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):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- 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


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land ownership management
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Land management planning
- Watershed management
- Land acquisition
- Grazing management
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Special use management
- Road management
- Minerals and Geology
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Heritage resource management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Julie Molzahn
406-826-4352
jmolzahn@fs.fed.us
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for the Arizona National Scenic Trail and management corridor.
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Arizona National Scenic Trail goes from the Coronado NM to the Utah Border at Vermillion Cliffs- 800 miles south to north across the State of Arizona.
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: 07/2016 07/2016 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
Invasive dandelion removal in the alpine zone
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Daniel Sperduto
603-536-6225
danieldsperduto@fs.fed.us
Description: Manually remove dandelions from the alpine zone on Mt. Washington for up to 5 years. Removal could occur at currently known and yet-to-be-discovered sites in Wilderness, Alpine Garden RNA, and the alpine zone management area.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mount Washington
Loon Pond Dam Reconstruction
CE
- Watershed management
- Special use management
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 05/10/2016
06/2016 Jon Morrissey
970-642-4439
jmorrissey@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a 20-year special use permit to provide the Town of Lincoln access to the Loon Pond Dam. The town owns the dam and needs access to reconstruct it in response to NHDES letter of deficiency and to maintain it into the future.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43389
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. 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.
Monitoring Plan Transition
CE
- Land management planning Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/14/2016
05/2016 Stacy Lemieux
603-536-6222
slemieux@fs.fed.us
Description: Update Monitoring Plan to be consistent with 2012 Planning Rule. Will result in Administrative Change to Forest Plan and is NOT a NEPA decision. NEPA project webpage used to increase visibility for public convenience. Comment period closes 3/31/2016.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48081
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - Maine, New Hampshire. COUNTY - Oxford, Carroll, Coos, Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable White Mountain National Forest
Northern Pass Transmission Line Special Use Permit
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/31/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2017
Expected: 05/2017 10/2017 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 and between Easton and 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
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
05/05/2016
Expected: 01/2017 10/2017 Patricia Nasta
207-824-2813
comments-eastern-white-mountain-androscoggin@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
Corridor 19 Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Helon Hoffer
603-466-2713 x1211
hhoffer@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocation of existing snowmobile trail to avoid access issues related to privately owned land.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Corridor 19 Snowmobile, Town of Shelburne, NH
Deer Ridge Integrated Resource Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Minerals and Geology
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/01/2015
Est. Comment Period
06/2016
Expected: 02/2017 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, 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
Libby Road maintenance project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 05/10/2016
06/2016 Lesley Rowse
603-446-2713 ext. 1231
lrowse@fs.fed.us
Description: Road maintenance on approx. 300' of Libby Road, starting at Gore Road junction. Includes adding gravel to road and existing parking area, restoring drainage structures, and trimming encroaching vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49461
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Libby Road in Lancaster, NH
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 Cancelled N/A N/A 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
Moriah Brook Trail Bridge
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 07/2016 09/2016 Helon Hoffer
603-466-2713 x1211
hhoffer@fs.fed.us
Description: Address the failing suspension bridge that provided hiker access from Wild River Campground to the western shore of the Wild River. Explore types of crossings that are sustainable for the area, and implement the most viable solution.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Moriah Brook Trail
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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.
Bowen Brook Integrated Resource Management
EA
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 05/20/2016
07/2016 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
Elbow Pond Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 James Abbe
603-536-6105
jabbe@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would move a section of the Corridor 14 trail off of private lands to UFSF lands to eliminate concerns about long-term sustainability.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49228
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Woodstock, NH
Guyot Campsite Reconfiguration Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 08/2016 James Abbe
603-536-6105
jabbe@fs.fed.us
Description: The Guyot Campsite Reconfiguration Project would repair and rehabilitate the Guyot Shelter, address high levels of visitor use and the associated impacts, and remove structures from the Pemigewasset Wilderness.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48216
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Guyot Campsite.
Lake of the Clouds Hut Septic Replacement
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-1315
jburnett@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of failing septic system at Lake of the Clouds Hut, operated under special use permit by the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47896
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lake of the Clouds, White Mountains Presidential Range between Mt. Monroe and Mt. Washington, Sargents Purchase, NH
North Trail Snowmobile Re-route and Upgrade
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 James Abbe
603-536-6105
jabbe@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bruhawachet Sno-Trackers Snowmobile Club is proposing to re-route and upgrade a trail to 1) address safety concerns by eliminating a 90-degree turn and providing consistent trail width and 2) to improve the connectivity of the trail network.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49229
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ellsworth
Pemigewasset Wilderness Thoreau Falls Bridge Removal Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/04/2015
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 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 Campground Utility Improvement and Zealand Road Repaving Project
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/14/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Ryan Twomey
603-536-6103
rtwomey@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action includes: repaving Zealand Road, providing water and power to 15 sites at Sugarloaf I and provide pressurized potable water at Sugarloaf II. Amenities at the host sites would also be upgraded.
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 Town of Carroll, Coos County, New Hampshire
Tripoli Road Campsite Relocation and Roadside Hazard Tree Removal Project
EA
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 05/27/2016
06/2016 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.
White Mountain National Forest, Saco Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Doublehead Recreation Management
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/25/2016
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 Brian Johnston
(603) 447-5448, X109
bmjohnston@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a new parking lot for Doublehead cabin visitors and ski trail users. Construct approximately 0.5 miles of new trail to connect the proposed parking lot to the ski trail. Decommission New Path hiking trail, approximately 1.4 miles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47897
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable Doublehead Mountain and vicinity (NH State Highway 16B/FS Road 324), Jackson, NH
Hall Trail to Maple Mountain Trail X-C Ski Connector
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 06/16/2016
07/2016 Joseph Gill
603-466-2713 x1221
jgill@fs.fed.us
Description: Jackson Ski Touring Foundation proposal to decommission 0.6 miles of the Hall Trail and construct a safer, more sustainable connector (0.5 mile) to the Maple Mountain trail. 0.3 miles of new trail will be on an old skid road; 0.2 will be new trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47894
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, Jackson, NH
Intervale Vegetation Enhancement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2016
Expected: 08/2016 10/2016 Jason Lyle
603-447-5448
jasonslyle@fs.fed.us
Description: Silviculturally treat vegetation in Jigger Johnson campground to enhance recreation experience and stand resiliency.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47841
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable Jigger Johnson Campground
Meserve Brook Channel Restoration
CE
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Jessie Dubuque
541-247-3651
jdubuque@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore approximately 100 ft of the streambed to prevent formation of additional side channels
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable Meserve Brook, Town of Jackson
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.