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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- Ouachita National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Ouachita National Forest, Caddo Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Cold Springs Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Fourche Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Jessieville Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Kiamichi Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Mena Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Poteau Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Tiak Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Winona Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Womble 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
Ouachita National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Christopher Mountain Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
02/28/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Kimberly Miller
870-867-2101
kimberlymiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Compartments 64, 71, 72, 92-94, 1649-1651, 1660, 1669-71 and 1684-85
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43592
Location: UNIT - Caddo Ranger District, Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 64, 71, 72, 92-94, 1649-1651, 1660, 1669-71 and 1684-85
Control of Invasive Species Vegetation
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Mary Mentz
479-495-2844
mmentz@fs.fed.us
Description: EA for control of invasives specicies vegetation for Jessieville-Winona-Fourche Ranger District and Crossett Experimental Forest
Web Link: http://www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/ouachita/projects/
Location: UNIT - Fourche Ranger District, Jessieville Ranger District, Winona Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Ashley, Garland, Montgomery, Perry, Saline, Scott, Yell. LEGAL - Ashley, Garland, Montgomery, Perry, Saline, Scott, and Yell Counties, AR Jessieville-Winona-Fourche Ranger District (400,000+ ac) and Crossett Experimental Forest (1,680 ac)
Ouachita National Forest, Caddo Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Albert Pike Recreation Area Project
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/11/2012
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Christopher Ham
501-321-5253
cpham@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed changes to Albert Pike Recreation Area management including: Loops A,B,C open seasonally for day use; Decommission Loop D; reroute access road to private cabins; Loop A/B bathhouse open seasonally; Loop C bathhouse closed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40111
Location: UNIT - Caddo Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Sec 27 T4S R27W Located on the Little Missouri River near Langley, AR
Ouachita National Forest, Cold Springs Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Fork Ecosystem Management Unit - Compartments 264-269
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Heritage resource management
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2014
Expected: 05/2015 07/2015 Donna Reagan
(479) 675-3233
dreagan@fs.fed.us
Description: 10 Year Watershed Entry
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44964
Location: UNIT - Cold Springs Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - T4NR29WS36; T4NR28WS21,32; T3NR28WS1-6,9-16; T3NR27WS4-9,17-18 Approx. 5 miles NE of Waldron, AR; east of Lake Waldron; North of Waldron Ridge; on Bee Mountain; runs parallel to Forest Service Road 178 (east/west); Poteau River through this project area.
Pilot Knob Burn Block
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/21/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Raymond Self
479-637-4174
rlself@fs.fed.us
Description: Compartments 247, 252, 253, and 254. Approximately 2,425 acres
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45005
Location: UNIT - Cold Springs Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 247, 252, 253, and 254.
Ouachita National Forest, Fourche Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Potato Hill Mountain
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Hunter Speed
501-984-5313
hspeed@fs.fed.us
Description: Ecosystem management activites in Baker, Blue Mountain, and Mitchell management watersheds of Fourche Unit, Jessieville-Winona-Fourche RD, Ouachita National Forest (Compartments 400-403, 411-416)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40286
Location: UNIT - Fourche Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Yell. LEGAL - T 4 N, R 24 & 25 W; T 5 N, R 24&25 W; Yell Co., AR Baker, Blue Mountain, Mitchell management watersheds; Compartments 400-403, 411-416; Jessieville-Winona-Fourche RD, Ouachita national Forest
Ouachita National Forest, Jessieville Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Prescribed fire on Phase 3 Pine Bluestem areas
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Research
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/13/2014
Expected: 09/2014 02/2015 Virginia McDaniel
501-984-6253 X107
vmcdaniel@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the prescribed burning is to improve stand condition, reduce fuel buildup, and continue long-term research activities in coordination with research. Includes timber stand and wildlife habitat improvement activities with no herbicides.
Location: UNIT - Jessieville Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Garland, Perry, Saline. LEGAL - Not Applicable Burns are located in Garland, Perry, and Saline counties.
Redbank Creek Acquired Lands Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Hunter Speed
501-984-5313 x 112
hspeed@fs.fed.us
Description: Restoration of acquired lands to native tree species by site preparation with prescribed burning, subsoiling (ripping), hand planting, and vegetation control with chainsaw and herbicide application; also release utilizing chainsaw and/or herbicide
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34699
Location: UNIT - Jessieville Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Garland, Montgomery. LEGAL - S 19, 20, 29, 30 & 31, T1N, R22W; S 23, 24, 25, 26 & 36, T1N, R23W; Garland & Montgomery Counties, Arkansas Compartments 617 & 618 of Irons Fork Watershed and Compartments 616, 624, 625, & 626 of Big Branch Watershed
Wildlife Habitat Improvement in MA-21 2014
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Virginia McDaniel
501-984-5313 X107
vmcdaniel@fs.fed.us
Description: Mid-story thinning will increase light levels to the forest floor which will promote a grass and forb understory (ie food and cover for wildlife). This will move the conditions closer to those described in the Forest Plan for MA-21.
Location: UNIT - Jessieville Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Garland, Perry, Saline. LEGAL - Not Applicable 6 miles NW of Jessieville, 8 and 15 miles NE of Jessieville and 5 miles W of Paron.
Ouachita National Forest, Kiamichi Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blackjack East Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/05/2012
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Sammy McFarland
918-653-2991 ext. 112
smcfarland@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is located 2-7 miles northwest of Whitesboro; south of State Highway 1 in LeFlore County and will encompass approximately 2,508 acres for fuel reduction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39726
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Le Flore. LEGAL - Sections 4, 5, 8 and 17, T3N, R23E; Sections 28, 29, 32 and 33, T4N, R23E. This project is located 2-7 miles northwest of Whitesboro, Oklahoma; south of Oklahoma State Highway 1, in LeFlore County, Oklahoma.
Buffalo Creek Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Bubba Brewster
501-321-5368
bbrewster@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-align road to slightly straighten bridge approaches; remove and replace low-water crossing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42026
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - McCurtain. LEGAL - Sec19,T2S,R26E 8 miles SE of Smithville, Oklahoma
Cedar Mountain Sub-Unit 1 Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2012
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 John Wilson
580-494-6402 x114
kriswilson@fs.fed.us
Description: To conduct prescribed burning on 5,540 acres of National Forest for the purpose of vegetation management and fuels reduction in order to create/move toward a more sustainable ecosystem
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38317
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - McCurtain. LEGAL - Sections 7-9, 16-21, T4S, R24E Approximately 14 miles north of Broken Bow, OK and approximately 9 miles south of Bethel, OK, west of Hwy 259 and east of the Glover River
Haver White Reciprocal Easement
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/09/2012
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Randy Sander
580-286-6564
rsander@fs.fed.us
Description: Grant access to private property in return for NF access across private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24014
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Le Flore. LEGAL - Section 13, T4N, R23E; Section 18, T4N, R24E 13 miles northeast of Talihina, Oklahoma
Kiamichi Valley Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/30/2012
Expected: 06/2014 09/2014 Daniel Benefield
918-653-2991 ext. 115
dbenefield@fs.fed.us
Description: The habitat improvement within this proposed project location would include approximately 6,600 acres of chainsaw felling midstory trees. The purpose of this project is to improve the quality of available wildlife habitat for game species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40017
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Le Flore. LEGAL - Sections 8-11, 13-17, 21-28, T3N, R23E; and Sections 15-23, 25-29, 34-36, T3N, R24E. Area located north of Whitesboro and Muse, Oklahoma.
Lower Cedar Creek Road Relocation
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/28/2012
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 John Baldwin
580-494-6402 ext. 119
jbaldwin01@fs.fed.us
Description: Approximately 0.4 miles of Forest Service Road 53000, relocated out of the creek bottom and onto the adjacent slope. Existing low water crossing will be removed and large box culvert bridge will be installed upstream in-line with road relocation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39860
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - McCurtain. LEGAL - Sections 28 & 29, T4S, R23E Approximately 9.5 miles northeast of Wright City, approximately 4 miles east of Old Oklahoma Highway 98, and 8 miles west of US Highway 259.
North Blue Mountain Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/05/2012
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Sammy McFarland
918-653-2991 ext. 112
smcfarland@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is located 5-8 miles south of Summerfield; north of Forest Service roads A17 and 6009, in LeFlore County, Oklahoma and will encompass approximately 2,600 acres for fuel reduction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39727
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Le Flore. LEGAL - Sections 1, 11, 12 and 14, T4N, R23E; Sections 6-8, T4N, R24E. This project is located 5-8 miles south of Summerfield; north of Forest Service roads A17 and 6009, in LeFlore County, Oklahoma
Ouachita National Forest, Mena Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Brushy Campground
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/13/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Tim Oosterhous
870-356-4186
toosterhous@fs.fed.us
Description: The Ouachita National Forest proposes to decommission Big Brushy Recreation Area (BBRA) on the Oden Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43056
Location: UNIT - Mena Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Montgomery County, Arkansas in T1S, R26W, Section 6
Nickleson Branch
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
05/16/2013
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Charity Ryles
479-394-2382
cjryles@fs.fed.us
Description: Nickleson Branch 6th Level Watershed Siviculture activities, wildlife habitat restoration, fuels reduction and roads management
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42090
Location: UNIT - Mena Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - 13 miles Southeast of Waldron, Arkansas in T1N R26W %u2013 Sections 5 and 6; T1N R27W - Sections 1-3 and 10-11; T2N R26W - Sections 19-22 and 27-32; and T2N R27W - Sections 24-27 and 34-36; Scott County, Arkansas. Nickleson Branch Project Area, Southeast of Waldron Arkansas, Scott County
Wolf Pen Gap 2011 Project
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
11/07/2013
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Charity Ryles
479-394-2382
cjryles@fs.fed.us
Description: The Ouachita National Forest proposes to formally designate a system of roads and trails for public use of motorized vehicles, including Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs), in the area known as Wolf Pen Gap.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33235
Location: UNIT - Mena Ranger District, Oden Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - T3S; R29,30W; western portion of R28W Approximately 7 miles southeast of Mena, AR
Ouachita National Forest, Poteau Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fourche Mountain Ecosystem Management Unit - Compartments 1312, 1313, 1314, 1315
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Heritage resource management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 08/2015 12/2015 Donna Reagan
(479) 675-3233
dreagan@fs.fed.us
Description: 10 year watershed entry period
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44969
Location: UNIT - Poteau Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - T1NR29WS22-27, 34-36; T1SR29WS1,2; T1SR28WS19,30,31 At Y City, Arkansas; intersection of Hwy. 71 and 270; south of Mill Creek Mountain
Nella Ecosystem Management Unit - C-1273, 1296, 1297, 1299, 1306
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Heritage resource management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 03/2015 Donna Reagan
(479) 675-3233
dreagan@fs.fed.us
Description: 10 year entry; T1N/R29W/S4,6,7,8; T1N/R30W/S1-4,9-15,22; T2N/R30W/S33-35
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43500
Location: UNIT - Poteau Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - Not Applicable 7 miles south of Waldron, AR; surrounds the Nella Community; approx. 4 miles west of Boles, AR; and west of Hwy. 71
Ouachita National Forest, Tiak Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Rock Creek
EA
- Road management
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Land ownership management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 01/2015 John Baldwin
580-494-6402
jbaldwin01@fs.fed.us
Description: There are no active timber sales currently providing a source of raw materials. Where feasible, timber should be offered for sale to support local economies. Several stands are severely overstocked. This condition results in stress and reduced vigor
Location: UNIT - Tiak Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - McCurtain. LEGAL - T3&4S and R23&24E The plantations to be commercially thinned are located north of Broken Bow, Oklahoma in McCurtain County in T3&4S and R23&24E.
Ouachita National Forest, Winona Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alum Fork Range Allotment EA - 2013
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/04/2013
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Mary Mentz
479-495-2844
mmentz@fs.fed.us
Description: Allow continued annual livestock grazing within the Alum Fork Grazing Allotment on the Winona unit of the Jessieville Winona Fourche District
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41905
Location: UNIT - Winona Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Saline. LEGAL - Not Applicable 3 miles north of Jessieville
Ouachita National Forest, Womble Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Kate's Creek - debris and sediment removal
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/07/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Kimberly Miller
870-867-2101
kimberlymiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of heavy gravel and dedris to improve stream function and to reduce risk at county bridege, which is a school bus route.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44959
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Kate's Creek stream crossing
Mount Ida Watershed Restoration Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
02/28/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Kimberly Miller
870-867-2101
kimberlymiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42570
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - T2S R25W Area surrounding Mount Ida, Arkansas
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.