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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- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Clinch Ranger District
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Eastern Divide Ranger District
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, James River Ranger District
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Lee Ranger District
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, North River Ranger District
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Warm Springs Ranger District


George Washington and Jefferson 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
Monitoring Program Administrative Changes for George Washington and Jefferson National Forest Plans
CE
- Land management planning In Progress
Scoping Start
03/30/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: The monitoring programs for each Forest Plan require administrative changes to be in compliance with the 2012 planning rule regulations at 36 CFR 219.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48694
Location: UNIT - George Washington and Jefferson National Forest All Units. STATE - Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Letcher, Pike, Alleghany, Amherst, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Frederick, Giles, Grayson, Highland, Lee, Montgomery, Nelson, Page, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Tazewell, Warren, Washington, Wise, Wythe, Roanoke, Hampshire, Hardy, Monroe, Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Campground Concession Special Use Authorization (Re-Issue)
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 10/2016 01/2017 Emily Ellis
530-252-5862
emilyellis@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lake Moomaw Recreation Areas concessionaire special use authorization will expire 12/31/16. A prospectus for concession-operated campgrounds, day use areas and marina areas will be issued for reissuance of these special use permits.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49112
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District, Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany, Bath. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lake Moomaw Recreation Area
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Clinch Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bark Camp Dam Renovation
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
10/24/2015
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 David Skinner
276-679-8370 x222
dlskinner@fs.fed.us
Description: Bark Camp Dam has been identified as a hazardous dam and needs to be renovated so that it meets new dam safety standards required by Virginia State Law (Dam Safety Act). The height of the dam and the width of the spillway will be increased.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47813
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bark Camp Recreation Area - Jefferson National Forest
Flatwoods Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Shelby Williams
276-679-8370 x237
shelbywilliams@fs.fed.us
Description: Fire management, Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants, Forest products, Vegetation management (other than forest products), Road management
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36453
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Scott, Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Flatwoods Area
Nettle Patch Veg Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/25/2016
Est. Comment Period
04/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Shelby Williams
276-679-8370 x237
shelbywilliams@fs.fed.us
Description: Fire Management, Wildlife, Rare plants, Forest Products, Vegetation management, Road management
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45923
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Scott, Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest Service land north of Forest Road 238 and Forest Boundary where applicable to the northern edge the continuous treated areas Forest Boundary.
Pine Mountain Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Shelby Williams
276-679-8370 x237
shelbywilliams@fs.fed.us
Description: Wildlife habitat improvements, prescribed burning, timber harvest, trail work and noxious weed eradication. Acreages to be determined.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31236
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Dickenson, Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pine Mountain
Wallen Ridge Hazardous Fuels Project
EA
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Terry Adams
276-328-2931
terryadams@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed Fire to Improve Forest Health, Yellow Pine Regeneration and Reduce Hazardous Fuels in Urban interface (WUI).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37324
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Lee, Scott, Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable West of US 23 and South of Big Stone Gap VA in wise, Lee and Scott Counties on Wallen Ridge
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Eastern Divide Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AEP 765kV Transmission Line Supplemental EIS
EIS
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
09/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: A change in the mitigation described in the 2002 ROD for the construction of a 765kV transission line. The mitigation is related to the Bluefield-Wythe 69kV line removal or relocation on Rich Mountain.
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Bluefield-Wythe 69kv transmission line on NFS lands on Rich Mountain
AEP South Bluefield-Wythe 88 kV Transmission Line Rebuild
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
09/04/2015
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Carla Dunn
540-265-5197
cdunn@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove towers along existing 88 kV line across Rich Mountain and collocate next to existing 765 kV line across Rich Mtn. Connect to existing 88 kV and rebuild line there for remaining corridor. New line will be 138 kV.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47347
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rich Mountain area down to the town of Bland
Fork Mountain Vegetation Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/01/2016
05/2016 Mark Miller
540-552-4641
markmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial timber harvest, Commercial Thinning, Non-commercial timber stand improvement, Treatment of non-native invasive species, planting oak and American Chestnut seedlings, Prescribed burning
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35588
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Giles, Monroe. West of Waiteville, WV
Renewal of Transmission and Distribution Powerlines
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/22/2013
Expected: 02/2016 02/2016 Derrick Miller
540-265-5128
derrickmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Multiple lines for AEP
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43031
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Smyth, Tazewell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Across the district
Roads Management
EA
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Jesse Overcash
540-552-4641
jovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: Change travel management status (opening and closing dates on selected roads) across the district.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24941
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Select roads across the district
Tub Run Ruffed Grouse Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
11/18/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Nicholas Redifer
5405524641
nicholasredifer@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial timber harvest, Commercial thinning, Non-commercial timber stand improvement, Treatment of non-native invasive species, Supplemental planting of oak seedlings, Prescribed burning, Road maintenance, Road Reconstruction
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46669
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Craig. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northwest of New Castle, VA
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clarks Gap Vegetation Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 05/03/2016
05/2016 John Donahue
540-291-2188
jdonahue01@fs.fed.us
Description: Perform a commercial thinning on approximately 67 acres. Complete a pre-commercial thinning on two young hardwood stands. Complete various wildlife habitat improvement project.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46644
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Amherst. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 1180
Jordan Bridge Replacement
EA
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 11/2016 01/2017 David Whitmore
540-291-2188
davidwhitmore@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of the Jordan Bridge (built in 1927) will increase the maximum load capacity of the bridge to better meet the needs of the Forest Service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44663
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Amherst. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest Road #76 just above the Oronoco area, in Amherst County, Virginia.
Pulaski Tract Vegetation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 John Donahue
(540)291-2188
jdonahue01@fs.fed.us
Description: Use a variety of vegetation treatments to achieve Forest-Wide Goals and Objectives.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47718
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bedford, Botetourt. LEGAL - Not Applicable Glenwood Ranger District southwest of State Highway 43 and North of Roanoke, Virginia.
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, James River Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Run (FSR 600) Road Decommissioning
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
03/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Patrick Sheridan
540-839-2521
psheridan@fs.fed.us
Description: Decommission approximately 2.7 miles of Big Run Road (National Forest System Road 600). This road is located in western Alleghany County, Virginia.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42956
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located approximately 2.7 miles northwest of Callaghan, Virginia.
Peters Mountain Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/21/2010
Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 01/15/2013
05/2016 Patrick Sheridan
540-839-2521
psheridan@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore public motorized access to Peters Mountain.
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ten miles southwest of Covington, Virginia in Alleghany County.
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Lee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Barb Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
11/28/2014
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: Regeneration harvesting on approx. 537 acres, establishment of approx. 17 acres of wildlife openings, and approx. 145 acres of non-commercial stand improvement activities to promote mast bearing trees in immature stands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37924
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Shenandoah. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 215, 216, 217, 218 and 219 on the Lee Ranger District.
Buck Mountain Prescribed Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/21/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Thomas Ledbetter
540-432-0187
tjledbetter@fs.fed.us
Description: Use prescribed fire on 800 acres to promote box huckleberry, a locally rare species. Other objectives include restoration of open woodland conditions for grasses and shrubs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47605
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Hardy. LEGAL - Not Applicable Buck Mountain, approximately 9 miles southwest of Wardensville, WV.
First Mountain Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
On Hold N/A N/A Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: The project name has been changed from its original name (Peterfish Gap Salvage)on the last SOPA report. Salvage dead and dying trees as a result of Shipwrech wildfire; improve wildlife habitat
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46062
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Page. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lee Ranger District, Page County, Virginia
Lee Ranger District Prescribed Fire Projects
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
08/27/2015
Expected: 03/2016 03/2016 Thomas Ledbetter
540-432-0187
tjledbetter@fs.fed.us
Description: Continuation of 7 prescribed fire projects across the District, totaling 10,000 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47639
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various locations across the district
Lee Ranger District Range Management Project
EA
- Grazing management
- Land management planning
In Progress
Comment Period
12/28/2015
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Trent Milam
540-984-4101
trentfmilam@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of permits for pastoral grazing allotments per new Forest Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47862
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Page, Shenandoah, Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable Page, Warren and Shenandoah Counties in Virginia, Lee Ranger District
Moreland Gap
CE
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/03/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: Thinning timber on approximately 400 acres and prescribe burn
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42999
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Shenandoah. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lee Ranger District, Shenandoah County
Newton Tract Plan
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
02/25/2013
Expected: 02/2016 02/2016 Margaret McElveen
540-432-0187
memcelveen02@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve and maintain fish and wildlife habitat. Area located in Shenandoah County about 13 miles west of Woodstock, VA
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41402
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Shenandoah. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lee Ranger District, Shenandoah County, 13 miles west of Woodstock, Virginia
North Zone Reforestation Project
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2016
Expected: 03/2016 03/2016 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: Hand plant oaks and shortleaf pine on 100 acres in four locations where non-native invasive plants have been removed and previously prevented establishment of native trees and grasses.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48558
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham, Hardy, Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Slate Rock area on FSR 1018 (Marvin's Chapel Road), Camp Run Road near Camp Run Campground, Gauley Ridge area on FSR 240, and near Straight Hollow on FSR 240E
Relocation of Mill Mtn Trailhead
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/26/2014
Expected: 12/2016 12/2016 Stephanie Chapman
540-984-4101
slchapman@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate one section of Mill Mtn Trail and trailhead from Wolf Gap Campground to Picnic Area, totaling .25 miles. Construct small parking area at Wolf Gap Recreation Area
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44784
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Shenandoah, Hardy. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lee Ranger District, Shenandoah County in Virginia and Hardy county in West Virginia
Sandy Ridge Short Leaf Pine Restoration project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
01/2017
Expected: 06/2017 08/2017 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: re-establish shortleaf pine in the northwestern part of the Lee District in Hardy County, WV on several hundred acreas
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Hardy. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lee Ranger District, Hardy County, WV
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2016 Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Comment Period
12/04/2015
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Russ MacFarlane
540-265-5168
rmacfarlane@fs.fed.us
Description: Aerial application of insecticide to reduce low level populations of gypsy moth on the leading edge of expansion. Insecticide used will likely be gypsy moth specific disparlure. Trtmts. involve 3,729 ac. of private lands and 8,362 ac. of NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47888
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland, Smyth, Wythe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Unknown at this time.
Forest Road Management Changes
CE
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 10/2016 Jay Martin
276-783-5196
jdmartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Seasonal Road Closures as conditions warrant, for resource protection and public safety
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37329
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, Wythe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various roads on the Mt. Rogers NRA
Fox Creek Horse Camp Vault Toilet Installation
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 10/2016 Sara Schell
276-782-4377
sschell@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of a vault toilet to replace rental port-a-johns.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44196
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fox Creek Horse Camp, State Route 603 in Troutdale, Virginia
Special Use Authorization Renewal for Outfitting & Guiding on the Mount Rogers NRA
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 07/2016 09/2016 David Skinner
276-328-2931
dlskinner@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Authorization for the renewal of Outfitting & Guiding permit for horseback riding on the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44669
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Grayson, Smyth, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Horseback riding activities will take place in Grayson, Smyth, and Washington Counties in and around the high country area.
Various Special Use Proposals
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 David Skinner
276-328-2931
dlskinner@fs.fed.us
Description: Various special use proposals for hay fields, recreation services, events, communication site use, private access, etc.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wythe. Various areas on the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area
Woodpecker Vegetation Management/Timber Harvest
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
10/10/2015
Expected: 06/2016 08/2016 Jay Martin
304-846-2695
jdmartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management for wildlife habitat improvement including commercial timber harvest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33870
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along Forest Road 16 and Forest Road 857
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, North River Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Briery Branch Dam Rehabilitation
EA
- Watershed management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Elwood Burge
662-236-6550
eburge@fs.fed.us
Description: Rehabilitate dam to be in compliance with dam safety. This project is on hold pending funding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43177
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Briery Branch
Elkhorn Rx
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/09/2015
Expected: 01/2016 03/2016 Joseph Emswiler
540-432-0187
jemswiler@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burn on the 1,100 acre Elkhorn burn unit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47858
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Elkhorn burn unit is located on Elkhorn Mountain, which is located in Augusta County, approximately 4 miles southwest of Stokesville, VA.
Gate Mountain Timber Sale
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Gerardo Paez
540-432-8231
gpaez@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial timber sale on approximately 400 acres to improve habitat conditions for various wildlife species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30850
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 6 miles SW of Fulks Run, VA.
Hearthstone Dam Rehabilitation
EA
- Watershed management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Elwood Burge
662-236-6550
eburge@fs.fed.us
Description: Rehabilitation to bring the dam into State of Virginia compliance standards
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44212
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hearthstone Lake
Hone Quarry Dam Rehabilitation
EA
- Watershed management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Elwood Burge
662-236-6550
eburge@fs.fed.us
Description: Rehabilitate dam for high hazard compliance. Dam owned by Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District. Dam crest needs to be raised and new spillway. This project is on hold pending funding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43176
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hone Quarry Dam, near Hone Quarry campground
South Archer Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/03/2015
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Gerardo Paez
540-432-8231
gpaez@fs.fed.us
Description: Several hundred acres of thinning and regeneration treatments to improve wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46635
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta, Rockbridge. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest Service land around the vicinity and south of Archer Knob on the Great North Mountain.
Tom Lee Draft Timber Sale
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
04/12/2012
Expected: 01/2016 02/2016 Gerardo Paez
540-432-8231
gpaez@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuelwood and timber sale on approximately 292 acres to improve habitat conditions for various wildlife species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28384
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta. LEGAL - NFS Approximately 2 miles west of Deerfield, VA
Wallace and Marshall Tracts Prescribed Burns
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
01/12/2015
Expected: 10/2015 01/2016 Thomas Ledbetter
540-432-0187
tjledbetter@fs.fed.us
Description: Rx burn about 276 acres on the Wallace Tract and 56 acres on the Marshall Tract for wildlife habitat improvement and convert areas from cool season grasses to warm season grasses.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46196
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately two miles south of Williamsville, VA
West Side Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
05/02/2014
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Gerardo Paez
540-432-8231
gpaez@fs.fed.us
Description: Regeneration harvests primarily for oak regeneration of approximately 600 acres total, several thinnings, temporary road construction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44211
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along Forest Road 151, north of Highway 33
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Warm Springs Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Border Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Karen Stevens
540-839-2521
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribe burn 31,475 acres within 23 areas on National Forest and VDGIF property as part of the Appalachian Fire Learning Network.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35753
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath, Highland. Along the Virginia and West Virginia state boundary from Lake Moomaw to Ruckman Draft (north of State Route 84).
Fiber Optic Line on Warm Spring Mountain
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Carla Dunn
540-265-5197
cdunn@fs.fed.us
Description: Bury approximately 12,000 feet of fiber optic cable in an existing utility corridor.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47652
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. LEGAL - Not Applicable Warm Springs Mountain
Hidden Valley Campground Host Site Improvements
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Emily Ellis
530-252-5862
emilyellis@fs.fed.us
Description: Upgrade Hidden Valley Campground host with an electrical hookup.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39766
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 4 miles northwest of Warm Springs
Paddy Knob Early Successional Habitat
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Steve Tanguay
540-839-2521
stanguay@fs.fed.us
Description: Create early successional habitat in the vincinity of Paddy Knob.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39767
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. Approximately 8 miles northeast of Mountain Grove
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