Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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
Communication Sites Forest Plan Amendment
CE
- Land management planning In Progress
Scoping Start
09/30/2013
Est. Comment Period
02/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Jay Strand
802-767-4261
jstrand@fs.fed.us
Description: Clarify the management direction for existing communication sites Forest-wide including the Philidelphia Peak repeater within the Battell Wilderness with modification of Forest-wide and Wilderness Area Management Area standards and guidelines.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40444
Location: UNIT - Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forest All Units. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham, Windsor. Mulitple Towns
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
Apple Tree Maintenance and Release
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A 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 Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts. 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, Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Rutland, Windsor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple Towns
Green Mountain Power (formerly CVPS) Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 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
Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Suppression Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015'T'00:00:00
Expected: 04/2015'T'00:00:00 04/2015'T'00:00:00 Timothy Noon
607-546-4470 ext. 316
twnoon@fs.fed.us
Description: Application of biological and chemical control measures to control the spreading infestation of hemlock wooly adelgid and reduce the chances of widespread hemlock mortality in areas of high hemlock density across the Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45582
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler, Seneca. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Lodi, Covert and Hector
Springer Spaniel Field Trial Special Use
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 11/2015 Paul Widowski
607-546-4470 x312
pwidowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit to authorize the use of pastures and grasslands for the 2015 English Spaniels National Amateur Championship.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44857
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Seneca. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Lodi
Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Manchester Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Green Mountain Power (formerly CVPS) North Road - Peru Line Relocation Special Use
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A 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: 04/2015 09/2015 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
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 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
- Special use management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/10/2014
Est. Comment Period
05/2015
Expected: 12/2015 04/2016 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: 06/2015 07/2015 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
Woodford SnoBusters Groomer Access Trail Special Use Re-issue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/26/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a special use permit to the VT Association of Snow Traveler local club Woodford SnoBusters to use an 800 foot long trail for groomer access from their private building onto Forest Road 74.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45580
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Woodford
Woodford SnoBusters Hot Dog Roast and Special People Ride Recreation Event Special Use Re-issue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/24/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a special use permit to the VT Association of Snow Travelers local club Woodford SnoBusters for annual day use event at Somerset Landing, and Special People Ride at Red Mill.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45581
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington, Windham. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Somerset and 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
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.
Gilmore Mountain Aspen Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2014
Est. Comment Period
01/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 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 63 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
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 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
North Zone Green Mountain Power Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 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
Boyden Brook Road Decommission, Watershed Restoration and Trail Relocation Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
05/01/2014
Expected: 04/2015 07/2015 Jay Strand
802-767-4261
jstrand@fs.fed.us
Description: Decommission and restore Boyden Brook Road (FR 49) to improve watershed conditions, and relocate Boyden Brook Trail (FT 749) which is a north/south snowmobile trail that connects important recreation opportunities across the Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41633
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rochester Ranger District, Town of Hancock, Vermont
Kennett Cultivation Special Use Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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 along the White River. Some of the fields were damaged by tropical storm Irene requiring adjustments, and others have been requested to add to the permit.
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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 03/2015 06/2015 Holly Knox
802-767-4261 x530
hknox@fs.fed.us
Description: Designate 2.6 miles of hiking 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: 01/2015 05/2015 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
05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 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
03/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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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