Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  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.
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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 
Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  02/2013 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 4,250 acres
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2011 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 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.
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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  Completed  Actual: 10/15/2012  02/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37645
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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/02/2012  02/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39657
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Highway 64 adjacent to Parksville Lake.
Little Lost Creek Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2014 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 720 acres.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. South of the Hiwassee River and approximately 4 miles southeast of the community of Reliance.
Mary's Branch Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2014 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,470 acres.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. South of the Hiwassee River and approximately 6 miles southeast of the community of Reliance.
Piney Flats Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2014 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,470 acres.
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. South of the Hiwasse River and approximately 5 miles southeast of the community of Reliance.
Restoration of Pine/Oak Communities
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 11/05/2012  02/2013 Eric Taylor
423-338-3302
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwassee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plant shortleaf pine and do mechanical release on approximately 200 acres in 15 units over the next 4-year period. The areas proposed for this treatment are areas where the existing forest was killed or severely damaged by the wildfires in 2012.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40070
Location: UNIT - Ocoee Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Polk. Generally north of Highway 64 from NFSR 77 to west of Goforth Creek and South of Peavine Sheeds Road just west of Trail #61.
Thornburg Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  02/2013 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
comments-southern-cherokee-ocoee-hiwasee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,875 acres
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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  Completed  Actual: 12/05/2012  04/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
Green Cove Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2014 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,640 acres.
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. South of the Tellico River and less than 1/4 mile west of the community of Green Cove.
Maple Knob Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2014 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellicp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,600 acres.
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. South of the Tellico River and approximately 3 miles west of the community of Green Cove.
McIntyre Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 12/04/2012  02/2013 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn approximately 1,425 acres
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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:
Scoping Start 01/12/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Rough Ridge Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2014 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 3,200 acres.
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. East/North of the Tellico River and approximately 4 miles southeast of the community of Green Cove.
Short Cut Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2014 Trenton Girard
423-253-8407
fs-comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 520 acres.
Location: UNIT - Tellico Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Monroe. North of the Tellico River approximately 1.5 miles northwest of the community of Green Cove.
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 04/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2014 Janan Hay
423-253-8405
comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management for wildlife habitat and forest health.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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
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.
Burnett Gap Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/27/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 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.
Grindstaff Road Work
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/30/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Gary Watson
423-735-1500
gwatson01@fs.fed.us 
Description: County to cut road bank back, potentially widening the road, along an approx. 0.1 mile section of Grindstaff Road to improve visibility.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Cocke. Grindstaff Road off of Big Creek Road, Cocke Co., TN.
Paint Creek Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 12/07/2012  01/2013 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) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/27/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 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.
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: Non-commercially thin damaged/diseased and uncharacteristic trees, then conduct a 935-acres midstory burn. Goal is to move stand towards an open woodland condition and promote Shortleaf Pine.
Location: UNIT - Unaka Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Unicoi. Approximately 2 miles (straight line) southeast of Unicoi, Unicoi County, TN.
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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  Completed  Actual: 11/27/2012  04/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
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.
Curtis Mountain Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: An approx. 420-acre midstory burn to move stand toward an open woodland condition and promote shortleaf pine.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Johnson. Compartment 21, Watauga RD, Johnson County, TN.
Dennis Cove Bridge Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2012  09/2012 Gary Watson
423-735-1500
gwatson01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Carter County to replace the bridge across Laurel Fork Creek on Forest Service Highway #50 (Dennis Cove Road), adjacent to the Dennis Cove Recreation Area.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Approximately 4 miles southeast of Hampton, 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.
Eastin Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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  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
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 10/11/2012  04/2013 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.
Lake Edge Forest Health 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:01/2013
 
02/2013 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 60-acre 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. Thinned area to be burned as part of 190-acre Lake Edge burn.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Sullivan. Sullivan County, Compartment 117.
Lake Edge Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/20/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 190-acre low intensity burn 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:12/2012
 
01/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 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 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013  02/2013 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.
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Stoney Creek Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/05/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Jim Stelick
423-638-4109
jjchynoweth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Utilize commercial and non-commercial harvest to create approximately 383 acres of early successional habitat for wildlife; encourage mast-producing species; provide wildlife habitat; maintain roads, create temporary roads, and authorize roads.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40528
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Compartments 66-68 and 70-73, Watauga RD, Carter Co., TN.
Sunrise Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: 155-acre low intensity burn to develop open woodland conditions.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Comp 301, Watauga RD, Carter Co, TN.
Sunset Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2013 
Expected:07/2013  07/2013 Jim Stelick
423-735-1500
jstelick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Variable density thin 70 acres: priority for removal will be damaged/disease trees first followed by white pine, red maple, scarlet oak, black oak. White oak, hickory and other longer lived species will be favored to promote individual tree vigor.
Location: UNIT - Watauga Ranger District. STATE - Tennessee. COUNTY - Carter. Comp 301, stands 41 and 10, Watauga RD, Carter Co, TN.
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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