pile
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/24/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2016
Expected: 01/2017 05/2018 Mark Pistrang
423-476-9757
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is designed to improve or maintain wildlife habitat, species diversity of stands, and forest health through vegetation management and other treatments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45677
Location: UNIT - Hiwassee Ranger District, Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northwest of Turtletown
ConaCat
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/01/2014
Expected: 05/2016 10/2017 Janan Hay
(423) 253-8400
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation Management through various tools for forest health and wildlife habitat improvement. Also, watershed and trail improvements with connected road management.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42332
Location: UNIT - Hiwassee Ranger District, Ocoee Ranger District, Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area is 6 to 18 miles east of Etowah, TN and 1 to 7 miles south of Tellico Plains, TN
North Zone Open Area Management II
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Marcia Carter
(423) 638-4109
mscarter@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintain open areas (fields, balds, overlooks, and linear wildlife openings) by controlling woody vegetation using herbicides.
Location: UNIT - Nolichucky Ranger District, Unaka Ranger District, Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington. Throughout north zone (Nolichucky, Unaka, and Watauga Districts) of Cherokee National Forest
Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dinkey
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2013
Est. Comment Period
11/2015
Expected: 07/2016 05/2018 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is designed to improve or maintain wildlife habitat, species diversity of stands, and forest health through vegetation management and other treatments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43080
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable East of Big Frog Wilderness, west of State Highway 68, south of State Highway 64 and north of the Georgia state line.
Outfitting and Guiding Fishing permits on the Hiwassee River
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/26/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Debbie Abel
423-476-9700
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: The CNF will advertise,though a prospectus,to fill 2 vacant outfitter guide, fly-fishing permits.The permits will initially be issued for a 2-yr probationary period and upon reaching a successful operation and permit compliance will be extended 8 yrs
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47200
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hiwassee River from Apalachia Powerhouse east to Hwy 411. Access to the river will include both the Apalachia and Towee Creek Boat Launch sites accessed by NFSR 108 (Hiwassee River Road).
Polk County Communications Tower
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/20/2014
Expected: 12/2014
Actual: 11/17/2014
01/2015 Debbie Abel
423-476-9700
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Install 150' communications tower and associated 20'X 25' building. Proposal changed to: 180' self supporting tower; 8'X18' building; install generator; install 500 gal in-ground propane tank; and install 8' fence around facility.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45667
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Oswald Dome Electronic Site
Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
TASS (Tellico Area Service System) water lines
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2015
Actual: 07/27/2015
08/2015 Debbie Abel
423-476-9723
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us
Description: Tellico Area Services System (TASS) has requested a permit for approximately 21,000 feet of existing water lines buried along road right-of-ways in multiple locations.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46863
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tellico Ranger District
TWRA Hatchery Shed
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/14/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Debbie Abel
423-476-9700
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us
Description: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has requested permission to place a 60' X 36' metal equipment shed within the Tellico Hatchery compound. This would be granted through an amendment to the existing TWRA Hatchery permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47397
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tellico Hatchery special use site on Tellico River Road
Upper Citico Creek Dam Removal
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/24/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Allison Reddington
423-476-9742
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove dam on Citico Creek just downstream of Doublecamp Creek to restore aquatic organism passage, natural geomorphology and bedload transport regime.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46434
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Citico Creek downstream of Doublecamp Creek confluence
Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hayworth 4x4 Tours Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/30/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Matthew Gilbert
423-743-5925
mjgilbert@fs.fed.us
Description: The 4x4 tour group is requesting a special use permit that would allow them to lead guided jeep/street legal UTV tours in and around Rocky Top, Hall Top and The Gulf.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47353
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rocky Top, Hall Top and The Gulf
Katy Branch
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
03/03/2015
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: forest health
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable near Hwy 107
Meadow Creek Environmental Assessment
EA

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Thomas Scott
423-783-2416
thomasscott@fs.fed.us
Description: Create early successional habitat, improve forest health and vigor, promote mast-producing species, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat improvements, and maintain, decommission, and authorize roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47468
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke, Greene. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Meadow Creek analysis area is located in southeastern Cocke and southwestern Greene counties, TN.
Paint Creek Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
07/15/2015
Expected: 01/2016 03/2016 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: Create early successional habitat, promote mast-producing species, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat improvements, and maintain, decommission, and authorize roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41477
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Greene. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 10 (linear) miles south of Greeneville, TN
Smokey Mountain Adventures 4x4 Tours Special Use Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/30/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Matthew Gilbert
423-743-5925
mjgilbert@fs.fed.us
Description: The 4x4 tour group is requesting a special use permit that would allow them to lead guided jeep/street legal UTV tours in and around Rocky Top, Hall Top and The Gulf.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47354
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rocky Top, Hall Top and The Gulf
Wolf Creek Rx Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Greg Salansky
423-638-8731
gregsalansky@fs.fed.us
Description: provide fuel reduction, stimulate new vegetation growth, & increase soft mast and herbaceous plants for wildlife; dormant and early growing season
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable C232 and 239
Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beaverdam Creek Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Wildlife Habitat and Forest Health projects
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Shady Valley in Johnson Co.
Offset Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
06/2015
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 Jeff Chynoweth
423-638-4109
jjchynoweth@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would provide early successional forest for wildlife, restore forest and wetland comm., release mast-producing trees, improve forest health, provide wildlife habitat components (nest boxes, etc), and manage NFS system and non-system roads
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43713
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. LEGAL - Not Applicable northeastern Sullivan County, TN
Peninsula Forest Health Project
CE
- Forest products On Hold N/A N/A Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: Area 1 - 41 ac; Area 2 - 47 ac; Area 3 - 18 acres. Variable density thinning; damaged/diseased trees followed by poplar, red maple, scarlet/black oak, white pine. Longer-lived species, such as oaks and hickory, favored.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37357
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Sullivan County, Compartment 118.
Peninsula Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: Low intensity midstory control burn in three blocks: burn block 1 = 131 acres; block 2 - 270 acres; block 3 - 140 acres. Goal to move area towards open woodland conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38253
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Compartment 118, Sullivan County
Rogers Ridge Prescribed Burn
EA
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Mitchell Ketron
423-743-4044
mitchellketron@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuel Reduction Prescribed Burn 958 acres
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30889
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Rogers Ridge Burn Unit W-08 in upper East Tennessee
Sullivan Co Communication Tower
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/25/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Matthew Gilbert
423-743-5925
mjgilbert@fs.fed.us
Description: remove existing tower/guides and install free standing tower; some road widening and new gravel road;
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46331
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sullivan County
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