Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
Lincoln National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
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 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
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.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  12/2011 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2011  01/2012 Glen Stein
801-200-2703
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 and 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 05/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
06/2014 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 and native invasive plants within the Lincoln National Forest's boundaries. Adaptive management would be incorporated into the analysis.
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  Cancelled  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/nepa_project_exp.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
Last Chance Fire Riparian Rehabilitation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 03/19/2012  04/2012 Larry Paul
575-885-4181
lpaul@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will be the planting of native trees, grasses, and shrubs within the riparian areas burned and destroyed during the Last Chance wildfire of April 2011.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38762
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - T23, 24S, R21, 23E. Last Chance Canyon.
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Sargent Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:11/2012  04/2013 Mark Sando
575-885-7414
msando@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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/nepa_project_exp.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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/18/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
04/2013 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: New non-motorized 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Tree Planting at Sitting Bull Falls Day Use Area
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 01/12/2012  02/2012 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Planting of trees that in same footprint where trees were burned during wildfire event.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37790
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. Sitting Bull Falls Day Use Area.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol - Improvements to Dark Canyon Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36636
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
2012 Communication Lease Extensions - Longridge Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Four communication leases expire in 2012. All four can be extended 20 years, fulfulling their maximum length of term. The leases are assigned to the following parties: Select Path; KVIA-NPG of Texas, L.P.; City of Alamogordo; and LIN TV Broadcast.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37984
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R10E, Section 14. Longridge Communication Site.
Akers Prescribed Fire
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Thad Chavez
575-682-2551
thadchavez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would implement a prescribed fire designed to reduce stand densities, increase stand health, reduce activity and natural fuel loadings, improve wildlife habitat, and move the project area toward a more sustainable condition.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38644
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T. 17 S. R. 13E, sections 13, 14, 23, 24 and 25. T.17S, R.13E, sections 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 30. Located aproximately one mile north of the communites of sacramento and weed.
Aqua Chiquita Wetland Stream Habitat Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/15/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Jack Williams
575-682-2551
jdwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create and restore wetland and stream habitat on the Agua Chiquita Creek. The project would improve fishery and wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36417
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Township T 18 S, R12 E, Section 26. South of Cloudcroft off Forest Service Road 64 next to Sand and Barrel Springs.
Brown Water Transmission Pipeline Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of expired water transmission pipeline.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37199
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T15S, R14E, Section 34. Approximately 1.5 miles on County Road 010 (Bell Canyon) south of County Road 009 (Sixteen Springs). Approximately 1.5 miles east of James Canyon Lookout on County Road 010.
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/nepa_project_exp.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 Campground Wildfire Rehabilitation Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 02/17/2012  02/2012 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Activities proposed include removal of burned wooden bridge and replacement with steel bridge; installation of six tent pads with metal tables and campfire rings, rip rap on slopes, four bear proof trash receptacles, fence, and kiosk.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37204
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R14E, Section 22. James Canyon Campground.
James Canyon Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Ralph Fink
575-682-2551
rfink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=792
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. Approximately 4 miles northeast of Cloudcroft, NM.
NM Department of Information Technology - Improvements to Benson Ridge Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Ron Hannan
505-434-7200
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of replacement tower, replace existing equipment in existing shelter, install antennaes and coax on replacement tower.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36632
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing microwave equipment on existing Forest Service tower and inside existing communication shelter.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36633
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R11E, Section 23. Cathey Ridge Communication Site.
PVT-Mayhill Exchange Upgrades
CE
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/22/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35678
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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/18/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22893
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. Approximately 16 miles southeast of Village of Cloudcroft.
Tzec Maun Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/29/2012  02/2012 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue permit for transfer of ownership.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36635
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R11E, Section 36. Benson Ridge Communication Site.
White Sands Missile Range Alamo Peak Communication Site Septic and Water Tank Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of new septic tank and water tank within their permitted communication lot at Alamo Peak Communication Site to replace existing tanks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37983
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R11E, Section 34. Alamo Peak Communication Site - White Sands Missile Range Communication Lot.
Wills Canyon Trail (TR 5008) Reroute, Maintenance, and Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description:  Work on 3.2 miles of TR 5008: reroute of 0.5 mile out of drainage bottom; 0.7 mile reconstructed in existing trail prism; and 2.0 miles of maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37982
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R12E, Sections 16, 17, 19-21, 29, and 30. Throughout Wills Canyon Trail (TR 5008). Reconstruction and reroute would occur on the western half of trail.
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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 Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/21/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012
Actual: 07/18/2011 
09/2012 Peggy Luensmann
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis related to restoring ecological functionality to fire-adapted ecosystems in order to improve forest health and resilience.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.
Copeland Canyon Pipeline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct and reconstruct approximately 3 miles of deteriorated pipeline from a perennial spring at the mouth of Copeland Canyon to a storage tank in the middle of the Arroyo Seco Allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38564
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 7 South and Range 17 and 18 East. The allotment lies south of Highway 246, northeast of the community of Capitan, New Mexico.
Divide Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2013 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of authorization for livestock grazing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37789
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R14E, Sections 2, 3, and 9-16; T8S, R15E, Sections 4-8. The Divide Allotment is located north of Capitan, New Mexico.
El Capitan Mineral Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19778
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R14E, Sections 9-11 and 13-16. Smokey Bear Ranger District, North of Capitan NM.
Hale Lake and East Hale Lake Grazing Allotments Management
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2013 George Douds
575-630-3009
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis for continuation of authorization of livestock grazing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31794
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. 12 miles east of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Installation of Salazar Trick Tank
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 11/01/2011  03/2012 Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of an inverted umbrella water storage tank. Placement of drinker and an exclosure fence will be placed to protect the development from livestock grazing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37393
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T9S, R16E, Section 18. South side of Capitan Mountains; Northeast of Salazar Canyon.
Jicarilla KD Placer Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 03/07/2012  04/2012 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest has received a Plan of Operations, Jicarilla KD Placer Exploration (JKDPE), to conduct a minimal impact, limited-scale mineral exploration program.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37220
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 10, Township 5 South, Range 12 East. Jicarilla Mountains, off of Forest Road 72, approximately 5 miles southeast of Ancho, NM.
Madden Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36630
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R11E, Section 34. Buck Mountain Communication Site.
North Divide Trick Tank
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a 3,500 gallon capacity inverted umbrella collection and storage tank. Tank will be plumbed to a ground drinker. An enclosure fence will be constructed to protect the development (Approx. 2 acres in size).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38512
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T.7S. R.14E., Section 2. Located north of the village of Capitan (along road 246), along the NE corner of Capitan Divide.
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 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@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/nepa_project_exp.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 Cooperative--Biscuit Hill Transmission Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/29/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a new 115 KV transmission line from the Biscuit Hill area in Ruidoso Downs, through Goat Mountain to the Alto substation. The transmission line will include a single pole line, approximately 80 feet high, and will parallel the existing line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38843
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R14E Sections 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 34, 35; T11S, R14E Sections 2,11,14. Ruidoso Downs running north and east through biscuit hill, goat mountain and ending at the Alto substation.
Stokes Easement and Road Construction/Reroute of FR 256
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/15/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Aquisition of right of way road easement on private land to access Forest System Road 256 to ensure legal access to the north side of the Capitan Mountains.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36462
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36634
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R11E, Section 34. Buck Mountain Communication Site.
West Mountain Push Units 1-6
CE
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 02/17/2012  03/2012 John Kennedy
575-257-4095
jkennedy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat 981 acres of vegetation in pinyon/juniper woodlands to improve timber stand health and function while increasing quality of winter mule deer habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37210
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R14E, Sections 1-3, 9-12, 15-16. West and northeast of Hondo, New Mexico.
White Fire Rehabilitation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 02/17/2012  03/2012 John Kennedy
575-257-4095
jkennedy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Minimize adverse effects from the White Fire on National Forest lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38506
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S, R13E, Section 24, 25; T11S, R14E, Section 15, 20, and 21; T11S, R15E, Sections 25, 26, 27, and 31. Forest lands north of Rio Ruidoso corridor.
Zia Natural Gas Pipeline at Cedar Creek Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/23/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a two inch pipeline under Cedar Creek Road at the corner of Mechem Drive (HWY 48) and Cedar Creek Road in Ruidoso to improve access to natural gas for nearby subdivisions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37804
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S, R13E, Section 16. At the corner of Mechem Drive (HWY 48) and Cedar Creek Road in Ruidoso.
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