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.
Access to Gale River Road Inholding
Proposal to grant an easement to construct a road approximately one mile long across WMNF lands for access to private inholding completely surrounded by Forest lands south of US Route 3 in Bethlehem, NH.
Aquatic Passage Improvement on Bog Dam Loop Road
Replace up to 14 existing culverts on tributaries to the Upper Ammonoosuc River to improve passage for aquatic species.
Base Road Blowdown Salvage Project
Harvest a total of approximately 10 acres of blown down trees along the Base Road. The trees blew down during a wind event in the winter of 2009-2010.
Berry Farm Snowmobile Trail Relocation
Relocate approximately one mile of the Berry Farm Snowmobile Trail to the most appropriate route within an existing deeded right-of-way in the vicinity of Bald Mountain.
Blueberry Ledge Trail Relocation Project
Two locations on the lower third of Blueberry Ledge Trail are to be relocated because they concentrate water and are causing soil erosion. Rehabilitation of the unneeded section of trail would occur.
Bradley Brook Snowmobile Trail Relocation and Maintenance Project
A relocation to an upgraded forest road (5049) for 1,011 feet and a connecting trail 822 feet in length would be constructed. The relocation would eliminate 1,441 feet of wet trail. The remaining 2.5 miles of trail would be maintained to standards.
Campground Concessionaire Special Use Permit
Administrative action to reissue campground concessionaire permit for 23 WMNF campgrounds and day use sites beginning January 2013 because term on existing permit expires. Decision withdrawn due to national court ruling on CEs to allow 30-day comment
Chatham Land Exchange
The White Mountain National Forest is proposing a value for value land exchange in Carroll County, New Hampshire. The exchange involves 4 parcels, 2 federal and 2 non-federal. Three are in the Town of Chatham and one is in the Town of Bartlett
Crawford Stewardship Project
An integrated resource project with activities including maintenance and improvement of existing recreation facilities, wildlife habitat improvement, timber harvesting, timber stand improvement, and watershed improvement.
Cutler River Drainage Bridge Replacement
Replace 5 bridges in the Cutler River Drainage identified as undersized and damaged. All to be replaced in same locations. Bridges allow access to Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines by the general public and Mount Washington Avalanche Center staff
Dolly Copp Campground Rehabilitation Project
Repair and improvement of campground facilities including roads, campsites, water and wastewater systems, and restrooms. Installation of pedestal hookups on selected loops, shower facilities, a dump station, and volunteer sites.
Eliza Brook Shelter Reconstruction
Eliza Brook Shelter on the Appalachian Trail is deteriorating and needs replacement. This project would replace the shelter and move it further from Eliza Brook.
Ellis River Nordic Trail Relocation
A 1000 foot section of the Ellis River Trail is proposed for relocation due to a slump. Use of this section of the trail is prohibited as of April 1, 2011. A trail relocation is needed to bypass that location.
Four Ponds Management Project
Proposed timber harvest, wildlife opening expansion, prescribed fire, watershed and stream improvements, and changes to trails, roads, gravel pits, and campsites.
Gale River Trail Relocation
This proposed relocation of the Gale River Trail would eliminate two trail crossings of the Gale River which are difficult during moderate or high water conditions. A bridge at one crossing location washed out in 2005 and has not been replaced.
Garfield Shelter Replacement Project
The Garfield Shelter is in poor condition and needs replacement. We propose to replace it with a similar Adirondack-style shelter on the existing footprint.
Hart's Location Embankment Reconstruction Permitting Project
The Town of Hart's Location has applied for a permit to reconstruct and maintain a damaged rock berm that protects a campground infrastructure along Rt. 302. The decision is whether to issue a permit. FEMA and NH DOT are involved in providing funding
Loon Mountain Adventure Park
Establish ropes course for various difficulty levels in an existing tree skiing area, including <0.5 acres of NF land. No ground disturbance or tree removal expected on NF; some limbs would be cut. Platforms attached via cables; no nails or anchors.
McCrillis Path Trail Relocation Project
Relocation of approximately 2500 feet of trail from private property onto the White Mountain National Forest. This relocation will restore public access to the McCrillis Path.
Moat Mountain Trail System Project
Proposal: Add approximately 12 miles of non-system trails, primarily designed for mountain biking, to the National Forest System
Mount Tecumseh SBA Towers II, LLCDecision Memo
Installation of a prefabricated concrete communication structure and lease space to NH Electric Coop (NHEC) at the existing Mt. Tecumseh communication site.
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Research Special Use Permit Decision Memo
One proposed site for this national network is at the Bartlett Experimental Forest. The project decision is whether or not to issue a 10 year permit to install and operate a research tower, study plots, boardwalk, and associated facilities.
Northeast Swift Integrated Resource Management Project
An integrated resource project that considers activities to move the NE Swift HMU toward the desired condition through timber, wildlife habitat, recreation, fisheries and aquatic management, road improvements or decommissioning, and other activities.
On March 24, 2010 the Forest Serice initiated the scoping, or public involvement, portion of the environmental analysis for this project.
Oliverian Brook Watershed Improvement Project
Restoration of aquatic and riparian habitat in and adjacent to Oliverian Brook, including removal of fill previously dumped in side channel, removal of old bridge abutments, and rehabilitation of a portion of old Route 25.
Oliverian Stewardship Project
Integrated stewardship project. Goals include improvement of quality of timber stands, enhancement of wildlife habitat, mitigation of effects of past logging practices within recent Twin Oaks land acquisition, provide access and day use to Owls Head.
Pemi Snowmobile Trail Bridge Construction Projects
Projects proposed by local snowmobile clubs to construct bridges across Boles Brook, a small section of railroad grade near Guinea Pond, and Batchelder Brook and two of its tributaries, all to mitigate safety and resource concerns.
Resolution Shelter Removal Project
Resolution Shelter, accessible from the Mt Parker Trail and Davis Path, is closed due to its deteriorated condition. The proposal is to dismantle the shelter, remove non-organic components, rehab the site and trail, and provide an alternate tentsite.
Rumney Rocks Project EA
Proposal is to create a new trail to access crags, establish a trail system, and eliminate environmental damages caused by over use of the area.
Saco District Trail Decommisioning Project
Decommission sections of up to seven trails that are impractical to maintain or duplicate access (Bog, Wildcat and Rob Brook, East Branch, Gleason,White Ledge and Church Pond). Would be accomplished with trail sign removal and concealing entrances.
Sawyer River Bridge Replacement
Issuance of a Special Use Permit to New Hampshire Department of Transportation to construct a bridge crossing over the Sawyer River on State Route 302.
Sawyer River Temporary Bridge Crossing
Issuance of a Special Use Permit to New Hampshire Department of Transportation to construct and operate a temporary bridge crossing over the Sawyer River on State Route 302.
Swan's Way Nordic Trail Relocation, Waterville Valley Nordic Ski Area
Reroute less than 500 feet of nordic ski trail around a wet area affected by nearby beaver activity.
Switchback Snowmobile Trail Relocation
Relocation of the Switchback Snowmobile Trail, including construction/ reconstruction of approximately 4 miles of snowmobile trail and closure of approximately 3.5 miles of snowmobile trail on WMNF land. Previously listed on SOPA as Slippery Brook.
Waterville Valley Super G Racecourse Project
Widen sections of three existing alpine ski trails to meet the specifications of FIS (International Ski Federation) and USSA (US Ski and Snowboard Association) to hold world class Super Giant Slalom race series.
Wild River Shelters Removal
Analysis to consider the removal of Spruce Brook, Blue Brook, and Perkins Notch recreation shelters in Wild River, establishment of tent pads, and other site rehabilitation. Spruce Bk and Blue Bk decision made Nov. 2008. Perkins Notch on 5/23/2011
World Cup T-Bar Extension Project, Waterville Valley Alpine Ski Area
Extend the existing World Cup T-Bar approximately 800 lineal feet upslope to the Slalom Start area in order to enable this lift to provide access to additional trails and skiable terrain.
Zealand Road Campground Power Installation
Bring electric power into Zealand Road to install electric hook-ups at Zealand Campground, electric hookups for host sites at Sugarloaf I and II Campgrounds, and replace solar power system used to supply water at Sugarloaf I Campground.