Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Ouachita National Forest, Cold Springs Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Fourche Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Jessieville Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Kiamichi Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Mena Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Oden Ranger District
- Ouachita National Forest, Womble Ranger District


Ouachita National Forest, Cold Springs Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CSP Non-native Invasive Plant Species Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Comment Period
01/26/2018
Expected: 07/2018 09/2018 Dava Bauer
479-675-3233
dlbauer@fs.fed.us
Description: To control known NNIPS infestations and future occurrences using a combination of manual, mechanical, cultural, and chemical treatment methods.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50294
Location: UNIT - Cold Springs Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian, Yell. LEGAL - Not Applicable District-wide.
Farm Bill 03
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
10/24/2017
Expected: 07/2018 09/2018 Dava Bauer
479-675-3233
dlbauer@fs.fed.us
Description: Implementations of thinning treatments to approx. 1,315 acres. Proposed treatment areas include stands of shortleaf pine timber.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52735
Location: UNIT - Cold Springs Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Polk, Scott, Sebastian. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stands scattered across the Ranger District.
Nola Ecological Management Unit
EA
- Fuels management
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
03/07/2018
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 Donna Reagan
479-675-3233 ext 107
dreagan@fs.fed.us
Description: Compartments 303, 304, 305, and 306.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52005
Location: UNIT - Cold Springs Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - T3N, R26W, S10-17, 20-24, 27-28; T3N, R25W, S7, 18 Southeast portion of the district; approximately 10 miles and south of Blue Mountain Lake and approximately 17 miles east of Waldron, AR; south of Highway 250 and north of Highway 28.
Ouachita National Forest, Fourche Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
South Fourche Valley Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2018
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Hunter Speed
501-984-5313
hspeed@fs.fed.us
Description: Watershed level management and harvest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53414
Location: UNIT - Fourche Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Perry, Yell. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located approximately 5 miles south of Plainview, Arkansas in Yell and Perry Counties in T3N R20-22W
Ouachita National Forest, Jessieville Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Communication Tower - Ouachita Pinnacle
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2018
Actual: 03/21/2018
01/2018 Robin Vaughn
501-984-5313
rvaughn@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of communication tower, building, and fence.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51700
Location: UNIT - Jessieville Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Garland. LEGAL - Not Applicable T1N, R21W Section 15 Ouachita Pinnacle Garland County
Thacker Quartz Mine - OQC-273
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
02/23/2018
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Robin Vaughn
501-984-5313
rvaughn@fs.fed.us
Description: Quartz mining operations on a 15 acre tract.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52514
Location: UNIT - Jessieville Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Garland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sections 1-2, T1S, R21W
Ouachita National Forest, Kiamichi Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Choctaw-Kiamichi Prescribed Burn Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/21/2017
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 07/2018 10/2018 John Wilson
580-494-6402 x114
kriswilson@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burning activities on burn blocks from one to 5,000 acres in size across the 221,800-acre Choctaw and Kiamichi units of the Oklahoma Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52022
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Le Flore. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northern units of the Oklahoma Ranger District - Choctaw and Kiamichi units.
Cucumber Creek Farm Bill Thinning
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/20/2017
Expected: 02/2018 07/2018 Alex Schwartz
218-229-8832
aschwartz02@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial thinning in 89 acres of loblolly pine plantation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53101
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Le Flore. LEGAL - Section 8, T1N, R25E Approximately three miles NNW of Octavia, OK
Harvey Mountain East Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/21/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 John Wilson
580-494-6402 x114
kriswilson@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct prescribed burning on approximately 2,860 acres of National Forest System land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51697
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Le Flore. LEGAL - Sec.13-15,22-27,T3N,R23E; Sec.18,19,30,T3N,R24E Approximately 1 mile east of Whitesboro, Oklahoma, along Highway 63 and FS Road LE230.
Hochatown Wildland-Urban Interface
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/19/2018
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Alex Schwartz
218-229-8832
aschwartz02@fs.fed.us
Description: Timber harvests, fuel reduction activities, and wildlife management activities on 6,250 acres of National Forest System land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52139
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - McCurtain. LEGAL - Sections 3-9,15-18,T5S,R25E; Sections 10-15,22-27,36,T4S,R24E Due east of the town of Hochatown and due west of Broken Bow Lake.
North Cooper Creek Reforestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2017
Expected: 01/2018 07/2018 Alex Schwartz
218-229-8832
aschwartz02@fs.fed.us
Description: Mechanical site preparation and tree planting on 78 acres, and crop tree release on 80 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52466
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - McCurtain. LEGAL - S25&36, T5S, R25E Approximately 6.5 miles northeast of Broken Bow, OK
Oklahoma RD Non-native Invasive Plant Species Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
12/26/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Robert Bastarache
580-286-6564
rbastarache@fs.fed.us
Description: To control known NNIPS infestations and future occurrences using a combination of manual, mechanical, cultural, and chemical treatment methods.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52592
Location: UNIT - Kiamichi Ranger District. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Le Flore, McCurtain. LEGAL - Not Applicable District-wide
Ouachita National Forest, Mena Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Powell Creek
EA
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
02/02/2018
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Charity Ryles
479-394-2382
cjryles@fs.fed.us
Description: Watershed level land management project proposed to restore Powell Creek watershed according to the standards of the Forest Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52768
Location: UNIT - Mena Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Sections of Township 1 South Range 31 West and Township 2 South Range 32 W Powell Creek watershed encompasses a total of 14,115 acres, 2,277 acres of which is private land. Located around the city of Mena and includes approximately 3.2 miles of the Talimena Scenic Byway.
Rainy Creek
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/06/2018
Est. Comment Period
05/2018
Expected: 08/2018 08/2018 Charity Ryles
479-394-2382
cjryles@fs.fed.us
Description: The Mena-Oden Ranger District proposes to implement management activities to meet the needs for Rainy Creek Project Area. The intent of these activities is to move the project area toward desired conditions described in the Forest Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53801
Location: UNIT - Mena Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Township 1 North, Range 25 West, Sections 14-17, 19-23, 25-30, and 32-36 and Township 1 South, Range 25 West, Sections 2-5, 8-11, 15-17, 20-23, and 25-28in Montgomery County, Arkansas. Part of the Ouachita National Forest on the Oden Ranger District Rainy Creek includes approximately 14,851 acres Of which, 2,553 acres within the project area is privately owned land.
Special Use Permit Road NO5A
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/06/2018
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Russell Standingwater
479-394-2382
rstandingwater@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorizing use and maintenance of a driveway off of Forest Service Road NO5A. Pine and hardwood trees within the road corridor will be removed and marketed as appropriate. This project will provide access to private ownership.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53808
Location: UNIT - Mena Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - Project will provide access to private ownership in LeFlore County, Oklahoma.Township 1 North, Range 27 East, Section 15. Located on the Mena Ranger District of the Ouachita National Forest driveway off of Forest Service Road NO5A.
Wildlife Habitat Improvements Muddy Creek Stewardship
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/06/2018
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Charity Ryles
479-394-2382
cjryles@fs.fed.us
Description: The Mena-Oden Ranger District is proposing approximately 589 acres of native grass plot restoration work (brush removal by mulching, brush-hogging, and cutting). To enhance re-establishment of native warm season grasses.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53807
Location: UNIT - Mena Ranger District, Oden Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Scott, Yell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Native Grass plots exist within 4 of 6 old growth restoration areas on the Mena-Oden Ranger district, Black Fork area, Chula area, Grapevine area, and Robertson Creek area.
Ouachita National Forest, Oden Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Chula
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
08/20/2017
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Charity Ryles
479-394-2382
cjryles@fs.fed.us
Description: The Mena/Oden Ranger District proposes to implement management activities to meet the needs for East Chula watershed project area. The intent of these activities is to move the project area toward desired conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51590
Location: UNIT - Oden Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Yell. LEGAL - North of Story, Arkansas in Township (T) 1N Range (R) 23 W Section 6, T1N R24W Section1-8, T1N R25W Section 1, 12, and 13, T2N R23W Section 30 and 31, T2N R24W Section 25-27 and 31-36 and T2N R25W Section 36 in Yell and Montgomery County, Arkansas. The analysis area for the East Chula is composed of Compartments 1060-1069. Geographically, the project area is primarily to the North of Story, Arkansas
Ouachita National Forest, Womble Ranger District R8 - Southern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
ARES-36143 Quartz Preference Rights Lease
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
03/22/2018
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Andrew McCormick
501-321-5285
andrewtmccormick@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation and soil removal for the purpose of exploration and mining on an existing 80-acre, ten-year quartz preference rights lease.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52873
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Section 22, T2S, R26W, Montgomery County AR Approximately five miles south of Oden AR
Blocker Creek Little Missouri
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/16/2018
Est. Comment Period
06/2018
Expected: 09/2018 03/2021 Kimberly Miller
870-867-2101
kimberlymiller@fs.fed.us
Description: 10-year watershed entry project; timber harvest and connected actions, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat improvement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52900
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Howard, Montgomery, Pike, Polk. LEGAL - T4S-5S, R27-28W Two miles northeast of Athens AR; twenty miles west of Glenwood AR.
Horn Winter Creek Access
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2018
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Deanna Younger
870-867-2101
dgyounger@fs.fed.us
Description: Provide access to a private inholding surrounded by NFS land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53168
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Section 8, Township 3 South, Range 23 West Approximately two miles north of Alamo, Arkansas; eight miles east of Mount Ida, Arkansas.
Kates Creek
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2018
Expected: 02/2019 02/2019 Kimberly Miller
870-867-2101
kimberlymiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Ten year watershed entry project including timber harvest, wildlife habitat improvement, fuels management and invasive species management.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53769
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Polk. LEGAL - T3S, R28W Sections 1-3, 11-14, and 23 & 23; T2S, R28W, Sections 25-27 and 34-36; T2S, R27W, Sections 9-11, 14-16, and 19-36; T3S, R27W, Sections 1-6, 7-11, 13-18, and 19-24 Approximately 5 miles southwest of Oden, Arkansas.
OQC-272 Carl Hill Quartz Contract
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
03/30/2018
Expected: 08/2018 08/2018 Andrew McCormick
501-321-5285
andrewtmccormick@fs.fed.us
Description: Exploration and mining on an existing 12.5-acre, five-year quartz contract.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52872
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Section 10, T2S, R26W, Montgomery County AR Approximately two miles south of Oden AR
OQC-274 Prospecting Permit
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/30/2018
Est. Comment Period
07/2018
Expected: 11/2018 11/2018 Andrew McCormick
501-321-5285
andrewtmccormick@fs.fed.us
Description: Quartz exploration and mining operations on 16.25 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53646
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Section 7, SENENE, E 1/2 NESWNENE, SESWNENE, N 1/2 N 1/2 NESENE, T3S, RW24 in Montgomery County approximately 2.6 miles south southwest of Hurricane Grove.
OQC-278 Fisher Mountain Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/30/2018
Est. Comment Period
07/2018
Expected: 11/2018 11/2018 Andrew McCormick
501-321-5285
andrewtmccormick@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to allow the extraction of quartz as required by 36 CFR 228C.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53644
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Section 4, S 1/2 SE 1/4, T3S, R24W in Montgomery County, Arkansas The Project is located on the Womble Ranger District of the Ouachita National Forest in Montgomery County, Arkansas and approximately 2 miles south of Hurricane Grove.
Road 68 Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Road management
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2018
Actual: 04/15/2018
04/2018 Lisa Cline
501-321-5256
lcline@fs.fed.us
Description: The project includes approximately one mile of road reconstruction (elevation) and 0.25 mile of relocation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51922
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately three miles southeast of Pine Ridge, Arkansas.
South Fork Mountain
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
02/16/2018
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Kimberly Miller
870-867-2101
kimberlymiller@fs.fed.us
Description: Land management activities in the South Fork Mountain Project area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51946
Location: UNIT - Womble Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable Surrounding Fancy Hill, Arkansas
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