Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
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 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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  08/2012 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.
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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 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
05/2013 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 05/2012 
Expected:05/2012
Actual: 06/12/2012 
07/2012 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
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 09/2012 
Expected:09/2012
Actual: 08/15/2008 
12/2012 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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36980
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
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Designation - Cuba Section
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/19/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Jennifer Cramer
505-438-5449
jennifercramer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate and construct a section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) near Cuba, NM that connects two existing portions of the CDNST trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39547
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba, Sandoval. La Ventana Mesa to San Pedro Parks Wilderness.
La Jara Vegetation Management
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2010 
Expected:05/2012
 
05/2012 Chris Napp
505-438-7820
cnapp@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 05/2012 
Expected:07/2012  08/2012 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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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
Buckman Direct Diversion Mitigation Habitat Improvement Riparian Fence/Well #4 Water Development
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Donald Serrano
505-753-7331
dlserrano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a four-wire fence and develop a wildlife and livestock watering facilities adjacnet to Well #4 in the Buckman area
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.18N. R.7E. Section 1 and T19N. R.7E. Section 35 and 36, Santa Fe County, NM. Water development near the Santa Fe National Forest - Bureau of land Management boundary.
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.
International Mountain Bike Association Group Ride
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Miles Standish
505-753-7331
comments-southwestern-santafe-espanola@fs.fed.us 
Description: International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) is having a World Sumit meeting and group ride of 150-200 bicyclists over a planned course. The ride is on established Santa Fe NF Forest Trails and private land.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T18N, R11E, Secs. 17, 9, 20, 25, 30, and 36. T17n, R10E, Secs. 1, 2, and 3. Winsor Trail at the Santa Fe Ski Basin downhill to where Saddleback Trail enters private land.
Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment Permit Issuance / Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/12/2009 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 Alberta Maez
505-757-6121
amaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: NEPA review and clearance of plans and improvements for the reissuance of grazing permits on the Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.21-22N., R.5-7E., Rio Arriba County, NM. Santa Fe National Forest, Espanola Ranger District.
Rio Grande Corridor at Buckman Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/11/2011 
Expected:06/2014
 
07/2012 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.
SAGE 2012 Vibroseis Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/16/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Orr
505-753-7331
morr01@fs.fed.us 
Description: One vibroseis truck will be used along a road, and the geophone arrays will be placed adjacent to the road.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T17N, R8E, Secs. 6,7,8,16,17,21 and T17N, R7E, Secs.1,2,3 and T18N, R7E, Sec. 35. Caja del Rio Plateau along Forest Road 24.
Santa Fe Municipal Watershed Pecos Wilderness Prescribed Burn
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
03/2013 Alberta Maez
505-757-6121
amaez@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.
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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.
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 Landscape Restoration Project
EIS
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 07/2012 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 Julie Bain
505-438-5443
jbain@fs.fed.us 
Description: To make natural and cultural resources in the Southwest Jemez Mountains project area - about 110,000 acres -resilient to landscape-level disturbances such as wildfire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/home/?cid=FSBDEV7_021009
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - Townships 16N, 17N, 18N, 19N and 20N, and Ranges 1E, 2E, 3E, 4E, and 5E. Middle Jemez River Watershed in an area bounded approximately by FR 376, Highway 4, and FR269.
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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 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012  03/2013 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.
Sebadilla Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/19/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37976
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 08/2012 
Expected:11/2012  12/2012 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.