Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Monongahela National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- 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
Re-issuance of Forest-wide Outfitter and Guide Permit for Snowshoe Resort Management
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Zachary Adkins
304-257-4488
zcadkins@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit holder has requested authorization for a new 10-year permit for commercial guiding for backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and fishing on various parts of the Monongahela National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Monongahela National Forest All Units. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Several areas across the forest have been authorized for these uses across the Forest.
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, Gauley Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Rock Project
EIS

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/17/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 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.
EF1 Tornado Salvage Harvest
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/09/2016
Expected: 10/2016 12/2016 Richard Patterson
304-799-4334
rpatterson@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage harvest 250 acres of wind thrown timber with no more than 1/2 mile of temporary road construction.
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier, Nicholas, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Barrenshe Run Watershed
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
Columbia Gas Road Right-of-Way Special Use Permit (Amendment 1)
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/14/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC has applied for an amendment (#1) to an existing permit for an access road not currently authorized. This access road already exists on the ground and needs maintenance, which would be addressed if appropriate.
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable Randolph County / Beverly East Quad / PLSS US Tract 51H-II (west of Bemis and near Fishing Hawk Creek)
Durbin Horse Trail Connectors
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/19/2016
08/2016 Jack Tribble
304-636-1800 x 206
jtribble@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed trails are about 6.6 mi. of new connectors to connect to 3.5 miles of existing Forest Service roads and 0.6 miles of an existing trail. The trail width will be 12-24 inches with a native surface, built by handtools and/or light machinery
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pocahontas County, WV. One mile North of Durbin, the project area can be accessed directly from traveling east on FR44 via gated FR 794 which is adjacent to the east side of the proposed area, County Road 250/8 is adjacent to the west side.
Mower Tract Restoration
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2016
Actual: 09/28/2016
09/2016 Shane Jones
304-456-3335, 114
scjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Prep sites; plant natives; create wetlands; create/maintain linear wildlife openings; (re)construct trails; develop trailheads; decommission roads; place large woody material in streams; restore spruce by thinning and crop tree release.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46804
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 5 miles NE of Durbin. The project area encompasses the tract bought by the USFS in the late 1980s on Shavers and Cheat Mountain. In Forest Plan Management Prescription Area 4.1.
Tygart Chestnut Ridge
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/15/2016
10/2016 Jack Tribble
304-456-3335 x 116
jtribble@fs.fed.us
Description: Enhance wildlife habitat over approximately 600 acres by enhancing existing and creating new linear wildlife openings, restoring running buffalo clover, creating permanent and vernal wetlands and habitat for bats, and liming, using timber as a tool.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45442
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable On the Greenbrier Ranger District
West Fork of Greenbrier Rail With Trail Development
EA
- Special use management
- Recreation 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
WV DOH Bird Run Bridge Repair MAR202001
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 07/21/2016
09/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: WV DOH desires to close the bridge of highway 84 over Bird Run, build a temporary bridge, repair old bridge, and have traffic return to the normal route over highway 84.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47144
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pocahontas County / Paddy Knob Quad / US Tract 628
Monongahela National Forest, Potomac Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mountain
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
07/12/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Elizabeth Tichner
304-257-4488
etichner02@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.
Joan Bell Pattison Allegheny Front Migration Observatory Special Use Permit (POT206003)
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/14/2016
Expected: 10/2016 12/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Since 2003, Joan Bell Pattison has held a special use permit for the Allegheny Front Migration Observatory. The current authorization expires in December 2016. Every year from August through October, the group performs ornithology work at the site.
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable Grant County / Blackbird Knob Quad / PLSS US Tract 122 near the Dolly Sods Wilderness and Dolly Sods Scenic Area across from Red Creek Campground
Laneville Bridge Replacement
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/15/2016
11/2016 John Barger
304-636-1800x232
jbarger@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable East of Laneville, at the beginning of FR 19, over Red Creek. Near the southwest border of the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
Pendleton County PSD Waterline and Temporary Construction Right-of-Way Special Use permits
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/03/2016
Expected: 09/2016 11/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Pendleton County PSD is requesting to install waterlines on NFS lands to serve the residents and NF recreation/administrative facilities near Seneca Rocks, WV. This use of NFS lands will be administered under special use permits.
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located on the Potomac portion of the Cheat-Potomac RD, near the community of Seneca Rocks, in Pendleton County, WV.
Re-issuance of Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permits on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 03/2017 Zachary Adkins
304-257-4488
zcadkins@fs.fed.us
Description: Several O&G permits are expiring in December 2016 and permitees have requested authorization of a new 10-year permit to offer backpacking/hiking/rock climbing/canoeing services to their clients.
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton, Randolph, Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Areas covered under previous authorizations include: Spruce Knob Lake, Seneca Rocks, Bear Heaven, Seneca Creek Backcountry, Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks NRA, and other trails on the Cheat Potomac RD.
WV DOH Horton Bridge Replacement (S342-29/5-0.001) Special Use Permit POT202001 and POT202002
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/22/2016
08/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: WV DOH needs to replace a bridge over Gandy Creek near Horton, WV. Road is WV29/5 and WV 29. Two permits are being proposed, one for temporary construction area and one for FRTA road easement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49675
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Randolph Co / Whitmer Quad / Tracts 38B & 1176.
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2015
Expected: 12/2016 03/2017 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.
Hopkins Cabin Restoration
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Heritage resource management
- Facility management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/18/2016
08/2016 Richard Patterson
304-799-4334
rpatterson@fs.fed.us
Description: Restoration of historic cabin used by workers when working fire tower. Project includes conversion of cabin into rental for the public and rehabilitation of restroom facilities, parking area, and tent pads.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable Top of Hopkins Knob of the White Sulphur Ranger District in Greenbrier County, WV. Site is located at the end of Rocky Run Road (Forest Road 139).
Lustgarten Triathlon
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/14/2016
07/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lustgarten Triathlon is a funding raising event held at the Lake Sherwood area for the Marc Lustgerten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. The event is proposed on the weekend following Labor Day.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lake Sherwood Recreation and Campground located on the White Sulphur Ranger district in Greenbrier County/Lake Sherwood Quad/US Tracts 393,494,548.573,573C,6041,606,821, & IM573.
Upper Meadow Prescribed Burn
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Cancelled N/A N/A Kevin Taylor
304-536-2144
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. LEGAL - Not Applicable 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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