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.

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- Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- 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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2012 Planning Rule Monitoring Transition
CE
- Land management planning In Progress
Scoping Start
04/22/2016
Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 05/05/2016
06/2016 Steve Duzan
479-964-7282
sduzan@fs.fed.us
Description: Project is an Administrative Change in Forest Plan Monitoring to bring the plan in compliance with the 2012 Planning Rule.
Location: UNIT - Ozark-St. Francis National Forest All Units. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter, Benton, Conway, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, Yell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
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
- Forest products
- Road management
- Special area management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/08/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2016
Expected: 10/2016 12/2016 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
Comment Period
02/20/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 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
- 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management
- Forest products
- Road 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Grazing 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/09/2016
Expected: 09/2016 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/16/2016
Est. Comment Period
09/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 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.
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Magazine Mountain Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Crossberry/Buzzard Rock
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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.
Stephens Production Company USA 1#-16H
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 07/28/2016
09/2016 Amanda Bataineh
479-963-3076
abataineh@fs.fed.us
Description: To approve Stephens Production Company's Surface Use Plan of Operations to drill USA #1-16H, a second well head, on the same pad as USA # 1-15H. This includes a temporary permit for a water-line and a permit for road and pad.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49264
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan. LEGAL - Not Applicable On the same pad as USA #1-15H in Section 15, T6N, R25W of Logan County, AR.
T-Mobile Communication Site Lease for Mt. Magazine
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/13/2016
08/2016 Amanda Bataineh
479-963-3076 ext 3054
abataineh@fs.fed.us
Description: To allow T-Mobile to design, construct, operate, and maintain cellular improvements within the Mt. Magazine Communication Site in order to provide cellular service for the surrounding area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49263
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mt. Magazine Communication Site, Logan County, Arkansas, in T. 6 N., R. 25 W., sec. 20, Fifth Principal Meridian, at approximately Latitude 35° 9%u2019 50%u201D North. Longitude 93° 40%u2019 48%u201D West.
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
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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
Permit Amendments for Recreation Residence Use Areas 5A, 9, and 14 on the Bear Creek Lake Tract
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2016
Actual: 08/26/2016
09/2016 Jay Swafford
870-269-3228
jswafford@fs.fed.us
Description: Response to requests to amend 3 recreation residence permits
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50007
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bear Creek Lake Recreation Residence Tract Use Areas 5A, 9 and 14
St. Francis National Forest Ecosystem Restoration Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Land management planning
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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
Removal of Condemned Structure on the Sylamore RD Administrative Site
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Jay Swafford
870-269-3228 extension 3232
jswafford@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of FS quarters on the Sylamore RD administrative site within the city limits of Mountain View, AR. The quarters caught fire after being struck by lightning and were subsequently condemned by the city.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50078
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Stone. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sylamore RD Administrative Site on East Main Street in Mountain View, AR
Sylamore Range Allotment Management Project
EA
- Special use management
- 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: 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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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