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):
- R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- National Forests In North Carolina, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- National Forests In North Carolina, Appalachian Ranger District
- National Forests In North Carolina, Cheoah Ranger District
- National Forests In North Carolina, Croatan Ranger District
- National Forests In North Carolina, Grandfather Ranger District
- National Forests In North Carolina, Nantahala Ranger District
- National Forests In North Carolina, Pisgah Ranger District
- National Forests In North Carolina, Tusquittee Ranger District
- National Forests In North Carolina, Uwharrie Ranger District


R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chattooga River Boating Access
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
10/08/2014
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 James Knibbs
803-561-4078
jknibbs@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to establish access points for boaters on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River within the boundaries of three National Forests (Chattahoochee, Nantahala and Sumter).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42568
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District, Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon, Oconee, Rabun. LEGAL - Not Applicable Access points for boaters:Nantahala RD - Green Creek; Norton Mill and Bull Pen Bridge; Chattooga River RD - Burrells Ford Bridge; and, Andrew Pickens RD - Lick Log.
National Forests In North Carolina, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Nantahala and Pisgah NFs Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/12/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2015
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Heather Luczak
828-257-4817
NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us
Description: Revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah NFs Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan)
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District, Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah Ranger District, Appalachian Ranger District, Tusquittee Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey. LEGAL - Not Applicable 18-county area in Western North Carolina
National Forests In North Carolina, Appalachian Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Appalachian RD Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/08/2007
Expected: 09/2012 09/2012 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to issue district-wide special use permits, typically for research and filming.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Yancey. Appalachian Ranger District
Black Mtn Crest Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to relolocate about one mile of the northern portion of the Black Mountain Crest trail and develop a new trailhead to accomodate users. The existing portion of the trail would be rehabilitated.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. Appalachian RD
NCDOT Bridge #84/SR1349
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/02/2014
Expected: 10/2014 05/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to replace Bridge #84 on SR 1349
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bridge #84 over Pigeon Roost Creek on SR 1349 (Pigeon Roost Road)
Slope Stabilization on I-40, NCDOT Project
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/02/2014
Expected: 10/2014 05/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has requested authorization to conduct slope stabilization activities including rock bolting, blasting, and installation of a rock-fall barrier fence.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. LEGAL - Not Applicable Interstate 40 at Mile Marker 7 along the west bound lane, in Haywood County
White Pine Cabin Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2013
Expected: 07/2013 07/2013 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to remove, deconstruct, or burn White Pine cabin and garage.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. Appalachian RD, FSR 472
National Forests In North Carolina, Cheoah Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Appalachian Trail Relocation at Swim Bald
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Jeremy Waite
828-479-6431 ext.4106
jwaite@fs.fed.us
Description: Allow the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to relocate a short section of the Appalachian Trail near Swim Bald, Cheoah County, NC to protect resources and improve user safety.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Appalachian Trail near Swim Bald, Cherokee County, NC.
Cheoah River Gravel Additions
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Jason Farmer
828-479-6431
jfarmer@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to improve the gravel component of the Cheoah River to accommodate the federally endangered Appalachian elktoe (a freshwater mussel) and the native fish spawning habitat.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Graham County Cheoah River/ CheoahRanger District
Duke Energy Watia Powerline
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Julie Moore
828-257-4859
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Grant a special use authorization to Duke Energy to allow them to erect a short section of power distribution line across National Forest System lands in Graham County, NC to provide power to the Watia Road subdivision.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System lands in Graham County, NC near Watia Road.
NC 143, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/29/2012
Est. Comment Period
10/2015
Expected: 12/2016 03/2021 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has proposed making improvements to NC 143 from the Cherohala Skyway to SR1127 at Robbinsville in Graham County. Portions of this project are located on National Forest system lands.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable NC 143 from the Cherohala Skyway to SR1127 at Robbinsville
Town of Robbinsville Raw Water Intake
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/12/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to grant a right-of-way to the town of Robbinsville, Graham County, NC for below-ground water intake pipes on National Forest System land.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System Lands in Graham County, NC, near Lake Santeetlah.
US Highway 74 (A-9) Project Sections BA and CA, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/29/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2015
Expected: 06/2016 12/2017 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to relocate US Highway 74 from Stecoah to Robbinsville and widen the road to four lanes.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable US Highway 74 from Stecoah to Robbinsville
National Forests In North Carolina, Croatan Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Carolina T&T (CenturyLink)Existing Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us
Description: The Carolina T&T (CenturyLink) permit is for the operation and maintenance of overhead and buried phone lines crossing various sections of the Croatan National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44543
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. LEGAL - Not Applicable Croatan National Forest in Craven, Carteret and Jones Counties. Various locations throughout.
Church Sign for Calvary Church
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to approve a special use permit to allow the Calvary Church to place a sign in a road right-of-way the Forest Service owns near the intersection of Highway 101 and Temples Point Road in Craven County, North Carolina.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42426
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. LEGAL - Not Applicable Intersection of Highway 101 and Temples Point Road in Craven County, North Carolina.
City of Havelock, Water Well Pad Expansion
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand the fenced and pad area around a water well to comply with State of North Carolina Regulations. City had to drill a new well (moved over 20 feet) to replace a failed casing. State law dictates the protected area around each well at 100 feet.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45162
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southern edge of the city of Havelock, NC, approximately 0.2 miles east of Highway 70.
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Runway Safety Improvement Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
11/20/2013
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to ammend the special use permit with the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport to allow removal of vegetation obstructions in the glide path approack of the runway.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40283
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project occurs on the Croatan National Forest in Craven County, NC in the Perrytown Community. More sepcifically it occurs between Brice's Creek and FS Road 121A.
Havelock Bypass, US 70, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/30/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2014
Expected: 03/2015 02/2016 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has proposed construction of a US 70 bypass around Havelock, NC.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21694
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. LEGAL - Not Applicable Havelock Bypass, US 70, near the city of Havelock, NC
Newport Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 10/2014 Steven Maharrey
252-638-5628
smaharrey@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed project consists of various timber, wildlife and fire related treatments to move toward the desired future condition of Longleaf pine and provide improved habitat for the Federally Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37454
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret. LEGAL - Not Applicable Croatan National Forest just to the west of Newport, NC.
Piedmont Natural Gas Existing Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/10/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit renewal for Piedmont Natural Gas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44544
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. LEGAL - Not Applicable Croatan National Forest, primarily along US Hwy 70 and then County Line Road.
Revised EA for Control of the Southern Pine Beetle on Croatan National Forest
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Heather Luczak
540-839-2521
hluczak@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to control outbreaks of southern pine beetle on pine stands using Integrated Pest Management techniques.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26350
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. On various sites of the Croatan National Forest.
US 17, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 07/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has proposed widening US 17 to four lanes from SR 1330/SR 1439 south of Belgrade to the Jones-Craven County lines. Approximately 2.1 miles of the project is located on FS lands. FS property only located on the east side of US 17.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jones. LEGAL - Not Applicable US 17 from just north of Maysville to just north of Forest Service Road 204.
Water Well Replacement for Recreational Residence Lot #1
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/17/2013
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to replace an existing water well at a recreation residence (Lot 1) on the Croatan Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42679
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret. LEGAL - Not Applicable Holland Point Road near Cedar Point Campground on the Croatan Ranger District. Recreation Residence #1.
West Carteret New Water Well Installation
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us
Description: Allow the West Carteret Water Corporation to place 2 more water wells and approximately 4000 feet of additional waterline with power on the Croatan Ranger District in the locations identified in their existing permit issued in August of 1989.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42677
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret. LEGAL - Not Applicable From Pringle Road proceeding along Forest Route 155, Deep Sand Road, on the Croatan Ranger District.
West Carteret Water Corp. Water Line Extension Project
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us
Description: This project provides potable water mains to serve existing single family homes. Existing homes and structures within the park cannot be reached without crossing Federal Lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44542
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret. LEGAL - Not Applicable Primarily within the right-of-ways of Nine Foot Road, Nine Mile Road and Gale's Creek Road in Carteret County, North Carolina
National Forests In North Carolina, Grandfather Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Armstrong Creek Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Ted Oprean
828-877-3265
toprean@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action includes vegetation management and wildlife habitat improvement activities in the Armstrong Creek area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37809
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. LEGAL - Not Applicable McDowell County
Catawba Falls Phase II: Trail Improvements & Dam Removal
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Leigh Marston
828-652-2144
lmarston@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to improve and/or relocate trail between the parking lot and upper falls, and construct a viewing platform(s). In addition, a dam and old building will be removed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36081
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Catawba Falls
Control of Non-Native Invasive Plant Species in the Linville Gorge Wilderness
EA
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plant species in the Linville Gorge Wilderness using a combination of manual and chemical treatments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37735
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke, McDowell. Linville Gorge Wilderness
Grandfather District Restoration Burns
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/31/2012
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Greg Philipp
828-652-2144
gphilipp@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to burn six separate areas in Burke and Caldwell counties to reduce fuel loads, improve wildlife habitat, and promote fire dependent and fire adapted species. Individual burns would be implemented over multiple years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40077
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke, Caldwell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Burke and Caldwell Counties, NC
Linville Gorge Wilderness Prescribed Fire
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal includes the use of prescribed fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness to restore the natural fire regime, to manage unnatural buildups of fuels, and to restore fire dependent communities and woodlands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37966
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Linville Gorge Wilderness
NCDOT Bridge #237/SR 1362
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/02/2013
Expected: 10/2014 05/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to replace Bridge #237 on SR 1362.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bridge #237 over Woodruff Branch on SR 1362
Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2007
Expected: 11/2014 05/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50 foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to about 0.5 mile of Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, in Avery County across FS lands. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improving drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, beginning at the intersection with US 221 near the Gragg community
Roseboro Road, SR 1511, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2007
Est. Comment Period
01/2015
Expected: 05/2015 08/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has proposed a 50 foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to about 2.8 miles of Roseboro Road, SR 1511, across FS lands. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improved drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Roseboro Road, SR 1511, beginning at the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Roseboro community
Sunrise Wildfire - Dozer Line Mulching
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Greg Philipp
828-652-2144
gphilipp@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to mulch vegetation established on the dozer lines cut during suppression of the 2008 wildfire. The dozer lines would be maintained over time to provide long-term fuel breaks between NFS and private lands.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Grandfather RD
Thunder Hole & China Creek Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Leigh Marston
828-652-2144
lmarston@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to relocate sections of a multi-use trail to improve user access and to develop a new trailhead near Blowing Rock.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. Grandfather RD, Thunder Hole & China Creek
National Forests In North Carolina, Nantahala Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BBQ Project
EA
- Forest products
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152 x 108
smoffat@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to conduct silvicultural treatments to implement forest plan goals for National Forest System lands in Macon County, NC.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System Lands east of the Nantahala Mountains and north of Trimont Ridge in Macon County, North Carolina.
Bridge #135, on SR 1740, NCDOT Project
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/02/2014
Expected: 12/2014 04/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT proposes to replace Bridge #135 in Jackson County.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43369
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bridge #135, on SR 1740 (Moses Creek road) in Jackson County
Bull Pen Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Bryan Killian
828-524-6441
bkillian@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to replace the existing bridge on Bull Pen Road with a new standard weight bridge.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon. LEGAL - Bull Pen Road # 1178 Nantahala Ranger District
Bull Pen and Journ McCall Roads, SR 1100 and SR 1101, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has proposed widening, paving and improving drainage on 2.2 miles of FS road. Improvements are proposed on 1.4 miles of Bull Pen road and 0.8 miles of Journ McCall road across FS property.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. South of Brushy Mtn, Compartments 35 and 36
Cane Pole Multiple Resource Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/23/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to conduct silvicultural treatments to improve wildlife habitat, restore vegetation communities, and supply timber for the local economy.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38856
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System lands in Jackson County, North Carolina, near Rich Mountain.
Flat Mountain Road, SR 1544, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2009
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50 foot right-of-way to make improvements to approx. 7,000 feet of Flat Mountain Road, SR 1544, including grading, widening, drainage, and paving.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Flat Mountain Road, SR 1544
Franklin Amateur Radio Tower at Cowee Bald
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Julie Moore
828-257-4859
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Allow the Franklin Amateur Radio Club to replace their existing radio tower on Cowee Bald with a taller tower on their existing authorized footprint.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Administrative area on top of Cowee Bald, Jackson County, NC
Hewitt Small Tracts Sale
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to sell approximately 0.11 acres to clear an encroachment on National Forest System Lands on the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, Jackson County, North Carolina.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable .
Hurricane Creek Campground Site Improvement
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Alice Cohen
828-257-4258
acohen@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to designate 5 to 10 campsites for the primitive campground and horse campground at Hurricane Creek. Replace existing vault toilet. Construct a community shelter.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Hurricane Creek Campground Macon County
Panther Ridge Homeowners Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to provide an easement across National Forest lands to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Nantahala Ranger District
Town of Highlands Powerline Construction on Horse Cove Road
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to install 3,752 feet of single phase electric distribution lines along Horse Cove Road, including placement of 15 wooden power poles, and removal of an old existing overhead line running overland across NF lands.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Nantahala Ranger District Macon County, North Carolina
Wasilik Poplar Removal
CE
- Special area management On Hold N/A N/A Alice Cohen
828-257-4258
acohen@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to use explosives to remove the upper portion of the Wasilik Poplar for public safety. The Wasilik Poplar was at one time the national champion poplar. Now dead, the tree presents a danger to visitors.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Macon County, NC
Wetlands Restoration at Ranger Falls
CE
- Special area management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Doreen Miller
828-524-6441
dmiller05@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to enhance the Ranger Falls recreation area by restoring wetland processes and functions.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Ranger Falls recreation site, Nantahala Ranger District, Macon County, NC.
Wildlife Opening Prescribed Burns
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Greg Brooks
828-524-6441, x 418
gbrooks01@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to prescribe burn 50-100 acres of dormant season wildlife openings for maintenance of grasses and forbs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33095
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Western side of the Nantahala Ranger District
National Forests In North Carolina, Pisgah Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bentley/Wells - Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A Dan Belanger
828-257-4242
dbelanger@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to resolve a trespass case as a result of the Forest Service landline boundary refurbishment.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. The property is located in the Cruso community of Haywood county along Crawford Creek Rd.
Big Creek Lodge Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Raymond Johns
828-257-4859
rayjohns@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to provide a reciprocal Right-Of-Way access to private in-holding and NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah Ranger District
Bridge #148 Replacement, B-4989, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2011
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridge #148 on SR 1326, Macedonia Church Road, in Transylvania County.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bridge #148 on SR 1326, Macedonia Church Road, over Lamance Creek
Little East Fork Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to reroute about 75 yards of existing trail to bypass washout caused by September 2004 tropical storms.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. Pisgah RD
NC 215, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/14/2005
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2019 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has proposed making improvements to NC 215 in Transylvania County from US 64 to SR 1326 south of Balsam.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. LEGAL - Not Applicable NC 215 from US 64 to SR 1326 south of Balsam.
National Forests In North Carolina, Tusquittee Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/01/2005
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313. Proposed improvements include very minor changes in centerline and widening.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313
Buck Creek Mine Closures Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us
Description: Install gates / grates over abandoned open shaft and tunnel mines in the Buck Creek area of Clay County, North Carolina.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Buck Creek olivine area north of US Highway 64 near the Clay County / Macon County line.
Buck Creek Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Jason Farmer
828-479-6431
jfarmer@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct watershed improvement treatments to Buck Creek, including removing a small dam and restoring native stream ecosystem function, in the Deep Gap area south of US Highway 64 in Clay County, NC.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Buck Creek reach along Deep Gap Road south of US Highway 64 in Clay County, NC near the Clay County / Macon County line.
Hibbert Branch Road Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to provide a 4200 foot road easement fon Hibbert Branch Road (FS # 650) for a private property owner to gain access to property.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Cherokee County Hibbert Branch Road
Joe Brown Road, SR 1326C, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/01/2010
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Joe Brown Road. Proposed improvements include very minor changes in centerline and widening, grading, drainage improvement, and paving.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Joe Brown Road, SR 1326C
Laurel Creek Property Owners Association Access Across National Forest System Lands
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
10/03/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152 x108
smoffat@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluate an application for an easement across National Forest System lands from the Laurel Creek Property Owners Association that would allow them to access their 50 acre inholding in Clay and Cherokee Counties, North Carolina.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44803
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee, Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Headwaters of Laurel Creek in the Fires Creek watershed in Clay County, North Carolina.
Lower End Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct shortleaf pine ecosystem restoration treatments, including timber harvest, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat, fisheries habitat, and botanical habitat improvement projects in western Cherokee County, NC.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable Western Cherokee County, NC north of Appalachia Lake and Hiwassee Lake.
Walker Fields Wildlife
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Doreen Miller
828-524-6441
dmiller05@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to remove encroaching woody vegetation from wildlife food plots at Walker Fields.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Walker Fields, Tusquitee Ranger District, Cherokee County, NC
National Forests In North Carolina, Uwharrie Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
FY15 Uwharrie Prescribed Burn Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/14/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 Kelly Cagle
910-576-6391
kcagle@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burns to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland urban interface and improve wildlife habitat and longleaf pine regeneration on 2000 acres scatted across the district.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45929
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable In the High Pines community, Roberdo community, Parsons Grove community, Badin Lake Recreation Area, and Lassiter Mill area next to the wilderness.
NC 24/27 Widening Project, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/10/2006
Est. Comment Period
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 03/2019 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us
Description: NC DOT has proposed widening from two lanes to four lanes of NC 24/27 from NC 73 to the Troy Bypass. Approximately 2.7 miles of this 11 mile project are located on Forest Service lands.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable NC 24/27 from the Troy Bypass to NC 73
Uwharrie District Non-native Invasive Plant Treatment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plants on the Uwharrie National Forest using a combination of mechanical, cultural, and chemical treatments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34643
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Davidson, Macon, Randolph. Montgomery, Randolph, and Davidson Counties
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