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
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.
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
Scoping Start
04/17/2013
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 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
AP Fiscal Year 2015 Controlled Burning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/03/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 Robert Little
231-723-2211
ralittle@fs.fed.us
Description: Controlled burning on approximately 4500 acres in six different geographic areas to decrease the threat of wildfire by burning accumulated fuels and to increase plant and wildlife habitat diversity.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45901
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Six different geographic areas across the Andrew Pickens Ranger District landscape (see project map).
George Micro Hydropower Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2013
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 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.
Howard Creek Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/26/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Thomas Scott
423-783-2419
thomasscott@fs.fed.us
Description: Brook trout and stream restoration project.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45629
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Not Applicable Howard Creek, Keowee and Toxaway River Watershed of the upper Savannah River.
Outfitting and Guiding Special Use Permit
EA
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/09/2010
Est. Comment Period
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 12/2015 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
Broad River Riparian Wetland Restoration Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/06/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Jason Jennings
803-561-4060
jjennings@fs.fed.us
Description: This a wetland restoration project.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45628
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Chester, Fairfield, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is along the Broad River.
Chester County Stream and Riparian Restoration/Enhancement Project
EIS
- Watershed management In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/05/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/23/2013
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 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
Lower Broad Analysis Area
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
03/19/2015
Est. Comment Period
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 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.
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, Francis Marion Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Berkeley Electric Coop Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Amy Fore
843-336-2203
afore@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue permit to Berkeley Electric Coop for existing utilities on Francis Marion National Forest. This combines two permits formerly issued by Wambaw and Witherbee Ranger Districts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46153
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley, Charleston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Utilities are located throughout the Francis Marion National Forest
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
01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 01/2017 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
Swamp Chestnut Oak Orchard Mastication
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/26/2015
Expected: 04/2015 07/2015 Travis Roberts
843/336-3248
troberts@fs.fed.us
Description: Masticate understory vegetation and undesirable midstory (hardwoods and pines) to improve growing conditions for swamp chestnut crop trees. Preexisting slash, including tops, limbs, and logs would also be treated. Treatment area is 7.2acres
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46601
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Francis Marion National Forest, Francis Marion Ranger District, Berkeley County, SC
Wambaw Cycle Trail Expansion Project
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2015
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Janna Dupre
843-336-2221
jmdupre@fs.fed.us
Description: The Francis Marion National Forest is proposing activities to add improvements to the Wambaw Cycle Trail that include: Adding one mile of a 36" wide single track dirt bike trail, developing a north loop trailhead, and 1 mile trail connector.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46372
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley, Charleston. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located on Hwy. 45, one-mile east of the intersection S.R. 98 (Halfway Creek) and in compartments 162 and 146, near FR 216C
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
06/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Jason Selin
803-561-4052
jmselin@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
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Jason Selin
803-561-4052
jmselin@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
Watson Hill LLC Vegetation Management and Timber Sale Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
01/29/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 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.
Wildlife Management Activities
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 Jeff Magniez
803-637-0248
jmagniez@fs.fed.us
Description: Activities would improve conditions for wildlife species by managing early successional habitat, restoring wetlands, and enhancing savanna habitat. Establishment of gravel parking areas would protect natural resources and improve public access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45880
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Edgefield, McCormick, Saluda. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located in compartments 270 (McCormick Co.), 298 (McCormick Co.), 307 (Edgefield Co.), and 355 (Saluda Co.).
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