Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
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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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)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/29/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2013 
Expected:08/2014
 
12/2014 Sabrina Stadler
541-523-1264
sdstadler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of Land Management Plans (Forest Plans) for the Malheur, Umatilla, & Wallowa-Whitman Forests. Forest Plans provide stategic, program-level guidance for future management of forests and their natural resources for the next 10-15 years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman/
Location: UNIT - Malheur National Forest All Units, Wallowa Valley Ranger District, Eagle Cap Ranger District, La Grande Ranger District, Umatilla National Forest All Units, Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon, Washington. COUNTY - Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Walla Walla, Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler. Forest-wide for Malheur, Umatilla, & Wallowa-Whitman (except for the HCNRA).
Granite Creek Watershed Mining Plans
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/11/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2013 
Expected:06/2014
 
07/2014 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.
Oregon Telephone Corporation SUP amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/26/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 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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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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
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
51 Road Reconstruction
EA
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Beaver Creek Fish Passage Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/24/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 Cindy Christensen
541-962-8501
cjchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide fish passage in Beaver Cr by placing concrete weirs in spillway, rock grade-control structures at intake, and rock and weirs by diversion pool. Place rock to grade channel in Elk, Cove, W Fk Beaver Cr intakes. Install fish screens at intakes
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40564
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Townships 4, 5, and 6 south, Ranges 36 and 37 east. By the La Grande Resevoir, near FS Road 4305270 in Beaver Creek; W Fk Beaver Creek, 12 air miles south of La Grande. Analysis area is 16,000 acres in Upper Beaver Creek subwatershed.
Bird Track TSI and Maintenance Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/01/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
04/2014 Michael Johnson
541-962-8566
mvjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Precommercial thinning and burning of overstocked pine stands in the Spring Creek area along FS Roads 2100, 2100-400, and 2100-950. Prescribed natural fuels underburn within and adajacent to previous Spring Creek Fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39132
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T3S, R36E, Sec 1,2,3,4,5, 9, 10, 11, 15 and 16, T2S, R36E, Sec 27, 28, 29, 33, 34, 35, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33. T2S, R35E, Sec 23, 24, 25,26, 35,36. FS roads 2100, 2100400, and 2100950. North boundary = 2100950 and 2100800 rds. East boundary = Private Property, South boundary = Bird Track Spring Camp Ground, 2100580. West boundary = 2100400 road.
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 06/2013 
Expected:12/2014
 
03/2015 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 Riparian Planting and Large Wood Placement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/17/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
05/2014 Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will include 3 miles of deciduous planting (55 acres). It would restore riparian habitat and decrease high water temperatures.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41260
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T6S, R35.5E. Chicken Creek in La Grande Ranger District.
Corral Creek Road Relocation and Restoration
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/19/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
05/2014 Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Obliterate and replace 7787620 to jct 7787600. Reconstruct this road upland of Corral Creek for access and replace 3 culverts. Remove 3 culverts. Place wood and boulders in creek. Recontour road. Plant seedlings and grass/forb seed. Exclosure fence.
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, South Fork Catherine Creek, and Pole Creek.
East Face Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 06/2014 
Expected:11/2015  06/2017 Kathleen Naughton
541-962-8563
knaughton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical thinning, slash busting, prescribed fire, hand piling and burning to manage and improve vegetation and treat fuels near wildland urban interface and private/public land interface. May include some road construction, maintenance, closures.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41765
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker, Union. LEGAL - T5S, T6S, T7S. R36E, R37E, R38E. 20 miles south of La Grande, along the east face of the Elkhorns, between the 43 Road and the 73 Road.
Five Points Creek Restoration Project, Phase I
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/17/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
06/2014 Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project involves: 7 miles of wood placement; 7 mi of riparian planting; seeding 75 ac; exclosure construction on .5 mi stream; and closing 3 mi of streambottom ATV use trails.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41258
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T2S, R37E. Five Points Creek on La Grande Ranger District.
La Grande Municipal Reservoir and Pipeline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/22/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 Arlene Blumton
541-962-8522
ablumton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use permit for 30 years, to reauthorize operation and maintenance of existing La Grande Reservoir, pipelines and buildings, to serve as contingent water source for La Grande city water system. No new construction or ground disturbance
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T4S, R37E, Sections 19, 29, 30, 31, 32. And T5S, R37E, Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 17. 13 miles SW of La Grande, OR, on Beaver Creek. Permitted portion of pipelines extend from 1/2 mile above reservoir toward La Grande to national forest boundary.
Ladd Canyon TSI and Prescribed Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/11/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2014 
Expected:11/2014
 
06/2015 Terry George
541-962-8565
tgeorge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Non-mechanical and mechanical thin old harvest and natural fuel units.Spacing 14x-20x. 10% of PCT units left untreated for wildlife. Species prefer w.larch, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir.Burn piles and landscape prescribe burn in designated burn blocks
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41262
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T4S, R36E, R37E, and R38E. T5S, R37E, and R38E. Upper Ladd, Jordan, Whiskey, Lower Beaver Cr, Rock Cr watersheds. Excluding LaGrande Watershed. Near roads 4300, 220, 4305; north to forest boundary; west to 5100095, 105, 080 Rds.
Limber Jim Muir Fuels Reduction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/17/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2014 
Expected:05/2014
 
09/2014 Michael Johnson
541-962-8566
mvjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Noncommercial fuel reduction,west boundary LaGrande City Watershed and key access routes to reduce down fuel and facilitate fire suppression. May include precommercial thinning, firewood areas, slash busting, prescribed fire, small commercial harvest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41764
Location: UNIT - La Grande Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T5S and T6S, R36E. 15 miles southwest of La Grande, west of the La Grande Municipal Watershed, between Muir Creek and Limber Jim Creek.
Muir Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/02/2011 
Expected:11/2014
 
06/2015 Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37472
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 II
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2015 
Expected:11/2015
 
05/2016 Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 06/2013 
Expected:09/2013  06/2014 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 Large Woody Debris and Planting Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 04/18/2013  06/2013 Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Place wood structures along Sheep Creek, and plant deciduous seedlings and cuttings. It would improve habitat for spring Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, and bull trout. This is critical habitat for bull trout, a threatened species under ESA
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30897
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 and 12. And T4S, R35E, Sec14.
Trail Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/13/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
09/2013 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
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.
Chesnimnus Elk Burn Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/30/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Patricia Johnson
218-387-3230
pjjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to use low intensity prescribed fire to improve elk forage in open grasslands and grass/forb/shrub understories in historical elk transition and summer range in the Chesnimnus Watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41171
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T 4N, R 47E, Sections 27, 28, 33, 34; T 3N, R 47E Section 3; T 4N, R 48E, Sections 26, 35, 36; T 3N, R 48E Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14 24, 25; T 4N, R 4W Section 31; T 3N, R 4W Sections 6, 7, 8, 17,. The project area is approximately 30 miles northeast of Enterprise, Oregon.
Cold Canal Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2014 
Expected:06/2014
 
08/2014 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.
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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 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.
Divide Allotment Water Development
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/06/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 Shawn Mork
541-426-5593
smork@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to develop fourteen spring sites to improve livestock distribution in upland areas, decrease riparian grazing, improve riparian habitat and provide water for wildlife and livestock.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41443
Location: UNIT - Wallowa Valley Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T3S R46E, T3S R47E, and T4S R46E of the Willamette Meridian, Wallowa County. The proposed project is located in Wallowa County, Oregon in the Imnaha Subbasin approximately 10 miles southeast of Joseph, Oregon.
Hells Canyon Creek Launch Flood Repair
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/19/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 Michael Ball
509-758-0616
mtball@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to repair the damages to the Hells Canyon Creek Boat Launch and Visitor Center that resulted from the 2012 spring flood along Hells Canyon Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40016
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Wallowa. LEGAL - T3N, R49E, Section 33. The Hells Canyon Creek Boat Launch along the Wild and Scenic Snake River in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
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.
Kirkwood Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/10/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
07/2013 Mark Penninger
541-962-8519
mapenninger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of up to 5 interpretive panels at the Kirkwood Historic Museum in the Hells Canyon Recreation Area. A segment of walking trail will be extended from an existing trail to access the new interpretive panels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/wallowa-whitman/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T. 26 N, R. 1 W, Section 30, NE 1/4. The Kirkwood Historic Ranch in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
Lick Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Cancelled  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.
Location: UNIT - Hells Canyon NRA. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Union, Wallowa. LEGAL - T5S, R46E, Section 14. Lick Creek.
Lower Imnaha Allotments Rangeland Analysis
EIS
- Grazing management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/26/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
03/2014 Jamie McCormack
541-426-5547
jsmccormack@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 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
11/2013 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:06/2014
 
08/2014 Sweyn Wall
541-426-5523
swall@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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 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.
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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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
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.
Anthony Lakes Whitebark Pine Restoration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:07/2013  08/2013 Robyn Darbyshire
541-523-1255
rdarbyshire@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will protect healthy mature whitebark pine from competition, bark beetles and wildfire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39712
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T7S R36E Sections 13, 24. Anthony Lakes Ski Area.
Bull Run Culvert Replacement Project (Granite Creek Watershed Action Plan)
EA
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 06/24/2013  08/2013 Brett Yaw
541-523-1243
byaw@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace 2 culverts on Bull Run Crk and 1 culvert on Deep Crk and re-align approx 300 feet of the 7370 road to allow the natural channel and flood plain to re-establish. 8+ miles of stream for fish passage and sediment reduction will be opened.
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, R36E, sec 18, 19; T10S, R35E, sec 2. Culverts are on NFS rds 7370, 7375 and 1305080.
Bull Run Subwatershed Restoration Project Phase I
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Joe Platz
541-962-8571
jplatz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will improve fish habitat on Corral, Deep & Channel Creeks which are tributaries to Bullrun Creek and the North Fork of the John Day River. Activities will improve floodplain function, water storage, fish passage and habitat complexity.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T 9 S, R 35.5E, S 1, 2 and T 9 S, R 36 E, S 8, 18. Project will occur in the area surrounding the community of Granite on Corral Creek, Deep Creek, and Channel Creek within the Granite Creek watershed and Bullrun subwatershed.
Charles Grier Johnson Jr. Research Natural Area Establishment Project
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:
Notice of Initiation 08/03/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2016 
Expected:07/2016
 
08/2016 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would provide approval for a mining Plan of Operations under 36 CFR 228.
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.
Little Bald Mountain Range Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
03/2014 Jamie McCormack
541-477-6928
jsmccormack@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will re-authorize grazing management on the Little Bald Mountain allotment within the Unity section of the Whitman Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41205
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T 11S, R 39E, S 21, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35. South and West of Baker City in the Big Creek watershed. The allotment is north of Hwy 245, east of the town of Hereford, and west of Dooley Mtn.
Little Dean Fuels Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 04/24/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2013 
Expected:05/2014
 
09/2014 Melissa Shelley
541-523-1350
mshelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of fuels vegetation management needs in the area south of Phillips Lake; Little Dean Creek, Worley Springs, Black Mountain.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21280
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - in Townships 10 and 11 South, Ranges 37 and 38 East,. Located south and west of Baker City, south of Highway 7 and Phillips Lake.
Lower Powder Mines
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 08/03/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2016 
Expected:07/2016
 
08/2016 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project combines 6 previously individual projects and would provide approval for Plans of Operations under 36 CFR 228 for Buster 1 & 2, California Gulch, French Gulch Group, J & J Placer, Pardner Group, and Peerless/Old Crow.
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/01/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@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.
Marble Creek Municipal Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/15/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize the existing Marble Creek Pipeline to provide high quality water for the Baker City Water System.
Location: UNIT - Whitman Ranger District. STATE - Oregon. COUNTY - Baker. LEGAL - T9S, R38E, Sections 12 & 13; T9S, R39E, Section 7. The underground pipeline is located in the Marble Creek drainage, mainly in an abandoned roadbed.
Salmon Creek Placer
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 08/03/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2016 
Expected:07/2016
 
08/2016 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would provide approval for a Plan of Operations under 36 CFR 228.
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.
Snake/Pine Allotment Grazing Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/19/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013
Actual: 09/22/2011 
05/2014 Joshua White
541-523-1940
jpwhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of ongoing range use for management 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.
Upper North Fork John Day Mining
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 08/03/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2016 
Expected:07/2016
 
08/2016 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project combines 3 previously individual mining projects and would provide approval for Plans of Operations under 36 CFR 228 for AH Standard Mine, Big Indian Placer, and Centennial Mine.
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 06/2014 
Expected:06/2015  08/2015 Daniel Burton
541-523-1921
dburton02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of 11 Plans of Operations and amendments for lode and placer mining activities within the Upper Powder River Watershed.
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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Francis Tyler
541-523-1912
ftyler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Whitman Ranger District is proposing maintenance burning of previously treated forested stands particularly stands in the Wildland Urban Interface portions of the District.
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.
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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