Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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, Cheat Ranger District
- 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
Citizens Telecommunications Telephone and Fiber Optic Reissue Special Use Permit CHT205112
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 07/21/2017
09/2017 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit to Citizens reissuing the continued use and maintenance of existing telephone and fiber optic cables on Monongahela NF with no new construction authorized with this CE.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51708
Location: UNIT - Monongahela National Forest All Units. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout the Monongahela National Forest
Wildlife Openings
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Catherine Johnson
304-636-1800 ext 170
catherinejohnson@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
Authorization for Construction/Operation of Natural Gas Pipeline from Columbia Gas Transmission LLC
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
04/03/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Will Wilson
304-636-1800
wwilson@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Application from Columbia Gas Transmission LLC to construct and operate 26" diameter natural gas pipeline of approximately 11.4 miles on NFS lands mostly within existing natural gas pipeline ROW.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51421
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District, Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable MNF
Monongahela National Forest, Cheat Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bowden Timber Stand Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/14/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Jeff Kochenderfer
304-257-4488
jdkochenderfer@fs.fed.us
Description: Timber stand improvement/wildlife habitat improvement will be completed on 373 acres. Approximately 50-75 healthy desirable trees in stands 20-52 years old would be released by cutting vegetation surrounding them with a chainsaw.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51102
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable The stands proposed for treatment are in compartments 43, 49, 50, 51, and 53 within Management Prescription 6.1. The stands are scattered within 7-mile radius of Bowden, WV to the north of WV-33.
Monongahela Power Montrose CHT205123 Amendment 2
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 09/07/2017
10/2017 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend Monongahela Power existing special use permit CHT205123 authorizing the relocation of an existing aerial 7.2 kV powerline to a buried powerline on National Forest System lands. This is needed to allow construction of Corridor H
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52408
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Randolph County / Montrose Quad / US Tract 16 Randolph County / Montrose Quad / US Tract 16
Monongahela Power Special Use Permit - CHT205123 (Amendment 1)
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 08/07/2017
08/2017 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize an amendment to Monongahela Power's existing special use permit (CHT205123) authorizing a new aerial 7.2 kV powerline to be installed to serve a private land owner.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50865
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable The area being considered for this project is near the Tucker-Barbour County line, at the eastern base of Laurel Mountain near at the headwaters of Indian Run, approximately 5 miles north of Montrose.
Mountaineer Gas Pipeline Special Use Permit CHT89 Amendment 2 - Nursery Bottom
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 08/07/2017
09/2017 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Use and maintain existing buried pipeline located in the Nursery Bottom. Some ground disturbance may be required to maintain and replaces buried pipeline.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52256
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Tucker County / Parsons Quad / PLSS US Tracts 141, 294, and 321 Tucker County / Parsons Quad / PLSS US Tracts 141, 294, and 321. Parsons nursery bottom near district office
Monongahela National Forest, Gauley Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
236 (Panther Den) Salvage Harvest EA
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/02/2017
Est. Comment Period
07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Richard Patterson
304-536-2144
rpatterson@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage harvest approximately 250 acres of wind thrown timber with approximately 1/4 mile of temporary road construction. The proposed harvest method is clear-cut.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51893
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along and between Forest Roads 236 and 236B, entirely in Webster County, WV with the community of Dyer approximately 3-5 miles to the south of the project area.
Big Rock Project
EIS
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/17/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is 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.
Music Run ROW
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 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
Beulah Wildlife Enhancement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 02/2018 04/2018 Shane Jones
304-456-3335, 114
scjones@fs.fed.us
Description: This project seeks to improve wildlife habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and other associated species through vegetation diversity enhancement, wildlife opening management, timber and wildlife stand improvement, and vernal pool creation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51533
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Project area is located in Randolph County, WV, approximately 2 miles south of the town of Glady, WV and is along the western edge of NFS Rd 44, extending to the ridge of Shavers Mtn.
Teter FLPMA Road Easement - GBR206010
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2017
Actual: 09/06/2017
10/2017 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue Teter a FLPMA road easement for NFS road 424 which is closed to public use, and Teter will quite claim deed a prescriptive ROW in a creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52351
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Randolph County / Sinks of Gandy Quad / Tract 48 Randolph County / Sinks of Gandy Quad / Tract 48
West Fork of Greenbrier Rail With Trail Development
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Kathleen Goodrich-Arling
304-636-1800, ext. 220
kgoodricharling@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
Authorization for Construction/Operation of Natural Gas Pipeline from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/21/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Karen Stevens
304-636-1800
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Application from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC to construct and operate a 42" diameter natural gas pipeline on approximately 5 miles of NFS lands.
Web Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50823
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable MNF
Project Level Amendments to the Monongahela NF LRMP for Atlantic Coast Pipeline
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Land management planning
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/21/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Karen Stevens
304-636-1800
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us
Description: Project-level amendments that may be needed if FS authorizes the ACP pipeline.
Web Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50823
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable MNF
Monongahela National Forest, Potomac Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dolly Sods Picnic Area
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 Zachary Adkins
304-257-4488
zcadkins@fs.fed.us
Description: This project include rehabbing the existing Dolly Sods Picnic Area to a more natural condition and developing a new picnic area approx. 1.5 miles north along NFS Rd 19. Includes picnic site amenities, toilet building, and trail to an existing vista.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51514
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant, Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable The existing area is located on NFS Rd 19, approx. 3.5 miles east of Laneville, WV and the new area is located approx. 4 miles east of Laneville, WV. Both are adjacent to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area.
Harper Cultivation Special Use Permit Re-Issue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: We received a request to re-issue a hay (19.7 acres) and corn (3.2 acres) cultivation permit in five fields, totaling 22.9 acres. The cultivation has occurred from 1992-2016 under previous permits. If issued, this permit would expire 12/31/2021.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51511
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable This area is located in the fields on NFS lands near the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center and the intersection of WV St Rt 28 and 33, in the community of Seneca Rocks, WV.
Spruce Mountain Grouse Management Area
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2017
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Theresa Evans
304-478-2000 ext.136
tevans@fs.fed.us
Description: The objective of this project is to restore and maintain ruffed grouse habitat in the Spruce Mountain Grouse Management Area by increasing early successional habitat for cover and enhancing species diversity to increase foraging opportunities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51058
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located west & southwest of Spruce Knob Lake and is near the community of Osceola, WV. It is bounded on the NW by County Route 40 and on the SE by NFS Road 112 (Spruce Knob Road).
Warner Cultivation Special Use Permit Re-issue
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 08/14/2017
08/2017 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: We received a request to re-authorize a hay cultivation permit in a 7.3-acre field. The cultivation has been occurring in this location from 2001-2016 under previous permits. If issued, the permit would expire 12/31/2018.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51508
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable This area is located approx. 4 miles southwest of Upper Tract, WV near Reeds Creek and is found on the Upper Tract/Franklin USGS quads. It is east of North Fork Mountain and is within the NRA.
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2015
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 James McCormick
304-799-4334 x25
jamesmccormick@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to create early successional habitat scattered in the project area in order to create habitat for ruffed grouse. A variety of treatments are being considered, including clear-cutting, prescribed burning, and mulching.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44193
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.
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