Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Coronado National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Coronado National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Coronado National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Coronado National Forest,  Douglas Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Coronado National Forest,  Nogales Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Coronado National Forest,  Safford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Coronado National Forest,  Santa Catalina Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Coronado National Forest,  Sierra Vista Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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Coronado 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
Amendment of Forest Plan to Achieve Consistency with Travel Management Rule
EA
- Land management planning  Completed  Actual: 08/05/2010  10/2010 Jennifer Ruyle
520-388-8351
jruyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest-wide amendment to Forest Plan to align its direction with Travel Management Rule, including use of Motor Vehicle Use Map for each District as definitive of roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle travel.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32653
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Hidalgo. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Applicable to all roads and trails open to motor-vehicle travel Forest-wide.
Coronado National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
09/2011 Jennifer Ruyle
520-388-8351
jruyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Plan was written in 1986 and has been since amended. The Forest proposes to revise the plan to reflect changes in management and planning since the plan's first publication.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31147
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. Coronado National Forest.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Game Trails Outfitters
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/24/2010  11/2010 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special-use permit for outfitter/guide activities on the Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32540
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Southwest Trekking
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  12/2010 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Southwest Trekking for outfitting/guiding activities on all five districts of the Coronado Natioanl Forest.
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Ward's Outfitters
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/06/2010  08/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 1-year priority special-use permit for outfitter/guide actitivities that include hunting both large and small game on the Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32508
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. All districts of the Coronado National Forest.
Special-Use Permit, Kimley and Horn Associates Archaeological Research
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/22/2010  12/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 5-year special-use permit to Kimley and Horn Associates to conduct archaeological surveys on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33588
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
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Coronado National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permit, Miraval
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/15/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Miraval to provide rock climbing instruction and hiking tours on the Nogales and Santa Catalina Ranger Districts
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District, Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Nogales and Santa Catalina Ranger Districts.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Mark Pretti Nature Tours
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/07/2010  09/2010 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special-use permit for outfitting and guiding actitivities (birding tours) on the Santa Catalina, Douglas, Nogales, and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31891
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Santa Catalina, Nogales, Douglas and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Melody’s Birding Adventures
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/01/2010  10/2010 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 10-year, special-use permit for outfitting and guiding activities (birding/nature/hiking tours) on Santa Catalina, Douglas, Nogales, and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31885
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Santa Catalina, Nogales, Douglas and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/07/2010  08/2010 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a priority special-use permit authorizing birding tours on Douglas, Nogales, and Sierra Vista Districts
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31565
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, U of A Outdoor Adventures
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a two-year SUP to U of A Outdoor Adventures to conduct outfitter/guide activities on four districts of the Coronado National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Douglas, Nogales, Sierra Vista and Santa Catalina Ranger Districts.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Walraven Birding Tours
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/29/2010  08/2010 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use permit that authorizes birding tours on Nogales, Douglas and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32579
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Priority 10-Year Special-Use Permit, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/12/2010  09/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a priority special use permit to Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to conduct outfitter/guide activities on four Ranger Districts of the Coronado National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33478
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Douglas, Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Special-Use Permit, Department of Homeland Security Repeater Sites
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to the Department of Homeland Security for two repeater site locations on the Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Department of Homeland Security Towers
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to the Department of Homeland Security for operation of observation towers at 24 locations.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts, remote locations.
Special-use Permit for Plant Collection and Research, Bob Schmalzel
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/09/2010  09/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special-use research permit to Bob Schmalzel for a term of 31 months.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33510
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Douglas and Nogales Ranger Districts.
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Coronado National Forest,   Douglas Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Road Construction for John Long Canyon Access
EA
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Walter Keyes
520-388-8416
wkeyes@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a road to connect NFSR 4251 and NFSR 360 (approx 0.9 miles) around private land and decommission existing road between the new alignment and the private land (approx 0.5 miles).
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - T19S, R29E, Sec 18. Western side of Chiricahua Mountains in John Long Canyon south of private land.
Special Use Permit for Reptile Research, J. Cordes, LSU
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/08/2010  08/2010 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special use permit to J. Cordes for a term of 5 years. The permit would authorize the permittee to study and collect whiptail lizards on the Douglas Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33226
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Douglas Ranger District.
Vegetation Management in Gould's Turkey Habitat, Peloncillo Mountains, Douglas Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 08/11/2010  09/2010 Glenn Klingler
(520) 388-8300
gklingler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hand-thinning of brush and shrubs to improve Gould's turkey roost sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33450
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Hidalgo. LEGAL - Sections 16, 17 and 21, T 32 S R 21 W. Peloncillo Mountains.
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Coronado National Forest,   Nogales Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
5 Amigos #1, Gold Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Excavation of pits and trenches to obtain evidence of gold mineralization. Trenching to obtain evidence of mineralization.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - SE /4 section 24, T.19S, R.15E. Ophir Gulch, 1 mile southwest of Greaterville.
Decommissioning of Unauthorized Roads on the Nogales Ranger District
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Laura White
520-388-8372
laurawhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: To reduce further resource damage in specific areas and to better protect and conserve natural resources on the District, the Forest proposes to decommission ~38 miles of non-National Forest System roads (non-NFSRs). ARRA Project CIM
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30831
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Across the Nogales Ranger District in Tucson, Arizona.
Granville Montgomery Gold Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Excavation of pits and trenches to obtain evidence of gold mineralization.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 18, T19S, R16E. Greaterville area, 30 niles north-northeast of Nogales, AZ.
Grazing Management: Lake Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Sean Lockwood
520-761-6014
seanlockwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of grazing permit for the Lake Allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26496
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18;T22S, R11E. Grazing allotment near Arivaca Lake.
Grazing Management: Gardner Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/29/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Sean Lockwood
520-761-6014
seanlockwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of grazing permit for the Gardner Allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26796
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Gardner (T20S, R16E). Gardner Canyon area on the west side of the Santa Rita Mountains, 5 miles NW of Sonoita.
Improvements to Pena Blanca Lake Recreation Facilities
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Shane Lyman
520-281-2296
slyman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of campground and other recreation facilities at Pena Blanca Lake
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32504
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 26 T23 S, R 12 E, Gila and Salt River Meridian. Pena Blanca Lake.
Kent Springs Prescribed Fire
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/06/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 Shane Lyman
520-281-2296
slyman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and fuel management project on 137 acres, Nogales Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32570
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 1T 20 S R 14 E. Kent Springs, Nogales Ranger District.
Mine Plan of Operation, Blue Jay Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Production and milling of gold ore from underground mine.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sections 11 & 12, T.18S., R.15 E. West side of Santa Rita Mtns, 30 miles southeast of downtown Tucson.
Mine Plan of Operation: G Quest
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:12/2010  05/2011 Karl Sandwell-Weiss
520-388-8348
ksandwellweiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: Short-term mineral investigation that would involve excavation of 5 trenches, 15 ft deep, 20 ft long and 4 ft wide. ATV use to access site from trails.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - T 21S, R 12E, Sec 34. Nogales Ranger District.
Ostrich Mineral Investigation
CE
- Minerals and Geology   On Hold  N/A  N/A Charles Blair
520-388-8327
cablair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Short term mineral investigation; up to 15 small pits, 5 to 10 feet deep would be dug.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sections 22 and 27,T22S, R10E. 8 miles south of the town of Arivaca, Arizona.
Proposed Approval of Mining Plan of Operation: 5 Amigos II
CE
- Minerals and Geology   On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Placer exploration for gold mineralization
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 25, T 19S, R 15E. Nogalies Ranger District.
Proposed Changes to District Motorized Travel System, Nogales Ranger District
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/13/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Laura White
520-388-8372
laurawhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to add, decommission, close and redesignated roads in National Forest System database and eliminate 300-ft off-road motorized travel for dispersed camping in certain areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29223
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - many locations. Nogales Ranger District.
Request for Approval of Mining Plan of Operations by Double G Mineral Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karl Sandwell-Weiss
520-388-8348
ksandwellweiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plan of operations seeks approval to hand-trench on 0.1 acre to explore for minerals.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 20, T22 S, R 10 E. 18 miles WNW of Nogales, AZ.
Rosemont Copper Mine Construction and Operation
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/13/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:06/2012
 
10/2012 Beverley Everson
520-388-8300
comments-southwestern-coronado@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed open-pit copper mine on private land with processing and other facilities on National Forest. Mine Plan of Operations submitted for approval in summer 2007.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/rosemont
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - in Townships 18 and 19, Ranges 15 and 16, Gila/Salt River Meridian. Santa Rita Mountains, 30 miles southeast of Tucson, AZ.
Special-Use Permit, To All Our Relations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/14/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 5-year special-use permit to All Our Relations to conduct religious activities using a sweat lodge and talking circle
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec. 20,T20S,R14E. Montosa Canyon, Nogales Ranger District.
Tres Bellotas Small Tracts Act Case #2002
CE
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  12/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of ± 9.6 acres of encumbered National Forest System lands to adjacent landowner.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sections 7 & 18, T23S, R10E, Gila and Salt River Meridian. Tres Belotas Ranch.
Vegetation Management in the Tumacacori Ecosystem Management Area
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
03/2011 Shane Lyman
520-281-2296
slyman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of prescribed fire and mechanical treatments to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuels in specific areas of the Tumacacori Ecosystem Management Area (EMA). No wilderness, roadless, and riparian areas involved.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - T19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24S, R9, 10, 11, 12 & 13E. Portions of Tumacacori EMA, west of Interstate 19 at Nogales.
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Coronado National Forest,   Safford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Establishment of Gila Trout inThree Streams in Pinaleno Mountains
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 07/19/2010  10/2010 Richard Gerhart
520-388-8374
rgerhart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Piscicide treatment of Ash and Marijilda Creeks followed by stocking with native Gila trout. Introduction of Gila trout in Frye Creek. Partnership with Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27142
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Ash, Fry, and Marijilda Creeks.
Galiuro Mountains Firescape Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Anne Casey
928-348-1962
acasey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application of prescribed fire and associated vegetation thinning to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26131
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Various locations. Gailuro Mountains.
Pinaleno Ecosystem Restoration Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/19/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
04/2011 Craig Wilcox
928-348-1961
cpwilcox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Begin restoration of a mixed-conifer forest to historic conditions. This will reduce fire behavior (crown fire and fireline intensity) and protect and promote native wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Multiple. Pinaleno Mountains north of Stockton Pass (Highway 266) and south of Tripp-Taylor Canyons.
Proposed Vegetation Management at Turkey Flat Wildland-Urban Interface
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/20/2010  10/2010 Matthew Littrell
928-348-1960
mlittrell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduction in fuel load at and near recreation residences in Turkey Flat area of the District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30102
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - T. 9 S., R. 25 E. , Section 20. Turkey Flat in the Pinaleno Ecosystem Management Area.
Special-Use Permit, Angle Orchard, Safford Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operation of an agricultural business on Forest land.
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Section 9, T9S, R25E. Pinaleno Mountains.
Special-Use Permit, University of Arizona, Mt. Graham International Observatory
EIS
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Celeste Gordon
520-388-8422
cgordon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new term special-use permit for Mt Graham International Observatory
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Township 8 South Range 24 East. Mt. Graham International Observatory.
Special-Use Permits, Recreational Residences, Safford Ranger District
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/05/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
04/2011 Celeste Gordon
520-388-8422
cgordon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Recreational residence SUPs on the District expired on December 31, 2008. New permit authorization is pending.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=10919
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Many Locations. Safford Ranger District.
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Coronado National Forest,   Santa Catalina Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Proposed Changes to Motorized Travel System, Santa Catalina Ranger District
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/23/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
02/2011 Laura White
520-388-8372
laurawhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: Per 36 CFR Parts 212, 251, 261, and 295: proposed new roads=5.32 mi; proposed decommiss=1.27 mi; 300-ft off-road travel for dispersed camping prohibited in specific areas,
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29215
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Pinal. All of Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Decommissioning of Unauthorized Roads on the Santa Catalina Ranger District
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/18/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Laura White
520-388-8372
laurawhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: To reduce further resource damage in specific areas and to better protect and conserve natural resources, decommission ~15 miles of unauthorized roads on the District
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30832
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Pinal. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Improvements to Marshall Gulch Picnic Area and Trailhead
EA
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/19/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
03/2011 Angela Elam
520-749-8700
aelam@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement of restrooms, bridge over stream, parking improvements at Marshall Gulch Picnic Area and Trailhead
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31879
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sec 31, T 11 S, R 16 E. Marshall Gulch Picnic Area and Trailhead.
Incinerator Ridge Trail Extension
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tami Emmett
520-388-8424
temmett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add one-mile of trail to existing recreational trail.
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. Santa Catalina Mountains.
Landscape Scale Vegetation Management in Catalina-Rincon Mountains (FireScape)
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:06/2011  03/2011 Stan Helin
520-405-9246
shelin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical and prescribed fire treatment on about 220,000 acres of Forest.
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Pinal. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Santa Catalina and Rincon Mtns.
Special Use Permit for Hydrological Research, J. Troch, U of A
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/11/2010  09/2010 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 5-year special use permit to Dr. Troch to conduct hydrological research on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33313
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Sections 19, 20, 29, 30 of T 10 S, R 16 E. Oragle Ridge.
Special Use Permit, Aquatic Insect Research, Galen Holt, University of Arizona
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/18/2010  09/2010 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special-use permit to Galen Holt of the University of Arizona to conduct research on aquatic insects.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32809
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Pinal. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, U.S. Air Force Civil Defense Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/16/2010  08/2010 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: New special-use permit for Davis Monthan Air Force Base to conduct civil defense activities via a communications site on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32669
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - NE1/4 and NE1/4 of NW1/4, Section 35, T 11S, R 15E. Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Spencer/Bigelow/Hunter's Ridge Vegetation Management
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/10/2009 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Stan Helin
520-388-8410
shelin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning, piling, hazardous tree removal and prescribed burning to manage vegetation in three adjacent areas of District. The project comprises approximately 723 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27810
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sect 31, 32,T11S, R16 E ; Sect 5, 6, 7, & 8, T12S, R16 E; Sect 5, NW1/4, T12S, R16E. Three adjacent but not contiguous areas to be treated. Total acreage is.
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Coronado National Forest,   Sierra Vista Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Authorization of Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement, El Paso Natural Gas Company
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 08/18/2010  09/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: El Paso Natural Gas Company proposes to replace 2.1 miles of deteriorated natural gas pipeline within the utility corridor authorized by special-use permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33501
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sections 26, 33, 34 T 22 S R 15 E. Along State Road 82, near Patagonia AZ.
Bear Canyon Copper Exploration Drilling
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/30/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proponent proposes to drill 12 holes from 5 prepared sites to depths of up to 1000 feet to explore for copper mineralization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33209
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sec 30, T 23 S, R 20 E. East of Wakefield Camp.
Closures, Papago Cave and Cave Mine
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2009 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 Melinda Castillo
520-803-2801
melindacastillo@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to install bat-friendly gates at Papago Cave and Cave Mine.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - T23S, R20E, Sec. 30, SW4. Papago Springs Cave is located in the Canelo Hills. Cave Mine is located East of Forest Road 4775 along the Oversite Canyon trail.
Construction of New Sierra Vista Ranger District Office
EA
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Annette Chavez
520-378-0311
ahchavez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed construction of a new office building at the Carr Barn Administrative Site
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Section 7, Township 23 South, Range 21 East. Carr Barn Administrative Site.
Four Metals Exploration Drilling II
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill 8 exploratory holes, construct 1,800 feet of temporary access and 8 drill sites
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Section 29, T. 23 S., R. 16 E. 10 miles south of Patagonia, 3 miles northwest of Duquesne.
Grazing Authorization, Redrock Pasture-Kunde Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/02/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
03/2011 James Heitholt
520-803-2830
jheitholt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-authorization of grazing within the Redrock Pasture in the Kunde Allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28820
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec. 11, 12, and 13,T22S R16E; Sec. 7 and 18,T22S R17E. Redrock Pasture, Kunde Allotment.
Invasive Vegetation Mgt at Carr Barn Admin Site Using Mechanical and Chemical Treatments
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2008 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Sharon Biedenbender
520-761-6000
sbiedenbender@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of hand tools, chainsaws, Remedy EC and Tahoe 4E to remove excessive overgrowth of mesquite and mimosa at the Carr Barn Administration Site.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Section 7, Township 23 South, Range 21 East. Carr Barn Administrative Site.
Italian Canyon Exploration Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill 15 exploratory holes from five sites to depths of 400 to 800 feet each, construct 5 drill sites and less than 500 feet of temporary access road with maintenance of FS Roads 4671 and 4673 as required.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sects 1&12, T24S, R15E and Sects 6&7, T24S, R16E. Italian Canyon, 10 miles south of Patagonia.
Mining Plan of Operation: El Grande
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration for gold mineralization
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - T 23 S, R 15 E, Sec 3, NW 1/4. 1000 feet west of FR 235.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Circle Z Ranch Corp.
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/15/2010  10/2010 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a priority special-use permit authorizing horseback trailride services
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31567
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Patagonia Jewel Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology   On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lode mining for copper ore (turquoise)
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sections 19 Township 22S, Range 16E. 2 mi. S of Patagonia, in Aztec Gulch, Tyndall Mining District.
Redrock Canyon Habitat Renovation
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/04/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
03/2011 Glenn Frederick
520-803-2827
gfrederick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical and/or chemical removal of all non-native fish in Redrock Canyon watershed, followed by stocking with endangered Gila topminnow.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27754
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - T22S, R17E. Redrock Canyon, Canelo Hills.
Special-Use Permit, Margi Buyer Pasture Use
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/04/2010  09/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special-use permit for pasture use in lieu of grazing allotment permit on the Sierra Vista Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33346
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sections 18 & 19, T23S, R17E. west side of Meadow Valley.
Wildlife Habitat Improvement, Brown Canyon Ranch
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/01/2010  10/2010 Melinda Castillo
520-803-2801
melindacastillo@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to modify an existing cistern to create habitat for the Chiricahua leopard frog near the Brown Canyon Trail. A new fence would be constructed around the duck pond near the Brown Canyon House.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32600
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - T22S, R19E, Sec. 4, SW4 and T22S, R20E, Sec. 34. SW4, NE4. Approximately .25 miles east of the wilderness boundary on Brown Canyon Trail.
Wildlife Habitat Improvement, Carr Barn Pond, Sierra Vista Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 08/26/2010  11/2010 Glenn Frederick
520-803-2827
gfrederick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide new habitat for Chiricahua leopard frog by constructing another pond at Carr Barn administrative site. New pond would use existing water system, and a fence would be constructed to prevent access by bullfrogs and horses.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Section 7, T 23 S R 20 E. Carr Barn Administrative Site.
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