Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Santa Fe 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, Santa Fe National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Coyote Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Cuba Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Espanola Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Jemez Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Pecos-Las Vegas 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
Supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/01/2000
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 John Phillips
575-638-5526
jcphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: A supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project on the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests to disclose, review, and assess additional information.
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units, Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos. Carson and Santa Fe National Forests in New Mexico.
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Santa Fe 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
Travel Management
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/07/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 Julie Bain
505-438-5443
sftravelmgt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate a system of roads, trails and areas open to motorized travel by class of vehicle and time of year.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/travelmgt/
Location: UNIT - Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe. Santa Fe National Forest.
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Santa Fe National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment Permit Issuance
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/12/2009 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 Donald Serrano
505-753-7331
dlserrano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize livestock grazing on NFS lands within the Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment. If the decision is to authorize some level of livestock grazing, then the management prescriptions to be applied will also be analyzed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25903
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District, Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. NFS lands within the Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment.
Santa Fe N.F. Oil and Gas Leasing Amendment and Cuba Roads Management EIS
EIS
- Land management planning
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/25/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2012 
Expected:03/2012
Actual: 08/15/2008 
05/2012 Jennifer Cramer
505-438-5449
jennifercramer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Plan amendment for Oil and Gas leasing stipulations on unleased lands on the portion of the Forest within the San Juan Basin and the proposed closure and decommission of specific unnecessary roads on the Cuba Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=11560
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District, Coyote Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba, Sandoval. Cuba and Coyote Ranger Districts.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Coyote Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cordovas Forest Restoration Thinning and Prescribed Fire Project
CE
- Land management planning
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:01/2012  04/2012 Ramon Borrego
575-638-5526
jcphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project involves thinning and prescribed fire on approximately 2100 acres of Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forested stands. Up to one mile of temproary road may be needed to access stands. Primary objectives are to restore stand structure.
Location: UNIT - Coyote Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T22N, R2E, sections 8, 9, 16, 17, 21 and 22. West of Coyote, NM approximately 6 miles and south of NM Highway 96 along the western side of FR 103. The project is located between the San Pedro Parks Wilderness and the community of Mesa Poleo, NM.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Cuba Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
La Jara Vegetation Management
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2010 
Expected:03/2012
 
03/2012 Tom Fuchtman
575-289-3264
tfuchtman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of small and medium diameter trees followed by fuelwood collection, mastication of slash, and prescribed burning on approximately 660 acres. The proposed project is designed to impove forest health and resilience by reducing tree density.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30013
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T22N, R1W, Sections 13, 14, 22, 23, 24. 6 Miles northeast of Cuba, NM on the west side of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.
Penas Negras Riparian Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 Ramon Borrego
575-289-3264
rborrego@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning, bank stabilization, erosion control and prescribed fire.
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T20N, R2E, sections 3, 7, 8, and 9. Along Rito Penas Negras above FR20.
San Pedro Parks Allotment Environmental Assessment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/02/1993 
Expected:06/1993
 
06/1994 William Eaton
505-289-3264
weaton01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental assessment of effects from continued livestock grazing.
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba, Sandoval. Santa Fe National Forest, Cuba Ranger District.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Espanola Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Borrego Bear Wallow Trails 150, 182, and 254
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 04/25/2011  12/2011 Lynn Bjorklund
505-753-7331
lbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trails will be repaired, improved, and rerouted in some sections to make effective repairs and avoid them washing out.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33760
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T18N, R10 E Sec 25. Trail section along Tesuque Creek in Sangre de Cristo Mountains, north and west of State Road 475.
Cerro Pelon Timber Stand and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Forest products  On Hold  N/A  N/A Daniel Mondragon
505-753-7331
dmondragon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning in a stand of pinyon-juniper of 165 acres and to improve the health and fire resilence of the stand. This should result in increased pinyon nut production for birds and other wildlife. Some additional herabaceous forage should also occur.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.22N., R.5E., Section 15. Northwest side of Cerro Pelon near Abiquiu, NM.
Hyde Park Wildland Urban Interface
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Alberta Maez
505-757-6121
amaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical thinning on approximately 825 acres and prescribed burning on approximately 1,000 acres.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T17N, R10E, Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, and 12 and T17N, R11E, Section 6. Along NM 475 (Hyde Park Rd) between subdivisions of Santa Fe, NM and Hyde Memorial State Park.
Lovato Mesa Trick Tank
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:02/2012  05/2012 Donald Serrano
505-753-7331
dlserrano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build a structure to catch rain and snow to provide water in a tank for livestock and wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.22N., R.6 E., Section 21 NE 1/4. Lovato Mesa Trick Tank.
Rio Grande Corridor at Buckman Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/11/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Donald Serrano
505-753-7331
dlserrano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove non-native vegetation with selective use of herbicide and plant native trees/shrubs along the Rio Grande at Buckman site. Development of a parking area, restroom and shade structures on NFS land. Parking/trailhead development on BLM land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36163
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T.19N., R.7E., Sections 35 and 36. Buckman site on the Rio Grande northwest of Santa Fe, NM.
Santa Fe Municipal Watershed Pecos Wilderness Prescribed Burn
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
09/2012 Mary Orr
505-753-7331
morr01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning in Pecos Wilderness portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36849
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.
Santa Fe River Canyon Riparian Forest Restoration NEPA Clearance
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/05/2010 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Mary Orr
505-753-7331
morr01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of non-native vegetation and planting of native trees and shrubs along 10 miles of the Santa Fe River resulting in improved water quality and improved wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T.15N, R.7E. Sections 1,2,8,9,10. Santa Fe River Canyon on BLM and USFS lands west of City of Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Jemez Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cebolla/San Antonio Grazing Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A William Eaton
505-289-3264
weaton01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of the Cebolla and San Antonio grazing allotments for the reissuance of a 10-year term grazing permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31153
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T.20N, R.2E, R.3E. Cebolla, Calaveras, and San Antonio canyons located west of the Valles Caldera and 7 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM.
Duran 2010 Pumice Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/19/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Larry Gore
575-289-3264
ldgore@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 35-acre pumice mine on the west flank of Cerro del Pino, adjacent to a recently mined 5-acre pumice mine.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T18N, R3E, Sec 27. Located on the east side of Forest Road 10 on western flank of Cerro del Pino, adjacent to the existing Cerro del Pino mine.
El Cajete Pumice Mine I and II
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Larry Gore
575-289-3264
ldgore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mining of pumice in additional areas within Brown Placer claims 1-4, totalling over 80 acres in area.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T18N, R3E, Sec. 1. Area North of Highway 4, West of Las Conchas Trailhead, and South of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Forest Road 10J Obliteration
CE
- Road management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Brent Abel
505-757-6121
babel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Complete obliteration of an existing Forest Road to prevent ongoing erosion causing major damage to sensitive resources.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T17N, R3E, Sec. 3. Forest road 10J is located off of Forest Road 10, approximately 2 miles north of the Paliza campground.
Paliza Prescribed Burn Treatment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/27/2011  09/2012 William Armstrong
505-438-5434
warmstrong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn treatment located on the Jemez Ranger District, with a portion on Pueblo of Jemez land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34907
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - Townships 16N and 17N, Range 3E. 5 miles east of Jemez Springs and about 4 miles northeast from the Town of Ponderosa.
Redondo Creek - San Antonio Creek Rehbilitation
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/18/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
02/2012 Alberta Maez
505-425-3534
amaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Elk fencing and native tree planting and bank stabilization in the Upper Jemez Watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34791
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - Upper Jemez Watershed. San Antonio and Redondo Creek.
Southpit Pumice Mine Expansion
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Larry Gore
575-289-3264
ldgore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approval of a 10-year plan of operations for a pumice mine of approximately 48 acres adjacent to a recently reclaimed 9-acre pumice mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=2408
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T18N, R3E, section 25. Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest.
Southwest Jemez Mountains Road Decomissionning
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jennifer Cramer
505-438-7869
jennifercramer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decomissionning of roads throughout the SWJM project area.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. Southwest Jemez Mountains within the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project Area.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dalton Dispersed Camping Area and Rainy Day Day-Use Area Improvements
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 James Munoz
505-757-6121
jmunoz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improved dispersed recreation in Dalton and Rainy Day Area.
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - Dalton Canyon. Dalton Canyon and Rainy Day Day-Use Area.
Glorieta Mesa Target Shooting Closure
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 12/02/2011  12/2011 Alberta Maez
505-425-3534
amaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Gun closure on 2,500 acres on Glorieta mesa to protect public health and safety and resource degradation associated with target shooting around residential private property in the area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32470
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T15 N, R 11E, Sections 20, 21, 28, and 29. Glorieta Mesa.
Sebadilla Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Joe Julian
505-757-6121
jjulian@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project entails prescribed maintenance burning in the Sebadilla Canyon
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - San Miguel. Sebadilla Canyon.
Southern Rowe Mesa Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Alberta Maez
505-425-3534
amaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to promote a mosaic of healthy forest stands and natural grasslands on approximately 17,500 acres on Rowe Mesa.
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - Township (T) 14N, Range (R) 12E, portions of sections 1, 2, 24-26, 35, and 36; T14N, R13E, portions of sections 1-6, 19, 24, 25, and 28-36; T13N, R13E, portions of sections 7-12, 15-17, 20-24, 27-29,. Southern Rowe Mesa, San Miguel County, New Mexico.
Upper Pecos Canyon Roadside Thinning
EA
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Joe Julian
505-757-6121
jjulian@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project entails roadside thinning in the upper Pecos Canyon.
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - San Miguel. Upper Pecos Canyon.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.