Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
Ashley 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
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest,  Duchesne/Roosevelt Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest,  Flaming Gorge Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest,  Vernal 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 09/2012 
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.
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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 David Loomis
303-275-5008
dloomis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, Dawes, Daggett, Uintah. Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska.
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R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/09/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2013 
Expected:08/2014
 
09/2015 Glen Stein
801-625-5281
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management land use plans and Forest Plans.
Web Link:  http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/western.html
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Dixie National Forest All Units, Fishlake National Forest All Units, Manti-Lasal National Forest All Units, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache All Units. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber. All National Forests in Utah.
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Ashley National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ashley National Forest Noxious Weed Management Supplement
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/02/2010 
Expected:10/2012
 
04/2013 Donald Catron
435-781-5268
rcatron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue to implement the Forest Noxious Weeds Management Program by reviewing the 1994 Forest Noxious Weeds Management EA, supplement the analysis and update the Decision Notice/ FONSI.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33529
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units. STATE - Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Daggett, Duchesne, Summit, Uintah, Sweetwater. LEGAL - All lands administered by the Ashley National Forest. Ashley National Forest.
Seismograph Station in Lake Basin Area
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/16/2012  09/2012 Gina Reese
435-781-5133
greese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a Special Use Permit to install a seismograph station in the Lake Basin Area to monitor earthquake activity.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38866
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - T. 2 N., R. 8 W., sec. 26, USM. Lake Basin Area.
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Ashley National Forest,   Duchesne/Roosevelt Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Duchesne Bunkhouse
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012  06/2015 Kristy Groves
435-781-5203
kgroves@fs.fed.us 
Description:  A single story, 10 person bunkhouse would be constructed in Duchesne along with an associated parking area. The building would be accessible, meet current building and zoning codes, and be built on property owed by the Forest Service.
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. Duchesne, Utah.
High Uintas Wilderness Colorado River Cutthroat Trout (CRCT) Habitat Enhancement
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/06/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
09/2014 Ronald Brunson
435-781-5202
rbrunson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cooperative project with UDWR to restore and enhance CRCT populations within the High Uintas wilderness through the use of piscicide rotenone to remove non-native fish from selected streams and lakes. CRCT would be reintroduced following treatment
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31640
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. High Uintas Wilderness Area Roosevelt Ranger District, Duchesne Ranger District.
Rhoades Canyon Commercial Rock Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:02/2013  05/2013 David Herron
435-781-5218
daherron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to purchase and remove up to 2,000 tons per year of rocks, for up to 10 years, for commercial construction purposes. Rocks would be from within Rhoades Canyon, on the Duchesne District of the Ashley National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - The proposed rock removal area is located within or near the SW of SW of Section 3, T1N R9W, Uintah Meridian. A.
Strawberry Peak Livestock Conversion
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/10/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
12/2013 Amber Helmus
435-738-5205
ahelmus@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Roosevelt-Duchesne Ranger District proposes to convert the Strawberry Peak allotment from sheep to cattle on the Ashley National Forest.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38715
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Strawberry allotment occurs in portions of: 1) T4S. R9W. 2) T5S. R9W. 3) T5S. R9W. 4) T5S. R10W. 5) T6S. R9W. 6) T6S. R10W. USM. Located on the South Unit of the Ashley National Forest.
Upper Anthro Lop and Scatter Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/17/2012  08/2013 Kathy Paulin
435-781-5160
kpaulin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of encroaching conifers in sagebrush and mountain brush communities for the benefit of sagebrush and mountain brush obligate wildlife species.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37649
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - The project occurs in the southern mile sections of T6S, R3W; T6W, R5W; T6W, R6W; and portions of T7S, R4W and T76R5W. The project is located on Anthro Mountain south of Duchesne Utah.
Vantage 2011 Oil and Gas Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 06/27/2012  10/2012 David Herron
435-781-5218
daherron@fs.fed.us 
Description: The ANF proposes to permit Vantage Energy to conduct exploratory drilling and development operations for oil & gas resources within their existing leases on the South Unit of the Duchesne Dristrict.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36753
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - The 3 proposed wells would be located within the NW 1/4 of Section 5, near the center of Section 6, and within the SW 1/4 of Section 7, of township T6S R3W, Uintah Meridian. The existing Gilsonite 1-. The Gilsonite Ridge area of the South Unit of the Ashley National Forest.
Weather Station at Dry Ridge Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/26/2012  09/2012 Gina Reese
435-781-5133
greese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Meteorological station on an existing FS Communications tower, located at the Dry Ridge Comm site.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38864
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. Dry Ridge Communication site.
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Ashley National Forest,   Flaming Gorge Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/17/2010 
Expected:08/2013
 
05/2014 David Olsen
435-781-5181
dwolsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: To improve bighorn sheep forage and lambing habitat in areas along Flaming Gorge Reservoir, expected to improve sight distances of bighorn sheep to detect predators. Project would use prescribed fire to remove encroaching conifers (mostly juniper).
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24730
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - . The project analysis area lies approximately 30 miles north of Vernal Utah, in Daggett County. Above the Flaming Gorge Reservoir from Bears Tusk on the west to Gold Point.
Dutch John Gap Vegetation Management Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/16/2012  08/2012 David Olsen
435-781-5181
dwolsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pinyon and juniper are encroaching into sagebrush vegetation treated for their removal in 1998. Incomplete P-J removal allowed re-encroachment. This project proposes to hand cut and lop/scatter P-J in the original 70 acres to maintain sagebrush.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38554
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Daggett County, UT at Township 3 North, Range 22 East, portions of Sections 31, 32, and Range 21 East, portions of Section 36. Approximately 2.5 miles NW of Dutch John, UT. Accessed by traveling northerly on Hwy-191 from Dutch John to Dutch John Gap; project is on W side of Hwy.
Flaming Gorge Ponderosa Pine Maintenance and Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
04/2013 Donald Catron
435-781-5268
rcatron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintain or move Ponderosa Pine vegetation types to a condition similar to historical conditions and to improve the visual quality of key areas. Primary tool to accomplish this would be a continuing or an initial low intensity/high frequency fire
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30250
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Portions of T2N, R19E - 23E and T1N, R19E - 21E, SLM. Flaming Gorge Ranger District, including portions of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, STATE Utah,.
Special Use for Wakeless Harbor
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/25/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Molly Ryan
435-781-5282
mollymryan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Flaming Gorge Ranger District is proposing to issue this permit for a term up to 20 years for the continued operation of Wakeless Harbor to launch, recover, test and perform minor repairs of boats and marine equipment on the Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39094
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. Forest Service designated boat ramps, located at Lucerne Marina, Flaming Gorge NRA.
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Ashley National Forest,   Vernal Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dry Fork Flume Trailhead Relocation 2012
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/01/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Troy Osborne
866-739-6794
troyosborne@fs.fed.us 
Description: A DN/FONSI on the Dry Fork Flume Trailhead was signed in August 2011. Due to private in-holding access issues, a new location for the trailhead further up canyon has now been identified which would better facilitate all-around winter use.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39910
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - T2S R19E, Sec. 26, SLM. The new trailhead location would be 1.6 miles further up canyon at the intersections of Forest Roads 018 and 031.
High Desert 2011 Exploratory Drilling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/03/2012  09/2012 David Herron
435-781-5218
daherron@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Proposal is to drill 2 small exploratory drillholes for locatable minerals.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36589
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. One drillhole in the Dyer Mountain area, near or adjacent to Forest Service road #560, in the East of section 21, T1S R21E, and a second drillhole in the Grizzly Ridge area, near or adjacent to Fore.
Highway 191 Safety Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/23/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
05/2013 James McRae
435-781-5123
jmmcrae@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of dead trees to reduce hazards associated with trees toppling into roadways and onto trails, reduce hazardous fuels build-up, and to capture the economic value of the trees. Also, manipulation of stand densities to promote healthy trees.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39063
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - SLM - T1N, R22E, all or portions of sections 5, 8, 17, 31, and 32; T1S, R21E, all or portions of section 5; and T1S R22E, all or portions of sections 5, 8, 17, and 30. The project is located approximately 20 miles north of Vernal, UT and can be reached by traveling north on U.S. Hwy 191. Treatment areas are on either side of 13 miles of Hwy. 191.
Julius Park Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/01/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 James McRae
435-781-5123
jmmcrae@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project includes removing some down and dead trees to capture the economic value of these trees and to reduce the hazardous fuel loading,and also manipulation of live tree species composition, stand density, and stand structures.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36654
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - Uintah Meridian, Township 3 North, Range 1 East, all or portions of sections 7, 8, 17, 18, 20, 28, and 29. Salt Lake Meridian, Township 2 South, Range 18 East, portions of sections 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 1. The project is located approximately 18 miles north northwest of Lapoint, Utah and can be reached by traveling up Mosby Mountain on Forest Road Number 10104.
State of Utah - Grizzly Ridge Comm Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/30/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Gina Reese
435-781-5133
greese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of a communication use lease and the construction of a new generator building within the established limits of the State of Utah/Division of Information Technologys authorized area, located at the Grizzly Ridge Communication Site.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39354
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - NW1/4NW1/4NW1/4, sec. 17, T. 1 S., R. 22 E., SLM. Uintah County, Utah. Grizzly Ridge Communication Site.
Taylor Mountain Pinyon Juniper Vegetation Management Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/13/2012  07/2012 David Olsen
435-781-5181
dwolsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of encroaching juniper through hand cutting/lop and scatter to enhance sage grouse habitat and sage brush communities.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37374
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - Township 3 North Range 21 East, all or portions of Sections 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35. Lower Taylor Mountain.
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