Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
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 05/2011 
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
Five Year Special-Use Permit, Susan Wethington, Hummingbird Research
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/07/2011  08/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Susan Wethington authorizing her to conduct hummingbird research for a term of five years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36113
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Revision of Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Jennifer Ruyle
520-388-8351
jruyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Plan became effective 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Special-Use Permit, Adventure Birding (John Yerger)
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2011  05/2011 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to John Yerger, doing business as Adventure Birding, to conduct outfitter/guide activities on all 5 Ranger 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.
Special-Use Permit, Archaeological Research, EnviroSystems Management, Inc.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/20/2011  07/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to EnviroSystem Management to authorize archaeological research on Forest lands for three years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36040
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Archaeological Research, Tierra Right of Way
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/23/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Tierra Right of Way to conduct archaeological research.
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Archaeological Research, William Self Associates, Ltd.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/01/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to William Self Associates to conduct archaeological research on Forest lands for a term of three years.
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Plant Collection and Research, University of Arizona Herbarium
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/15/2011  05/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 5-year special-use permit to the University of Arizona Herbarium for the purpose of plant collection.
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
Priority 10-year Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Bob Schutsky, dba Bird Treks
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2011  05/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a priority special-use permit to Bird Treks to perform outfitter and guide activities on the Douglas, Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Nogales Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Adventure Travel West
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Adventure Travel West to conduct nature tours and hikes on Santa Catalina and Nogales Ranger Districts.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District, Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Santa Catalina and Nogales Ranger Districts.
Special-Use Permit, Department of Homeland Security Repeater Sites
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/21/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 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 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:10/2011
 
11/2011 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, Mist-Netting Bat Surveys, John Timpone
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/05/2011  05/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a speciel-use permit to John Timpone to allow him to conduct research on bat species on the Nogales, Sierra Vista and Safford Ranger Districts.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District, Safford Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple 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
Changes to Motorized Travel System, Douglas Ranger District
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:06/2012  08/2012 Ruben Morales
520-364-6813
rmorales@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes changes to the motorized travel system to meet newly identified Forest administrative and user needs and to protect areas of documented ecological and cultural resource impacts from future damage and/or degradation.
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Cochise, Hidalgo. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations, Douglas Ranger District.
Landscape Scale Vegetation Management in Chiricahua, Dragoon, and Dos Cabezas Mtns (FireScape)
EA
- 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/nepa_project_exp.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, Douglas Ranger District
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.
Special-Use Permit, Private Water System, Hirt and Jaske, Douglas Ranger District
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2011  05/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 10-year special-use permit for the proponents to maintain an existing water line and tank on Forest land.
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sec. 5, T. 18 S., R. 31 E., Gila and Salt River Meridian. Sec. 5, T. 18 S., R. 31 E., Gila and Salt River Meridian.
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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
Replacement of Potable Water Line, Kent Springs Cabin, Nogales Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/09/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
10/2011 James Copeland
520-761-6002
jcopeland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize the replacement of a weather-damaged water line at the recreational site known as Kent Springs Cabin.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36165
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sections 1 and 2, Township 20 South, Range 14 East. Kent Springs Cabin.
Changes to Motorized Travel System, Nogales Ranger District
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/13/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Sean Lockwood
520-761-6014
seanlockwood@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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29223
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - many locations. Nogales Ranger District.
Decommissioning of Unauthorized Roads, Nogales Ranger District
EA
- Road management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A James Copeland
928-339-4384
jcopeland@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 Permit Reauthorization, Gardner Allotment, Nogales Ranger District
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/29/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Grazing Permit Reauthorization, Lake Allotment, Nogales Ranger District.
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Improvements to Pena Blanca Lake Recreation Facilities
EA
- Recreation management  Cancelled  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.
Plan of Operation, 5 Amigos #1, Gold Exploration, Nogales Ranger District
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/20/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27822
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.
Plan of Operation, Minerals Exploration, Quartz Dreams, Nogales Ranger District
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/06/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 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 Operations, Helix Ventures, Margarita Tank Exploratory Drilling, Nogales Ranger District
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/17/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to approve a Plan of Operations for exploratory drilling to determine the presence of mineralization. If approved, the plan would authorize the corporation to drill up to 12 exploratory holes to depths of up to 100 feet.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35266
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 6 and 7, Township 23 S, Range 11 E. Oro Blanco Mining District, 20 miles west of Nogales, 11 miles southeast of Arivaca.
Rosemont Copper Mine Construction and Operation, Noglaes Ranger District
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/13/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
04/2012 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, D. A. Lusby, Apiary
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/14/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 10-year special-use permit to D. A. Lusby to operate a 35-colony apiary near Cowhead Tank on the Nogales Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec. 26, T. 23 S., R. 13 E. Near Cowhead Tank, Nogales Ranger District.
Special-Use Permit, Joint Task Force-North, Secure Border Surveillance Activities
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/19/2011  05/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to the joint task force to authorize the operation and maintenance of surveillance equipment on the Nogales Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Plant Collection and Research, Tim Thibault, Huntington Botanical Gardens
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/07/2011  08/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue Tim Thibault a permit to collect botanical specimens on the Nogales Ranger District
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36112
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Trico Electric Cooperative, Operation and Maintenance of Power Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/25/2011  06/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Trico Electric Cooperative for continued operation and maintenance of an existing power line and facilities on the Nogales Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. 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, Nogales Ranger District
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
Changes to Motorized Travel System, Safford Ranger District
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:01/2013  03/2013 Kent Ellett
928-687-1301
kellett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes changes to the motorized travel system to meet newly identified Forest administrative and user needs and to protect areas of documented ecological and cultural resource impacts from future damage and/or degradation.
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Pinaleno Ecosystem Restoration Project, Safford Ranger District
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 07/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 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.
Plan of Operation, Minerals Exploration, Millrock Exploratory Drilling, Safford Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize a plan of operations which would allow the proponent to conduct exploratory drilling activities in Four Mile Canyon in the Galiuro Mountains on the Safford Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Sec. 35, T. 7 S., R. 19 E. Four Mile Canyon in the Galiuro Mountains, 40 miles west of Safford Arizona.
Special-Use Permit, University of AZ, Mt. Graham International Observatory, Safford Ranger District
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 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
12/2011 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), Safford Ranger District
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/29/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
02/2012 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.
Wildlife and Livestock Drinkers, Oak Creek, Safford Ranger District
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:12/2011
 
03/2012 Chuck Duncan
928-428-4150
cduncan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to make improvements to livestock and wildlife drinkers,
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36035
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Sec 29, 30, 32, Township 10 South, Range 21 East. Oak Creek Area of 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
Changes to Motorized Travel System, Santa Catalina Ranger District
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/23/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Josh Taiz
520-749-7700
jtaiz@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/nepa_project_exp.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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Walter Keyes
520-388-8416
wkeyes@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 Larry Pratt
520-749-7710
lpratt@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/nepa_project_exp.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, Santa Catalina Ranger District
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=7943
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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
12/2011 Stephanie Rayburn
520-749-7717
sarayburn@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27526
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Pima, Pinal. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Santa Catalina and Rincon Mtns.
Special-Use Permit, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Camp Zion
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/05/2011  05/2011 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to operate Camp Zion for a term of 20 years.
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 8, Township 12 S, Range 16 E. Camp Zion.
Special-Use Permit, Operation and Maintenance of Verizon Wireless Communication Site, Lot 13
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Verizon Wireless for a term of 20 years to maintain and operate existing facilities on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 35, Township 11 South, Range 15 East. Mt. Lemmon Radio Ridge, Lot #13.
Special-Use Permit, Verizon Wireless, Operation and Maintenance of Communication Site (unnumbered)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a new special-use permit to Verizon Wireless to continue operating and maintaining facilities on an unnumbered lot on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 35, Township 11 South, Range 15 East. Section 35, Township 11 South, Range 15 East.
Spencer/Bigelow Vegetation Management, Santa Catalina Ranger District
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 05/18/2011  05/2011 Stan Helin
520-405-9246
shelin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest proposes hand and mechanical vegetation treatments and prescribed burning.
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.
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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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32598
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.
Changes to Motorized Travel System, Sierra Vista Ranger District
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:12/2012  02/2013 Peg Wilson
520-803-2802
pegwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes changes to the motorized travel system to meet newly identified Forest administrative and user needs and to protect areas of documented ecological and cultural resource impacts from future damage and/or degradation.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations on the Sierra Vista Ranger District.
Grazing Permit Reauthorization, Redrock Pasture-Kunde Allotment, Sierra Vista Ranger District
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/02/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Plan of Operation, Mineral Exploration, OZ Exploration Pty. Ltd., Sierra Vista Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest has received a request to approve a Plan of Operations submitted by OZ Exploration Pty. Ltd. to conduct exploratory drilling.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sections18, 29 and 30, Township 23 South, Range 16 East. The Paymaster and Guajolote Flat areas of the Patagonia Mountains.
Plan of Operation, Minerals Exploration, AZ Copper, Bear Canyon, Sierra Vista Ranger District
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 05/11/2011  06/2011 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.
Plan of Operation, Minerals Exploration, AZ Minerals Inc, Hardshell Project, Sierra Vista District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest has been requested to approve a plan of operations that would authorize AZ Minerals, Inc, to explore for minerals on the Sierra Vista Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35986
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Section 4, Township 23 South, Range 16 East. 6 miles southeast of Patagonia, Arizona.
Plan of Operation, Sunnyside Exploratory Drilling, Humboldt Canyon, Sierra Vista Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to approve a Plan of Operations that would authorize the proponent to drill 5 exploratory holes to obtain evidence of mineralization.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec. 5 and 6, T. 23 S., R. 16 E. 6 miles due south of Patagonia in Humboldt Canyon.
Sawmill Spring Wildlife Drinker, Sierra Vista Ranger District
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Glenn Frederick
520-803-2827
gfrederick@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to install a trough to collect excess water from Sawmill Spring to be used as a source of water for wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sec 22, T 23 S R 20 E. Sawmill Spring near Reef Township Campground.
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