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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- 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, 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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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)
West Fork of Greenbrier Rail With Trail Development
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use 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, Potomac Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mountain
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- 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
- 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
Pendleton County PSD Waterline and Temporary Construction Right-of-Way Special Use permits
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation 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
- 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.
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: 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.
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