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

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R8 - Southern Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
R8 - Southern Region, Kisatchie National Forest,  Calcasieu Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Kisatchie National Forest,  Caney Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Kisatchie National Forest,  Catahoula Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Kisatchie National Forest,  Kisatchie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Kisatchie National Forest,  Winn 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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Kisatchie National Forest,   Calcasieu Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Castor Creek
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Barbara Bell
318-793-9427
bbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Compartments 75, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27690
Location: UNIT - Calcasieu Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Rapides. LEGAL - T3N R3W Sec 25,26,34-36; T2N R3W Sec 1-3,10-14; T2N R2W Sed 5-7; T3N R2W Sec 19,30,31. Compartments 75, 360, 361,362,364,365.
Fullerton
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/11/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
07/2012 Barbara Bell
318-793-9427
bbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning and restoration work
Location: UNIT - Calcasieu Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Vernon. LEGAL - T1S R6W Sections 3-9; T1N R6W Sections 27-34. 7 miles northwest of Pitkin, LA.
Kincaid Project
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Glenn Coleman
318-793-9427
gcoleman@fs.fed.us 
Description: enhance views in Kincaid Recreation area
Location: UNIT - Calcasieu Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Rapides. LEGAL - T3N, R2W, SECTION 6. Kincaid Recreation Area.
Multi-purpose machine gun range upgrade
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Doug Rhodes
337-531-7285, 318-793-9427
drhodes01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upgrade existing ranges 1, 2 and 2A to a multi-purpose machine gun range. Military training requirement range upgrade
Location: UNIT - Calcasieu Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Vernon. LEGAL - T1N R8W sections 27 and 28. Fort Polk, Louisiana.
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Kisatchie National Forest,   Caney Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
MVUM Update EA - Caney RD
EA
- Road management   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/28/2009 
Expected:07/2009
 
07/2009 Edward Hunter
318-927-2061
ehunter@fs.fed.us 
Description: This EA updates the current Motor Vehicle Use Map for the Caney Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Caney Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Claiborne, Webster. LEGAL - T23N, R4W Sec. 32-35, T22N, R4W Sec. 1, 2, 5, 10, 12, T22N, R6W Sec. 18, 19, T22N, R7W, Sec. 1, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24 Claiborne Parish, LA, T20N, R8W Sec. 17, T20N, R9W Sec. 10, 15 Webster Parish, LA. Corney, Middlefork, and Caney Units of the Caney Ranger District.
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Kisatchie National Forest,   Catahoula Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Additional Little Creek Trailhead
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Rodney Stone
(318) 765-3554
rstone03@fs.fed.us 
Description: The FS would like to designate an additional Little Creek Trailhead by making improvements to an old parking lot at the former Camp Livingston site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Rapides. LEGAL - T5N R1E S2. At the former Camp Livingston site about 3 mi NE of Ball, LA.
Brister Road/Driveway Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Rodney Stone
(318) 765-3554
rstone03@fs.fed.us 
Description: Right-of-way has been requested by Brister to access his parcel of land across NF land. Other means of access have been exhausted.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T6N R1W S16. C87 about 2 mi. E of Bentley, LA.
Catahoula Prescribe Burn Program EA, Fiscal Years 2011 - 2016
EA
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Larry Kile
318-628-4664
lkile@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burning on the Catahoula Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant, Rapides. Catahoula Ranger District.
Concordia Electric ROW Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2006 
Expected:02/2011
 
03/2011 Lee Stewart
318-765-3554
leehstewart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Concordia Electric wishes to renew their special use permit allowing them right-of-way across NF land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T6N R1E S13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,26,29,34; T6N R2E S19. Concordia Electric power lines serving Fishville, LA.
Honeycutt Bridge Relocation
EA
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Rodney Stone
(318) 765-3554
rstone03@fs.fed.us 
Description: A Parish-maintained road on FS land needs to move a bridge requiring about 1 acre or less of additional right-of-way.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T6N R1E S5. C78 about 1 mi. NE of Pollock, LA.
Middle Dry Prong
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:09/2011  06/2012 Anthony Page
318-765-3554
apage@fs.fed.us 
Description: RCW Habitat Improvement by thinning Compartments 46, 49, 50, 59 west & 60.
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T8N R2W, R1W and T7N R2W, R1W. Compartments 46, 49, 50, 59 west & 60.
Old Camp Livingston Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Vinci Keeler
318-765-3554
vkeeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 4,000 acres of RCW habitat improvement by thinning. Recreation improvement in Camp Livingston.
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant, Rapides. LEGAL - Township 5 North, Range 1 East & Township 6 North, Range 1 East. Compartments, 100, 101, 102 & 104.
RCW Recruitment Thinning C-71
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  06/2011 Emlyn Smith
318-765-3554
ebsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning and midstory removal in approximately 70 acres for RCW habitat improvement and recruitment.
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T7N R1W Section 32. Compartment 71.
RCW Recruitment Thinning C-85
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:02/2011  06/2011 Emlyn Smith
(318) 765-3554
ebsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: 70 acres of Thinning of timber in RCW recruitment sites.
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Township 6; Range 1 West. C-85.
RCW Recruitment Thinning C-97
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  06/2011 Emlyn Smith
(318) 765-3554
ebsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: 70 acres of thinning of timber in RCW habitat.
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Township 6; Range 1 West. C-97.
SE Grant Water System Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Rodney Stone
(318) 765-3554
rstone03@fs.fed.us 
Description: SE Grant Water System wishes to renew a NF road use permit allowing them access to a water well site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T7N R1E S30. C77 about 3 mi. N of Pollock, LA.
Stuart Seed Orchard thinning, coneworm treatment, burning
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/13/2010 
Expected:09/2010
 
06/2011 Jackie Duncan
(318) 473-7128
jduncan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercially thin ~230 acres; treat coneworms in longleaf orchard with Confirm 2F; regularly prescribe burn the Orchard every 2 years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31387
Location: UNIT - Catahoula Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T6N R1W Sections 9, 15, 16. Stuart Seed Orchard.
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Kisatchie National Forest,   Kisatchie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Backbone Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Kelly Boles
318-352-2568
kboles@fs.fed.us 
Description: To construct a 2.0 mile trail using existing plowlines which will provide a complete trail loop. This will be a non-motorized trail for the purpose of hiking and horseback riding only.
Location: UNIT - Kisatchie Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Natchitoches. LEGAL - T6N, R6W, Section 14 and 18. 25 miles southwest of Natchitoches, LA; located adjacent to the Longelaf Trail Scenic Byway; Starting from trailhead on 339 to terminate on trailhead at 329.
Bog/Prairie Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/28/2008 
Expected:12/2008
 
03/2009 Kelly Boles
318-472-1840
kboles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bog/Prairie Restotation on approximately 58 acres on the Kisatchie Ranger District. Work may consist of mechanical cut and remove or cut and leave.
Location: UNIT - Kisatchie Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Natchitoches. LEGAL - bogs/prairies throughout the Kisatchie Ranger District. bogs/prairies throughout the Kisatchie Ranger District.
COMPARTMENT 16 RCW MANAGEMENT
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/09/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2010 
Expected:06/2010
 
10/2010 Kelly Boles
318-472-1840
kboles@fs.fed.us 
Description: 1455 acres of thinning; 173 acres of first thinning; 60 acres of longleaf pine conversion; artificial cavity installation; mid-story removal; road maintenance
Location: UNIT - Kisatchie Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Natchitoches. LEGAL - Compartment 16; Kisatchie Ranger District. T6N R7W sections 4,9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21.
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Kisatchie National Forest,   Winn Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Collins Camp Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Greg Cohrs
318-628-4664
gcohrs@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposes to exchange the Lower Saline Lake recreation residences for an equal value of land yet to be determined.
Location: UNIT - Winn Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Winn. LEGAL - T10N, R5W, section 9. Lower Saline Lake.
Eagle Hill (Compartments 5, 6, 21, 22, 37)
EA
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Land ownership management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2010 
Expected:02/2011  03/2011 Brian Rudd
318-628-4664
brudd@fs.fed.us 
Description: Compartments 5, 6, 21, 22, and 37; vegetation treatments including timber thinning, midstory removal and a clearcut. Various wildlife improvements. Prescribed Burning and fireline construction. Recreational improvements.
Location: UNIT - Winn Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Winn. LEGAL - C 5,6,21and 22 is located in sections 2-5,9-11,15,21,22,27-29, 32,and 33 of Township 12 North and Range 5 west. C37 is located in sections 1, 11-13 of Township 12 North and Range 5 West. Winn RD Compartments 5, 6, 21, 22, and 37.
Plane Road pond Reconstruction
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Albert Brazzel
318-352-2568
abrazzel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Winn RD proposes to reconstruct the dam on the Plane Road Pond that was damaged by beavers.
Location: UNIT - Winn Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Winn. LEGAL - T10N, R4W, Section 6. Compartment 69, Winn Ranger District.
Suddenlink Fiber Optic Cable SUP
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/16/2010 
Expected:07/2010
 
08/2010 Barbara Poole
318-765-3554
blpoole@fs.fed.us 
Description: Suddenlink has requested to install fiber optic cable to connect service from Winnfield to Natchitoches, utilizing existing Hwy 84 road ROW. Four locations will be bored underground, remianing will be installed on existing poles.
Location: UNIT - Winn Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Winn. LEGAL - S25-28,31-33, T11N-R4W, s6 T10N-R4W, s1,2,10,11,16 & 19 T10N-R5W Winn Parish, LA. Highway 84 ROW though Winn Parish.
Upshaw Creek (Compartment 60 and 62)
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/01/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
08/2011 Larry Kile
318-628-4664
lkile@fs.fed.us 
Description: RCW thinning, midstory, and inserts; Shortleaf seed-tree cut; Shortleaf reforestation; Rx burning; Longleaf restoration cut; Erosion control; Noxious weed treatment
Location: UNIT - Winn Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Winn. LEGAL - Compartment 60 is located in section 4, 9 and 16 of Township 10 North and Range 5 west and section 33 of Township 11 North and Range 5 West. Compartment 62 is located in sections 33-35 of Township 10. Compartments 60 and 62 are located in the western Winn Parish, approximately 12 miles southwest of Winnfield, Louisiana.
Winn Forest Health #2
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/21/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Brian Rudd
318-628-4664
brudd@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project involves stands of longleaf pine that will be first thinned. This treatment is neccessary in order to reduce the SPB threat to the stands.
Location: UNIT - Winn Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant, Natchitoches, Winn. LEGAL - Various locations on NF land in Grant, Natchitoches, and Winn Parish. Various Compartments throughout the Winn RD.
Winn Ranger District Fiscal Years 2011-2020 Prescribed Burning EA
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/13/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 Larry Kile
318-628-4664
lkile@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Environmental documentation for the prescribed burning program on the Winn Ranger District of Kisatchie NF for fiscal years 2011 through 2020 which burns and average of 25,500 acres per year.
Location: UNIT - Winn Ranger District. STATE - Louisiana. COUNTY - Grant, Natchitoches, Winn. LEGAL - Winn Ranger District. Winn Ranger District.
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