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, 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
Re-issuance of Forest-wide Outfitter and Guide Permit for Snowshoe Resort Management
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 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
- 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, Cheat Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Monongahela Power Special Use Permit - CHT205123 (Amendment 1)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/08/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 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.
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.
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
09/17/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2017
Expected: 09/2017 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
Columbia Gas Road Right-of-Way Special Use Permit (Amendment 1)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/14/2016
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 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 - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Randolph County / Beverly East Quad / PLSS US Tract 51H-II (west of Bemis and near Fishing Hawk Creek)
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
Authorization for Construction/Operation of Natural Gas Pipeline from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC
EIS
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
'
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 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: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50904
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*
- Land management planning
- Special use management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/09/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
'
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 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: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50905
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
Big Mountain
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
07/12/2016
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 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.
Re-issuance of Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permits on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 02/2017 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.
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: 03/2017 06/2017 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.
Greenbrier River Access Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/14/2016
Expected: 12/2016 08/2017 Richard Patterson
304-536-2144
rpatterson@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve resource conditions and recreational access to several recreation sites adjacent to the Greenbrier river near Anthony, WV.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along WV State route 21/2 and adjacent to Anthony Creek Trail (#618) and the Greenbrier River. The sites are approximately 4 miles West of Blue Bend Recreation Area.
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