Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2011 to 06/30/2011
Cherokee National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R8 - Southern Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
R8 - Southern Region, Cherokee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R8 - Southern Region, Cherokee National Forest,  Hiwassee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Cherokee National Forest,  Nolichucky Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Cherokee National Forest,  Ocoee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Cherokee National Forest,  Tellico Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Cherokee National Forest,  Unaka Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Cherokee National Forest,  Watauga 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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mississippi River Bottomland Hardwood Forest Habitat Management Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011  11/2011 Edwin Spence
435-826-5400
espence@fs.fed.us 
Description: Management to improve wildlife habitat on appx 3,575 acres of bottomland hardwood forest; goals include developing oaks & flood-tolerant tree species, improving stand structure & improving availability of den & forage trees.
Location: UNIT - R8 - Southern Region All Units. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Phillips. Compartments 15, 20 and 21.
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Cherokee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Zone Open Area Management I
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:04/2011  05/2011 Brittany Bird
423-638-4109
bbird@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintain existing and newly-aquired open areas (fields, balds, overlooks, openings, and linear wildlife openings) through mechanical means including mowing, burning, and disking.
Location: UNIT - Nolichucky Ranger District, Unaka Ranger District, Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington. Throughout north zone (Nolichucky, Unaka, and Watauga Districts) of Cherokee National Forest.
North Zone Open Area Management II
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Brittany Bird
423-638-4109
bbird@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintain open areas (fields, balds, overlooks, and linear wildlife openings) by controlling woody vegetation using herbicides.
Location: UNIT - Nolichucky Ranger District, Unaka Ranger District, Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington. Throughout north zone (Nolichucky, Unaka, and Watauga Districts) of Cherokee National Forest.
Recreation Residences Standards and Guidelines and Camp Cherokee Master Plan Approval
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/22/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
10/2011 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop and adopt Standard and Guides for managing recreation residences on the forest. Approve a new Master Plan for Camp Cherokee.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18413
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District, Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe, Polk. Tellico River Corridor and Parksville Lake.
Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2009 
Expected:09/2010
 
10/2010 Frank Lege
423-735-1500
flege@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continual requests for Outfitter/Guide, Group Use, Special Use Permits
Location: UNIT - Nolichucky Ranger District, Unaka Ranger District, Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington. Various locations on the North End of the Cherokee National Forest.
Spring Creek
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2012 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation manipulation for ecological restoration; ephemeral pond construction; road daylighting; fuel reduction burns; road construction and road maintenance; and development of a parking area and horse trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25154
Location: UNIT - Hiwassee Ranger District, Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - McMinn, Monroe, Polk. Spring Creek Watershed.
Tennessee Outdoor Adventures
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/01/2010  02/2011 Frank Lege
423-735-1500
flege@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed permittee to offer guided hunting/fishing trips to public within the North End of the Cherokee NF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32548
Location: UNIT - Nolichucky Ranger District, Unaka Ranger District, Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Unicoi, Washington. NFS lands of Cherokee National Forest in Johnson, Carter, Greene, Unicoi, Washington and Cocke Counties.
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Cherokee National Forest,   Hiwassee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Volunteer Electric Buried Powerline
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/16/2010  02/2011 Alex Faught
423-338-3313
afaught@fs.fed.us 
Description: Volunteer Electric Cooperative proposes burying a powerline in a roadbed that crosses 100 ft. of National Forest System lands. The line will be 7200 volts and buried in a trench 6 inches wide by 36 inches deep.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33611
Location: UNIT - Hiwassee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - T1 R3E Section 2. Reliance.
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Cherokee National Forest,   Nolichucky Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Round Knob Horse Trail (Parallel Trail)
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/14/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
02/2011 Samuel Buckles
423-638-4109
sbuckles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct an approx. 2-mile multi-use trail paralleling the AT, to connect FDR #88 (Round Knob) to FDR #94 (Horse Creek).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34200
Location: UNIT - Nolichucky Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Greene. Compartments 198 and 200 in Greene County, TN.
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Cherokee National Forest,   Ocoee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Camp Cherokee Caretaker Workshop Rebuild
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/22/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Alex Faught
423-338-3313
afaught@fs.fed.us 
Description: The camp will tear down and rebuild the 20' X 24' caretaker's workshop with a new 20' X 24' workshop in the existing location within the organizational camp.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. LEGAL - T2, R3E sec 16. Camp Cherokee Organizational Camp.
Devils Branch Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011  11/2011 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,700 acres.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Three miles south of Ocoee Ranger Station.
Oswald Dome Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 01/11/2011  02/2011 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn a maximum of 2,700 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29913
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Five miles northeast of Benton, TN.
Recreation Residence 18 Ramp Access
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/19/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Alex Faught
423-338-3313
afaught@fs.fed.us 
Description: The owner of recreation residence 18 on Parksville Lake will construct an accessible ramp from the parking area to the cabin.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Parksville Lake Lot 43 of Block 18-B tract.
Recreation Residence 33 Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/27/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Alex Faught
423-338-3313
afaught@fs.fed.us 
Description: The owner of cabin 13 proposes to demolish the existing residence and replace the structure in the same location. New construction will be in accordance with the plan submitted to the FS and will meet federal, state, and local building codes.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Parksville Lake Lot 26 of Block 18-B tract.
Rough Creek Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011  11/2011 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,200 acres
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Six miles west of Ducktown, TN.
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Cherokee National Forest,   Tellico Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beaver Dam Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011  11/2011 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 4,500 acres.
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Ten miles southeast of Tellico Plains, TN.
Brushy Ridge Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 01/26/2011  02/2011 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn approximately 2,000 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29912
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Nine miles east of Tellico Plains, TN.
Doc Rogers Woodland Restoration
CE
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treatments consist of thinning and prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29001
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. LEGAL - FT1S R5E Sections 17, 18, and 19. Doc Rogers "fields" Off of Joe Brown Highway and Highway 68.
Middle Citico
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/08/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
10/2011 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management for wildlife habitat and forest health
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26125
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Project area includes Indian Boundary Campground north to Little Citico Creek and east to Doublecamp Creek.
Monroe County E-911 Communication Site Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/02/2011  03/2011 Alex Faught
423-338-3313
afaught@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuance of Monore County E-911 private moble radio service at the Wauchessi Electronic Site for a new term of 20 years
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34255
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Wauchessi Electronic Site.
Tellico EA
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/25/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
06/2012 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
jhay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management for wildlife habitat and forest health.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31746
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Middle and Upper Tellico River watersheds.
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Cherokee National Forest,   Unaka Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Appalachian Trail Relocation Ash Gap to Cloudland
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 02/18/2011  03/2011 Cheryl Summers
423-638-4109
csummers@fs.fed.us 
Description: 2nd phase of an Appalachian Trail relocation project from Hughes Gap to Cloudland. About 4,500 feet of relocation from Ash Gap to the historic Cloudland Hotel Historic Site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30633
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. From Cloudland,Tennessee north to Ash Gap.
Bank Stabilization at Unicoi Work Center
CE
- Watershed management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bank stabilization of Indian Creek at the Unicoi work center.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Indian Creek at North Fence of Unicoi Work Center.
Buffalo Mountain ATV Trail Extension
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Cheryl Summers
423-638-4109
csummers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convert old FS roads to the ATV trail. This would provide approximately 5 miles of additional ATV trail in the Buffalo Mt area.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi, Washington. At it's closest point, the extension is approximately 1.0 miles northwest of the town of Erwin, TN.
Buffalo Mountain Multi-use Trails
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/02/2006 
Expected:06/2010
 
07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mountain bike and hiking trails on Buffalo Mountain.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi, Washington. Buffalo Mountain Project Area Compartments 349-356, 366-371.
Buffalo Mtn Mountain Bike Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Cheryl Summers
423-638-4109
csummers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct an approximately 7 - 10 mile mountain bike trail on Buffalo Mountain.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Washington. The trail is located approximately 1.5 miles north-northwest of Unicoi, TN.
Bumpass Cove Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2003 
Expected:06/2010
 
06/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trail near Clarksville Iron Furnace over mountain to Bumpass Cove
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Near Clarksville Iron Furnace in Clarks Creek area, over mountain into Bumpass Cove.
Clark Creek Trailhead Parking
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2003 
Expected:06/2010
 
06/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Small parking area along Clark Creek Road Forest Service Road #25
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Along Forest Service Road #25 in Clarks Creek.
Clarke Mountain Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/07/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Jeff Chynoweth
423-783-2416
jjchynoweth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation Management and Wildlife Habitat activities in the Clarke Mountain area
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30887
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Clarke Mountain, Compartments 322, 323, 332, 333,.
Erwin Utilities
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/14/2011  03/2011 Frank Lege
423-735-1500
flege@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install approx. 30 ft of underground powerline and limited aerial powerline on NFS lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34514
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Unicoi Work Center and adjacent to Rock Creek Campground.
Pete Creek Open Area Prescribed Burn
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/14/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
03/2011 Joe McGuiness
423-735-1500
jmcguiness@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed Burn for Appalachian Trail Vistas and wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29952
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Pete Creek in Compartment 409 along Appalachian Trail.
Rock Creek Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/21/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
03/2011 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove dead and dying trees for safety reasons along Hwy 395 (Rock Creek Rd), and within the developed recreational area. Trees to be removed include hemlock considered past recovery (>60% needle loss) due to Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34254
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Rock Creek Recreational Area.
Rock Creek Recreation Area Waterline
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Waterline to Rock Creek Recreation Area to supply municipal water
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Rock Creek Recreation Area, Unicoi County.
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Cherokee National Forest,   Watauga Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Appalachian Trail Relocation White Rocks Mt. to Coon Den Falls
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/14/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of AT from White Rocks Mtn to Coon Den Falls Trail
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30246
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Coon Den Falls Trail Near Dennis Cove.
Appalachian Trail Relocation at Turkey Pen Gap
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/14/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
02/2012 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approx. 2400 feet of new trail, with approx. 600 feet along a sidehill, to replace a steep, eroding section of the AT at Turkey Pen Gap
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30247
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter, Johnson. Turkeypen Gap along the AT.
Backbone Rock Hemlock Salvage
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage Hemlock infested with Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Backbone Rock Recreation Area.
Beaverdam Creek Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife Habitat and Forest Health projects
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Shady Valley in Johnson Co.
Big Jacob Forest Health Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/27/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 62 acres of thinning (Comp 92, Std 16; Comp 94, Stds 3 & 21; Comp 95, Stds 4 & 5), with TSI and mid-story burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32550
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Sullivan County, northwest of Jacob's Crk Civilian Conservation Center; Compartments 92, 94, and 95.
Brummett Hollow Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
Completed  Actual: 03/24/2011  04/2011 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Variable thinning in compartment 357, stands 13, 14, 18, 21, and 23.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Compartment 357, stands 13, 14, 18, 21, and 23, Unicoi County, TN.
Canlot Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:04/2011  04/2011 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Variable thin (48 acres) in compartment 395, stand 38; compartment 412, stands 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, and 18.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Compartment 395, stand 38 and compartment 412, stands 7, 8, 12, 13, 15 and 18, Unicoi Co., TN.
Canlot Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:04/2011  04/2011 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Midstory, low-intensity, controlled burn (45 acres) to develop open woodland conditions/habitat.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Compartment 395, stand 38 and compartment 412, stand 7, 8, and 18, Unicoi Co., TN.
Coon Den Falls Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:04/2011  04/2011 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate portion of Coon Den Falls Trail (#37) to better suited parking near Dennis Cove CG by replacing approx. 0.07 miles with 0.3 miles of trail via new construction and use of old road bed. No construction in Coon Den Branch will be necessary.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Dennis Cove Campground, approx. 3 miles southeast of Hampton, TN.
Cress Branch Road
CE
- Road management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of Forest Access Road across previously purchased Right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Cress Branch Road, 2 miles North of Butler, Tennessee.
Dennis Cove Road Bridge Replacement
CE
- Special use management
- Road management  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Carter County replacing bridge at Dennis Cove Recreation Area on FSH #50
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. FSH #50 at Dennis Cove Recreation Area across Laurel Fork Creek.
Doe Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/03/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Jeff Chynoweth
423-638-4109
jjchynoweth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management and wildlife activities in the Iron Mountain, Stone Mountain and Watauga Lake areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35071
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Compartments 15, 41 and 123; Johnson County, TN.
Embarq Telephone Line installation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2009 
Expected:01/2010
 
02/2010 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install underground telephone line along Highway 421
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Along Highway 421 between Denton Valley Road and Paddy's Branch Road.
Fishdam RR Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/14/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a 3-mile multi-use trail utilizing railbed from FSR 87B to Holston Mountain Trail #44.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33672
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Compartments 101 and 102, Watauga RD, Carter County, TN.
Flatwoods Horse Trail Connector
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2005 
Expected:06/2010
 
07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Connector to Flatwoods Horse Trail
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Flatwoods Horse Trail on Holston Mountain.
Flatwoods Horse Trail Connector
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011  03/2011 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a connecting trail (approx. 0.2 miels) from FSR 87/870 intersection to FSR 610820, then to Flatwoods Horse Trail along an old fire line.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Holston Mountain Trail System, Sullivan County.
Flatwoods Horse Trail West Extension
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2005 
Expected:06/2010
 
07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Extension to Flatwoods Horse Trail
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Flatwoods horse trail on Holston Mountain.
Gentry Creek Hemlock Salvage
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage hemlock infested with Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Gentry Creek Trailheads.
Harper's Creek Forest Health Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/27/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin approximately 52 total acres in compartment 91, stand 12 and compartment 92, stand 16, then conduct a midstory control prescribed burn to reduce undesirable understory competition.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32551
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Compartment 91, Stand 12, Compartment 92, Stand 16; Sullivan County.
Holston Mountain Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/14/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate approx. 1 mile of Holston Mt Trail #44 onto an exisiting road bed to remove section of trail with unsustainable grade.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33673
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Compartments 75, 103 and 104, Watauga RD, Carter County, TN.
Joseph Gregory Road Use Agreement
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/17/2011  01/2011 Don Palmer
423-735-1501
djpalmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road Use agreement for the use of existing Forest Service Roads #293A and B.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33796
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Cedar Gap Watauga Ranger District.
Low Gap Recreation Area Horse Use
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Providing facilities for Horseback Riders at Low Gap Recreation Area
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Low Gap Recreation Area on Holston Mountain.
Moffett Laurel Road Parking (FS 4331)
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/04/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Joe McGuiness
423-735-1500
jmcguiness@fs.fed.us 
Description: Close FSR 4331 by placing a gate at milepost 2.31. Establish a parking area at milepost 2.27 for public access to FSR 4331 beyond gate.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33674
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Compartment 332, Watauga RD, Carter County, TN.
Old 421 Trail
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2005 
Expected:06/2010
 
07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Old Highway 421 between snake spur and road 87
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Between Snake Spur and Road 87 at Camp Tom Howard.
Osborne Farm Fencing and Cabin Restoration
CE
- Grazing management
- Heritage resource management  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace and Repair fence and restore historical cabin
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Osborne Tract Compartment 79.
Pine Mountain Mast Tree Release
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 03/17/2011  03/2011 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Release of mast trees in burnt-over units, using mechanical and/or manual means
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Stands in Compartments 92, 93, 94, 95 and 97.
Pine Mountain Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/04/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Low intensity burn to develop open woodland conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32549
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Sullivan County, northwest of Jacob's Crk Civilian Conservation Center, compartments 91, 92, 94, and 95.
Pond Mountain II Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/20/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Jeff Chynoweth
423-638-4109
jjchynoweth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management and wildlife activities in vicinity of Little Pond Mountain
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35072
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Compartments 29 - 34; Carter County, TN.
Riddle Creek Trail
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2005 
Expected:06/2010
 
07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: designate old abandoned road and 200 feet new construction
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Holston Mountain.
Rogers Ridge Prescribed Burn
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/04/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Mitchell Ketron
423-743-4044
mitchellketron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuel Reduction Prescribed Burn 958 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30889
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Rogers Ridge Burn Unit W-08 in upper East Tennessee.
Sink Mountain Boat Launch
CE
- Facility management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/22/2009 
Expected:10/2010
 
06/2010 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct New Boat Launch at Sink Mountain
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Sink Mountain on Watauga Lake FSR #298.
Skyline Telephone
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/03/2011  03/2011 Frank Lege
423-735-1500
flege@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bury approx. 8607 feet (1.6 miles) and aerially attach approx. 1911 feet (0.4 miles) of fiber optic cable in the area of Shady Valley, Johnson County, TN
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34191
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Compartments 52 and 53, Watauga RD, Johnson County, TN.
Snake Spur Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/23/2005 
Expected:06/2010
 
07/2010 Vern Maddux
(423)735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trail connecting to Snake Spur Trail
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Holston Mountain.
Washington County Service Authority Waterline
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/04/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Frank Lege
423-735-1500
flege@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install approximately 910 feet of underground water line from where TSR 133 crosses the Cherokee NF boundary to an existing well-house in the Backbone Rock Rec Area. This is a small portion of a larger water line project in TN and VA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34259
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Along TN State Route in vicinity of Backbone Rock Recreation Area.
Watauga River Regional Water Authority
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/17/2010  01/2011 Frank Lege
423-735-1500
flege@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road Easement to access water intake station near Wilbur Lake
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=10345
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Road Easement near Wilbur Dam on Watauga Lake.
Watauga Work Center Property Disposal
CE
- Facility management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of Watauga Work Center Property
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. 2.62 acres at 1481 U. S. Highway 19E, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
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