Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2013 to 12/31/2013
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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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)

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
2013 MSH/MTA TSI
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/09/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Ben Hoppus
509-395-3405
bhoppus@fs.fed.us 
Description: Young stand thinning and bough removal to optimize the health and growth of young stands as well as firewood collection.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42131
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 20,000 acres on Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams Ranger Districts.
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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
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. Cispus Learning Center.
Nisqually Thin
EA
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 12/08/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 Erica Taecker
360-497-1136
etaecker@fs.fed.us 
Description: 3,400 acre timber thinning project, to include commercial thinning on 41 units utlizing ground-based, skyline, and possibly helicopter logging systems. Approximately 2.71 miles of road are proposed to be closed and stabilized following harvest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40790
Location: UNIT - Cowlitz Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Lewis. LEGAL - Multiple sections of T14N R07 E. 12 air miles north 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
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/03/2013  10/2013 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.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40127
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.
Science and Learning Center at Coldwater Camp
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 08/12/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
03/2014 Brittany Zapata
360-891-5117
bnzapata@fs.fed.us 
Description: An ADA accessible campground project located at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42664
Location: UNIT - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.
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
Cascade Creek Salvage
CE
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 08/08/2013  09/2013 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial salvage on 60 acres of Matrix land within the Cascade Creek Fire where a majority of the trees have died or will die soon. Ground based logging and .5 miles of temporary road are included.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42223
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cascade Creek.
Cave Bear Road Management
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/09/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
07/2014 Erin Black
509-395-3411
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Cave-Bear Road Management project focuses on road decommissioning, closure and maintenance in Trout Lake Creek, Cave-Bear Creek, and Dry/Lost Creeks watersheds to restore failing roads and remove unneeded roads from the transportation system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42518
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located in the Trout Lake Creek, Cave-Bear Creek and Dry/Lost Creek subwatersheds.
Goat Point Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/15/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 Jon Nakae
509-395-3480
jnakae@fs.fed.us 
Description: A significant snow and freezing rain event in Jan. 2012 caused extensive tree damage. These stands have been identified with substantial tree fall/top breakage. The purpose of this project is to recover valuable wood products from dead and dying tree
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42734
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skamania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposed salvage units are located on the west of the Town of Willard. The stands are located adjacent to Road 1800-011 and Road 68. It is approximately 4 miles from the USGS office. T4N, R9E.
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.
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  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/28/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
01/2014 Andrea Ruchty
509-395-3414
aruchty@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establish RNA per LRMP.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=11057
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.
iMUSH/GeoPRISM Special Use Permit for Research
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/19/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 Erin Black
541-352-6002 ext. 634
ekblack@fs.fed.us 
Description: A research group submits a project proposal to the GPNF for a special use permit to conduct a series of geophysical experiments on the Forest. The objective is to obtain high-resolution data of the magmatic plumbing system underground.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42610
Location: UNIT - Mt Adams Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Pierce, Skamania, Yakima. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sites are distributed throughout the forest.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.