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
- Watershed management
- Special area management
- Road management
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/08/2014
Est. Comment Period
05/2015
Expected: 10/2015 12/2015 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.
Southwestern Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Project
CE
- Forest products
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/11/2014
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 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 Flat
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Jobi Brown
479-667-2191
jobibrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Thinning of overstocked shortleaf pine stands on approximately 44 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46460
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - sections 12 and 13 in T 13N R 27W; section 6 T 13N R 28W Madison county three and a half miles west of Combs, AR.
Lee Creek Fuels Treatment Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
03/12/2015
Expected: 07/2015 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.
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
- Facility management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/24/2013
Est. Comment Period
05/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 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.
Ruby Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Jobi Brown
479-667-2191
jobibrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Pine thinning on about 60 acres and removal of encroached trees on food plot.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46461
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Sections 19, 20, 29 and 30 in T 11N R 28W and section 18 in T 11N R 29W One mile south of Fern, AR.
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
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Heritage resource management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/02/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 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.
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.
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
Ross Explorations USA 6-25 #3-2H-3 Gas Well
CE
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2015
Actual: 03/26/2015
04/2015 Amanda Bataineh
479-963-3076
abataineh@fs.fed.us
Description: Ross Explorations, Inc. is proposing to drill a second gas well, USA 6-25 #3-2H-3 on the existing gas well pad of USA 6-25 #1-2H in Section 2, T6N, R25W in Logan County, Arkansas. The USA 6-25 #1-2H well was spudded on February 26, 2015.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46430
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan. LEGAL - T6N, R25W, Sec2 In Section 2, T6N, R25W in Logan County, 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/14/2015
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 08/2015 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
Locust Gap
EA
- Forest products
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2015
Actual: 03/02/2015
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
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2015
Actual: 03/04/2015
04/2015 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
St. Francis NF Range Allotment Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Special use management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 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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