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
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
WV DNR Otter Creek Dam Special Use Permit Renewal (CHT202006)
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/06/2016
05/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize a new special use permit for the continued us of a dam and liming station located at Otter Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48249
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable Randolph County / Bowden Quad / PLSS US Tract 25
Monongahela National Forest, Gauley Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Rock Project
EIS
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/17/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2016
Expected: 01/2017 03/2017 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.
Glades SST Replacement
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 05/2016 08/2016 Richard Patterson
304-799-4334
rpatterson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Glades SST replacement project consists of replacing two aging/leaking toilet facilities with a new handicapped facility. The old facilities will be torn down, pumped, and properly sealed and the site restored to natural conditions.
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project located at Cranberry Glades parking lot area.
Lower Williams Wildlife Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2012
Expected: 05/2016 11/2016 Richard Patterson
304-536-2144
rpatterson@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
Mower Tract Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2016
Est. Comment Period
04/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 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
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/22/2015
Est. Comment Period
04/2016
Expected: 07/2016 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
Vandevander New Road Right-of-Way Special Use Permit (GBR206007)
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/06/2016
05/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize a new road to be built in a safer location to access private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48275
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pocahontas County / Thornwood Quad / US Tract 38B
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
04/10/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
02/10/2015
Expected: 09/2016 11/2016 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.
Laneville Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/04/2016
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 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.
WV Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Special Use Permit SUP3 Amendment 4
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/06/2016
05/2016 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend the special use permit to add another flood repeater site at Smoke Mountain.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48252
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pendleton County / Upper Tract Quad / PLSS US Tract 207
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: 09/2016 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.
Lustgarten Triathlon
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 09/2016 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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.
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