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
08/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
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
Finger Lakes Runners Club Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special area management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Rebecca Wright
607-546-4470 ext.313
rwright@fs.fed.us
Description: Approve the renewal of a 5 year Special Use Permit for a long distance footrace on trails and roads within the Finger Lakes National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44204
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Hector.
Springer Spaniel Field Trial Special Use
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Timothy Noon
607-546-4470 ext. 316
twnoon@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
Youth Pioneer Event Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/30/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Rebecca Wright
607-546-4470 ext.313
rwright@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit to authorize the Church of Latter Day Saints youth group to reenact the 19th century Mormon pilgrimage using National Forest trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44855
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler, Seneca. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Hector and 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
Lightfoot Private Land Access Special Use
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 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 Homologated Race Course
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2014
Actual: 08/27/2014
09/2014 Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us
Description: Use the existing trail network at Prospect Mountain to create a 5 km homologated race course. Includes the construction of about 0.4 km of new trail with the remainder to be regraded and brought up to standard.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44245
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
07/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 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
Snow Valley C7 Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/16/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Carol Knight
802-362-2307 ext. 227
cknight@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate existing snowmobile trail from Snow Valley private property onto adjacent private property and NFS lands. The portion on NFS lands would be approximately 0.6 mile of newly constructed trail and 0.1 mile of improved existing trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41852
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Winhall
South of Route 9 Integrated Resource Project
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Heritage resource management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 04/2015 11/2015 Melissa Reichert
802-747-6754
mmreichert@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: 07/2014 08/2014 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
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Michael Burbank
802-388-4362
mburbank@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
07/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 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. 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: 08/2014 08/2014 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
Backcountry Ski Pilot Project
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Holly Knox
802-767-4261 x530
hknox@fs.fed.us
Description: Designate four backcountry ski pilot project areas. 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.
Biasuzzi Logging Access Special Use
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit for the use of a skid trail and landing to harvest timber on adjacent private land near State Route 100.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42484
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Killington
Boyden Brook Road Decommission, Watershed Restoration and Trail Relocation Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A 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
Killington Bike Trails
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/22/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Holly Knox
802-767-4261 x530
hknox@fs.fed.us
Description: Designate and construct an approximate 15 mile mountain bike loop system composed of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44208
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Killington.
Rochester Ranger District Wellness Trails
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 09/2014 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.
Tucker Johnson Shelter Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 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
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