Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest,  La Grande Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest,  Wallowa Mountains Office (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest,  Whitman 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 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 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.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
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 12/2011 
Expected:03/2013
 
04/2013 Kathleen Countryman
541-523-1264
kcountryman@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.fed.us/r6/uma/blue_mtn_planrevision/
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).
Granite Creek Watershed Mining Plans
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:11/2012  03/2013 Sophia Millar
541-426-5540
smillar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze proposed mining plans of operations within the Granite Creek Watershed on the Umatilla and Wallow-Whitman NFs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w/projects/nepa_project.shtml?project=2209
Location: UNIT - North Fork John Day Ranger District, Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Grant. LEGAL - T8-10S R34-36 E WM. Granite Creek Watershed.
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Wallowa-Whitman 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
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Travel Management Plan
EIS
- Recreation management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/19/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
03/2012 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Comprehensive plan for motorized recreation on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (except for HCNRA). Will include designated routes for all motorized vehicles except snowmobiles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w/projects/travel-management-plan/index.shtml
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District, La Grande Ranger District, Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Grant, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa. Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
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Wallowa-Whitman National Forest,   La Grande 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
North Fork Catherine Creek Ford Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: NF Catherine Ck ford is currently a partial fish passage. This project would remove the existing ford with a full channel spanning bridge. All work will stay within the existing road prism and after project completion the site will be rehabilitated
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25167
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - NF Catherine Creek Subwatersheds 170601040501 & 170601040108. NF Catherine Creek.
2011 La Grande Range Improvements
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
05/2012 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop five existing springs to pipe water into stock troughs to encourage livestock to use troughs and protect perennial streams and spring source. Construct two stock ponds for storage and livestock use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34483
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Spring Creek Allotment T2S, R36E, section 21 and 32; Big Creek Allotment T6S, R42E, section 12, and 13; and Gilkison Allotment T6S, R42E, section 15. Spring Creek Allotment, Big Creek Allotment, and Gilkison Allotment.
51 Road Reconstruction
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:07/2012  08/2012 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: 4.5 miles of the 51 road would be reconstructed. This road is narrow with blind corners and no shoulders. Lanes will be widened, sharp corners will be straightened, and the road surface will be improved.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34466
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T5S, R35E, section 24, 25, 26, 34, 35 and T5S, R36E, section 18 and 19. Vey Meadows.
Battle Creek Restoration
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
05/2012 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add large wood to approximately 8 miles of Battle Ck and restore the floodplain on 1.7 miles of Battle Ck. To restore a floodplain an old railroad grade, that currently constricts the stream form its floodplain, would be recontoured.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34475
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T4S, R34, section 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, and 23; T4S, R35E, section 7 and 18. Located in the Starkey Experimental Forest on Battle Creek, Campbell Creek, and an unnamed tributary to Meadow Creek.
Boardman To Hemingway Transmission Line Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2012 
Expected:07/2014
 
09/2014 Arlene Blumton
541-962-8522
ablumton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Idaho Power is proposing to construct and operate a 500 kV transmission line between Boardman, Or and Murphy, Id. BLM is the lead agency.
Web Link:  http://www.boardmantohemingway.com
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T2S R36E. Union County, Oregon, along Interstate 84.
Chicken Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
05/2012 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Chicken Ck culvert on the 51 road is undersized and is a passage barrier for fish. This project would replace the culvert with a new bottomless arch culvert. This would improve passage for fish to reach their spawning grounds.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34467
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T6S, R35.5E, sec 3. Chicken Creek subwatershed within the Upper Grande Ronde River watershed.
Chicken Hill Fire Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:04/2012  06/2012 Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage of fire damaged trees from the 120 ac Chicken Hill fire of Sept 5, 2011 & management of immediately adjacent and interspersed green stands for stocking control & fuel management.
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - t6S, R36E, Sections 30 & 31. 1 mile NE of Chicken Hill.
Corral Creek Road Relocation
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:11/2012  06/2013 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to obliterate and replace the 7787620 to the junction of 7787600. Three culverts will be removed with the road obliteration. This road will be reconstructed upland of Corral Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34481
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T5S, R42E, section 21 and 28. Corral Creek along the 7787-600 road.
Cove II WUI
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/16/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
10/2011 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Respond to fire risk by modifying fire potential on public lands and respond to ecological risk with active management to restore fire-adapted ecosystems. Protect adjacent urban development, reduce hazardous fuels and restore fire-adapted systems.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29977
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Union. LEGAL - T2S, 40/41E and T3S 40/41E. Cove WUI, Moss Springs, Mt Fanny, Camp Creek.
Meadow Creek Wood Additions
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
05/2012 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: Large woody debris would be placed within 7.3 mi of Meadow Ck. 2 culverts on intermittent streams will be removed. Planting will occur in 6 areas. 2 stream exclosure fences would be removed and reconstructed & an additional fence will be constructed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25196
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T3S - R34E, sections 33, 34, & 27. Milld Meadow Creek subwatershed 170601040202. Where 2120 road leaves Meadow Creek, upstream to Ray Creek.
Mt. Emily Electronic Site
CE
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 07/07/2011  08/2011 Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upgrade and new construction, communication shelter and radio tower on Mt. Emily.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34784
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 1 S., R. 38 E., Section 22. Mt. Emily, La Grande, OR.
Pondosa Water Company Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This would re-issue an existing special use permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32955
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T.5S., R.42E., SE1/4/ of section 25, E 1/2 E 1/2/ of section 36; T. 6S., R.42E., NE 1/4 of section 1. Trout Creek Ditch.
Riparian Livestock Exclusion by Wood I
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
05/2012 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would exclude livestock from streams by placing wood within the riparian area, allowing the area to recover and streambank stabilization. Listed fish species are not present.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34478
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T5S, R41E, section 3 and T6S, R42E, section 8 and 9. Little Cahterine Creek and Lick Creek.
Riparian Livestock Exclusion by Wood II
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would exclude livestock from streams by placing wood within the riparian area, allowing the riparian area to recover and streambank stabilization. Listed fish species are present.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34479
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T4S, R36E, section 18 and 19. Little Beaver Creek within the Lower Beaver Creek subwatershed.
Sandbox Vegetation Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:06/2012  10/2012 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: A combination of mechanical thinning, slash busting, hand piling/burning, and prescribed burning would be used to mange vegetation and fuels within the area. Benefits include healthier stands, reduced fire behavior potential and enhance public uses.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33653
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T5S, R42E. Upper Catherine Creek Watershed, southeast of Union, Oregon.
Sheep Creek Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Alicia Underhill
541-962-8572
aunderhill@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would place wood structures along Sheep Creek and plant deciduous seedlings cuttings. This project would improve habitat for spring Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, and bull trout.
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - The project is located along Upper Grande Ronde River and Sheep Creek which is a tributary to the Upper Grande Ronde. T6S, R35E, sec 1 & 12 and T4S, R35E, sec14.
Starkey Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:10/2012  12/2012 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct boundary fence and change kind and class of livestock grazed at Red Fir Spring. Construct boundary fence at Briggs pasture within the Starkey allotment boundary. The area is currently not designed for grazing with pasture rotation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30901
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T4S, R34E, sec 29 & 32; T4S, R35E, sec 7 & 8. Located in Starkey Experimental Forest at Red Fir Spring and Briggs pasture.
Trail Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/22/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will improve forest health. Areas will have mechanical harvest/removal and prescribed burning, precommercial thinning, stocking density reduction, tree planting, hazard tree removal, road and soil restoration, and harvest removal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34482
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T2S, R36E. Grande Ronde River-Five Points Watershed, northeast of Interstate-84.
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Wallowa-Whitman National Forest,   Wallowa Mountains Office (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burnt Creek Aspen Protection
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Jerold Hustafa
541-426-5576
jhustafa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to build buck and pole fence to exclude domestic livestock, deer, and elk using treated wooden bucks and untreated wooden poles. Conifers 17" dbh and smaller would be thinned within a 0.7 acre area inside the fencing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36324
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T3N R44E S2. Upper Burnt Creek adjacent to FS Road 3040-125.
Cache Creek Septic Repair
CE
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Anthony King
541-426-5532
anthonyking@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair the existing septic system at Cache Creek Administrative Site
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T6N, R47E, Section 23, WM. Cache Creek Administrative Site.
Cold Canal Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 Adriene Holcomb
541-426-5681
aholcomb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce fuel loading and return stands to their historic structure while recovering biomass for local industry in the vicinity of the Canal Fire and Cold Springs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30716
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T3S R46E and T4S R46E, WM. 1989 Canal Fire Area and adjoining unburned area near Cold Springs.
Devils Run Water Gap Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/11/2010 
Expected:10/2011
 
05/2012 Dana Nave
541-426-5690
dmnave@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve stream conditions on Devils Run Creek between fenced sections by narrowing the gaps or hardening streambanks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30718
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T4N R47E Section 31 to T3N R47E Section 3, WM. Segments of Devils Run Creek.
Hells Canyon NRA Private Land Use Regulations
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  On Hold  N/A  N/A Dea Nelson
541-523-1316
dnelson09@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct a NEPA analysis on the Private Land Use Regulations (36 CFR 292.20-25) for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. On hold pending further direction.
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Idaho, Oregon. COUNTY - Adams, Idaho, Nez Perce, Baker, Wallowa. LEGAL - Portions of T5N-7S, R46E-51E WM; T27N-22N, R1W-3W and 1E BM. Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in Baker and Wallowa Counties in Oregon and Adams, Idaho and Nez Perce Counties in Idaho.
Imnaha Recreation Sites Restoration
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Alan Miller
541-426-5682
amiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Define areas available for dispersed recreation use along the Imnaha River and restore sites conflicting with fisheries values.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26386
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T5S, R46E and T5S, R47E, WM. Imnaha River Corridor from Ollokot Campground to Indian Crossing.
Lick Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/29/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
09/2012 Alan Miller
541-820-3860
amiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: This culvert is currently impeding upstream fish passage. Replacement of the culvert will allow for fish passage and improve stream characteristics.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33642
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union, Wallowa. LEGAL - T5S, R46E, Section 14. Lick Creek.
Lower Imnaha Allotments Rangeland Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/26/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
02/2013 Kelly Birkmaier
541-426-5665
kbirkmaier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize commercial livestock grazing on four allotments (Lone Pine, Cow Creek, Rhodes Creek, and Toomey Allotments) located in the lower portion of the Imnaha River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30717
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T4N R48E, T4N R49E, T3N R48E, T3N R49E, T2N R49E, T2N R50E, WM. Four existing grazing allotments in the Lower Imnaha (Lone Pine, Cow Creek, Rhodes Creek, and Toomey).
Mt Howard L Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
07/2012 Mark Moeller
541-426-5518
mdmoeller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce fuel loading in a 320 acre area in a Wildland Urban Interface north of Mt Howard.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30719
Location: UNIT - Eagle Cap Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T3S R45E Sections 22 and 23, WM. 320 acres located north of Mt Howard.
Mt Howard Paraglide Proposal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mary Emerick
541-426-5536
memerick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize use of tandem paraglides by an operator launching from Mt. Howard.
Location: UNIT - Eagle Cap Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T3S, R45E, Section 34, WM. Mt Howard.
Muddy Sled Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/18/2009 
Expected:10/2011
 
12/2011 William Diskin
(541) 426-5674
wdiskin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce fuel loading through mechanical treatments and prescribed fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=22482
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T3N R44E, W.M. West of Highway 3 in the Sled Springs Vicinity.
Puderbaugh Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
10/2012 Mark Moeller
541-426-5518
mdmoeller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce fuel loadings in the Puderbaugh Ridge vicinity and address Western Pine Beetle conditions in the upper Imnaha River Corridor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=22485
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T4S R48E and T5S R48E, W.M. Puderbaugh Ridge and portions of the Imnaha River drainage.
Silver Creek and Other Ditch Easements
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
06/2012 Mary Emerick
541-426-5536
memerick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convert authorization for existing irrigation ditches from special-use permits to easements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30720
Location: UNIT - Eagle Cap Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union, Wallowa. LEGAL - T2S R44E, T4S R44E, T1S 43E, T3S R41E, WM. Silver Creek Ditch, Minam Lake Dam, Allen Canyon Ditch, Horseshoe Creek Ditch.
Spoon Springs Restoration
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/04/2008 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Kelly Birkmaier
541-426-5665
kbirkmaier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve fencing at Spoon Springs to reduce livestock impacts to the spring source.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26387
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T3S, R47E, Section 28, WM. Spoon Springs in the Marr Flat Allotment.
Summit Creek Irrigation Diversion Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
09/2012 Alan Miller
541-820-3860
amiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace a fish passage barrier on Summit Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33640
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T3S, R48E, Section 23. Summit Creek.
Swamp Creek Road Cattle Guard
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/07/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
06/2012 Shawn Mork
541-426-5593
smork@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a cattle guard at the site of a barbed wire gate at the forest/private land boundary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35506
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T2N R45E S29/32. The Forest Service/private land boundary on the Swamp Creek Road.
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Wallowa-Whitman National Forest,   Whitman 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
1305 (Olive Creek) Road Reconstruction and Culvert Replacement (Granite Creek Watershed Action Plan)
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
08/2012 Teena Ballard
541-523-1946
tballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace the 5 Quartz Gulch culverts that were washed out.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34106
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T9S., R.35E., sec. 23, 26, 35; T10S., R35E., sec.2. Granite Creek Watershed, Forest Road 1305 Olive Creek Road.
AC Placer 12 month Plan
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/06/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would approve testing of a site less than .5 acre at the AC Placer claim. The proposal is for work to be completed in less than 12 months.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 9S, R 37E, S 20. AC Placer Claim is located about 2 miles north of Sumpter, in the vicinity of Cracker Creek Road.
Bates Well and Spring
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
01/2012 Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This would authorize a special use permit renewal for a 5' right of way, 400 ft long.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34716
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 6S, R. 44E, section 32. This special use permit is located in the East Eagle Creek drainage.
Boulder/Eagle Allotment Grazing Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/19/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
05/2012 Sophia Millar
541-426-5540
smillar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of ongoing range use for management of Boulder Creek and Eagle Creek grazing allotments.This project was scoped with Snake/Pine grazing; two analyses were done due to Snake/Pine's location in the Hells Canyon NRA
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33748
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 7S., R. 45E, T.7S., R. 45E, T. 7S, R. 44E. The grazing allotments are located north of the towns of Richland and Halfway Oregon.
Bull Run Culverts on FHS 113, FS Road 7300 (Granite Creek Watershed Action Plan)
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
08/2012 Teena Ballard
541-523-1946
tballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace 5 culverts on Bull Run Creek that will open 8 miles of stream for fish passage
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34108
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T.9S., R35.5E., sec 10, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30. Forest Road 7300 from Granite to Blue Springs Summit.
Cascade Utilities Fiber Optic Cable Installation Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2011  09/2011 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would involve one year of construction to bury new cable in an existing special use corridor. Activities would be to bury 3.5 miles of cable conduit using trenching equipment, chain saw, and chipper towed by pickup.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35363
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 7S, R. 37 E, sections 1, 10, 11, and 12. The existing corridor is located on both sides of Anthony Lakes Highway, 10 miles west of North Powder, Oregon.
Charles Grier Johnson Jr. Research Natural Area Establishment Projec t
EA
- Research  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jenifer Ferriel
541-523-1362
jlferriel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project would initiate an environmental analysis to analyze the environmental consequences of establishing the Charles Grier Johnson Jr. Research Natural Area (RNA).
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 7S, R 36 E sections 31 and 32. The proposed RNA is located in the John Day Wild and Scenic River Corridor on the Whitman Ranger District, approximately 26 miles northwest of Baker City, Oregon.
Florida State University, Passive broadband seismic survey
CE
- Research and Development  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would authorize seismometer installation on several National Forest Sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34696
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. This would issue a special use permit that authorizes seismometer installation on several National Forest Sites.
Hallelujah #1
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
02/2012 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would provide approval for a Plan of Operations under 36 CFR 228.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27983
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 7S., R. 43 E., sec. 2. This mine is located in the Powder/Keating watershed off of road 702015, south of Main Eagle Creek, north of Richland, Oregon.
Holland Well and Spring
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
01/2012 Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project is a special use permit renewal for a 10ft right of way, 2000 ft long.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34717
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 6 S., R. 43E., section 33. The special use permit is located in the Eagle Creek drainage.
Idaho Power Underground Powerline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
01/2012 Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would provide service to Summit Point communication site
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34726
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 9S., R. 46E., section 6; T. 9S., R. 45E., section 1; T. 8S., R. 45E., sections 36 and 25. This project would be located on Summit Ridge, off of Forest Road 77 north of Halfway Oregon.
Lichtenthaler Road Use SUP
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization for the use and maintenance of National Forest Road 7700-156 (o.15 miles) and less than 50 feet of new road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25558
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 7 S, R 45 E section 28. The project is located in the Pine Valley area approximately 56 miles east of Baker City, Oregon.
Linda D 12 month mining plan
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/10/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is to excavate to bedrockan area less than .5 acre at the Linda D mining claim. All work is to be completed in less than 12 months with seasonal closeout and reclamation to be completed by Oct 31.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 9S, R 37E, S 17. Linda D mining claim is located about 2.5 miles north of Sumpter, in the vicinity of Cracker Creek Rd.
Lower Powder Mines
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
05/2012 Margaret Doolittle
541-523-1945
mdoolittle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project combines 6 previously individual projects and would provide approval for a Plan of Operations under 36 CFR 228 for Buster 1 & 2, California Gulch, French Gulch Group, J & J Placer, Pardner Group, and Peerless/Old Crow.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27985
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 10S., R. 39E., sec. 4, 7, 8, 9, 17, and 18. These mines are located in the Powder/Sutton and Powder/Salisbury watersheds off of FS road systems 7220 and 7225,.
Lyman Quarry
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Margaret Doolittle
541-523-1945
mdoolittle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This would continue operations by Oregon Dept. of Transportation to produce and use crushed rock from this existing quarry.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34234
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T.12S, R. 36E, sec. 7. The rock quarry is located ten miles west of Unity Oregon, adjacent to Oregon Highway 26.
North Fork Burnt River Mining Supplemental EIS
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/24/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
04/2012 Sophia Millar
541-426-5540
smillar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prepare a supplement to the April 2004 North Fork Burnt River Final Environmental Impact Statement to address the inefficiencies identified by the United States District Court of Oregon, August 4, 2006.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18925
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T9S, 10S, 11S and 12S; R35E, 351/2E, 36E, and 37E; Willamette Meridian. The North Fork Burnt River Watershed, Unity Ranger District, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Qwest Cable Repair - Deer Creek
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/09/2011  09/2011 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would authorize the repair of damaged buried cable for an existing Special Use Permitee.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 10S, R 38 E, Section 16. The project is in an existing Special Use Corridor along the Forest boundary, approximately .25 mile north of Mowich Loop near Phillips Lake.
Salmon Creek Placer
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Margaret Doolittle
541-523-1945
mdoolittle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would provide approval of a Plan of Operations under 36 CFR 228.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27993
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 9S., R. 39 E., sec. 7, 8, and 18. This mining area is located near Salmon Creek, west of Baker City, Oregon.
Smith Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
01/2012 Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a special use permit renewal for a 12' right of way, 1/4 mile long.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34719
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 10 S., R. 35 E., section 16. This special use permit is located in the Greenhorn area off of Highway 7.
Snake/Pine Allotment Grazing Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 09/22/2011  12/2011 Sophia Millar
541-426-5540
smillar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of ongoing range use for management of of the Snake River, Double Pine, and North Pine grazing allotments.This project was scoped with Boulder/Eagle grazing; two analyses were done due to Snake/Pine's location in the Hells Canyon NRA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30150
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 5S, R. 47E; T. 6S, R. 47E; T. 7S, R. 47E;. The allotments are located northeast of the town of Halfway, in the Hells Canyon Recreation Area.
Snow Basin Vegetation Management Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/15/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
02/2012 James Gilsdorf
541-523-1951
jgilsdorf@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of vegetation and fuels management needs in the Little Eagle Creek, Eagle Creek Paddy and Middle Goose Creek subwatersheds. Forest Plan Amendments for Screens.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25454
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 7S, R. 44E, all sections T. 8S, R.44 E, most sections. The project area encompasses 3 subwatersheds in an area located north and northwest of Halfway and Richland Oregon.
Turra Spring
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
01/2012 Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This will renew an existing special use permit for this spring
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34718
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 10S., R. 37 E., section 8. The project is located near Sumpter, Oregon.
Upper North Fork John Day Mining
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project combines 3 previously individual mining projects and would provide approval for a Plan of Operations under 36 CFR 228 for AH Standard Mine, Big Indian Placer, and Centennial Mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27967
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 7S., R 36 E., sec 7, T 8S, R. 35 1/2 E., sec 11 and 12, T 8S, R 36 E., sec 7,. These mines are located in the Upper North Fork John Day River watershed off of road systems 7325, 7335, 7340.
Upper Powder Mining Projects
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 06/2012 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 Sophia Millar
541-426-5540
smillar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of approximately 24 Plans of Operations and amendments for lode and placer mining activities within the Upper Powder River Watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=7117
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T8, 9, 10S, R36,37,38E. The project area is the entire Wallowa-Whitman National Forest portion of the Upper Powder River Watershed near the City of Sumpter, Oregon.
West Sumpter Fuels Maintenance Project
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/23/2010 
Expected:10/2011
 
05/2012 Francis Tyler
541-523-1912
ftyler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Whitman Ranger District is proposing maintenance burning of previously treated forested stands particularly those stands in the Wildland Urban Interface portions of the District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27172
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 10 S. R37 E., T10 S. R36E., T11S R37 E., T11S. R38E. The burning would take place at various locations across the Whitman Ranger District.
Whitney Fiber Optic Cable Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/09/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
06/2012 Mike Hall
541-523-1294
mhall02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would involve new construction of 35 miles of underground phone cable.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34724
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 10 S, Ranges 35, 35 1/2 and 36. The project would be within existing road right of way for State Highway 7, County Rds 504 and 529, Forest Rds 1900, 1900-420 and 7386.
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