Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
Sierra 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, Sierra National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Sierra National Forest,  Bass Lake Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Sierra National Forest,  High Sierra 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
Issue Easement for Exchecker-Yosemite 70Kv Transmission Line and Indian Flat Substation
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karen Nooney
559-877-2218 ext. 3197
knooney@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue an Easement for approximately 10.4 miles of the Exchecker-Yosemite 70Kv Transmission Line located on the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests, and the Indian Flat Substation located in the Merced River Canyon in Mariposa County, California.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36182
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District, Groveland Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mariposa. LEGAL - T 3SR 19E. Merced River Canyon.
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Sierra 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
2012 Personal Use Permits for Special Forest Products Program
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  05/2012 Cindy Whelan
559-297-0706 ex. 4931
cwhelan@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is to approve the Gathering of Forest Products for Personal Use Under Permits Less than One Year in Duration.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38572
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera, Mariposa. Sierra National Forest outside of Wilderness or special designated areas.
Addition of Routes in Potential Naturally Occuring Asbestos Geology to NFTS
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 Judith Tapia
559-297-0706
jetapia@fs.fed.us 
Description: 3.43 miles of routes would be added to the NFTS and placed on the MVUM to allow loop opportunities once testing for NOA has been completed
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34103
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - USGS Quad Numbers: 37119E6_SW (West Fall AU), 37119E7_NW (South Fork AU) , 36119H1_NW (Dinkey Kings AU). Routes TH-41y, TH-67y, TH-3y, TH-7y, KD-219 and KD-220 in South Fork, West Fall and Dinkey-Kings Analysis Units (see MTM FEIS).
College Campground Rehabilitation Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Teri Drivas
559-297-0706 x4923
tdrivas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehabilitation of the College Campground recreation facilities includes reconditioning or replacement of existing fixed assets (e.g., repaving existing roads, replacing existing picnic tables, campfire rings, and vault toilets).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38019
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera. Take Hwy 168 east from Clovis to Shaver Lake. Continue thru Shaver Lake to Huntington Lake. Continue around Huntington Lake for 1/2 of a mile to College Campground.
Dowville Dowville Day-Use Picnic Area Rehabilitation Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Teri Drivas
559-297-0706 x4923
tdrivas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehabilitation of the Dowville Dowville Day-Use Picnic Area recreation facilities includes reconditioning or replacement of existing fixed assets (e.g., repaving existing roads, replacing existing picnic tables, campfire rings, and vault toilets).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38020
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera. Located on Huntington Lake at the west end near the Dam. Continue around Huntington Lake for 5 miles to Dowville Picnic Site.
Forest Modification for Seasonal Designation
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/24/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Judith Tapia
559-297-0706
jetapia@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will provide line officers of the SNF to use discretion to modify the seasonal designation for a road, trail or area to address unpredictable conditions such as no rainfall, heavy rain or snowfall, fire danger or flooding.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38017
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera, Mariposa. LEGAL - Forestwide. Forestwide.
Marijuana Cultivation Site Cleanup
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 01/19/2012
01/19/2012 
05/2012 Cindy Whelan
559-297-0706 ex. 4931
cwhelan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application for a grant that would enable forest restoration on illegal marijuana cultivation sites on the Sierra National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38182
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera, Mariposa. Across the Sierra National Forest.
Nelder Grove Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 10/13/2011  03/2012 Gloria Smith
559-877-2218 ext. 3103
gsmith07@fs.fed.us 
Description: Nelder Grove Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/sierra/
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Sections 4,5,8, T6S, R22E, MDM&M. Nelder Grove.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Electric Line Facilites Permit Reissue (aka Holdover)
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2007 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Annette Lambert
559-855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue expired or soon to be expired permits to various (33) PGE electric line and associated access roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19615
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera, Mariposa. LEGAL - maps avialable at the District Offices. Various locations on the Bass Lake and High Sierra Ranger Districts.
SCE Big Creek ALP Mammoth Pool Howell-Bunger Valve and Fishwater Turbine Generator Replacement SUA
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/02/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
04/2012 Teri Drivas
559-297-0706 x4923
tdrivas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Authorization for components of the SCE Mammoth Pool HB Balve and FWG Replacement Project and authorization to utilizing FS roads. SNF authorization is required until FERC licensing is in place.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36475
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - T7S, R24E, Sections 3 & 10 MDBM. Base of Mammoth Pool Dam and surrounding roads 6S25, 6S25G, 7S20, and 6S76.
SCE Permit Renewal for Existing Distribution Lines
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/10/2010 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew a special use permit forest-wide for existing distribution lines 33 kilovolts and under on the Sierra National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33583
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera. Sierra National Forest - Huntington, Shaver, Mammoth Pool, Auberry, North Fork.
Special Use Permit(s) Issuance for Concessionaire Operated Facilities
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/06/2007 
Expected:12/2012
 
12/2013 Cesar Sanchez
559-297-0706 x4987
cesarsanchez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special use permit(s) for concessionaire management (including operation and maintenance) of developed recreation facilities. Locations of facilities include but not limited to Dinkey Creek, Bass Lake, Huntington Lake and Edison Lake.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=3929
Location: UNIT - Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera, Mariposa. LEGAL - Forest Wide. Fresno County, Madera County.
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Sierra National Forest,   Bass Lake 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
"007" Route
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/03/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
09/2012 Linda McPhail
559-877-2218 -3200
lmcphail01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will develop needed social, economic and natural resource impacts and information to determine the purpose and need for the popular user defined "007" route to establish it's designation as a trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35501
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - TS7S, R22E, Sec 25 SE1/4, NE1/4, Sec 24 SE1/4, NE1/4, Sec19 NW1/4, Sec 13 SW1/4, Sec18 SW1/4, NW1/4, NE1/4, Sec7 SW1/4, SE 1/4, NE1/4. The "007' route is located approximately 4.5 miles north of North Fork, CA.
Abandoned Mine Reclamation: Sweetwater Mine
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Land ownership management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/27/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
06/2013 Alan Gallegos
559-297-0706 x 4862
ajgallegos@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Sweetwater Mine's been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.The project includes improving public safety & watershed by removing physical hazards, noxious weeds & abandoned property and performing road maintence.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21752
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mariposa. LEGAL - portions of the SWSE sec. 17; portions of the NE, E1/2NW sec. 20, Range 19 East, Township 3 South, MDB&M (protracted). The Sweetwater Mine is located approximately 3 miles northwest of the Jerseydale Fire Station off Forest Road 5S24.
Bass Lake Toilets (Granite Creek and Nelder Grove Campgrounds)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Susan Burkindine
559-297-0706 x 4921
sburkindine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommission (remove) existing toilets, install new accessible toilet. Granite Creek Campground will remove one 'single' toilet and replace with one 'single' toilet. Nelder Grove Campground will remove two 'double' toilets and replace with one 'do
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38786
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Granite Creek: Lat: 37.53820799, Long: -119.26455680; Nelder Grove: Lat: 37.43118561, Long: -119.58214220. Granite Creek and Nelder Grove areas.
Bass Lake Toilets (Summerdale and Fresno Dome Campgrounds)
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Susan Burkindine
559-297-0706 x 4921
sburkindine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommission (remove) existing toilets, install new accessible toilet. Summerdale Campground will remove two 'double' toilets and replace with two double toilets. Fresno Dome Campground will remove one 'double' toilet and replace with a double toi
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37243
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera, Mariposa. LEGAL - Summerdale: Lat: 37.48967083, Long: -119.63230950; Fresno Dome: Lat: 37.45551374, Long: -119.54832340. Bass Lake Ranger District on the Sierra National Forest.
Bear Box Installation
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/22/2011  04/2012 Linda McPhail
559-877-2218 -3200
lmcphail01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of 4 bear boxes on 3 high elevation OHV trails and 1 OHV use area: 2 @ Iron Lakes 4x4 trail, 1 @ Star Lakes 4x4 trail, 1 @ Red Top OHV dispersed site; existing sites, very popular to the forest visitor and are located in bear prone areas
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36521
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Iron Lakes; site #1 UTM: 278913.456/4151894.135, site #2 UTM : 279121.021/4152326.563, Star Lakes UTM: 274931799/4154257.8, Red Top UTM: 287175.682/4156425.721. On several populare high elevation OHV routes and an OHV use area, prone to bears.
Crane Valley Dam Off Site Wetland Mitigation Project
CE
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 01/30/2012  07/2012 Keith Stone
559-877-2218
kstone@fs.fed.us 
Description: Off site compensatory mitigation for the loss of wetlands at the base of the Crane Valley Dam
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36164
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera, Mariposa. Willow Creek Watershed.
Greys Mountain Ecosystem Restoration Project
EIS
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 03/16/2012  08/2012 Burt Stalter
559-877-2218 ext 3208
bstalter@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of the project will be to: Reduce fuel ladders and ground fuels in a wildland urban interface area, increase vigor and health of mixed conifer stands, restore key ecological watershed components, and restore wildlife structures/habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35121
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - The project is located in Madera County, Ca in T6S R22E Sec 13,14,15,16,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,32,33,34 and 35; T6S R23E Sec 18 & 19 and T7S R22E Sec 2&3. MDB &M. This proposed project is located in the upper Willow Creek watershed , north of Bass Lake, south of Fresno Dome, east of Nelder Grove,and west of Graham Mountain.
Horseshoe Bend Trail Realignment Project
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 02/21/2012  03/2012 Judith Tapia
559-297-0706
jetapia@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realignment of a section of the Hoseshoe Bend Trail, including construction of a 3-foot-wide trail beginning at the exiting unimproved parking and staging area at County Road 235 and FS 9S75 and extending along the hillside.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34098
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Township 9 south, range 23 east, section 17 and 20 - Mt. Diablo Baseline and Meridian. The project is located 30 miles northeast of the city of Fresno. The site is southeast of Kerckhoff Lake, west of edinger Lake and just south of Redinger Lake Road.
Kamook Motorized Recreation Staging Area
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/17/2010 
Expected:09/2012
 
06/2013 Linda McPhail
559-877-2218 -3200
lmcphail01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of a 2.1 acre site to develop parking/off loading, replace deterioating toilet, reduce maintenance costs and impacts to natural and cultural resources including soils and water quality.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32822
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Township: 5S, Range: 21E, Section: 14, 1/4 Sec: NE1/4. Project is within the County of Madera, California and is approximately 8 miles north of the town of Oakhurst, California.
Mammoth Pools Road & Campground
EA
- Special use management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jason Collier
909-382-2869
jpcollier@fs.fed.us 
Description:  SCE is applying to 1) resurface/maintain roads 2) utilize a decomissioned FS camp ground to house personel during a hydro turbine upgrade in the mammoth pools area.
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - T7S, R24E. Mammoth Pool.
North Fork Pole Barn Demolition
EA
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Suzanne Hendrickson
559-297-0706 x 4852
slhendrickson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove and dispose of the Pole Barn at the North Fork administrative site
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - SW1/4 SW1/4 T8S R23E Sec 18. Located on the North Fork administrative site in North Fork, California.
Placer Guard Station Hazardous Fuels Reduction, Historic Preservation & Conifer Encroachment Removal
CE
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/10/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Aimee Smith
559-877-2218-3151
asmith03@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposal would remove hazardous fuels, protect and maintain historic structures and remove encroaching conifers from adjacent pasture meadow at the Placer Guard Station Administrative Site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36185
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Township 6S Range 24E SEction 29 SE 1/4. Placer Guard Station is located adjacent to the Placer Campground off Forest Road 81 off the Mammoth Pool Road that leads to Mammoth Pool Reservoir.
Reach 8 of the San Joaquin River Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/13/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Linda McPhail
559-877-2218 -3200
lmcphail01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establishment of Reach 8 of the San Joaquin River Trail by using 7.5 miles of existing system roads and trails in the area from Piyau Dome to the Mammoth TH. There is a need to construct 5 minor realignmens (~0.4 miles total) of the trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34632
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - T4 and 5S, R24E MDM. Eastern Madera County, north of Mammoth Pool Reservior and west of the Ansel Adams wilderness.
Source/Kinsman Project
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/22/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Burt Stalter
559-877-2218
bstalter@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Source/Kinsman Project is a vegetation managment project which will utilize prescribed fire, mastication and brush crushing to modify and or remove vegetation to ehance wildlife habitat, cultural resources and manage fuel loading in WUI
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33474
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - T. 8 S. R. 23 & 24 E. (R23E Sec 13, 24&25) ( R 24 E Sec 17,18,19,20 &21. Project is located in the Kinsman Flat, and Hogue Ranch/Clearwater area. Lions Point to the San Joaquin River is the southern boundary.
Sweetwater Mine 2012 Plan of Operation Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 Alan Gallegos
559-297-0706 x 4862
ajgallegos@fs.fed.us 
Description: Open up Air Condition Adit and determine mineral (gold) potential in old Sweetwater Mine workings.
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mariposa. LEGAL - Sec 17 & 20 T.4 S. R. 19 E. Mount Diable Meridian. Located in the headwaters of Sweetwater Creek Merced River Watershed.
Whisky Ridge Ecological Restoration Project
EIS
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:03/2013  06/2013 Aimee Smith
559-877-2218-3151
asmith03@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would implement a strategy for ecological restoration that emphasizes the ecological role of fire, changing climate conditions, sensitive wildlife habitat and the importance of forest structure heterogeneity and hydrologic function.
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Township 7 South and Township 8 South; Range 23 East and Range 24 East. The project is within the Willow Creek watershed and is located east of the town of North Fork, California and is adjacent to the community of Cascadel Woods.
Willow Creek General Recreation Access Trail Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Darcy Brown
559-855-5355
dlbrown02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed construction of the Willow Creek access trail and an associated access road and parking area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34096
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Township 9 south, range 23 east, section 16 on Mt.Diablo Baseline and Meridian. The project is located 30 miles northeast of the city of Fresno. The site is at the confluence of the San Joaquin River and Willow Creek.
Yosemite Forks Estates Mutual Water Company Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Karen Nooney
559-877-2218 ext. 3197
knooney@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a Special Use Permit for a residential water supply line (12" or less pipeline), forless than 1 mile across Natioanl Forest System lands on the Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35375
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - T 6 S, R 21 E Section 24 MDM. Bass Lake Ranger District, near Cedar Valley private land.
Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad Permit Reissue
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Karen Nooney
559-877-2218 ext. 3197
knooney@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue 20 yr term permit to Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad Resort
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19616
Location: UNIT - Bass Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Madera. LEGAL - Section 35 T5S R21E. Near Fish Camp, CA.
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Sierra National Forest,   High Sierra 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
2 Private Access Road Special Use Permit Renewals
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: The special use permits authorizing private access roads will terminate 12/31/12. The land owners desire to continue using and maintaining them for access to their private lands surrounded by USFS lands.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T9S, R23E, Section 35. Sugarloaf area.
5 Water System Permit Renewals (2011)
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: There are five water system special use permits that will terminate on 12/31/2011. The only action is to renew each permit for a 20 year term. All systems are existing and no new activities are being proposed.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T8S, R25E, Sections 11, 12, 14, 23; T10S, R23E, Section 13; T10S, R26E, Section 8. Huckleberry Tract, Dinkey Bluffs Tract, Dinkey Creek Tract, Huntington Manor (private), 168 Four Lane (private).
Big Creek Community Services District Garage Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
04/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: BCCSD has aquired a garage building from SCE and wants to amend their existing special use permit for a water system to authorize the use and maintenance of the garage.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T8S, R25E, Section 28. Community of Big Creek.
Bretz Mtn Road Extension to Dinkey Creek Road - 10S01 Reconstruction
EA
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Roadway improvement to adjoin private parcels of land for residential development as per the approved Fresno County Bretz Mill Village Specific Plan. Road will eventually be turned over to Fresno County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=17844
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R25E, Section 6. Road 10S01 south of Dinkey Creek Road.
Coyote Fuel Reduction and Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:03/2013  08/2013 Judith Tapia
559-297-0706
jetapia@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal would manage WUI to provide a higher level of safety from wildfire to residences and businesses and manage trees, vegetation, and fuel beds to improve resilience.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38018
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera. The project area (approximately 4800 acres) is located south of Huntington Lake and west of the China Peak Ski Area.
Dinkey Ranger Station Buildings Decommission
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/29/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Suzanne Hendrickson
559-297-0706 x 4852
slhendrickson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Demolish 3 storage sheds, one oil/gas service shed, and one warehouse. Relocate Radio Vault and demolish antenna.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38503
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - SE1/4 of the SW1/4 of Section 8 T10S R25E. Dinkey Ranger Station.
Eastfork Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 02/14/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
10/2012 Keith Ballard
(559) 855-5355
keballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implement restoration treatments that are collaborately developed to achieve multiple goals; reduce hazardous fuels, retain and promote sensitive species habitat, and promote stand and landscape heterogeneity.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34384
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R27E, Sections 5, 7, 8, 17, 18, and 31-33; and T11S, R27E, Sections 4-6; Mt Diablo Baseline and Meridian. The Eastfork Restoration Project area is located in two separate management units. The Eastfork Unit is near Ahart Meadow and the Bear Ridge Unit is south of Nelson Mountain.
Ely, Balsam, and Bolsillo Creek Diversions Infrastructure Improvement Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Teri Drivas
559-297-0706 x4923
tdrivas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Evaluate the effect of the implementation of the Southern California Edison Company's (SCE's) Ely, Balsam, and Bolsillo Creek Diversions Infrastructure Improvement Project on federally listed threatened, endangered, candidate, and proposed species.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Madera. Located in the upper San Joaquin River (SJR) watershed in Madera and Fresno counties, California.
Ershim Meadow Bridge
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:01/2012  10/2012 Anthony Benedetti
559-855-5355 x3302
abenedetti@fs.fed.us 
Description: To protect meadow resources by building a bridge over a perennial water crossing on a congressionally designated OHV Route (Dusy Ershim).
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. Dusy Ershim Trail corridor.
Gold Arrow Camp-New Restrooms-Leachfield Expansion and Relocation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Dan Gunn
559-855-5355 x3371
degunn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Gold Arrow Camp proposes to remove 5 existing restroom facilities and replace them with 4 updated versions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35880
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T8S, R 26E, Sec.17. Gold Arrow Camp is located on the southern shore of Huntington Lake near Lakeshore, CA.
High Sierra Hazard Tree Abatement
EA
- Fuels management
- Facility management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Ramiro Rojas
(559)855-5355
rrojas@fs.fed.us 
Description: The High Sierra Ranger District proposes to abate tree hazards along District roads, within Forest Administrative sites and next to established dispersed campsites.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. The proposed project is located along roads within the High Sierra Ranger District. A complete list is avialable from the District.
Kaiser Grazing Allotment NEPA
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/02/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 Amy Gustafson
559-855-5355 ext 3308
amygustafson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Interdisciplinary team to address proposed action to continue commercial cattle grazing on the Kaiser Grazing Allotment following specific grazing and rangeland management direction outlined in the Forest Plan (as amended)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30612
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - Townships 7 and 8 South, Ranges 24-26 East. Kaiser Grazing Allotment within a portion of the Kaiser Wilderness and north and east of Huntington Lake.
NEON Flux Tower at Lower Teakettle
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: The National Ecological Observatory Network proposes to establish scientific infrastructure needed for research to address critical questions about land use and climate change on ecological systems and to evaluate the impacts to the environment.
Web Link:  http://neoninc.org
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T11S, R27E, Sections 2, 3. Lower Teakettle, Wishon area.
NEON Flux Tower at Providence Creek
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: The National Ecological Observatory Network proposes to establish scientific infrastructure needed for research to address critical questions about land use and climate change on ecological systems and to evaluate the impacts to the environment.
Web Link:  http://neoninc.org
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R25E, Sections 13, 14. Providence Creek.
NEON Flux Tower at Soaproot Saddle
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: The National Ecological Observatory Network proposes to establish scientific infrastructure needed for research to address critical questions about land use and climate change on ecological systems and to evaluate the impacts to the environment.
Web Link:  http://neoninc.org
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R25E, Section 29. Soaproot Saddle.
PG&E Haas-Balch Transmission Line Mastication Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:12/2012  03/2013 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: PG&E is proposing to use a masticator at multiple places along their authorized 4.8-mile long r-o-w 230 kV transmission line between the Haas and Balch powerhouses, as part of its mandatory transmission line vegetation management program.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T11S, R27E, Sections 33, 34; T12S, R27E, Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,; T12S, R26E, Sections 1, 12. Between PG&E's Haas Powerhouese and Balch Powerhouse, Black Rock area.
PG&E Hall Mtn. Comm Site Upgrades
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: PG&E is proposing to remove 2 existing repeater boards and a building and replacing them with a new building, a 60' tower, and a solar panel array.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R27E, Section 27. Hall Mountain Communications Site.
PG&E Marmot Rock Campground Water Line Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace a portion of buried steel water pipe that goes underneath Forest Service road 8S07.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R27E, Section 12. Marmot Rock Campground at the south west end of Courtright Reservoir.
PTC Sunset Hut for Cabinets
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/07/2011  06/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ponderosa Telephone Company proposes to install a hut to cover equipment cabinets at Sunset Point Communications Site.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T8S, R25E, SE 1/4 Section 21. Sunset Point Communications Site.
Ponderosa Telephone Musick to Big Creek Fiber
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/07/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ponderosa Telephone Company will be placing new fiber optic cable from the top of Musick Mtn. to the Town of Big Creek as they continue to upgrade their system for increased band width and a more reliable service for customers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35159
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T9S, R24E, Section1; T9S, R25E, Section 6; T8S, R25E, Sections 28, 29, 31, 32, 33. Mostly roadside (9S65, 8S14, M2710, M3120) and some on existing SCE pole line.
Ponderosa Telephone Peterson Mill Cable Placement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/07/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ponderosa Telephone Company will be burying new fiber optic cable and replacing copper cable in the Peterson Mill area as they continue to upgrade their system for increased band width and a more reliable service for customers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35161
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R24E, Section 24. Peterson Mill area.
Ponderosa Telephone Three New Cabinets
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/07/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed cabinet sites will serve as switching stations linking fiber optic cable to Ponderosa's Big Creek central office. The subscriber lines will originate from the cabinets, creating a shorter length of cable to each subscriber.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35163
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T8S, R25E, Sections 11, 15, 32. Camp Sierra, Dowville Tract, Huckleberry Tract.
Ponderosa Telephone Tollhouse Grade Cable Replacement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/07/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ponderosa Telephone continues to replace old copper service cable throughout their service area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35160
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R24E, Sections 17, 20. Mt. Rest and Shaver Springs areas.
SCE Powerhouse 3 Substation Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a new substation of a higher capacity will improve overall reliability of the Big Creek powerhouses and provides for future load of SCEs electrical distribution system.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T9S, R24E, Section 18. SCE Powerhouse Number 3, Redinger.
SCE Transmission Line Repair Access
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: SCE is proposing to construct a temporary access way on the Big Creek 3 to Big Creek 8 220 kV transmission line to facilitate damaged conductor repair, located mid-span between towers M5T1 and M5T2, north of an existing SCE patrol road.
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T8S, R24E, Section 35. NE of Dawn Meadow.
Snowy Patterson Plantation Maintenance Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Nevia Brown
553-855-5355ext. 3332
neviabrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin pre-commerical trees and release competing vegetations using hand and mechanical methods, chemical spraying, while reducing fuel loads to help regain old forest conditions, increase vigor, increase stand heterogenity, and decrease fire potential
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33670
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - The legal description of the project area is as follows: Townships (T) 10S & 11S, Range (R) 24,25,26,27 E. The project area encompasses 1357 acres, and is found in the Blue Canyon, Dinkey Mountain and the Patterson Mountain area of the district.
Soaproot Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/11/2011
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Keith Ballard
(559) 855-5355
keballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implement restoration treatments that are collaborately developed to achieve multiple goals: reduce hazardous fuels, retain and promote sensitive species habitat, and promote stand and landscape heterogeneity.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34379
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T10S, R25E, Sections 911, 1416, 21-23, and 29-33; and T11S, R25E, Sections 4-9; Mt Diablo Baseline and Meridian. The Soaproot Restoration Project area is located in two separate management units. The Soaproot Unit is located west of Barnes Mountain and the Providence 1 Unit is located below Grand Bluffs.
Trapper Springs to Courtright Lake Trail
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/07/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Annette Lambert
(559) 855-5355 x3338
alambert@fs.fed.us 
Description: To provide safe access from the PG&E Trapper Springs Campground to Courtright Lake.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35168
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T9S, R27E, Section 36. From Trapper Springs Campground to Courtright Lake.
West Fork Cow Creek Road Obliteration Project-NFSR 9S402
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:12/2012  06/2013 Andy Hosford
559-855-5355 ext.-3315
ahosford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road obliteration.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33675
Location: UNIT - High Sierra Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - Township Range. NFSR 9S402.
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