Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
Prescott National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Prescott National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Prescott National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Prescott National Forest,  Bradshaw Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Prescott National Forest,  Chino Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Prescott National Forest,  Verde 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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R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
APS Sycamore 69kV Powerline Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tamarya Pike
480-595-3370
tpike@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update and re-authorize Arizona Public Service 69-kV power transmission line across approximately 17 miles of NFS lands
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District, Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. East of I-17 from Dugas south to Black Canyon City.
Verde River APS P-31 Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/02/2011  04/2011 Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to issue a 50-year special use permit to Arizona Public Service to operate and maintain a 69kV powerline along sections of the Coconino, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests. Thel ine has been in operation since 1918.
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District, Cave Creek Ranger District, Red Rock Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Maricopa, Yavapai. LEGAL - T11N, R6E, Sects 2,3,4,11; T12N, R6E, Sects 19,29,30,32,33; T12N, R5E, Sects 2,3,11,12,13,24; T12.5N, R5E, Sect 34; T13N, R5E, Sects 7,18,19,20,28,29,33,34; T13N, R4E Sects 1,2,12; T14N, R4E, Sects 4. The powerline runs along the Verde River through portions of the Coconino, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests.
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Prescott 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
Prescott National Forest Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/19/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
10/2012 Mary Rasmussen
928-443-8265
mcrasmussen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest will be revising its land and resource management plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott/plan-revision/index.shtml
Location: UNIT - Prescott National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Yavapai. Entire Prescott National Forest.
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Prescott National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Hills Vegetation Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
08/2011 Ed Paul
928-777-5665
epaul@fs.fed.us 
Description: Manage forest vegetation on approximately 185,000 acres with a primary objective of restoring natural ecological systems and reducing the risk of uncharacteristically intense wildfires.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33287
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District, Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - All or portions of T12N, R2&3E; T13N, R2&3E; T14N, R2,2 1/2, 3&4E; T14 1/2 N, R3E; T15N, R2,2 1/2, 3&4E; and T16N, R1, 1 1/2, 2&3E; G&SRB&M, AZ. All of the Verde Ranger District west of Interstate I-17 and south of Forest Road 318A. The portion of the Chino Ranger District east of State Highway 89 and south of Forest Road 318A.
Skull Valley Distance Riders Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/20/2011  04/2011 Jason Williams
928-777-2220
jwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest is proposing to issue a permit to the Skull Valley Distance Riders for a two-day equestrian endurance ride on April 23rd and 24th, 2011.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34888
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District, Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T. 14, 141/2, and 15 N R. 3 & 4 W all sections. Centered around the north, west, and southwest of Granite Mtn Wilderness, but not within the wilderness.
Wildlife Water Development Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Noel Fletcher
928-443-8020
nfletcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of six existing water catchments and one new water catchment.
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District, Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 18-19 N, R 2-3 W; T 17 N, R 6 W. Black Mesa area and Hyde Mountain area.
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Prescott National Forest,   Bradshaw Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bradshaw Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/05/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
01/2012 Jodi Stevens
928-443-8041
jodistevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing vegetation treatments on areas within a 55,554 acre analysis area. Treatments are intended to improve the resiliency of fire adapted ecosystems while reducing hazardous fuels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30153
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Prescott Basin.
Buckhorn Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/21/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
08/2011 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of livestock grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31799
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. 23 miles W of Prescott, Arizona.
Golden Lobo Lode Claim
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frances Alvarado
928-443-8014
falvarado@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to permit mining operations by trenching along an ore vein with use of a backhoe. Ore removed will be processed offsite.
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 13 N, R 2 W, Sec 14. East of Goldwater Lake and off the Senator Highway.
Hassayampa Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/13/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
10/2011 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of livestock grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31797
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. 11 miles SW of Prescott, Arizona.
Horsethief Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/27/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of livestock grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31798
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. 22 miles SE of Prescott, Arizona.
Trails End Gold Mine Property Exploratory Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/06/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Frances Alvarado
760-873-2455
falvarado@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to allow Alliance Mining to carry out a 3-phase exploration drilling program of up to 60 holes over 14 months. Each phase is dependent on previous phase results. Each phase will take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31389
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T11N R2W Sections 1, 2, & 12. Crooks Canyon Area off of Rd. 82A. Claims are a little over 7 miles directly east from the Community of Walnut Grove, AZ.
Walnut Grove Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/26/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue authorization for livestock grazing
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31796
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. 18 miles south of Prescott, Arizona.
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Prescott National Forest,   Chino Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Table Top Telephone Company (TTTC) telecommunication projects
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/22/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
12/2011 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to permit TTTC to construct, operate, and maintain an underground telecommuncation system between Bagdad, Talking Rock, and Seligman, AZ. This will involve two seperate aligments and projects.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29837
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Between communities of Bagdad, Talking Rock, and Seligman, AZ.
Yavapai Ranch Reciprocal Rights-of-Way Project
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/09/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
12/2011 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange reciprocal easements on approximatley 18 mile of road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29905
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Northwestern corner of Prescott National Forest in the.
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Prescott National Forest,   Verde Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gila Chub Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/23/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Albert Sillas
928-567-1124
asillas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve pool habitat by sediment removal, instream structures, exclosure fences, and removal of juniper tree encroachment in three sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30425
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 11 N, R 4 E, sections 4, 16, 20. Near Sycamore Historic Site/Dugas area.
Midvale Telephone Exchange fiberoptic service to private land
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/28/2011  05/2011 Sheila Sandusky
928-214-2455
ssandusky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest (PNF) is proposing to permit Midvale Telephone Exchange (MTE) to attach fiber optic cable on an existing Arizona Public Service (APS) overhead line to provide service to a subdivision located on private land
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34281
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Township 15 North, Range 2 East, Sections 19 & 30. The project area is alongside FR 643 connecting to FR 151 next to Hwy 89A at Mingus Mountain in Prescott Valley.
Niles Radio new communication facility at the Squaw Peak Communications Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to permit Niles Radio to install a 100', self-supporting communications tower, a 20' X 16' equipment shelter, generator and 500 gallon propane tank at the Squaw Peak Communications site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35868
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T13N, R4E, section 36. Site located at established Squaw Peak communications site approximately 4 miles south of Camp Verde, AZ.
Nita Eagle Lode Claim
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frances Alvarado
928-443-8014
falvarado@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project is to clean up a portal for prospecting. An excavating machine (5.5 ton) will be used to help remove loose rocks/earth from the mouth of the tunnel. Area to be cleared is 20 sq ft and ~30 tons of material will be removed from the portal.
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 13 N, R3W, Sections 5 & 8. Located within Racetrack wash, 4 - 5 miles south of Cherry, AZ.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.