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
- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Bayou Ranger District
- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Boston Mountain Ranger District
- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Magazine Mountain Ranger District
- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Pleasant Hill Ranger District
- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, St. Francis Ranger District
- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Sylamore 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
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Walk and Roll Trail Management Project
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Jan Franks
870-269-3228
jlfranks@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintenance and improvement of system hiking and bicycle trails on the Sylamore-St. Francis Ranger Districts to include realignment, manual & mechanical actions, planting native species and limited herbicide use on encroaching vegetation.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District, St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter, Lee, Phillips, Stone. LEGAL - Not Applicable 400' corridors centered on system trail treads; 400' corridors centered on the original entrance into Blanchard Rec Area, and <1 acre off FS Rd 1900 near the LA Purchase Baseline Trail for parking.
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Bayou Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Southwestern Power Administration Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/24/2014
Expected: 08/2014 10/2014 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122 ext. 5136
mmulford@fs.fed.us
Description: Use of herbicides on a 20-mile by 100ft powerline right-of-way easement.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Pope, Searcy. LEGAL - Not Applicable ThePermit area enters the Forest 1.5 miles south of Long Pool Rec Area & exits 1 mile southwest of Witt Springs, AR. This area includes the communication site on White Oak Mtn.
Three Knob Project
EA
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
05/07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 12/2014 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us
Description: Landscape scale project which includes; timber management, reforestation, travel management, recreation access, prescribed burning, and wildlife improvements.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson, Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable North of Broomfield Rd, in the area of Three Knob Mtn., and on the west side of Big Piney Creek north on the east side of Meadows Knob road to Bill Jack Phillips ford
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Boston Mountain Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ford Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Special use management
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 04/2015 07/2015 Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us
Description: Multi-resource project to help improve forest conditions with trees that are more resilient to insects, diseases, weather events; improve habitat for threatened, endangered and sensitive species; improve watershed conditions.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford, Franklin. LEGAL - multiple sections in townships 11N 28W, 11N 29W, 11N 30W, 12N 28W, 12N 29W, 12N 30W On main division in vicinity of Mountainburg and Chester Arkansas. Aboout 10 miles south of Winslow, AR and 15 miles North of Alma, AR. East of interstate I49 and north of interstate I40.
Lee Creek Fuels Treatment Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/08/2014
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 01/2015 03/2015 Michael Klick
479-667-2191
mklick@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burns on the Lee Creek Unit of the Boston Mountain Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford, Washington. LEGAL - multiple townships in the Lee Creek Unit Lee Creek Unit of Western Arkansas bordering Oklahoma.
Mulberry River Watershed Improvement and Access Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/24/2013
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 12/2014 02/2015 John Lane
479-667-2191
johnlane@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvements to recreational access to the Mulberry River at multiple locations along the WiId and Scenic Corridor. Also includes Turner Bend Small Game area habitat improvements and improved hunter access including wheelchair accessible areas.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Multiple sections in T 11N R 28W and T 11N R 27W Multiple access sites along Wild and Scenic Corridor of the Mulberry River. Between stream miles 18 and 36.
Spirits Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Special use management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/17/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us
Description: Timber and Wildlife habitat improvement proposal including thinning pine stands, regeneration, sanitation thinning and prescribed burning.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - multiple sections in T 12N R 28W, T 12N R 27W, T 11N R 28W, T 11N R 27W, T 11N R26W Main Unit on Boston Mountain Ranger District in Franklin County
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Magazine Mountain Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Distsrictwide Non-Native Invasive Plant Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Vicki Weindel
479-963-3076
vweindel@fs.fed.us
Description: Control of non-native invasive plant species infestations across the Mt. Magazine Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan, Yell. Mt. Magazine Ranger District in Logan and Yell Counties, Arkansas
Stephens USA 1-15H, ARES 54692 Gas Well
EA
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2014
Actual: 05/07/2014
07/2014 Len Weeks
479-964-7231
lweeks@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of the Stephens USA 1-15H Gas Well Pad. The well pad would not exceed 3.88 acres. There would be approx. 3,483'gathering line, 657' road construction, and 3-inch temporary waterline above ground.
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan. LEGAL - Section 15 of T6N, R25W The site is located approximately 3.2 miles west of the HWY 309 and Green Bench Road intersection in Logan County
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Pleasant Hill Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locust Gap
EA
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Minerals and Geology
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/15/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 11/2014 01/2017 Matthew Pfeifler
479-754-2864
mtpfeifler@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest health timber harvest of pine & hardwood; wildife habitat & fishery improvements; road stability; protection of heritage resources; fuel reduction; non-native invasive species control
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T13N R24W, sections 1, 12; T13N R24W, sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,15,16,17,18; T14N R25W, sections 26, 35, 36; T14N R24W, sections 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Hwy 16 on north, east, and west; CR 4310 and Clifty Creek on south
Pleasant Hill Wildlife Habitat Improvement
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/18/2013
Est. Comment Period
05/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Gregory Taylor
479-754-2864
gregorytaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: Wildlife habitat and fishery improvements, non-native invasive species, fuels management
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43274
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin, Johnson, Madison, Newton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pleasant Hill Ranger District
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, St. Francis Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fish Cover Structure Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
06/26/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Jessica Hawkins
870-269-3228
jessicamhawkins@fs.fed.us
Description: In Bear Creek & Storm Creek Lakes, trees will be submerged, brush or man-made structures will be placed in the basins & trees will be hinged along the lake shores and allowed to fall into the lakes to provide spawning habitat and cover for fish.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee, Phillips. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bear Creek & Storm Creek Lakes are located near the communities of Marianna, AR in Lee County and Helena-West Helena, AR in Phillips County respectively.
Recreation Residence Permit Amendments for Use Areas 10B and 12
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Mary Maercklein
870-295-5278 ext 5244
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Modification of authorized improvements on 2 recreation residence permits: Use Area BCL10B-replace existing dock with a larger dock & add a walkway on the lot; Use Area BCL12-add a storage shed.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Recreation Residence use areas 10B and 12 on the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Residence Tract.
Recreation Residence Permit Amendments on Use Areas BCL 6, 13, 13A, 15, 18B and 19
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Mary Maercklein
870-295-5278 ext 5244
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Modification of improvements listed on 6 recreation residence permits: BCL6-increase deck space; BCL13-extend dock roof; BCL 13A-replace patio w/deck; BCL15-construct deck; BCL 18B-construct storage shed; BCL 19-replace storage shed
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Recreation Residence Use Areas 6, 13, 13A, 15, 18B and 19 on the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Residence Tract
Special Use Permit Reissue to the AR Army National Guard
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2014
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 Mary Maercklein
870-295-5278 ext 5244
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue an expired permit authorizing AR Army National Guard's use of all NF System acres on the St. Francis NF except developed recreation areas & campgrounds for the purpose of conducing training exercises. The permit term will be 20 years.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee, Phillips. LEGAL - Not Applicable All NF System acres within the proclamation boundary of the St. Francis NF except those within the State Park Management Area and Recreation Residence Tracts.
Special Use Permit Reissue to the Barton-Lexa Water Association
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2014
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 Mary Maercklein
870-295-5278 ext 5244
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue an expired special use permit to Barton-Lexa Water Association to operate and maintain a water line to the Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area within an underground utility corridor 10 feet wide and 3 miles long. The permit term will be 20 yrs.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Phillips. LEGAL - Not Applicable T1S, R5E, Sections 18, 19 and 30 in Phillips County
St. Francis NF Range Allotment Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Jessica Hawkins
870-269-3228
jessicamhawkins@fs.fed.us
Description: Management of 6 range allotments & associated features to improve & maintain early seral habitat thru manual/mechanical actions,burning, herbicide use,restoring native grasses, grazing & hay cutting permits.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ranger#1, Hattie #2, Summer Home #3, Bear Creek #4, Taylor #5 & Mulehead #8 range allotments
St. Francis National Forest Ecosystem Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Mary Maercklein
906-474-6442 ext. 117
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management (harvests, NCT, TSI, reforestation, prescribed burning, mechanical fuel treatments, NNIS treatments & associated actions) to work toward desired future conditions for bottomland & upland ecosystems as outlined in the Forest Plan
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee, Phillips. LEGAL - Not Applicable All National Forest System lands of the St. Francis National Forest
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Sylamore Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lone Rock VFD Water Tank Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Jan Franks
870-269-3228
jlfranks@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of a split collection box @ Cold Water Spring that will route water to a water tank and provide a reliable water source in support of fire suppression efforts in the vicinity of the Lone Rock, AR community.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Less than 1 acre within T. 17N, R. 12W, Sec. 4 in Baxter, Co Arkansas. Access is via FS Road 1105
Matney Knob Tower Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/25/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Jan Franks
870-269-3228
jlfranks@fs.fed.us
Description: Erect a new communication tower at an existing communication site to replace a tower that does not adequately support the use. The existing tower will be decommissioned when the new tower is functional.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Less than 1 acre total on Matney Knob in Baxter County within Section 12 of T18N, R13W. Access is via FSR 1104A.
Sylamore Range Allotment Management Project
EA
- Special use management
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/30/2013
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Jessica Hawkins
870-269-3228
jessicamhawkins@fs.fed.us
Description: Implement Forest Plan direction for range thru hay/grazing permits;mowing;rx burning;herbicide use; fertilizer; liming; seeding; use of mechanical equipment;restoring native cane populations; access repair; fence and pond maintenance on 6 allotments
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter, Stone. LEGAL - Not Applicable Six range allotments on the Sylamore District located within Baxter (2 allotments) and Stone (4 allotments) County.
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