Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2011 to 06/30/2011
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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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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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 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/30/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
04/2012 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:06/2011
 
07/2011 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue special use authorization for phoneline
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28559
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
New Campground Construction
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  04/2012 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of campground on south side of State route 137 directly across from the Queen Forest Service administration site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34819
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 26 South, Range 22 East, Section 22. South side of State route 137 directly across from the Queen Forest Service administration site.
Reissuing of Caprock Communications Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuing of a communications special use permit to operate a tower and building. Also, add solar panels on individual stands and battery box to outside of building.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34818
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 26 South, Range 22 East, Section 31. Dark Canyon Communication Site.
Sargent Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Cherie Edwards
575-885-4181
cherieedwards@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.
Sitting Bull Falls New Host Site
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of new host site at Sitting Bull Falls Campground day use area along road leading into parking lot behind closed gate.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34821
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 24 South, Range 22 East, Section 22. Sitting Bull Falls Campground.
Sitting Bull Falls New Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: New trail would be constructed to connect Trail 215 to Trail 68 to create another loop in the existing Stack loop trail system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34820
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 24 South, Range 22 East, Section 4. Sitting Bull Falls Campground area.
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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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/17/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/08/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 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.
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 07/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 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.
Lucas Trail 251 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute lower southern end of trail to tie into old railroad grade and logging road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34842
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R12E, Section 32; T17S, R12E, Sections 5-6. Between Russia Canyon and Benson Ridge Roads.
PVT-Mayhill Exchange Upgrades
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Marcie Kelton
505-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of buried and aerial telephone cable on National Forest System lands extending from both existing and underground facilities in the Agua Chiquita, Seep Canyon, Tall Pines, Rio Penasco, Blue Water areas.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Tall Pines, T.17 S., R. 14 E. Sec 9 &16; Bluewater, T. 18 S., R. 13 E. Sec1, T. 17 S., R. 14 E. Sec. 35 & 36; Seep Cyn. T. 18 S., R. 11 E. Sec. 4; Wills Canyon, T. 17 S., R. 13 E. Sec. 1 &3, T. 17 S.,. Various locations on Sacramento Ranger District (see legal for exact locations).
Penasco Valley Telephone Company Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/28/2011  03/2011 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 
Completed  Actual: 03/16/2011  03/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32387
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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/02/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Katherine Sanchez Meador
575-682-2551
ksanchezmeador (at) 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  Completed  Actual: 12/28/2010  02/2011 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.
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.
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  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 02/03/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
08/2012 Eric Turbeville
575-257-4095
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.
Penasco Valley Telephone Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Eric Turbeville
575-257-4095
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  Completed  Actual: 01/14/2011  02/2011 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.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.