Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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
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  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
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
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  06/2012 Phoebe Patterson
360-497-1105
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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29580
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Cispus Learning Center.
Lower Cispus Road Decommissioning
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/26/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=20654
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Lower Cispus Watershed including roads in the Yellowjacket sub-watershed.
North Fork Timber Sale
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/15/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
06/2012 Kristie Miller
360-497-1105
klmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial thinning and regeneration harvest for forest health issues, and maintenance or enhancement of wildlife and aquatic features.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34039
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Cowlitz, Skamania. Cispus Adaptive Management Area, 16 miles southeast of Randle, WA.
Pinchot Partners Restoration Project Units 10 and 17
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/06/2009 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2012 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decision Notice for Two Thinning Units accidentally omitted from the previous Decision Notice (9/2/2010) for the balance of the project's activities.
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Upper Cowlitz River watershed near Packwood, WA on the Cowlitz Ranger District.
Pinchot Partners Restoration Project Units 10 and 17
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/10/2009 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2012 Phoebe Patterson
360-497-1105
klmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decision Notice for two Units Ommitted Accidentally from the Previous Decision Notice of the balance of the project.
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Cowlitz River watershed near Packwood, WA on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, Lewis County.
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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:02/2011
 
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.
Siouxon Trailhead Restrooms
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/08/2009 
Expected:02/2011
 
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:02/2011
 
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
Cave Bear Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project to benefit watershed health in Cave Bear and Trout Lake Creek watersheds. Work includes road maintenance, road closure and road removal, as well as small tree removal for meadow maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36158
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Cave Bear and Trout Lake Creek watersheds north of the town of Trout Lake, WA.
Martha Creek Dam Removal
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/14/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33263
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/nepa_project_exp.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.