Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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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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)

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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Julie Bain
505-438-5443
jbain@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
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail - Coyote Segment (Camino Mesa CDNST segment)
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/19/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
09/2013 John Phillips
575-638-5526
jcphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct 2.5 miles of the CDNST. One half of this is located in the Chama River Canyon Wilderness.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40259
Location: UNIT - Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T23N, R2E, Sections 1, 2, and 11; T24N, R2E, Section 36. Coyote Ranger District across Camino Mesa.
Issuance of Ten Year Priority Use Outfitter Guide Permits
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 Miles Standish
505-753-7331
mstandish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue Ten Year Permits to commercial outfitters previously authorized annually on Temporary Permits.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41439
Location: UNIT - Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - Santa Fe National Forest. Forestwide.
Jemez Trick Tank Replacement / Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/28/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Josephine Wargo
505-829-3535
jwargo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace four trick tanks damaged in the Las Conchas Fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41709
Location: UNIT - Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. Las Conchas Fire Area, various.
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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
Las Conchas Reforestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 01/16/2013  03/2013 Kenneth Reese
505-757-6121
kreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Planting of Ponderosa Pine and Douglass Fir on approximatey 1,8000 - 2,510 acres of land burned during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40681
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District, Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Los Alamos, Sandoval. Las Conchas Fire Burn Area.
Santa Fe N.F. Oil and Gas Leasing Amendment and Cuba Roads Management EIS
EIS
- Land management planning
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 11/19/2012
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 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2013 
Expected:09/2013  11/2013 John Phillips
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 - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T22N, R2E, portions of sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21; T23N R2E portions of sections 32 and 33. 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
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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)  Completed  Actual: 12/21/2012  05/2013 David Casey
828-652-2144
dmcasey@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 05/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 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.
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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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
Completed  Actual: 10/18/2012  03/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31395
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.
Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment Permit Issuance / Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/12/2009 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Donald Serrano
505-753-7331
dlserrano@fs.fed.us 
Description: NEPA review and clearance of plans and improvements for the reissuance of grazing permits on the Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38190
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 del Oso Watershed Restoration Project
CE
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 11/19/2012  12/2012 Anne Baldwin
505-753-7331
arbaldwin@fs.fed.us 
Description: In cooperation with Ohkay Owinge, Espanola RD proposes to plant conifer seedlings on approximately 300 acres on National Forest sytem lands in the lower Rio del Oso drainage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40474
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T21N, R6E, Sections 14, 22, 24, and 24. Rio del Oso drainage in the Jemez Mountains.
Santa Fe Municipal Watershed Pecos Wilderness Prescribed Burn
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/07/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
09/2013 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  Cancelled  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.
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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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  Cancelled  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.
Replace McKinney Dam
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/28/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Josephine Wargo
505-829-3535
jwargo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove McKinney Dam and replace it with a fish barrier.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41708
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. Approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the Seven Springs Fish Hatchery in the Rio Cebolla watershed.
Southpit Pumice Mine Expansion
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/16/2007 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 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 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/11/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
05/2014 Chris Napp
505-438-5448
cnapp@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  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/20/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 James Munoz
505-757-6121
jmunoz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improved dispersed recreation in Dalton and Rainy Day Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36972
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - Dalton Canyon. Dalton Canyon and Rainy Day Day-Use Area.
Southern Rowe Mesa Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 02/21/2013  06/2014 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  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/27/2012 
Expected:09/2013
 
12/2013 Joe Julian
505-757-6121
amaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project entails roadside thinning in the upper Pecos Canyon.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36225
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - San Miguel. Upper Pecos Canyon.
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