Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  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.
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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.
CAMP TATIYEE LAND EXCHANGE - 0100
EIS
- Land acquisition  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/25/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
12/2013 Randall Chavez
928-368-2100
rchavez02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange of private parcels in the A-S, Coronado, Prescott, & Tonto NFs for Federal lands in Pinetop-Lakeside (T9N, R22E). Would provide land for children's camps currently under spec. use permit & result in consolid. of isolated parcels on Forests.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5004
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District, Lakeside Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District, Sierra Vista Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N, R22E, sec.16, G&SRBM. Along State Highway SR260 within existing Pinetop-Lakeside town limits.
Show Low South Land Exchange
EIS
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/28/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
09/2013 Randall Chavez
928-368-2100
rchavez02@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22287
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
Prescott National Forest Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/30/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
12/2013 Mary Rasmussen
928-443-8265
mcrasmussen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest is 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
Wildlife Water Development Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:04/2013  04/2013 Noel Fletcher
928-443-8020
nfletcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of six existing water catchments and one new water catchment.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30424
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 Pine 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 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30153
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Prescott Basin.
Friendly Pines Organization Camp Underground Electric Line
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/05/2012  09/2012 Kendra Bourgart
928-443-8012
klbourgart@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to authorize the owner of the Friendly Pines Organization Camp to install underground electrical utility lines for approximatley 425 linear feet from an electrical panel in front of the infirmary to the feed barn.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39818
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - R2W, T12.5N, Sect 27. Camp Friendly Pines on Frienly Pines Road about 1 mile west of Senator HIghway in Groom Creek.
Granite Basin Recreation Residence Lot 7 Septic System Resolution and Storage Shed Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/09/2012  11/2012 Kendra Bourgart
928-443-8012
klbourgart@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize the owners of the recreation residence located on Lot 7 within the Granite Basin Recreation Residence Tract to assess and repair or replace the septic system and to build a storage shed.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40140
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T14N, R3W, Sect 9. Off FSRoad 374 (Granite Basin Recreation Road).
Hassayampa Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013  09/2013 Chris Thiel
928-474-7900
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of livestock grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31797
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. 11 miles SW of Prescott, Arizona.
Milkmine Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
05/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Wagoner Allotment Grazing Management
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 09/28/2012
09/28/2012 
01/2013 Chris Thiel
928-777-2211
cathiel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue authorization of livestock grazing
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37238
Location: UNIT - Bradshaw Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Southwest corner of Bradshaw Ranger District.
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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 03/2013 
Expected:08/2013  12/2013 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 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
04/2013 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange reciprocal easements on approximatley 18 mile of road.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
AAM Priority River Rafting Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/21/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
02/2013 Thomas Palmer
928-567-1114
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes to issue to the outfitter/guide known as AAM a 5-year priority special use permit for a river rafting outfitter guide operation on the Verde River and Verde Wild and Scenic River Segments.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40886
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Boat launching will occur at White Bridge and Beasley Flats River access sites on the Prescott; take outs at GAP Creek, Childs and Hoseshoe reservoir on the Prescott, Coc, and Tonto.
Amendment to Table top Telephone Special Use Permit - Cienega and Wagon Bow Ranches
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/17/2012  12/2012 Richard Della Porta
928-443-8013
rdellaporta@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest is proposing to amend Table Top Telephone Company's special use permit to extend its fiber optic communications system to serve two ranch residences.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40524
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T18N, R5W, Sect 6; T18N, R6W, Sect 1; T19N, R5W, Sects 29, 31, & 32; and T16N, R7W, Sect 2, T17N, R7W, Sect 35. Extension from County Road 5 (Williamson Valley Rd) to Cienaga Ranch, and extension from County Road 68 to Wagon Bow Ranch.
Arizona Balloon Works, Inc. Special Use Permit Reissue
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/21/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
02/2013 Thomas Palmer
928-567-1114
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott NF proposes to reissue a 5-year special use permit to Arizona Balloon Works to continue to provide hot air balloon tours in the Verde Valley.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40888
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Project will occur on the PNF in the Verde Valley. Launch sites are located near Cottonwood Az.
Brown Springs Tank Cleaning in Cedar Bench Wilderness
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Kelli Spleiss
928-567-1126
kspleiss@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to allow the permittee for the Brown Springs Allotment to clean and restore four earthen stock tanks within the Cedar Bench Wilderness Area using motorized and mechanical means.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39876
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T12N, R5E, Sects 25,26,35,36. In the southeast portion of Cedar Bench Wilderness approximately 10 miles south of Camp Verde.
Gila Chub Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/23/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Mingus Mountain Recreation Residence Lot #21 Storage Shed Project
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/14/2012  10/2012 Kendra Bourgart
928-443-8012
klbourgart@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize the owners of the recreation residence, or 'cabin', on lot #21, to construct a 40 square foot storage shed on the property for a water storage tank for personal use.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39814
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T15N, R2E, Sect 10. Mingus Mountain Recreation Residences approximately 1 mile southeast of Highway 89.
Reissuance of a Water Development Special Use Permit to Frank and Wanita Melluzzo
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest is proposing to reissue a 10-year special use permit for 2 water pipelines, 1 springbox, 600 gallon water tank, and cattle exclosure fence.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39048
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T14N, R3E, Sect17. Off Cherry road in Cherry, AZ.
Reissue 10-year Special Use Permit to Arizona Hang Gliders Association (AGHA)
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 09/06/2012  05/2012 Sheila Sandusky
928-214-2455
ssandusky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to reissue a special use permit to Arizona Hang Gliders Assoc. to use a site for hang gliding. AHGA has been under permit for a hang gliding launch at this location since 3/23/1984.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38392
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T15N, R2E, Sect(s) SE SE of Section 2, GSRBM. Vicinity of Mingus Mountain communications site.
Rim Country Bowhunters Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Sheila Sandusky
928-567-1120
ssandusky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service, Prescott National Forest, is proposing to issue a 10-yr special use permit to the Rim Country Bowhunters Association for their existing site located off Cherry Rd in Camp Verde, AZ.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39106
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - T14N, R4E, Section 16. Located off Cherry Creek Rd & Hwy 260.
Sedona Adventure Outfitter Guide Priority River Boating Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/21/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
02/2013 Thomas Palmer
928-567-1114
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The PNF proposes to issue to Sedona Adventure Outfitter and Guides Inc. a 5-year priority special use permit for a river boating outfitter guide operation on the Verde River and Verde Wild and Scenic River segments.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40889
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. Boat launching will occur at Skidmore, Big Notti, Black Canyon, White Bridge, Clear Creek and Beasley Flats River access sites on the PNF. Take outs at Gap Creek, Childs, and Horseshoe resvr.
West Mingus Avenue Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:07/2013  02/2014 Thomas Palmer
928-567-1114
tpalmer01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prescott National Forest proposes to develop a trailhead and system of trails, in coordination with the City of Cottonwood, along FR493 (West Mingus Avenue) in the Cottonwood and Clarkdale Area.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40891
Location: UNIT - Verde Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. The proposed project occurs southwest of Cottonwood, AZ along FR493 (West Mingus Avenue).
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.