Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R8 - Southern Region, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R8 - Southern Region, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R8 - Southern Region, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests,  Blueridge Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests,  Chattooga River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests,  Conasauga Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests,  Oconee 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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R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Managing Recreation Uses in the Upper Segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 12/09/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Mary Morrison
803-561-4058
mwmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Consider whether to amend forest plans for three national forests (GA, NC & SC) re: recreation on the upper segment of the Chattooga River. Previous comments will be considered.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34061
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District, Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina. COUNTY - Rabun, Oconee, Jackson, Macon. The project area is located north of SC Highway 28 on the upper 21 miles of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River.
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
FY 11-12 Hardwood Mid-story Control Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 08/18/2011  11/2011 Brian Jackson
770-297-3020
brianjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to reduce the undesirable mid-story of approximately 47 stands classified as oak or oak-pine forest type. Currently, these stands have very dense mid-story canopies of undesirable hardwood stems.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36645
Location: UNIT - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, Towns, Union, White, Whitfield. Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, Towns, Union, White and Whitfield Counties, Georgia.
Managing Recreation Uses on the Upper Chattooga River
EA
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A John Petrick
770-297-3005
jpetrick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Consider whether to amend forest plans for three National Forests (GA, NC, & SC). re: Recreation on the upper segment of the Chattooga River. Previous comments will be considered.
Location: UNIT - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. LEGAL - Chattooga River WSR. Rabun County, Georgia.
Windstream Fiber Optic Installation - Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/23/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
03/2012 Judy Lovell
770-297-2936
jlovell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would involve installation of fiber optic cable and other electronic equipment along existing road and utility corridors along Forest Service, state, county and local public roads through approx. 30 total miles of NFS lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=37283
Location: UNIT - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Chattooga, Dawson, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union, White. Chattooga, Dawson, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union & White Counties, Georgia.
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
06-124 - Oakey/Willis Trail Reroutes
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The trail reroutes are needed to prevent or reduce erosion and sedimentation, reduce maintenance needs, and provide for user safety.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28468
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun. Habersham & Rabun Counties, Georgia.
Hardwood Mid-story Control - Various Counties
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Brian Jackson
770-297-3020
brianjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hardwood Mid-story Control
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District, Blueridge Ranger District, Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Banks, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, Stephens, Union. Banks, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, Stephens and Union Counties, Georgia.
Sale of Buildings and Site Acerage for the Brasstown and Holly Creek Work Centers
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The operation of these two specific work center sites is becoming physically and financially inefficient. The Forest Service no longer uses the Holly Creek Work Center.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=19294
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gilmer, Union. Gilmer/Union Counties, GA.
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests,   Blueridge Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
02-138 - Chip Pearson Road Easement
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/15/2005 
Expected:08/2005
Actual: 07/15/2005 
12/2005 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road easement.
Location: UNIT - Toccoa Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Dawson. Dawson County, GA.
02-141 - Tipton Land Exchange
CE
- Land ownership management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2005 
Expected:08/2005
Actual: 06/15/2005 
04/2006 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Land exchange.
Location: UNIT - Toccoa Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, GA.
02-148 Bob Matthews Road Easement and Use of FS #35
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/16/2005 
Expected:02/2008
 
05/2008 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bob Matthews road easement and use of FS #35.
Location: UNIT - Toccoa Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, GA.
04-102 - Special Use Road Easement (Thomas Dyer)
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/20/2006 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use permit - road easement.
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. Lumpkin County, GA.
04-109 Special Use Road Easement (Joseph MacPherson)
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/05/2007 
Expected:04/2007
 
05/2007 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use road easement - Joseph MacPherson.
Location: UNIT - Brasstown Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. Union County, GA.
04-136 - East Nottely Watershed Project
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/16/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
02/2012 Alice Brown
803-276-4810
alicebrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to improve forest health in over-crowded and fire-excluded stands to lower the risk of insect and disease infestation (particularly southern pine beetle) and reduce susceptibility to damaging wildfire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=22647
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. Union County, Georgia.
04-144 - Carol Werkheiser Road ROW
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/03/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2008 
Expected:07/2008
 
11/2008 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Carol Werkheiser Road ROW
Location: UNIT - Toccoa Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gilmer. Gilmer County, Georgia.
04-151 - Ron Coleman - Outfitter/Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ron Coleman - Outfitter/Guide Permit
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-152 - Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters - Outfitter/ Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitter/Guide Permit
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-163 - Forest Health Stewardship
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
01/2012 James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Contribute to maintenance or restoration of native tree species whose role in forest ecosystems: (a) has been reduced by past land use; or (b) is threatened by insects and disease, fire exclusion, forest succession or other factors.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30529
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Gordon, Union. District Wide.
04-172 - Civil Air Patrol - Repeater at Black Mtn. - SUP
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:06/2011  06/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Civil Air Patrol - Repeater at Black Mtn. - SUP
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-173 - Surefoot Adventures LLC Outfitter/Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Surefoot Adventures LLC Outfitter/Guide Permit
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Various Counties, Georgia.
04-174 - North Georgia Outfitters Outfitter/Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: North Georgia Outfitters Outfitter/Guide Permit
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. Lumpkin County, Georgia.
04-178 - Fruitkoff Growing Season Prescribed Burn on Blue Ridge Ranger District
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/12/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The use of prescribed fire to meet resource objectives is highly effective, cost efficient, and has multiple benefits such as Forest Health, Wildlife Habitat Improvement and Hazardous Fuel Reduction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33943
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-180 - Staten Boat Dock - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/24/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Request for an authorization to use NFS lands for mooring of and access to a single slip boat dock and attached sun deck extension with electrical service located within the Skytop subdivision in Fannin County, Georgia on Lake Blue Ridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34210
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-181 - Fishhook Point Boat Dock - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/13/2011  05/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: The F.S. would like to bring all property owners that currently have a dock into compliance by issuing permits to the land owners for their moorings and access, which would consist of the steps, trams, boardwalks, and trails as they currently exist.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34211
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-182 - Dockery Creek Road FLPMA Road Use - SUP
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/30/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Dockery Creek Homeowners Association (HA) has requested authorization to use a section of non-system road that crosses approximately 1,100 feet of NFS land beyond the county maintained portion of Dockery Creek Road in Union County, GA. historically
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34242
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. Union County, Georgia.
04-183 - Disposal of the Toccoa Work Center Complex in Blue Ridge, Georgia
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/04/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
12/2011 Alton Foster
770-297-3062
altonfoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: This conveyance authority was created to improve Forest Service operations and provide benefits to the public. The work center site became excess several years ago due to district consolidations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35036
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-186 - US Army Hoist Sites - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/04/2011  04/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to construct 12 long-line aerial hoist points within the Chattahoochee National Forest north of Dahlonega, Georgia. The hoist points would allow Camp Merrill to evacuate trainees that are critically injured.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35276
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. Lumpkin County, Georgia.
04-187 - North American Trail Ride Conference Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/16/2011  06/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for the North American Trail Ride Conference recreation event
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35893
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. Lumpkin County, Georgia.
04-188 - US Army - Camp Merrill Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/29/2011  05/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for US Army - Camp Merrill Recreation Event
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35894
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. Lumpkin County, Georgia.
04-189 - 4LPH4 1337 Adventures LLC Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/14/2011  05/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for 4LPH4 1337 Adventures LLC recreation event
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35895
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin. Fannin, Gilmer and Lumpkin Counties, Georgia.
04-190 - Georgia Appalachian Trail Club - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/24/2011  06/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for Georgia Appalachian Trail Club
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35896
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. Union County, Georgia.
04-191 - Surge Sports Recreation Event - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/12/2011  05/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for Surge Sports recreation event
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35897
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Towns, Union, White. Union, Towns and White Counties, Georgia.
04-192 - Georgia Recreational Trail Riders Association Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/09/2011  06/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for Georgia Recreational Trail Riders Assoc. recreation event.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35898
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Union. Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin and Union Counties, Georgia.
04-193 - Fannin County Quarry Association Group Use - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
08/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for Fannin County Quarry Assoc. Group
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35899
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-194 - Young Harris College Group Use - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/03/2011  05/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for Young Harris College Group use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35900
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. Union County, Georgia.
04-195 - Medley Temporary Road Use - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/03/2011  05/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for Medley Temporary Road Use
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35901
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-196 - Towns County Fire Station Parking Expansion - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for Towns County Fire Station Parking Expansion
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35902
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Towns. Towns County, Georgia.
04-197 - Surf Blue Ridge LLC Outfitter/Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/29/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Various special use permits on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35903
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-199 - Towns County Fire Station Building Expansion - Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/09/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Towns County fire station building expanion - SUP
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36688
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Towns. Towns County, Georgia.
04-200 - Verizon Cellular Antenna at Camp Merrill - Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Verizon Cellular Antenna at Camp Merrill
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. Lumpkin County, Georgia.
04-201 - Windstream RUS Broadband Expansion - Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Windstream RUS broadband expansion - SUP
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Lumpkin, Towns, Union. Fannin, Lumpkin, Towns and Union Counties, Georgia.
04-202 - Crown Castle Disbursed Antenna Cellular System - Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  10/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Crown Castle Disbursed Antenna Cellular System - SUP
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin, Union. Lumpkin and Union Counties, Georgia.
04-203 - Blue Ridge Work Center Hazardous Tree Removal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  08/2011 James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazardous tree removal at the Blue Ridge Work Center
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. Union County, Georgia.
04-204 - TSI Oak Release Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:10/2011  12/2011 James Wentworth
706-745-6928
jwentworth@fs.fed.us 
Description: TSI Oak Release project
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Union. Fannin and Union Counties, Georgia.
04-206 - Blue Ridge SUP Splash Recreation Event
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Blue Ridge Splash recreation event - SUP
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
04-207 - Duncan Ridge Trail 50/25 K Foot Race Event - Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  12/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Duncan Ridge Trail 50/25 K foot race event - SUP
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Union. Union County, Georgia.
04-208 - Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Cycling Ride Event - Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Cycling ride event - SUP
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Lumpkin, Towns, Union. Fannin, Lumpkin, Towns and Union Counties, Georgia.
04-209 - 55 Nine Mtn. Bike Event - Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/19/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Jake Cowart
706-745-6928 ext 119
jcowart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Multiple special use applications for: 55 Nine Bike Race, Robert Lewellen, The Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce (LCCC), and Chris Tilghman to conduct various recreation events on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36708
Location: UNIT - Blueridge Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Lumpkin. Lumpkin County, Georgia.
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests,   Chattooga River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
05-165 - Upper Warwoman Vegetation Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Mike Brod
706-754-6221
mbrod@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upper Warwoman vegetation management.
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. Rabun County, GA.
06-132 - Pre-commercial Thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:12/2011  03/2012 John Westbrook
706-754-6221
jdwestbrook@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pre-commercial thinning
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun, Stephens. Habersham, Rabun and Stephens Counties, Georgia.
06-133 - Shortleaf Pine Restoration (Site Preparation and Planting)
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:01/2012  03/2012 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Shortleaf Pine Restoration (Site preparation and planting)
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Stephens. Habersham and Stephens Counties, Georgia.
06-135 - Watergauge Oak Woodland Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/08/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
02/2013 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Watergauge Oak Woodland Restoration
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31143
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham, Rabun. Habersham and Rabun Counties, Georgia.
06-142 - Hare Small Tracts
CE
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011  11/2011 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hare small tracts
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Stephens. Stephens County, Georgia.
06-143 - Smith Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  11/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit - Smith Access Request
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. Rabun County, Georgia.
06-144 - Ivester Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit - Ivester Access Request
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham. Habersham County, Georgia.
06-145 - Chapman Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit - Chapman Access Request
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham. Habersham County, Georgia.
06-147 - LaCount Access Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: LaCount Access Request - Special Use Permit
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Habersham. Habersham County, Georgia.
06-149 - Hillside Orchard Farms Apiary Request - SUP
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hillside Orchard Farms Apiary Request - Special Use Permit
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. Rabun County, Georgia.
06-150 - Thomas Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for Thomas Outfitter/Guide
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - White. White County, Georgia.
06-151 - Bartram/Pinnacle Trail Reroutes
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  09/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rerouting of the Bartram/Pinnacle Trail
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. Rabun County, Georgia.
06-152 - Talisman Programs Outfitter/Guide Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us 
Description: Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permit
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun. Rabun County, Georgia.
06-153 Recreation Events - North GA Distance Runners and Trans North GA Mtn. Bike Adventure - SUP
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/30/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Blaine Boydstun
706-754-6221
bboydstun@fs.fed.us 
Description: North GA Distance Runners and Trans North GA Mtn. Bike Adventure - Special Use Permit
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36666
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Rabun, Towns, Union, White, Whitfield. Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Rabun, Towns, Union, White and Whitfield Counties, Georgia.
06-154 - Tornado Damge - Various Areas on the Chattooga River Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 07/25/2011  09/2011 John Westbrook
706-754-6221
jdwestbrook@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposing to salvage wind damaged timber located in four separate watersheds on the Chattooga River Ranger District (White and Rabun County, GA). They include: Martin Branch, Tray Mountain, Wildcat and Timpson Creek areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36667
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun, White. Rabun and White Counties, Georgia.
06-155 - Logan Turnpike Trail Storm Damage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 John Westbrook
706-754-6221
jdwestbrook@fs.fed.us 
Description: Logan Turnpike Trail Storm Damage
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - White. White County, Georgia.
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests,   Conasauga Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
01-105 - Pinhoti Trail Relocation (near Dennis Mill)
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
11/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would allow users (hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians) the opportunity to avoid motor vehicle traffic along Peeples Lake Road, thus improving user safety and providing a more scenic trail route.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33037
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Murray. Murray County, Georgia.
01-106 - Beech Bottom and South Fork Trail Repair, Horseshoe Bend Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/04/2011  05/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Beech Bottom Trail and the South Fork Trail require a small amount of trail relocation and/or work to improve drainage. The Horseshoe Bend Connector Trail is an opportunity to open an existing roadbed to the public for multiple uses.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33038
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Murray. Murray County, Georgia.
01-107 - Mountain Longleaf Pine Stand Maintenance
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/13/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose and need for the manual release treatment is to remove competing vegetation from around the planted mountain longleaf pine seedling until prescribed fire can be introduced into the young stands as the primary agent of competition control.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33310
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Chattooga, Walker. Chattooga and Walker Counties, Georgia.
01-111 - Walker County Water Tank Construction - Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Jerome Bennett
706-695-6736 ext 101
jeromebennett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for water tank construction in Walker County, GA
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Walker. Walker County, Georgia.
01-112 - Prescribed Fire Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Jeffrey Schardt
706-695-6736
jrschardt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe fire projects
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin, Gilmer, Murray. Fannin, Gilmer and Murray Counties, Georgia.
01-113 - Mack White Gap Pine Thinning Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/13/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Danny Skojac
479-964-7574
dskojac@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mack White Gap Pine Thinning Project
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36669
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Chattooga. Chattooga County, Georgia.
01-114 - Sumac Creek Watershed Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/02/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
03/2012 Danny Skojac
479-964-7574
dskojac@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sumac Creek Watershed Project
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36670
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Murray. Murray County, Georgia.
01-115 - Benton MacKaye Trail Relocation (Flat Top Mountain)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:03/2012  05/2012 Larry Thomas
706-695-6737
lrthomas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Benton MacKaye Trail Relocation (Flat Top Mtn.)
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Fannin. Fannin County, Georgia.
01-116 - Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) - Oak Crown Release Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:03/2012  05/2012 Danny Skojac
479-964-7574
dskojac@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber stand improvement - Oak Crown Release Project
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Walker, Whitfield. Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Walker and Whitfield Counties, Georgia.
01-85 - Improved Recreational Access to Mountaintown Creek
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/13/2008 
Expected:05/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Thomas
706-695-6737
lrthomas@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose and need for this project is to re-establish public access to Mountaintown Creek that bypasses private land in order to provide opportunities for dispersed recreation uses within the Mountaintown Creek drainage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=22402
Location: UNIT - Conasauga Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Gilmer. Gilmer County, Georgia.
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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests,   Oconee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
08-100 - Lake Sinclair Improvements
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:05/2011  07/2011 Joni Wheeler
770-297-3063
jwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lake Sinclair improvements
Location: UNIT - Oconee Ranger District. STATE - Georgia. COUNTY - Putnam. Oconee National Forest.
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