Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Los Padres 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
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Monterey Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Mt. Pinos Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Ojai Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Santa Barbara Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Santa Lucia 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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Los Padres 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
Los Padres Tamarisk Removal
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 11/2010 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Lloyd Simpson
805-646-4348 ex. 316
lsimpson@fs.fed.us 
Description: An effort to remove tamarisk from all watersheds where it occurs in the Los Padres National Forest
Location: UNIT - Los Padres National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura. Piru Creek, Sespe Creek, Lockwood Creek, Santa Ynez River, Sisquoc River, Arroyo Seco River Watersheds along stream channels.
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Los Padres 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
PGE Master Distribution Easement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  12/2010 Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pacific Gas & Electric application to consolidate and renew 8 existing authorizations for existing distribution facilities for a 50-yr term. All lines are 12 kv and have a total length of 8.2 miles occupying 35 acres.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District, Santa Barbara Ranger District, Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Multiple locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Tepusquet Pk, Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara Cyn, Tequepis Cynn, Santa Ynez Pk, Raterlee-Cerro Alto, W Cuesta Pk, Rincanada Mine.
PGE Master Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  12/2010 Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pacific Gas & Electric application to renew and consolidate 8 existing use authorizations for existing distribution facilities that generally serve a single facility into a single master permit for a 30-yr term. 12 kv lines cover 20 miles/40 acres.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District, Santa Barbara Ranger District, Mt. Pinos Ranger District, Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Multiple locations in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. West Camino Cielo, Figueroa Mtn, Olive Cyn, Plowshare Pk, Salmon Cr, Lakes of Monterey Co, Vaqueros Pk, E&W Cuesta, Black Mtn, Lopez, Avenales, LaPanza.
Pine Mountain Recreation Area Forest Health Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Gregory Thompson
661-245-3731
gsthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve and maintain stand health conditions on 300 acresby reducing stocking and tree densities. Reduce dwarf mistletoe infection by pruning and thinning outside of campground areas. Activities may include chainsaw work, chipping and rx fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fsd.us/r5/lospadres
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District, Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T 6 N., R 23 W., Sections 3,4,5. Approximately 6 miles East of Highway 33 along Pine Mountain Ridge Road.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Monterey 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
Kirk Creek Campground Rehabilitation Project
EA
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Barry Peckham
(831) 385-5434 x280
bpeckham@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to bring facilities up to health and safety standards and accommodate expected visitor use.
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey. LEGAL - T.22S, R.4E, S.26, SE 1/4. Highway 1, Big Sur Coast. Monterey County.
PG&E powerline to Anderson Peak Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  12/2010 Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: PG&E requested to convert an existing aerial distribution line providing power to Anderson Peak Communication Site into a buried line using an existing utility trench.
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey. LEGAL - Section 21 & 28, T20S, R3E, MDM. Anderson Peak Communication Site.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Mt. Pinos 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
AT&T telephone line extension on Mil Potrero Highway
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  11/2010 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: AT&T requested to install approximately 1.6 mile of buried telephone line along Mil Potrero Highway starting near Mil Potrero Campground and ending at Pine Mountain Learning Center.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Sections 14, 15, 23, T9N, R22W, SBM. Mil Potrero Highway and Cerro Noroeste Road west of Pine Mountain Club.
Ballinger Campground and Trailhead Improvement Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Loreigh Brannan
661-245-3731 Ext 229
lbrannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project opportunity is to improve the developed recreation site with repairs, maintenance, and replacements of facilities.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara, Ventura. LEGAL - Township 9 North, Range 24 West, Section 9. The project area is located in Ballinger Canyon at the campground area and trail facilities.
DWR Gauge and Road Maintenance
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:02/2011  03/2011 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Permit to the Department of Water Resources for use of a water flow gauge on Piru Creek and the maintenance of the Hardluck Road.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Los Angeles, Ventura. LEGAL - Black Mountain Quad T 6N, R18E, section 30, T 7N, R 18W, sections 13, 24 SBBM. Hardluck road and Piru Creek, east of Hardluck Campground.
Day Fire Reforestation Phase II
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:02/2011  03/2011 Gregory Thompson
661-245-3731
gsthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Potential activities will be based upon areas affected by the 2006 Day Fire. Activity locations are projcted to be small selected areas within the larger fire area. No work will be done within wilderness areas.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T 7N R 19W sect.30, 31; T 7N R 20W sect 6, 23-26, 35, 36; T 7N R 21W sect 1, 15-17, 20-22, 28; T 8N, R 20 W sect 31. Burned areas within Grade Valley and on Alamo Mountain.
Frazier Mountain Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:06/2011  08/2011 Gregory Thompson
661-245-3731
gsthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to manage the top of Frazier Mtn with an uneven-aged silvicultrual system for the health of the old growth Jeffrey pine/white fir forest; and establish and maintain a healthy Jeffrey pine/pinyon pine forest along Frazier Mtn Road corridor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern, Ventura. LEGAL - T8N,R19W,Sec7&8;T8N,R20W,Sec9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,21,22,23,27&28;SBBM. Frazier Mountain approximately 1 & 1/2 miles south of Frazier Park.
Frazier Park PUD
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  12/2010 Erik Van Walden
907-228-4128
evanwalden@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use authorization for community water storage and distribution system, to include access roads. No change in level or type of use is proposed.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - T 8N, R 19W, sections 6, 25, 26, 35 SBBM. Around the town of Frazier Park.
Fred Reyes Phone Line
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2004 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of special use authorization for an existing phone line across Forest Service lands to private inholdings.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T 9N, R25W, section 27, SBBM Fox Mountain Quad. Parallels Santa Barbara Canyon Road (FSDR 9N11).
Gold Hill OHV Trail
EA
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Loreigh Brannan
661-245-3731 Ext 229
lbrannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to construct an off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail to provide an alternative OHV route between the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area and the National Forest OHV trail system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T7N,R19W,Sec 4,5,6,7,8&18, SBBM. West of Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area, approximately 7 miles southwest of Gorman.
Lion Canyon Loop Trail
EA
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Loreigh Brannan
661-245-3731 Ext 229
lbrannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of hiking/equestrian trail from Aliso Park Campground to Rocky Ridge and Bull Ridge Trails. The Trail length would be approximately 4.5 miles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T9N,R27W,Sec.2,3,4,10,11,12T10N,R27W,Sec. 33, SBBM. Approximately 5 miles south of New Cuyama.
Mount Pinos Forest Health Project: McGill & Mt. Pinos Campgrounds & Organization Camps
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2004
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
11/2011 Gregory Thompson
661-245-3731
gsthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project combines the "McGill-Mt.Pinos Forest Health Project" and the previously listed "Organizational Camps Forest Health Project" into one planning area, over approx. 1,700 acres, to involve thinning, prescribed burning, fuel reduction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.ud/r5/lospadres
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern, Ventura. LEGAL - T8N R21W Sec 3,4,5,8,9 & T9N R21W Sec 23,24,25,26,27,33,34,35,36. Approximately 8 miles west of Frazier Park, CA, on parts of Mount Pinos, to include McGill and Mount Pinos Campgrounds and Organization Camps and adjacent areas.
Mt. Abel Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2004 
Expected:11/2010
 
11/2010 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of Communication Site Lease for existing communication site facilities. This project was cancelled and is now back in progress.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - T9N, R22W, Sec 26, SBBM. Mt. Able (Cerro Noroeste) Summit adjacent to Campo Alto Campground.
Ozena Campground Closure
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  06/2011 Loreigh Brannan
661-245-3731 Ext 229
lbrannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Ozena Campground developed recreation facility has been selected to be decommissioned and will be permanently closed.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Township 7 North, Range 23 West, Section 21. Ozena Campground is located in Ozena Valley of the upper Cuyama River area, approximately 22 southwest of Frazier Park, CA, and 2 miles east of Highway 33.
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail (25W02)
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Loreigh Brannan
661-245-3731 Ext 229
lbrannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct post fire trail maintenance activities on the Santa barbara Canyon Trail
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T 8N R 25W sections 18, 19, 30, 31, 32 T 7N, R 26W sections 1, 12 SBBM. Fox Mountain and Madulce Peak Quads.
Special Use Permit - Recreation Residence Lot 11
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2004 
Expected:06/2011
 
09/2011 Loreigh Brannan
661-245-3731 Ext 229
lbrannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of a terminated recreation residence cabin and improvements.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Township 8 North, Range 20 West, Section 9. Lot 11 within the Frazier Mountain recreation residence tract, approximately 3 miles southwest of Frazier Park, CA.
Steve Atwater Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2004 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use authorization for an existing dirt road across Forest Service lands to private inholdings.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - T 9N, R21W, section 26, Cuddy Valley Quad SBBM. West end of Cuddy Valley near junction of Cuddy Valley Road, Steinhoff Road, and Mil Potrero Highway.
West Tecuya Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Loreigh Brannan
661-245-3731 Ext 229
lbrannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute or reconstruct portion(s) of existing Forest Trail 20W17, known as West Tecuya Trail #114 off-highway vehicle route.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - T9N R20W Sec 19,20. Adjacent to existing Forest Trail 20W17 (West Tecuya Trail #114), approximately 5 miles west of Frazier Park, CA, in Kern County.
Zaca Fire Reforestation Project, Mt. Pinos RD
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 Gregory Thompson
661-245-3731
gsthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Potential project activities are will be based upon areas affected by the 2007 Zaca Fire suppression. Activity locations are anticipated to be small, selected areas within the larger fire and suppression area.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara, Ventura. LEGAL - T12N-R31W,R30W. T11N-R31W,R30W,R29W. T10N-R31W,R30W,R29W. T9N-R31W,R30W,R27W,R26W. T8N-R30W,R29W,R26W,R25W,R24W. T7N-R30W,R29W,R28W,R27W,R26W,R25W,R24W,R23W. T6N-R23W,R24W,R25W,R26W,R27W,R28W. T. Project planning may include the Zaca Fire burned areas and areas affected by fire suppression, outside of designated wilderness.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Ojai 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
Kennedy Ridge Trail Maintenance and Construction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010  10/2010 Charles Robinson
805-646-4348 X319
cfrobinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintain an existing dozer line to be used as a non-motorized recreation trail up to and along the top of Kennedy Ridge west of Ventura River. Some switchbacks will be constructed. Construct a short (0.4 mile) trail extension by hand.
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T4N, R23W,NW1/4 SECTION 4 (NON-FS), T5N,R23W,SW1/4 SECTION 33, S1/2 SECTION 32. Southerly approach on Ojai Vly Land Conserv property at Forest bndy in Section 4. Go north & west on Kennedy Ridge, then build new trail up to old Camino Cielo Rd.
Lower Piru Rangelands grazing permit
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/02/2003
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
01/2011 Irvin Fernandez
805-646-4348
ifernandez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of grazing on the Piru, Temescal, and Potholes allotments on the Ojai Ranger District. Includes 30 cow/calf pairs on the Piru/Potholes and 30 cow/calf pairs on the Temescal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=2071
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Los Angeles, Ventura. LEGAL - T5N, R18W, SBBM. National Forest System land west and north of Lake Piru.
Matilija Trailhead Rehabilitation
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/21/2009 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Diane Cross
805-646-4348 x320
dcross@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvement of drainage, plus information, interpretive, and restroom facilities. Possible paving.
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - NE1/4, NE1/4, Section 22, T5N, R24W, SBBM. End of Matilija Road (county road) 5 miles west of Highway 33.
Renew an existing Special Use Permit (SUP) for a 6 inch gas-line for 'Aera Energy LLC'
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  01/2011 Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is a renewal of an existing SUP (maintenance of a 6 inch gas-line) for a new term, based only on administrative changes. There will be no changes to the authorized facilities or increases in scope or intensity of authorized activities.
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T.5N., 19W., S.B.B.&M., sections 28, 29, 31, 32, 33. This gas-line is located six (6) miles north of Fillmore, within the Sespe Oil Field.
Renewal of an existing Special Use Permit (SUP) for an oil pipeline, Seneca Resources
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  01/2011 Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The re-issuance of this SUP is based only on administrative changes. No new ground disturbance will take place as a result of this new term SUP.
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T.5N., 19W., S.B.B.&M., sections 32 S1/2NE1/4, 33 Lot 4. This oil pipeline is located 5.5 miles north of Fillmore in the Sespe Oil Field.
Special Use Request to Reauthorize Access Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/26/2009 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Irvin Fernandez
805-646-4348
ifernandez@fs.fed.us 
Description: This 0.19 mile long, 60 ft. wide right of way provides road access to private property. Type conversion of this land to an access road occurred upon inception of this permit. It has been maintained as an access road since the permit issuance.
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - It is located in E1/2, Sec. 4, T5N R22W SBBM of the Lion Canyon 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle. Near the Lower Rose Valley Lake and the Ojai Valley Gun Club.
Upper Ojai Wildfire Protection Zone Grant
CE
- Fuels management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Rich Phelps
805-934-9654
rphelps@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will entail, hand cutting, stacking and pile burning over 91 acres north and east of Sisar Canyon. All activities will be on private lands.
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T. 4 and 5 N., R. 21 W., Ventura County, California. Sisar Canyon, Ojai, CA.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Santa Barbara 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
2010 Red Rock Trail Run
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:10/2010  11/2010 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481 ext. 213
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: A special use application was submitted to conduct a trail run on November 27, 2010. The actual route is being developed. Project name changed from 2010 San Ysido/Cold SpringsTrail Run to 2010 Red Rock Trail Run
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T5N Sections 29, 30, 31 and 32 and T4N Sections 5 and 6. Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara Ranger District.
Cherry Creek Pond Habitat Improvement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Valerie Hubbartt
805-967-3481
vhubbartt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanically remove vegetation from a pond to improve breeding habitat for California red-legged frogs. This project was previously listed in the SOPA as the Ranger Peak Pond Restoration Project.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - NE 1/4, Sec 6, T7N, R29W, SBBM. Cherry Creek Pond, Corrales Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California.
City of Santa Barbara Use Permit for Forest road 5N18
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Veronica Garza
575-758-6286
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend existing road special use permit SBD100903 to the City of Santa Barbara (authorizes use of road 5N25) to authorize ongoing use of road 5N18 for ingress and egress to Gibraltar Dam and other City facilities for water diversion.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Forest Road 5N18 in Sections 4, 9 and 10, Township 5 North, Range 27 West, San Bernardino Base and Meridian. Paradise Road, Santa Barbara Ranger District, Red Rock Trailhead parking lot to City property at Gibraltar Dam.
Happy Canyon Grazing Allotment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:09/2011  09/2011 Valerie Hubbartt
805-967-3481 ext. 254
vhubbartt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Los Padres National Forest (Forest), Santa Barbara Ranger District, proposes to authorize livestock use on the Happy Canyon Grazing Allotment for a new 10 year Term. This re-inititiates the prior Happy Canyon Allotment Reauthorization EA.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, and 18, Township 7 North, Range 29 West, San Bernardino Base & Meridian, Santa Barbara County, California. The allotment project area is located on the Santa Barbara Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, California.
Paradise Road Storm Damage Repairs
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Veronica Garza
805-967-3481 ext. 213
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair or relocation of a portion of Paradise Road adjacent to Fremont Recreation Residence Tract to repair subsidence of the roadbed due to undercutting from the Santa Ynez River.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Section 4, T5N, R28W, SBB&M. Paradise Road, approximately 3 miles northeast of the junction with State Route 154.
Peace is Present Foundation Access Road Reauthorization
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize use of existing access road to Windermere Ranch property by new property owner for a 20 year term. Road was authorizied to Institute for Individual and World Peace for a 10 year term in 1997. Permit is in good standing.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - E1/2 SW1/4 Section 20, Township 5 North, Range 28 West, SBB&M. Access road connects Windermere Ranch to West Camino Cielo on NFS lands in Santa Barbara County, CA.
Santa Barbara Century
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 09/09/2010  10/2010 Kyle Kinports
805-967-3481
kkinports@fs.fed.us 
Description: A one-day bicycle ride event that traverses paved road sections on and adjacent to the Santa Barbara Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31757
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T5N, R27W Section 27 to T5N, R26W Section 34. E. Camino Road from its junction with Gibraltar Road east to Romero Saddle.
Santa Ynez Peak Administrative Communication Tower Replacement
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  11/2010 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove the existing aging 120 ft Forest Service communication tower supported by 9 guy wires, and replace with an 80 ft self-supporting tower.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33245
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - SW 1/4, Sec 12, T5N, R30W, SBBM. Santa Ynez Peak Communication Site, Santa Ynez Peak, Santa Barbara County, California.
Southern California Edison Power Pole Replacement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Veronica Garza
575-758-6286
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: A power pole in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area near 71 El Gaucho Lane is in danger of collapse and presents an immediate danger to the area.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - NE1/4 SW1/4 Section 2, Township 5 North, Range 28 West, San Bernardino Base & Meridian. Power pole near 71 El Gaucho Lane, part of the San Marcos Distribution Line on the Santa Barbara Ranger District.
State Highway 154 Emergency Repair
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2005 
Expected:01/2011
 
09/2011 Veronica Garza
575-758-6286
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: In Jan 2005 Caltrans closed SH154 due to extensive storm damage. Some of the damaged area crosses NFS lands included in a special use permit. Emergency repairs extended slightly beyond the existing right of way, requiring a permit amendment.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - NE1/4 NE1/4 Section 27, T5N, R28W, SBM. State Highway 154, San Marcos Pass Road, junction of Painted Cave Road.
Summit for Danny 2010 Trail Hike
CE
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010  10/2010 Veronica Garza
967-3481 ext. 213
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: A special use application was submitted to a fundraising event for the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA). On Oct. 23, 2010 participants will hike on East Cold Springs and San Ysido trails on the south side of East Camino Cielo (5N12).
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T5N Sections 29, 30, 31 and 32 and T4N Sections 4 and 5. Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara Ranger District, East Cold Springs and San Ysidro Trails.
University of California Santa Barbara, Weather Monitoring Station Installation
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  08/2011 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: UCSB Geography Department wants to install a portable weather monitoring station near Santa Ynez Peak for real-time student download of weather data and soil moisture information.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - SE 1/4, Sec. 12, T5N, R30W, SBBM. Saddle on ridge line between Santa Ynez Peak and Broadcast Peak, Santa Barbara RD.
Winchester Canyon Gun Club
EIS
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/02/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2011 
Expected:12/2011
Actual: 05/23/2007 
01/2012 Jeff Bensen
805 961 5744
jbensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue a permit for ongoing operation of an existing target range, previously an EA and overturned on appeal. This is re-initiation as an EIS and upon publishing the notice of intent in Jan, 2010, it will return to In Progress status
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Sec 18&19, T5N, R28W; Sec 13&24, T5N, R29W;SBM. W of Hwy 154 on W Camino Cielo, 5 mi. N of Goleta.
Zaca Fire Reforestation, Santa Barbara RD
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:08/2011  02/2012 Gregory Thompson
661-245-3731
gsthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Potential project activities are being considered based upon areas affected by the 2007 Zaca Fire. Project activity locations are projected to be small, specifically selected areas within the larger fire and suppression area.
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. Planning area may include the areas burned by the Zaca Fire or affected by suppression activities outside of designated wilderness.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Santa Lucia 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
CHP Facility at Black Mtn Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/13/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: CHP requested authorization to replace the Forest Service building and tower at Black Mtn Communication Site and to co-locate with the Forest Service and other public agencies in the new facility.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo. LEGAL - Section 15, T29S, R15E, MDM. Black Mountain Communication Site.
Davy Brown Fish Passage
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants   On Hold  N/A  N/A Melody Fountain
805-925-9538 ext 214
mfountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to construct three fish passage structures in Davy Brown Creek to fasciltate fish passage.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T8N, R29W sections 20 &16 SBBM. Davy Brown Campground, Sunset Valley Road north of campgroung and at Manzana Creek.
FAA communication facility at Mt Lowe
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/24/2010  10/2011 Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: FAA requested a renewed communications permit and to replace 3 aging towers. Two towers are 40 ft tall with guy-wire supports and one is 12 ft tall and self-supporting. The 3 towers will be replaced by self-supporting towers of the same height.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo. LEGAL - Section 8, T30S, R13E, MDM. Mt Lowe Communication Site.
Las Chiches OHV Trail Re-route
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:10/2011  10/2012 Alicia Sanchez
805-925-9538 ext. 235
aliciasanchez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project includes re-routing approximately 615 feet of the Las Chiches OHV Trail from private property and create approximately 1630 feet of new trail on NFS land. This project will take place in the Pozo/ La Panza OHV riding area.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo. LEGAL - T. 29S., R.16E, section 32. San Luis Obispo County.
Mixed Use Analysis
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:10/2011  11/2011 Alicia Sanchez
805-925-9538 ext. 235
aliciasanchez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to designate routes for motorized mixed use to connect to OHV trail segments on existing roads. A total of 6.11 miles will take place on Pine Canyon Road, small portions of Navajo Road, and Fernandez Road.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T29S, R16E, Sec 29; T29S, R16E, Sec 30; T11N, R31W, Sec. 27, 26, 25, 36. San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County.
Navajo Flat Staging Area Redesign
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/21/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Alicia Sanchez
805-925-9538 ext. 235
aliciasanchez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to redesign the staging area to provide designated overnight/day use sites, parking area, children's riding area, and barriers; decommission Friis and Navajo Campgrounds; close Friis Rd the last half mile north of Navao Bypass Trail.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo. LEGAL - T29S, R16E, Sec 29 MDBM. Pozo/LaPanza area approximately 17 miles east of Santa Margarita, CA on south side of Hwy 58.
PGE Master Transmission Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/27/2007 
Expected:11/2010
 
02/2011 Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pacific Gas & Electric application to consolidate and renew 8 existing authorizations for existing transmission facilities for a 50-yr term. Relisted as CE because preliminary results of resource surveys show no significant effects.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T28S-32S, R11-13E, R15-18E, MDM and T12N, R31W, SBM. Diablo, Gates, Midway,Temblor, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Atascadero, Cayucos, Morro Bay.
Pine Canyon Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
02/2011 Melody Fountain
805-925-9538 ext 214
mfountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to continue authorized grazing on the Pine Canyon Allotment consistent with the Los Padres National Forest Land Management Plan and applicable laws and regulations.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T10N, R31W SBBM. Approximately 20 air miles East of Santa Maria via Tepusquet and Colson Cyn Roads.
Porter Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
02/2011 Melody Fountain
805-925-9538 ext 214
mfountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to continue authorized grazing on the Porter Allotment consistent with the Los Padres National Forest Land Management Plan and applicable laws and regulations.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T11N, R31W SBBM. Approximately 20 miles North East of Santa Maria along Hwy 166.
South Fork La Brea Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
02/2011 Melody Fountain
805-925-9538 ext 214
mfountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to continue authorized grazing on the South Fork La Brea Allotment consistent with the Los Padres National Forest Land Management Plan and applicable laws and regulations.
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T10N, R30W SBBM. Approximately 20 miles Southeast of Santa Maria in La Brea Creek and Northwest of Sisquoc River.
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