Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
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
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 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 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
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Desert Harrier
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/10/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 10-year special-use permit to Laurens Halsey (doing business as Desert Harrier) to conduct outfitting and guiding activities on all 5 districts of the Coronado National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36795
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple location. Multiple location.
Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit, Ward's Outfitters
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  12/2011 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a new two-year outfitter/guide special-use permit to Stephen Ward (doing business as Ward's OUtfitters) to provide guided hunt services on the Coronado National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36733
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 for Archaeological Research, Gulf South Research Corporation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/20/2011  11/2011 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 5-year special-use permit to Gulf South Reseach Corporation that authorizes archaeological research on all Districts of the Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36723
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit for Archaeological Research, HDR Engineering Inc.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/01/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Janet Witt
520-803-2803
jwitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 5 year special-use permit to HDR Engineering Inc., authorizing archaeological research on all five districts of the Coronado National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36721
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit for Archaeological Research, William Self Associates, Ltd.
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/22/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36039
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/23/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 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.
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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
Special-Use Permit, Adventure Travel West
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/29/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35196
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: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 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. Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
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.
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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 Douglas Ranger District Motorized Travel System
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
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 ecological and cultural resource from future damage and/or degradation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36555
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Cochise, Hidalgo. LEGAL - 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 04/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 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.
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, Access to John Long Canyon
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 that would connect NFSR 4251 with NFSR 360 (approx 0.9 miles) to circumvent private land and to decommission the 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.
Rustler Park Burned Area Tree Removal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  02/2012 Matthew Littrell
928-348-1960
mlittrell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to remove trees damaged by the fires in the summer of 2011.
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sec 33, T17 S, R 30 E, and Sec 4 T 18 S, R 30 E. Rustler Park.
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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
CE
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 08/30/2011  10/2011 James Copeland
520-761-6002
jcopeland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to replace a weather-damaged water line at the Kent Springs Cabin recreational site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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 Nogales Ranger District Motorized Travel System
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.
Grazing Permit Reauthorization, Gardner Allotment
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
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.
Madera Canyon Nature Trail Resurfacing (Proctor and Whitehouse Loops)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 Larry Pratt
520-749-7710
lpratt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to resurface the Proctor and Whitehouse loops of the Madera Canyon Nature Trail.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 35, T 19 S, R 14 E. Madera Canyon Nature Trail.
Plan of Operation, 5 Amigos #1, Gold Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proponent has withdrawn the plan of operations and this project is being cancelled.
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, Helix Ventures, Margarita Tank Exploratory Drilling
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/17/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to approve a Plan of Operations for short-term exploratory drilling to determine the presence of mineralization. If approved, the proponent would be authorized 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.
Plan of Operation, Minerals Exploration, Quartz Dreams
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/06/2010 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Karl Sandwell-Weiss
520-388-8348
ksandwellweiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to approve a plan of operation for short-term minerals exploration.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sec 23, T 19 S, R 15 E. Northwest of Sonoita, AZ.
Rosemont Copper Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/13/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 Beverley Everson
520-388-8300
comments-southwestern-coronado@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to approve an open-pit copper mine operation on private land with processing and other facilities on National Forest. Actual decision and implementation dates will depend on the nature and number of comments received on the DEIS.
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  Completed  Actual: 08/17/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34957
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.
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, Nogales Ranger District.
Vegetation Management, Tumacacori Mountains
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Shane Lyman
520-281-2296
slyman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes thinning and prescribed burning in specific areas to reduce fuels and improve wildlife habitat. Specially designated areas would be excluded from treatment.
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.
Water System Improvements, Marstellar Allotment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012  06/2012 Sean Lockwood
520-761-6014
seanlockwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to replace 4 miles of pipeline and add 2 storage tanks and several troughs on the H6, Sausito, Heifer and Caralampio pastures of the Marstellar allotment.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 24 and 25 , T23S, R12E; and Sec19 and 30, T23S R13E. Marstellar Allotment:H6, Sausito, Heifer and Caralampio pastures.
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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 Safford Ranger District Motorized Travel System
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 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
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 10/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
09/2012 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=18628
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, Millrock Minerals Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011  01/2012 Richard Ahern
520-388-8327
rahern@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest is considering a Plan of Operation for short-term exploratory drilling to obtain evidence of mineralization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36221
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Sec. 35, T. 7 S., R. 19 E. Fourmle Canyon, Galiuro Mountains, 40 miles west of Safford, Arizona.
Special-Use Permit, University of AZ, 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 Permit,Discovery Park Campus, Eastern Arizona College
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/20/2011  09/2011 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 10 year special-ue permit to the Discovery Park Campus of Easter AZ University authorizing astronomy tours at Mt. Graham International Observatory.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36751
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Sec 27, 28, 29 and 33, T 8 S, R 24 E. Mt. Graham International Observatory and Columbine Work Station.
Special-Use Permits, Safford Recreation Residences
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/05/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: New permits for occupancy of recreation residences at Old Columbine and Turkey Flat tracts are proposed to be issued for a 20-year term,
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)
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: Thinning and prescribed burning are proposed over a landscape 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
EA
- 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: This project would improve drinkers in the Oak Creek area of the Safford District.
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 Santa Catalina Ranger District Motorized Travel System
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/23/2010 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Josh Taiz
520-749-7700
jtaiz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Changes to road designations on existing motorized travel system, which may include additions to the National Forest System road database, decommissioning, change of maintenance level, and other actions to meet administrative and user needs.
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. 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 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 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
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 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 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 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 for Montane Bird Research, Dr. Courtney Conway
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/02/2011  10/2011 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 5-year special-use permit to Dr. Conway to research the habitat, breeding trends and population distribution of montane bird species on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36655
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sec 32, T 11 S R 16 E. Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Special-Use Permit, Dr. W. Moore, University of AZ Dept. of Entomology
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/02/2011  09/2011 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a 2 year special-use permit to Dr. Wendy Moore to conduct research on the Santa Catalina Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36771
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Pinal. LEGAL - Multiple loctions. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Operation and Maintenance of Verizon Wireless Communication Site, Lot 13
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/15/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36000
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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/12/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35999
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.
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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 Sierra Vista Ranger District Motorized Travel System
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36560
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Sierra Vista Ranger District.
Grazing Permit Amendment, Papago Allotment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 James Heitholt
520-803-2830
jheitholt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize a change in the number of livestock authorized on the Papago allotment.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sec 34, T 21 S, R18 E. 10 miles southeast of Sonoita, Arizona.
Grazing Permit Reauthorization, Redrock Pasture-Kunde Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Improvements to Aquatic Habitat, Parker Canyon Lake
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 07/07/2011  08/2011 Melinda Castillo
520-803-2801
melindacastillo@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to construct and install fish structures in Parker Canyon Lake on the Sierra Vista Ranger District
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36649
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sections 18 and 19, T 23 S R 19 E. 25 miles southeast of Sonoita, Arizona.
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.
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/18/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36032
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 Minerals Inc, Hardshell Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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, Placer Mine, Dice #8
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011  01/2012 Karl Sandwell-Weiss
520-388-8348
ksandwellweiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to approve a plan of operation for a placer exploration.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36963
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 18, T 24 S, R 17 E. Approximately 2 miles southwest of Washington-Duquesne, Arizona.
Plan of Operation, Sunnyside Exploratory Drilling, Humboldt Canyon
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36219
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
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Glenn Frederick
520-803-2827
gfrederick@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to install a trough to collect overflow water from Sawmill Spring for wildlife use..
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.
Temporary Helispots for Post-Wildland Fire Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 07/29/2011  09/2011 Cathy Carlock
(530)279-8331
ccarlock@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to install two temporary helispots to facilitate ecosystem restoration activities in Miller and Ash Canyons following the Monument wildland fire on the Sierra Vista Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36732
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sec 18 and 33, T 23 S, R 21E. Miller adn Ash Canyons.
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