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Deschutes National Forest NEPA Projects

Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground. The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. Projects that are "Developing Proposal" or "Under Analysis" may have an opportunity for public collaboration and input on the proposed actions and the analysis being conducted.

Deschutes National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Upper Deschutes River Fuels Reduction

Ladder fuel reduction, shrub mowing, and prescribed burning totaling about 1200 acres, within the wildland-urban interface of several small communities in the Upper Deschutes River area.

Under Analysis

2014 Recreation Residence CE - Second Batch

2014 Recreation Residence Improvement projects...second batch are those that required more extensive heritage analysis.

Brown's Cr. and Arnold Ice Cave Post Fire Restoration

Two wildfire areas are proposed for restoration: Arnold Ice Cave, 120 ac. burned in 2012 to be planted with ponderosa seedlings. Brown's Creek, 107 ac. burned in 2013 will have dead material <6" felled, piled, burned; planted with ponderosa.

Chush Falls Trailhead Relocation

The project would relocate the Chush Falls trailhead to protect Wilderness and Wild and Scenic river values.About 1 mile of road would be decommissioned and about 1.4 miles of road would be closed.About 2.3 miles of road would be converted to trails.

Cultus Lake Resort Special Use Permit

Reissue a special use permit to Cultus Lake Resort to allow the permitte to continue to operate an existing resort on National Forest System lands.

Flat Vegetation Management Project

14k acres thinning in ponderosa pine, overstory removal in lodgepole, precommercial thinning and fuel treatments to maintain and restore forest health to increase stand productivity, reduce threat of large scale wildfire, and contribute wood products

Indian Ford Creek Restoration Project

The project would restore fish passage to Indian Ford Creek by addressing the last remaining artificial barriers. It will improve habitat conditions by reducing dispersed camping impacts, thinning conifers and restoring hydrologic function.

Junction Vegetation Management Project

Commercial thinning, small tree thinning, salvage and overstory removal treatments on about 16,000 acres to help improve forest health and resiliency, contribute forest products, and to reduce fuels. About 70% lodgepole pine, 30% ponderosa pine.

Marsh

Ecosystem Services based-project designed to maintain and enhance a set of values unique to the planning area, including hunting and recreation opportunities, wildlife and botanical resources, water quality, and scenic views.

Melvin Butte Vegetation Management Project

Maintain and restore resiliency and forest health in stands that provide habitat for interior wildlife species and present a potential risk of large scale wildfires in the Melvin Butte area. The project would generate about 5 MMBF of timber.

Mt. Bachelor Mountain Bike Trails

Construction of mountain bike trails and connectors that would allow Mt. Bachelor to provide a balance of trails for all skill levels for downhill biking

Newberry Geothermal Consent to Lease Project

The decision will either allow or deny BLM permission to lease National Forest System lands for geothermal exploration and potential development. Forest is analyzing 11 new parcels.

Prescribed Fire in the Wilderness

The project would use prescribed fire in and adjacent to the Three Sisters Wilderness area to modify vegetation and fuels to reduce the threats to values at risk outside of Wilderness to allow fire to play a more natural role within the Wilderness

Recreation Special Use Permits Reissuances

The Forest Service is proposing to reissue multiple expired Special Use permits issued for a variety of recreation events, outfitter/guide services, and one resort on the Deschutes National Forest.

Red Butte Cinder Pit Expansion

The purpose of this project is for FS to respond to ODOTs request to expand the pit to utilize cinders to accommodate their 10-year Mineral Materials Contract and provide a long-term source.

Research Natural Area Establishment - Headwaters of the Cultus River

Finalize the establishment of a candidate Research Natural Area (RNA) identified in the Deschutes National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). RNA: Headwaters of the Cultus River

Research Natural Area Establishment - Katsuk Butte

Finalize the establishment of a candidate Research Natural Area (RNA) identified in the Deschutes National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). RNA: Katsuk Butte

Research Natural Area Establishment - Many Lakes

Finalize the establishment of a candidate Research Natural Area (RNA) identified in the Deschutes National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). RNA: Many Lakes.

Research Natural Area Establishment - Wechee Butte

Finalize the establishment of a candidate Research Natural Area (RNA) identified in the Deschutes National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP). RNA: Wechee Butte

Sisters Community Trails

The project would build about 21 miles of paved non-motorized path, single track trail, equestrian trails and a trailhead facility in the vicinity of Sisters, Oregon

Two Bulls Timber Salvage Project

Salvage log approximately 250 acres of forest burned in the 2014 Two Bulls Fire, removing dead trees. Tops and limbs would be grapple piled and piles burned. This will be followed with planting of ponderosa pine seedlings.

Ursus Vegetation Management Project

About 4,000 acres of lodgepole pine and mixed conifer forest treated with salvage harvest, regeneration harvest, and fuels reduction. Located between a large expanse of Roadless & Wilderness to west and privately-held forest to the east.

Verizon Lease Renewal Antelope Communication Site

Renew communications use lease for Verizon's facility at Antelope Communications site, which included a tower, shelter and propane tank. No new improvements or ground disturbing activities will be authorized.

Verizon Lease Renewal Improvements at Spring River Communications Site

Renew Communications Use Lease BEN612201 for Verizon%u2019s facility at Spring River Communications site which includes a tower, shelter, propane tank and fence. No new improvements or ground disturbing activities will be authorized.

ZZZ Reforestation Project

Approx. 354 acres on east side of the District are in need of ponderosa pine seedling planting. The area does not meet minimum stockng standards following thinning. Hand planting followed by browse prevention through fencing and big game repellent.

Analysis Completed

2011 Small Diameter Tree Thinning Project

Thin small trees averaging six inches in diameter on approximately 500 acres of (generally) managed plantations located throughout the District

2014 BPA Power Pole and Road Work Project

BPA is proposing to replace danger poles and perform road upgrades inside of its existing Right-Of-Way along the La Pine-Chemult and the La-Pine to Pilot Butte Lines on the Deschutes National Forest.

Bend Surface Water Improvement Project

The Forest proposes to issue a special use permit to the City of Bend to authorize the City to upgrade the existing Bridge Creek intake facility and replace the aging Bridge Creek water supply pipelines.

Cascade Pit Restoration

Rehabilitation of a decommissioned rock pit south of Phil's Trailhead to aid in the eradication of Medusahead rye - an aggressive noxious weed. Light wire fence to be placed along road that runs through pit. Revegetation of the pit to native plants.

CenturyLink Fiber Optic Installation Widgi Creek

CenturyLink proposes to install a fiber optic line on existing poles from private near hwy 46 to FSR 100 across form Widgi Creek Golf Course where the line would go to a vault and travel underground the road then cross under the road to private land

Eyerly Fire Salvage

Recover value of trees killed and damaged during the Eyerly Fire. Project will also analyze hazard tree removal, reforestation, and road system. Emergency Situation Determination requested to allow project to be implemented after decision is signed.

Invasive Plant Treatments

Supplemental EIS for site-specific treatment of invasive plants at approx. 1,892 sites on the Ochoco and Deschutes NF and Crooked River National Grassland. Methods include herbicides, manual, mechanical and cultural. Please note, Appeal Resolution documents on this website pertain to the 2007 Record of Decision and are not associated with the Supplemental EIS.

Midstate Elk Lake Powerline Installation

Install an underground power line from an existing pedestal to two cabins. The ditch would be approximately 750 feet long X 3 feet deep X 2 feet wide. A backhoe or trencher would be used to install the line in conduit.

Mt. Bachelor Ski Area Improvements

Proposal includes on-mountain improvements: new chairlift and associated trails, shortening and/or replacement of existing lifts, expanding snowmaking coverage, construction of a lift-served, downhill mtn. bike park, and additions to Nordic trail. To submit an appeal of the Record of Decision, until further notice please use the following email address, as our appeal inbox is not functioning properly (as of April 1, 2013): danderson01@fs.fed.us

ODOT Facility Upgrades-Wampus Butte & Antelope Communications Sites

ODOT is proposing to replace existing towers and build new generator buildings at Wampus Butte and Antelope Communications Sites.

Ogden Landscape Vegetation Management Project

Final EIS and Record of Decision now available. Proposal includes commercial and precommercial thinning, shrub mowing, and prescribed burning across approx. 14,600 acres of the 26,500-acre project area to reduce tree densities, encourage LOS development, break up fuel continuity; 2 plan amendments

Pole Creek Fire Timber Salvage Project

The project proposes to harvest 13MMBF of fire killed timber from the 2012 Pole Creek fire area. Timber harvest would take place exclusively in the Matrix land allocation as defined in the Northwest Forest Plan. About 1,051 acres would be harvested.

Rocket Vegetation Management Project

Commercial thinning, plantation thinning, deer habitat improvement, shrub mowing, and Rx fire on over 9,000 acres. The project area is primarily second-growth ponderosa pine, includes a portion of Newberry Nat. Volcanic Monument, large lava flows.

Ryan Ranch Wetland Restoration Project

Restore 0.3 miles of Deschutes riverbank including the natural hydrological function of an historic slough floodplain. Native veg will be planted to stabilize riverbank. Relocation of 0.25 mi. Des. River Trail; add'l parking and ADA facilities

TSID Main Canal Project

The project will replace 3.8 miles of open irrigation canal with high density polyethylene pipe, reducing irrigation water needs by 6 cfs. The 6 cfs will be returned to Whychus Creek through the Department of Water Resources Conserved Water program.

USGS Volcanic Monitoring Stations

The USGS will install eight volcanic monitoring stations on the flanks of Newberry Volcano, each consisting of a seismometer, a GPS, and a digital radio. Impact of each site 80 square feet or less.

Welcome Station Trail Connections

Provide additional paved non-motorized trails, designated single-track mountain bike trails, and a trailhead facility on National Forest System lands adjacent to and around the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Welcome Station.

West Bend Vegetation Management Project

Moving the area toward a more resilient landscape, providing a diversity of habitats, and reducing hazardous fuels. Approximately 14,745 acres of commercial thinning, for a total of 22,000 acres proposed for thinning, mowing, and/or underburning. The project is also part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration project area. Read about this at www.deschutescollaborativeforest.org/.

Whychus Floodplain Restoration Project

The project would address the loss of floodplain and flood channel connection to the creek that resulted from berm construction following the 1964 flood.

Cancelled

Popper Vegetation Management Project

About 6,000 acres of the project area has been impacted by the 2012 Pole Creek fire. The district has determined that a new proposed action and project will be developed and the Popper project will be canceled.

Prescribed Fire in Wilderness: Scott Mountain and Cascade Lakes Areas, Deschutes and Willamette NF

The project would use prescribed fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness area to modify vegetation and fuels to sufficiently reduce the threats to values at risk outside of Wilderness in order to allow fire to play a more natural role within Wilderness. For maps & more information about this project, visit our Prescribed Fire in Wilderness page.

Union Pacific Railroad Fiberoptic Installation

Union Pacific Railroad requests a Special Use Permit to install fiberoptic cable conduits on the Middle Fork RD (Willamette NF) and Crescent RD (Deschutes NF).

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.