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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- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- 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


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Limits of Stay at Appalachian National Scenic Trail Shelters and Designated Campsites
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
08/16/2013
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Michelle Mitchell
404-347-1749
michellemitchell@fs.fed.us
Description: The Southern Region of the Forest Service is proposing to change its limits of stay at shelters and designated dispersed campsites along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on several forests of the Southern Region.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41489
Location: UNIT - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units, Cherokee National Forest All Units, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest All Units, Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. COUNTY - Appling. Chattahoochee National Forest, Cherokee National Forest , Pisgah National Forest, George Washington and Jefferson 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
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/23/2013
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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
Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/01/2011
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Frank Lege
423-735-1500
flege@fs.fed.us
Description: Continual requests for Outfitter/Guide, Group Use, Special Use Permits
Location: UNIT - Nolichucky Ranger District, Unaka Ranger District, Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington. Various locations on the North End of the 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2013
Est. Comment Period
12/2014
Expected: 08/2015 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.
TVA Tailwater Warning System Permit
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/02/2014
08/2014 Stephanie Medlin
423-476-9740
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: To install a new reliable Fiber Optic line along the Rhododendron Trail for the Tailwater Warning System and to issue a Special Use Permit to TVA for the Tailwater Warning System.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44575
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rhododendron Trail and Ocoee Whitewater Center
Volunteer Energy Cooperative Utility Line Relocation
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/02/2014
08/2014 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend Volunteer Energy Cooperative's existing permit to relocate approximately 1.3 miles of aerial power line. The three existing locations would be abandoned and the new lines will be buried in the ROW of Highway 64(1.6mi) or Oswald Dome Road(.3mi)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44083
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along Highway 64 near Lake Ocoee Marina and along Oswald Dome Road near the intersection with Benton Springs Road.
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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: 10/2014 11/2014 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
Bank Stabilization at Unicoi Work Center
CE
- Watershed management On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Bank stabilization of Indian Creek at the Unicoi work center.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Indian Creek at North Fence of Unicoi Work Center
Buffalo Mountain Multi-use Trails
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/02/2006
Expected: 06/2010 07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Mountain bike and hiking trails on Buffalo Mountain.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi, Washington. Buffalo Mountain Project Area Compartments 349-356, 366-371
Paint Creek Project
EA
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
02/06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Jeff Chynoweth
423-638-4109
jjchynoweth@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 Recreation Area Waterline
CE
- Facility management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Waterline to Rock Creek Recreation Area to supply municipal water
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Rock Creek Recreation Area, Unicoi County
Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Backbone Rock Hemlock Salvage
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage Hemlock infested with Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18831
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Backbone Rock Recreation Area
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.
Cress Branch Road
CE
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of Forest Access Road across previously purchased Right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Cress Branch Road, 2 miles North of Butler, Tennessee
Dennis Cove Road Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Carter County replacing bridge at Dennis Cove Recreation Area on FSH #50
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. FSH #50 at Dennis Cove Recreation Area across Laurel Fork Creek
Embarq Telephone Line installation
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2009
Expected: 01/2010 02/2010 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Install underground telephone line along Highway 421
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Along Highway 421 between Denton Valley Road and Paddy's Branch Road
Fishdam RR Trail
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a 3-mile multi-use trail utilizing railbed from FSR 87B to Holston Mountain Trail #44.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33672
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Compartments 101 and 102, Watauga RD, Carter County, TN
Flatwoods Horse Trail Connector
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2005
Expected: 06/2010 07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Connector to Flatwoods Horse Trail
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Flatwoods Horse Trail on Holston Mountain
Flatwoods Horse Trail West Extension
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2005
Expected: 06/2010 07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Extension to Flatwoods Horse Trail
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Flatwoods horse trail on Holston Mountain.
Gentry Creek Hemlock Salvage
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage hemlock infested with Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Gentry Creek Trailheads
Green Mountain Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 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.
Low Gap Recreation Area Horse Use
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Providing facilities for Horseback Riders at Low Gap Recreation Area
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Low Gap Recreation Area on Holston Mountain
Moffett Laurel Road Parking (FS 4331)
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2011
Expected: 09/2013 10/2013 Joe McGuiness
423-735-1500
jmcguiness@fs.fed.us
Description: Close FSR 4331 by placing a gate at milepost 2.31. Establish a parking area at milepost 2.27 for public access to FSR 4331 beyond gate.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33674
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Compartment 332, Watauga RD, Carter County, TN
Offset Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 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
Old 421 Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2005
Expected: 06/2010 07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Old Highway 421 between snake spur and road 87
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Between Snake Spur and Road 87 at Camp Tom Howard
Osborne Farm Fencing and Cabin Restoration
CE
- Grazing management
- Heritage resource management
On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace and Repair fence and restore historical cabin
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Osborne Tract Compartment 79
Peninsula Forest Health Project
CE
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 08/2014 10/2014 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
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 08/2014 10/2014 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
Riddle Creek Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2005
Expected: 06/2010 07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: designate old abandoned road and 200 feet new construction
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Holston Mountain
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
Sink Mountain Boat Launch
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/22/2009
Expected: 10/2010 06/2010 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct New Boat Launch at Sink Mountain
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Sink Mountain on Watauga Lake FSR #298
Snake Spur Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/23/2005
Expected: 06/2010 07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail connecting to Snake Spur Trail
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Holston Mountain
Watauga Work Center Property Disposal
CE
- Facility management On Hold N/A N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us
Description: Sale of Watauga Work Center Property
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. 2.62 acres at 1481 U. S. Highway 19E, Elizabethton, TN 37643
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