Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2013 to 12/31/2013
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,  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 01/2014 
Expected:04/2015
 
04/2015 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).
Oregon Telephone Corporation SUP amendment
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/26/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: OTC is proposing to install a new fiber optic line in conduit in their existing right-of-way between their Bates to Unity transfer stations to replace the original fiber optic cable installed in 1996.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42408
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District, Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Grant. LEGAL - T. 11 S. R. 35 E. Sections 25-28; T. 11 S. R. 35 E. Sections 26-28, 35, 36; T. 12 S. R. 35.5 E. Section 1; T 12 S. R 36 E. Sections 6-9, 15, 16; Willamette Meridian. The project area is located approximately 27 miles northeast of John Day on the Blue Mountain Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest and on the Whitman Ranger District of the Wallowa-Whitman.
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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 
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 10/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
05/2014 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.
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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 RANCH DIVERSION PROJECT
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/12/2013  08/2013 Daniel Armichardy
541-575-3391
darmichardy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of the existing diversion pipe and installation of pre-fabricated steel headgate and pipe that will provide positive irrigation control, reduce channel disturbance, and meet current fish passage requirements for ESA listed fish.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42154
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T11S, R28E, Sec. 22, NWNW; Willamette Meridian. .
Big Mosquito
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 01/2014 
Expected:12/2014  12/2014 Dave Halemeier
503-854-4217
dhalemeier@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41022
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Big Creek and Mosquito Creek sub-watersheds approximately 25 miles north of the City of John Day, Grant Co., OR.
Camp Creek LWD Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/19/2013  08/2013 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 01/2014 
Expected:03/2014  04/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38481
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.
Continued Use and Maintenance of a Liquid Waste Disposal Area (septic drain field)SUP Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 09/06/2013  10/2013 Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a new special use permit, authorizing the continued use and maintenance of a liquid waste disposal site (septic drain field).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42548
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T 14S. R 30E. Sections 23, 26. T 14S. R 30E. Sections 23, 26.
Galena
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 09/10/2013  12/2013 Dave Halemeier
541-575-3401
dhalemeier@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.
Murderer's Creek Juniper Management
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Dave Halemeier
541-575-3401
dhalemeier@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located in the Bark Cabin and Lower Deer Creek subwatersheds.
Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Corporation (OTECC) Powerline Extension SUP amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/25/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Stacia Kimbell
541-575-3349
skimbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: New construction of overhead single phase powerline within Grant County Road 63 right-of-way.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42549
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T 15S, R 31E, Sections 30-32; T 15S, R 30E, Sections 25,26. Highway 396 & Grant County Road (CR) 63 jct. to CR63 and CR 49 jct.
Starr Aspen
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 10/2013 
Expected:07/2014  08/2014 Dave Halemeier
503-854-4217
dhalemeier@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41023
Location: UNIT - Blue Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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.
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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
Central Malheur Allotment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 01/2014 
Expected:09/2014  10/2014 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization of grazing on the Central Malheur Allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42821
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - T.17S. R.33.5E. sections 25-27 and 35-36; T.17S. R.34E. sections 19-20 and 29-33; T.18S. R33.5E. sections 1-2 and 12; T18S. R34E. sections 3-10 and 15-18. Central Malheur Allotment.
Upper Pine Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2013  10/2013 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.
Wolf Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 10/2013 
Expected:07/2014  08/2014 Lori Bailey
541-573-4300
labailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Watershed restoration activities within the Wolf Creek Watershed that improve the health, vigor, and resiliency of vegetation; improve soil and watershed conditions; reduce the fire hazard, and capture the economic value of surplus trees.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42301
Location: UNIT - Emigrant Creek Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant, Harney. LEGAL - T18S R33.5E sections 1-15, 17-18; T18S R33E sections 1-3, 10-15, 23; T17S R 33.5E sections 5-9, 15-22, 27-35; T17S R33E sections 1-5, 8-16, 20-29, 33-36. Wolf Creek Watershed.
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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. Notice of Initiation 10/2013 
Expected:07/2014  10/2014 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 01/2014 
Expected:04/2014  04/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38455
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  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2013  10/2013 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 source at 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.
OWRD Strawberry Creek Gauging Station SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013  01/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38454
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.
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 10/2013 
Expected:10/2013
Actual: 09/23/2013 
06/2014 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.
Summit HFRA Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 03/2014 
Expected:02/2015  05/2015 Sarah Bush
541-820-3807
sbush01@fs.fed.us 
Description: reduce fire hazard near evacuation route for at-risk communities; reduce stand density to increase resilience to insect and disease; protect bull trout habitat; develop pre-fire suppression old-growth stand composition; protect scenic and roadless
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42450
Location: UNIT - Prairie City Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 15 miles southeast and of Prairie City and approximately 30 miles from the cities of John Day/Canyon City.
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