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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/21/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
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
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
10/01/2014
Expected: 01/2016 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
Emerald Ash Borer Research
CE
- Research In Progress
Scoping Start
02/27/2015
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Robert Lewis
423-476-9700
rflewis@fs.fed.us
Description: proposing using biocontrol agents when ash trees become infected
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46495
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District, Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Unicoi. LEGAL - Not Applicable Unicoi and Carter Counties
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
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2013
Est. Comment Period
11/2015
Expected: 07/2016 05/2018 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.
Thunder Rock 100
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Matthew Henry
423-338-3300
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a 100 mi. foot race that would utilize National Forest System Roads and Trails, private and state lands, and less than 1 mi of non-system roads and trails. The event would occur 2 days in May with less than 300 participants.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45893
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ocoee Ranger District
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
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 12/15/2014
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.
Upper Citico Creek Dam Removal
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 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.
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
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
Paint Creek Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2013
Est. Comment Period
05/2015
Expected: 12/2015 02/2016 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
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.
Cherokee Mountain (midstory)
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 12/2014
Actual: 03/04/2015
04/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: non=commercial thinning; move stand toward open woodland condition & promote shortleaf pine
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45192
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
Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2015
Actual: 02/02/2015
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.
Offset Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Road management
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
Otherside Forest Health Project
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
02/25/2015
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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;
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45191
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 301
Otherside Rx Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
02/25/2015
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: low intensity burn; develop open woodland conditions; 92 acres
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45189
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Comp 301
Peninsula Forest Health Project
CE
- Forest products
- 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
Rich Mountain
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
02/12/2015
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: non-commercial thinning
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45197
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
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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