Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
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, Cherokee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
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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
Duckett Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/02/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
02/2013 Kyle Smith
423-338-3300
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 4,250 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37617
Location: UNIT - Hiwassee Ranger District, Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. North of Hiwassee River approximately 6 miles east of Reliance TN.
North Zone Open Area Management II
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Marcia Carter
(423) 638-4109
mscarter@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  Completed  Actual: 05/07/2012  07/2012 Stephanie Medlin
423-476-9740
comments-southern-cherokee@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/nepa_project_exp.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 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
02/2014 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25154
Location: UNIT - Hiwassee Ranger District, Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - McMinn, Monroe, Polk. Spring Creek Watershed.
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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
Cabin 1 Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Alex Faught
423-338-3313
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The owner of recreation residence #1 has requested authority to demolish and replace the existing structure. New construction would meet federal, state and local codes.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. South of Highway 64 adjacent to Parksville Lake.
Lake Ocoee Inn and Marina Permit Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:10/2012  01/2013 Alex Faught
423-338-3313
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lake Ocoee Inn and Marina have been under permit for 70 years.The current 20-year permit expires December 2012. The permit holder has requested a renewal permit for a term of 30 years. No changes to the existing authorized facilities are requested.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Highway 64 adjacent to Parksville Lake.
Thornburg Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/02/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
02/2013 Kyle Smith
423-338-3300
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,875 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37619
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. North of Parksville Lake approximately 4 miles southeast of Benton, TN.
WCU Talent Search 5-year Outfitter & Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Alex Faught
423-338-3313
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Western Carolina University has requested a permit to provide outfitting and guiding services to 6th-8th grade school groups for approximately 2 weeks in April for the next 5 years. Activities would occur at established recreation sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38321
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Various locations.
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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
Beaverdam Hemlock Salvage
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 05/29/2012  09/2012 Eric Taylor
423-338-3302
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage dead hemlock greater than 10 inches DBH within approximatley 100 feet above and below Beaverdam Road. There would be no road construction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37647
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Beaverdam Road -beginning 1/4 mile from junction with Tellico River Road and continuting to North Carolina state line.
Cold Springs Road Tornado Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/10/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 Eric Taylor
423-338-3302
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tellico Ranger District proposes the removal of tornado down and damaged trees from approximately a 1 mile segment of the Cold Springs Road. These trees are completely blocking the road and not allowing usage of the road as a through road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39425
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. 12 miles southeast of Vonore.
Indian Boundary Wildlife Openings
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/06/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Laura Morris
423-253-8416
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create and maintian wildlife openings adjacent to the power line ROW located near Indian Boundary Recreation Area. The project would be completed through partnership with Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative and National Wild Turkey Federation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39374
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Near Indian Boundary Recreation Area.
McIntyre Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/25/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
02/2013 Kyle Smith
423-338-3300
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn approximately 1,350 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37618
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. South of Highway 165 (Cherohala Skyway) approximately 11 miles east of Tellico Plains, TN.
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 04/04/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
08/2013 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management for wildlife habitat and forest health
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.
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 02/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
10/2013 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management for wildlife habitat and forest health.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31746
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Middle and Upper Tellico River watersheds.
Waucheesi Communication Site Addition
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/10/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 Alex Faught
423-338-3313
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: In order to comply with current FCC regulations FLEC has requested permission to replace their current 2-way radio system located at Waucheesi. The proposed action is to authorize installation of a new pole, microwave dish and line of site clearance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39421
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. Waucheesi Communication Site.
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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
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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
Burnett Gap Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012  09/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 45 acres of variable density thinning; priority for removal damaged/diseased trees followed by poplar, red maple, scarlet/black oak, white pine. White oak, hickory, other longer-lived species favored. Fuel break to be constructed.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Greene. Greene County, Compartment 228.
Clark Creek Trailhead Parking
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
Dillard Place Acccessible Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 03/22/2012  04/2012 Thomas Scott
423-783-2416
thomasscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct an approx. 700 foot long x 4 foot-wide accessible loop trail.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Greene. Dillard Place off of Viking Mountain Road.
Greystone Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012  09/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 60 acres of variable density thinning; priority for removal damaged/diseased trees followed by scarlet/black oak, red maple, white pine. White oak, hickory, other longer-lived species favored to promote tree vigor. Prescribed burned after thinning.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Greene. Greene County, Compartment 199.
Paint Creek Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:11/2012  12/2012 Cheryl Summers
423-638-4109
csummers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove dead, dying and hazard trees along Paint Crk Rd from Campground to end of road. Will include commercial sale and non-commercial felling. Trees within 1.5 tree lengths will be felled. Temporary closing of road will occur.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Greene. Paint Creek Road, Greene County, TN.
Ravens Way Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 60 acres of variable density thinning with priority being damaged/diseased trees followed by scarlet oak, black oak, red maple and white pine. White oak, hickory and other longer-lived species will be favored to promote individual tree vigor.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. Cocke County, Compartment 246 and 266.
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.
Sand Bar Parking Area
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 04/13/2012  05/2012 Cheryl Summers
423-638-4109
csummers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve the existing parking area by expanding the site, and grading and installing a compacted gravel surface. Construct a new fence to direct users of area.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. Along French Broad River, approx. 1.5 miles west of Del Rio, TN.
Stone Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/20/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct a 935-acres midstory burn using existing road and stream, and create dozerline and handlines for fire containment. Goal is to move stand towards an open woodland condition and promote Shortleaf Pine.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Compartment 347, Unaka RD, 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 at Turkey Pen Gap
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/25/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Canlot Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 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 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 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.
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/17/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35071
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Compartments 15, 41 and 123; Johnson County, TN.
Eastin Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:09/2011  09/2011 Frank Lege
423-735-1500
flege@fs.fed.us 
Description: An SUP for a 50 ft ROW
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Watauga RD, Johnson Co, Compartment 51.
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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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  Completed  Actual: 04/04/2011  04/2011 Vern Maddux
423-735-1500
vmaddux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a connecting trail (approx. 0.2 miels) from FSR 87/87D 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 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 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.
Flatwoods Trail (#46) Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/25/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 Reuben Potter
423-735-1500
reubenpotter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate approx. 0.1 miles of Flatwoods Trail #46.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Sullivan County, TN.
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.
Gum Hollow Forest Health and Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 06/06/2012  07/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin approx. 70 acres. Priority damaged/diseased trees followed by scarlet oak, black oak, red maple, white pine. White oak, hickory, long-lived species favored to promote tree health. Midstory burn to reduce understory competition post harvest.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Watauga Ranger District, Carter County, TN.
Holston Mountain Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33673
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Compartments 75, 103 and 104, Watauga RD, Carter County, TN.
Lake Edge Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/20/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 60 acres of variable density thinning: priority damaged/diseased trees, followed by poplar, red maple, scarlet/black oak, white pine. White oak, hickory, other longer-lived species favored. Prescribed burned after thinning.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Sullivan County, Compartment 117.
Lake Edge Forest Health and Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/20/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
11/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 65 acres of variable density thinning. Remove damaged/diseased then poplar, red maple, scarlet oak, black oak, white pine. Approx. 0.26 mi. of temp rd to be built, then closed. 190-acre low intensity burn of area to develop open woodland conditions.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Compartment 117, Sullivan County.
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:05/2012
 
05/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Peninsula Forest Health Project
CE
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012  09/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Area 1 - 41 ac; Area 2 - 47 ac; Area 3 - 18 acres. Variable density thinning; damaged/diseased trees followed by poplar, red maple, scarlet/black oak, white pine. Longer-lived species, such as oaks and hickory, favored.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Sullivan County, Compartment 118.
Peninsula Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Low intensity midstory control burn in three blocks: burn block 1 = 131 acres; block 2 - 270 acres; block 3 - 140 acres. Goal to move area towards open woodland conditions.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Compartment 118, Sullivan County.
Pine Mountain Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 06/05/2012  08/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mitchell Ketron
423-743-4044
mitchellketron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuel Reduction Prescribed Burn 958 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.
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.
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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