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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- White Mountain National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- White Mountain National Forest, Androscoggin Ranger District
- White Mountain National Forest, Pemigewasset Ranger District
- White Mountain National Forest, Saco Ranger District


White Mountain 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
AMC Backcountry Facility Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 Marianne Leberman
603-536-6236
mleberman@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue permits for the existing backcountry facilities (shelters and tentsites) currently operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club. No additional use or increases in capacity are proposed as part of this project.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos, Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Backcountry facilities operated by AMC
Forest-wide Driveway Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Dylan Alden
603-447-5448
dalden@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of approx. ten existing permits for driveways across National Forest system land to access private property because permits recently expired or will expire soon. Permits to be reissued for 20 years; approved activities will not change.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46068
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - Maine, New Hampshire. COUNTY - Oxford, Carroll, Coos, Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Locations across the Forest
Northern Pass Transmission Line Special Use Permit
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
02/11/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2015
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Tiffany Benna
603-536-6241
tbenna@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed power transmission line that would cross the WMNF in an existing corridor in Stark, Easton, Lincoln, Woodstock. US Dep't of Energy is leading the NEPA analysis. WMNF decision is whether to issue a special use permit to cross the Forest.
Web Link: http://www.northernpasseis.us/
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable For more information, see the project website at: www.northernpasseis.us.
White Mountain National Forest, Androscoggin Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Albany South Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2013
Est. Comment Period
08/2015
Expected: 04/2016 08/2016 Patricia Nasta
207-824-2813
pnasta@fs.fed.us
Description: An integrated resource management project that proposes vegetation management to improve wildlife habitat and forest health conditions, as well as recreation, watershed and transportation system improvements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39614
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Stoneham, Oxford County, ME
Androscoggin Ranger District Education and Wellness Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2014
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a loop hiking trail of ~1 mile from the Androscoggin Ranger Station, on the Fifth Hole Trail to beaver ponds, then parallel to the river back to the office. For employees and visitors, and for conservation education programs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41627
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Androscoggin Ranger Station, Gorham, NH
Barry Conservation Camp Improvements
CE
- Facility management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve facilities, site, and recreation services at the Barry Conservation Camp. Includes construction of a covered archery range, 2 portable shotgun houses & a dining hall addition, as well as landscaping & water/septic system repair/replacement
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable New Hampshire Fish and Game Berlin Fish Hatchery in Berlin, NH
Deer Ridge Integrated Resource Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 12/2016 04/2017 Heather Mckenny
603-536-6135
hmckenny@fs.fed.us
Description: An integrated resource project designed to move the South Pond South Habitat Mgt Unit (HMU) toward desired conditions through timber, wildlife habitat, recreation, fisheries and aquatic management, and road improvements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46507
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Kilkenny Unit
Harvard Cabin System Upgrades
CE
- Facility management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Allow Harvard Mountaineering Club to install a 30-foot tower at cabin operated under special use permit in order to hold solar panels used to enhance radio system and allow conversion from propane to LED lights.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Harvard Cabin
Mahoosuc Land Trust special use permit renewal
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of the special use permit (expires on 12/31/2015) that authorizes the Mahoosuc Land Trust to occupy and maintain the Bethel administrative facility. There would be not change to authorized use or activities.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest Service office in Bethel, Maine
Maple Syrup Tree Tapping Permit
EA
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 01/2016 01/2016 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: 5-year special use permit to place several hundred taps in sugar maple trees on 75 acres and use of existing old skid roads for tapping effort.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Randolph
Parker Sugar Bush Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/09/2014
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew the expired 5 year special use permit that authorizes maple syrup tapping on 238 acres of NFS land. The permit expired in June, 2013.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42972
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Randolph, Coos County, New Hampshire: 238 acres of NFS land in Compartment 31, stands 4, 45, and 46.
Randolph Mountain Club backcountry shelter special use permit renewal
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew for 10 years the permit authorizing the Randolph Mountain Club to utilize approximately 9 acres of NFS land for the purpose of occupying and maintaining four shelters and associated facilities: Gray Knob, Crag Camp, Log Cabin, and the Perch.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. LEGAL - Not Applicable Gray Knob, Crag Camp, Log Cabin, and the Perch shelters
White Mountain National Forest, Pemigewasset Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amateur Radio Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 12/2015 Tom Giles
603-528-8788
tjgiles@fs.fed.us
Description: Five year special use permit to erect a mobile antennae and operate portable amateur radio equipment on various summits including Mount Martha, Mount Tom, Mount Osceola, Mount Flume and North Twin for about two days each, once per summer.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Summits including Mount Martha, Mount Tom, Mount Osceola, Mount Flume and North Twin.
Bog Pond Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/02/2014
Expected: 07/2015 10/2015 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6107
jburnett@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruct approximately 0.25 miles of the Bog Pond Snowmobile Trail so that its crossing of Harvard Brook is relocated to a more sustainable location that better protects soil and water resources.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bog Pond Trail in Lincoln, NH
Bowen Brook Integrated Resource Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/04/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2015
Expected: 05/2016 09/2016 Desiree Johnston
603-447-5448 x128
dajohnston@fs.fed.us
Description: An integrated resource project designed to move the Wild Ammonoosuc North Habitat Mgt Unit (HMU) toward desired conditions through timber, wildlife habitat, recreation, fisheries and aquatic management, road improvements and decommissioning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43974
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Towns of Bath, Easton and Landaff, Grafton County, NH
Corridor 11 Snowmobile Trail Reroute Twin Mountain
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-1315
jburnett@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate the existing snowmobile trail off of private land onto Forest Service lands to address private land owner concerns and eliminate safety concerns associated with the current trail location.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46525
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bethlehem, NH, Grafton County
Loon Pond Dam Reconstruction
CE
- Special use management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Heather Mckenny
603-536-6135
hmckenny@fs.fed.us
Description: The Town of Lincoln has proposed to reconstruct the Loon Pond Dam in-kind in order to comply with corrective actions mandated by the state DES. The town has a right to use, rebuild, and maintain the dam for purposes specified in their deed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43389
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable The dam is on Loon Pond west of Loon Mountain Ski Area in the town of Lincoln, NH.
Mill Brook Connector Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/01/2014
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6107
jburnett@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate trail to a more stable location to provide access from Mill Brook Connector north through Agnew State Forest to Red Brook Rd. New location includes no new bridges, removal of one old bridge on Appleby Bk., & decomm. of unsustainable trails.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Carroll and Jefferson, NH
Pemigewasset Wilderness Thoreau Falls Bridge Removal Project
CE
- Special area management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 James Abbe
603-536-6105
jabbe@fs.fed.us
Description: Dismantle bridge using Wilderness-appropriate tools, break up and scatter wood component and break up and bury or scatter concrete abutments at least 100 feet from perennial water, pack out any hardware. Monitor crossing, harden banks if necessary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46602
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Livermore (unincorporated), Grafton County, New Hampshire
Sugarloaf and Zealand Campground Electrification and Water Upgrades
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 06/2016 Ryan Twomey
307-332-2151
rtwomey@fs.fed.us
Description: Bring overhead power to Sugarloaf I, install plumbing from well to toilet buildings at Sugarloaf I and II, upgrade up to 10 sites at Zealand and 10 sites at Sugarloaf I, develop host sites to include septic holding capacity
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46533
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Twin Mountain, Coos County, New Hampshire
Top Notch Triathlon
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 09/2015 08/2016 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x1226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us
Description: This five year special use permit is to stage the bike portion of the Top Notch Triathlon using the Notchway and Scarface Trails. The Top Notch Triathlon is a one-day, annual event.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable The bike portion of the Top Notch Triathlon would use the Notchway and Scarface Trails.
Tripoli Road Campsite Relocation and Roadside Hazard Tree Removal Project
EA
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/15/2010
Est. Comment Period
12/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Heather Mckenny
603-536-6135
hmckenny@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocation and redesign of all of the campsites along Tripoli Road to sites along adjacent spur roads to mitigate safety and resource concerns. Removal of hazard trees along Tripoli Road and spur roads to address safety concerns.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31039
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tripoli Road, Mack Brook Road and Hix Mountain Spur Road between Exit 31 on I-93 and the town of Waterville Valley.
Washburn Challenge Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Tom Giles
603-528-8788
tjgiles@fs.fed.us
Description: Five year special use permit to stage a fund raising event for the Museum of Science out of the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail parking lot and trail, Jewell Trail, summit Mt Washington, descend to Hermit Lake and return.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Carroll, Grafton County, NH
White Mountain National Forest, Saco Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dandiview Birch Hill Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/19/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 John Neely
603-536-6261
jneely@fs.fed.us
Description: Thin and remove small trees and shrubs to create a 40-70 foot wide shaded fuelbreak on NFS lands within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) located adjacent to the Birch Hill, Suren and Dandiview subdivisions in North Conway, NH.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45950
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable Dandiview, Suren Road and Birch Hill neighborhoods in North Conway, NH
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