Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
National Forests in Alabama

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
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests in Alabama, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests in Alabama,  Bankhead Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests in Alabama,  Conecuh Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests in Alabama,  Oakmulgee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests in Alabama,  Shoal Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests in Alabama,  Talladega Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests in Alabama,  Tuskegee 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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National Forests in Alabama, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Install Weather Station
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:04/2011  07/2011 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: Erect two new permanent weather stations which will include 20' X 20' chainlink fenced area.
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District, Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay, Cleburne. LEGAL - Township 13S, Range 11E, Section 18 and Township 21S, Range 5E, Section 34. Terragin Creek Watershed and Hollins WMA along FDR 696.
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National Forests in Alabama,   Bankhead Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BNF Northwest Salvage
CE
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 07/14/2011  07/2011 Elrand Denson
205-489-5111
edenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Tornado salvage on approx. 247 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36090
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence. Bankhead National Forest.
Bankhead National Forest Commercial Thinning Project Compt. 32, 37, & 38
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 09/29/2011  01/2012 Jera Cochran
205-489-5111
jacochran@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial thinning of 63 acres in Management Compartments 32, 37 and 38 to improve and maintain the health of three loblolly pine stands, reduce the risk of SPB infestation, and facilitate restoration of native forest communities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=37300
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. LEGAL - Section 18, T9S, R7W and Sections 20 & 21, T8S, R7W. Management Compartments 32, 37 and 38 in Moreland and Pine Torch Communities, Bankhead National Forest, Alabama.
Edmond Smith Permanent Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/22/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
03/2011 Joseph Brewer
205-489-5111
jbrewer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permanent Easement for access to private land
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. LEGAL - T9S, R8W, S22 & S27. T9S, R8W, S22 & S27.
Grindstone, Mill and Inman (GMI) Watersheds Forest Health and Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/15/2011  08/2011 Jera Cochran
205-489-5111
jacochran@fs.fed.us 
Description: Shortleaf pine, Oak-Pine Woodland DFC - Restoration EA
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18257
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. Grindstone, Mill and Inman Watersheds.
Horse Trail Route Expansion
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Terrance Fletcher
205-489-5111
terrancefletcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add additional miles to Owl Creek Horse Trail
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. Owl Creek Horse Trail.
Jason McCullar Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/30/2009 
Expected:02/2011
 
02/2011 Joseph Brewer
205-489-5111
jbrewer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drive way easement
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. LEGAL - S21, T11S, R8W. S21, T11S, R8W.
Reggie Watts Permanent Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/22/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Joseph Brewer
205-489-5111
jbrewer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permanent Easement for a driveway
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. LEGAL - T10S, R7W, S23. T10S, R7W, S23.
Robert Riddle Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/05/2009 
Expected:03/2011
 
03/2011 Joseph Brewer
205-489-5111
jbrewer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Driveway Easement
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence, Winston. LEGAL - S4, T9S, R9W. S4, T9S, R9W.
Wilderness Trailheads (Gumpond and Boarden Creek)
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/17/2005 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Terrance Fletcher
205-489-5111
terrancefletcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct and relocate Borden and Braziel Creek trailheads at the Sipsey Wilderness area
Location: UNIT - Bankhead Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - S32, T8S, R8W; S12, T8S, R9W. Bankhead National Forest, Borden and Braziel Creek Trailheads.
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National Forests in Alabama,   Conecuh Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CNF Prescribe Burns
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/15/2008 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Deborah Foley
334-222-2555
dfoley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continued maintenance & restoration of the fire-dependent ecosystem of the Conecuh National Forest through implementation of a systematic controlled burning regime, treating each area at least twice in the next several years.
Location: UNIT - Conecuh Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Covington, Escambia. Pine and pine/hardwood stands across Conecuh National Forest, Covington/Escambia Counties, AL.
Fairways 3D Seismic Survey
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/12/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Deborah Foley
334-222-2555
dfoley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fairways Exporation & Production, LLC submitted a Special Use application to conduct a 3D seismic survey on approx. 35 square miles of national forest lands in Escambia County, AL as a subset of a larger survey area. Activities would last 6-8 months.
Location: UNIT - Conecuh Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Escambia. National forest lands in Escambia County, Alabama.
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National Forests in Alabama,   Oakmulgee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2011 Tornado Damage - Cow Pen Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 07/21/2011  08/2011 Michael Caylor
205-926-9765
mcaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to remove approx. 242 acres of broken and down trees in Compartments 31, 42, 43, and 44.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36705
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Hale. LEGAL - Sections 1, 2 and 11 of Township 22 North, Range 6 East. National Forests in Alabama, Talladega National Forest, Oakmulgee Ranger District, Hale County, AL.
2011 Tornado Damage - Friendship Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 08/04/2011  08/2011 Michael Caylor
205-926-9765
mcaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to remove dead, down, broken and damaged trees from the Friendship area of the Oakmulgee Ranger District. The damage occurred when tornadoes moved through the area on April 15, 2011 and April 27, 2011.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36743
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb. LEGAL - Sec. 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 36; T23N; R7E; Sec. 19; T23N; R8E. Compartments 26, 27, 29, 30, 45 and 46; Oakmulgee Ranger District, Talladega National Forest; Bibb County, AL.
Black Warrior EMC Power Distribution Line Realignment Project
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/08/2011  09/2011 Joseph Koloski
205-926-9765
jkoloski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of current power distribution line from Payne Lake Recreation Area and interior forest stands to Hale County Road 49 and Alabama State Highway 25 road corridors.
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Hale. LEGAL - Sec. 2, 11, 12, 13; T22N; R6E. Compartments 52 and 55; Hale County, Alabama; Oakmulgee Ranger District, Talladega National Forest.
Timber Stand Improvement in Longleaf Pine Stands 2011
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 09/13/2011  09/2011 Jessica Blackwell
205-926-9765
jessicablackwell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Precommercially thin approximately 80 acres of planted longleaf pine stands in Compartments 60 and 66.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36919
Location: UNIT - Oakmulgee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Bibb, Perry. LEGAL - Sec. 16, 24; T22N; R7E; Sec. 18; T22N; R8E; Sec. 34; T21N; R7E; Bibb & Perry Counties, AL. Compartments 60 and 66, Oakmulgee RD, Talladega NF, Bibb and Perry Counties, AL.
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National Forests in Alabama,   Shoal Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Rattlesnake Environmental Assessment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Kimberly Bittle
256-463-2272
kbittle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct commercial thinning and restoration treatments, and wildlife stand improvment for the RCW and forest health.
Location: UNIT - Shoal Creek Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Calhoun, Cleburne. Calhoun and Cleburne Counties, Talladega National Forest, Shoal Creek Ranger District.
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National Forests in Alabama,   Talladega Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bell Springs Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:05/2011  01/2012 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: A new 833 acre prescribed burn unit in the Bell Springs area.
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Talladega. LEGAL - Sections 22, 23, 26, 27 and 34; Township 17s; Range 7e. FS lands west of FSRs 644 and 644C.
Marlow Branch Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  03/2011 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: A new 796 acre prescribed burn umit in the Germany Mtn area.
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Talladega. LEGAL - Sections 23, 25, 26, 35 and 36; Township 19s; Range 5e. FS lands west of CR 234.
Mump Creek Prescribed Burn Addition
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011  01/2012 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add an additional 826 acre block in the SE corner of the existing Mump Creek burn.
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Talladega. LEGAL - Sections 14, 15, 22, 23 and 26; Township 19s; Range 6e. FS lands west of CR 310 and south of Union Church to CSX RR.
Salt Creek Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:04/2011  01/2012 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: A new 805 acre prescribed burn unit in the Salt Creek area.
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Talladega. LEGAL - Sections 25, 26, 35 and 36; Township 17s; Range 7e. FS lands between CR 486 and FSR 644 west of Salt Creek Church.
Talladega Mtn Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011  01/2012 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: A new 1106 acre prescribed burn unit in the Chandler Springs area.
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Talladega. LEGAL - Sections 26, 27, 33, 34, 35; Township 19s; Range 6e and Section 4; Township 20s; Range 6e. FS lands east of SR 77, north of CR 307, east of Talladega Creek and south of FSR 699.
Tree Farm Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011  01/2012 Scott Layfield
256-362-2909
slayfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: A new 2640 acre prescribed burn unit located west of Turnipseed Camp.
Location: UNIT - Talladega Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Sections 13-15, 22-24, 25, 26 and 36; Township 18s; Range 7e and Sections 19, 30; Township 18s; Range 8e. FS lands south of Cheaha Creek, north of Hubbard Creek and west of SR 281.
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National Forests in Alabama,   Tuskegee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Annual Wildlife Opening Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:08/2011  08/2011 Willie Humphrey
334-727-2652
whumphrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: We will be bush hogging, disking, fertilizing and planting existing wildlife openings. Some are for the annual Youth Dove Hunt and others as a supplemental food source during the cool weather season.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Selected location within the Tuslegee National Forest. Tuskegee National Forest.
Construction of loop trail at Tsinia
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Darrius Truss
334-727-2652
dtruss@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a a one mile interpretative loop trail, complimenting an existing 1/4 mile linear trail.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. Tuskegee National Forest.
Control of Woody Vegetation Using Herbicides
EA
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:08/2011  05/2012 Willie Humphrey
334-727-2652
whumphrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of herbicides to control woody vegetation along the cleared limits of forest service roads, including culverts, bridges, trail bridges, boardwalks, trail improvements such as benches, blinds, and access to fishing ponds.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Forest-Wide. Tuskegee National Forest.
Culvert Installation
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jorge Hersel
334-727-2652
jorgehersel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install new culvert on FS Road 900, gravel nearby parking area, reduce surface runoff.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. Tuskegee National Forest.
Horse Trailhead Parking Area Expansion
CE
- Road management
- Facility management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Willie Humphrey
334-727-2652
whumphrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Accomodate weekend and holiday overflow parking by getting trucks and trailers off the roadway and increase visitor safety by expanding current parking area
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. Tuskegee National Forest.
Pre-Commercial thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 Willie Humphrey
334-727-2652
whumphrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce the number of trees per acre using hand tools, reducing competition, allowing light to reach the forest floor, concentrate available moisture and nutrients to the remaining trees, increasing their vigor and reducing the risk of bark beetles.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - R24E, T17N, Section 11. Tuskegee National Forest.
Release of Advanced Oak Regeneration
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  02/2011 Willie Humphrey
334-727-2652
whumphrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Release young oak regeneration in an oak-loblolly pine stand using hand tools to reduce competetion for light, moisture and nutrients, improve stand vigor and improve native wildlife food sources for game and non game species.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - R 24E, T17N, Section 1 and R24E T17N, Section 11. Tuskegee National Forest.
Road Maintenance (Daylighting)
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:08/2011  03/2012 Willie Humphrey
334-727-2652
whumphrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Clear trees and brush 25-30 feet from the center of the roadway, remove any trees which may fall onto the roadway out to 100 feet from the road center. This will reduce maintenance and improve safety of visitors and employees.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Tuskegee National Forest Ownership. Forest-wide.
Road construction & or road realignment at the Uchee Shooting Range, & parking lot improvement.
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  12/2010 Darrius Truss
334-727-2652
dtruss@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct an additional lane or loop road to provide more structured access that will mitigate the current safety threat and provide additional parking for the increased use at Uchee.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. Tuskegee National Forest.
Silt removal from fishing ponds
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jorge Hersel
334-727-2652
jorgehersel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove accumulated silt from fishing ponds, remove trees growing on dam, brush around pond edges to reduce button bush and repair breach in upper dam. Work dependant on funding.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. Tuskegee National Forest.
Tuskegee Forest Health and Longleaf Pine Restoration 2
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:12/2012  12/2012 Willie Humphrey
334-727-2652
whumphrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoring longleaf pine to proper sites by harvesting off-site loblolly and slash pines. Overstocked pine stands will be thinned.
Location: UNIT - Tuskegee Ranger District. STATE - Alabama. COUNTY - Macon. Tuskegee National Forest.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.