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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- R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- 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


R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Southern Region Caves and Mine Closures
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/02/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Dennis Krusac
404-347-4338
dkrusac@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the action is to close caves and mines to minimize the transmission potential of white nose syndrome and for the protection of associated wildlife species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44053
Location: UNIT - National Forests in Alabama All Units, Daniel Boone National Forest All Units, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units, Cherokee National Forest All Units, National Forests In Florida All Units, Kisatchie National Forest All Units, National Forests In Mississippi All Units, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest All Units, Ouachita National Forest All Units, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest All Units, National Forests In North Carolina All Units, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest All Units, National Forests In Texas All Units, Savannah River Natural Resource Management and Res All Units, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area All Units. STATE - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Cherokee, Covington, Hale, Lawrence, Macon, Lake, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Chattooga, Murray, Oglethorpe, Jackson, Morgan, Whitley, Natchitoches, Vernon, Winn, Chickasaw, Pontotoc, Craven, Randolph, Berkeley, Edgefield, Newberry, Cocke, Monroe, Unicoi, Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Ashley, Benton, Montgomery, Botetourt, Charlotte, Roanoke, Shenandoah, Roanoke. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest Systems lands: KY, VA, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL, LA, TX, AR, OK
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests , Bayou Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2013 New Existing Special Uses
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2013
Actual: 02/25/2014
04/2014 Terrell Hope
870-446-5122
thope@fs.fed.us
Description: This decision would consider up to 13 different linear special use requests which are existing but have not been permitted by a Special Use permit. The types of uses vary from roads for access to private to water lines and power lines.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Conway, Johnson, Newton, Pope, Van Buren. LEGAL - See the Scoping letter for specific legal land locations of each special use proposal. The existing uses are scattered across the Big Piney Ranger district
Southwestern Power Administration Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Special use management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
03/24/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
06/2014
Expected: 08/2014 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
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Special area management
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/16/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 08/2014 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
Lee Creek Prescribed Burning Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 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
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Heritage resource management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/24/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 08/2014 10/2014 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
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special area management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/22/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 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
Distsrictwide Non-Native Invasive Plant Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Vicki Weindel
479-963-3076
vweindel@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. Mt. Magazine Ranger District in Logan and Yell Counties, Arkansas
Stephens USA 1-15H, ARES 54692 Gas Well
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
02/04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Len Weeks
479-964-7231
lweeks@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of the Stephens USA 1-15H Gas Well Pad. The well pad would not exceed 3.88 acres. There would be approx. 3,483'gathering line, 657' road construction, and 3-inch temporary waterline above ground.
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan. LEGAL - Section 15 of T6N, R25W The site is located approximately 3.2 miles west of the HWY 309 and Green Bench Road intersection in Logan County
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests , Pleasant Hill Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cass-WWUA Connection
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management
Cancelled N/A N/A Tom Cravens
479-754-2864
tcravens@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a duplicate project. The correct project name is Cass-Watalula Waterline Extension Project #44178.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Sections 24-26 and 35, Township 12 North, Range 27 West. Approximately 15 miles north of Ozark, AR on State Highway 23.
Locust Gap
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/15/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
09/2014
Expected: 11/2014 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
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/18/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
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
St. Francis National Forest Ecosystem Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/07/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 11/2014 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 except the Turkey Ridge Research Natural Area
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests , Sylamore Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Matney Knob Tower Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/25/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Jan Franks
870-269-3228
jlfranks@fs.fed.us
Description: Erect a new communication tower at an existing communication site to replace a tower that does not adequately support the use. The existing tower will be decommissioned when the new tower is functional.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Less than 1 acre total on Matney Knob in Baxter County within Section 12 of T18N, R13W. Access is via FSR 1104A.
Sylamore Range Allotment Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/30/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 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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