Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Chugach National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- 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, 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
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
San Juan Bay, Quadra Creek Habitat Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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.
Sand Trail Parking Area Construction Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land ownership management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
11/22/2013
Expected: 03/2015 08/2015 Dave Zastrow
907-424-4754
dzastrow@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is to build a 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
CDK Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/10/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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 Streambank Stabilization and Fisheries Enhancement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2015
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Angela Coleman
907-228-4147
ajcoleman@fs.fed.us
Description: The project will restore 600 feet of eroding stream banks with engineered log jams designed to restore bank integrity and improve adult and juvenile salmon, trout and char habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46269
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Section 4, T7N, R1E Granite Creek Campground located milepost 63 on the Seward Highway
Jackpot Lakes Habitat Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
03/30/2015
Expected: 05/2015 08/2015 Andrew Morin
907-424-4758
amorin@fs.fed.us
Description: Brush and other woody material will be cut in the surrounding area, bundled together, and placed in the deeper sections of the lake. 80 - 100 bundles will be created to resemble and provide the same sort of habitat that beaver caches offer.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46453
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - The legal description for Jackpot Lakes is the Seward meridian, Seward B-4 quandrangle, R7E, T4N, sections 14 and 15. The work would be centered near 60.41°, -148.25°. The legal description for Jackpot Lakes is the Seward meridian, Seward B-4 quandrangle, R7E, T4N, sections 14 and 15. The work would be centered near 60.41°, -148.25°.
Main Bay Fish Hatchery Permit Renewal
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/25/2012
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 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.
Spencer Minerals
EIS
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A David Ilse
530-333-5553
dilse@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
Comment Period
03/14/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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: 05/2015 05/2015 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 backcountry 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable Seward District, Silvertip area, north of Seward Highway, in the Gulch Creek and Bertha Creek areas.
Wood Bison Project--Supplemental EA
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
10/28/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 April Dent
907-754-2315
aprilmdent@fs.fed.us
Description: The USFS is considering amending the Wood Bison Pasture permit to ADFG to allow burning 130 piles on 138 acres of cleared land during winter. The action requires a supplement to the original Wood Bison Project EA to account for changed circumstances.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45711
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located in Portage, Alaska on the Glacier Ranger District Chugach National Forest. Adjacent to and north of the Seward Highway between Placer River and Placer River Overflow.
Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District R10 - Alaska Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
American Way Gravel Disposal
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Disposal of gravel through a competitive bid
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45793
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 9 North, Range 2 West, Section 4, Seward Meridian Near Mile 2 of the Resurrection Creek Road south of Hope, Alaska
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 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: 05/2015 05/2015 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.
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
Hard Labor Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2015
Actual: 04/03/2015
05/2015 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of an approved mining plan of operations for an additional five years. Proposal includes ATV access, tent camp and suction dredging in Gulch Creek
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45795
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 8 North, Range 1 East, Section 13, Seward Meridian Gulch Creek near the Hope Hwy/Seward Hwy Junction
Jerome Lake Trickle-dam Removal
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2015
Expected: 05/2015 08/2015 John Lang
907-288-7719
jslang@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to remove the trickle-dam from the outlet of Jerome Lake, and redistribute the rock in the immediate area. The removed structure would allow anadromous fish use of the entire watershed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46284
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mile 39 Seward Hwy. (T.05N R02W, Sect 2, Seward Meridian)
Last Hope Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/10/2014
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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: 05/2015 05/2015 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 Creek Restoration Phase II
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Minerals and Geology
- Watershed management
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/18/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
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.
Russian River Firearm Restriction--Forest Order
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders In Progress
Scoping Start
03/25/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 Bobbie Jo Skibo
907-288-7739
bobbiejoskibo@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Order to expand the firearm closure to include additional areas for public safety.
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Russian River Campground, Angler's Trail, and River Trail. See attached map.
Trail Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2016 Jessica Ilse
907-754-2322
jilse@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve moose forage through prescribed burning, mechanical and/or hand treatments, while reducing fuel loading and continuity.
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
Triple H Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/10/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 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.
White Rock Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
01/08/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Plan of Operations proposing geological mapping and prospecting
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45887
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 5 North, Range 1 East, Section 29, Seward Meridian Grant Lake near Moose Pass, Alaska
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.