Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
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
- 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
Integrated Non-native Invasive Plant Project
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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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  Completed  Actual: 04/29/2011  07/2011 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 09/2011 
Expected:05/2012  10/2012 Mark Sando
575-885-7414
msando@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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol - Improvements to Dark Canyon Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of four microwave dishes, two Land Mobile Radios on existing tower, and a 500 gallon propane tank. Replacement of existing 25 kilowatt back-up generator and existing concrete slab.
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - T25S, R22E, Section 31. Dark Canyon Communication Site.
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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:07/2011
 
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=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  Completed  Actual: 04/22/2011  04/2011 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,.
Aqua Chiquita Wetland Stream Habitat Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  10/2011 Jack Williams
575-682-2551
jdwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create and restore wetland and stream habitat on the Agua Chiquita Creek. The project will improve fishery and wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - The project is located off NFSR 64 next to Sand and Barrel Springs. The project area is found in township T 18. S R12 E Section 26. The Aqua Chiquita Wetland and Stream Restoration Project is located South of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, in the southern part of the Sacramento Ranger District in Otero County.
Bailey Wetland Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  10/2011 Jack Williams
575-682-2551
jdwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore and enhance wet meadow wetlands that have been damaged by off road vehicle activity.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - The project area is found in T.15 S. R.12 E. Sections 22, 23, 26, and 27. The Bailey Wetland Restoration Project is located approximately 3 miles North of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Otero County in the northwestern part of the Sacramento Ranger District.
Bell Ranch Spring Box and Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  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  Cancelled  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 09/2011 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 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 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011  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.
NM Department of Information Technology - Improvements to Benson Ridge Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of replacement tower, replace existing equipment in existing shelter, install antennaes and coax on replacement tower.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R11E, Section 36. Benson Ridge Communication Site.
NM Department of Information Technology - Improvements to Cathey Ridge Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing microwave equipment on existing Forest Service tower and inside existing communication shelter.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R11E, Section 23. Cathey Ridge Communication Site.
PVT-Mayhill Exchange Upgrades
CE
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:11/2011  12/2011 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).
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:12/2011
 
01/2012 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.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol - Improvements to Benson Ridge Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of repeaters, receivers, microwave dishes, and antennaes on existing tower. Installation of one generator and a 500 gallon propane tank.
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R11E, Section 36. Benson Ridge Communication Site.
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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:07/2011
 
09/2011 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.
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.
NM Department of Information Technology - Buck Mountain Communication Site Improvements
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing tower, install network and radio equipment in an existing communication shelter, and new parabolic microwave antennae installation.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R11E, Section 34. Buck Mountain Communication Site.
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  Completed  Actual: 01/21/2011  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.
Stokes Easement and Road Construction/Reroute of FR 256
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Eric Turbeville
575-257-4095
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Aquisition of an Easement to access FR 256 across Forest Service Land. The proposal will require the aquisition of an easement to cross private land and reroute a portion of FR 256 to ensure legal access to the north side of the Capitan Mountains.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 7 South, Range 17 East, Section 21. North side of Capitan Mountains, FR 256.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol - Improvements to Buck Mountain Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of two Land Mobile Radio antennaes and two microwave antennaes on existing Forest Service towers. Installation of prefabricated shelter for communication equipment, generator, and propane tank.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R11E, Section 34. Buck Mountain Communication Site.
Village of Ruidoso Stream Augmentation Pilot Study North Fork Eagle Creek
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest is proposing to issue a special use permit to the Village of Ruidoso to conduct a stream augmentation pilot study on the North Fork of Eagle Creek. It is located in T.10S R.11E Sec. 36.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township10 S Range11 E Section 36. Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincon National Forest, Lincoln County, NM, North Fork of Eagle Creek.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.