Ochoco 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.

Ochoco National Forest Project Archive

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BPA FY13 Wood Pole Replacement Project for the Big Eddy to Redmond No. 1 Transmission Line

Replacement of 12 deteriorating wood poles within the existing transmission line on the Crooked River National Grassland.

Bend Broadband Fiber Optic Cable Project

The proposal is to allow Bend Broadband to install fiber optic cable within existing utility rights of way. This would be accomplished in two ways: burying the cable along existing roads or installing the cable on existing utility poles.

Black Canyon Fire Restoration

Reforest 75 acres burned in 2008 Black Canyon Fire.

Bridge Creek Invasive Plant Prevention Project

The purpose of the project is to protect critical elk habitat in the headwaters of the Bridge Creek watershed by controlling and preventing the spread of invasive plants.

Crooked River National Grassland Firewood Units

To meet objectives for wildlife habitat improvement, improvements in hydrologic function, and increase in forage for wildlife and livestock, seven units (about 3,408 acres) are proposed for addition to the public use firewood program starting in 2012

Deschutes Valley Water District - Opal Springs Special Use Permit

Special Use Permit would authorize a new 24%u201D water pipeline and the reissuance of the 12%u201D and 20%u201D existing waterlines with the associated facilities.

Dog Field Trials Project

The Crooked River National Grassland is proposing to issue a five year Special Use Permit to authorize Pointing Dog Field Trials and Hunting Tests in and around Boyce Corral.

FTV Communications Fiber Optic Cable Special Use Permit Reissue

Reissue of expired permit that covered 5.63 acres (4.64 miles at 10' width) and ancillary facilities; fiber optic cable is buried along the west side of Highway 97 south of Madras. No new facilities or activies are proposed.

Fry and Wind Creek Tree Felling

This project will fall and leave, for stream bank protection, both live trees and snags on short segments of both Fry Creek and North Fork Wind Creek

Geothermal Leasing Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The Forest Service was a cooperating agency, assisting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in that Agency's geothermal leasing analysis and decision. The BLM issued a record of decision on 12/17/2008.

Martin and Nancy Richards Cultivation and Waterline Special Use Permit Reissue

To reissue the special use permit that authorizes cultivation on 43.32 acres and a 1,900' buried irrigation water pipeline. There would be no changes to authorized facilities or activities.

McKay Meadow/Wetland Protection

The proposal is to implement restoration activities on five small meadow systems and one non-meadow riparian zone in the McKay Creek Watershed.

Mill Creek Allotment Management Plans

Development of allotment management plans for four grazing allotments on the Lookout Mountain Ranger District.

Monroe Hydro, LLC. - 612 - FERC Exempt Hydro-Electric Special Use Permit

Issue a special use permit to authorize a new low-head small hydropower facility on the western side of the North Unit Irrigation District's Main Canal.

Mount Pisgah Communications Site, Oregon State Radio Project Facility

The purpose is to issue a communication use lease for construction and operation of a new communications facility on Mount Pisgah to support communications equipment for the Oregon State Radio project.

Norton Water Transmission Line

The proposal is to authorize replacement of an existing above-ground water line with a larger-diameter, partly underground pipe and to authorize the issuance of a new term special use permit (20 years).

Oregon Department of Transportation Remote Weather Information Site (RWIS) at Ochoco Summit on US 26

ODOT proposes to install a remote weather information site at Ochoco Summit (US 26, MP 49.89) to provide information for travelers as well as to keep ODOT crews informed of conditions to help prioritize road work efforts.

Pacific Corp - 643 - Power Line Special Use Permit

Issue a special use permit to authorize a new power line (right-of-way would be 60' long by 10' wide) buried 3' deep, and a new meter box.

Portland General Electric Bethel-Round Butte Transmission Line Project

Authorize a special use permit for Portland General Electric to continue to operate electrical tranmission lines across National Forest lands on the Willamette, Mt. Hood, and Ochoco National Forests.

Quantum Communications Fiber Optic Cable Special Use Permit Reissue

Issue of a new term permit to replace an expired permit that covered 48 acres (19.8 miles/20' width) and included 0.2 miles of underground cable and 19.6 miles of overhead cable. No changes to the exisiting facilities or activities is proposed.

Stump Springs Houndstongue Prevention Holding Pasture and NFCR Section 16 Fence

Provide a holding pasture at Stump Springs; construct a small corral area to load and inspect cattle, construct a fence to prohibit livestock from entering the North Fork Crooked River from the West pasture.

Sunflower Allotment Fence Placement Project

The project proposes to construct and replace fences in the Frazier and Porcupine pastures on the Sunflower Allotment. The purpose and need is to protect anadromous fish, increase cattle dispersal and increase forage utilization in the uplands.

Upper Beaver Creek Vegetation Management Project

Commercial, non-commercial and vegetation management activites across the Upper Beaver Creek watershed

Walton Lake Campground Water System

The proposal is to install a solar-powered water system with a gravity storage reservoir to provide water to a new water fill station and to the host site at Walton Lake Campground.

Willow Pine Vegetation Management

Reduce stand densities and conduct fuel management activities.

Younger Springs Mineral Material Source Expansion

Expanding the Younger Springs material source from its current size (about 1.3 acres) to not greater than 5 acres to provide pit-run rock for reconstruction and for mineral material permits for the next 20 years.

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