Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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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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)

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 08/2013 
Expected:08/2014
 
12/2014 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
Grant County Geological Marker SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of existing SUP for the continued maintnenance of geological interpretive sign.
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - NESW Sec. 13, T. 13 S., R. 28 E., WM. Within Forest Service easement of Forest Development Road 21, Fields Creek Road, Grant County, Oregon.
Malheur NF Travel Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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 05/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
04/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Relocation of Middle Fork John Day Stream Gauging Station
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of gauging station equipment and removal of existing station housing from current location. Gauging station provides data to the USGS website: http//waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/us/?site_no=1404840&PARAmeter_cd=00060,00065.
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - SWSW Sec. 18, T. 10 S., R. 33 E., WM. Middle Fork John Day River off County Road 20.
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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 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 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.
Big Mosquito
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2013 
Expected:09/2014  11/2014 Eric Wunz
541-575-3332
ewunz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reducing fire hazard and improving forest health at the landscape level through a combination of commercial and pre-commercial thinning, fuel reduction, and prescribed fire.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. Big Creek and Mosquito Creek sub-watersheds approximately 25 miles north of the City of John Day, Grant Co., OR.
Blue Mountain Snowpark Project
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 01/31/2013  05/2013 Shannon Winegar
541-820-3863
comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-bluemountain@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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 Allen Taylor
541-575-3394
comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-bluemountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Felling of trees into stream channels at rate of 80-100/mile between 12 and 20 inches diameter, and trees 4-12 inches diameter until a density of 438 trees/mile is reached to restore LWD heterogeneity.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36403
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. Lower Camp Creek, Middle Camp Creek, and Lick Creek Sub-watersheds.
CenturyLink Buried and Overhead Telephone Lines
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 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 06/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Robert Robertson
541-575-3061
comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-bluemountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reducing fire hazard and improving forest health at the landscape level.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Keeney Aspen Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Lori Stokes
541-575-3061
rrobertson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to remove competing conifers and build buck and pole fencing around 13 aspen stands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41367
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T11S R31E Sec 12, 15, 16, 20, 28; T12S R32E Sec 4; T12S R34E Sec 12. Aspen stands near Coxie Meadow, Keeney Meadow, and Bridge Creek.
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 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Robbie Piehl
541-575-3393
comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-bluemountain@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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Parish Cabin Fire Reforestation Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 03/14/2013  04/2013 Shannon Winegar
541-575-3000
comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-bluemountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Blue Mountain Ranger District is proposing to plant about 4,500 acres of upland forests and riparian areas to accelerate the vegetative recovery of a portion of the area burned in the Parish Cabin Fire of 2012.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40764
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T15S, R33E, Sections 26, 34, and 35: T16S, R33E, Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11,14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, and 22. Junction of Forest Road 15 and 16, approximately 4,500 acres mostly within Upper Bear Creek Subwatershed.
Plantation Maintenance, Fox
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/06/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 Amanda Lindsay
541-575-3333
comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-bluemountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pre-commercial thinning and hand piling of previously harvested plantations on approximately 4,000 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38452
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 Aspen
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:08/2013  11/2013 Lori Stokes
541-575-3331
lstokes@fs.fed.us 
Description: Aspen and stream restoration in the Starr sub-watershed. Removal of encroaching conifers through commercial and non-commercial treatments. Addition of large and course wood in streams and decommissioning of riparian roads.
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. Within the Starr sub-watershed located in Grant County on NFS lands, approximately 14 miles south of John Day, Oregon and approximately 8 miles north of Seneca, Oregon.
Upper Middle Fork Watershed Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  07/2013 Mary Welby
541-575-3368
comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-bluemountain@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 culverts for all life stages of aquatic organisms.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40174
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
Schurtz Creek Story-Fry Riparian Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/27/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 Richard Vetter
541-573-4369
labailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct up to 1/2 mile of 4-strand barbed wire fence to create a 4-acre grazing enclosure and thin juniper and condifers up to 20.9 inches dbh. Slash would be piled/burned, lopped/scattered, felled into creek, or used as a livestock barrier.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41303
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Harney. LEGAL - T 18 S, R 33 E, Section 23 and N1/2 of section 26. Schurtz Creek, Story-Fry Allotment.
Upper Pine Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/19/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 05/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32129
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 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 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
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/19/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35751
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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/02/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2013 
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.