Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- 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


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
11/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
Big Piney Fuels Management Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 06/2015 10/2015 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
09/26/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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 Power Administration Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Special use management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2014
Actual: 08/19/2014
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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Special area management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
05/07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 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
- Forest products
- Special use management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
12/2014
Expected: 06/2015 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
10/2014
Expected: 03/2015 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Grazing management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/24/2013
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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
- Heritage resource management
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Special use management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
06/17/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 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
Calico Rock Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/02/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Rob Kopack
479-963-3076
rkopack@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest health and ecosystem management, endangered species management, silviculture treatments, road and trail management, and wildlife habitat management.
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.
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
Locust Gap
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
09/25/2014
Expected: 12/2014 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
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43611
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
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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
Amendment to Recreation Residence Permit STF0124
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/01/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Mary Maercklein
870-295-5278
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: The individual holding recreation residence permit for lot 10B on the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Residence tract has asked permission to install a propane tank. This action requires the permit be amended.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lot 10B of the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Residence Tract
Amendment to the Original Environmental Assessment for the Louisiana Purchase Baseline Trail
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/15/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Mary Maercklein
870-295-5278
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand the parking areas: on the west side of FS1900 to accommodate a bus and on the east side of FS1900 to comply with new accessibility regulations concerning spacing for each vehicle in the accessible parking area.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Phillips. LEGAL - T1S-R4E, Section 2 Existing parking areas on the east and west sides of FS Road 1900 at the Louisiana Purchase Baseline Trail trailheads.
Louisiana Purchase Baseline Trail Environmental Assessment Amendment
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/15/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Mary Maercklein
870-295-5278
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us
Description: Project is limited to expanding existing parking areas. Parking on the east side of FS Road 1900 will be expanded to incorporate new accessibility regs. Parking on the west side will be expanded to safely accommodate a bus or RV.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Phillips. LEGAL - T1S-R4E, Section 2 Trailheads of the Louisiana Purchase Baseline Survey Trail
St. Francis NF Range Allotment Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/17/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
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
- Forest products
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 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
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
11/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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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