Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Gifford Pinchot 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
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Gifford Pinchot National Forest,  Cowlitz Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Gifford Pinchot National Forest,  Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Gifford Pinchot National Forest,  Mt Adams 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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Gifford Pinchot National Forest,   Cowlitz Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cispus Learning Center Dorm
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  06/2012 Phoebe Patterson
360-497-1136
pjpatterson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a facility consisting of 20 sleeping rooms and one meeting room for the teachers near the center of campus
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Cispus.
Kirk Thin Timber Sale
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 03/15/2010  07/2011 Kristie Miller
360-497-1105
klmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial thinning on approximately 246 acres of previoulsy managed stands, and 31 acres of naturally regenerated stands, all less than 80 years of age.
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Cowlitz, Skamania. Approximately 14 miles southeast of Randle, WA.
Lower Cispus Road Decommissioning
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/26/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
06/2011 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us 
Description: Identify and evaluate road decommissioning within the Lower Cispus watershed. Roads experiencing resource-related damage will be targeted for closure or decommission.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=20654
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Lower Cispus Watershed including roads in the Yellowjacket sub-watershed.
Pinchot Partners Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 08/24/2010  10/2010 Kristie Miller
360-497-1105
klmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: A thinning project proposed by the Gifford Pinchot Collaborative Working Group to thin up to 1,200 acres of existing plantation stands.
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis, Pierce, Skamania. LEGAL - Not yet available. Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, District Wide.
Upper Cispus Thinning Project
EA
- Land management planning  Completed  Actual: 08/10/2010  07/2011 Phoebe Patterson
360-497-1136
pjpatterson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upper Cispus Thinning proposes a timber sale of approximately 1020 acres within the Upper Cispus Watershed. Commercial thinning, treatments designed to address forest health issues, and treatments to retain or enhance wildlife are possible activities
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Cowlitz. The planning area is located in four sixth field watersheds in the Upper Cispus drainage of Cowlitz Valley: Cat Creek-Cispus River, Chambers Creek-Cispus River, Adams and Muddy Fork of Cispus River.
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Gifford Pinchot National Forest,   Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fossil Creek Bridge
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/08/2009 
Expected:11/2010
 
06/2011 William Uyesugi
360-449-7828
wuyesugi@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a new bridge on the Fossil Creek Trail where it crosses Coldsprings Creek (currently a ford is in place).
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - T8N, R4E, SE of Section 15. The Fossil Creek Trail where it crosses the Coldsprings Creek.
Mount St. Helens Instream and Fish Habitat Restoration 2010
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  07/2011 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project places logjam structures in Pine Creek, Green Fork and Slide Creek to improve spawning and fish habitat.
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Pine Creek structures would be placed just north of Eagle Cliffs Resort. The Green Fork/Slide Creek structures would be placed just a few miles northeast of Sunset Campground.
Pepper Cat Thin
EA
- Land management planning
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/09/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
06/2011 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us 
Description: commercially thinning approximately 2300 acres in the MSHNVM. Commercial thinning, treatments designed to address forest health issues, and treatments to retain or enhance wildlife are possible activities.
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Siouxon Trailhead Restrooms
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/08/2009 
Expected:11/2010
 
06/2011 William Uyesugi
360-449-7828
wuyesugi@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a new restroom at the SiouxonTrailhead.
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Siouxon Trailhead parking area on the SE side of Mount St. Helens.
Volunteer Campsite Toilets
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/08/2009 
Expected:11/2010
 
06/2011 William Uyesugi
360-449-7828
wuyesugi@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install toilets, tent pads, yurt pads, and campfire circles at Coldwater Ridge and Cascade Peaks to provide for the needs of a growing volunteer workforce on Mount St Helens.
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Coldwater Ridge bunkhouse area on the west side of MSH and Cascade Peaks Volunteer Campsite area just south of Cascade Peaks.
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Gifford Pinchot National Forest,   Mt Adams Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Falls Creek Trailhead Upgrade
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/10/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
06/2011 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Consolidate Falls Creek and Falls Creek Falls Trailhead. Reroute a portion of the Falls Creek Trail (#152A).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30507
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Falls Creek Trailhead about 10 miles north of Carson, WA.
Hazard Tree Felling, Piling and Burning Along Forest Road 8040 and 8040500
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 09/13/2010  10/2010 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Danger trees that pose a hazard to travel routes Forest Road 8040 and 8040500 would be felled and the downed woody debris would be available for firewood, or biomass, if feasible. Any remaining debris would be piled and burned.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33939
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Klickitat. LEGAL - T. 7 N., R. 10 E., Sections 2, 10, 11, 5, 22, 27. The start of Forest Road 8040 is approximately six miles from Trout Lake, WA.
Martha Creek Dam Removal
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/28/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
07/2011 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: The segment of dam proposed for removal is approximately 40 feet across by a maximum of 7 feet high. Drill holes would be made into the dam to facilitate placement of explosive materials into the concrete structure.
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. On Martha Creek about 5 miles SW from Stabler, WA.
Mt. Adams Allotment Permit Reissuance
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Mitch Wainwright
360-449-7857
mwainwright@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to reauthorize the allotment permit and continue the current operation for the duration of the next 10-year permit, with the addition of a pipeline from Pine Tree Spring to the existing storage tank on the 8225-150 Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30508
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. From the east bank of the White Salmon River on the west to the Forest boundary on the east and from the Mt. Adams Wilderness on the NW side to just north of Trout Lake, WA.
Smith Butte Research Natural Area Establishment
EA
- Special area management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Andrea Ruchty
509-395-3414
aruchty@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establish RNA per LRMP.
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Yakima. LEGAL - S. 20, T. 7 N, R. 11 E, W.M. Smith Butte, southeast of Mount Adams.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.