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):
- 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


Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Bayou Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Piney Fuels Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Special area management
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/08/2014
Est. Comment Period
12/2015
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us
Description: A project proposed to reduce fuels, improve forest health and restore ecosystems. This project includes activities such as prescribed burning, commercial and noncommercial thinning, herbicide use to control NNIS and to control understory species..etc
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Conway, Johnson, Madison, Newton, Pope, Searcy, Van Buren. LEGAL - Various locations across the district The location is the district's current RX burns with some additional burns and proposed activities.
Natural Gas Well, Ozark Highlands Unit 9-16-2-7H6, ARES52178 & 52179 (Lower Brock)
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
09/26/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2015
Expected: 01/2016 04/2016 Len Weeks
479-964-7231
lweeks@fs.fed.us
Description: SEECO, Inc. is proposing to construct a gas well (Ozark Highlands Unit 9-16 2-7H6, ARES 52178 & 52179) on National Forest land on an existing Federal oil/gas lease. The proposed surface disturbing activity is located in Section 7 of T9N, R16W of
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Conway. LEGAL - Section 7 of T9N, R16W The site is located approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Cleveland, AR and 0.7 miles north along Brock Creek Road from the junction with Bridge Hill Road in Conway County.
Southwestern Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Project
CE
- Forest products
- Minerals and Geology
On Hold N/A N/A Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us
Description: The Big Piney Ranger District on the Ozark-St Francis National Forests is considering a request for a special use permit from Southwestern Energy Company (SEECO) for construction of a natural gas pipeline
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Boone. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 10 North, Range 16 West, Section 20, & 29 in Van Buren County, Arkansas
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
- Special use management
- Forest products
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
03/2016
Expected: 11/2016 07/2017 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
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
03/12/2015
Expected: 01/2016 01/2016 Michael Klick
479-667-2191
mklick@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burns on the Lee Creek Unit of the Boston Mountain Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40310
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
- Road management
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/24/2013
Est. Comment Period
11/2015
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 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.
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Magazine Mountain Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Calico Rock Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Heritage resource management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2015
Actual: 11/30/2015
12/2015 Amanda Bataineh
479-963-3076 ext 3054
abataineh@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest health and ecosystem management, endangered species management, silviculture treatments, road and trail management, and wildlife habitat management .
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45431
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan. LEGAL - T6N, R25 & 26W, T7N R25 & 26W. Compartments 42, 47, 53, 54, 71, and 72.
Crossberry/Buzzard Rock
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/06/2015
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Amanda Bataineh
479-963-3076 ext 3054
abataineh@fs.fed.us
Description: An integrated resources project encompassing forest health and ecosystem management, wildlife and aquatic habitat management, silvicultural treatments, road and trail management, and communication site management.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47527
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan, Yell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 7 North, Range 23 and 24 West, and Township 6 N, Range 23 W of Logan County, AR and Yell County, AR. Compartments 11, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 76 of the Mt. Magazine Ranger District.
Distsrictwide Non-Native Invasive Plant Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Rob Kopack
479-963-3076
rkopack@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mt. Magazine Ranger District in Logan and Yell Counties, Arkansas
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Pleasant Hill Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bee Ridge
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2015
Actual: 09/25/2015
10/2017 Matthew Pfeifler
479-754-2864
mtpfeifler@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Health, Timber Harvest of pine & hardwood; wildlife 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 - Johnson, Newton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Big Piney District on North and East; Horse Water Ridge & Little Piney on West; Little Piney on South
Ozone CCC Trail Native Grass Restoration
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/10/2015
Est. Comment Period
09/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Carol Swboni
479-754-2864
cswboni@fs.fed.us
Description: Native grass restoration through combined use of prescribed fire, herbicide, and pine/hardwood removal utilizing hand tools and potentially limited mechanized removal (i.e. masticator). Reduction of overstory on areas currently not interpreted.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Township 12 North, Range 23 West, Section 28 Ozone CCC trail is currently being maintained through prescribed burning (when conditions allow), limited herbicide, and weed-eating. Management is needed in areas not developed to control vegetation
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, St. Francis Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendment of Recreation Residence Permit STF0125
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2015
Actual: 10/08/2015
10/2015 Jay Swafford
870-269-3228 x 3232
jswafford@fs.fed.us
Description: To amend recreation residence permit STF0125 to reflect an increase in the size of the authorized boat dock from 339 square feet to 900 square feet.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47801
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bear Creek Lake Recreation Residence Tract, Lot 1
Recreation Residence Permit Amendments on Use Areas BCL 6, 14, 15C and 11
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/28/2015
Expected: 01/2016 01/2016 Mary Maercklein
870-269-5278
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Amendment of 4 recreation residence permits for requested changes in authorized improvements to each respective use area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48459
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Use areas 6, 11, 14 and 15C on the Bear Creek Lake recreation residence tract.
St. Francis NF Range Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A 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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Mary Maercklein
870-295-5278
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Harvests, timber & wildlife stand improvements, prescribed burning, mechanical treatments, planting, non-native invasive plant treatments to move terrestrial ecosystem vegetation closer to desired conditions.
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
Sylamore Range Allotment Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
On Hold N/A N/A 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.
Walk and Roll Trail Management Project
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/05/2015
Est. Comment Period
02/2016
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Jan Franks
870-269-3228
jlfranks@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintenance and improvement of system hiking and bicycle trails on the Sylamore RD; actions will include realignment, planting native species and limited herbicide use on encroaching vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44724
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter, Searcy, Stone. LEGAL - Not Applicable corridors up to 400' wide of NFS land centered on system trail treads
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