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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- 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/21/2014
Est. Comment Period
12/2015
Expected: 08/2016 10/2016 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
ConaCat
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/01/2014
Expected: 07/2016 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 - 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
Stone Pile
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A 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 - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northwest of Turtletown
Dinkey
EA
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2013
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 01/2017 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.
Road Maintenance Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/17/2015
Expected: 04/2016 07/2016 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Various activities not limited to: replace culverts draining existing ditches, construct broad-based dips, scarify roadbed to remove large rocks, asphalt resurfacing of existing paved sections, place and grade aggregate, and replace gates.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48319
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - McMinn, Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System Roads on the Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District
Sina Branch Culvert Replacement
CE
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/13/2016
Expected: 04/2016 07/2016 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Increase flood resiliency and aquatic organism passage by redesigning and replacing 8 culverts on Sina Branch Rd. Project consists of: remove culvert, install new bottomless culvert, max 200 ft./per culvert of in-channel work.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48316
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Eight perennial streams crossings on NFSR 67 (Sina Branch Road) between junctions of NFSR 1340 and NFSR 55.
YMCA Land Acquisition
CE
- Land acquisition In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2015
Expected: 05/2016 09/2016 Laura Lewis
423-476-9700
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Purchase approximately 160 acres of land that is currently an inholding on the Cherokee National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48315
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - North half of the northwest quarter of section thirty-two and the south half of the southwest quarter of section twenty-nine of T2S, R3E Located in Indian Creek/Hawkins Branch drainage of the Ocoee River watershed. Accessed by NFSR 33741.
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
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2015
Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/27/2015
08/2016 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 Smokey Branch and Citico Creek Roads
Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cocke County Emergency Access Special Use Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2016
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Matthew Gilbert
423-743-5925
mjgilbert@fs.fed.us
Description: Cocke County Emergency Services are requesting to improve two locations along the Pigeon River in the Bluffton/Hartford area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48656
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pigeon River in the Bluffton/Hartford area
Katy Branch Thinning Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/28/2015
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 Jonathan Lampley
404-347-5264
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is designed to improve the vegetation of the proposed area by thinning the stands with variable density to a range of basal areas from 35 to 60 sq ft per acre.The proposed area is <70 acres and is located in Compartment 385.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47973
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Washington County, TN
Meadow Creek Environmental Assessment
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/15/2015
Expected: 03/2016 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
Rice Creek/Tipton Land Acquisition
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Land acquisition In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 03/2016 Laura Lewis
423-476-9700
lauralewis@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to acquire 77.5 acres
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48657
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located in the First Civil District of Unicoi County and approximately 3 miles west of Interstate 26, south of Flag Pond, TN.
Rocky Top Trail
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Cheryl Summers
423-638-4109
csummers@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a 1 mile foot travel only trail that parallels Rocky Top Road in Cocke County, TN.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48682
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rocky Top Road near Rocky Top Gap
Walnut Mountain RX
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/29/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Jonathan Lampley
404-347-5264
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48358
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 236 and 241
Wolf Creek RX Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/29/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Jonathan Lampley
423-783-2416
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48486
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 232
Wolf Creek Rx Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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.
Cut Laurel Gap Land Acquisition
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Land acquisition In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2016
Expected: 03/2016 03/2016 Laura Lewis
423-476-9700
lauralewis@fs.fed.us
Description: Acquire 1,051 acres located in Johnson County northeast of Mountain City, Tennessee.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48658
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Not Applicable O:\NFS\Cherokee\Program\1900NatlResourcePlng\1920LandMgmtPlng\NorthZone Projects\FY 16 Projects\Cut Laurel Gap Aquistion_FY16
Grindstone Knob RX Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/29/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016
404-347-5264
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48351
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 51 and 52
Heaberlin Forest Health Project and Heaberlin Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2015
Actual: 01/11/2016
01/2016 Jonathan Lampley
404-347-5264
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: This project focuses on thinning activities designed to maintain a healthy forest.Also,this project focuses on low intensity burns to move stand toward an open woodland condition and promote upland oak,shortleaf pine and a more open forest condition.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47834
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 80
Holston Mountain RX Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Jonathan Lampley
404-347-5264
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48353
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 105 and 108
Offset Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 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
Rye Patch RX
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/29/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Jonathan Lampley
404-347-5264
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48356
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 69 and 72
Stone 4 Forest Health Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2016
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: Non-commercially thin approximately 368 acres to focus on moving the stand toward a more open woodland condition and promote shortleaf pine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48672
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 335
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