Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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, 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
08/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 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.
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, Andrew Pickens 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
Comment Period
04/17/2013
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 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
George Micro Hydropower Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2013
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 06/2015 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.
Outfitting and Guiding Special Use Permit
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 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.
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, Enoree Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chester County Stream and Riparian Restoration/Enhancement Project
EIS
- Watershed management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/17/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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.
Georgia Aster and Shortleaf Pine Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/23/2013
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 05/2015 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
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
03/31/2014
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
Gully Restoration in Compartment 45 Stand 23
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/13/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Jason Jennings
803-561-4060
jjennings@fs.fed.us
Description: Two actively eroding gullies would be stabilized and the surrounding area restored.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45106
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 45, stand 23 near Johnsons Creek
Lower Broad Watershed Project
EA
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 03/2015 John Richardson
864-427-9858
jwrichardson@fs.fed.us
Description: Silvicultural Treatments consisting of commercial thinning on 6,361 acres, regeneration harvest (clearcut with reserves) on 2,146 acres and regeneration harvest ( shelterwood with reserves) on 256 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44865
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Fairfield, Newberry. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Lower Broad watershed.
Mastication Project on the Enoree Ranger District
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/21/2014
08/2014 Mark Garner
334-222-2555
mgarner@fs.fed.us
Description: Treatment of midstory vegetation by mechanical grinding/shredding on up to 6,222 acres. The objective is to improve/maintain wildlife habitat by reducing vegetation and to treat two areas heavily infested with non-native invasive species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45004
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Newberry. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located primarily in the Indian Creek area but also occurs in other surrounding areas as well.
Natural Awareness Tracking School Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 09/2014 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
06/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 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
Central Electric Power Coop - McClellanville 115 Kv Line
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/09/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2014
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
Francis Marion Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/30/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Mary Morrison
803-561-4058
fmplanrevision@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
Nature Adventures Outfitter Guide Amendment for Motorized Tours
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Amy Fore
843-336-2203
afore@fs.fed.us
Description: Nature Adventures Outfitters has proposed the addition of motorized tours to existing permit FMF076. Motorized tours will be conducted on Lower Wambaw Crrek and Hampton Creek and Santee River currently permitted for canoe/kayak trips.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44343
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley, Charleston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lower Wambaw Creek, Hampton Creek, Santee River, FSR 204 Boat Launch, McConnells Landing
Re-issue AT&T Permit for Buried Telephone Cable Along Cainhoy Rd.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/29/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Amy Fore
843-336-2203
afore@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issuance of existing permit to AT&T for 2.27 miles of buried telephone cable along the eastern shoulder of Cainhoy Rd in Berkeley County SC. Permit area is located in portions ofTracts F-18a, F-25, F-81 and F-258.
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Eastern shoulder of Cainhoy Rd (S-8-98), Berkeley County SC. Tracts F-18a, F-25, F-81 and F-258.
Twin Ponds Rifle Range Reconstruction
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
06/20/2014
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, Long Cane Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aiken Coop EDG402401
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 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. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 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
Unauthorized Road Obliteration
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/13/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Jason Jennings
803-561-4060
jjennings@fs.fed.us
Description: An unauthorized road at the end of a Forest Service system road is severely gullied and has active head cuts. Soil is eroding into Stevens Creek. Approximately 1,200 feet of the road would be obliterated and the area stabilized.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45105
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Edgefield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 320
Watson Hill LLC Vegetation Management and Timber Sale Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/05/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Dell Frost
803-637-5396
dfrost@fs.fed.us
Description: Seed tree regeneration (1,365 acres),Thinning (6,732 acres),Loblolly pine removal(19 acres),Woodland establishment(268 acres), Herbicide release (1,365 acres)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44366
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Abbeville, Greenwood, McCormick. LEGAL - Not Applicable Management Compartments 201 204-211,222,226-229,234-241,254 and 256.
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