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
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
Decommissioning of Illegal OHV Routes Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2016
Actual: 04/24/2017
05/2017 Lynn DiFiore
423-735-1561
ldifiore@fs.fed.us
Description: Block access to user created trails in the Flatwoods, Halls Top East and West, Ripshin, Rich Mountain, and Buffalo Mountain areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49892
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District, Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Johnson, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Unaka and Watauga Ranger Districts
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
BellSouth Hwy 64 Fiber Optic Cable
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/05/2017
05/2017 Terinda Whisenant
423-496-0103
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: BellSouth has requested to install 880 feet of conduit for fiber optic cable installation along Hwy 64.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49632
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along Hwy 64 from Ocoee #1 Dam to Ocoee Marina
Dinkey
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/17/2016
Expected: 09/2017 05/2018 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
fs-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.
Howell Land Acquistion
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Land acquisition Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Laura Lewis
423-476-9700
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Purchase of approximately 640 acres of land. Project includes painting and posting approximately 1/2 mile of National Forest System boundary line.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49971
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near Conasauga River
Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting Agreements
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/19/2017
Expected: 12/2018 01/2019 Russell Smith
800-882-5263
PLIC@tva.gov
Description: TVA is proposing a management agreement with the Ocoee River Outfitters Association, U.S. Forest Service, and the State of Tennessee that would establish partner responsibilities to provide recreational management along the Ocoee River.
Web Link: http://www.tva.gov/nepa
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ocoee River Corridor
Sina Branch Culvert Replacement
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/22/2017
09/2017 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: In-stream work extending approximately 250 ft. upstream and downstream of each of the nine culverts on NFSR 67.
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 Nine perennial stream crossings on Sina Branch Road (NFSR 67).
Volunteer Electric Cooperative Buried Utility Line
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/15/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Terinda Whisenant
423-338-3300
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove existing overhead line and install an approximately 340 foot underground utility line in same location.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50920
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cabin 1 south of Hwy 64
YMCA Camp Ocoee Cabin (Brown) Removal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/15/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Terinda Whisenant
423-338-3300
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us
Description: Disassemble and remove Brown cabin from the permit area to a location off National Forest System land. After removal the cabin site would be allowed to revert to a natural condition.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50921
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Not Applicable YMCA Camp Ocoee
Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Britton Tract Acquisition
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Land acquisition Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Laura Lewis
423-476-9700
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us
Description: Purchase of approximately 3.55 acres of land. Project includes painting and posting of National Forest System boundary line around the tract.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50737
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable 164 Unicoi Lakes Road, Tellico Plains, TN
Monroe County 911 Waucheesi Repeater
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/14/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Terinda Whisenant
423-338-3300
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a permit to Monroe County to add a repeater with rack, antenna, transmission lines and backup at an existing Communication Site building and tower on Waucheesi Mountain.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50922
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Waucheesi Mountain Electronic Site
Cherokee National Forest, Unaka Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Buffalo Mountain Land Acquisition
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Land acquisition Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016 06/2017 Laura Lewis
423-476-9700
lauralewis@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to acquire 488 acres, more or less, located in the Fourth Civil District of Washington County southwest of Johnson City, Tennessee.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49970
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Washington County, Tennessee, located on Buffalo Mountain, approximately 8 air miles southwest of Johnson City, Tennessee.
Cowbell Hollow Horse Trail Relocation Project (Trail #24).
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 04/24/2017
04/2017 Lynn DiFiore
423-735-1561
ldifiore@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes constructing approx. 330 ft. of new trail to relocate the trail away from an existing spring.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49968
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Greene. LEGAL - Not Applicable Trail 24
Gulf Tract Roads Repair Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Gary Watson
423-735-1500
gwatson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstructing the road in one location on FSR 22501 and doing heavy maintenance on 19 other locations along FSR%u2019s 2250, 2251& 22501 in the Gulf area of the Cherokee NF
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49891
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. LEGAL - Not Applicable Gulf Area
Jerry Cabin A.T. Maintenance and Relocation Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/08/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Cheryl Summers
423-638-4109
csummers@fs.fed.us
Description: Routine maintenance on approximately 2.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and 2 relocations from Jerrys Cabin Shelter to Gravel Knob.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51800
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Greene. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 200
Meadow Creek Environmental Assessment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/03/2017
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 Jonathan Lampley
404-347-5264
jlampley@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.
Murray Branch FHP
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Jonathan Lampley
404-347-5264
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: This project focuses on vegetation management (commercial thinning) activities designed to maintain a healthy forest. This project also focuses on low intensity burns to develop open woodland conditions, promote upland oak, and shortleaf pine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51721
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 342 and 343
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
- 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.
Cook Hollow FHP
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
04/04/2017
Expected: 06/2017 08/2017 Jonathan Lampley
404-347-5264
jlampley@fs.fed.us
Description: Non-commercially thin approximately 516 acres in Compartments 21 and 22. Conduct site preparation prescribed burns to promote shortleaf pine and oak regeneration.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51595
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 21 and 22
Grindstone Knob RX Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
Holston Mountain RX Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
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
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
Watauga Lake Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/10/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial timber sale (<70 acres). Non-commercial timber sale (93 acres). Multiple prescribed burns are associated within the Point Break project area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51281
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 24
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