Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
Malheur 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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Malheur National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Malheur National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Malheur National Forest,  Blue Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Malheur National Forest,  Emigrant Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Malheur National Forest,  Prairie City 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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R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/29/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
09/2014 Sabrina Stadler
541-523-1264
sdstadler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of Land Management Plans (Forest Plans) for the Malheur, Umatilla, & Wallowa-Whitman Forests. Forest Plans provide stategic, program-level guidance for future management of forests and their natural resources for the next 10-15 years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman/
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units, Wallowa Valley Ranger District, Eagle Cap Ranger District, La Grande Ranger District, Umatilla National Forest All Units, Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon, Washington. COUNTY - Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Walla Walla, Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler. Forest-wide for Malheur, Umatilla, & Wallowa-Whitman (except for the HCNRA).
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Malheur National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Malheur NF Travel Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
01/2014 Richard Vetter
541-573-4369
rvetter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implement the Travel Management Rule (prohibiting motorized travel off of existing designated routes where it is not currently prohibited) and continue to provide motorized access for dispersed camping.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33448
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Crook, Grant, Harney. Malheur National Forest and that portion of the Ochoco National Forest that is administered by the Malheur NF.
Malheur National Forest Site-Specific Invasive Plants Treatment
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/05/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
07/2013 Joseph Rausch
541-575-3141
jhrausch@fs.fed.us 
Description: (Corrected) Treatment of known and newly discovered invasive plants using herbicide, manual, mechanical, biological and/or cultural treatments. Includes 1 non-significant forest plan amendment to allow use of aminopyralid (Milestone TM).
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35614
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Crook, Grant, Harney, Malheur. LEGAL - Forest-wide. Malheur National Forest.
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Malheur 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
Cole Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Shannon Winegar
541-820-3863
swinegar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special use permit to authorize outfitter guiding and camps for big game hunting of big horn sheep, muzzleloading, and rifle elk.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District, Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Base camps would be located at T15S R28E section 3, T16S R331/2 E section 3, and T14S R27E section 11. Murders Creek Hunt Unit, West Murders Creek Hunt Unit, East Grant Hunt Unit, Beulah Hunt Unit.
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Malheur National Forest,   Blue Mountain 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
Austin Water Cooperative Spring Development Facility Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Requesting continued use and operation of an existing domestic spring development facility that provides domestic water supply to the residences of Austin, Or.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T. 11 S., R. 35 E., SWSW Sec. 10, NW, NWSW Sec. 15, NESE Sec. 16, WM. East of the town of Austin, Oregon, on National Forest Lands.
Blue Mountain Snowpark Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/25/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
05/2013 Shannon Winegar
541-820-3863
swinegar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Creation of a seasonal snowpark to provide a safe recreation location for users. Access to a warming hut and washroom to enjoy winter recreational activities. Construction of a groomer shed for OSAA Groomer operations and maintenance.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37640
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T.11S, R35.5E S01 NEofSW W.M. Northwest corner of the 343 road and Old Highway 26.
Camp Creek LWD Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Allen Taylor
541-575-3394
allentaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Felling of trees into stream channels at rate of 80-100/mile between 4 and 20 inches diameter until a density of 438 trees/mile is reached to restore LWD heterogeneity. Grand fir and lodgepole piprimary with Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine secondary.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. Lower Camp Creek, Middle Camp Creek, and Lick Creek Sub-watersheds.
Camp Creek Road Decommission Project
EA
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Robert Hassmiller
541-575-3433
rjhassmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommission 83 miles of road in the Camp Creek Watershed.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28959
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. Camp Creek Watershed.
CenturyLink Buried and Overhead Telephone Lines
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013  03/2013 Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continued use and maintenance of buried and overhead telephone cable and necessary appurtenances located on the Blue Mountain Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Grant County, Oregon - Malheur National Forest. John Day (Pine Creek), Hamilton, Galena, Izee Hwy., Starr Ridge, Canyon Creek, Seneca, Beech Creek, Long Creek Mt.
Galena
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
05/2013 Robert Robertson
541-575-3061
rrobertson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reducing fire hazard and improving forest health at the landscape level.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25337
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T10S, R34-35E; T11S, R34-35E; and T12S, R34-35E. Located in the Little Boulder/Deerhorn and Vinegar subwatersheds.
Murderer's Creek Juniper Management
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/21/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
05/2013 Robbie Piehl
541-575-3393
robbiepiehl@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce post-settlement juniper trees in big game winter range, increase late season stream flow, and increase forage availability for wild horses, cattle, and wildlife.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34426
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. Located in the Bark Cabin and Lower Deer Creek subwatersheds.
North Finger Grazing Authorization Project
EIS
- Grazing management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Kelly Ware
541-575-3432
kware@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyzes cattle grazing authorizations on six existing allotments for Donaldson, Deer, Hamilton, King, Indian Ridge, Highway allotments
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34460
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. Upper Deer Creek, Lower Fox Creek, Lower Basin Creek, Middle Fox Creek, Belshaw Creek, and North Face Creek subwatersheds.
Plantation Maintenance, Fox
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Amanda Lindsay
541-575-3333
alindsay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pre-commercial thinning and hand piling of previously harvested plantations on approximately 4,000 acres.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - The legal location for this project area includes T10S, R28E; T11S, R28E, R29E, R30E, R31E, and R32E; T12S, R28E, R29E, R30E and R31E. The project area is located approximately 8 miles northwest of John Day and within the multimple subwatersheds south of Fox Valley.
Starr HFRA Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 07/02/2012  08/2012 Lori Stokes
541-575-3331
lstokes@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project area will be treated to reduce fuel loading and improve forest health. This project area is within the Grant County Community Fire Protection Plan.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25335
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T15S, R29-31E, and T16S, R29-30E. Located on the north and west side of Bear Valley in the Starr Creek subwatershed.
Upper Middle Fork Watershed Culvert Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  04/2013 Mary Welby
541-575-3368
mwelby@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project looks to replace 15 culverts located on the Middle Fork of the John Day River to provide stream passage through culvers for all life stages of aquatic organisms.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - S26, 34, 35 of T10S, R33E; S34, 35 of T10S, R34E; S1 of T11S, R33E; S18 of T11S, R34E; S31 of T11S, R35E; S24, 25 of T11S, R35.5E; S12 of T12S, R34E; S12 of T12S, R35E. Upper Middle Fork of the John Day River.
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Malheur National Forest,   Emigrant Creek 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
2012 Season of Burn Research Project
CE
- Research and Development  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/11/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuation of prescribe burn research project started in 1997 in selected Micro, Trout and Driveway units. The research is being conducted on 12 units for a total of 622 acres.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38456
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - T20S., R31E., section 36; T20S., R32E., section 30 and T19S., R33E., sections 28 and 33. Selected Micro, Trout and Driveway units.
Rock and Buck Springs Campgrounds Hazard Tree Removal Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012  11/2012 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove dead, dying and unsound danger trees within Rock Springs and Buck Springs Camprounds. Hazard trees may be removed in small sales, used as fuelwood for the campgrounds, or cut and left on site for other resource needs.
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - T20S., R25E., Section 34 and T18S., R32E., Section 24. Rocks Springs Campground and Buck Springs Campground.
Upper Pine Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/19/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes hazardous fuel reduction activities including biomass removal and salvage of recently dead trees, landscape scale prescribed burning activities, and access and travel management activities.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40116
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - T19S R33E sec 17-21 and 27-35, T30S R33E sec 2-28 and 34-35, T21S R33E sec 1, 2, 11, 12, T19S R32E sec 24-26 and 35-36, T20S R32E sec 1-2, 11-13, and 24, T20S R33.5E sec 30, 32 and T21S R33.5E sec 5-8. Pine Creek Watershed, Upper and Middle Pine Creek subwatersheds.
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Malheur National Forest,   Prairie City 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
Elk 16
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Ryan Falk
541-820-3890
rfalk@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application of thinning, slash treatments, and prescribed fire to reduce insect outbreak and fire hazard.
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T16S R34E, T16S R35E, T17S R34E, T17S 35E. Elk Creek and Crane Creek subwatersheds.
Jeff Davis Creek Spring Development Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of a Special Use Permit for a domestic spring development. The point of diversion is on Jeff Davis Creek near Dixie Summit.
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Point of Diversion is SW1/4SE1/4, sec. 10, T.12 S., R. 34 E., WM to place of use in SE1/4NE1/4, sec. 16, T. 12 S., R. 34 E., WM. Point of diversion is from Jeff Davis Creek south of Dixie Summitt, then piped underground over half a mile to a private residence.
Malheur River Range Aquatics Projects
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/22/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
06/2013 Shannon Britt
(541) 820-3865
sbritt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed extension of the Malheur River Drift Fence, and Cross Springs water source reconstruction and extension to a second trough. Development of new water sources at Big Bend Spring and Dollar Basin Spring.
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T. 17S. R.33.5 E. Sections 3, 13, 23, 24 and T. 17. S. R. 34 E. Section 18. Projects are located in the Upper Malheur Watershed in the Star Glade and Dollar Basin Allotments.
North Fork Malheur River Range Aquatics Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/22/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
06/2013 Shannon Britt
(541) 820-3865
sbritt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of a water source at Unique Springs and construction of fences near Skagway Creek and Crane Creek to improve the overall management and distribution of livestock in the Ott, Spring Creek, and Flag Prairie Allotments.
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T. 17S R. 35E Sections13,15,17, 18, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29. Proposed projects are located in the Ott, Spring Creek, and Flag Prairie Grazing Allotments.
OWRD Strawberry Creek Gauging Station SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of Special Use Permit for the Oregon Water Resources Department Strawberry Creek Gauging Station. The gauging station has collected critical baseline stream data since 1925, and is one of the State's priority stations to maintain.
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - SE1/4NW1/4 sec. 20, T. 14 S., R. 34 E., WM, Grant County, Oregon. Strawberry Creek Watershed.
Plantation Thinning with Biomass Removal
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A William Brendecke
541-820-3840
wbrendecke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Precommercial thinning plantations to improve tree growth and vigor. Fuel treatments are proposed to reduce fire hazard, including use of equipment to remove biomass material.
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Multiple sections in T12S R34E, T12S R35E, and T13S R35E. Upper Middle Fork John Day River and Upper John Day River watersheds.
Summit / Logan Valley Grazing Authorization Project
EIS
- Grazing management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 02/08/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 Ryan Falk
541-820-3890
rfalk@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization of grazing on four existing allotments.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24301
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T16 and 17S, R33 1/2 and 34E, Summit Prairie and Logan Valley Areas. Analysis of the Logan Valley, McCoy Creek, Summit Prairie, and Lake Creek grazing allotments.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.