Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Dixie 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
R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Dixie National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Dixie National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Dixie National Forest,  Cedar City Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Dixie National Forest,  Escalante Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Dixie National Forest,  Pine Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Dixie National Forest,  Powell Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
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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R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sigurd to Red Butte 345 kV Transmission Line
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/05/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2010 
Expected:10/2011
 
02/2012 Janel McCurdy
541-278-3869
janelmccurdy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a new 345 kV transmission line connecting the Sigurd substation located near Richfield, UT to the Red Butte substation located near Central, UT.
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District, Beaver Ranger District, Fillmore Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Beaver, Iron, Millard, Sevier, Washington. Linear alignment from approximately 6 miles northeast of Richfield, UT to just southwest of the town of Central, UT.
Sigurd to Red Butte Geotechnical Investigation
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/03/2010  09/2010 Kathy Slack
435-865-3742
kslack@fs.fed.us 
Description: The FS proposes to issue a short-term special use permit to authorize Rocky Mt Power to conduct a geotechnical investigation to determine feasability for alternative routes for a 345kV Transmission line from Sigurd to Red Butte substations.
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District, Beaver Ranger District, Fillmore Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Beaver, Iron, Millard, Sevier, Washington. Starting near Sigurd, UT and running southwest to the Red Butte Substation near Central, UT.
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Dixie 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
Dixie Forest-wide Oil and Gas Leasing Analysis
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/22/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:01/2011
 
05/2011 Susan Baughman
435-865-3703
sbaughman@fs.fed.us 
Description: As required by the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987, the responsible officials of the Forest Service and BLM will evaluate lands administered by the Dixie NF for oil and gas leasing.
Location: UNIT - Dixie National Forest All Units. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron, Kane, Piute, Washington. Dixie National Forest.
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Dixie National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2010 Special Use Permit Issuances
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2010  12/2010 Pamela Christensen
435-865-3200
pchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of eight special use permits involving extension of permit term for existing permits.
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District, Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron, Kane, Washington. Cedar City Ranger District and Pine Valley Ranger District.
Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  04/2011 Cindy Calbaum
435-826-5425
ccalbaum@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue priority permits and issue new permits for outfitting and guiding.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District, Escalante Ranger District, Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron. Escalante, Powell and Cedar city Ranger Districts.
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Dixie National Forest,   Cedar City Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bowery Creek Road Reconstruction and Easement
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/28/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
05/2011 Dave Swank
435-865-3224
dswank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace a bridge, and reconstruct 6.3 miles of road Forest System Road and .3 mi of BLM road. Then issue an easement to Iron County for operation and maintenance.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T 34 S, R 8 W, Sec 3. Forest Road 30049 from Hwy 143 to Yankee Meadow Resevoir.
Brian Head ATV Trail
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Steven Robinson
435-865-3241
stevenrobinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of an ATV trail linking the community of Brian Head to the Markagunt ATV Trail System. The Brian Head ATV Trail will consist of 4 miles of new trail construction and approximately 4.6 mile of existing forest roads.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T 36 S, R 9 W, Secs 11-14; T 36 S, R 8 W, Secs 19, 27, 29, 30, 32, 33. Southeast of Brian Head, Utah.
Cedar Mountain Mineral Source Sites
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
05/2011 Dave Swank
435-865-3224
dswank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of 12 existing mineral source sites to evaluate safety issues and determine future needs.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron, Kane. LEGAL - Various sites centered around T37S R7W. Cedar Mountain area approximately 25 miles east of Cedar City, UT.
Harris Flat ATV Access Trail
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Steve Robinson
530-627-3291
steverobinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of 0.4 mile of ATV trail on existing utility route. New route will provide access from private lands to National Forest roads and trails.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Kane. LEGAL - T38S R7W Sec 24. Approximately 6 miles east of Duck Creek Village, Utah.
Kitty Hawk Administrative Site Master Development Plan
EIS
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 06/28/2010  01/2011 Georgina Lampman
435-865-3794
glampman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continued development of the 14-acre administrative site in Cedar City.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T35S R11W Sec 3. Within Cedar City, Utah at 1750 West Kitty Hawk Drive.
Little Creek-Red Creek Vegetation Treatment
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Dave Swank
435-865-3224
dswank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation treatments on 9281 acres to improve vigor in a variety of species. Mechanical treatments and prescribed fire will be used to reduce forest fuels, regenerate aspen and sagebrush, thin conifer timber and reduce pinyon-juniper invasion.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T33S, R7W. T34S, R7W. Approximately 9 miles east of Parowan, Utah.
Navajo Basin Forest and Scenic Recovery
EA
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:06/2011  09/2011 Dave Swank
435-865-3224
dswank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage harvest of 3,800 acres of dead and dying Douglas-fir and other conifer. Regeneration of 177 acres of aspen. Conifer reforestation of approximately 760 acres.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Kane. LEGAL - T38S R8W Sec 3-10,15-18; T38S R8S Sec 1-3, 11,12,13,14. Approximately 25 east of Cedar City, UT.
Red Desert Vegetation Treatment
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Dave Swank
435-865-3224
dswank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat vegetation to regenerate aspen (approximately 200 acres) and prescribe burn decadent aspen areas (approximately 2025 acres).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32528
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T37S, R8W, Sec 2,17,20-22,27,28,32,33. Approximately 24 miles east of Cedar City, Ut.
Tippets Salvage
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Dave Swank
435-865-3224
dswank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage log approximately 250 acres of dead and dying conifer.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32529
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T37S, R8W, Sec 14. Approximately 25 miles east of Cedar City, UT.
Uinta Flat Designated Dispersed Camping Areas
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/30/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
05/2011 Steven Robinson
435-865-3241
stevenrobinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Desiganation of dispersed campsites by hardening, delineating.
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Kane. LEGAL - T38S, R7W; T37S, R7W. Approximately 4 miles east of Duck Creek Village, UT.
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Dixie National Forest,   Escalante Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Fork Boulder Creek Native Trout Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/17/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
07/2011 Georgina Lampman
435-826-5401
glampman@fs.fed.us 
Description: All fish would be removed from a section of Boulder Creek to prepare it for introduction of Colorado river cutthroat trout (CRCT).
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T31S, R4E, Sec 27, 28, 33, 34 and T32S, R4E Sec 3, 10, 15, 22,21, and 28 of Salt Lake Baseline Meridian. Within the East Fork of Boulder Creek drainage, approx 10 miles NW of the town of Boulder, UT.
Escalante RD Trail Reroutes
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/21/2010  06/2011 Cindy Calbaum
435-826-5425
ccalbaum@fs.fed.us 
Description: East Boulder Cr Loop, Chriss Lake Trail, water Canyon Trail, Coleman Trail
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. District wide.
Iron Springs Vegetation Improvement and Salvage Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/05/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
06/2011 Joseph Huck
435-826-5423
jhuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial and non-commercial thinning to reduce stand densities, provide for a more balance age-class distribution, and perpetuate aspen presences within the spruce/fir dominated forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31526
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T33S, R1W and T33S, R1E, of the Salt Lake Baseline Meridian. On the Aquarius Plateau, approximately 15 miles northwest of Escalante, UT along FR 30140.
Road Draw Salvage and Reforestation Project
CE
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 08/03/2010  08/2010 Colby Peterson
435-865-3223
cbpeterson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage fire killed or damaged timber on 82 acres within the approximately 118 burn area.
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T 32 S, R4 E, Sec 27, 28, 29. Approximately 7 miles NW of Boulder, UT along FR 166 west of state Highway 12.
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Dixie National Forest,   Pine Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cove Mountain Iron Ore Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/03/2010  09/2010 Susan Baughman
435-865-3703
sbaughman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drilling and evaluation for iron ore deposits on mining claims for which it has a statutory right authorized by the United States mining laws. The operator has submitted a plan of operations
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T39S, R18W, Sections 2, 11, 12. Approximately 11 miles west of Central, Utah.
New Harmony Irrigation Project
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Richard Jaros
435-865-3722
sjaros@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend existing special use permit for (1) construction of a water detention structure, (2) installation of 5300' of 12' pipeline, (3) provide 600' of temporary motorized access for construction and (4) construction of a flow-control structure.
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T38S, R13W, Sec 17, 20. Approximately 3 miles west of New Harmony, Utah.
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Dixie National Forest,   Powell Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bridge Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
03/2011 Keith Gustafson
435-676-9354
keithgustafson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes to salvage fire killed or damaged timber from approximately 564 acres; to reforest within harvested acres and other burned areas and to mitigate safety concerns from hazard trees along existing roads.
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T37S, R4W, Sec. 4,5,8,9,16,17,18,19,20,29,30,31 ; T37S, R4.5W Sec 36 S.L.M. Project area is located approximately 20 miles south east of Panguitch, Utah adjacent to Tropic Reservoir.
East Slope Riparian Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jake Schoppe
435-676-9341
jschoppe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove invading junipers and pinyon from cottonwood galleries located in riparian areas.
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. East slope of the Sevier Plateau.
Paunsaugunt Vegetation Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Bill Wais
435-865-3221
billwais@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat aspen stands to increase aspen regeneration, reduce conifer encroachement and develop multi-aged aspen stands.
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Kane. LEGAL - T 38 S, R 4 W, T 39 S, R 5 W, T38 S, R 41/2 W, T 39 S, R 4 1/2 W, and T 39 S, R 4 W multiple sections. Paunsaugunt Plateau south of Tropic Resevoir near juction of Upper Kanab Creek and East Fork Sevier River.
Tropic to Hatch 138kV Transmission Line
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/11/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:01/2011
 
05/2011 Susan Baughman
435-865-3703
sbaughman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of upgraded transmission line from Tropic, UT to Hatch, UT. This project crosses multilple jurisdictions. The Dixie NF is the project lead.
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. Area between Tropic, UT on Hwy 12 west to Hatch, Utah on Hwy 89.
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