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
Forestwide Maintenance of Open and Semi Open Lands, Roadside Corridors, and Utility Rights-of-Way
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Grazing management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/03/2016
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Carol Croy
540-265-5136
carolcroy@fs.fed.us
Description: This project pertains to the open maintenance of 14,000 acres of permanent grass and shrublands, 59,000 acres of road corridors, and 6,500 acres of existing gas and power line utility rights-of-way across the entire Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50327
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, Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable This EA pertains to all of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, except for Wilderness Areas.
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
Authorization for Construction/Operation of Natural Gas Pipeline from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/21/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Application from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC to construct and operate a 42" diameter natural gas pipeline on approx. 16 miles of NFS lands
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50823
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District, Warm Springs Ranger District, Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta, Bath, Highland. LEGAL - Not Applicable GWNF
Project-Specific Amendment to the George Washington NF LRMP for Atlantic Coast Pipeline
EIS
- Special use management
- Land management planning
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/09/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: Project-level amendments required if FS authorizes the ACP pipeline.
Web Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50823
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District, Warm Springs Ranger District, Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta, Bath, Highland. LEGAL - Not Applicable GWNF
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Clinch Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AEP Breaks Haysi Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 03/2018 04/2018 Alex Faught
540-265-5192
afaught@fs.fed.us
Description: AEP is requesting a temporary construction permit to authorize construction and upgrading of access roads located outside of their deeded 120' right of way. This is in conjunction with a power line replacement that is separate from this decision.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52898
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Dickenson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Proposal includes upgrades to 1.2 miles of the Skegg Branch Road (FR 2031, AKA Old Triple C Road) and construction of 3 segments of road to existing tower sites totaling approximately 0.3 miles long.
Bob's Gap Private Road
EA
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A David Skinner
276-328-2931
dlskinner@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to build a temporary road across National Forest Service land to private property. The road will be approximately 1.5 miles long.
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pine Mountain east of US 23 in Wise County
Devil's Fork Loop Trailhead Parking Lot and Connector Trail
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
04/28/2016
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 David Skinner
276-328-2931
dlskinner@fs.fed.us
Description: Devil's Fork Loop Trailhead Parking Lot and Connector Trail
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - Not Applicable 36.819653 -82.624278
Nettle Patch Veg Management
EA
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
04/01/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 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 Trail Permanent Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/01/2016
Expected: 04/2017 08/2017 Barry Garten
276-679-8370
bgarten@fs.fed.us
Description: Pine Mountain Trail reroutes need to be done in the Doubles and Bryant Gap areas to get the trail off of private property.
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pine Mountain east of US 23 in Wise and Dickenson counties.
Pine Mountain Trail Temporary Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/19/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Barry Garten
276-679-8370
bgarten@fs.fed.us
Description: The Clinch Ranger District is proposing to create a temporary foot path to create a connection for 2 parts of the Pine Mountain trail that is bisected by private property (approx. 5,600 feet) to facilitate passage of the Cloud Splitter 100 race.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50072
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable The reroute will occur off of Pine Mountain trail near the boundary of Wise Co and Dickinson Co Virginia and the Kentucky / Virginia line.
Pine Mountain Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Road 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 Grouse Habitat Vegetation Management and Hazardous Fuels Project
EA
- Forest products
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
11/30/2012
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Shelby Williams
276-679-8370 x237
shelbywilliams@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial timber harvest &thinning, timber stand improvement, Treatment of nonnative invasive species, planting of oak seedlings, road maintenance & reconstruction, & prescribed fire, yellow pine restoration & reduce fuels in urban interface(WUI).
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
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
Eastern Divide Insect and Disease Project Phase I
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/06/2017
Expected: 11/2017 04/2018 Jesse Overcash
540-552-4641
jovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: The objectives of the developing proposal are to promote oak regeneration through coppice sprouting in order to maintain an oak component in areas impacted by gypsy moth defoliation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51929
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bland County
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Climate Change Study
CE
- Research Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Carla Dunn
540-265-5197
cdunn@fs.fed.us
Description: NEON will gather long term data on ecological responses to changes in climate through field data collection.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51833
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Giles. LEGAL - Not Applicable This will occur in Montgomery County.
Project-Specific Plan Amendment to the Jefferson NF Plan for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project
EIS
- Special use management
- Land management planning
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/23/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: If the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project is certificated by FERC and BLM issues a decision to authorize the crossing of national forest system lands on the Jefferson NF, these amendments would be needed for compliance with the Forest Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50036
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Giles, Montgomery, Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed pipeline would cross 3.5 miles of the Jefferson NF.
Renewal of Transmission and Distribution Powerlines
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/22/2013
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 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
Restoration of Fire-Adapted Forests and Community Protection in the Eastern Divide Highlands
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2017
Expected: 01/2019 03/2019 Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: This a large landscape scale project (500,000) aimed at mitigating hazardous fuels in high risk wildland urban interface areas and restoring fire adapted communities through the use of prescribed fire and mechanical treatments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51669
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Tazewell, Wythe, Roanoke, Monroe. LEGAL - Not Applicable Overall project encompasses over 500,000 acres on mostly the Eastern Divide Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.
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
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
Jordan Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/07/2014
Expected: 06/2017 09/2017 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.
Panther Mountain Vegetation Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 John Donahue
540-291-2188
jdonahue01@fs.fed.us
Description: Perform a variety vegetation treatments in order to move the project area toward the desired condition for Management Prescription 13-Mosaics of Wildlife Habitat.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Amherst. LEGAL - Not Applicable project Area is located on Panther Mountain north of Forks of Buffalo.
Wilkie Ridge Thin
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 John Donahue
540-291-2188
jdonahue01@fs.fed.us
Description: Perform a commercial thinning and non-commercial timber stand improvement treatments on several predominantly hardwood stands.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockbridge. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project Area is located north of Big Mary's Creek and along Forest Service Road 104.
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
In Progress
Comment Period
05/06/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 William Ellis
540-552-4641
williamsellis@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.
Bob Downey Aquatic Passage Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 11/2017 Steve Tanguay
540-839-2521
stanguay@fs.fed.us
Description: The project purpose is to restore aquatic passage through a currently impassable location on Bob Downey Branch.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52266
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany. LEGAL - Not Applicable Allegheny County on Bob Downey Branch.
Replacement of Natural Gas Pipeline for Columbia Gas of Virginia
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/25/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Carla Dunn
540-265-5197
cdunn@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will replace a portion of existing Columbia Gas of VA pipeline in an existing utility corridor right of way.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52188
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany. LEGAL - Not Applicable Alleghany County, VA
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Lee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
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: 10/2017 11/2017 Tyler VanOrmer
(540) 432-0187
tvanormer@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
- Land management planning
- Grazing management
In Progress
Comment Period
12/28/2015
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 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
Newton Tract Plan
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A 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 Fire Wood Sales and Road Day-lighting
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 06/2018 08/2018 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: Daylight approximately 15-25 miles of road on the Lee and NR Districts to improve road conditions, wildlife habitat and reduce fuels
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52763
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Hardy, Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable various locations on the North Zone
North Zone Reforestation and Maintenance 2016 and 2017
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: 100 acres of reforestation and 150 acres of maintenance of past planting areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50819
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham, Shenandoah. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties
Relocation of Mill Mtn Trailhead
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A 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
01/2018
Expected: 06/2019 09/2019 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
2017 Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/15/2017
06/2017 Russ MacFarlane
540-265-5168
rmacfarlane@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct aerial treatments to Slow the Spread of the Gypsy Moth on approximately 5,283 acres of comingled federal and private lands in one block within Washington County, Virginia. Mating disruption, which affects only the gypsy moth, is proposed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50712
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable The treatment block name is Konnarock and is located approximately 2 miles northeast of Damascus, VA.
2018 Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Treatment Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
11/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Russ MacFarlane
540-265-5168
rmacfarlane@fs.fed.us
Description: Propose to treat 4,588 acres of national forest system lands and 85 acres of private lands with aerial application of mating disruption pheromones.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52816
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Grayson, Smyth. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mount Rogers and Lewis Fork Wilderness
Bournes Branch Trailhead Enhancement
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2017
Expected: 10/2017 12/2017 Sara Abbott
276-783-5196
saraabbott@fs.fed.us
Description: Improving access, drainage, and parking at the Bournes Branch Trailhead.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49800
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Grayson. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Bournes Branch Parking Area is located in Grayson County off of State Route 602 on FS 797.
Forest Road Management Changes
CE
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Barry Garten
540-265-5130
bgarten@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 On Hold N/A N/A 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
11/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 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.
Special Use Authorization for trail from national forest to private horse camp.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2017
Expected: 10/2017 12/2017 Sara Abbott
276-782-4377
saraabbott@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Authorization for trail from national forest to Hungry Horse Horse Camp on private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49804
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Grayson. LEGAL - Not Applicable The trail will connect the Hungry Horse Camp with the Yellow Branch Trail. Hungry Horse is in Grayson County off of State Route 602.
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
- Special use management
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Alex Faught
423-338-3313
afaught@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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A 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
- Special use management
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Derrick Miller
540-265-5128
derrickmiller@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 Alex Faught
423-338-3313
afaught@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
Molly's Hill Thinning
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: 400 acres of thinning and some group selection openings
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Hardy. LEGAL - Not Applicable about 5 miles south of Wardensville, WV
NZ Reforestation and Maintenance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: 120 acres of reforestation and 300 of maintenance of past planting areas
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Hardy, Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable various locations on the North Zone
North River Forest Stand Improvement
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/01/2017
Expected: 01/2018 06/2018 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: Approximately 3500 acres of improvement operations in immature forest stands. Although most operations would be non-commercial some may be utilized for fire wood sales
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52762
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta, Rockingham, Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various locations on the North River District
North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration and Management Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
Cancelled N/A N/A Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a duplicate project of Project Number 50342 so this one is cancelled.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50340
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham, Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable North Shenandoah Mountain, from State Route 33 and north
North Shenandoah Mtn Restoration and Management Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
09/15/2017
Expected: 10/2018 10/2018 Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us
Description: Large landscape 100,000 acres with integrated resource management. Includes timber harvesting, prescribed fire, road decommissioning, aquatic habitat improvements, wildlife habitat improvements, and nonnative invasive species
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50342
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham, Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Shenandoah Mountain, lands north of State Route 33 in Rockingham and Pendleton Counties
South Archer Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A 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.
Verizon Virginia Fiber Optic Line
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 Derrick Miller
540-265-5128
derrickmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of Fiber Optic Line in existing utility corridor.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50407
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta. LEGAL - Not Applicable State Route 42 from Buffalo Gap to Graigsville
Walker Mountain Salvage Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/05/2017
Expected: 05/2018 10/2018 Kevin Kyle
540-984-4101
khkyle@fs.fed.us
Description: Up to 250 acres of oak hardwood communities experiencing decline will be thinned to release oak saplings and remove the dead and dying over story.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52020
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located along FSR 61 and FSR 387 in Augusta County, Virginia
Wallace Marshall Expansion and Newton Tract RX Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 03/2018 10/2018 Tyler VanOrmer
(540) 432-0187
tvanormer@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burn 1200 acres in Wallace Marshall and 15 acres on the Newton Tract for wildlife habitat improvement
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath, Shenandoah. LEGAL - Not Applicable NR District, Wallace Marshall RX Burn, Bath Co. and Lee RD, Newton Tract RX Burn, Shenandoah Co
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
George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Warm Springs Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Duncan Knob Gypsy Moth Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 05/2018 10/2018 Elizabeth McNichols
540-839-2521
emcnichols@fs.fed.us
Description: The objectives of the project are to promote oak regeneration through harvesting to maintain the oak component in areas impacted by gypsy moth defoliation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51930
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bath County
Fiber Optic Line on Warm Spring Mountain
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 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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