Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Alpine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Black Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Clifton Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Lakeside Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Springerville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CAMP TATIYEE LAND EXCHANGE - 0100 #5004
EIS
- Land acquisition  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/25/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2013 
Expected:06/2014
 
11/2014 Randall Chavez
928-368-2100
rchavez02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange of private parcels in the A-S, Coronado, Prescott, & Tonto NFs for Federal lands in Pinetop-Lakeside (T9N, R22E). Would provide land for children's camps currently under spec. use permit & result in consolid. of isolated parcels on Forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5004
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District, Lakeside Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N, R22E, sec.16, G&SRBM. Along State Highway SR260 within existing Pinetop-Lakeside town limits.
Show Low South Land Exchange
EIS
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/02/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
02/2014 Randall Chavez
928-368-2100
rchavez02@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposal to exchange 1028 acres Federal Land (Apache-Sitgreaves NFs & Coconino NF) for 1558 acres of non federal lands (Apache-Sitgreaves, Prescott and Coconino NF).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22287
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District, Alpine Ranger District, Lakeside Ranger District, Black Mesa Ranger District, Mogollon Rim Ranger District, Clifton Ranger District, Red Rock Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, Navajo, Yavapai. LEGAL - T6N R29E Sec 34 (2 acres, Alpine RD, Apache-Sitgreaves NF), T15N R6E Sec 32 (8 acres, Redrock RD, Coconino NF), T10N R22E Secs 8, 31, 32 (1018 acres, Lakeside RD, Apache-Sitgreaves NF). Exchange a combined 1558 acres of non-Federal lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino and Prescott NFs for a combined 1028 acres of Federal lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves and Coconino NFs.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apache-Sitgreaves NFs Revised Land & Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/15/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2014 
Expected:05/2014
 
05/2014 Michelle Davalos
928-333-6334
mdavalos@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revising Forests Land and Resource Management Plan for 2.1 million acre ASNFs
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/asnf/planning
Location: UNIT - Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, Navajo. LEGAL - R12E-32E, T 16N-15S, encompassing all lands within Apache-Sitgreaves Nat. Forests. 2.1 million acres in east central Arizona.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Public Motorized Travel Management Plan
EIS
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tami Conner
928-333-6333
tamiconner@fs.fed.us 
Description: A Forest Service proposal to designate which routes (roads and trails) and areas on federal lands administered by the Forest Service within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Forests) are open to motorized travel.
Location: UNIT - Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Greenlee, Navajo. LEGAL - National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Forests). National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Forests).
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Springerville/Alpine Trailhead Environmental Assessment
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 08/2013 
Expected:01/2014  02/2014 Shanea Ward
928-333-4372
sward01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental Assessment for Escudilla Trailhead and 12th Street Trailhead.
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District, Springerville Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - 12th street T8N R29E Sec 15 Escudilla T6N R31E Sec 18. Springerville and Alpine Ranger Districts.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Alpine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alpine School Utility ROW
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 Paul Schilke
928-339-5052
pschilke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a permit to authorize the continued use of 0.1 acre Forest System lands to connect sewer and water utility lines from the Alpine school to the Alpine Sanitary District and Alpine water system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41758
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Near the community of Alpine, AZ.
Apache Trout Enhancement Project Rotenone Amendment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/28/2009 
Expected:09/2013
 
04/2014 Stephanie Coleman
928-333-6307
smcoleman@fs.fed.us 
Description: This supplement adds the use of Rotenone and Sodium Permangonate to the existing project.
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Greenlee. LEGAL - none. Apache and Greenlee Counties.
Beaver Creek Aquatic Organism Passage Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
03/2014 Stephanie Coleman
928-333-6307
smcoleman@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to replace the failing culverts on FSR 26 with a design to promote stream flow and aquatic organism passage.
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - SEC6,T4N, R30E. The crossing is located approximately 4-5 miles west of the intersection of FSR 26 and US Hwy 191. The project area lies within Greenlee County, Arizona.
National Wildlife Turkey Federation (NWTF) Riparian Restoration Project (multiple sites)
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 04/03/2013  05/2013 James Schroeder
928-339-5032
jschroeder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Seven sites across the Alpine RD would be protected to allow recovery of riparian vegetation. Historic springboxes would be protected or modified. Project would enhance WL habitat on about 45 acres. To be implememented by the NWTF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30122
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Greenlee. LEGAL - not yet available. Vicinity of sites is as follows: North Spring, Home Creek, Hulsey Fork, Turkey Creek, Upper San Francisco, Boneyard & 3 Forks.
Pueblo Park Mineral Materials Pit
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/07/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 Paul Schilke
928-339-5052
pschilke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop new mineral materials pit to provide materials for road maintenance in Greenlee County and to authorize Greenlee County to utilize pit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31018
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - T3N, R32E, SEC8, SW 1/4. Adjacent to the Pueblo Park road, National Forest System roads 232 and 232F.
Wiltbank Isolated Cabin
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2013 
Expected:12/2013  01/2014 Paul Schilke
928-339-5052
pschilke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue permit for an isolated cabin used as a summer residence for recreation purposes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40265
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - Part of the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 Section 34. T 4 1/2 N, Range 29 E of the Gila and Salt River Base and Meridian. FSR 565.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Black Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Heber Wild Horse Territory Plan
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Grazing management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Denise VanKeuren
928-333-6309
dvankeuren@fs.fed.us 
Description: To develop a management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Navajo. LEGAL - Portions of T11N, R15E, T11N, R16E, T12N, R16E, G&SRM. South of Heber-Overgaard Arizona, west and south of Hwy 260.
Heber-Overgaard Non-motorized Trail System
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Steven Richardson
928-535-7300
srichardson01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create a trail system which connects the County Park with existing trails. The system would include new trails to get existing trails off of forest roads 50 and 51.
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Sections 35, 36, T12N, R16E, Sections 32, 34, T12N, R17E, Section 1, T11N, R16E, Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, T11N, R17E. South of the Community of Heber-Overgaard, AZ.
Reissue Six Small ROW Permits
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Debra Fryberger-Eby
928-535-7300
dfrybergereby@fs.fed.us 
Description: Six established and existing right of way permits have expired and need to be re-issued
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Navajo. LEGAL - T11N,R18E; T11N, R19E; T12N, R16E; T11N, R14E; T11N, R15E. Various locations across the district.
Rim Lakes Forest Restoration Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 05/07/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Gayle Richardson
928-535-7300
grichardson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project along Mogollon Rim approx. 33,510 acres. Need to thin forest to reduce fuels and promote forest health, and reduce the threat of extreme fire. Broadcast burning proposed of 32, 532 acres and thinning of approximately 24,655 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=13024
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T11N, R13E, T11N, R13 1/2 E, T11E, R14E, T11N, R15E, T12N, R12E, T12N, R13E, T10 1/2 N, R14E, T10 1/2N, R15E. Forest Lakes west to Forest Road92 and the Dude Fire along the Mogollon Rim.
Woods Canyon Lake Store and Marina Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/11/2012 
Expected:09/2013
 
12/2013 Debra Fryberger-Eby
928-535-7315
dfrybergereby@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-authorize the expiring permit for the store and marina
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Section 14, T11N, R13E. Woods Canyon Lake approximately 10 miles west of Forest Lakes, Arizona.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Clifton Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chiricahua Leopard Frog Tank Enhancement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:10/2013  10/2013 Lance Brown
928-687-8614
lanbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair existing fence and construct a water lane to tanks for authorized livestock. This structural improvement will improve condition of critical habitat.
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 1) T14N, R31E, Sec8 NE1/4 2) Sec 9, SE1/4 (Rattlesnake Gap Tank).
Wildbunch Allotment Management Plan (AMP) - 0103
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 03/06/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
04/2014 Benjamin Goodin
928-687-8612
bgoodin@fs.fed.us 
Description: AMP analysis for future livestock mgmt.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed/re/asnf
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - T11S and T12S, R31E, G&SRBM. Confluence of Blue & San Francisco Rivers & continues N. approx. 7 mi. to just N. of Wildbunch Canyon & FR475.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Lakeside Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lakeside District Office Conveyance
EA
- Land ownership management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Randall Chavez
928-368-2106
rchavez02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze NF land at the Lakeside Ranger Station for sale under FS Facility Realignment & Enhancement Act (FSFREA, PL 109-54). This also involves analyzing the location of a new ranger station. There will be 2 decisions from this analysis.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33916
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N R22E Portions of Section 12-14 & 23, G&SR BM. Lakeside Rgr. Station and Lakeside CG within the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. New site near junction Penrod & Porter Mtn. Rds.
Langkilde Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013  12/2013 Tina Sorenson
(928) 368-2100
tsorenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: A road easement to provide legal access to 20 acre parcel in NW corner of Section 23, owned by Langkilde family. This analysis will also cover utilities to the parcel co-located in the road easement.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T10N R20E Section 23. Langkilde Road.
Second Knoll Shooting Range
EA
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/24/2013  08/2013 Randall Chavez
928-368-2106
rchavez02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze and develop an 80 acre shooting range including access road. A Special Use Permit will be issued to Arizona Game & Fish Department. AZGFD will partner with White Mountain Shooters Association for the long term operation & maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33919
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T10N R23E Section 18 G&SR BM. North side of Second Knoll 4 miles east of Show Low 1/2 mile south of US 60.
Woodland Lake Park Tract Townsite Act Purchase
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/18/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
11/2013 Randall Chavez
928-368-2106
rchavez02@fs.fed.us 
Description: A town of Pinetop-Lakeside proposal for the phased purchase of 583 acres of federal lands administered by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35847
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N R22E Section 36, T9N R23E Section 31, T8N R23E Sections 5 & 6, G & SR Base Meridian. UNIT-Lakeside Ranger District, STATE-Arizona, COUNTY-Navajo.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Springerville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
South Fork Little Colorado River Lower Barrier Enhancement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 06/14/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
05/2014 Mark Pisano
928-368-2100
mspisano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prepare National Environmental Policy Act documentation for the post-Wallow Fire enhancement of the barrier with design guidance criteria.
Location: UNIT - Springerville Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - SEĽNWĽNEĽ Sec 20, T8N, R28E. South Fork Little Colorado River.
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