Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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, 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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  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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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.
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Utah)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Adjustment 12/2011 
Expected:05/2014  06/2014 Clinton McCarthy
801-625-5671
cmccarthy01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into several land management plans (Uinta, Dixie, Fishlake) through plan amendments.
Web Link:  http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/western.html
Location: UNIT - Dixie National Forest All Units, Fishlake National Forest All Units, Pleasant Grove Ranger District, Heber-Kamas Ranger District, Spanish Fork Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne. UNIT - Dixie NF, Fishlake NF, Uinta portion of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF; UT; multiple counties involved.
Sigurd to Red Butte 345 kV Transmission Line
EIS
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/07/2012  04/2013 Charles Call
435-865-3730
ckcall@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.
Web Link:  http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/cedar_city/planning/sigurd_to_red_butte.html
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.
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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
Existing Special Use Permit Issuances
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Dave Swank
435-865-3224
dswank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use permit renewal for various permits with expiring terms:Mountain Meadow Massacre Site; Seismograph Stations; Big Mtn Communications Site; Special Services Dist Fire Station; Power Line; Town Water System; Resort; Archery Range.
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District, Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Iron, Kane, Washington. LEGAL - T38S, R16W; T38S, R18W; T39S, R16W; T38S, R13W; T37S, R7W; T37S, R9W. Various locations on Pine Valley Ranger Distict (5) and Cedar City Ranger District (2).
Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Leslie Fonger
435-676-9360
lesliefonger@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
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.
Reed Valley Vegetation Treatment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/14/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
09/2013 Nathan Yorgason
435-865-3227
nyorgason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conifer salvage harvest 1,428 acres, precommercial conifer thinning 1,404 acres, aspen regen and improvement 759 acres, permanent road relocation 1.03 miles.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39460
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T36S, R8W, Sec 35,36; T37S,R8W, Sec 1-3,10-16,21-23. Approximately 26 miles east of Cedar City, UT.
Sawyer Point Vegetation Treatment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:08/2013  09/2013 Eric Eastep
435-865-3278
eeastep@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation treatments to improve habitat and veg conditions.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37386
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield, Kane. LEGAL - T37S, R6W, Sec 31-34; T38S, R6W, Sec 3-6. Approximately 6 miles northeast of Duck Creek Village, UT.
Utah State Highway 14 and 148 Hazard Tree Reduction Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 11/14/2012  09/2013 James Gerleman
435-865-3705
jpgerleman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of danger trees along State Highways 14 and 148. Contract to be administered by Utah Department of Transportation.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38114
Location: UNIT - Cedar City Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Iron, Kane. LEGAL - Along Highway 14 and 148 in T37S, R9W, Sections 18, 17, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27; T37, R8.5W, Sections 25, 26; T37, R8W, Sections 30, 31; SLB&M. Along Highway 14 and 148 from approximately 10-40 miles east of Cedar City, Utah.
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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
Birch Creek Riparian Improvement Project
CE
- Land management planning  Completed  Actual: 09/28/2012  10/2012 Brooke Shakespeare
435-826-5434
bshakespeare@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will treat vegetation within riparian areas in the Birch Creek sub-watershed by removing pinyon, juniper, and, as needed, other conifer species. The project also includes placement and operation of a bat watering trough.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39363
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - 34S 1W, sec. 24, 25, 13; 34S 1E, sec. 46, 48, 47; 35S 1E, sec. 06, 07, 17, 08. The Birch Creek 6th Field sub-watershed is located in the headwaters of the Escalante River Watershed, and is locally known as Main Canyon. The Dixie National Forest boundary in Main Canyon is approx.
Chriss/Deer Creek Trail Connector
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Cindy Calbaum
435-826-5425
ccalbaum@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a new trail connector between the Chriss Lake and Deer Creek Trails. This will provide users with the option of a loop trail.
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. Off State Route 12 approximately 9 miles north of Boulder, UT, between trail numbers 34015 and 34016.
Gravel Pits Analysis
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/02/2012 
Expected:09/2013
 
11/2013 Brooke Shakespeare
435-826-5434
bshakespeare@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Escalante and Powell ranger districts propose to analyze the expansion and development of mineral material pits to respond to mineral material needs of the Forest for the next 15-20 years. The project is consistent with 36 CFR 2850.2 and .3(2).
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40233
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. Various locations throughout the Escalante and Powell ranger districts.
Iron Springs Vegetation Improvement and Salvage Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 11/29/2012  03/2013 Kevin Zeman
435-826-5401
kzeman@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Lower Box Trailhead Relocation
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  06/2013 Jessica Grow
435-826-5427
jgrow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate the lower trailhead for the Box Trail outside of the wilderness boundary.
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. Southern end of the Box Trail adjacent to the Pine Creek Road (FR 153).
Mitchell Springs Vegetation Improvement Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2013 
Expected:12/2013  07/2014 Dean Dolatta
435-826-5423
ddolatta@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve forest health by removing dead/dying Douglas fir and restore aspen and ponderosa pine stands. Restore and invigorate riparian vegetation along Hall Creek.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40232
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T 34N R 1W, Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24,25, 26, & 27; T 34N R 1E Sections7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 30. The upper portion of the Birch Creek Watershed, adjacent to Main Canyon Road (FH 17) and downslope from Griffen Top Road (FR 140).
Upper Valley Vegetation Improvement Project
EA
- Grazing management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Chance Stewart
435-826-5475
chancestewart@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would use prescribed fire and mechanical and hand vegetation treatments to reduce wildfire hazard and improve forest health. It would also stabilize and restore streams and provide guzzlers for wildlife.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37898
Location: UNIT - Escalante Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Parts of Townships 35 and 36 South, Ranges 1 West and 1 East of the Salt Lake Base and Meridian. The proposed 16,478-acre Upper Valley Vegetation Improvement Project project is located in Garfield County, Utah (UT) approximately 15 miles southwest of Escalante, UT. Access is via Utah Hiway 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
New Harmony-Central Fuelbreak Improvement
EA
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Joseph Harris
435-652-3172
jrharris@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvement of existing fuelbreak around communities of Central and New Harmony, UT. Activities include removal of invading woody speies (primarily juniper),widening, seeding and construction of 12-18" fireline.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37387
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T38S, R13W; T39S, R16W; SLBM. Areas surrounding the communities of Central and New Harmony, UT.
Pine Valley Fuelbreak Improvement
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Joseph Harris
435-652-3172
jrharris@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvement of existing fuelbreak around community of Pine Valley, UT. Activities include removal of invading woody speies (primarily juniper),widening, seeding and construction of 12-18" fireline.
Location: UNIT - Pine Valley Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T39S, R14W; T39S, R15W, SLBM. Surrounding Community of Pine Valley, UT.
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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
Alton Motorized Access
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joseph Rechsteiner
801-676-9320
jrechsteiner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate motorized use on an existing 2.8-mile route from the area of Alton, UT, located in Kane County, to Robinson Canyon Trailhead and construct about 2 miles of non-motorized Grand View Trail.
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Kane. LEGAL - R5W T39S Sections 3, 9, 10,15 and 16, SLBM. Water Canyon to Robinson Cyn Trailhead.
Blue Fly Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 09/11/2012  01/2013 Keith Gustafson
435-676-9354
keithgustafson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest proposes a vegetation management project on the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. (see additional information below under 'Other Project Information'.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36894
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - The legal description for the analysis area includes all or parts of Township (T) 36S., Range (R) 4W., Sections 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33; T. 36S., R 4.5W., Sec. 25, 35, 36; T 37S., R 4W., Sec. 5, 6, 7,. The Blue Fly Vegetation Management (VMP) analysis area totals 9,275 acres and is located within the Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest in Garfield County, Utah.
Johns Valley Vegetation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/02/2011 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 Jake Schoppe
435-676-9341
jschoppe@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Dixie National Forest proposes to remove Pinyon and Juniper (PJ) from sage-steppe and riparian areas within Johns Valley to benefit wildlife and improve the environmental health of the area. A variety of treatments would be utilized.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35980
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T 33 S, R 3 W, Sec. 10-14, 22-27, 34-36; T 33 S, R 2 W, Sec. 17-20, 29-32; T 34 S, R 3 W, Sec. 1-4, 9-12, 15-17, 19-22, 27-34; T 34 S, R 4 W, Sec. 1-2, 12; T 34 S, R 4 W, Sec. 26, 35-36. Within the E.F. Sevier River Subbasin at the southeast end of the Sevier Plateau. Immediately west of SR 22 (Johns Valley Road) approximately 10 miles north of its intersection with SR 12.
South Central Red Canyon Fiber Optic Amendment
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/25/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Leslie Fonger
435-676-9360
lesliefonger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance the reliability of an existing fiber optic line under special use permit to South Central Utah Telephone Association, Inc. by amending the permit to allow them to relocate and maintain the fiber optic line outside of Red Canyon Wash.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40228
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Sections 22, 25, 26, 27 and 36 of Township 35 South, Range 4.5 West and Section 30 of Township 35 South Range 4 West. Along Hwy 12 through Red Canyon about 12 miles southwest of Panguitch, UT, beginning near the Red Canyon Visitors Center, proceeding ~ 3.6 miles up Red Canyon to east of FS121.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.