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, 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
Wildlife Openings
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
04/03/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 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: 10/2017 10/2017 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 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
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/17/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2017
Expected: 02/2018 04/2018 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
Post Flood Trail Restoration on the Gauley RD
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 11/2017 03/2018 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a new trail bridge and associated trail relocation on Cow Pasture (NFST 253) and Pocahontas (NFST) trails; and reconstruct a trail bridge on Fork Mountain (NFST 236) trail.
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas, Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various locations on the Gauley Ranger District.
Red Spruce Restoration Project (Farm Bill)
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 Richard Patterson
304-536-2144
rpatterson@fs.fed.us
Description: Herbicide treatment of diseased American Beech is proposed on approximately 3000 acres on the Gauley Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. The project will help reestablish red spruce in its historic range.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52201
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cranberry Addition and Falls of Hills Creek
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
10/2017
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.
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
- 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
- Land management planning
- Special use management
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
Tea Creek Mountain Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 11/2017 03/2018 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate two segments of Tea Creek Mountain Trail (NFST 452) damaged by the June 2016 flood event. Total length of trail relocation is less than 700 feet.
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 1.5 miles north of Tea Creek Campground near Lick Creek.
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. Comment Period
11/2017
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 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: 10/2017 10/2017 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2017
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 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).
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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