Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
Inyo National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest,  Mammoth Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest,  Mono Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest,  Mount Whitney Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest,  White Mountain 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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  12/2011 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2011  01/2012 Glen Stein
801-200-2703
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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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA)
EIS
- Land management planning  On Hold  N/A  N/A Donald Yasuda
916-640-1168
dyasuda@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prepare a narrowly focused analysis to comply with two orders issued by the Eastern District Court of California on November 4, 2009. Correct the 2004 SNFPA Final SEIS to address range of alternatives and analytical consistency issues.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/snfpa/2010seis
Location: UNIT - Eldorado National Forest All Units, Lassen National Forest All Units, Modoc National Forest All Units, Sequoia National Forest All Units, Tahoe National Forest All Units, Lake Tahoe Basin Mgt Unit, Carson Ranger District, Bridgeport Ranger District, Plumas National Forest All Units, Sierra National Forest All Units, Stanislaus National Forest All Units, Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California, Nevada. COUNTY - Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yuba, Douglas, Esmeralda, Mineral. LEGAL - Along the Sierra Nevada Range, from the Oregon/California border south to Lake Isabella as well as lands in western Nevada. Sierra Nevada National Forests.
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R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mammoth Mountain Base Area Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/13/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange of approximately 21 acres of National Forest System land, currently under special use authorization to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, located near the Main Lodge north of Highway 203 for approximately 1500 acres of land in California.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30428
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District, White Mountain Ranger District, Mount Whitney Ranger District, Mt. Hough Ranger District, Mi-Wok Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono, Plumas, Tuolumne. LEGAL - Land to be exchanged is located in T.3S, R. 27E., Sec 30, MDM. Proposal includes the addition of non-federal parcels to the Inyo, Plumas, and Stanislaus National Forests in California. Main Lodge, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
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Inyo National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Authorization of Helicopter Landings by the California Department of Fish and Game within Wilderness
EA
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/11/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
10/2012 Leeann Murphy
760-873-2450
lbmurphy@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would authorize the CA Dept. of Fish and Game to land a helicopter when capturing Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (endangered species) within wilderness areas for the purposes of monitoring and translocations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35211
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep recovery area, within the Golden Trout, Hoover, John Muir, Owens River Headwaters, and South Sierra Wildernesses.
Inyo National Forest Aspen Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Leeann Murphy
760-873-5865
lbmurphy@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will address the need to maintain and enhance aspen stands throughout the Inyo National Forest. This project will include proposed treatments for stands at risk of loss due to conifer encroachment and lack of aspen regeneration.
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California, Nevada. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono, Esmeralda. Aspen stands within the Inyo National Forest.
Issuance of 10 Year Outfitter/Guide Permits for Winter Camping
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:06/2012  01/2013 Carmen John
760-873-2510
cjohn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue permits to recurring temporary permit holders for non wilderness winter camping, snow skills/travel and survival education. Issue priority use to existing permit holders for nonwilderness winter camping.
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Inyo, Mono. No. Fork Bishop, Ck., Bishop Ck., So. Fork Bishop Ck., Rock Ck., Minaret Vista, Inyo Craters, Old Sawmill Rd., Lee Vining Ck., Tioga Pass Area, Saddlebag Lake area, Onion Valley Rd., Lakes Basin.,.
Issuance of 10 Year Priority Use Outfitter/Guide Fishing Permits
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:10/2012  01/2013 Jon Kazmierski
760-924-5503
jkazmierski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trips to: Lee Vining Cr., June Lake Loop, Big Springs, Deadman Cr., Mammoth Lakes Basin, Middle Fork San Joaquin, Sotcher Lake, Starkweather Lake, Hot Creek, Convict Lake, McGee Cr., Rock Cr., Rock Cr. Lake, Pine Cr., Bishop Cr., No. Lk., So. Lk.
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Madera, Mono. See Project Description.
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Inyo National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2010 Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Temporary Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/01/2010 
Expected:08/2010
 
08/2010 Donna Bertolina
(760) 924-5518
dbertolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: "Wounded Warrior Elite Camp" - Guided backpacking trip into the Lake Ediza area of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Group participants are physically and/or mentally disabled military personnel. All wilderness regulations will be followed.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District, Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. Ansel Adams Wilderness, Lake Ediza and vicinity.
Digital 395 Middle Mile Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/27/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
08/2012 Susan Joyce
760-873-2516
sejoyce@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a new 593 mile underground fiber optic cable network between Barstow California and Carson City Nevada. Approximately 37 miles of the cable network cross the Inyo National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38789
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District, White Mountain Ranger District, Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. Southern Mono County along Casa Diablo Road to US 395 and Mill Creek Powerhouse Road.
Three Creeks Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:05/2013  08/2013 Andrew Weinhart
760-924-5550
aweinhart@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Three Creeks Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Restoration project objective is to provide for healthy forest conditions, promote establishment of old growth and reintroduce fire to the ecosystem.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District, Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. All proposed treatment units lie within the Mono Lake and Mammoth Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California.
US Geological Survey, Permit Reissuance, installation of 4 new seismic monitoring stations
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/04/2011  10/2011 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of expired permit, installation of four new seismic monitoring stations. Location of new stations: Old Mammoth Mine, Lincoln Mountain, Minaret Vista, Dry Creek Area
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District, White Mountain Ranger District, Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. Various location throughout the White Mountain, Mammoth, and Mono Lake Ranger Districts.
Upper Owens/Bishop Creek Unauthorized Route Restoration Evaluation Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  09/2012 Todd Ellsworth
760-873-2457
tellsworth@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to evaluate unauthorized routes to determine future uses and additional restoration needs within the Upper Owens and Bishop Creek Watersheds.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District, White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. Upper Owens and Bishop Creek Watersheds.
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Inyo National Forest,   Mammoth Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amerigas Project
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install 100 feet of propane pipeline to connect existing pipeline on both ends of existing pipeline. This is the same project as the Rock Creek Energy Project. Rock Creek Energy was purchased by Amerigas.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T3S, R27E, Sec 33. West of John Muir Rd. and ending at 924 Canyon Blvd.
Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/25/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
03/2013 Margie DeRose
760-873-2424
mbderose@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a 33-megawatt geothermal power plant and associated well field, internal access roads, pipelines, and a transmission line. The Forest Service would authorize changes to the forest transportation system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35652
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. Near the intersection of CA State Route 203 and U.S. Highway 395 approximately 3 miles east of Mammoth Lakes, CA.
Convict Lake Resort Equestrian R.V. Park
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/27/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
04/2012 Jon Kazmierski
760-924-5503
jkazmierski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Facilities include 12 RV campsites with hook-ups; 6 temporary day use stalls, expansion of existing tack shed from 225' to 600' sq. ft.; 1,500 sq. ft. recreation building with toliets & showers, game room, laundry; new landscaping
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T.4S., R.28E., Section 14. At existing horse corrals north of Convict Lake Resort.
Crystral Crag Water System Permit Resissuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of expired permit for water system. Water system service the Lake Mary Recreation Residence Tract, Crystal Crag Lodge, and the Lake Mary Store, all located in the Lakes Basin.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T. 4S., R27E., Sec. 21. Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District, Lakes Basin.
Hot Creek Fish Hatchery permit reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of permit to California Department of Fish and Game for Hot Creek Fish Hatchery.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDM, T.5S. R.28E., Sec. 35. Hot Creek.
Madden Property Road Access
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of an access road to the "Madden property", owned by the Gregory Family Trust, and located adjacent to the chair 15 area of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA). This road will be constructed within the MMSA permit boundary.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDM, T.4S., R.27E., Sec 4, Lot 2. Chair 15 area of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Are.
Mammoth Community Water District, Permit Issuances
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  05/2012 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of two permits: one for a master permit for all facilities, one for the government-owned Lake Mary Dam.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. various locations adjacent to the Town of Mammoth Lakes, CA.
Reds Meadow Valley Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sue Farley
760-924-5535
sfarley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazardous fuels reduction treatments would be designed to provide defensible space at recreation sites and to create a fuelbreak along roads. Fuels treatment activities would include tree thinning, pruning and prescribed burning on approx. 1735 acres
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera, Mono. LEGAL - Portions of Sections 14,15,22,23,25,26,34,35,36 of T3S, R26E & 2,3,11,14 of T4S, R26E & 28,29,30,31,32,33 of T3S, R27E. The project area is located in the Reds Meadow Valley, Madera County, CA and includes a corridor along Hwy. 203 from Minaret Vista to Earthquake Fault, Mono County, CA.
Reds Meadow Valley Wind-Fallen Tree Removal for Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012  08/2012 Sue Farley
760-924-5535
sfarley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazardous fuel treatment would remove wind-fallen trees on 150 acres outside of IRA, and 70 acres within IRA. A half mile of temporary roads would be constructed outside of IRA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38178
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Proposed treatment areas are located in portions of Sections 14, 23, 26 and 35 in Township 3 south, Range 26 east, and portions of Sections 2 and 11 in Township 4 south, Range 26 east. The project is located in the Middle Fork San Joaquin River watershed, Madera County, California. Treatment areas are situated no farther than 0.3 mile from the paved road in Reds Meadow Valley.
Shady Rest OHV/OSV Staging Area
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:12/2012  07/2013 Katheryn Rich
760-873-2490
kdrich@fs.fed.us 
Description: Planning for construction of an OHV/OSV staging area in the Shady Rest area of Mammoth Lakes. This may also include the construction of a snowmobile trail to town and snowmobile parking area.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. Shady Rest area on the Mammoth Lakes Ranger District.
Sherwin-Scenic Loop Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/23/2009
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
08/2013 Sue Farley
760-924-5535
sfarley@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to use three types of treatment methods, singly or in combination, to reduce hazardous fuels such as brush and trees in the Sherwin Creek, Mammoth Creek and Mammoth Scenic Loop areas surrounding the Mammoth Lakes community.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Township 3 south and 4 south, Range 28 East. Sherwin Creek Road, Mammoth Creek Road, Hwy. 203 and Scenic Loop Road areas surrounding the Mammoth Lakes community.
Southern California Edison Mammoth Distribution Area Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012  10/2012 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of expired permit for Southern California Edision's electrical distribution lines in the Mammoth Distribution Area.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T.3S., R.28E., MDBM. Mammoth Distribution Area, Mammoth Lakes Area.
US Geological Survey, installation of 10 temporary seismic instruments on Mammoth Mountain
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/21/2011  09/2011 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of ten temporary (one year term) seismic instruments on Mammoth Mountain to monitor seismic activity and provide data necessary for purposes of hazard mitigation.
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
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Inyo National Forest,   Mono Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Point Cinder Mine EA - Mining Proposal
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/01/2010 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Margie DeRose
760-873-2424
mbderose@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal described in the Plan of Operations will expand mining operations at an existing cinder mine over a period of fifteen years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27908
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Section 21, Township 2 North, Range 26 East. Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, Inyo National Forest.
June Lake PUD, test well for domestic water supply
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Test well adjacent to the Clark Water Treatment Plant.
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDM, T.2S., R.26E, Sec. 21. Adjacent to the Clark Water Treatment Plant.
June Mountain Ski Area Vegetation Management Plan
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
08/2012 Scott Kusumoto
760-924-5522
skusumoto@fs.fed.us 
Description: Veg mgt plan to determine desired future vegetation condition for the resort permit area. Conditions not meeting the yet to be determined desired conditions will create project opportunities to move the ski area towards the desired condition.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30733
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T2S, R26E, Sections 14,15, 22, 23, 25, 26, MDB&M. June Mountain Ski Area.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Glass Mountain Communication Lease
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  05/2012 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of Communication Site Lease to replace expired permit
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDM, T.2S., R.30E. Sec. 18. Glass Mountain Peak, Glass Mountains.
Pinecliff Resort Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Barry McDonald
760-647-3023
bmcdonald01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing resort permit for 1 year
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. Pinecliff Resort in the June Lake Loop vicinity, Mono Lake Ranger District.
Sagehen sage-grouse habitat enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/12/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
06/2012 Richard Perloff
760-924-5508
rperloff@fs.fed.us 
Description: Jeffrey pines are encroaching into otherwise suitable sage-grouse habitat, creating perches for raptors which dissuades use by grouse. Jeffrey pines would be felled and limbed using chain-saws and allowed to decay naturally on site.
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T1S, R28E, Sections 2, 3, and 10. Sagehen Summit, south of SR 120 East.
Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Habitat Enhancement Prescribed Burn (North Zone)
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Perloff
760-924-5508
rperloff@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce vegetation cover, primarily pinyon pine, within areas adjacent to winter range of the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep using prescribed burning.
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T 10N R 25E, SE ? Sec. 12, Sec. 13, NE ? Sec. 23, N ? Sec. 24; T 10N R 26E, SW ? Sec. 7, and NW ? Sec. 19; T 10S R 25E SW ? Sec. 1, South ? Sec. 2, Sec. 11, and West ? of Sec. 12. Lee Vining Canyon and Walker Lake.
Southern California Edison Rhinedollar Tower Replacement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/11/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement of 13 distribution towers in Lee Vining Canyon. Tower replacement will require use of helicopters due to location of the majority of the towers. Project will also require use of National Forest System lands for staging areas.
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDM, T.1N., R.25E., Sec 18, 20, 21. Lee Vining Canyon, Ellery Lake to Poole Power Plant.
Truman Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Margie DeRose
760-873-2424
mbderose@fs.fed.us 
Description: Process a Plan of Operations to drill 18 mineral exploration holes
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - Nevada. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T1N, R32E, Sections 1, 11, 12. Truman Meadows area.
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Inyo National Forest,   Mount Whitney Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Badwater Ultramarathon
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Nicholas Ettema
760-876-6211
nettema@fs.fed.us 
Description: An annual 135 mile foot race from Death Valley to Whitney Portal.
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. The marathon ends at Whitney Portal, Inyo National Forest.
Chispa/Australia Too Mineral Exploration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 Margie DeRose
760-873-2424
mbderose@fs.fed.us 
Description: Process a Plan of Operations for mineral exploration
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - T 12 S, R 35 E, Sect. 26 and T 12 S, R35 E, Sect. 1, and T 12 S, R 36 E, Sect. 6. Mazourka Canyon area.
Inyo County Sheriff Gun Range
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/16/2012  09/2012 Nicholas Ettema
760-876-6211
nettema@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realignment of the road, clearing of flood debris and construction of a low water crossing across South Fork Oak Creek to access the Inyo County Sheriff's shooting range. Previous access was restricted by the 2008 flood and mud flow.
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Sec.10 T13S R34E. South Fork Oak Creek, Independence, CA.
Kern Plateau Grazing Allotments Analysis
EIS
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 03/2012 
Expected:09/2013  06/2014 Lesley Yen
760-873-2524
lyen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Review and analysis of the Monache, Mulkey, Templeton and Whitney grazing allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Mt Whitney Ranger District
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34380
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Tulare. Templeton/Whitney Grazing Allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness.
Repair and Deferred Maintenance of the Mt. Whitney and Whitney Portal Trails
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 01/20/2012  05/2012 Marty Hornick
760-873-2461
mhornick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair and/or reconstruct trail tread, rock retaining walls, tread-retaining structures (check dams, rip-rap), and and water diversion structures (waterbars) on the Mt. Whitney Trail (#3404) and Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail (#3501).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38110
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Range 34E, Township 15S, Sec 35, 36; Range 34 E, Township 16S, Sec 2, 3, 9, 10; Range 35 E, TownshipP 15S, Sec 29, 30, 31. The Mount Whitney Trail (#3404), from Whitney Portal to Trail Crest, and the Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail (#3501) from Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Campground.
Tinemaha Cinder Site Mineral Material Sampling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Margie DeRose
760-873-2424
mbderose@fs.fed.us 
Description: Process a proposal to extract 100 tons of cinders for sampling from the Tinemaha Cinder Site
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - T11S, R35E, Section 5. Big Pine Volcanic Field, east of Hwy 395.
Whitney Classic
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Nicholas Ettema
760-876-6211
nettema@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bike race from Death Valley to Whitney Portal, Inyo National Forest
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. Whitney Portal, Inyo National Forest.
Whitney Portal Store Resort Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/16/2009 
Expected:11/2011
 
11/2011 Hern Crane
760-873-2511
hcrane@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a 10-year resort permit for Whitney Portal Store.
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - section 35, T.15S., R.34E. Whitney Portal Store, Whitney Portal Recreation Area.
Whitney Portal Walk-in Campground Expansion
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Nicholas Ettema
760-876-6211
nettema@fs.fed.us 
Description: Addition of up to 13 tent pads east of the overflow parking lot at Whitney Portal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38111
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Township 15 South, Range 34 East, Sections 35 and 36. Township 15 South, Range 34 East, Sections 35 and 36. Tent pads would be placed approximately 250 ft. east of the overflow parking lot and 200 ft. south of the Whitney Portal Road.
Youth for Christ Ministries Bike Race
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Nicholas Ettema
760-876-6211
nettema@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bike race from Death Valley to Whitney Portal, Inyo National Forest
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. Whitney Portal, Inyo National Forest.
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Inyo National Forest,   White Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Birch Creek Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Lisa Sims
760-873-2447
lsims@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will improve mountain yellow-legged frog habitat by increasing current breeding pond area. This will be accomplished by removing sediment from the margins of the pond that was deposited as a result of the Birch Fire.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T5S, R30E, SW1/4 of NW1/4 section 10. Mono County, Inyo NF, California. Sand Canyon within Birch Creek, just upstream from Witcher Flat. About 2 miles NW of Swall Meadow.
Black Canyon Riparian Restoration Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Casey Shannon
760-873-2407
cshannon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommission one mile of existing system motorized trail and conduct watershed restoration activities in riparian/wetland section of upper Black Canyon, and maintain motorized trail in middle section of Black Canyon to prevent diversion of water.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Township 7S, Range 34E, Sections 2, 11, 27. Upper Black Canyon, southwestern White Mountains approximately 20 miles S.E. of Bishop, CA.
Buttermilk Toilet Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/16/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 Lesley Yen
760-873-2524
lyen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of up to two small vault toilets adjacent to the Buttermilk area of the Bishop Creek drainage in order to protect resource values and address health and safety issues, in the face of increasing dispersed recreation in that area.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Located in the north half of Township 7 South, Range 31 East, Section 21 immediately north of National Forest System Road 7S01. Buttermilk area of the Bishop Creek drainage.
Buttermillk Ranch Historical Marker
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Nicholas Ettema
760-876-6211
nettema@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Slim Princess Chapter of E. Clampus Vitus is proposing to place a dolomite boulder with plaque near the intersection of SH 168 and Buttermilk Road to commemorate the Buttermilk Ranch.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. On Buttermilk Road near the intersection of State Highway 168 and Buttermilk Road.
Division Creek Pipeline Replacement
EA
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Margaret Wood
760-876-6227
mwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuing LADWP a construction permit for Replacement of Division Creek Pipeline
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. Along Division Creek approximately 3 miles southwest of the community of Aberdeen.
HIlton Lakes and Hilton Creek Trail Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/07/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2013 Jeff Novak
760-876-6231
jnovak@fs.fed.us 
Description: A trails management project to protect watershed conditions: install stream protection treatments at stream crossings; construct trail reroutes; reconstruct trail causeways; add trail stabilizing structures; reduce trail widths to Forest standard.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34425
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Sections 2, 11, 12, 13, 24, 25, 26, T.5S, R.29E. Sections 25, 36, T.5S, R291/2E. Sections 30, 31, T.5S, R.30E. Section 1, T.6S, R.291/2 E. Project area is 20 miles northwest of Bishop, CA, in the Hilton Creek analysis unit of the John Muir Wilderness.
Issuance of 10 Year Outfitter/Guide Permits for Motorized Touring
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:09/2012  03/2013 Carmen John
760-873-2510
cjohn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue permits to recurring temporary permit holders for Motorized Touring. Allocate, or make available in a pool of use, priority use for jeep/auto/OHV/UTV/motorcycle guided tours. Legal routes only as identified in the Travel Management Plan.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. Authorized motorized routes including, but not limited to, the following areas: Inyo Mountains, White Mountains, Coyote Flat, Buttermilk Country, Casa Diablo, Mammoth, Glass Mountains, June Lake.
Issuance of 10 Year Outfitter/Guide Permits for Summer Camping
EA
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:06/2012  01/3013 Carmen John
760-873-2510
cjohn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue permits to recurring temporary permit holders for nonwilderness summer camping. Issue priority use to existing priority use permit holders for nonwilderness summer camping.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. Nonwilderness lands within the administrative boundary of the Inyo National Forest including sites within the White Mountains, Inyo mountains, Jeffrey Pine Forest, Buttermilk Country, Glass Mountains.
Rock Creek Lodge Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/16/2009 
Expected:11/2011
 
11/2011 Hern Crane
760-873-2511
hcrane@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a 20-year permit to Rock Creek Lodge.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - section 31, T.5S., R.30E. Rock Creek Lodge, Rock Creek Recreation Area.
White Mountain Double Century
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Nicholas Ettema
760-876-6211
nettema@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bike race(s) with a course set in the White Mountains, Inyo National Forest.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. existing roadways in the White Mountains, Inyo National Forest.
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