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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- Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Hector Ranger District
- Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Manchester Ranger District
- Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Middlebury Ranger District
- Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Rochester Ranger District


Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Forest Plan Monitoring Program Transition
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders In Progress
Scoping Start
07/28/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Jay Strand
802-767-4261
jstrand@fs.fed.us
Description: Modify the existing Forest Plan Monitoring Program in compliance with the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule (36 CFR 219). This is NOT a NEPA project or Forest Plan Amendment. Comment period for proposed changes ends on April 29, 2016.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49148
Location: UNIT - Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forest All Units. STATE - New York, Vermont. COUNTY - Schuyler, Seneca, Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests
Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Green Mountain Power (formerly CVPS) Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue Special Use Permit to authorize all existing Green Mountain Power (GMP) power lines located across the Forest and to authorize transfer of permit from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=12744
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District, Manchester Ranger District, Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham, Windsor. LEGAL - Multiple counties and towns. Green Mountain National Forest, multiple towns
North Zone Large Wood Debris Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Nancy Ketcham
802-767-4261 Ext. 537
nwketcham@fs.fed.us
Description: Placement of large wood debris within sections of the upper parts and tributaries of Michigan Brook, tributaries of Middle Branch Middlebury River, and Sparks Brook to restore stream functions and improve aquatic habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43487
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District, Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Rutland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Pittsfield, Chittenden and Ripton
Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Hector Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blueberry Patch North Wetland Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/30/2015
Expected: 04/2016 09/2017 Angelica Quintana
802-747-6742
angelicaquintana@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore wetland function to a drained swamp white oak swamp north of Blueberry Patch Campground by dismantling a drainage ditch, burying non-native invasive plants, and restoring pit and mound topography.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47344
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Hector
Finger Lakes Invasive Pest Strategy Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/24/2016
Est. Comment Period
'
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Timothy Noon
607-546-4470 ext. 316
twnoon@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve forest health, restore ecological function and character to forest stands, and enhance wildlife habitat by harvesting timber and other vegetation management activities on approximately 800 acres throughout the Finger Lakes National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48488
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler, Seneca. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Lodi and Hector
Primitive Pursuits Priority Special Use
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a 5 year special use permit to conduct a 4-H Primitive Pursuits Summer Camp on National Forest System land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48515
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler, Seneca. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Valois
Sawmill Creek Wetland Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 02/2017 07/2017 Angelica Quintana
802-747-6742
angelicaquintana@fs.fed.us
Description: Enhance wetland function and reduce erosion around a recovering wetland by re-establishing original wetland outlet and dimensions, dismantling old drainage ditches, and reducing flow through a failing culvert draining into a deeply eroding gully.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47345
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Hector
Teeter and Foster Ponds Water Control Structure Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/30/2015
Expected: 04/2016 08/2016 Jodie Vanselow
607-546-4470
jvanselow@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace failing water control structures for Foster and Teeter ponds. This work may require the ponds to be drained, existing structures to be removed, new structures and piping installed, and the dams to be rebuilt.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47324
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Hector
Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Manchester Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apple Tree Release and Maintenance - Manchester Ranger District
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Brett Hillman
802-362-2307
bretthillman@fs.fed.us
Description: Release and prune living apple trees in 17 separate stands across the southern portion of the Manchester Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47318
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Somerset, Searsburg, Readsboro, and Wilmington
Bolles Brook Watershed Restoration
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Jennifer Wright
802-747-6775
jenniferwright@fs.fed.us
Description: Rehabilitate roads and trails within the Glastenbury Wilderness. Add barriers to roads and trails that lead into the wilderness; remove Hell's Hollow bridge; and improve existing non-system trail and add it to the trail system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48513
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Woodford
Branch Pond Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 01/2017 05/2017 Jennifer Wright
802-747-6775
jenniferwright@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate approximately 1 mile of Branch Pond Trail out of three significant state wetlands. A combination of trail relocations, puncheons and drainage structures construction will take place.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48494
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Sunderland
Green Mountain Power (formerly CVPS) North Road - Peru Line Relocation Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/19/2013
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate about 6,400 foot power line corridor managed by Green Mountain Power (GMP) along North, Savage and Mad Tom Roads. This placement and maintenance would be authorized by a special use permit on about 4.4 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38927
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Peru
Hapgood/Utley Mountain Bike Trail Designation
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 05/2017 Carol Knight
802-362-2307 x227
cknight@fs.fed.us
Description: Designate and reconstruct trail tread on 5.6 miles existing cross country ski trails and Forest Road 46 for mountain bike use. Use an excavator and hand tools. Includes building a boardwalk over wet areas.
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Peru
Lightfoot Private Land Access Special Use
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit for use of a road on National Forest System lands authorizing private individual access to private land for recreation and logging.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18053
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Green Mountain National Forest, Town of Winhall
Prospect Mountain Nordic Trail Improvement
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us
Description: Upgrade and repair the Upper Loose Moose, Mountain, Hawthorne, Shea's and Danish Delight Nordic ski trails. Work includes the removal of boulders, removing 10 trees, installation of 9 culverts, and some widening and short reroutes of trails.
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Woodford
Red Pine Landowners Association Road and Green Mountain Power Powerline Special Use
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue special use permits to use National Forest System land to 1) the Red Pine Landowners Association for a road (Red Pine Drive) to access private land; and 2) Green Mountain Power for a buried powerline along the road to provide power.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44869
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Landgrove
South of Route 9 Integrated Resource Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Special use management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/10/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Jay Strand
802-767-4261
jstrand@fs.fed.us
Description: Multi-resource project activities to meet desired future conditions provided by the 2006 Forest Plan for resources such as recreation, heritage, soil/water, fish/wildlife, rare plants, natural communities, timber, and roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43088
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Bennington, Pownal, Readsboro, Stamford, and Woodford.
VT Fish & Wildlife Deerfield Wind Bear Study Special Use Permit Reissue
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Continuing a study on the effects of the Deerfield Wind Project on black bear activities near the Project. There are 8-12 bears trapped each year and GPS collars are used to monitor movement, habitat use, and behavior.
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Readsboro and Searsburg
Wilmington Water District Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/09/2014
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Place a series of wells and springs on NFS lands near Crystal Pond, and Crystal and Haystack Ponds that provides water to the Town of Wilmington under the proper authorization. There may be new source springs requested.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35490
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Vicinity of Crystal Pond and Haystack Pond, primarily located on US Tract 390a in the town of Wilmington
Woodford Lake Estates Snowmobile Trail Additions Project
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 09/2016 05/2017 Carol Knight
802-362-2307 x227
cknight@fs.fed.us
Description: Designate 1.7 miles of existing snowmobile trail located on a powerline, FR 280, and an access trail. Grade trail tread, and install water bars, ditches and 2 culverts. Remove snowmobile use on 4 miles of Forest Trail 393 (the Dome Trail).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49272
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Woodford
Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Middlebury Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apple Tree Maintenance and Release - Middlebury Ranger District
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Michael Burbank
802-388-4362
mburbank@fs.fed.us
Description: Cut and remove over-topping trees on multiple sites to provide apple trees access to sunlight across the Middlebury Ranger District. Includes pruning apple trees to promote health of the trees and enhance fruit production for wildlife.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41842
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Rutland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple Towns
Blueberry Hill Sucker Brook Bridge #1 Replacement
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace an existing bridge along a x-country ski trail further downstream from its current location. Includes the relocation of the trail to tie in with the new bridge location.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44244
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Goshen.
Green Mountain Rockclimbing Priority Special Use
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a priority use special use permit to conduct guided rock climbing and hiking on National Forest System land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48514
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Rutland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Mendon, Chittenden and Leicester
Lefferts Pond Day Use Area Parking Expansion and Accessibility Upgrades
CE
- Facility management
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/25/2016
Expected: 04/2016 08/2016 Holly Knox
802-767-4261 x530
hknox@fs.fed.us
Description: To improve the recreation experience at Lefferts Pond Day Use Area, this project would construct an accessible fishing structure on Lefferts Pond, construct a new 35 car parking area, and improve/widen Forest Road 412 for enhanced access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48510
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Chittenden
Marks Private Land Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/25/2016
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Christopher Mattrick
802-767-4261
cmattrick@fs.fed.us
Description: Andrew Marks has applied for access to his private land off the Fay Road in Goshen. Consists of constructing an 80 ft long by 14 ft wide low standard road for wood lot management and recreation use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36398
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Middlebury Ranger District, Town of Goshen
Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Rochester Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Appalachian Trail Adjustment - Hartford
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Jennifer Wright
802-747-6775
jenniferwright@fs.fed.us
Description: Monitoring of the Appalachian Trail (AT) boundary identified the AT footpath is off of federal land in Hartford, VT. A 400-foot relocation of the tread to the federal land corridor is needed. No trees are anticipated to be cut; minimal tread work.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47322
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Hartford
Boyden Brook Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/19/2015
Expected: 04/2016 07/2016 Holly Knox
802-747-6718
hknox@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate and construct an approximate 2 mile segment of the Boyden Brook Snowmobile Trail (Forest Trail 749) in a more sustainable trail location. Complete improvements to the Taylor Brook Trail (FT 700) to bring it to a Class 4 trail standard.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47321
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Hancock
Kennett Cultivation Special Use Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2016
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Christopher Mattrick
802-767-4261
cmattrick@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issuance of an expired special use permit to cultivate fields on National Forest System land on 3 separate tracts totaling about 25 acres along the White River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46045
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Rochester
Robinson Integrated Resource Project
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Jay Strand
802-767-4261
jstrand@fs.fed.us
Description: Multiple resource activities integrated across the landscape designed to bring the project area closer to the desired future conditions as provided by the Green Mountain National Forest Land & Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48884
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Rutland, Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Goshen, Braintree, Bethel, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, and Chittenden
Sugarbush Well Development Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit to authorize Summit Ventures NE, LLC to add the test water well to their community water system by adding buried power to a pump on the well and pipe from the well.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47880
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Warren
Tucker Johnson Shelter Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Jennifer Wright
802-747-6775
jenniferwright@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruct the Tucker Johnson shelter along the Long Trail (LT) that burned down in 2011. Includes the construction of a short trail (about 200 feet) to connect the shelter to the LT.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40438
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Mendon
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport (VASS) Endurance Race Special Use
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a long-term special use permit to use an existing trail on National Forest System land for part of a runner and equestrian endurance race. This annual event would cross the Appalachian Trail near Dana Hill.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46046
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Pomfret
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.