Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  01/2013 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.
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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
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 01/25/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
03/2014 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. See www.fs.usda.gov/4fri for information.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/4fri
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District, Coconino National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. 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 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
04/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/20/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
02/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Kane Ranch Allotment Management Environmental Assessment
EA
- Land management planning
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/09/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
10/2013 David Vincelette
928-643-7395
djvincelette@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Meadow Encroachment CE
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 Angela Gatto
928-643-8127
agatto@fs.fed.us 
Description: The NKRD proposes to remove small-diameter trees (less than 6-inches in diameter) that are encroaching on meadows N & S of FS Roads 212 & 811, E of FS Roads 261, 261, & 217, W of FS Road 265, near Mile&1/2 and Three Lakes. Tools = Chainsaw & Hand.
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Coconino Country, Arizona), T38N, R2E, Sections 30, 31, 6, 5, 7,8, 16, 17, 18, and T37N, R2E, Sections 20, 29 Gila & Salt River Baseline and Meridian. Meadow system north and south of FS road 212 and 811, east of FS road 261, 282, and 217, and west of FS road 265. North Kaibab Ranger District (Coconino Country, Arizona).
Multi-years Outfitters and Guides Special Use Permits Renewal
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/26/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Dustin Burger
928-643-8120
mmspandl@fs.fed.us 
Description: On February 11, 2007, a decision was made to issue multi-year permits to eighteen select outfitters and guides for a period of five-years. These permits have reached their expiration date and are subject to renewal for another 5-year period.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38905
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T. 38 N., R. 3 E., & T. 40 N., R. 1 W., Gila and Salt River Baseline & Meridian. North Kaibab Ranger District - Various Locations (Seasonal Use only).
Rainbow Rim Extension
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 11/01/2012  11/2012 Melissa Spandl
928-643-7395
mmspandl@fs.fed.us 
Description: The NKRD proposes to extend the existing Rainbow Rim trail east 8 miles. The first 4.5 miles will be new extension, and the remaining 3.5 mile will follow an existing decommisioned roadbed. The minimum tread wide of the new path will be 18-inches.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Suicide Canyon - Boundary Fence Reconstruction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning
- Grazing management
- Land ownership management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012  10/2012 Dustin Burger
928-643-8136
dburger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will consist of constructing a fence line in Suicide Canyon on the edge of Snake Gulch. The fence will be located in Suicide Canyon, approximately 400 feet from the Forest Service/BLM boundary line.
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T 38 N, R 1 W, Sections 1,3,10,11, (within Coconino County, AZ,) Gila and Salt River Baseline & Meridian. Snake Gulch from Suicide Canyon.
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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
Tusayan Flood Reduction Project
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Nicholas Larson
928-635-8230
nicholaslarson@fs.fed.us 
Description: In partnership with the town of Tusayan and the South Grand Canyon Sanitary District, the Tusayan Ranger District proposes the construction of water retention basins to help alleviate the flooding of the town of Tusayan.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39791
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T30N, R2E, sec 19, 24, 30. Just east of the Town of Tusayan.
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
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
Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/13/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
11/2013 Katherine Sanchez Meador
575-635-5600
ksanchezmeador@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Eagle Rock Reforestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/02/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
05/2013 Richard Gonzalez
928-635-5616
rgonzalez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Planting ponderosa pine in the Eagle Rock fire area. Includes site prep, fencing, fencing for browse protection, and felling of dead fire kiled trees that could fall on fences. Up to 300 acres of tree planting. Up to 8 acres of provenance test sites.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39790
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. Near RS hill on the Williams RD. NW of the community of Spring Valley.
Juan Tank Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/14/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
11/2013 Clare Hydock
928-635-5623
chydock@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allotment Management for Juan Tank Allotment. A 19,000 acre allotment northwest of the City of Williams.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38807
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T22N, R1W, Sections 1, 12, and 15; T22N, R1W, Section 24; T22N, R1E, Sections 1-19, 22-26, 35-36; T22N, R2E, Sections 7, 17-21, and 30; T21N, R1E, Sections 1-2. Northwest of City of Williams, Arizona.
Recreation/Interpretation Trail between Stone and Steel Dams
CE
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/19/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
03/2013 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.
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.
Three Sisters and Nagiler Resource Monitoring Sites Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/03/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Deirdre McLaughlin
928-635-5600
damclaughlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Kaibab National Forestís Williams Ranger District is considering a proposal to allow Northern Arizona University School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability a Special Use Permit for two earthquake monitoring sites.
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T21N R1E NW1/4 Section 31 and T22N R1E SE1/4 Section 24. Southwest of the City of Williams and north of the City of Williams.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.