Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
Kaibab National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest,  North Kaibab Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest,  Tusayan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest,  Williams 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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R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Exploratory Core Drilling - Coconino and Kaibab Material Site Investigations
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 07/07/2011  07/2011 Mike Dechter
928-527-3416
mdechter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drilling of 6-8 inch diameter holes at 5 locations to determine the geologic make-up of the site for potential use as a rock pit. Includes using a truck-mounted auger to drill one or possibly two holes per location, then backfilling the excavation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35646
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District, Peaks Ranger District, Mogollon Rim Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. See map of 5 drilling locations.
Four-Forest Restoration Initiative EIS: Kaibab and Coconino
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/19/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Paula Cote
928-226-4686
pcote@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implementation of forest restoration activities including thinning of trees, prescribed fire treatments, and watershed and road restoration within 988,764 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab national forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/4fri
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District, Peaks Ranger District, Mormon Lake Ranger District, Mogollon Rim Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. All ponderosa pine habitat on the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests.
Rock Pit Development: Coconino and Kaibab National Forests
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/06/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
05/2012 Mike Dechter
928-527-3416
mdechter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of up to 39 rock pits affecting a total of 434 acres on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests to provide materials for surfacing roads to maintain safe and sustainable road conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34858
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District, Coconino National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. locations throughout the Coconino and Kaibab national forests (see map).
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Kaibab 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
Kaibab National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/23/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 Ariel Leonard
928-635-8283
aleonard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revise the Kaibab National Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/kaibab/plan_revision
Location: UNIT - Kaibab National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Mohave, Yavapai. LEGAL - T 19N - 25N, R 2W - 5E; T 27N - 32N, R 1W - 6E; and T34N - 40N, R 4W - 5E, lands within the Kaibab National Forest Boundary. Kaibab National Forest Lands surrounding the City of Williams and bordering Grand Canyon National Park to the north and south.
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Kaibab National Forest,   North Kaibab Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cancoop Vegetation Management & Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Edward Hiatt
928-643-8101
erhiatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning on approximately 6230 acres to improve timber stand and vegetative structure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35851
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T40N, R2E, Sections 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36, and T39N, R2E, Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, G&SRBM. Project is located along the north central portion of the Kaibab Plateau within the North Kaibab Ranger District.
Goshawk Demonstration Plot(s)
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Research and Development 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 Paul Callaway
928-643-8150
pcallaway@fs.fed.us 
Description: Demonstration Plot(s) on approximately 65 acres to improve timber stand and vegetative structure for wildlife habitat, within the ponderosa pine forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35854
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T36N, R1E, G&SRBM. 65 acres within the Southwest-to-Central portion of the Kaibab Plateau within the North Kaibab Ranger District.
Horse Springs Trail Re-route
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/29/2011  10/2011 David Sanders
928-643-8163
davidsanders@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-route portions of the Horse Spring Trail to improve location. Constructing, repairing or reconstructing sections of Horse Springs Trail number 124 will increase safety for hikers, equine, and pack stock, while providing a sustainable solution.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34645
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T38N, R3W, Section 36 and T37N, R3W, Section 1, G&SRBM. North Kaibab Ranger District.
Jacob-Ryan Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/20/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
12/2011 David Vincelette
928-643-8143
djvincelette@fs.fed.us 
Description: The JR Vegetation Mgt. Project is located in the North central portion of North Kaibab Ranger District. Forest Restoration that facilitates forest ecosystem sustainability by changing the structure of even-aged stands toward uneven-aged.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32654
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T 38, 39, 40N; R 1, 2, 3E and R1W. north central portion of the North Kaibab Ranger District.
Kane Ranch Allotment Management Environmental Assessment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Dustin Burger
928-643-8136
dburger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Service project to re-evaluate and re-align the Allotment Management Plan for Kane Ranch operations on the Kaibab National Forest to address changes in vegetative conditions and provide adaptive, flexible grazing rotations for 10 to 20 years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=37319
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Townships 34 -38 North, Ranges 1 - 3 West and 1 - 4 East, Gila & Salt River Baseline & Merdian; (Coconino County, AZ). Approximately 480,000 acres located on Kaibab National Forest - North Kaibab Ranger District, which includes Central Summer, Central Winter, Kane and Kanab Creek allotments.
Moquitch Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 08/31/2011  09/2011 Edward Hiatt
928-643-8101
erhiatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of small diameter tree < 12.0" DBH on 500 acres, followed by prescribed burning on approximately 9,500 acres, to improve vegetative structure for wildlife habitat. Treat up to 5,000 acres a year, dependent on weather conditions and budget.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34642
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T 38 N, R 1 E, Sections 24-27, & 34-36; and T 38 N, R 2 E, Sections 19, & 30-31; and T 37 N, R 1 E, Sections 1-3, 10-14, & 23-24; and T 37 N, R 2 E, Sections 6-8, & 17-20,of the Gila & Salt River B&M. North Kaibab Ranger District.
Nankoweap Trail Closure
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  09/2011 Chelsea McKinney
928-643-8121
cmmckinney@fs.fed.us 
Description: Closure of up-to four (4) miles of existing, low-usage trail within the Saddle Mountain Wilderness Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35845
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T34N, R4E, Sections 15, 22, 27, 28, 32, and 33, G&SRBM. Southeast corner of North Kaibab Ranger District.
North Kaibab Travel Management Project
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/25/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Kevin Larkin
928-643-8135
klarkin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Identify and establish a motorized road system on the North Kaibab Ranger District and publish a motorized vehicle use map
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26212
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Townships 34 North through 40 North, Ranges 1 East through 5 East and 1 West through 3 West. North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest.
Plateau Facility Fire Protection Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/22/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
11/2011 David Robinson
928-643-8138
dsrobinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels reduction project at multiple sites on the North Kaibab Plateau
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26210
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Townships 34 North through 40 North, Ranges 1East through 5 East and 1 West through 3 West. North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest.
Rainbow Rim Extension
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Chelsea McKinney
928-643-8121
cmmckinney@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conversion of up-to seven (7) miles of unimproved road (i.e., old unused timber road) to a hiking and biking trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35820
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T34N, R1W, Section 1, and T35N, R1E, Sections 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and T35N, R1W, Section 36, G&SRBM. Southwest corner of North Kaibab Ranger District.
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Kaibab National Forest,   Tusayan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Highway 64/180 Wireless Communication Sites Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/25/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
11/2011 John Brown
(928) 635-8275
jwbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Const. a self-supported tower, up to 150' tall, at the existing Tusayan Comm. Site. Const. a 150' tall tower on the east side of Hwy 64 six miles south of Tusayan in T29N, R2E Section 24. Modify the KNF Forest Plan to designate the two Comm Sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=23632
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Tusayan site is in SW1/4 of SE1/4, Sec 13, T30N, R2E; second site is in T29N R2E Section 24. Tusayan comm. Site is located one mi. north of Tusayan and just south of GCNP. The 2nd site is on east side of Hwy 64/180 6 mi.s south of Tusayan,.
Russell Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 08/19/2011  10/2011 Mark Nabel
928-638-2443
mrnabel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Non-commercial thinning and burning on appox. 8,000 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18997
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T 29 N, R 5 E Ė Secís 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33; T 29 N, R 4 E Ė Secís 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 36; T 28 N, R 5 E Ė Secís 4, 5, 6. Approximately 15 miles southeast of the town of Tusayan. The project area lies between the Coconino Rim Road (FS 310), FS road 310RC, FS road 320, FS road 301 and FS road 317.
VANE Minerals Uranium Exploratory Drilling Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Thomas Mutz
928-635-5661
tmutz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposal would conduct exploratory drilling at 24 different sites
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26440
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Townships 27, 28, and 29 North; and Ranges 2, 3, and 4 East. Tusayan Ranger District.
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Kaibab National Forest,   Williams Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aspen Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Roger Joos
928-635-5622
rejoos@fs.fed.us 
Description: Protect and restore aspen stands by thinning competing conifers and protecting regenerating aspen from ungulate browsing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24584
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. Williams Ranger District(11030701).
Authorization for Mineral Exploration Activity at Frenchy Pit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/07/2011  10/2011 Thomas Mutz
928-635-5661
tmutz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drake Cement is proposing to remove a bulk sample of up to 10,000 cubic yards of material and drill three exploratory holes up to 300' deep to test the quality and suitability of the deposit for cement making.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/kaibab/projects
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T22N, R3E, Section 2, and T23N, R3E, Section 35. Frenchy Pit.
Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/21/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
04/2012 Thomas Mutz
928-635-5661
tmutz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of the project is to improve the health and sustainability of forested conditions on and surrounding Bill Williams Mountain by reducing hazardous fuels and moving vegetative conditions in the project area toward desired conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34690
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - All or portions of Sections 1-3, 10-15, 22-27, & 34-36 T21N R1E; Sections 4-10, 15-22, & 27-31 T21N R2E; and Sections 31-33 T22N R2E Gila & Salt River Meridian. The project area is located 4 miles south-southwest of the city southwest of Williams, Arizona. It is approximately 18,000 acres and encompasses Bill Williams Mountain.
Irishman Dam Allotment Environmental Assessment
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 09/01/2011  11/2011 Jason Stevens
928-635-5625
jasonstevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allotment analaysis for Irishman Dam Allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33654
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. West side of Williams Ranger District.
McCracken Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/19/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Mark Herron
928-635-5644
mherron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation Management and Fuels Reduction Project
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18988
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. Williams Ranger District, project area is south of Williams and I-40.
Recreation/Interpretation Trail between Stone and Steel Dams
CE
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:01/2011  06/2011 Margaret Hangan
928-635-8342
mhangan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to make a connecting trail from Stone Dam parking area to Steel Dam. The trail would be about 0.35 miles in length and would be a standard/terra trail for non-motorized use. There would be one or two interpretation areas with kiosks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34040
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T21N R1W Section 5 Gila and Salt River Meridian. Approximately 4 miles east of Ash Fork, AZ.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.