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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- Monongahela National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Monongahela National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Monongahela National Forest, Gauley Ranger District
- Monongahela National Forest, Greenbrier Ranger District
- Monongahela National Forest, Marlinton Ranger District
- Monongahela National Forest, Potomac Ranger District
- Monongahela National Forest, White Sulphur Ranger District


Monongahela National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Wildlife Openings
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Rachel Orwan
304-799-4334, x 19
rorwan@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal will address maintenance of wildlife openings across the Forest through mowing, prescribed fire, herbicide, and other treatments, and will include long-term strategies for determining, prioritizing, and treating existing and new areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31823
Location: UNIT - Monongahela National Forest All Units. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Openings are scattered across the Forest in Grant, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, and Webster Counties, WV
Monongahela National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Columbia Gas Road Right-of-Way Special Use Permit (GBR205001)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/31/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Todd Hess
304-636-1800
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use road permit for existing access roads. Access is to Fishing Hawk Creek and High Knob. Access is needed to maintain gas drip wells, year round via motorized vehicle.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45050
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District, Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Greenbrier Ranger District in Randolph County / Beverly East Quad / PLSS US Tract 51H-II. Cheat-Potomac Ranger District in Pendleton County / Upper Tract Quad / PLSS US Tract 207
Monongahela National Forest, Gauley Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Rock Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/30/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2015
Expected: 09/2015 11/2015 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us
Description: Project proposes to provide diverse early successional forest (clearcut w/reserves 1342 ac), improve forest health and growth (traditional thin 702 ac and helicopter thin 491 ac) and provide water sources for wildlife (creation of 20 vernal pools).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44762
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project are is within the Cranberry River watershed north of Richwood, WV, in Nicholas and Webster Counties.
Cottle Road ROW Special Use Permit (GAU206003).
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/16/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Todd Hess
304-636-1800
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize a 5 year special use permit for year-round vehicle access to private property on existing road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44986
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Webster County / Webster Springs Quad / PLSS US Tract 372
Lower Williams Wildlife Enhancement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2012
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Kim Tarter
304-846-2122
kimtarter@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed vegetation alteration and wildlife habitat enhancement on an estimated 140 acres. The project would create grassy and early-successional habitat, reduce the mid-story to diversify forest structure and composition, and enhance native grasses.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38797
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Proposed activities are scattered throughout the Lower Williams river area, an estimated six to ten miles north-northeast of Richwood, WV.
Mays Road Right-Of-Way Special Use Permit (GAU206002)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/16/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Todd Hess
304-636-1800
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize a road right-of-way special use permit for an existing road to allow private property owner year-round vehicle access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44985
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Webster county / Webster Springs Quad / PLSS US Tract 372
Music Run ROW
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 William Schiffer
304-846-2122
wschiffer@fs.fed.us
Description: The Monongahela National Forest received an application for right-of-way access to a private in-holding surrounded by National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42918
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Music Run is located an estimated 5 miles northwest of Richwood, WV
Monongahela National Forest, Greenbrier Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mower Tract Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/18/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Jack Tribble
304-456-3335 x 116
jtribble@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct single track recreation trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the Mower Tract area on Cheat Mountain. This area was timbered and mined prior to US Forest Service purchase.
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable South of Hwy 250 on Cheat Mountain, adjacent to Forest Roads 227, 233, and 235.
West Fork of Greenbrier Rail With Trail Development
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 04/2015 04/2016 Jason Reed
304-636-1800, ext 242
jareed02@fs.fed.us
Description: Grant the West Virginia State Rail Authority a long-term easement and authorization to return 27.2 miles of railroad right-of-way to active railroad status, and construct a parallel 21-mile trail segment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45223
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable 27.2 miles of railroad right-of-way from Durbin to Elk River Junction, WV.
Monongahela National Forest, Marlinton Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Elk River Touring Center Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/30/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext. 222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit to perform outfitter and guide operations to include mountain biking, shuttle service, and fishing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44528
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sharp Knob, Eldray, Woodward, Marlinton, Minnehaha Springs, and Mountain Grove Quads. (See maps)
Monongahela National Forest, Potomac Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mountain
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/14/2014
Est. Comment Period
12/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
kvollmer@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve oak regeneration and stand structural and age diversity, and increase mast for wildlife through a variety of methods, including commercial and noncommercial treatments. Enhance wildlife and aquatic habitats for a number of species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36612
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southeast part of Cheat-Potomac Ranger District. North Fork South Branch Potomac watershed. South of Spruce Knob, North of Virginia State line.
Frontier West Virginia Fiber Optic Cable Special Use Permit / SUP7 Amendment 1
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/27/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Todd Hess
304-636-1800
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend existing special use permit (SUP7) to authorize aerial installation of fiber optic cable on existing utility poles. This is a State and federal grant to get communication/Internet to rural and under served communities project.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44936
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable PLSS US Tracts 785B, 1186, and 1070 along WV 22/2 (Jake Hill Road)north of Upper Tract, WV.
Laneville Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
comments-eastern-monongahela-potomac@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace the Laneville bridge. Construct short sections of new access roads and rehabilitate existing access roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36613
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. East of Laneville, at the beginning of FR 19, over Red Creek. Near the southwest border of the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
Monongahela National Forest, White Sulphur Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brushy Mountain Ruffed Grouse Habitat Management
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 James McCormick
304-799-4334 x25
jamesmccormick@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to create early successional habitat in scattered locations across the project area. A variety of treatments are being considered, including clear-cutting, prescribed burning, and mulching.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sites are located within the Brushy Mountain Ruffed Grouse Management Area, directly northeast of White Sulphur Springs, WV.
Two-Mile Road Closure
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/10/2010
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Rondi Fischer
304-799-4334
rfischer@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed closure of Two-Mile Road due to considerable erosion and natural resource damage. The nearby One-Mile Road will be opened during the same time period.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30944
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located directly northwest of the community of Neola, WV.
Upper Meadow Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Kevin Taylor
304-456-3335
kltaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed fire is proposed for multiple areas totaling an estimated 3600 acres. This will be a landscape scale ecosystem restoration effort in WV and VA, in conjunction with the Fire Learning Network.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30759
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. This project is located along the WV-VA border, an estimated 13 miles southeast of Marlinton WV and directly north of Lake Sherwood.
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