Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
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
- 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
Priority 10-year Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Naturalist Journeys, LLC
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/08/2010  12/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 10-year priority special-use permit to Naturalist Journeys to conduct outfitter/guide activities on the Douglas, Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts of the Coronado National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34219
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Coronado National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 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, Hidalgo. Coronado National Forest.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Arizona Guided Hunts
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/08/2010  12/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Arizona Guided Hunts that would authorize the holder to conduct guided hunts on all five districts of the Coronado National 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, Southwest Trekking
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  03/2011 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.
Whispering Pines Sahuaro Girl Scout Council Organization Camp, Santa Catalina Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/29/2010  12/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Sahuarita Girl Scout Camp for the operation and maintenance of existing facilities for a 20-year period.
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sec 8, Township 12 South, Range 16 East. Whispering Pines.
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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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/15/2010  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, U of A Outdoor Adventures
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to 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.
Special-Use Permit, Department of Homeland Security Repeater Sites
CE
- 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  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 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.
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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
Approval of Fiber Optic Line by Special-Use Permit Amendment, Southwest Transmission Cooperative
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/29/2010  11/2010 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to amend an existing special-use permit held by Southwest Transmission Cooperative.
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sec 28, T16 S, R 23 E. Dragoon Mountains.
Landscape Scale Vegetation Management in Chiricahua, Dragoon, and Dos Cabezas Mtns (FireScape)
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/17/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
02/2012 William Edwards
520-364-6811
waedwards@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to manage vegetation in the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Dos Cabezas Mountains to promote a healthy ecosystem. The attached scoping notice provides detailed information about the proposal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34529
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Cochise, Hidalgo. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Chiricahua, Dragoon and Dos Cabezas Mountains.
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: Forest proposes to 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.
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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
Plan of Operation: 5 Amigos II Minerals Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been cancelled because the proponent's application was incomplete.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 25, T 19S, R 15E. Nogalies Ranger District.
5 Amigos #1, Gold Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to approve plan of operation for minerals exploration involving excavation of pits and trenches to obtain evidence of gold 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.
Changes to Motorized Travel System, Nogales Ranger District
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/13/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Laura White
520-388-8419
laurawhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to add, decommission, close and change designation of roads in National Forest System database and prohibit 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.
Decommissioning of Unauthorized Roads on the Nogales Ranger District
EA
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Laura White
520-388-8419
laurawhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to decommission ~38 miles of unauthorized roads on the Nogales District.
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.
Grazing Management: Lake Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Sean Lockwood
520-761-6014
seanlockwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to reauthorize the 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 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Sean Lockwood
520-761-6014
seanlockwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to reauthorize the 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: Forest proposes to develop 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/06/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
03/2011 Shane Lyman
520-281-2296
slyman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes prescribed burning of 137 acres for vegetation and fuel management.
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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been cancelled because the proponent's application was incomplete.
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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karl Sandwell-Weiss
520-388-8348
ksandwellweiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to approve plan of operation for short-term minerals exploration that would involve excavation of 5 trenches, 15 ft deep, 20 ft long and 4 ft wide. ATVs would be used 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.
Plan of Operation for Minerals Exploration, Quartz Dreams
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  03/2011 Karl Sandwell-Weiss
520-388-8348
ksandwellweiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to approve a plan of operation for minerals exploration.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sec 23, T 19 S, R 15 E. Northwest of Sonoita, AZ.
Plan of Operation, Granville Montgomery Gold Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project has been cancelled because the proponent's application was incomplete.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 18, T19S, R16E. Greaterville area, 30 miles north-northeast of Nogales, AZ.
Plan of Operation, Minerals Exploration, Blue Fire Gem Company
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 12/08/2010  03/2011 Karl Sandwell-Weiss
520-388-8348
ksandwellweiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to approve a Plan of Operation to explore for minerals on an existing mining claim.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34145
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Section 25, T 22 S, R11 E. Atascosa Mountains.
Plan of Operation, Ostrich Mineral Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been cancelled because the proponent's application was incomplete.
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.
Plan of Operations, Double G Minerals Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karl Sandwell-Weiss
520-388-8348
ksandwellweiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to approve a plan of operation to hand-trench on 0.1 acre for minerals exploration.
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 02/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
10/2012 Beverley Everson
520-388-8300
comments-southwestern-coronado@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to approve plan of operation for 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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/08/2010  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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33773
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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to sell 9.6 acres of encumbered National Forest System lands to private 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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Shane Lyman
520-281-2296
slyman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to use 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
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 02/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
04/2012 Craig Wilcox
928-348-1961
cpwilcox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to 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.
Special-Use Permit, Angle Orchard, Safford Ranger District
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to issue special-use permit for 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 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to issue a new special-use permit to the University of Arizona for operation of 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, Recreation Residences, Safford Ranger District
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/05/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Recreation residence SUPs expired on December 31, 2008. Interim permit is in effect. Forest proposes to issue new permit to recreation residence owners.
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.
Vegetation Management in the Galiuro Mountains (FireScape Project)
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/29/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
10/2011 Anne Casey
928-348-1962
acasey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes hand and mechanical vegetation treatments and prescribed burning 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.
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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
Changes to Motorized Travel System, Santa Catalina Ranger District
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/23/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Laura White
520-388-8419
laurawhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes (per 36 CFR Parts 212, 251, 261, and 295) 5.32 mi of new roads; closure of 1.27 mi of road; prohibit off-road vehicle travel for dispersed camping 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, Santa Catalina Ranger District
EA
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Laura White
520-388-8372
laurawhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to decommission about 15 miles of unauthorized roads.
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
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/19/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
12/2011 Angela Elam
520-749-8700
aelam@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to replace some restrooms and a pedestrian bridge over stream, and improve parking areas.
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  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Robert Walter
520-749-7700
rdwalter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to construct 1 mile extension to Incinerator Ridge Trail to interconnect with other District trails.
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 01/2011 
Expected:10/2011  12/2011 Stan Helin
520-405-9246
shelin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes mechanical and prescribed fire treatments on about 220,000 acres of Forest and adjacent Federal, state and private lands.
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Pinal. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Santa Catalina and Rincon Mtns.
Spencer/Bigelow/Hunter's Ridge Vegetation Management
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/10/2009 
Expected:02/2011
 
03/2011 Stan Helin
520-388-8410
shelin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes hand and mechanical vegetation treatments and prescribed burning to manage vegetation in three adjacent areas comprising 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
Access Closures, Papago Cave and Cave Mine
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 Melinda Castillo
520-803-2801
melindacastillo@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to install bat-friendly gates at Papago Cave and Cave Mine and to issue resource protection closure orders applicable to each location.
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.
Bear Canyon Copper Exploration Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/30/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to approve a plan of operation to drill 12 holes at five locations 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.
Construction of New Sierra Vista Ranger District Office
EA
- Facility management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Annette Chavez
520-378-0311
ahchavez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cancelled project. New office will be leased structure on private land.
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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been cancelled because the proponent's application was incomplete.
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 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
11/2011 James Heitholt
520-803-2830
jheitholt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to reauthorize grazing permit for the Redrock Pasture on 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)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sharon Biedenbender
520-761-6000
sbiedenbender@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes to use 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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been cancelled because the proponent's application was incomplete.
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: Proposal to approve plan of operation for exploration of 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.
Patagonia Jewel Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been cancelled because the proponent's application was incomplete.
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  Completed  Actual: 11/05/2010  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.
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