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
- Forest products
- Special area management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Fuels management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/01/2016
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 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
Birchfield Pre-commercial Thinning Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Jobi Brown
479-667-2191
jobibrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Shortleaf pine stands overstocked with pine and hardwood seedlings/saplings on approximately 113 acres need thinning to promote growth and vigor in remaining trees.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford. LEGAL - Multiple sections in T 11N R 32W On Forest Service lands on the Lee Creek Unit 2 miles south of Natural Dam along Birchfield Mountain Road.
Delaney Road Segment Project
EA
- Road management In Progress
Comment Period
06/28/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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
- Heritage resource management
- Special area management
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
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
- Facility management
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Grazing management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
03/01/2017
Expected: 10/2017 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.
Wedington Pine Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 James Lindsay
479-667-2191
jalindsay@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve forest heath and vigor of trees in the area by removing damaged, diseased and insect-infested trees. This project will aid in maintaining a healthy mid-successional forest of mixed hardwoods and pines.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Benton, Washington. LEGAL - T 16N R 32W; T 17N R 31W; T 17N R 32W; T 17N R 33W Wedington Unit northwest of Fayetteville, AR. Multiple townships
Wedington Salvage Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2017
Expected: 12/2017 02/2018 James Lindsay
479-667-2191
jalindsay@fs.fed.us
Description: Multiple stressors on area trees: wind, ice, insect, fire, drought. Widespread Hypoxylon (fungus) outbreak has caused pockets of dead timber. Activities include removal of low commercial grade timber to promote oak regeneration.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Benton, Washington. LEGAL - Townships T16N R 32W; T17N R 31W; T 17N R 32W Wedington Unit northwest of Fayetteville, AR.
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
- 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
- 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, Pleasant Hill Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Wolf Pen
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/16/2017
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 12/2017 06/2020 Matthew Pfeifler
479-754-2864
mtpfeifler@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Health; Timber Harvest; 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 R24W sections 3, 2, 1, 12, 11, 10, 16, 15, 14, 13, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 29, 28, 27, 26; T12N R24W sections 6, 5, 4, 9, 8, 7, 18, 17, 20, 19; T13N R24W sections 32, 33. Bounded on the north by the Miller Road and Victory Road; on the east by JO 5261 (Patterson Springs Road); the west by Little Mulberry River; and on the south by the Mulberry River and Highway 215.
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2016
Est. Comment Period
11/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 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
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 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
Sylamore Range Allotment Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management
- 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
- 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

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/14/2017
07/2017 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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