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.
Albany South Project
An integrated resource management project that proposes vegetation management to improve wildlife habitat and forest health conditions, as well as recreation, watershed and transportation system improvements.
Neuts Brook Snowmobile Trail Relocation Project
Relocate the existing snowmobile trail to the edge of the Forest Service administrative site or off the site to a private land location to eliminate safety concerns associated with the current trail location that bisects the administrative site.
Permanent Toilet Installation at Osceola Trailhead and Rumney Main Cliff Parking Lot
These two high use sites have known human waste issues. As a temporary measure, portable toilets are currently at each site. Permanent toilets are a long-term solution to address high use and existing human waste concerns.
Rumney Rocks Management Project Supplemental Analysis and Decision
Update Environmental Assessment for Rumney Rocks project to include removal of rocks necessary to construct trail parallel to Buffalo Road by mechanical means or possibly by controlled blasting. Other trail work was covered in 2009 Decision Notice.
Three Ponds Snowmobile Trail Reroute
Relocate part of the Three Ponds snowmobile trail to increase rider safety and decrease impacts on wetlands
Time Warner Cable Fiber Optic Cable Permit Issuance
Issue a 30-year permit to Time Warner Cable for existing fiber optic cable formerly under special use permit in the Town of Waterville Valley, NH
19 Mile Brook Trail Reroute
Two reroutes totaling ~1100' to put trail above flood height; may include rock steps and waterbars. Replace washed out bridge over an unnamed tributary to 19 Mile Brook. May include bridge over other unnamed tributary. Removal of old bridge remnants and rehab old trail tread.
Attitash Ski Area Zipline Project
Allow ~1300' of a 5022' zipline cable ride to be suspended over National Forest lands. Both ends of the ride would be on private land. Would require cutting about 30 trees on National Forest land for safe use of the zipline.
Bull Brook Wildlife Opening Management
Stump two existing permanent wildlife openings on FR 752 to allow these areas to be maintained in an open, brushy condition by mowing. Stumps would be removed with an excavator and buried onsite. One opening is 4 acres; the other is 5 acres.
Campton Day Use Area Project
Repair some facilities at the former Campton Group Campground so it will function as a day use area.
Forest-wide Outfitter & Guide Conversions
In accordance with changes in national policy, all Outfitter & Guide permits (currently 1 year temporary permits on the WMNF) will be issued as 10 year permits. Permitted activities will remain the same. Operating plans and proposed itineraries will still require annual Forest approval.
Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area Site Improvement Project
This project proposes to repair many of the facilities--including the access road, parking, picnic sites, trails, signage and toilets--at this popular day use area.
Official 30-day comment period begun with legal notice publication on 8/31/2011 was cancelled due to Tropical Storm recovery work. New comment period began with legal notice publication on October 20, 2011.
Greeley Ponds and Flume Brook Trails Project
This project will address damage to the hiking trail network in the greater Greeley Ponds and Flume Brook areas from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.
Green Peak Expansion and Trail Construction at Waterville Valley Ski Resort
Construct ski trails, a glade area, a lift, and snowmaking equipment; relocate one building on Green Peak. All activities are in the Special Use Permit boundary and the ski area's accepted Master Development Plan. Site-specific Plan amendment needed.
Lakes of the Clouds Propane Rack Relocation
This project proposes to move the propane rack associated with the Appalachian Mountain Club's Lakes of the Clouds Hut to a location that consolidates utilities and is less visible to the public. This will better conceal the rack and improve visual aesthetics of the area.
Lincoln Woods Trail Repair
Realign trail away from eroding river bank, raising the trail tread in this location, and install a more permanent barrier between the trail and unstable slope to improve user safety. Identify way to protect trail & historic culvert farther up trail.
Northern Pass Transmission Line Special Use Permit
Northern Pass LLC has proposed a new power transmission line in NH that would cross the WMNF. US Dep't of Energy is leading the NEPA analysis. WMNF decision is whether to issue a special use permit, consistent with the Forest Plan, to cross the Forest.
Scoping period was extended by the U.S. Department of Energy until Northern Pass LLC submits a revised proposal and the public has had a chance to comment on that proposal.
Province Integrated Resource Management Project
An integrated resource management project that proposes vegetation management to improve wildlife habitat and forest health conditions, as well as recreation and transportation system improvements.
Slippery Brook Road Reconstruction Project
Reconstruct a 300 foot section of Slippery Brook Road and its fill slope, along with armoring the base of the slope at its interface with Slippery Brook, to prevent further damage. Project area is approximately 2.5 acres.
Tripoli Road Campsite Relocation and Roadside Hazard Tree Removal Project
Relocation and redesign of all of the campsites along Tripoli Road to sites along adjacent spur roads to mitigate safety and resource concerns. Removal of hazard trees along Tripoli Road and spur roads to address safety concerns.
Bartlett Mountain Land Exchange
Land exchange: an approximately 95 acre WMNF parcel in Berlin, NH would become Society for Protection of NH Forests (Forest Society) property and an approximately 75 acre Forest Society parcel in Bartlett, NH would become part of the WMNF.
Eastside Road and Trail Repairs
Repair damage from Tropical Storm Irene including replacing culverts, relocating approx. 0.5 mile or road/trail away from the river and decommissioning existing segment, replacing large culvert that washed out with a bridge, and other maintenance.
Pemi Northwest Project
This project proposes vegetation management and improvements to wildlife habitat, recreation and watershed resources.
Waterville Valley Municipal Water Supply Special Use Permit
Special use permit to allow Town of Waterville Valley to install a municipal water supply well, fence with locked gate, electrical service with instrumentation and controls, water transmission main and electrical service from well to WMNF boundary.
Dindorf Right of Way clearing and associated skid trail use
Issue permit to allow private landowner to clear his undeveloped ROW across NFS land and construct short skid trail on NF from the ROW corridor to his landing location to reduce resource impacts from skidding and eliminate impacts to Davis Path Trail
Driveway Permit Reissuance for Thornton Residences
Issue a permit for access to a private residence off Route 49 that was formerly under special use permit but has since been sold to a new owner
Wild River Roadside Vegetation Management
Remove hazard trees and improve forest stand conditions along 6.3 miles of the Wild River Road (Forest Road 12). Harvest timber within a designated roadside risk management zone of 100 feet on either side of Wild River Road.
19 Mile Brook Trail Temporary Reroute
Bridge destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Propose to install temporary step-stone crossing 500' upstream from bridge site and rock staircase to old road prism to link to trail. Cancelled because relocation upstream deemed unnecessary.