Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Tonto 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, Tonto National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Cave Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Globe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Payson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Pleasant Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Tonto Basin 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
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.
Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan
EA
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/29/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
04/2013 Elizabeth Dykstra
928-527-3419
edykstra@fs.fed.us 
Description: Creation of a Comprehensive River Management Plan for Fossil Creek as described in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The project is on both the Coconino National Forest and the Tonto National Forest.
Web Link:  http://redrockcountry.org/fossil/index.shtml
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District, Red Rock Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Yavapai. Fossil Creek (Wild and Scenic River Portions) - Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest and Payson Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest.
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Tonto 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
APS Mt. Ord Underground 12 kV Cable Replacement
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/05/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
01/2012 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace the underground 12 kV line that spurs off of FR 524 near Reno Pass to the top of Mt. Ord.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29533
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T 6 N, R 9 E, Section 2. North of FR 524 near Mt. Ord.
Canyon, Christopher and Haigler Creeks Aquatic Habitat Enhancements
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/22/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
03/2012 Julia Camp
928-462-4340
jlcamp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance aquatic habitat in approximately 5 miles of Canyon Creek, two segments of Haigler Creek totaling 3.5 miles, and two segments of Christopher Creek totally approximately 1.5 miles all of which occur on the USFS Tonto National Forest (TNF).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34189
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Approximately 5 miles of Canyon Creek, two segments of Haigler Creek totaling 3.5 miles, and two segments of Christopher Creek totally approximately 1.5 miles.
Development of Trail Management Objectives for National Forest System Trails
CE
- Land management planning
- Recreation management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:12/2012  01/2013 Gregory Schuster
602-225-5362
gjschuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of trail management objectives for National Forest System trails on the Tonto National Forest
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. Tonto National Forest.
Integrated Treatment of Noxious and Invasive Weeds
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/25/2004
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
02/2012 Patti Fenner
(602)225-5386
pfenner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Eradication, containment, or control of noxious weed and invasive plant species forestwide using an integrated approach. Treatment methods may include cultural, physical, mechanical, biological, or chemical control measures.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=4454
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. Forestwide.
Outfitter Guide Needs Assessment/Compliance with 2008 Regulations
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/24/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Gregory Schuster
602-225-5362
gjschuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Evaluate current Outfitter Guide direction in the Forest Plan and bring into compliance with 2008 directives, includes appropriate NEPA and associated Plan Amendment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36856
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. Tonto National Forest.
Tonto National Forest Motorized Travel Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/23/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
08/2012 Genevieve Johnson
602-225-5213
grjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tonto National Forest is in the process of implementing the Travel Management Rule which calls for establishing a system of roads, trails, and areas designated for motorized vehicle use and determining suitable locations for dispersed camping.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28967
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. Tonto National Forest.
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Tonto National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bull and Jim Claims Uranium Drilling Exploration
CE
- Forest products
- Minerals and Geology 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/27/2009 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Karyn Harbour
602-225-5272
kharbour@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct exploratory drilling to assess the potential presence and depth of uranium ore deposits on both the Bull and Jim Claims. Bull: Drill one to five holes at one pad/site. Jim: Drill five holes at three different pads/sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27671
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District, Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Bull Claims: T5N, R15E, S19. Jim Claims: T5N, R14E, S31, and T5N, R13E, S25. Bull Claims are located within the Tonto Basin RD. Jim Claims are within the Pleasant Valley RD.
Mazatzal Wilderness Trail Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/31/2011  09/2011 Gregory Schuster
602-225-5362
gjschuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of trail system inside Willow Fire burn area/Mazatzal Wilderness
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36855
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District, Payson Ranger District, Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Yavapai. Willow Fire burn area/Mazatzal Wilderness.
Reissue Permit for Arizona Public Service 345kv - Cholla to Pinnacle Peak Powerline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011  12/2011 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The re-issuance of permit for existing Arizona Public Service 345KV - Cholla to Pinnacle Peak Powerline. To maintain and operate 345kv power transmission line and steel lattice towers within a 315' wide Right-of Way.
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District, Payson Ranger District, Tonto Basin Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa. Line runs NE to SW across USFS land from Section 3 T12N, R11E to Section 17 T5N, R6E. Line originates at Cholla Powerplant at Joseph City, AZ to the Pinnacle Peak Substation in North Phoenix.
Salt River Allotments Vegetative Management EIS
EIS
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 06/2011 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 Kathy Nelson
602-225-5328
knelson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tonto National Forest will prepare and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to improve ecological conditions within the project area usig tools such as fire and grazing management and to authorize continued livestock grazing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36074
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District, Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Southwestern Region 3, Tonto National Forest, Globe and Tonto Basin ranger districts along the Salt River corridor.
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Tonto National Forest,   Cave Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona Game & Fish Water Developments Special Use Permit & Categorical Exclusion
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Andre Silva
480-595-3381
amsilva@fs.fed.us 
Description:  Maintenance of 13 AGFD wildlife water developments on the Cave Creek Ranger District. NEPA compliance and special use permit needed for continued use / maintenance of water catchments that were built during the 1970’s by AFGD.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36801
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa, Yavapai. Cave Creek Ranger District, Tonto NF, Arizona.
Bartlett Flats Toilet
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:09/2011  09/2011 Tamarya Pike
480-595-3370
tpike@fs.fed.us 
Description: A CXT toilet will be replaced at Bartlett Flats 100ft from the existing dirt ramp to replace an aging toilet.
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. Bartlett Flats.
Johnson Ranch-Ranch Associated Facilities
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Kelly Jardine
(480) 595-3370
kjardine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update and reauthorize a special use permit for existing buildings, fences, concrete lined pond/pool and drilled wells.
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Township 7, Range 6, Section 11 & 12. Southeast of Horseshoe Dam.
Lower Camp Creek Road Maintenance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tamarya Pike
480-595-3370
tpike@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update and reauthorize an existing special use permit for 1.1 mile of road 24F (lower Camp Creek Road). Special use permit authorizes road and gate maintenance. This road provides access to 18 recreation residences.
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Township 7, Range 5, Section 35 and Township 6, Range 5, Section 2. Lower Camp Creek Road 24F.
Seven Springs Water Conveyance Improvements
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tamarya Pike
480-595-3370
tpike@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize existing improvements to collect and convey claimed water across National Forest System Lands from Seven Springs to the Cartwright Ranch Property.
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - T.7N., R.5E., Sec. 9, G&SRBM. 11 miles North of Tonto Hills.
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Tonto National Forest,   Globe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Activities Connected to the Pinto Valley Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/27/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
12/2011 Celeste Kinsey
602-225-5248
ckinsey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is a consolidated authorization to extend previously authorized and/or ongoing activities and uses on National Forest System lands, and limited expansion of existing surface uses for ancillary operations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33272
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T1N, R13E, S 1, 2, 14, 23, 24, & 25. T1N, R14E, S 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, & 32. T1S, R14E, S 4 & 5. T2N, R13E, S 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 34, & 35. The Pinto Valley Mine is located approximately three miles north of US Highway 60 on Pinto Valley Road (Forest Road 287), and approximately six miles west of Miami, Gila County, Arizona.
Arizona Water Company Water Well and Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/10/2009 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Paul Burghard
928-402-6221
pburghard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Special Use Permit for maintaining and using an existing water well registered to Arizona Water Company and associated water transmission line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26791
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T2N,R15E,SE1/4NW1/4, Sec. 33, G&SRBM and T2N,R15E,W1/2, Sec.33, SE1/4, Sec.32, G&SRBM. N on FR188 to Nugget Wash, NE on FR594, transmission line begins at forest boundary, extends to junction of FR2619 where well is located.
Capitan, Coolidge/Parker and Ranger Station Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/30/2007 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Ernest Gipson
928-402-6200
egipson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update management direction for the three grazing allotments
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=1362
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. South of Globe.
Carol Spring Prescribed Fire
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/14/2009 
Expected:03/2012
 
09/2012 Quentin Johnson
928-402-6200
qjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat approximately 8000 acres on Carol Spring Mountain.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27523
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T4N, R17E. Carol Spring Mountain, east of Highway 60.
Globe Ranger District Recreation Residence Consistency Review and continuation Determination
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/24/2009 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Paul Burghard
928-402-6221
pburghard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Consistency Review to determine if Globe recreation residence tract is consistent with the 1985 Tonto Forest Plan as amendended.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23776
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Top of Pinal Mountains.
Horseshoe Bend Wilderness Boundary Gate Project
CE
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011  01/2012 Donald Sullivan
928-402-6236
drsullivan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Delineate Salt River Canyon Wilderness boundary on Forest Road 219 at Horseshoe Bend by replacinga gate and adding about 20 feet of pipe rail barrier near the beginning of private land at the end of Forest Road 219 and pruning/removing vegetation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35557
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T3N, R15E Section 2. Approximately eight miles east of the Highway 288 Salt River Bridge.
Magnetotelluric Geophysical Survey
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/17/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Lee Ann Atkinson
928-402-6281
leeannatkinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Resolution Copper Mining, LLC proposes to conduct a magnetotelluric geophysical investigation east of Superior, AZ. Sites along survey grid would be accessed from existing roads and by foot travel.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36679
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - T1S, R12E, Sections 34 and 36; T1S, R13E, Sections 2, 3, 10, 11, 15-17, 20-23, 25-29, and 31-35; T2S, R12E, 1, 3, 11 and 12; T2S, R13E, Sections 6 and 7. east of Superior, AZ.
Material Source 7525, Defiance Stockpile Site
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2009 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Steven Blair
480-610-3302
sblair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of Special Use Permit (updated to Mineral Contract For Sale), allowing ADOT continued use of this roadway maintenance material stockpile site.
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - n/a. Within town limits of Superior, AZ; accessed from FR 257, which intersects SR 77 at approximately MP 166.
Permit Reissue - Arizona Water Company Magma Signal Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:11/2011  12/2011 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a permit to maintain & operate an existing telephone/telegraph line (Magma Signal Line). Originally authorized in 1969 (Magma Arizona Railroad). Purpose of line is to monitor & control of water pumps.
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - NW1/4, Sec. 4, T.2S, R.12E to SW1/4, Sec. 6, T.2S, R.11E., G.S.R.B. & M. NW1/4, Sec. 4, T.2S, R.12E to SW1/4, Sec. 6, T.2S, R.11E., G.S.R.B. & M.
Permit Reissue - Arizona Water Company Town of Superior water transmission line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:11/2011  12/2011 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue permit to maintain and operate a 12 inch diameter water transmission main from private wells to the Town of Superior within a 10 foot wide by 9.53 mile long ROW. To include 2" spur service line. This waterline has been authorized since 1969.
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Sec. 32, 33, 34, 35 in T.1S., R.11E. and Sec. 1, 2, 3, 6 in T.2S., R311E., and Sec. 4, 5, 6 in T.2S., R.12E., G.S.R.B.&M., Pinal Count, AZ. Sec. 32, 33, 34, 35 in T.1S., R.11E. and Sec. 1, 2, 3, 6 in T.2S., R311E., and Sec. 4, 5, 6 in T.2S., R.12E., G.S.R.B.&M., Pinal Count, AZ.
Pinaladera WUI Fuels Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/27/2004 
Expected:03/2013
 
10/2013 Quentin Johnson
928-402-6200
qjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels reduction on approximately 83,558 acres south of Globe. Area includes the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=3775
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T. 1-2 S., R. 13-16 E., GSRM. Pinal Mountains south of Globe and east of Devil's Canyon.
Reissue - AT&T Carol Spring Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:10/2011  10/2011 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Per existing permittee Alltel's request. Revoke existing authorization & reissue communication site authorization to new equipment owner AT&T (New Cingular Wireless).
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - SW1/4 Sec. 27, T.4N, R.17E., G.S.R.B.&M., Gila County, AZ. Carol Spring Communication Site.
Reissue Permit - Arizona Water Company - Superior School Site Waterline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011  12/2011 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The reissuance of an expired permit to maintain and operate an existing 8” ductile iron water transmission line within a 20 foot by 10 foot corridor (.005 acres). This waterline serves the Superior Public School site.
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - SW ¼ Sec. 3 T.2S., R.12E., G.S.R.B & M, Pinal County, AZ. O’Donnell Dr. & Sunset Dr. in Superior, AZ.
Superior West Exploration Drilling Activities
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 11/07/2011  11/2011 Lee Ann Atkinson
928-402-6281
leeannatkinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration drilling adjacent to existing road
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35128
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - T1S, R12E, Sections 32 and 33; T2S, R12E, Section 6; T2S, R11E, Section 1. Pinal County; west of Superior, Arizona.
Superior Wildlife Water Catchments
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  08/2011 Craig Woods
928-402-6260
clwoods@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruct two 1960s wildlife water catchments in Sonoran Desert
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - N33d 18.003',W111d 08.290' and N33d 13.553', W111d 03.939'. One mile north and 5 miles east of the town of Superior, Arizona.
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Tonto National Forest,   Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Goldfield Cellular Site
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:10/2012  10/2012 Daniel Bray
480-610-3339
debray@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of Cellular facility adjacent to the Goldfield administrative site on the Lower Salt River. A relay facility will be constructed on Stewart Mountain and equipment added to existing facility at Saguaro Lake Marina.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - GSRM T.3.N R.7.E Sec. 34. Adjacent to Goldfield Administrative Site, Stewart Mountain near existing passive reflector.
Material Source 8400, Sunflower/O'Neil Stockpile Site
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2009 
Expected:02/2011
 
02/2011 Steven Blair
480-610-3302
sblair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of Special Use Permit to allow Ariz. Dept. of Transportation continued use of roadway maintenance material stockpile site. An expansion of the site requested but request was denied.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - n/a. 33 miles south of Payson, AZ; accessed via FR 1705 which intersects SR 87 at MP 217.
Material Source 8763, Fish Creek Borrow Site Spec Use Permit reissue (updated to Min Sale Contr)
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2009 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Steven Blair
480-610-3302
sblair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of Special Use Permit for ADOT to continue use of roadway maintenance material pit on Tonto NF.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - n/a. 12 miles east of Tortilla Flat, AZ; accessed via SR88 (Apache Trail) at MP 227.
Montana Mountain Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Rocky Gilbert
480-610-3350
rgilbert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning 2063 acres of brush, juniper and oak habitat types. Purpose is to rejuvinate decadent plants, open up dense brush to improve forage.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - T1N, R12E, Sec 19, 30 T1N, R11E, Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36. Northwest of Superior, AZ,.
Siphon Draw Trail
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Scow
480-610-3331
jscow@fs.fed.us 
Description: 750' of trail will be constructed to provide access to the trail from the National Forest Boundary.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - GSRM T.1.N R.9.E Sec. 7. South East corner of Lost Dutchman State Park, along the forest Service boundary.
Sunflower Well Pipeline Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012  03/2012 Kelly Kessler
480.610.3305
kmkessler@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will entail the conveyance of water from an existing private well to a new 10,000 underground storage tank. HDPE pipe will carry water from the tank to two new 500 gallon troughs. Project will improve livestock distribution.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - T6N R8E Section 25; T6N R9E Sections 7, 18, 19, 30. Project is located within the Diamond Pasture of the Diamond Allotment.
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Tonto National Forest,   Payson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Myrtle Wildland Urban Interface
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/29/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
03/2012 Larry Hettinger
928-474-7948
lhettinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Purpose is to manage hazardous fuels, both live and dead fuels, in order to reduce the potential of catastrophic wildfire. Need is to address the present fuels threat posed to human life, property and natural resources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28752
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T12N R11E S 21-22 26-29 31-36, R12E S 28-36, T11 1/2 N R11E S 20-29 31-36, R11 1/2E S 19-20 29-32, T11N R12E S 1-11 15-21 29-32, R11 1/2E S 5-8 17-18, R11E 1-5 10-14. Payson Ranger District.
Payson Administrative Site Sale
EA
- Land ownership management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Rebecca Roof
602-225-5257
rroof@fs.fed.us 
Description: To sell approximately 260 acres of the Payson Administrative Site that is not utilized and is hard to manage, and build new admin facilities. The forest was given authority to sell this site with PL 106-48 - Arizona National Forest Improvement Act.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36893
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Section 2, T.10N, R.10E; Section 28, T.11N, R.11E. Payson Administrative Site and Fire Helibase site.
Town of Payson-Cragin Water Treatment Plant and Pipeline Corridor Project
EA
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 11/02/2011  01/2012 Genevieve Johnson
602-225-5213
grjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service plans to grant a special use permit to the Town of Payson to locate, construct, operate, and maintain a 15 mile by 100 foot wide water transmission pipeline right-of-way and a 5 or 10 acre water treatment plant.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29186
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T11N, R10E Sections 1,2,11-14,23,24,26 and 27; T11 1/2 N, R 10E, Sections 24,25,35,and 36; T12N, R10E Sec tions 23, 26, 27, 33 and 34. Payson Ranger District.
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Tonto National Forest,   Pleasant 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
Bar X, Colcord Canyon, Haigler Creek, Young, Marsh Creek Allotments
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
02/2013 Julia Camp
928-462-4340
jlcamp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Current authorizations for livestock grazing on five allotments and a segment of the Sheep Driveway have or soon will expire. New management strategy will allow for flexibility to protect resources in response to changing environmental conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30075
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. North and west of Young Arizona.
Cherry Creek Frio Canyon Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/13/2011 
Expected:12/2011
Actual: 09/10/2009 
12/2011 Donna Reed
760-873-2450
dlreed@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update and re-authorize grazing permits on two allotments
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=2510
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. North, south and east of Young.
Diamond Butte Allotment 2011 Pipeline Extensions
CE
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Sean Brown
928-462-4300
seanbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Extending an existing pipeline and adding storage and drinking troughs in Winter Camp, Holding, Pole Corral, Marsh Creek, and Home Pastures on the Diamond Butte Allotment. The projects will help in permitted livestock distribution.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36742
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Project areas are located north and west of Young AZ.
Diamond Butte Water Developments
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Sean Brown
928-462-4300
seanbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create water developments on the Diamond Butte Allotment to improve livestock distribution and provide water to wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Diamond Butte Allotment on the Pleasant Valley Ranger District.
Flying V and Flying H Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/10/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Sean Brown
928-462-4300
seanbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update and reauthorize grazing on two allotments. Analysis will include fire as well.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30274
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. North, East, and South of Young, AZ.
Haigler Fuels Analysis
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
02/2014 Julia Camp
928-462-4340
jlcamp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Manage timber and other woody vegetation to help maintain forest health, reduce forest fuels, and improve wildlife habitat and range conditions on approximately 43,435 acres of the Tonto National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34507
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Pleasant Valley Ranger District, Management Areas 5D, 5G, and 4F, including areas around Haigler Creek Estates.
Material Source 3043, Squaw Peak Borrow Source
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2009 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Steven Blair
480-610-3302
sblair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of Special Use Permit (updated to Mineral Contract For Sale) for Squaw Peak Borrow Source (road materials) used by Arizona Dept. of Transportation on Pleasant Valley RD of Tonto NF, R-3.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28769
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - n/a. 5 miles south of Young, AZ; accessed from SR 288 at MP 294.
Material Source 3044, Board Tree Saddle Borrow Site
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2009 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Steven Blair
480-610-3302
sblair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of Special Use Permit for ADOT material pit continued useage.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. 7 miles south of Young, Arizona; accessed from SR 288 at MP 294.
Material Source 7225, Connor Canyon Borrow Site - Spec Use Pmt (updated to Mineral Contract for Sale
EA
- Special area management
- Minerals and Geology 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/22/2009 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Steven Blair
480-610-3302
sblair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of Special Use Permit for ADOT's continued use of this roadway maintenance material pit.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - n/a. 20 miles south of Young, AZ; accessed from SR 288 at MP 280.
Pleasant Valley Misc. Piles
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012  01/2012 Jeremy Human
928-462-4352
jhuman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Burn slash piles located on Pleasant Valley R.D. that are not located on an administrative site and are not covered by any other NEPA.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. The Pleasant Valley Ranger District.
Red Lake 2011 Juniper Treatment
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Sean Brown
928-462-4300
seanbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cut juniper trees to improve habitiat for elk, deer, and turkey by creating a mosaic and improving herbacous component.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36758
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Red Lake Allotment, Pleasant Valley Ranger District.
Tanner Wildfire Salvage Sale
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012  02/2012 John Thornburg
928-462-4350
jthornburg@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Pleasant Valley Ranger District is proposing to provide a commercial salvage sale within the boundary of the Tanner Wildfire (Sept. 2011) and remove 235 acres of dead or dying trees within 250 feet of State Highway 288.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T6N R13E Sections 24,25,&36. The sale boundary begins just south of Conner Material Pit and proceeds north on the east and west side of HWY 288 extending out 250 feet from the road center to the junction with FSRD 487.
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Tonto National Forest,   Tonto Basin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AT&T Roosevelt Dam Cellular Tower
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/15/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
12/2010 Jonathan McNeill
928-467-3200
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new 10 year authorization to New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC a subsidary of AT&T Mobility LLC to operate and maintaint the existing Roosevelt Dam Cellular Communications Tower on the Tonto Basin Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34279
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T. 4 N., R. 12 E., Section 27. G&SRM. Tonto Basin Ranger District.
Boneyback Allotment Management Plan
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Debbie Cress
928-467-3220
dcress@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update management plan for an active grazing allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27693
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Project area lies east of Punkin Center, Arizona in the Sierra Ancha Mountains, Tonto Basin RD.
Crabtree Wash Recreation Residences Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/26/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Jonathan McNeill
928-467-3200
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of permits authorizing five existing recreation residences collectively known as the Crabtree Wash Recreation Residence Tract located on the Tonto Basin Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36080
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Section 29, Township 3 North, Range 11 East, Gila and Salt River Principle Meridian. The cabins are located off forest road 79B near Apache Lake.
Devore Pipeline Extension
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 10/24/2011  11/2011 Donna Reed
760-873-2450
dlreed@fs.fed.us 
Description: An extension to an existing water line to provide water to cattle in a new area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37445
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T4N, R15E, Section 1. Dagger Allotment of the Tonto Basin Ranger District.
Material Source 8541, Red Bluff Stockpile Site
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2009 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Steven Blair
480-610-3302
sblair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of Special Use Permit (updated to Mineral Contract for Sale), to ADOT for use of roadway maintenance material source and stockpile site.
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - n/a. 22 miles south of Young, AZ; accessed via SR288 at MP 272.5.
Tonto Basin, 7/K, and Walnut Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
04/2012 Debbie Cress
928-467-3220
dcress@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update managment plans for three active grazing allotments
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27606
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. Project area lies west, east, and south of Punkin Center, Arizona in the Mazatzal and Sierra Ancha Mts., Tonto Basin RD.
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