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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Forest products
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Heritage resource management
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.
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
Ford Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Special area management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2016
Expected: 03/2017 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.
Mulberry River Watershed Improvement and Access Project
EA
- Road management
- Grazing management
- Facility management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/24/2013
Est. Comment Period
10/2016
Expected: 02/2017 03/2017 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
- Heritage resource management
- Facility management
- Special area management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/09/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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.
Ragtown Road Repair Project
EA
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/16/2016
Est. Comment Period
10/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Ricky Adair
479-667-2191
radair@fs.fed.us
Description: Total failure of about 300 feet of roadway. Road provides access to several thousand acres of National Forest. Current situation is public safety hazard. Failed segment would be relocated to improve transportation and safety.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northwest of Cass about half a mile south of the "Summit", the intersection of Mill Creek, Fly Gap, Fanes Creek, and Ragtown Roads.
White Rock Developed Recreation Area Concessionaire Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2016
Actual: 10/28/2016
10/2016 James Bicknell
479-754-2864
jbicknell@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue of new special use permit for operation and maintenance of White Rock Developed Recreation Area.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Main Unit near 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
Cove Lake Concessionaire and ATV Outfitting and Guide Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/29/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Amanda Bataineh
479-963-3076 ext 3054
abataineh@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue special use permits authorizing (1) an ATV Outfitting and Guide service, and (2) a Campground and Granger-Thye Concessions for Cove Lake Recreation Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50372
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cove Lake Recreation Area: Sect. 35 T7N R25W; ATV route: Sect. 6, 7 T6N R23W; Sect. 1, 2, 10-23, 28, 29 T6N R24W; Sect. 19, 28-33 T7N, R23W; Sect. 24, 25, 36 T7N R24W; all in Logan Co., AR
Crossberry/Buzzard Rock
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/18/2016
Expected: 12/2016 02/2017 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.
Mt. Magazine Non-Native Invasive Species Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
06/22/2016
Est. Comment Period
02/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 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
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 09/2017 01/2018 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, Pleasant Hill Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brushy Mountain
EA
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Heritage resource management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/03/2016
Expected: 09/2016 03/2019 Matthew Pfeifler
479-754-2864
mtpfeifler@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Health; Timber Harvest of pine and hardwood; wildlife habitat and fishery improvements; road stabilization; protection of heritage resources; fuels reductions; NNIS control; recreation management
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T12N R27W Sections: 24, 25, 26, 35, 36; T11N R27W Sections: 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14; T12N R26W Sections: 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34; T11N R26W Sections: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 North boundary-the Mulberry Wild and Scenic River and Scenic Byway 215; East boundary-Low Bridge and Pink Twist Roads; West boundary-State Highway 23; South boundary-Ozark National Forest
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
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2016
Est. Comment Period
12/2016
Expected: 05/2017 07/2017 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 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
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/06/2016
Est. Comment Period
11/2016
Expected: 02/2017 03/2017 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
- Special use 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
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/05/2015
Est. Comment Period
01/2017
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 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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