Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Chugach National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Chugach National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Chugach National Forest, Cordova Ranger District
- Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District
- Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District


Chugach National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R10 - Alaska Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chugach Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/09/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Mary Rasmussen
907-743-9426
chugachplanrevision@fs.fed.us
Description: The Chugach National Forest is revising and updating its 2002 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5408185
Location: UNIT - Chugach National Forest All Units. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chugach National Forest
Chugach National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R10 - Alaska Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Two Thousand Firewood and Habitat Improvement Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/03/2015
Est. Comment Period
11/2016
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 Jessica Ilse
907-754-2322
jilse@fs.fed.us
Description: Spread out across a wide area, firewood will be generated while increasing browse for moose, reducing fuels along roads and campgrounds, and adding structure to streams to improve watershed condition.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47534
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District, Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Activities will occur at select areas near Ingram Creek, Granite Creek, and communities of Hope, Moose Pass, and Cooper Landing.
Chugach National Forest, Cordova Ranger District R10 - Alaska Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2014 Special Use Permit Renewals
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/15/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us
Description: 2014 permit renewals for: H2O Guides Summer Activities,Univeristy of Alaska,FBKS - Seismic Sites, FAA Strawbery Pt.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44598
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various - Cordova Ranger District
Chugach Alaska Corporation Mineral Estate Development in Port Gravina
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/01/2016
Expected: 12/2016 04/2017 Michael Johnson
907-743-9443
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal from CAC to access and develop their mineral estate near Secret Cove in Port Gravina. The FS will evaluate surface-disturbing activities proposed by CAC.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47206
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable Secret Cove in Port Gravina
Copper River Highway Mile 20 Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
03/25/2016
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 Andrew Morin
907-424-4758
amorin@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of the culvert on the Copper River Highway at mile 20, Goose Meadows.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49251
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable 60.445°, -145.258°, Copper River Meridian, Cordova B-4 quadrangle, R1E, T16S, section 29
Eyak River Trail Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2015
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 Dave Zastrow
907-424-4754
dzastrow@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed project requires reconstructing trail structures to control and span water flowing over and down the trail, replacing Step and Run boardwalk to protect wetland (muskeg) habitat and soil stabilization/replanting vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46987
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Eyak River Trail is located east of Cordova, Alaska starting at mile 6 of the Copper River Highway and follows Eyak River for 3.3 miles Eyak River Trail is located east of Cordova, Alaska starting at mile 6 of the Copper River Highway and follows Eyak River for 3.3 miles
One Eyed Pond Channel
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Ken Hodges
907-424-4738
khodges@fs.fed.us
Description: One Eyed Pond is an isolated former gravel pit. We propose to dig a 40-ft channel to connect it to an adjacent pond. This will allow anadromous salmonids to enter and use the pond for summer and winter rearing habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41442
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Copper River Meridian, Cord B-4 quad, T16S, R1E, sect 30. 18 miles ESE of Cordova AK. 300 yds south of milepost 18.2 of the Copper River Hwy
Quadra Creek Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Ken Hodges
907-424-4738
khodges@fs.fed.us
Description: Crowded stands in clearcut and uplifted areas would be thinned to accelerate tree growth and old-growth forest conditions. Canopy openings would be created in older clearcut to improve wildlife habitat. Some downed wood to be used for fish habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44331
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Quadra Creek: Seward meridian, Blying Sound D1-2 quadrangle, R10E, T3S, section 25. The San Juan watershed: Seward meridian, Blying Sound D-3 quadrangle, R9E, T4S, sections 22 and 27. The two watersheds are located on the southern end of Montague Island, roughly 60-75 miles southwest of Cordova, AK.
Saddlebag Firewood Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
11/11/2016
Expected: 02/2017 06/2017 Milo Burcham
907-424-4759
mburcham@fs.fed.us
Description: Establishing an area for free use firewood harvest on the Cordova Ranger District to help meet the local need for this resource.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48791
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - 60.442625°N -145.135505°W The analysis area is located either side of the road to the Saddlebag trailhead (i.e. Saddlebag Road), which is located on mile 24.75 of the Copper River Highway.
Snag Lake Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2016
Expected: 05/2016 08/2016 Andrew Morin
907-424-4758
amorin@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore a failed beaver dam at Snag Lake to restore water levels and improve fish habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49332
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable Snag Lake is located 3/4 mile northeast of milepost 18 of the Copper River Highway, about 17 miles southeast of Cordova, AK.
Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District R10 - Alaska Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CDK Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to approve a mining plan of operations for suction dredging and access on Bertha Creek in Turnagain Pass
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44644
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Section 26, Township 8 North, Range 1 East, Seward Meridian Bertha Creek in Turnagain Pass on the Glacier Ranger District
Chugach Electric Association - Distribution lines renewal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Katherine Van Massenhove
907-754-2315
kvanmassenhove@fs.fed.us
Description: The special use authorization for Chugach Electric's distribution lines that cross national forest lands needs to be renewed to continue to authorize the powerline in their present location.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. Distribution Lines for Portage Valley and Hope Highway, various other location on the Forest
Main Bay Fish Hatchery Permit Renewal
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/25/2012
Est. Comment Period
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 12/2016 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a multi-year special use permit to Alaska Department of Fish and Game for continued use & maintenance of the Main Bay Fish Hatchery located in Main Bay, Prince William Sound. Managed by PWS Aquaculture Corp. EIS/ROD 1980. Constructed 1981.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40367
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - NW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 Sec. 17, T. 5 N, R. 8 E. Seward Meridian Head of Main Bay, western Prince William Sound, approx. 40 miles southeast of Whittier.
Portage Highway Fiber Optic Cable Repair and Relocation
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/23/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Jennifer MacDonald
907-743-9542
jennifermacdonald@fs.fed.us
Description: Project consists of repair and relocation of approx. 2,700 feet of fiber optic cable along the Portage Highway. This would include digging a trench 36 in. deep within the existing highway right of way and boring under asphalt driveways.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50398
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project will occur within the existing highway right-of-way along the Portage Highway located approximately between milepost 2.0 and 2.6.
Triple CCC mining plan of operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/17/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Exploration of placer gold on Wolverine Creek in Turnagain Pass using a motorized suction dredge.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50318
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 8 North, Range 2 East, Section 4, Seward Meridian Wolverine Creek, Turnagain Pass, Glacier Ranger District
Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District R10 - Alaska Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
City of Seward Renewal of Powerline Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Katherine Van Massenhove
907-754-2315
kvanmassenhove@fs.fed.us
Description: The powerline permit for the City of Seward will expire at the end of 2013 and will need to be renewed to continue authorization to allow the right-of-way for the powerlines to cross National Forest Lands.
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - City of Seard Transmission Line: Dave Creek to Lawing is 115 KV and Lawing to Seward is 69 KV Seward Highway from Mile 5 to mile 25.5
Cooper Case and Nancy Too Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
03/25/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed mining plan of operations for access and exploration on Lark Mountain near Moose Pass, AK. Proposal includes ATV access on a trail closed to the general public and geologic sampling.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49209
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 5 North, Range 1 East, Section 20, Seward Meridian Lark Mountain near Grant Lake and the town of Moose Pass, AK
Cooper Creek Ground Water well(s) installation
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 John Lang
907-288-7719
jslang@fs.fed.us
Description: Through well points, collect at least two types of data: hydraulic conductivity measurements and groundwater-level measurements in a proposed future restoration project and in the vicinity of a proposed new channel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46290
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 05N, Range 03W, section 34 Southeast side of Cooper Creek between the Kenai River and start of canyon reach approximately 0.75 miles upstream.
Cooper Creek Stream Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A John Lang
907-288-7719
jslang@fs.fed.us
Description: Stream restoration work on the lower 0.75 miles of Cooper Creek, from the mouth of the canyon to the confluence with the Kenai River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/chugach/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 05N, Range 03W, and section 34 Mile post 51.5 Sterling Highway
Dillon Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/10/2015
Expected: 12/2015 05/2016 Karen Kromrey
907-288-7745
kkromrey@fs.fed.us
Description: Five year mining plan of operations for placer exploration and access on Stetson and Cooper Creeks with placer exploration utilizing a 5 inch suction dredge and highbanker and ATV access on the existing Stetson Creek trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46770
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Section 8, Township 4 North, Range 3 West; Seward Meridian Stetson Creek west of Cooper Landing, Alaska, with access from the Sterling Hwy.
Gold Digger mining plan of operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
03/25/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed mining plan of operations for exploration on Quartz Creek. Proposal includes walking a small excavator to the creek and digging several test holes along the bench to determine if further operations are prudent.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49204
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 5 North, Range 2 West, Section 3, Seward Meridian Along Quartz Creek near Milepost 39 of the Seward Highway. Approximately 1/2 mile down an existing road which is closed to the general public.
HMC Palmer Creek Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: seasonal suction dredging and high-banking, sampling, road repair, and use of a seasonal camp consisting of tents or campers. Access will be by ATV or snowmobile, road vehicles, or small excavation equipment on roads currently closed to the public
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41917
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 9 North, Range 1 West, Section 30 and, Township 8 North, Range 1 West, Section 7, Seward Meridian Several existing mining claims located in the Palmer Creek road area near Hope, AK
Hope Gate II hazardous fuels reduction
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/01/2016
Expected: 10/2016 05/2017 Mitchell Michaud
907-288-7744
mjmichaud@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce the risk of wildfire to the local community and surrounding lands (federal, state, borough, and private) and improve defensible space and overall forest health.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50319
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Intersection of Resurrection Creek Road and Palmer Creek Road near Hope, Alaska.
Last Hope Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/10/2014
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Karen Kromrey
907-288-7745
kkromrey@fs.fed.us
Description: Five year mining plan of operations for placer exploration and access on Bear Creek with exploration using a 4 inch suction dredge and ATV access on existing Bear Creek trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46772
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Section 34 and 35, Township 10 North, Range 2 West; Seward Meridian Located near Hope, Alaska, with access from Bear Creek Road off the Hope Hwy.
Placer Dreams Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/10/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Karen Kromrey
907-288-7745
kkromrey@fs.fed.us
Description: Five year mining plan of operations for placer exploration and access on Gulch Creek using up to a 6 inch suction dredge and highbanker and ATV's on existing Gulch Creek mining access trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46769
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Section 13, Township 8 North, Range 1 West; Seward Meridian Gulch Creek, milepost 57 of the Seward Hwy
Resurrection Pass Trail--Commercial Recreation Special Uses
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Bobbie Jo Skibo
907-288-7739
bobbiejoskibo@fs.fed.us
Description: Determine the appropriate level and variety of commercial recreation uses compatible with non-guided uses along the Resurrection Pass Trail system. Resolve the 1991 "freeze" on issuance of new special use permits for the trail system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45769
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Commercial recreation use along the Resurrection Pass Trail between the communities of Hope and Cooper Landing.
Rocco Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
10/16/2015
Expected: 12/2015 05/2016 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Exploration, access, and camp for proposed mining operation on Stetson Creek near Cooper Landing, AK.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48106
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 4 North, Range 3 West, Section 6, Seward Meridian Stetson Creek, above the confluence of Cooper and Stetson Creeks.
Seward/Primrose Highways Fiber Optic Cable Installation
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2016
Actual: 11/04/2016
11/2016 Jennifer MacDonald
907-743-9542
jennifermacdonald@fs.fed.us
Description: Project consists of the installation, operation, and maintenance of approximately 3 miles of fiber-optic telecommunications cable along the Seward and Primrose Highways within the existing transmission line and highway right-of-ways.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50580
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - T 3 N, R 1 E, Sections: 7, 18, and 19, and T3N, R1W Sections 24 and 25, Seward Meridian The project will occur within the existing City of Seward and Alaska Department of Transportation right-of-ways located near Moose Pass, from Lake View to Primrose subdivision.
Triple H Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/10/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Karen Kromrey
907-288-7745
kkromrey@fs.fed.us
Description: Five year mining plan of operations for placer exploration and access on Coeur d%u2019Alene Creek with exploration utilizing a 2.5 inch suction dredge and ATV access on an existing access trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46771
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Section 19 and 24, Township 9 North, Range 1 West; Seward Meridian The project area is near Hope, Alaska, near the Coeur d'Alene Campground on Palmer Creek Road.
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