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 Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
07/2014
Expected: 12/2016 06/2017 Steve Kessler
907-743-9461
skessler@fs.fed.us
Description: Revision of the Chugach National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40816
Location: UNIT - Chugach National Forest All Units. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chugach National Forest
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 - Chugach National Forest All Units. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 05N, Range 03W, and section 34 Mile post 51.5 Sterling Highway
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
Kenai Peninsula Invasive Plant Control
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2014
Actual: 05/30/2014
06/2014 Betty Charnon
907-754-2326
bcharnon@fs.fed.us
Description: Control infestations of priority invasive plant occurrences on the Kenai Peninsula portion of the Chugach National Forest including use of herbicides on small scales on species and infestations where manual control has largely failed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36819
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District, Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable All of the Seward Ranger District and those portions of the Glacier Ranger District within the Kenai Peninsula Zone
Chugach National Forest, Cordova Ranger District R10 - Alaska Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
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.
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
Rocky Bay Lake Salmon Habitat Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/14/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Ken Hodges
907-424-4738
khodges@fs.fed.us
Description: Large wood, brush will be added to 2 lakes to improve winter habitat for coho salmon. The project is in a roadless area and has been reviewed by the Regional Forester. No roads will be built. Up to 30-40 small diameter trees <12" dbh may be cut.
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Seward B-1 quadrangle, Seward meridian, T3N, R13E, section 25. 60.33° N, 147.12° W. 40 miles southwest of Cordova, AK on the northern tip of Montague Island. 60.33° N, 147.12° W. 1 mile south of of the shore of Rocky Bay. Project is on two lakes joined by a Forest Service fish ladder
San Juan Bay, Quadra Creek Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2015 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.
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.
Sand Trail Parking Area Construction Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Land ownership management
In Progress
Comment Period
11/22/2013
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 Dave Zastrow
907-424-4754
dzastrow@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is to build a 60ft X 140ft. parking area at the Sand Trail trailhead to provide safe public parking along the Copper River Highway to access National Forest system lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43147
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable T. 16 S., R. 2 W., Section 2, CR Meridian
Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District R10 - Alaska Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alaska Railroad Siding Removal at Spencer Glacier
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Katherine Van Massenhove
907-754-2315
kvanmassenhove@fs.fed.us
Description: As stipulated in the minerals contract issued by the USFS, the Alaska Railroad is required to remove all track and structures and restore the area.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop
CDK mining plan of operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/10/2014
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 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
Granite Creek Campground Reconstruction
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
05/01/2012
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Alison Rein
907-754-2329
arein@fs.fed.us
Description: recronstruct and upgrade existing 17 site campground to meet accessibility guidelines, provide additional recreation opportunitities such as group camping, double sites, hikingtrails and winter camping, and reduce exposure to flooding/erosion
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39145
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - west 1/2 of section 4, T7N, R1E Campground entry road is at MP 63 Seward Highway, half-way from Seward to Anchorage
Main Bay Fish Hatchery Permit Renewal
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/25/2012
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 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 Valley Waterfowl and Fish Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Mary Benoit
907-224-4122
mbenoit@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce shoreline slope angle to provide habitat for waterfowl in old gravel extractioin pits, and increase vegeation diversity for waterfowl and fish habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44690
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage. LEGAL - T.8N., R.3E., Seward Meridian Old gravel ponds along the Portage Valley area
Prince William Sound Campsite Hardening and Restoration
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/19/2012
Est. Comment Period
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Christopher Stinson
907-754-2349
cstinson@fs.fed.us
Description: 19 dispersed backcountry campsites in Western Prince William Sound would be hardened and restored.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38888
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage. LEGAL - Not Applicable Western Prince William Sound
Recreation Roads Reconditioning
CE
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/28/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2016 Alison Rein
907-754-2329
arein@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would do basic roadway maintenance, such as brushing and grading, plus reconditioning work to the road surface, and construct barriers to limit where highway vehicles can drive.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45073
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable 1 road is near Whittier (O'Neil creek & Passage Canal Drive); 1 road is in Portage (Lower Explorer Pond Access); 4 roads are in the Turnagain Pass area (between Bertha Creek and Pete's Creek)
Research Special Use Permit Request - Virgina Tech, Dr. James Spotila
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Katherine Van Massenhove
907-754-2315
kvanmassenhove@fs.fed.us
Description: This request is for completing research to measure erosion rates by glaciers in several locations in the National Forest by collecting rock sampes from various areas, some requiring access by helicopter
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Various point locations identified Vicinity of Girdwood, Portage Glacier and Turnagain Pass
Scott Shelly Private Road Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Katherine Van Massenhove
907-754-2315
kvanmassenhove@fs.fed.us
Description: Requesting renewal of 5 year permit #GLA518 which expires 12/31/2011. New permit would authorize continued use of an existing gravel road and gate for the purpose of personal and commercial access to private property in Portage Valley.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage. LEGAL - T8N, R3E, Sec 4 SW1/4 SE1/4, and Sec. 9 NW1/4 NE1/4 Road located south of Portage Glacier Hwy and west of FS Portage Valley Work Center
Spencer Minerals
EIS
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Keith Menasco
928-774-0594
kmenasco@fs.fed.us
Description: Project will consider whether or not to authorize removal of mineral materials (rock and gravel aggregate) from a 600-acre site near Spencer Glacier, if so, what restrictions will apply.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/pdf/spencer_extrct_scpltr.pdf
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - The Spencer Mineral Materials site is situated on a glacial outwash plain at the terminus of Spencer Glacier, within the Glacier Ranger District of the Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula Borough Glacier Ranger District, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Spencer Whistle Stop Outfitter & Guide Opportunities
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/14/2009
Est. Comment Period
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 11/2014 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us
Description: Provide commercial recreation opportunities at the Spencer Whistle Stop recreation area, by issuing special use permits.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43715
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Spencer Whistle Stop is located at mile 54.6 of the Alaska Railroad, ~10 miles south of Portage Alaska.
Wild Alpine, LLC permit amendment
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/02/2013
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us
Description: Wild Alpine is requesting an amendment to their existing permit to authorize a new use area Southwest of Turnagain Pass. Current permit authorizes avalanche education classes and other baccountry travel uses in Turnagain Pass & Portage Valley.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41981
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. Seward District, Silvertip area, north of Seward Highway, in the Gulch Creek and Bertha Creek areas.
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
Gem Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
05/21/2012
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Seasonal high-banking along Palmer Creek with a two inch high-banker and use of a seasonal RV camp, ATV for access, and occasional use of a small dozer for reclamation work
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 9 North, Range 2 West, portions of Sections 21 and 22 Palmer Creek near confluence of Resurrection Creek
HHH mining plan of operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
01/25/2012
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Year round suction dredging in Palmer Creek with two (2) six inch suction dredges, high-banking on the bench above Palmer Creek, and use of two temporary tent camps. Access will be by snowmobile or ATV on existing trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38123
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 9 North, Range 2 West, portions of Section 15 and 22, Seward Meridian Palmer Creek road near Hope, Alaska
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
Resurrection Creek Restoration Phase II
EIS
- Minerals and Geology
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/23/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Karen Kromrey
907-288-7745
kkromrey@fs.fed.us
Description: Approve a supplement to a mining plan of operations and new mining operations. Restore Resurrection Creek's channel, floodplain, and streamside vegetation to pre-mining conditions and enhance fish and riparian wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23483
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Seward Ranger District, Resurrection Creek
Russian River Campground Reconstruction Project
EA
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2014
Actual: 08/25/2014
08/2014 Karen Kromrey
907-288-7745
kkromrey@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to reconstruct Russian River Campground to improve pedestrian/vehicles access, improve functionality of Russian Lakes Trailhead, provide a fish waste disposal facility, and improve facilities for visitor contacts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42966
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - T.5N., R.4W., Sec 33,34,35, Seward Meridian This project is located throughout Russian River Campground located at Mile 52.5 of the Sterling Highway, 3 miles west of Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Russian River Fuel Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management On Hold N/A N/A Joseph Ford
907-228-4119
jpford@fs.fed.us
Description: This area has been identified in the Cooper Landing Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The proposed action is to thin hardwoods and spruce trees on 263 acres near the Russian River. FAA(3).
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Sec. 33, 34, 35, T5N, R4W; Seward Meridian Cooper Landing Community Wildfire Protection area, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Sarah Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
03/28/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of an existing approved mining plan of operations for suction dredging and access on Gulch Creek near the Hope and Seward Highway junction. proposal is for five years in duration.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44533
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Gulch Creek near the Hope and Seward Highway junction
Trail Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 03/2015 Jessica Ilse
907-754-2322
jilse@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve moose forage through prescribed burning, mechanical and/or hand treatements, reduce fuel loading and fuel continuity, and improve stand health by thinning spruce and hardwood stands in the Trail watershed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41220
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable North shore of Kenai Lake, Trail Creek, Grant and Ptarmigan Lakes
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