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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- National Forests In Texas, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- National Forests In Texas, Angelina Ranger District
- National Forests In Texas, Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands
- National Forests In Texas, Davy Crockett Ranger District
- National Forests In Texas, Sabine Ranger District
- National Forests In Texas, Sam Houston Ranger District


National Forests In Texas, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Texas Plan Revision
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/27/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2020
Expected: 06/2021 07/2021 Theresa Mathis
936-639-8586
tjmathis@fs.fed.us
Description: The National Forests and Grasslands propose to revise their land management plan as guided by the 2012 Planning Rule.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50032
Location: UNIT - National Forests In Texas All Units. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina, Fannin, Houston, Jasper, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Walker, Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas are comprised of approximately 675,000 acres of public land across fifteen counties in east and northeast Texas.
National Forests In Texas, Angelina Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative Special Use Permit Amendment
CE
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is to add additional powerline to provide electrical service to a private property that is landlocked by National forest System land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49084
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina. LEGAL - Not Applicable administrative compartment 60 and 61. Along existing road right-of-ways
North Angelina RCW Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
08/01/2016
Expected: 07/2017 01/2018 Jason Engle
936-897-1068
jaengle@fs.fed.us
Description: Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (RCW) habitat improvement project on the Angelina National Forest in compartments 1, 2, 6, and 7.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49991
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - San Augustine. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 0.6 mile north of the intersection of State Highway 103 and State Highway 147, in Management Area (MA) 2 %u2013 Red-cockaded Woodpecker Emphasis, and MA 4 Streamside Management Zones (SMZ).
North Zavalla First Thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/02/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 James Chumley
936-897-1068
jchumley@fs.fed.us
Description: Pine first thinning in stands 20-40 years old in compartments 44,45,46,47, and 50 on the Angelina National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49409
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 5 miles east of Zavalla, Texas, 6 miles west of Huntington, Texas, within Angelina County
Sandy Creek Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
08/11/2016
Expected: 03/2017 06/2017 Jason Engle
936-897-1068
jaengle@fs.fed.us
Description: Watershed EA consists of commerical pine thinning, longleaf pine restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, road work, NNIPS, midstory removal
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37403
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina, Jasper. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 73, 74, 75, & 78, 8 miles southeast of Zavalla, TX and south of Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
National Forests In Texas, Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fannin County Electric Cooperative, Inc. Special Use Permit ROW
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 02/23/2017
07/2017 Marc Pons
940-627-5475
mpons@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal for a new special use permit for an electric powerline ROW
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48793
Location: UNIT - Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple Units within the Caddo National Grasslands, Fannin County, TX
LBJ Prairie Savanna Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Robert Sewell
940-627-5475
rasewell@fs.fed.us
Description: The FS proposed to accelerate the transition of degraded lands and streams to properly function and healthy prairies, savannas, and streams across the entire LBJ National Grassland through the use of a variety of management techniques (e.g., fire).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50961
Location: UNIT - Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montague, Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in Wise and Montague counties in North-Central Texas. The nearest cities are Alvord and Decatur.
TADRA Blue Trail Reroute Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/31/2017
Expected: 07/2017 01/2018 Marc Pons
940-627-5475
mpons@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute portions of the TADRA Blue Trail by modifying approximately three miles of trail. Also decommission 3,100 feet of TADRA Orange Trail. This is due to the flooding events during 2015 in Wise County, TX.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50969
Location: UNIT - Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Units 27, 28 and 75 of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County, Texas
Wise Electric Cooperative Powerline ROW Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Marc Pons
940-627-5475
mpons@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of an expired special use authorization for an existing powerline ROW for Wise Electric Cooperative within the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands.
Location: UNIT - Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County, TX
National Forests In Texas, Davy Crockett Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cooper Road Access Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205 Ex. 6244
fstranimier@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Permit for the use of a closed Forest Service administrative road measuring 4,094 feet long with a width of 30 feet, totaling 2.8 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46329
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System Road 5824, off of County Road 1095 located approximately one mile north of Kennard, TX
East Group Pine First Thinnings
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2016
Expected: 09/2016 01/2017 Bobi Stiles
936-655-2299
bstiles@fs.fed.us
Description: Pine first thinning in stands less than approximately 35 years old within Compartments 27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,47,48,49,50,54,55,56 and 59.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48593
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston, Trinity. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various compartments on the Davy Crockett National Forest
Houston County Electric Cooperative Permit Proposals
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205 Ex. 6244
fstranimier@fs.fed.us
Description: Houston County Electric Coop has proposed moving 3 existing power lines to new routes that would decrease their overall environmental impact, decrease safety hazards associated with fire, and allow better management of these lines.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45895
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston, Trinity. LEGAL - Not Applicable The 3 existing lines are along NFSR 528A1 to be moved to a new ROW off of 528A, along the Neches River below the Neches Blough overlook to move along 511, and South of Houston County 1070 removed.
Lynch Creek
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/08/2016
Est. Comment Period
06/2017
Expected: 11/2017 01/2018 Jeff Buhlig
936-655-2299
jbuhlig@fs.fed.us
Description: Habitat/vegetation management for the restoration of Red-cockaded Woodpecker.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48746
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartment 66, 67, and a portion of compartment 69 along Forest Service Road 514.
Timberwood Management Corp., c/o Voyager Group Ltd. Road Access Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205 Ex. 6244
fstranimier@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Permit for the use of NFSR 526 located in Compartment 7 of the Davy Crockett NF. The road is located approximately 8 miles northwest of Kennard, TX.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46330
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located in compartment 7 of the Davy Crockett NF, approximately 2 miles east of the intersection of FM 1733 and NFSR 526, 8 miles northwest of Kennard, TX.
National Forests In Texas, Sabine Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boles Field Fox Hound Cemetery Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/14/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a Permit for an existing fox hound cemetery in Boles Field Recreation Area
Location: UNIT - Sabine Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Shelby. LEGAL - Not Applicable administrative compartment 19 inside Boles Field Recreation Area7 miles east of Shelbyville, Texas
Eastex Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Fiber Optic Cable Special Use Permit Amendment
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/23/2017
Expected: 03/2017 03/2017 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the project is to issue an amendment to an existing Eastex Special Use Permit to include the installation, use, and maintenance of an additional fiber optic cable right-of-way.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50740
Location: UNIT - Sabine Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Shelby. LEGAL - Not Applicable The ROW is within administrative Compartments 17 of the Sabine National Forest, in Shelby County, approximately eight miles east of Shelbyville, Texas
SRA Recreation Area Capital Improvements and Maintenance Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/30/2015
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sabine River Authority as part of their obligations under their recently re-issued Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license, is proposing to implement a plan involving improvements to 4 recreation areas on the Sabine NF.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48045
Location: UNIT - Sabine Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Sabine, Shelby. LEGAL - Not Applicable Administrative Compartments 38, 102, 110, and 138.
National Forests In Texas, Sam Houston Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boy Scouts of America - Camp Strake
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2017
Actual: 02/07/2017
02/2017 Frank Stranimier
936-337-7057
fstranimier@fs.fed.us
Description: To provide new road and utility access to a private tract recently acquired by the Boy Scouts of America to serve as the new Camp Strake facility. Project will include: decommissioning Hines Lake Rd., adding 3 phase electric and upgrading NFSR 2099.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49465
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - San Jacinto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 86 & 87, located near FM 945, north of State Hwy. 150
Century Link Special Use Permit Transfer
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/28/2012
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205
comments-southern-texas-samhouston@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to issue new Special Use Permit to Century Link for 16 miles of communications lines which were previously permitted to Sprint.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40061
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - These compartments are located about 10 miles north of Montgomery, Tx. Compartments 4, 5, 7, 13-17, 29, 31
DCP Southern Hills, LLC Pipeline Permit
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/28/2012
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205
comments-southern-texas-samhouston@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to to issue a special use permit for an already existing interstate liquid gas pipeline
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39923
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Walker. LEGAL - Compartments 20, 21, 23, 24, 34, 35 and 36 are located approximately 11 miles west of New Waverly, TX. Compartments 20, 21, 23, 24, 34, 35 and 36
Fuel Reduction and Smoke Management in Compartments 41, 42, 43
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017
Actual: 04/24/2017
08/2017 Jason Klawinsky
936-344-6205
jpklawinsky@fs.fed.us
Description: Mechanically treat (mulch) understory and midstory in compartments 41, 42, 43 on the Sam Houston National Forest and construct 1.2 miles of permanent dozer line.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50606
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 41, 42, 43 located in Montgomery and Walker Counties approximately 6 miles west of New Waverly, Tx and south of Farm to Market (FM) Road 1375.
Midsouth 101 Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205
comments-southern-texas-samhouston@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to combine and re-issue three Special Use Permits for approximately 25.75 miles of already existing powerlines to Mid-South Synergy. The lines provide service to multiple private land inholdings in several compartments and two counties.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40071
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Walker. Compartments 4-6, 11, 14, 15, 17, 30, 31, 33, 35-38, 44-47, 49-51
Montgomery and Walker 1st Thinning
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/20/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Thomas Lowell
541-367-9235
tlowell@fs.fed.us
Description: First thinning project focused on improvement of red-cockaded woodpecker habitat and overall forest health.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51846
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located around the north end of Lake Conroe and west of the town of New Waverly, Texas. Highway 1375 bisects the project area on an East/West axis.
Richards-Raven Equestrian and Multi-use Trails Project
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
06/30/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Daniel Jauregui
936-344-6205
djauregui@fs.fed.us
Description: New construction of a 25 mile looped trail system with 2 trailheads, including 3 miles of motorized trail and 22 miles of non-motorized equestrian trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48321
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northwest portion of the Sam Houston Ranger District in compartments 1 through 9 and 18.
Walker County Southern Pine Beetle Resilience and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/22/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Warren Oja
907-743-9438
comments-southern-texas-samhouston@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposes southern pine beetle resilience and wildlife habitat improvement activities on up to 3,000 acres within compartments 48, 49, and 53 of the Sam Houston National Forest east of New Waverly, Texas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50082
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Compartments 48, 49, and 53 of the Sam Houston National Forest east of New Waverly, Texas
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