Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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 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  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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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.
Show Low South Land Exchange
EIS
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/28/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 Ryan Domsalla
928-333-6268
rdomsalla@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposal to exchange 1028 acres Federal Land (Apache-Sitgreaves NFs & Coconino NF) for 1555 acres of non federal lands (Apache-Sitgreaves, Prescott and Coconino NF).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District, Alpine Ranger District, Lakeside Ranger District, Black Mesa Ranger District, Mogollon Rim Ranger District, Clifton Ranger District, Red Rock Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, Navajo, Yavapai. LEGAL - T6N R29E Section 34, T10N R22E Section 31 & #2. Exchange private parcesl in the A-S, Coconino & Prescott NFs for Federal lands on the Apache (Alpine RD) T6N R29E Sec 34 (Sacr & Lakeside RD) T10N R22E Sec 31 &32 (900 acres) and Coconino (50 acres).
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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
Airbase Expansion at Prescott Fire Center
EA
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012
 
04/2012 Dan Salcido
928-443-8167
dsalcido@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest is proposing to expand and update its facilities at the Prescott Fire Center at 2400 Melville Drive.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36702
Location: UNIT - Prescott National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. 2400 Melville Road, Prescott, Arizona.
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 06/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 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 
Completed  Actual: 11/02/2011  02/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Reconstruction of Four Wildlife Water Catchments
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/09/2011  02/2012 Gabrielle Kenton
928-443-8221
gkenton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to re-issue Special User Permits to AZ Game and Fish Dept to reconstruct and maintain four, old wildlife wather cathcments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37389
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District, Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T16N, R1E; T16N, R 2E; T16N, R2E; and T17N, R1E. The catchments are located near the Woodchute Wilderness, west and north west of Jerome.
Wildlife Water Development Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 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 11/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
04/2012 Kurt Wetzstein
928-443-8042
kwetzstein@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/nepa_project_exp.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 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of livestock grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of livestock grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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  Completed  Actual: 09/29/2011  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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31798
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. 22 miles SE of Prescott, Arizona.
Milkmine Plan of Operations
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:06/2012  08/2012 Frances Alvarado
928-443-8014
falvarado@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to approve a plan of operations for a placer gold mining proposal on approximately 100 acres of land within the Prescott National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37710
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 11 N, R 2 W, Section 8, Gila Salt Meridian. The mine will be located on a site approximately mile west of Milk Creek, approximately 7 miles south and east of the town of Wilhoit off Forest Road 94, also known as the Wagoner Road.
Milkmine Test Well Permit
CE
- Special area management  Completed  Actual: 11/04/2011  11/2011 Frances Alvarado
760-873-2455
falvarado@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to issue a permit to Tradebot, a Kansas-Based corporation, to drill a test well on thier mining claim to evaluate the potential impacts on natural resources from water withdrawal for their anticipated mining operation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36744
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Test well will be on the ridge above Milk Creek just off FR 94, approximately 12 south of Prescott.
Trails End Gold Mine Property Exploratory Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 11/04/2011  12/2011 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 12 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Wagoner Allotment Grazing Management
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:06/2012  08/2012 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue authorization of livestock grazing
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Southwest corner of Bradshaw Ranger District.
White Spar electric line rebuild Phase II
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/09/2011  11/2011 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to issue a permit to Arizona Public Service to rebuild an existing 12 kV overhead primary power line that feeds Ponderosa Park subdivision.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36780
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - East sec. 20, North sec. 29; T. 13 N., R. 2 W., G&SRM. Along Ponderoasa Road to Ponderosa Park subdivision.
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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
K Four Allotment Grazing Management
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue authorization of livestock grazing
Location: UNIT - Chino Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Northeast portion of the Chino Valley Ranger District.
Yavapai Ranch Reciprocal Rights-of-Way Project
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/09/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
04/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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
APS Gray Wolf/Waste Management 12 kV power line.
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/19/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to issue a permit to Arizona Public Service to install an underground power line to supply the Gray Wolf Regional Landfill. This underground power line will be within an ADOT right-of-way for State Highway 169.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36781
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - G&SRM T. 13 N., R. 2 E., secs. 3, 4, 10, 11, 12; T. 13 N., R. 3 W., secs. 7and 8. Along the south side of State Highway 169 from Orme Road to the private land at the Gray Wolf Regional Landfill.
Arizona Public Service Company building replacement & new security fence
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/09/2011  01/2012 Sheila Sandusky
928-214-2455
ssandusky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to permit APS to replace their existing communications shelter on North Mingus with a new 16x20 prefab equipment shelter and install a new 35x54 security fence.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36993
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T15N, R2E, Section 2. Mingus Mtn south of Highway 89A between Jerome and Prescott.
Arizona Public Service Company extension of an existing 12kV line to the Bar K Bar Ranch property
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Sheila Sandusky
928-214-2455
ssandusky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes to permit Arizona Public Service Company to extend an existing 12kV power line from Sycamore Cabin rental to the Bar K Bar Ranch property.
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - 34˚ 21.115 N, 111˚ 58.072 W to 34˚ 21.065 N, 111˚ 58.072 W. About a mile south of Dugas between Sycamore Cabin and Bar K Bar Ranch.
Black Canyon Trail # 114 relocation
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Jason Williams
928-777-2220
jwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to relocate a portion of the Black Canyon Trail #114 and its associated parking area, which will require approximately 2 miles of new non-motorized trail construction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott/recreation/trails/verde/blackcan114.shtml
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T 15N. R 3E. Sections 28 and 29. The main access to the Black Canyon Trail #114 is off of Highway 260 out of Cottonwood.
East Ash Spring Exclosure
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011  02/2012 Albert Sillas
928-567-1124
asillas@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes to construct a 0.5 acre exclosure and install a 10- to 2-foot pipeline extension from existing spring development to a small water drinker.
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T15N. R2E, Sec. 22, Hickey Mt quad. East Ash Spring, Mingus Mountain area, Verde Ranger District.
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Horner Mountain Storage and Pipeline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 11/14/2011  02/2012 Charles Mabery
928-567-1121
cmabery@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposed to allow the livestock permittee on the Horner Mountain Allotment extend the Reimer Spring Pipeline from the Reimer Storage Tank to the Big Flat Well Storage Tank.
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T. 12N, R. 4E, Sec. 7 & 8. Horner Mountain Allotment in the Aqua Fria Grasslands , Verde Ranger District, Prescott National Forest.
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.