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.
Bend Municipal Watershed Fuel Breaks
Thin both snags and green trees within several hundred feet of both sides of a few key roads in the area including: FS road (FSR) 4601370 and 4601. Treatments would create roughly 15 miles of strategic roadside fuel breaks and would also include reducing ladder fuels and down woody debris and brush. Roadside treatment could be accomplished with a variety of tools including forest crews used to masticate down material with a small tracked vehicle, firewood sales, and small commercial bid sales. Project implementation would include thinning of snags and some live green trees to reduce fuels along the selected roads, application of some spot rock in places to allow fire suppression vehicles access during a wildfire event and ladder fuel reduction and mastication of slash generated by tree removal.
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.
Expiring Permit Re-issuance Gas Transmission Northwest
This project would re-issue existing expring permits for Gas Transmission Northwest.
Junction Vegetation Management Project
Commercial thinning, small tree thinning, salvage and overstory removal treatments on about 5,000 acres to help improve forest health and resiliency, contribute forest products, and to reduce fuels.
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.
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.
Popper Vegetation Management Project
About 6,000 acres of the project area has been impacted by the 2012 Pole Creek fire. The district is in the process of evaluating the effects of the fire on the existing condition to determine the viability of the project as currently designed.
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.
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.
Renewal Of Existing Special Use Permits: Road Access to a Private Residence
The project would renew expired permits on the Sisters Ranger District. There is a need to make authorizations current and ensure complaince with Forest Service regulations.
Renewal of Existing Special Use Permits: Signs
The project would reissue existing special use permits on the Sisters Ranger District. There is a need to make authorizations current and ensure compliance with Forest Service regulations.
Renewal of an Existing Special Use Permit: Bridge Access
This action is needed to renew an expired permit. There is a need to make authorizations current and ensure complance with Forest Service regulations.
Renewal of an Existing Special Use Permit: Dancing Tree Trust
The project would renew an expired special use permit. This action is needed to make authorizations current and ensure complaince with Forest Serice regulations.
Renewal of an Existing Special Use Permit: Irrigation Pipelines
The project would renew an existing special use permit(s). This action is needed to make authorizations current and ensure compliance with Forest Service regualtions.
Renewal of an Existing Special Use Permit: Oregon Department of Transportation
The project would renew an expired special use permit. This action is needed to make authorizations current and ensure compliance with Forest Service regulations.
Renewal of an Existing Special Use Permit: Road Access to Private Property
The project would renew expired special use permit(s). This action is needed to make authorizations current and ensure complaince with Forest Service regualtions.
Renewal of an Existing Special Use Permit: Willows Ranch Irrigation Water Ditch
The project would renew an existing special use permit. This action is needed to make authorizations current and ensure compliance with Forest Service regulations.
Renewal of an Existing Special Use Permit; Central Electric Cooperative, Inc
The project would renew an experied permit. This action is needed to make authorizations current and ensure complaince with Forest Service regulations.
Rocket Vegetation Management Project
This project will involve commercial thinning from below, plantation thinning, shrub mowing, and prescribed fire over about 7,000 acres. The project area is primarily black-bark ponderosa pine; & includes a portion of Newberry Nat. Volcanic Monument
Ryan Ranch Wetland Restoration Project
Lower and de-compact appox. 0.3 miles of levee to natural elevation, and excavate 3 inlet/outlet channels to create natural bank conditions and restore hydrology to a section of the Deschutes River. Re-route river trail; provide accessible boardwalk
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
Special Use Permit Reissuance: North Unit Irrigation District-Wickiup Dam Facility
Forest proposes to re-issue Special Use Permit to holder North Unit Irrigation District for maintaining facilities for the operation of Wickiup Dam, including a residence, dormitory, gargage, shop, weather station, water and sanitation systems.
Special Use Permit Reissuance: ODFW Hosmer Lake Dam
Special use permit to be re-issued to Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife which authorizes the continued maintenance of a rubble-masonry dam for the purpose of raising the water level of Hosmer Lake for enhancement of fish habitat.
Special Use Permit Reissuance: ODFW Lava Lake Weir
Special Use Permit to be re-issued to Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife which authorizes the continued maintenance of a concrete weir for non-game fish control on Lava Lake.
Special User Permit Reissuance: ODFW Cow Camp Cabin
Special use permit to be re-issued to Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife which authorizes the continued maintenance of a cabin at north end of Craine Prairie Reservoir (Cow Camp), includingouthouses and apprtenances for use as training and work center
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.
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.
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
2013 Crescent Ranger District Recreation Residences
Recreation Residence improvements to properties on Odell Lake and Crescent Lake
2013 Small Diameter Tree Thinning
Small diameter tree thinning on 202 acres in nine units. Of the 202 acres 131 acres in five units are managed plantations, 44 acres in two units for post and poles, and 27 acres in two units for huckleberry enhancement.
Bear Valley Creek Fish Passage
The project will improve fish passage by removing a culvert on Bear Valley Creek. In addition, about 1.5 miles of Forest Road 1235-500 will be decommissioned.
Bear Wallow Mastication Project
Treatments would create roughly 11 miles of roadside fuel breaks. This area has been previously open to personal use woodcutting under the Bear Wallow Woodcutting area. Most of the standing snags have been felled and removed within 150 feet of either side of the road, leaving small to medium diameter slash on the ground. Project implementation would include use of a machine to masticate or chip down woody debris alongside the road. Mastication could proceed during woodcutting activities, requiring temporary closure of a portion of the Bear Wallow woodcutting area. Chips would be left onsite or removed and used for other projects on the forest if opportunities exist.
Bend Broadband Cable Installation at Skyliner Road
Bend Broadband proposes to install fiber optic cable within the same ditch that will hold the City of Bend's proposed new waterline. A 2" conduit will be placed in the ditch during construction of the waterline. The project length is about 10 miles
Bend Broadband Walker Mountain Line
Installation of fiberoptic line and upgrade existing power poles from west side of Hwy 97 to top of Walker Mountain. Includes (3) vaults installed on the way to Walker Mt, trenching for line burial and installation of (7)vaults at communication site.
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.
Black Butte Lookout Quarters Replacement
The existing lookout cabin will be relocated and replaced and the site restored. The existing network of social trails will be consolidated into a single trail system.
Expiring Permit Re-issuance OSU Geophysical Study
This project would re-issue existing expring permits for OSU and Gas Transmission Northwest.
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.
Fire Rehabilitation of the Finley 2 Fire and 627 Fire
Reforest two burn area with planting seedlings, cutting dead/damaged trees less than 10", address slash accumulation and prune/girdle dwarf mistletoe trees.
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.
Kapka Butte Sno-park
The Forest is proposing to provide high elevation parking for winter recreationists. The proposed parking area would link into existing and new winter recreation trails (snowmobile, non-motorized, and dog friendly trails). The parking area would have parking spaces available for smaller vehicles and vehicle towing trailers. Approximately 70 slots would be designated for trailers and 40 slots for non-trailer vehicles.
Lake Creek Fish Passage
Replace culvert on Forest Road 12, add 2-3 fish screens on Lake Creek, north fork Lake Creek, and south fork Lake Creek
Midstate Electric Power Line Maintenance
Issue a special use permit to Midstate Electric to allow the replacement of deteriorating poles and repair an existing road along their power line right-of-way.
Mt. Bachelor Race Timing Building Replacement
Mt. Bachelor Ski Area proposes to replace an existing race timing building with a new facility in a more suitable location. The 16'X20' building would be constructed on the east side of the Cliffhanger Run and utilities re-routed to it.
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.
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Odell Butte - RCC Atlantic dba Verizon Wireless Communication Facility Upgrades
Issuance of a Special Use Permit to Verizon to construct and operate upgrades to existing equipment on Odell Butte, including replacing wooden pole with metal pole, expanding equipment building, and constructing a generator building.
Odell Creek Fish Passage Structure Modification
The purpose of the project is to allow for modification to the existing fish passage structure in Odell Creek to mitigate any potential impacts to the lake level which might result from the fish passage structure being in place.
Odell Creek Riparian Maintenance CE
Hand thinning of young lodgepole pine (4" diameter or less) enchroachment along the riparian corridor of lower Odell Creek
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
Opine Vegetation Management
Proposes to restore the resiliency and sustainability of vegetation communities from catastrophic events such as fire,insects and disease,through the use of prescribed fire,mowing,and the thinning of trees to reduce fuel loadings and stocking levels.
Oregon Skyways LLC dba Willamette Pass Ski Resort
Re-issue of a Special Use Permit to the Willamette Ski Area for their snowmaking water system. Note: This is non-potable water only.
Pole Creek Fire Danger Tree Abatement
The project would provide for public and employee safety in areas of high public use or concentrated administrative use by Forest Service employees. The area is now exposed to an elevated risk from numerous fire killed trees along roads in the area.
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.
Rim Butte OHV Jeep Trails
The Rim Butte OHV Jeep Trail Project would designate a motorized Class II trail system as part of the Deschutes National Forest?s strategy for implementing the Forest Service?s National 2005 Travel Management Rule. The Deschutes National Forest proposes to designate approximately 30 miles of Class II OHV trails in the Rim Butte area to provide a loop trail system with a variety of technical challenge levels. Designated routes would be located on areas of existing disturbance, such as roads or skid trails, as much as possible. New trail would be designated in some locations and require minimal construction or vegetative disturbance to define the trail tread. Obstacles would be left to create technical difficulty and minimize safety concerns associated with access by non-Class II motorized vehicles.
Rim Paunina Project
A 40,000 acre watershed on the southern end of Crescent Ranger District whose goal is to utilize forestry techniques that disturb the forest at appropriate levels to create and maintain a diversity of habitats closer to what historically occurred.
Shultz Well and Waterline Special Use Permit
Forest Service proposes to issue a special use permit for existing water pipelines traversing 170 feet of NFS land, use and maintenance of an existing government-owned well and pump house, and maintaining existing holder-owned facilities.
Special Use Permit Reissuance: Sunriver Environmental LLC Wastewater Pipeline
Special use permit to be re-issued for area covering approx. 1.85 acres (about 1.5 miles long), authorizing operation and maintenance of a 10" treated effluent wastewater pipeline and four conduits for electrical and telemtry cables.
Sunriver to Lava Lands Visitor Center Paved Path
The Deschutes National Forest proposes to pave a ten foot wide path from the community of Sunriver to Lava Lands Visitor Center and Benham East Day Use Area. This path would serve non-motorized visitors including bicyclists and pedestrians. The path and associated facilities would be engineered to be compliant with Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG), Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), mobility devices that meet the definition provided in 36 CFR 212.1 may use this path. The paved path would be designed to allow for emergency vehicle access. Where feasible, the trail would be located in areas that have already experienced disturbance.
TSID Dam Fish Passage and Channel Restoration
Restore fish passage and habitat for resident and anadromous fish above the Three Sisters Irrigation Diversion (TSID) dam.
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.
Three Trails OHV System
Proposal to designate approximately 200 miles of trail systems and staging areas near Boundary Springs, Two Rivers, and Crescent Lake Junction. Also would rehabilitate user-created trails. A Deschutes National Forest Plan Amendment would be needed.
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.
Walker Mountain Communication Site (AT &T/ Walker Range) EA
To evalute issuance of a communication lease to authorize AT &T Mobility to redevelop an existing communication facility (and partner with an existing and senior leaseholder Walker Range Patrol Association) at the Walker Mountain Comm. Site.
West Tumbull HFRA
Fuel reduction within the Wildland Urban Interface in the area of the Skyliner subdivision and Tumalo Falls area. Activities include commercial and non-commercial thinning, commercial salvage, mowing and underburning within 4,587 acre project area.
Whychus Creek Wild and Scenic River Plan
Resource Assessment completed in 2005. Preparation of Management Plan and Environmental Assessment to prepare management guidance for protection of outstandingly remarkable values on Whychus Creek. Will involve a Forest Plan Amendment.
Sugar Pine Butte Tower Replacement
Western Radio Services is planning to replace the existing communication tower on Sugar Pine Butte with a similar tower in the same location. The existing concrete footing would be replaced with new concrete.
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).