Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2013 to 12/31/2013
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,  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 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2013 
Expected:12/2014  05/2015 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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
Issuance of Ten Year Priority Use Outfitter Guide Permits
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/11/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
12/2013 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/28/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
11/2013 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,   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
Acequia del Rincon and de Ia Placitas (Gallina diversion)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 08/29/2013  09/2013 John Phillips
575-638-5526
jcphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project involves construction of a new diversion dam , sluice box, a distribution box and gates, and instillation installation of buried irrigation pipeline to the private land boundary in Gallina, NM. The point of diversion would not change.
Location: UNIT - Coyote Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T 23N R1E Section 17. Gallina, New Mexico T 23N R1E Section 17.
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail - Coyote Segment (Camino Mesa CDNST segment)
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/19/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
10/2013 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 - Coyote Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T23N, R2E, Sections 1, 2, and 11; T24N, R2E, Section 36. Coyote Ranger District across Camino Mesa.
Cordovas Forest Restoration Thinning and Prescribed Fire Project
CE
- Land management planning
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/04/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
05/2014 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.
Mesa Gurule Wildlife Trick Tank
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/20/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
05/2014 John Phillips
575-638-5526
jcphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of one Wildlife Trick Tank constructed of wooden fram with corregate roof. Water would be stored in 10,000 gallon metal tank and piped to wildlife friendly troughs and waterers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42659
Location: UNIT - Coyote Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T24N, R2E section 34. On Mesa Gurule on northern portion of district adjacent to the Chama Canyon Wilderness.
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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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/19/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2014 
Expected:05/2014
 
07/2014 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.
Penas Negras Riparian Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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
Cerro Pelon Timber Stand and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2013 
Expected:03/2014  05/2014 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.
Construction of Minor Trail Bridges
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/13/2013  10/2013 Miles Standish
505-753-7331
mstandish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Espanola RD proposes to use volunteer labor and materials to construct 17 minor bridges(one or two timbers madof native materials)along the Winsor Trail where it crosses back and forth over Tesuque Ck.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T18N, R10E. This is between Tesuque and Borrego Trails. The area is not within the Pecos Wilderness.
Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment Permit Issuance
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 09/18/2013  12/2013 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. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. NFS lands within the Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment.
Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment Permit Issuance / Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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
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.
SAGE 2013 Vibroseis Project
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Larry Gore
575-289-3264
ldgore@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is to give students field experience in gathering and interpreting geophysical data. A single vibroseis truck will be used along the existing road and geophone arrays will be placed adjacent to the road.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T.19N., R.7E. East of Buckman to the Forest boundary.
Santa Fe Municipal Watershed Pecos Wilderness Prescribed Burn
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 09/07/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 11/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
05/2014 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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
Replace McKinney Dam
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/28/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
11/2013 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:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/16/2007
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 12/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
05/2015 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 12/2013 
Expected:08/2014
 
08/2014 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
Upper Pecos Canyon Roadside Thinning
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/27/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 01/2014 
Expected:04/2014
 
05/2014 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Upper Pecos Canyon.
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