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 , Monongahela National Forest All Units
- 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 Sarah Hankens
304-799-4334
shankens@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. 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
Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia Ridge and Valley Excursion Bike Tour
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/26/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Todd Hess
304-636-1800, ext. 222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: A special use permit (5-year term) to authorize a recreational event for bicycle touring of paved public roads while making stops on NFS lands for first-aid and hydration. This event is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity projects.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44079
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District, White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Camp Caeser Lake area, Three Forks of Williams River, junction of NFS road 86 and WV Route 150, Big Spruce Overlook, and Little Laurel Overlook. Roads include WV 20, NFSR 86, WV 150, US 219, WV 55/38
Monongahela National Forest , Gauley Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lower Williams Wildlife Enhancement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 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.
Music Run ROW
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2014
Expected: 06/2014 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.
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
Glady Easement SUP
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2014
Expected: 04/2014 09/2014 Jack Tribble
304-456-3335 x 116
jtribble@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a SUP for a 200' easement to access a private in-holding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43278
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 4.1 miles south of Glady, WV on CR22/FR44 on the west side of the road.
Greenbrier Grazing Allotments
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/04/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 11/2014 Sarah Hankens
304-799-4334
shankens@fs.fed.us
Description: Management of 10 allotments: Allegh. Battlefield, Big & Little Tingler, Cunningham Knob, Dry Fork, Elk Mtn, Elleber Sods, Lambert Hollow, White Sods, and Widney. Actions may include improving forage, wildlife habitat,and spruce restoration.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42917
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Allotments are located in northern Pocahontas County and throughout Randolph County, WV.
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.
Monongahela National Forest , Marlinton Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lockridge Prescribed Burns
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/30/2012
Expected: 04/2014 05/2015 Kevin Taylor
304-536-2144
kltaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed fire is proposed for multiple burn units totaling an estimated 2,532 acres. This will be a landscape-scale burn in WV and VA, in conjunction with the Fire Learning Network.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37638
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - An estimated 8-12 miles east of Marlinton, WV, between Highways 92 and 39 and the Virginia State Line Pocahontas County, West Virginia; Marlinton Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest
Monongahela National Forest , Monongahela National Forest All Units R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Limestone TSI
CE
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
kvollmer@fs.fed.us
Description: Timber stand improvement over 678 acres.
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable North of St. George, WV. Select stands in compartments 1, 8, 10, 11, and 14.
North Fork of the Blackwater River Restoration
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
kvollmer@fs.fed.us
Description: Restoration of approximately 2,200 feet of stream and adjacent banks and riparian and floodplain areas. Improvement of public safety, informational signage, and creation of pedestrian river access trails.
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Within the Thomas, WV city limits. Along the North Fork of the Blackwater River and adjacent land.
Monongahela National Forest , Potomac Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mountain
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/11/2011
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
11/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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.
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.
Seneca Rocks Discovery Center Conservation Demonstration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
kvollmer@fs.fed.us
Description: Enhancement of instream habitat on Seneca Creek and restoration of native riparian vegetation along Seneca Creek and the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River to demonstrate conservation practices.
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable The lowest portion of Seneca Creek and a portion of the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River, near the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.
Vandevander Hay Cultivation special use permit (POT206001)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Todd Hess
304-636-1800, ext. 222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew special use permit (POT92) to Mr. Vandevander for the purpose of hay cultivation of 52.5 acres on NFS lands. Location of these lands is Pendleton County/Upper Tract Quad/US Tract 922. This proposal is for a 5-year term.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44081
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pendleton County/Upper Tract Quad/US Tract 922
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
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 01/2015 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-cuts, prescribed burns, 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: 08/2014 08/2014 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. 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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