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, 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
- Forest products
- Road management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
10/01/2016
Expected: 03/2017 06/2017 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.
Loren and Carla White Sr. Small Tract Act
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/02/2017
05/2017 Kim Mortenson
479-964-7244
kmortenson@fs.fed.us
Description: . It was determined that both the tract of land and the applicant qualify for the Small Tract Act (STA) of 1983.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - TOWNSHIP 11 NORTH, RANGE 22 WEST, SECTION 11, NE1/4NE1/4 This project area is four miles north of the community of Hagarville in Johnson County, Arkansas just off of state highway 123.
March 2017 Salvage Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 06/12/2017
06/2017 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us
Description: On March 01, 2017, a severe weather/wind event occurred across a large portion of the Big Piney Ranger District including damage scattered across several counties. Timber salvage actions are proposed for three separate areas totaling 250 acres.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Conway, Pope, Van Buren. LEGAL - T11N-R17W, Sec.27,34,&35; T9N-R17W, Sec.9&10; T11N-R19W, Sec. 32; T10N-R19W, Sec.5 Salvage would occur in three areas: one six miles north of town of Hector, one twelve miles northeast of community of Hector, and one three miles north of community of Jerusalem.
Southwestern Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Forest products
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
Delaney Road Segment Project
EA
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/13/2016
Est. Comment Period
04/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Ricky Adair
479-667-2191
radair@fs.fed.us
Description: Allow Madison County to use Forest Service land to build approximately 500 feet of road segment to connect a reroute of a major county road which was blocked by a landslide.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin, Madison. LEGAL - section 1 T 13N R 28W Forest Service lands near northern extent of proclamation boundary approximately 1.75 miles south of the town of Delaney.
Ford Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Special area management
- Road management
- Heritage resource management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
05/2017
Expected: 11/2017 01/2018 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.
Mulberry River Watershed Improvement and Access Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Recreation management
- Facility management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/01/2017
Expected: 06/2017 11/2017 Jobi Brown
479-667-2191
jobibrown@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.
North Twin Trail Improvements
CE
- Facility management
- Special area management
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/09/2016
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Jobi Brown
479-667-2191
jobibrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve recreation experiences for mountain biking by designating, rerouting, decommissioning and creating bike trail in the North Twin Special Interest Area and Lake Wedington Recreation Area.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Benton, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lake Wedington and North Twin Special Interest Area on the Wedington Unit.
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Magazine Mountain Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mt. Magazine Non-Native Invasive Species Treatment Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
03/08/2017
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 Amanda Bataineh
479-963-3076 ext 3054
abataineh@fs.fed.us
Description: Control of non-native invasive species infestations across the Mt. Magazine Ranger District
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37232
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan, Yell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mt. Magazine Ranger District in Logan and Yell Counties, Arkansas
Ross Explorations Surface Use Plan of Operations for ARES 50771 USA 6-25 2-2H and 4-2H-3
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 08/2018 12/2018 Amanda Bataineh
479-963-3076 ext 3054
abataineh@fs.fed.us
Description: To approve Ross Explorations Surface Use Plan of Operations for ARES 50771 USA 6-25 2-2H and 4-2H-3 gas wells.
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 6 miles southeast of Paris in Logan County, Arkansas. Within Section 2 of Township 6 North, Range 25W of the 5th Meridian.
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, St. Francis Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
St. Francis National Forest Ecosystem Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Land management planning
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2016
Est. Comment Period
05/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Jan Franks
870-269-3228 ext 3234
comments-southern-ozark-stfrancis-stfrancis@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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36532
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
Carney Road
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Khristina Huber
870-269-3228
khuber@fs.fed.us
Description: Harvest, TSI & Rx burning to reduce stress & improve resilience against disease & other stressors & NNIS treatments to control spread on 2978 acres. Overstocked stands, Oak decline, Hypoxylon canker & NNIS are present throughout this area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49802
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter, Stone. LEGAL - T16N R13W Sections 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36 T15N R13W Sections 1, 2, 3 Compartments 49, 95, & 96
Hotard Helispot Improvement Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Facility management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 05/31/2017
07/2017 Trenton Girard
870-269-3228
tgirard@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a simple 30 x 30 foot concrete slap to provide a firm, level surface that will safely support helicopter landings and loading of injured persons needing air ambulance transport.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49588
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Stone. LEGAL - T15N-R11W Sec. 8 Within an existing wildlife opening approximately 150 yards north of AR State Highway 14
Sylamore Range Allotment Management Project
EA
- Special use management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- 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
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42968
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

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A 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
Wishbone Salvage Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Khristina Huber
870-269-3228
khuber@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of dead and damaged shortleaf pine from 42 NFS acres through a salvage timber sale.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51667
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Stone. LEGAL - within Sections 3 and 10, T. 15N, R. 13W in Stone County 42 acres of National Forest System land within Sections 3 and 10, T. 15N, R. 13W in Stone Countyalong Forest System Roads 91101C and 91101G
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