Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2013 to 12/31/2013
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) :
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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)

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

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CAMP TATIYEE LAND EXCHANGE - 0100 #5004
EIS
- Land acquisition  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/25/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2013 
Expected:06/2014
 
11/2014 Randall Chavez
928-368-2100
rchavez02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange of private parcels in the A-S, Coronado, Prescott, & Tonto NFs for Federal lands in Pinetop-Lakeside (T9N, R22E). Would provide land for children's camps currently under spec. use permit & result in consolid. of isolated parcels on Forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5004
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District, Lakeside Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N, R22E, sec.16, G&SRBM. Along State Highway SR260 within existing Pinetop-Lakeside town limits.
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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
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 10/2013 
Expected:01/2015
 
02/2015 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, Non-Disturbing Archaeological Surveys, EPG Inc.
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/09/2013  08/2013 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize EPG Inc to conduct nondisturbing archaeological surveys on all five Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41421
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Multiple Locations.
Special-Use Permit, Non-Disturbing Archaeological Surveys, Jacobs Engineering
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/09/2013  08/2013 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit which would authorize Jacobs Engineering to conduct non-ground disturbing archaeological surveys on all districts of the Coronado National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41422
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Multiple Locations.
Special-Use Permit, Outfitter/Guide, Arizona Hunting Adventures, Keith Hubbard
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/13/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Keith Hubbard, doing business as Arizona Hunting Adventures, authorizing outfitter-guide activities on all five districts of the Coronado National forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42104
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Hidalgo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple locations.
Special-Use Permit, Purple Mountain Packgoats
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/27/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Purple Mountain Packgoats to replace an expired permit.
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Graham, Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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, Occupancy of Forward Operations Camps, U.S. Customs Border Protection
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/05/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to the US Customs and Border Protection for occupancy of Forward Operations Camps at Bear Valley and 103 Mesa on the Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41427
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Bear Valley and 103 Meadow.
Special-Use Permit, Rocks and Ropes, Jason Mullins
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/21/2013  10/2013 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a Special-use permit to Jason Mullins doing business as rocks & Ropes to conduct outfitter guide activities on the Douglas and Santa Catalina Rangers Districts of the Coronado National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42093
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District, Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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 Douglas Ranger District Motorized Travel System
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 02/13/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
09/2014 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/nepa_project_exp.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:
Notice of Initiation 12/17/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 06/2014 
Expected:10/2014
 
11/2014 Ruben Morales
520-364-6813
rmorales@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.
Pheromone Treatment of Douglas-fir to Prevent Post-fire Bark Beetle Infestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marc Stamer
520-388-8374
mstamer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to apply the pheromone, MCH, a naturally occurring compound, to prevent trees from infestation by bark beetles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39154
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Chiricahua Mountains.
Wetland Restoration in the Chiricahua Mountains
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:04/2014  05/2014 Marc Stamer
520-388-8274
mstamer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to improve wildlife habitat at Barfoot Meadow and Ash Spring by restoring the wetland habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39719
Location: UNIT - Douglas Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Ash-Sec 14,Township 27 South Range 30 East; Barfoot-Sec 33 Township 27 South Range 30 East. Ash Spring and Barfoot Meadow.
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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
Changes to Nogales Ranger District Motorized Travel System
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 09/13/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
05/2014 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:
Notice of Initiation 04/29/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2014 
Expected:10/2014
 
12/2014 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:
Notice of Initiation 08/03/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2014 
Expected:09/2014
 
10/2014 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.
H6 Water System Improvements, Marstellar Allotment
CE
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 08/14/2013  09/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37156
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.
Hog and Gardner Canyons, Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
CE
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 08/29/2013  10/2013 Scott Smith
520-761-6018
scottsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: The District proposes to remove hazardous fuels over 2500 acres in Hog and Gardner Canyons on the Nogales Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38086
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 1, 12, 13 T 20 S R 15 E. Hog Canyon and Gardner Canyon.
Plan of Operations, Margarita Minerals Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013  01/2014 Mindy Vogel
520-388-8327
msvogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize drilling near Arivaca, AZ.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41148
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 30, T 23 S, R 11 E and Sec 1, 12, T 23 S, R 10 E. Approximately 9 miles SE of Arivaca, AZ.
Rosemont Copper Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/21/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
07/2014 Mindy Vogel
520 3888 327
msvogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to approve an mine plan of operation that involves processing and other facilities on both private land and the Forest. Actual decision and implementation dates depend on completion of consultation and resolution of comments.
Web Link:  http://www.rosemonteis.us/
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.
Ruby Abandoned Mine Lands Remediation Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/07/2013  10/2013 Mark Schwab
602-225-5266
mschwab@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to remediate abandoned mine features west and south of Ruby, Arizona
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42155
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 31, 31 T 22 S, R 11 E and Sec1, 2, T 23 S R 10 E and Sec 6, 17, 19, T 22 S R 11 E. West and south of Ruby, Arizona.
Special Use Permit Amendment, Department of Homeland Security for Cobre Peak Communications Use
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/03/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to amend a special-use permit held by the Department of Homeland Security to authorize the use of Cobre Peak site for operations and maintenance of communication equipment.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Township 23 South, Range 10 East. Cobre Peak.
Transfer of Special-Use Permit, Transworld Network Corp. Communication Site, Nogales Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/27/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to transfer a special-use permit from Castle Tower Corporation to Transworld Network Corporation. No improvements to the property at Melendez Pass Communication Site would be authorized by this transfer.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Section 27, Township 19 South, Range 15 East. Melendez Pass Communication Site.
Transfer of Special-Use Permit. InSite Towers LLC. for Communication Site Use, Nogales District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/27/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to transfer a special-use permit from Cox Communications to InSite Towers LLC authorizing the use of the Melendez Pass Communication Site on the Nogales Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Melendez Pass Communicaton Site.
Water Stations for Emergency Use, Humane Borders, Inc.
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A James Copeland
520-761-6002
jcopeland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize Humane Borders Inc. to place three 55-gallon water stations on the Nogales Ranger District for emergency use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39721
Location: UNIT - Nogales Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec. 1, 12, 13, Township 20 South, Range 15 East. Nogales Ranger District.
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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  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 11/18/2011
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
06/2014 Kent Ellett
928-348-1974
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36561
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Multiple locations. Multiple locations.
Fry Mesa Day Use Area
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:01/2014  02/2014 Carlos Gonzales
520-348-1967
carlosgonzales@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to install a restroom facility, accessible picnic tables, grills and benches at an area near Fry Mesa reservoir
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Sec 7, Township 8 South, Range 25 East. Fry Mesa.
Safford Ranger District Fuelwood Collection
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Matthew Littrell
928-348-1960
mlittrell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to evaluate areas of the Pinaleno, Galiuro, Winchester and Santa Teresa Mountains to identify where fuelwood harvests are environmentally acceptable and safe to authorize.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41520
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Multiple Locations. Multiple Locations.
Special-Use Permit, Univeristy of Arizona, Operation and Maintenance of Squirrel Camp
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 11/2013 
Expected:10/2014  11/2014 Carlos Gonzales
928-348-1967
carlosgonzales@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit that would authorize the University of Arizona to operate and maintain existing facilities at Squirrel Camp for a term of 20 years.
Location: UNIT - Safford Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Sec 32, Township 8 South, Range 24 East. Squirrel Camp.
Special-Use Permit, University of AZ, Mt. Graham International Observatory
EIS
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Cornelia Lane
520-388-8422
corneliadlane@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, Safford Recreation Residences
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/05/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
02/2014 Carlos Gonzales
928-348-1967
carlosgonzales@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/nepa_project_exp.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:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/20/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 11/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
02/2014 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/nepa_project_exp.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 Santa Catalina Ranger District Motorized Travel System
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 05/02/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
05/2014 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:
Notice of Initiation 03/19/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
03/2014 Larry Pratt
520-749-7710
lpratt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace restrooms, renovate picnic sites and trailheads, install vehicular bridges over stream, naturalize stream channel, and improve roads and 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.
Landscape Scale Vegetation Management in Catalina-Rincon Mountains (FireScape)
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 05/25/2011
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
09/2014 Rachael Biggs
520-749-7717
rbiggs@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.
Loma Linda Hazardous Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:01/2014  03/2014 Rachael Biggs
520-749-7717
rbiggs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazardous fuel reduction treatments (thinning, mechanical, prescribed fire) on approximately 150 acres in the Loma Linda area south of Summerhaven on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41867
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sec 31, T 11 S, R 16 E, and Sec 6, T 12 S, R 16 E. South of Summerhaven, AZ.
Plan of Operations, Korn Kob Minerals Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2014 
Expected:09/2014  11/2014 Mindy Vogel
520-388-8327
msvogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize drilling to explore for minerals.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41146
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 23, Township 12 South, Range 17 East. Approximately 10 miles SE of Summerhaven, AZ.
Proposed Use of Helicoptrs in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 09/11/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
02/2014 Marc Stamer
520-388-8374
mstamer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize the Arizona Game and Fish Department to use helicopters in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness to investigate mortalities of desert bighorn sheep on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42838
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area.
Special-Use Permit Amendment, TRICO Electric Co.
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/15/2013  09/2013 James Sutton
520-749-7725
jsutton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest will amend a special-use permit held by TRICO Electric Cooperative to authorize replacement of two power poles near Summerhaven.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41960
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Section 30, Township 11 South, Range 16 East. Near Summerhaven, AZ.
Special-Use Permit: Use of Forest Roads, Parking Area, and Utility Corridor, Oracle Ridge Mining LLC
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 05/29/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2014 
Expected:05/2014
 
06/2014 Mindy Vogel
520-388-8327
msvogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to Oracle Ridge Mining, LLC, authorizing the use of Forest roads, a parking area and a utility corridor during operation of the Oracle Ridge Mine, which is located on private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39386
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Sec. 16-20, T 11 S, R 11 E and Sec. 11, 12, 14, T 11 S R 16 E. oracle Ridge Mine, Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Special-use Permit, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Shuttle
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:11/2013  01/2014 Larry Pratt
520-749-7710
lpratt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit which would authorize an alternative fuel shuttle service to provide transportation and education to visitors to the Sabino Canyon recreation area
Location: UNIT - Santa Catalina Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pima. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
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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
Canelo Hills Water System Improvements
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 08/27/2013  09/2013 James Heitholt
520-803-2830
jheitholt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to maintain continuous water for wildlife and livestock by burying 10.5 miles of water line in roads in the Canelo area. This would help protect the line from vandalism, fire, and other human and natural disturbances.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42327
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple locations.
Changes to Sierra Vista Ranger District Motorized Travel System
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 11/30/2011
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2014 
Expected:09/2014
 
10/2014 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/nepa_project_exp.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
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 01/2014 
Expected:09/2014  10/2014 James Heitholt
520-803-2830
jheitholt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes change 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  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 06/02/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2014 
Expected:09/2014
 
10/2014 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, Minerals Exploration, OZ Exploration Pty. Ltd.
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Mindy Vogel
520-388-8327
msvogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proponent has withdrawn the proposal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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. Paymaster and Guajolote Flat areas, Patagonia Mountains.
Plan of Operation, Placer Mine, Dice #8
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013  01/2014 Mindy Vogel
520-388-8327
msvogel@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/nepa_project_exp.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 southeast of Washington-Duquesne, Arizona.
Plan of Operation, Sunnyside Exploratory Drilling, Humboldt Canyon
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/16/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
01/2014 Mindy Vogel
520-388-8327
msvogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to approve a Plan of Operations that would authorize the proponent to drill five exploratory holes to obtain evidence of mineralization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.
Plan of Operations, Exploratory drilling MinQuest, CH Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2013 
Expected:05/2014  06/2014 Patrick Morton
520-388-8348
pmorton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize the operator to conduct a 5-hole exploratory drilling activities on the Sierra Vista Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sec 14 and 23, Township 22 South, Range 17 East. 2 miles south of Sunnyside.
Plan of Operations, Hermosa Minerals Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 08/06/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
04/2014 Margie DeRose
520-388-8341
mbderose@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize minerals exploration on the Sierra Vista Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41158
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sections 34 and 35, Township 22 South, Range 16 East and Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, Township 23 South, Range 16 East. Approximately 6 miles SE of Patagonia, AZ.
Plan of Operations, Javelina Minerals Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2014 
Expected:10/2014  11/2014 Mindy Vogel
520-388-8327
msvogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize drilling of 8 holes for minerals exploration.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41145
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise. LEGAL - Sections 17, 21, 29, Township 22 South, Range 16 East. Approximately 3 miles SE of Patagonia, AZ.
Plan of Operations, Moore & Moore #4 Placer Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2014 
Expected:10/2014  10/2014 Mindy Vogel
520-388-8327
msvogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to authorize placer mining on unpatented mining claims.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41147
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Section 19, Township 24 South, Range 17 East. Approximately 2 miles SW of Washington - Duquesne, AZ.
Special Use Permit, Brian Brill, Grazing Area Transfer
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 Brian Brill, authorizing the transfer of grazing authority.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41254
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Sec 13 24, t 23 s, r 16 e and Sec 18 19, T 23 S R 17 E. Grazing allotment.
Special-Use Permit, Communication Use at Red Mountain Lookout, US Army Electronic Proving Ground
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/09/2013  08/2013 Duane Bennett
520-803-2838
dabennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to issue a special-use permit to the U.S. Army that would authorize the operation and maintenance of communications equipment at Red Mountain Lookout on the Sierra Vista Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42554
Location: UNIT - Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Section 20, Township 22 South, Range 16 East, Gila and Salt River Meridian.
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