Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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 09/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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.
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Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Annual Firewood Program
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Personal use fuelwood may be collected and removed from the National Forest under permit and where designated and subject to fire precaution restrictions.
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Mt Adams Ranger District and Mt. St Helens Volcanic Monument.
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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
Ape Cave Viewpoint Trail
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management 
Completed  Actual: 09/25/2012  10/2012 Erica Taecker
360-497-1136
etaecker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The construction of a new trail that would lead northwest from the Ape Cave parking area to a Mt. St. Helens viewing area which would be located near a bend in Forest Road 8303.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40034
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Skamania County T.7.N. R.5.E. Sec. 8.
Beusch Lake Bridge
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning  Completed  Actual: 09/11/2012
09/11/2012 
09/2012 Erica Taecker
828-257-4251
etaecker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access provided on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Beusch Lake area by replacing the bridge with a ford in an adjacent alternate location, remove the damaged bridge from current location by hand and disperse native bridge materials
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39943
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Lewis County, WA T14N, R11N, S23, NW.
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29580
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Cispus Learning Center.
Cowlitz Huckleberry Enhancement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 07/27/2012  10/2012 Jennifer Sanborn
360-497-1136
jsanborn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintain and improve the production of native huckleberries (Vaccinium membranaceum) on 152 acres at T10N R 07E Sections 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 through non-commercial felling and leaving of seedling/saplings and girdling some pole-sized conifers
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38560
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Township10N Range 07E, Sections 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 (W.M.). Polepatch area.
Energy Northwest Power Cable Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012  09/2012 Erica Taecker
828-257-4251
etaecker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a power cable within the Snyder Road right of way from an existing surge tank to the existing penstock corridor, then within the corridor to an existing electrical vault. Previous power cable was damaged by land movement.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39967
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Forest Road 1260, Lewis County, T.13 N., R, 9 E., Sections 23 and 26.
North Fork Timber Sale
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 08/10/2012  09/2012 Erica Taecker
360-497-1136
etaecker@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Polepatch Huckleberry Restoration
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/13/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
07/2013 Erica Taecker
360-497-1136
etaecker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve production of native huckleberries on 774 acres to benefit local Native Americans, recreational berry pickers, and wildlife through thinning and prescribed burning treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/giffordpinchot/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - T10N R07E Sect. 1, 2, 10, 11, 20, 21, 27, 28, 33, 34 W.M. Pole Patch and Mosquito Meadows area approximately 15 miles south of Randle, WA.
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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.
Juvenile Salmonid Acclimation Facilities Project
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposes to construct 3 salmonid acclimation sites in the upper Lewis River watershed that would supplement the reintroduction of anadromous fish to the Lewis River watershed.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38985
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. 3 Sites in the upper Lewis River watershed (Muddy River, Clear Creek and Crab 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Coyote Thin
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/02/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
06/2013 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plantation thinning on 5000 acres, in managed and native stands. The prescription would include skips and gaps.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37326
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Mt. Adams Ranger District.
Mt. Adams Grazing Allotment Permit Reissuance
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/01/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Oklahoma Road Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 08/22/2012
08/22/2012
08/22/2012 
08/2012 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage downed, unstable, dead and danger trees on National Forest lands within 150 feet of Oklahoma Road between Willard Work Center and Forest Road 86.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39537
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Oklahoma Road between Willard Work Center and Forest Road 86.
Sale or Exchange of the Willard Work Center Property
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Competitive sale or exchange of the property known as the Willard Work Center, an administrative site. The parcel consists of 14.3 acres with several administrative buildings onsite.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38036
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. Located on Forest Service Road 1800 in the community of Willard, 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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