Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- 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, 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
09/2015
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 09/2015 06/2016 Therese Quintana-Jones
802-747-6742
taquintanajones@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
Sawmill Creek Wetland Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 09/2015 06/2016 Diane Burbank
802-388-4362 x116
dburbank@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
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 John Sease
802-362-2307-237
jsease@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
Camp Timber Salvage
CE
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Jeffrey Tilley
907-828-3236
jbtilley@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage of wind thrown timber on approximately 30 acres. Salvage will include dead and dying trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47319
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Weston
Green Mountain Power (formerly CVPS) North Road - Peru Line Relocation Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/19/2013
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 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 Nature Trail Improvements
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/27/2014
Expected: 07/2015 10/2015 Danna Strout
802-362-2307
dstrout@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove three bridges, build one new bridge, and construct two separate short sections of trail reroute along the existing nature trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46039
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
Red Pine Landowners Association Road and Green Mountain Power Powerline Special Use
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 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
- Road management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Special use management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/10/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2015
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Robert Bayer
802-362-2307 ext 218
rbayer@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.
Wilmington Water District Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/09/2014
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 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
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
08/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 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
- Special use management
- Recreation 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.
Gilmore Mountain Aspen Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
04/08/2015
Est. Comment Period
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 12/2015 Robert Bayer
802-362-2307 ext 218
rbayer@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-establish regenerating and young age class component in aspen/birch communities by commercial timber harvest in mature and high risk stands. Harvest areas include small multiple sites totaling about 60 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41839
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Bristol and Lincoln
Marks Private Land Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@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
Norske Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/06/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Holly Knox
802-767-4261 x530
hknox@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate and construct an approximate 0.15 mile segment of the Norske Trail in a more sustainable trail location within the Breadloaf Wilderness that will not require the construction of a new bridge. Remove the dilapidated bridge from wilderness.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47320
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Ripton
North Zone Green Mountain Power Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2014
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit to Green Mountain Power to extend, replace, and/or upgrade approximately 4,088 feet of electric distribution line at 3 seperate sites for a total of 1.74 acres of National Forest System land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44984
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Ripton and Lincoln.
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
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 10/2015 Jennifer Wright
802-747-6730
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
Bodette and Cannon Road Access Special Use Permits Project
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Christopher Mattrick
603-536-6225
cmattrick@fs.fed.us
Description: The project includes the issuance of a two special use permits for the construction/reconstruction and use of roads on National Forest System lands to provide access to seasonal camps and for logging operations on private lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47323
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Leicester and Hancock
Boyden Brook Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/19/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 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
05/08/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@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
Rochester Ranger District Wellness Trails
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/06/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Holly Knox
802-767-4261 x530
hknox@fs.fed.us
Description: Designate 2.6 miles of hiking, biking or multiple use trail adjacent to the Rochester Ranger Station. A trail by the administrative site would provide employees and the public with a multiple loop system of varying skill level and terrain.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44209
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Rochester.
Trial Backcountry Skiing Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/20/2014
Expected: 07/2015 09/2015 Holly Knox
802-767-4261 x530
hknox@fs.fed.us
Description: Designate four trial backcountry ski project sites. Activities include thinning of vegetation to enhance skiable terrain while maintaining a healthy forest structure. Additional activities include installing signage and monitoring impacts of the use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44206
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Rutland, Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Chittenden, Goshen and Rochester.
Tucker Johnson Shelter Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 10/2015 07/2016 Jennifer Wright
802-747-6730
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
07/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@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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