Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

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- Lincoln National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District
- Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District
- Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District


Lincoln National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Integrated Non-Native Invasive Plant Management
EIS
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
- Special area management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/09/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2018
Expected: 05/2019 06/2019 Aurora Roemmich
575-434-7200
aurorarroemmich@fs.fed.us
Description: The forest will be developing a proposal to manage the nonnative invasive plants within the Lincoln National Forest's boundaries. Adaptive management would be incorporated into the analysis.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31150
Location: UNIT - Lincoln National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy, Lincoln, Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable All management areas within the Lincoln National Forest
Lincoln National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
04/2018
Expected: 06/2020 06/2020 Sabrina Flores
575-434-7200
sflores@fs.fed.us
Description: Plan Revision
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/lincolnforestplan
Location: UNIT - Lincoln National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Chaves, Eddy, Lincoln, Otero. LEGAL - USFS Lands within the Lincoln National Forest USFS lands within the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico
Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sargent Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/18/2018
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 10/2018 01/2019 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5617
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Chaves, Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northeastern portion of the Guadalupe Ranger District , Northwest of Carlsbad, NM
Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Agua Chiquita Watershed Strategy
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2018
Expected: 11/2019 01/2020 Jasper Brusuelas
575-434-7200
jbrusuelas@fs.fed.us
Description: Complete restoration activities within the Agua Chiquita watershed to reduce nonpoint source pollution and reduce the amount of sediment in the water, which currently exceeds standards.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53357
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable The upper Agua Chiquita watershed from the headwaters of Agua Chiquita to the McEwan Canyon tributary, which is approximately 2 miles past Weed, NM.
Escondido Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2008
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 08/2018 08/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: Continue livestock grazing on the Escondido Allotment
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51927
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Western part of the Sacramento Ranger District
High Altitude Mountain Environment Training Strategy (HAMETS) Helicopter Operations Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/19/2016
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 08/2018 08/2018 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lincoln National Forest is proposing to authorize the Fort Bliss to conduct High Altitude Mountain Environment Training Strategy (HAMETS) helicopter operations, including helicopter landings on the Lincoln National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49571
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 18 landing zones are located in various meadow locations on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest.
New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement Projects on the Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/11/2017
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is proposing to construct habitat improvement projects on the Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment to aid in the protection of New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (NMMJM) critical habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51273
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - The Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment lies within Township 18 South, Ranges 12, 13, and 14 East;Township 19 South, Ranges 12, and 13 East The project area is within the Agua Chiquita Grazing Allotment on the Sacramento Ranger District within the Lincoln National Forest.
New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Improvement Projects on the Sacramento Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2017
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 07/2018 09/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is proposing to construct habitat improvement projects on the Sacramento Grazing Allotment to aid in the protection of New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (NMMJM) critical habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51153
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sacramento Grazing Allotment
Otero County Electric Cooperative Power Line- Cloudcroft to Sunspot
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/01/2014
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace ~12 miles of overhead line with buried line (24 inches wide by 52 inches deep)and new overhead line to provide safer and more reliable service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40316
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable From Cloudcroft, NM to Sunspot, NM. Route will follow the existing overhead line corridor.
Rails to Trails Trail Projects
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2018
Expected: 10/2018 11/2018 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us
Description: Part 1- construct 13.51 miles of 4 primitive trails from the tip of the Switchback trail to the Fresnal Road; Part 2-utilize 0.56 mile of an existing, abandoned railroad grade for a trail; Part 3-construct a 0.16 mile shortcut to Bridal Veil Falls.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53285
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fresnal Canyon area
Rio Penasco Wetland Restoration and Road Stabilization
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 09/2018 09/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lincoln National Forest is proposing to restore a wetland that has been modified and is no longer functioning and improve a road crossing to improve water quality and wildlife habitat for a variety of species including federally listed species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50504
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Township 17 south; Range 13 East, Section 3 The project area is located by the intersection of roads C017 and D019 along the Rio Penasco.
San Andres Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2008
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 08/2018 08/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: Continuation of livestock grazing on the San Andres Allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51928
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Western section of the Sacramento Ranger District
Scott Able Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
08/15/2017
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 Ciara Cusack
575-682-2551
ccusack@fs.fed.us
Description: Continue livestock grazing on the Scott Able Allotment(proposal originally listed with the Escondido and San Andres Allotments).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22893
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 16 miles southeast of Village of Cloudcroft
South Sacramento Restoration Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/07/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2018
Expected: 10/2018 10/2018 Peggy Luensmann
575-434-7200
psluensmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore forest health on the approximately 140,000-acre planning area in the southern Sacramento Mountains. Project is designed to meet restoration objectives at a landscape-scale, primarily in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51146
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southern Sacramento Mountains. The area is roughly bound between West Side Road, State Highway 130, and the southern boundary of the Sacramento Ranger District.
Upper Rio Penasco Stream Restoration I
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2018
Expected: 10/2018 11/2018 Peter Haraden
575-434-7200
pharaden@fs.fed.us
Description: Various restoration techniques would be used to stabilize the stream and wetland area in the project area to improve wildlife habitat in the riparian area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53284
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T. 17S, R. 11E, section 11 Approximately 10 miles south of Cloudcroft and at the intersection of Sunspot Highway (Road 6563) and Rio Penasco Road (C17) on the downstream side of the Rio Penasco Road
Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Copeland Canyon Pipeline Reconstruction
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/17/2018
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Andrew Ellis
15756303008
andrewellis@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruction of 3 miles of pipeline and the repair of a preexisting spring diversion to provide waters to wildlife and livestock. See "other project information" for additional project description.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53844
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - The legal location is at Sections 4, 5, 8, and 9 of Township 8 South /Range 17 East and Section 33 of Township 7 South /Range 17 East. The legal location is at Sections 4, 5, 8, and 9 of Township 8 South /Range 17 East and Section 33 of Township 7 South /Range 17 East.
Ski Apache Vegetation Restoration Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/30/2018
Expected: 08/2018 10/2018 Andrew Ellis
15752574095
andrewellis@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to authorize Ski Apache to conduct hazardous fuels reduction and hazard tree removal on steep slope areas of the ski resort that were damaged during the 2012 Little Bear Fire. Proposal includes a project-specific Forest Plan amendment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52739
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - The legal location is on sections PB 57 and PB 58 of Township 10 South / Range 11 East. The project area is located within the existing bounds of the Ski Apache special use area on Sierra Blanca Mountain. The area is west of Alto, NM and can be accessed by county road 532.
Skinner Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/29/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 09/2018 02/2019 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us
Description: Reauthorize livestock grazing on the Skinner Allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43170
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 9 S., R. 13 E., sections 35, 36; T. 8 S., R. 13 E., sections 1-2, 11-12, 13-17 Approximately 4 miles west of Capitan, New Mexico
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