Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Lincoln 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, Lincoln National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Lincoln National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Lincoln National Forest,  Guadalupe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Lincoln National Forest,  Sacramento Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Lincoln National Forest,  Smokey Bear Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
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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Lincoln 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
Non-native Invasive Plant Management Program
EIS
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2010 
Expected:04/2011  06/2011 Sabrina Flores
575-434-7200
sflores@fs.fed.us 
Description: The forest will be developing a proposal to manage the existence of non-native invasive plants within the Lincoln National Forest's boundaries. Adaptive management would be incorporated into the analysis.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31150
Location: UNIT - Lincoln National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy, Lincoln, Otero. All management areas within the Lincoln National Forest.
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Lincoln National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dell City Telephone
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/08/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue special use authorization for phoneline
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District, Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy, Otero. Sacramento and Guadalupe Ranger District.
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Lincoln National Forest,   Guadalupe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sargent Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:03/2011  06/2011 Amalia Montoya
719-274-8971
amaliamontoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=5617
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Chaves, Otero. Northeastern portion of the Guadalupe Ranger District , Northwest of Carlsbad, NM.
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Lincoln National Forest,   Sacramento Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
16 Springs Grazing Allotment Management Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/02/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Mark Cadwallader
(575) 682-2551
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31077
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. 17 miles east of Cloudcroft, NM.
Apache Pit Operating and Reclamation Plan
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Assess gravel pit operation. Develop Operation and Reclamation Plan
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=2026
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T15S, R13E, Sections 32, 33. Village of Cloudcroft,.
Bell Ranch Spring Box and Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue a SUP for a water spring box and pipeline.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18271
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R11 E, Sec. 9, 10 & 15. On Bell Ranch within the Sacramento RD on the Lincoln NF.
Branch Livestock Driveway
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue a SUP for a livestock driveway that consists of an existing trail approximately .7 mile long that is used to drive livestock from Ms. Branch's private land to a BLM grazing allotment.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T 14 S., R 11 E, Sec. 3 NMPM. Sacramento Ranger District.
Chippeway Inc. L Fuller
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/20/2007 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue a 400' x 5' right-of-way easement for a water conveyance system. This re-issuance includes a two spring development, buried pipeline and a wildlife water trough.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=23683
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Nw1/4, Sw1/4 of Sec 14, T. 16 S., R. 12 E, NMPM. East of Chippaway Park about 1.5 miles and north of Hwy 130.
City of Alamogordo Municipal Water Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue special use permit for operation and maintenance of existing pipeline in Alamo Caballero and Golden Canyons.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28551
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R10E/ T16S, R11E/ T16S, R17S/ T16S, 10E / R17S, 10E. Alamo, Carellero, and Golden Canyons.
James Canyon Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Mark Cadwallader
(575) 682-2551
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=792
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. Approximately 4 miles northeast of Cloudcroft, NM.
Jim Lewis
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/01/2010  09/2010 Kathryn Wallace
575-682-2551
kwallace@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental Analysis related to Regional Central Priority of "Restoring Fire Adapted Ecosystems".
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17758
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - The project area is occurs within various sections in Townships 17-19 south, Ranges 12-15 east. Southern Sacramento Mountains.
Martinez Road Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/10/2006 
Expected:12/2010
 
12/2010 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: A request for the use of a private driveway to access private property off of Forest Service Road 5570.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=16067
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T.15S., R.11E., Section 25. Off Forest Road 5570.
Otero County Electric Cooperative- Camp Dale Resler powerline
CE
- Facility management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description:  Realign 1960 feet of powerline within the permit area of Camp Dale Resler in Apache Canyon (Section 4). Green Hazard trees will be removed along the new powerline area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26256
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Section 5 Township 16 South, Range 12 East. In Apache Canyon.
Otero County- Long Ridge Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop communication installation on the Long Ridge Communication Site
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29244
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R11E, Section 14. Long Ridge Communication Site.
Penasco Valley Telephone Company Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/18/2007 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue Special Use Permit (SUP) to Penasco Valley Telephone for communications uses at the Mayhill communication site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=19942
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Sec. 15 & 16 of T. 16 S, R 14 E, NMPM. Sacramento Ranger District, NW of Mayhill.
Penasco Valley Telephone Line Construction
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/06/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of 4.54 miles of buried and aerial telephone cable, extending from both existing and new facilities to provide telephone service to the project area due to an increase in demand since the initial copper cable was installed 25 years ago.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17 R14 Sec 1, 9, 16-18, 35-36; T18 R14 Sec 1, 4; T17 R13 Sec 1, 3, 27; T15 R14 Sec 22, 23. Tall Pines, Bluewater, Seep Canyon, Wills Canyon, Sky Ridge, and Patterson.
Scott Able, Escondido, and San Andres Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Cadwallader
(575) 682-2551
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of continuation of Grazing Authorization for Scott Able, Escondido and San Andres allotments
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=22893
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. Approximately 16 miles southeast of Village of Cloudcroft.
Tzec Maun Special User Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:02/2011  03/2011 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue permit for transfer of ownership.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29249
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T15S, R12E, Section 25. Highway 24 at Apache Saddle.
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Lincoln National Forest,   Smokey Bear Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bonito Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/21/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
03/2011 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental Analysis related to the Regional Central Priority of "Restoring Fire Adapted Ecosystems."
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17760
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T9S, R11E, Secs. 24-28, 33-36; T9S, R12E, Secs. 24, 25, 30; T10S, R11E, Secs. 1-5, 8-17, 20-26, 28; T10S, R12E, Secs. 4-9, 16-21, 29. Bonito Lake Watershed, White Mountains.
Comery Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/01/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
01/2011 Sabrina Flores
575-434-7200
sflores@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21009
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. Five miles northwest of Capitan, NM.
El Capitan Mineral Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Test core drilling and related activities. Compliance with relevant processes and permitting requirements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=19778
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R14E, Sec 9,10,11,13,14,15, &16. Smokey Bear Ranger District, North of Capitan NM.
Forest Road 338 Private Land Access
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately 40 feet of new road to allow access to private land off Forest Road 338.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26209
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R15E, Sec. 21. Smokey Bear Ranger District, South of the Capitan Mountains.
Hale Lake and East Hale Lake Grazing Allotments Management
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A George Douds
575-630-3009
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of Authorization of Livestock Grazing
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31794
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. 12 miles E of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Hanson Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/06/2010  09/2010 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide a road easement for private land access over Forest Service property when no other access is available. The easement was granted to the previous owner and will now be covered to the new owner.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 8 S., R. 15 E., Sec. 19. Off Forest Service road 142, south of Capitan Mountains.
Madden Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat improvement project. The project would reduce tree densities while providing increased understory forage. In the pinyon-juniper there would be a 60% openings to a 40% cover ratio to optimize wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24431
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T7S. R13E. Sec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 28. The Patos Area, West of the Capitan Mountains.
North Fork Wells of Eagle Creek
EIS
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2010 
Expected:11/2011  12/2011 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis for Special Use Permit re-issuance associated with Municipal Water Supply for the Village of Ruidoso, NM.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9603
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R12E, Sec 36. North Fork of Eagle Creek.
Otero County Electric Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/04/2010  10/2010 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize the installation of three utility poles to provide amenities to private residents.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 8 S., R. 15 E., Sec. 19. Located off Forest Road 142, south of the Capitan Mountains.
Penasco Valley Telephone Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for Penasco Valley Telephone for an underground telecommunications line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=19935
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T9S, R 15E, Sec. 1, NMPM, T9S, R 16E, Sec. 23, NMPM. Smokey Bear Ranger District, North of Fort Stanton.
Sawset Trick Tank
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/13/2009 
Expected:07/2010
 
09/2010 Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of an inverted umbrella storage tank, which will be utilized by wildlife as a drinking source.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30160
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T.9S, R.17E, Sec. 15. Smokey Bear Ranger District.
Stokes Easement
CE
- Road management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Christina Thompson
575-434-7200
cthompso@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stokes Ranch Limited Partnership will grant the U.S Forest Service, without charge, a 100' right of way running from State Highway 246 south along the section line between sections 21 and 22 for a distance of 3/16 of a mile.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T7S, R17E, Sec. 21. Encinoso, North side of the Capitan Mountains.
Sugar Stake Land Exchange
CE
- Land ownership management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cthompso@fs.fed.us 
Description: The exchange of 20 acres of private land located on a patented mining claim within the White Mountain Wilderness for Forest Service Land elsewhere.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30163
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T9S, R11E, Sec. 17. Back Country Wilderness in the White Mountain Wilderness exchanged with land near White Oaks.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.