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)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 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
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/24/2014
Est. Comment Period
07/2015
Expected: 04/2016 04/2017 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
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/23/2013
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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
- 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
Dinkey
EA
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2013
Est. Comment Period
01/2015
Expected: 09/2015 07/2016 Eric Taylor
423-338-3302
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.
Polk County Communications Tower
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/20/2014
Expected: 12/2014 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.
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
Big Ridge Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2013
Expected: 07/2014 10/2014 Stephen Carlson
423-338-3303
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 2,034 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42311
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Big Ridge area approximately 2 miles southest of Tellico Plains, TN.
Towee Falls Baptist Church Land Exchange
CE
- Land acquisition
- Land ownership management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/29/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Janan Hay
423-253-8400
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us
Description: The FS is proposing to exchange an approximately 71-acre tract containing the church, cemetery and picnic pavilion for an approximately 71-acre tract containing a portion of the Unicoi Turnpike and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41411
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Federal Tract: FT1N R4E Section 33 The federal tract is near the intersection of Towee Falls Road and Fingerboard Road. The non-federal tract is located off of Joe Brown Highway in the Coker Creek area.
Wildcat Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2013
Expected: 07/2014 10/2014 Stephen Carlson
423-338-3303
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 767 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42320
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable .
Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Katy Branch
CE
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 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
Paint Creek Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/06/2014
Expected: 12/2014 02/2015 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
Rock Creek Camp Store
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 01/2015 03/2015 Cheryl Summers
423-638-4109
csummers@fs.fed.us
Description: conversion of a portion of the existing Rock Creek YCC Bathhouse to a camp store. Store would be operated by concessionaire. No structural changes to the building. Any changes would non-permanent changes to the interior.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rock Creek YCC Bathhouse
William's Mine
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Joe McGuiness
423-735-1500
jmcguiness@fs.fed.us
Description: public safety; fence off 3 entrances
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 234
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.
Cherokee Mountain (midstory)
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 12/2014 02/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: non=commercial thinning; move stand toward open woodland condition & promote shortleaf pine
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 353
Green Mountain Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2014
Expected: 12/2014 02/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: Variable density thin approx. 70 acres in Comp 53, Stands 8, 9, 21 and 32. After thinning, conduct repeat low-intensity prescribed burns, totaling 144 ac. Burn block in Compartment 53, includes all or portions of Stands 8 through 13, 23, and 32.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Project is located approximately 2.0 (straight line) miles south of Harmon, TN within Johnson County.
Lower Higgin's Creek Access/Trailhead Parking
CE
- Land acquisition Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 David Ferguson
423-735-1572
drferguson@fs.fed.us
Description: Grading, graveling, & tree removal to improve the existing woods road for ingress/egress and providing a small trailhead parking area on a portion of USA Tract U-1241e.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tract U-1241e
Offset Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 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
Otherside Forest Health Project
CE
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: Stands are mixed pine/hardwood forest with pockets of almost pure white pine; coordination with AT Community will occur;
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 301
Otherside Rx Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: low intensity burn; develop open woodland conditions; 92 acres
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Comp 301
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
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
Rich Mountain
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: non-commercial thinning
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. LEGAL - Not Applicable non-commercial thinning
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
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