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)
- Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Andrew Pickens Ranger District
- Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Enoree Ranger District
- Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Francis Marion Ranger District
- Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest All Units
- Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Long Cane 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
Scoping Start
07/24/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 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.
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
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Andrew Pickens Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
George Micro Hydropower Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
06/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Victor Wyant
864-638-9568
vwyant@fs.fed.us
Description: Donald and Bettina George currently have a special use permit for a grassed emergency spillway from Thrift Lake to Lick Log Creek. They propose to construct a micro hydropower plant structure in an alcove to the side of Lick Log Creek on NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43181
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Below Thrift Lake and adjacent to Lick Log Creek.
Land Bridge Road, Bridge Relocation Project
EA
- Road management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/21/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Victor Wyant
864-638-9568
vwyant@fs.fed.us
Description: The Oconee County Road Department has identified a need to relocate the bridge over the Chauga River on Land Bridge Road, a county maintained road on National Forest System lands. The new bridge would be located a few hundred feet downstream.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42111
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located on Land Bridge Road over the Chauga River.
Outfitting and Guiding Special Use Permit
EA
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Jennifer Barnhart
864-638-4463
jenniferjbarnhart@fs.fed.us
Description: The US Forest Service is proposing to grant outfitting and guiding special use permits to businesses on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Sumter National Forest in South Carolina.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33706
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Andrew Pickens Ranger District and Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor on the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia.
Russell Farm Historic Site
CE
- Heritage resource management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/18/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Jennifer Barnhart
864-638-4463
jenniferjbarnhart@fs.fed.us
Description: The Oconee Soil and Water Conservation District has applied for a special use permit to coordinate a volunteer program to remove encroaching vegetation around the house site, paths and remaining structures at the historic site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44187
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Adjacent to Highway 28 and the Chattooga River.
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Enoree Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Georgia Aster and Shortleaf Pine Management
EA
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/23/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Jeff Magniez
803-637-5396
jmagniez@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sumter National Forest is proposing activities to enhance existing Georgia aster populations, expand Georgia aster at new sites, and restore shortleaf pine communities on sites that are currently dominated by loblolly pine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41944
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Chester, Newberry, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chester, Newberry, and Union Counties, South Carolina
Giant Cane Restoration project on the Enoree Ranger District
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
03/31/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
09/2014
Expected: 10/2014 03/2015 Carrie Miller
864-427-9858
carriemmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: The Giant Cane Restoration Project will restore native giant cane woodlands on the Enoree Ranger District on 104 acres of the Sumter National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Chester, Newberry, Union. LEGAL - Compartments 5, 33, 172 in Chester, Union and Newberry Co. Sumter National forest, Enoree Ranger District, Chester, Newberry, and Union Counties
Natural Awareness Tracking School Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 12/2014 Hector Socias
864-427-9858
hsocias@fs.fed.us
Description: The Enoree Ranger District, Sumter National Forest has accepted a special use permit application from the Natural Awareness Tracking School for a proposal to provide a basic land navigation course to the public.
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northwest section of the Enoree Ranger District east of route 22, south of the Tyger River, west of route 176 and north of the Enoree River.
Woods Ferry Horse Trail Realingment Project, Phase II
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Alice Riddle
(864)427-9858
ariddle@fs.fed.us
Description: The project will continue to realign sections of existing trail that are poorly located and not sustainable in their current location. Additional new trail construction will be added to the trail system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41767
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Chester. LEGAL - Sumter National Forest, Enoree Ranger District Chester County, east of the Broad River
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Francis Marion Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cape Romain, NWR, USFWS Demonstration Bee Apiary at Sewee Visitor and Environmental Center
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2014
Actual: 03/28/2014
04/2014 Amy Fore
843-336-2203
afore@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend exsting special use permit to US Fish and Wildlife to add bee apiary at Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43645
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Charleston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Francis Marion National Forest Tract F-92, Compartment 212, Charleston County SC
Central Electric Power Coop - McClellanville 115 Kv Line
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/17/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Amy Fore
843-887-3257
afore@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a 115 KV powerline from Winyah Generating Station (Georgetown, SC) to McClellanville, SC.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5499
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley, Charleston. LEGAL - NE section of Francis Marion National Forest Francis Marion National Forest
Guerin Creek Salt Marsh/Ecological Restoration on the Francis Marion National Forest
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Mark Danaher
843-336-3248
mdanaher@fs.fed.us
Description: Approximately 7 acres of salt marsh would be restored by smoothing out furrows installed in the past to grow a loblolly pine plantation. The action would restore tidal function. About 14 acres of loblolly pine would be removed.
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Charleston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Guerin Creek
Macedonia EA
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
03/20/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 Bill Twomey
843-336-3248
btwomey@fs.fed.us
Description: Environmental Assessment for ecosystem restoration activities in the Macedonia analysis area of the Francis Marion National Forest in Berkeley county South Carolina.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41142
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley. LEGAL - USDA Forest Service Francis Marion National Forest, Berkeley County, South Carolina
Twin Ponds Rifle Range Reconstruction
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/02/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Janna Dupre
843-336-2221
jmdupre@fs.fed.us
Description: Phase 1 would: remove the existing range structures; add rifle sheds; parking spaces; accessible walkways; range office; and dirt berms would be added or improved. Phase 2 would: add archery and pistol ranges.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43173
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located on Forest Road 202.
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest All Units R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chester County Stream and Riparian Restoration/Enhancement Project
EIS

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
04/2014
Expected: 01/2015 03/2015 Christopher Evans
864-427-9858
chrisevans@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would involve restoring and enhancing the hydrologic, riparian and aquatic funcitions within four watersheds - McCluney Branch, Little Turkey Creek, Clarks Creek and an unnamed tributary to Clarks Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44310
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Chester. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is adjacent to the Broad River just east of the Woods Ferry Recreation Area.
Francis Marion Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est.
04/2014
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Mary Morrison
803-561-4058
comments-southern-francismarion-sumter@fs.fed.us
Description: The forest plan revision is expected to take three years to complete with three major steps: an assessment, a draft forest plan, and then EIS/ROD.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/scnfs/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5393142
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley, Charleston. LEGAL - Charleston and Berkeley County, South Carolina Francis Marion National Forest
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests , Long Cane Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AND072_ATT Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
215 Comment Period Legal Notice
04/17/2013
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Mike Crane
864-638-9568
mcrane@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal permit for all existing lines in Oconee County, 7,183 feet exisiting fiber optic and copper overhead lines with a 10 foot ROW (1.65 acres) and 215,646 feet of existing fiber optic and copper underground lines with a 5 foot ROW (24.75 acres).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41929
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Oconee County
Aiken Coop EDG402401
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
06/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Peggy Nadler
803-561-4053
pnadler@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of permit for overhead and underground electric lines.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29354
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Edgefield, McCormick, Saluda. LEGAL - Not Applicable Long Cane Ranger District
Little River LON017
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
06/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Peggy Nadler
803-561-4053
pnadler@fs.fed.us
Description: This action is a renewal of a special use permit for electric powerlines above and below ground.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27394
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood. LEGAL - Not Applicable Long Cane Ranger
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