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
Monongahela Power Electrical Powerline Reissue Special Use Permit (GBR205002)
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2015
Actual: 05/13/2015
05/2015 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext. 222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue existing power lines, poles, and junction boxes on NFS lands to Mon Power. This will not authorize new construction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46693
Location: UNIT - Monongahela National Forest All Units. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout the Forest on various Districts. See land List and Map.
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
Resistant Beech Orchard Research
CE
- Research
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Jeff Kochenderfer
304-257-4488
jdkochenderfer@fs.fed.us
Description: Plant beech seedlings that have undergone genetic testing for resistance to beech scale insect for ongoing research. The objective is to eventually establish up to 300 resistant beech trees, comprising 25 genotypes, for forest restoration.
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable Over 4 to 8 acres at the Nursery Bottom at the Fernow Research/Cheat Ranger District office in Parsons, 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/30/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2015
Expected: 01/2016 03/2016 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.
Lower Williams Wildlife Enhancement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2012
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 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 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
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Site Survey Testing Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2015
Actual: 04/22/2015
04/2015 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext. 222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Site survey and testing. Includes such activities as field routing, environmental resources, cultural resources, and civil surveys in preparation of a possible future corridor route for a natural gas transmission pipeline.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45864
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Greenbrier Ranger District (see maps)
Mower Tract Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 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
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 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
Upper Greenbrier North
EA
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
02/24/2011
Expected: 05/2015
Actual: 03/05/2012,
08/15/2012,
11/28/2012,
03/04/2013
05/2015 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
kvollmer@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposal includes: commercial timber harvest; timber stand improvement; spruce restoration; road decommissioning, riparian improvement, trail relocation, culvert replacement, and dispersed recreation site management.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28198
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Upper Greenbrier Watershed. Durbin, Frank, + Bartow are at south end ; Shavers Mt is west, and WV/VA state line is east.
West Fork of Greenbrier Rail With Trail Development
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/16/2014
Expected: 12/2015 04/2016 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
Tea Creek Phase II
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/09/2015
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 Matthew Edwards
304-799-4334
mjedwards@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail maintenance, improvements and relocation are proposed in the Tea Cr Trail system. These activities would reroute some steep sections of trail, harden or relocate trail where currently in wet areas and conduct other maintenance activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45480
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Tea Cr trail system is located north of the Highland Scenic Highway and east of the Williams River.
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)
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/10/2015
Expected: 11/2015 04/2016 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2015
Expected: 07/2015 10/2015 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.
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
05/2015
Expected: 10/2015 12/2015 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.
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.
Lake Sherwood Boat Rental Concession
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/29/2014
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 Matthew Edwards
304-799-4334
mjedwards@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to issue a 5-year special use permit to operate the boat rental at Lake Sherwood Recreation Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45475
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable The permitted area would be the existing boat rental location at the Lake Sherwood Recreation Area. Lake Sherwood is located north of the town of White Sulphur Springs off of SR 92.
Polar Bear Plunge (CYAC) Recreation Event Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/19/2014
Expected: 01/2015 03/2015 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext 222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Recreation Event to raise money for Child & Youth Advocacy Center of abused children. Event is a polar bear plunge in March at Blue Bend Recreation Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45781
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Greenbrier County / Anthony Quad / PLSS US Tracts 518 & 532 Blue Bend Recreation Area and Campground
Two-Mile Road Closure
CE
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located directly northwest of the community of Neola, WV.
Upper Meadow Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold 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.
WV Restoration Venture - Anthony Creek Dispersed Areas
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/09/2015
Expected: 09/2015 05/2016 Matthew Edwards
304-536-2144
mjedwards@fs.fed.us
Description: Restoration and/or closure of 7 user-created recreation sites along State Route 16 adjacent to Anthony Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46572
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable 7 dispersed recreation sites over approximately 3 acres along State Route 16 and adjacent to Anthony Creek, up to 1.5 miles from Blue Bend Recreation Area.
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