Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
Wallowa-Whitman 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, 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:03/2012
 
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.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  12/2011 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2011  01/2012 Glen Stein
801-200-2703
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 05/2012 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Harold Dyer
541-523-1264
hdyer@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).
Granite Creek Watershed Mining Plans
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/11/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
02/2014 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  Completed  Actual: 02/21/2012  06/2012 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:02/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25167
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - NF Catherine Creek Subwatersheds 170601040501 & 170601040108. NF Catherine Creek.
51 Road Reconstruction
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:07/2013  08/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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  Completed  Actual: 02/07/2012  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/nepa_project_exp.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:02/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 01/26/2012  04/2012 Thomas Burry
541-962-8537
tburry@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37011
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T6S, R35.5E, Sections 30 & 31. 1 mile NE of Chicken Hill.
Corral Creek Road Relocation
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Meadow Creek Wood Additions Phase 1
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 02/08/2012  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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Meadow Creek Wood Additions Phase II
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:11/2012  05/2013 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: Large woody debris would be placed within 3.25 mi of Meadow Ck. Planting will occur for approx. 2 miles. 2 stream exclosure fences would be removed & reconstructed & and additional exclosure fence would be constructed.
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T3S, R34E, S19, 29, 30 & 32. Where 2120 road leaves Meadow Creek, near the 2100 road.
Muir Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/02/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
05/2013 Toni Molina
541-962-8598
tmmolina@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would replace an undersized, partial fish passage barrier with a properly sized open arch or box culvert. A slight channel relocation would occur to fit the new culvert.
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T 6S, R 36E, Section 9. Muir Creek at 5125 road.
Riparian Livestock Exclusion by Wood I
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 02/07/2012  07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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/nepa_project_exp.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 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012  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/nepa_project_exp.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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2010 
Expected:11/2012
 
06/2013 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Starkey Elk Handling Facility Water System Improvement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a new building near the existing well head and control panels adjacent to the fence. The existing buried tank will be removed.
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T4S, R34E, Sec 11. Located in Starkey Experimental Forest, north of 2120737 road.
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 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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) 
Completed  Actual: 02/07/2012  03/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
12/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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:05/2012
 
07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Lick Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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 07/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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 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.
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/nepa_project_exp.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:06/2012
 
07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Summit Creek Irrigation Diversion Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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:04/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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 Road (Olive Creek) Maintenance and Reconstruction (Granite Creek Watershed Action Plan)
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
08/2012 Melissa Shelley
541-523-1929
mshelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project consists of maintenance and intermittent reconstruction of approximately 5.3 miles of the NFS 1305 Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/06/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@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/nepa_project_exp.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 01/2013 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 Melissa Shelley
541-523-1929
mshelley@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/nepa_project_exp.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 and Olive Creek Culvert Replacements (Granite Creek Watershed Action Plan)
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
08/2012 Melissa Shelley
541-523-1929
mshelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace 6 culverts on Bull Run Creek that will open 8+ miles of stream for fish passage and reduce sediment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34108
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T9S, R35.5 E, sec 13; T9S, R35E, sec 26; T9S, R36E, sec 18, 19; T10S, R35E, sec 2. Culverts are on NFS rds 1305, 7370, 7375 and FHS 113.
Charles Grier Johnson Jr. Research Natural Area Establishment Projec t
EA
- Research and Development  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.
Hallelujah #1
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34717
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T. 6 S., R. 44E., 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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would provide service to Summit Point communication site
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.
Linda D 12 month mining plan
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/10/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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 03/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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 05/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Salmon Creek Placer
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@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/nepa_project_exp.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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/19/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
Actual: 09/22/2011 
12/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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 
Completed  Actual: 03/19/2012  05/2012 Melissa Shelley
541-523-1929
mshelley@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/nepa_project_exp.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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This will renew an existing special use permit for this spring
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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 04/2012 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@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/nepa_project_exp.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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@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/nepa_project_exp.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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