Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
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 in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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 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,   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
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 06/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Iron Mine Calcite Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 10/30/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
06/2014 David Herron
435-781-5218
daherron@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposal for short-term small-scale hard-rock mining operations in the upper Iron Mine Creek area of the Ashley National Forest (Section 19, T2N R9W, Uinta Meridian).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40475
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Wasatch. LEGAL - Northern of Section 19, T2N R9W, Uinta Meridian. Headwaters of Iron Mine Creek, Wasatch County, Utah.
Moon Lake Boat Ramp
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 04/24/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 06/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 Ronald Brunson
435-781-5202
rbrunson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project would improve boating access to Moon Lake by installing a concrete boat ramp and paved parking area. The proposed ramp measures 800' long by 20' wide with 85' by 85' turnaround areas every 200'.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40164
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. West shoreline of Moon Lake adjacent to the developed campground in Lake Fork Canyon on the Roosevelt-Duchesne Ranger District of the Ashley National Forest.
Re-Issue of Special Use Permits on the Roosevelt-Duchesne Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/03/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Gina Reese
435-781-5133
greese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew SUPs for: 1.Yellowstone Cyn Powerline - MLEA 2.Cow Canyon Springs/Waterline - DCUCWID 3.Yellowstone Telephone Line - UBTA 4.Uinta Cyn Powerline - MLEA 5.Uinta Cyn FERC - MLEA 6.Moon Lake Powerline - MLEA 7.Sowers Cyn Powerline - Pacificor
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41713
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District, Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Yellowstone Canyon (powerline, telephone line, and a spring development/waterline); Uinta Canyon (powerline and hydroelectric); Moon Lake Canyon (powerline); and Sowers Canyon (powerline).
Rhoades Canyon Commercial Rock Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 09/04/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
06/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40078
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. Rhoades Canyon area on the west side of the Duchesne Ranger District.
Strawberry Peak Livestock Conversion
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 04/10/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
05/2014 Amber Helmus
435-738-5205
ahelmus@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Roosevelt-Duchesne Ranger District proposes to convert the Strawberry Peak allotment on the Ashley National Forest from sheep to cattle.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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. The Strawberry Peak allotment is located on the South Unit of the Ashley National Forest.
Swift Creek Watershed Trail Relocations
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/02/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
06/2014 Christopher Plunkett
435-781-5140
cplunkett@fs.fed.us 
Description: We are proposing to construct hiking trail reroutes at 7 selected locations in the Swift Creek Focus Watershed. The project would total approximately 4,600 feet of trail construction and 3,300 feet of trail closures and rehabilitation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41691
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - SE, Sec 20, T3N, R4W; SW, SE, Sec 5, T3N, R4W; NW, NW, Sec 5, T3N, R4W; NW, SE, Sec 32, T4N, R4W; NE, NE, Sec 32, T4N, R4W; NW, NE, Sec 4, T3N, R4W; SE, SW, Sec 4, T3N, R4W Uintah Base Meridian. Seven locations in the Swift Creek Watershed.
Vantage 2013 Oil and Gas Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 04/01/2013  06/2013 David Herron
435-781-5218
daherron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal for 16 new oil and gas wells on 4 new well pads, and 9 new wells on 3 previously approved well pads, in the Gilsonite Ridge area. About 1.2 miles of new roads, and about 1 mile of road upgrades, would be needed for safe project access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40558
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Proposed well pads in Sections 4, 5, and 6 of T6S R3W, Uinta Meridian. Previously approved well pads in Sections 6, 7, and 20 of T6S R3W, Uinta Meridian. Gilsonite Ridge area of the South Unit of the Ashley National Forest.
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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: This project would improve bighorn sheep forage and lambing habitat, including increasing sight distances to detect predators, in areas along Flaming Gorge Reservoir. We would use prescribed fire to remove encroaching conifers (mostly juniper).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24730
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project analysis area lies approximately 30 miles north of Vernal, Utah in Daggett County. It is above the Flaming Gorge Reservoir from Bears Tusk on the west to Gold Point.
Cedar Springs Marina Garage
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/07/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
09/2013 Molly Ryan
435-781-5282
mollymryan@fs.fed.us 
Description: We are proposing the construction of a 30-ft. wide x 40-ft. long x 20-ft. tall garage on the current parking area adjacent to the existing residential housing unit at Cedar Springs Marina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40646
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Adjacent to the existing residential housing unit at Cedar Springs Marina. The Marina is located 40 miles north of Vernal, Utah on US Highway 191 and 2 miles west of the Flaming Gorge Dam.
Flaming Gorge Ponderosa Pine Maintenance and Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 05/08/2013
05/08/2013 
06/2013 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 improve the visual quality of key areas. Primary tool to accomplish this would be continuing or initial low intensity/high frequency fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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,.
Half Whiskey Moon Lookout Forest Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 05/01/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
07/2014 Lesley Tullis
435-781-5103
ltullis@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would include a variety of timber and fuels vegetative management activities totaling 1,106 acres within a 1,787-acre project area. Trees killed by beetles or infected by dwarf mistletoe would be removed to achieve project objectives.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41959
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located in the vicinity of Half Moon Park, Whiskey Creek, and the historic Ute Lookout Tower on the Flaming Gorge Ranger District of the Ashley National Forest.
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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
Cart Creek Watershed Roads Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 03/13/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
06/2014 Melissa Hendrickson
435-781-5137
mrhendrickson@fs.fed.us 
Description: We are proposing to reroute and rehabilitate a 1.33 mile segment of Forest Road 49 and a 1.35 mile segment of Forest Road 177. This proposed project also includes seasonal closures of portions of FR 49 and FR 177 and Forest Trails 3, 4, and 8.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41469
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - T 1N, R 22E, Sec 2, 10 - 12, 15, 16, 21 - 24, 27, 28. T1N, R23E, Sec 7. Salt Lake Meridian. Bowden Draw and Greens Draw in the Cart Creek Watershed, located east of Hwy 191.
Julius Park Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 05/23/2013  09/2013 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 hazardous fuel loading, as well as manipulation of live tree species composition, stand density, and stand structures.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Mosby Mountain Pipeline
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 03/13/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
07/2014 Garry Brown
435-781-5168
gdbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would involve the construction of a pipeline from Mosby Canal to the lower pastures of Mosby Mountain Allotment to provide a reliable water source for cattle.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41472
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - Salt Lake Meridian T2S, R18E, Sec 22, 27, 34, 35; T3S, R18E, Sec 2, 10, 11 Uintah Meridian T2N, R1E Sec 9, 16. Mosby Mountain-23 miles north of Lapoint, Utah on Mosby Mountain Road.
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