Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
George Washington and Jefferson 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, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R8 - Southern Region, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  Clinch Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  Eastern Divide Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  James River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  Lee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  North River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  Warm Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
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  12/2011 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.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2011  01/2012 Glen Stein
801-200-2703
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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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
James River/Warm Springs Road Decommissioning II
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  09/2012 Karen Stevens
540-839-2521
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommission approximately 30 miles of roads on the James River and Warm Springs Ranger Districts
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District, Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany, Bath, Highland. Various road locations throughout the James River and Warm Springs Ranger Districts.
Revised Land and Resource Management Plan for the George Washington National Forest
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/03/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Karen Overcash
540-265-5175
kovercash@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revised Forest Plan
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31884
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District, Lee Ranger District, Warm Springs Ranger District, Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts, North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Hampshire, Hardy, Monroe, Alleghany, Amherst, Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Frederick, Highland, Nelson, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren, Pendleton. Virginia and West Virginia, George Washington NF.
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,   Clinch Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clinch Ranger District Hardwood Restoration
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/30/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
12/2012 Tyler Williamson
276-328-2931
tswilliamson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of Non-native White Pine from select areas on the clinch Ranger District to create conditions that will promote growth of native hardwoods.
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Lee. UNIT-Clinch Ranger District. STATE- Virginia. COUNTY-Lee. Lovelady Valley.
Flatwoods Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:10/2012  12/2012 Terry Adams
276-328-2931
terryadams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fire management, Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants, Forest products, Vegetation management (other than forest products), Road management
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Scott, Wise. Flatwoods Area.
Lauren's Camp Co-Op fuels reduction project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Terry Adams
276-328-2931
terryadams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn and mechanical treatment in a 90-400 acre zone adjacent to the Lauren's Camp Community to reduce natural fuel build up and improve plant vigor.
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Scott. LEGAL - Scott County, Virginia, South-East of the City of Nortn, and Soutt-West of the Town of Coeburn. Adjacent to Lauren's Camp Community on Osborn Ridge, Scott County, Virginia.
North Fork of Pound Natural Gas Development Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Thomas Collins
540-265-5152
tkcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Natural gas development of 21 gas wells on a federal lease within an inventoried roadless area. Lease is held by production by a private well that is withdrawing federal minerals. Active lease predates roadless designation.
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Wise. Pine Mountain, Wise County, VA., Clinch RD.
Pine Mountain Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Tyler Williamson
276-328-2931
tswilliamson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat improvements, prescribed burning, timber harvest, trail work and noxious weed eradication. Acreages to be determined.
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Dickenson, Wise. Pine Mountain.
Wallen Ridge Hazardous Fuels Project
EA
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:10/2012  03/2013 Terry Adams
276-328-2931
terryadams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed Fire to Improve Forest Health, Yellow Pine Regeneration and Reduce Hazardous Fuels in Urban interface (WUI).
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Lee, Scott, Wise. West of US 23 and South of Big Stone Gap VA in wise, Lee and Scott Counties on Wallen Ridge.
Wells Branch Vegetation Treatment
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 03/27/2012  04/2012 Tyler Williamson
276-328-2931
tswilliamson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe Burn 2900 acres, Harvest 175 acres, Construct 1.5 miles of system road and 1.5 miles temporary road, 30 acres wildlife openings and strips, improve recreation facilities, improve habitat of Keokee Lake aquatic ecosystem
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21869
Location: UNIT - Clinch Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Lee, Wise. At and near Keokee Lake.
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,   Eastern Divide Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eastern Divide Ranger District Prescribed Burns
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  03/2013 Jesse Overcash
540-552-4641
jovercash@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burns for pine restoration, fuel reduction in urban interface, creation of open oak woodlands, and to improve condition class.
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery. District Wide.
FY2012-2015 Oak Enhancement and Pre-Commericial Thinning Treatments Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Mark Miller
540-552-4641
markmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Oak enhancment (to establish oak seedlings in advance of future harvests) and pre-commercial thinning (crop tree release) treatments will be implemented on approximately 2000 acres in 80 stands across the district
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski. Across Eastern Divide Ranger District.
Flat Top Trails - formerly Dismal Creek Horse Trails
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012  08/2012 Sheryl Lyles
540-552-4641
slyles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of new trail segments and closure of unsustainable segments of trail in the Flat Top Trail System area.
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Giles. East of Hollybrook to Narrows.
Fork Mountain Vegetation Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012  10/2012 Mark Miller
540-552-4641
markmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial timber harvest, Commercial Thinning, Non-commercial timber stand improvement, Treatment of non-native invasive species, planting oak and American Chestnut seedlings, Prescribed burning
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Monroe, Giles. West of Waiteville, WV.
Interior and Gold Bond Oak Enhancement Prescribed Burn Expansion Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  03/2013 Mark Miller
540-552-4641
markmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expand prescribed burn area for both Gold Bond and Interior post harvest prescribed burns. Gold Bond expansion will add approximately 40 acres; Interior expansion adds approximately 75 acres. Purpose of the expansion is to promote oak regeneration.
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Giles. Giles County near the Interior and Gold Bond communities in the Stony Creek watershed.
Patterson ATV Area Closure
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:11/2012  01/2013 Cynthia Schiffer
540-552-4641
cschiffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Close out all trails and rehabilitate trails and parking areas and remove vault toilet.
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Botetourt. Patterson Creek area.
Poverty Creek American Chestnut Research Plot Expansion Project
CE
- Heritage resource management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Research and Development 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:07/2012  02/2013 Mark Miller
540-552-4641
markmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expand existing American Chestnut Cooperators research plot by 0.25 acre below Poverty Creek road, Cutting and removing trees, planting new American Chestnuts
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Montgomery. South of Poverty Creek Road; northwest of Pandapas Pond.
Poverty Creek Trail Reroutes and Additions
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Sheryl Lyles
540-552-4641
slyles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of new trail segments and closure of unsustainable segments of trail.
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery. Eastern Divide Ranger District, Virginia, Montgomery County.
Rich Mountain Vegetation Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/19/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
09/2012 William Ellis
540-552-4641
williamsellis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial timber harvest, commericial thinning, Non-commercial timber stand improvement, Treatment of non-native species, prescribed burning
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland. 4 miles north-northwest of Bastian, VA.
Roads Management
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Cynthia Schiffer
540-552-4641
cschiffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Change travel management status (opening and closing dates on selected roads) across the district.
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia, West Virginia. COUNTY - Monroe, Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski. Select roads across the district.
White Rocks Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/23/2010 
Expected:06/2012
 
09/2012 Mark Miller
540-552-4641
markmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project (thinning, group selection, planting, spot control of fern) was listed in the previous SOPA. It is moving forward. Includes non-native invasive species treatment.
Location: UNIT - Eastern Divide Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland. Near White Rocks campground area.
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,   Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BARC Electric Cooperative Herbicide Use
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Kathy Hall
540-291-2188
khall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintain powerline right-of-ways with herbicide
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockbridge. Big Irish Creek and Big Mary's Creek Pedlar Ranger District.
Back Run Salvage
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 03/06/2012  04/2012 John Donahue
540-291-2188
jdonahue01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercially Thin and Salvage Harvest four areas.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockbridge. Compartment 3003.
Big Piney Mountain Vegetation Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/22/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Nicholas Redifer
540-291-2188
nicholasredifer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial Timber Harvest, Non-Commercial Timber Stand Improvement, Wildlife Habitat Improvement
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Amherst. Pedlar Ranger District, Amherst County, Virginia, East of Blue Ridge Parkway.
Coles Run Dam and Reservoir Rehab Project
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/31/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Kathy Hall
540-291-2188
khall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehab Coles Run Dam and associated reservoir and infrastructure associated with public water service to meet requirements of Virginia's Dam Safety Act
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta. Coles Run.
Fletcher Mountain Vegetation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Donahue
540-291-2188
jdonahue01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin 110 acres of oak/poplar forest, restore one existing wildlife opening and other wildlife habitat improvement work.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Amherst. Compartment 1201, Approximately 7 miles east of Buena Vista, Virginia.
Peavine Mountain Area Road Closure and Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/10/2009 
Expected:06/2012
 
08/2012 David Whitmore
540-291-2188
davidwhitmore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Close to public motorized use and restore portions of FR 318, FR 36E, and FR 318B.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Amherst. Nine miles southeast of Glasgow, Viginia, North of the James River.
Poplar Cove Vegetation Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/01/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 John Donahue
540-291-2188
jdonahue01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial Timber Harvest, Non-commercial Timber Stand Improvement
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockbridge. Pedlar Ranger District, Rockbridge County, East of Buena Vista, VA.
Rockbridge County Public Service Authority Water Tank Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Kathy Hall
540-291-2188
khall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement of an existing water storage tank
Location: UNIT - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockbridge. Long Hollow outside of Buena Vista.
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,   James River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Evans Tract Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  02/2013 Ed Haverlack
540-962-2214
ehaverlack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn a wildlife clearing of approximately 80 acres to improve quality forage and nutrient cycling
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany. 4-5 miles east-southeast of Clifton Forge, in Alleghany County, Virginia, off of state road 633.
Peters Mountain Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/21/2010 
Expected:05/2012
 
10/2012 Karen Stevens
540-839-2521
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore public motorized access to Peters Mountain.
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany. Ten miles southwest of Covington, Virginia in Alleghany County.
Tri County Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 03/06/2012  05/2012 Karen Stevens
540-839-2521
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest timber and improve wildlife habitat south of Longdale Furnace
Location: UNIT - James River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Alleghany, Botetourt. Approximately 2 miles south of Longdale Furnance in Alleghany and Botetourt Counities.
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,   Lee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Barb Timber Sale
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/22/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
03/2013 Holden Mason
540-984-4101
hmason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvesting timber on approximately 414 acres. Project situated in compartments 215,216,217,218 and 219 in Shenandoah County along Great North Mountain
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Shenandoah. Lee Ranger District, Great North Mountain.
Church Timber Sale
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/01/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Holden Mason
540-984-4101
hmason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvesting timber on approximately 160 acres. this proposal is situated in compartments 221 and 250 in Rockingham County, Virginia along the eastern sideslopes of Church Mountain along FDR 482 and FDR 1615
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham. Lee Ranger District, GWJeff.
Gerhard Shelter Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/05/2009 
Expected:04/2012
 
09/2012 Katie Donahue
540-984-4101
kdonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: MA 15 & 9 on the Lee District. Relocating two very steep sections that exceed 60 percent slope and difficult to maintain
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Shenandoah. GWJEFF, Lee Ranger District, Shenandoah County, VA.
Little Schloss and Second Mt Prescribed Burns
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Katie Donahue
540-984-4101
kdonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Burn 1,500 acres at Little Schloss and 1,000 acres on Second Mt. The decision for Second Mtn was made on 7/15/2009. The decision for Little Schloss has not been made yet.
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham, Shenandoah. Little Schloss and Second Mt.
Squirrel Gap Trail Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  09/2012 Cameron Seals
540-984-4101
cseals@fs.fed.us 
Description: MA15 on the Lee District. Relocate trail off private land accross land owned by WVDNR.
Location: UNIT - Lee Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Hardy. Lee Ranger District, Hardy County, WV.
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,   Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2012 Slow the Spread Gypsy Moth Treatment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 02/08/2012  04/2012 Russ MacFarlane
540-265-5168
rmacfarlane@fs.fed.us 
Description: In cooperation with the VA Dept of Agr and Consumer Services, propose to treat 18,884 acres (549 ac USFS, rest is private lands) in 2 treatment blocks with mating disruption pheromone to slow the spread of the gypsy moth front of infestation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37644
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth, Tazewell. Nebo and Broadford 7.5 minute quadrangles.
Appalachian Trail Desert Dog and Reed Creek Relocations
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/25/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 William Cober
276-783-5196
wcober@fs.fed.us 
Description: Desert Dog: Relocate 1400' section of AT, 6 miles north of I-81 near Groseclose, VA in Smyth County. Reed Creek: Relocate approximately 300' section of trail in Crawfish Valley area of Wythe Co about 2.7 miles north of Desert Dog relocation.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth, Wythe. Appalachian Trail north of I-81 in Smyth and Wythe Counties.
Bristol Virginia Utilities Fiber Optic Smyth & Bland County
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/30/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Curtis Pope
540-265-5187
ctpope@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install fiber optic cable along SR 42 at the Bland-Smyth County line. The proposed route runs through approximately 1,025 fee of national forest land.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bland, Smyth. Approximately 1,025 feet along State Route 42 at the Bland/Smyth County line.
Bristol Virginia Utility Fiber Optic Washington County
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/10/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Curtis Pope
540-265-5187
ctpope@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install fiber optic along 2.3 miles of the Virginia Creeper Trail
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Washington. Along the Virginia Creeper Trail in Washington County.
Brush Creek House sale
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/18/2008 
Expected:08/2012
 
11/2012 Curtis Pope
540-265-5187
ctpope@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of government property at 128 Lady Slipper Lane, Ivanhoe, VA in Grayson County.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Grayson. LEGAL - 128 Lady Slipper Lane, Ivanhoe, VA , Grayson County. 128 Lady Slipper Lane, Ivanhoe, VA , Grayson County.
Comers Creek grazing
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/16/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Tom Blevins
276-783-5196
tblevins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grazing allotment
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Grayson. Comers Creek drainage.
Comers Rock Overlook Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/22/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
10/2012 Sara Schell
276-782-4377
sschell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehabilitation of the Comers Rock trailhead, trail, and viewing platform.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Wythe. Trail from the parking lot to the Comers Rock Overlook in Wythe County.
Cripple Creek Grazing
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/16/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Tom Blevins
276-783-5196
tblevins@fs.fed.us 
Description: grazing allotment reauthorization
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Wythe. Eight pastures in Cripple Creek area in Wythe County.
Fairwood Valley Horse Camp EA
EA
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Sara Schell
276 783-5196
sschell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a horse camp in Fairwood Valley to replace the 2 existing horse camps.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Grayson. Fairwood Valley area of Grayson County.
Iron Mountain Grazing
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/16/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Tom Blevins
276-783-5196
tblevins@fs.fed.us 
Description: grazing allotment reauthorization
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Grayson. Four pastures in Grayson County.
Iron Mountain Trailhead
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012  10/2012 Sara Schell
276-782-4377
sschell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Recreation Enhancements to Iron Mountain Trailhead and State Route 600 Overlook.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth. Overlook along State Route in Smyth County.
Killinger Creek Abandoned Mineland Reclamation
CE
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Beth Merz
276-783-5196
bmerz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore, shape and vegetate adandoned sand mine.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth. Located off FS 86, Glade Mountain.
Konnarock Grazing
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/15/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Tom Blevins
276-783-5196
tblevins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grazing Allotment Reauthorization
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth. Whitetop Laurel drainage.
Mt. Rogers Prescribed Burning - Currin Valley, Homestead & Comers Rock
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Beth Merz
276-783-5196
bmerz@fs.fed.us 
Description: landscape scale fuels reduction, wildlife habitat project
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth. Currin Valley, Homestead & Comers Rock.
Seasonal Road Closures
CE
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Beth Merz
276-783-5196
bmerz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Seasonal Road Closures as conditions warrent, for resource protection and public safety
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, Wythe. Various roads on the Mt. Rogers NRA.
Valley Divide Bike Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:09/2012  12/2012 William Cober
276-783-5196
wcober@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct new mountain bike trail east of Raccoon Branch Wilderness.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth. East of Highway 16 between Troutdale and Sugar Grove.
Various Special Use Proposals
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:07/2012  08/2012 Sue Combs
276-783-5196
sscombs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Various special use proposals for hay fields, recreation services, events, communication site use, private access, etc.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wythe. Various areas on the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area.
Woodpecker Vegetation Management/Timber Harvest
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Beth Merz
276-783-5196
bmerz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management for wildlife habitat improvement including commercial timber harvest.
Location: UNIT - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Smyth. Along Forest Road 16 and Forest Road 857.
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,   North River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gate Mountain Timber Sale
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Gerardo Paez
540-432-8231
gpaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial timber sale on approximately 400 acres to improve habitat conditions for various wildlife species.
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham. Approximately 6 miles SW of Fulks Run, VA.
Marshall Run Timber Sale
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Elwood Burge
662-236-6550
eburge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial timber sale on 185 acres to enhance habitat for various wildlife species including black bear. Prescribe Burn approximately 1300 acres.
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham. North River Ranger District, Virginia, Rockingham County, FDR 235, 3 miles west of Fulks Run.
Rocky Run Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Terry Slater
540-432-0187
tslater@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate 0.25 miles of Rocky Run ATV Trail Adds alternative to close the ATV trail permanently.
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham. Off of US 33 at Rawley Springs, Rockingham County, VA.
Rocky Spur
EA
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 01/10/2012  02/2012 Gerardo Paez
540-432-8231
gpaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial timber sale on approximately 220 acres to improve habitat conditions for various wildlife species.
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Rockingham. Approximately 5 miles north of Fulks Run, VA.
Tom Lee Draft Fuelwood / Timber Sale and Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Gerardo Paez
540-432-8231
gpaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial fuelwood and timber sale on an area not to exceed 295 acres to improve habitat conditions for various wildlife species.
Location: UNIT - North River Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Augusta. LEGAL - NFS. Approximately 3 miles southwest of Deerfield, VA.
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,   Warm Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Border Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  03/2013 Karen Stevens
540-839-2521
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn 31,475 acres within 23 areas on National Forest and VDGIF property as part of the Appalachian Fire Learning Network.
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath, Highland. Along the Virginia and West Virginia state boundary from Lake Moomaw to Ruckman Draft (north of State Route 84).
Bratton and Wolf Special Use Reauthorizations
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Yvonne Norman
540-962-2214
ynorman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize use of National Forest for 1) water supply well (Wolf) and 2) use of existing road to provide access to private property
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. Wolf Location is along State Route 614 & Muddy Run, Bratton Location is on Piney Ridge near Highland Cty Line.
Mares Run Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/17/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Karen Stevens
540-839-2521
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest timber and improve wildlife habitat in the vicinity of Little Mare Mountain.
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. Approximately 0.5 miles south of Bath Alum, Virginia in Bath County.
NFSR 457 Realignment on Middle Mountain
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/19/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Karen Stevens
540-839-2521
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realign approximately 0.25 miles of National Forest System Road 457 located on Middle Mountain.
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Highland. Approximately 4 miles northwest of Bluegrass, Virginia in Highland County.
Neal Run Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 03/21/2012  03/2012 Karen Stevens
540-839-2521
karenlstevens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 2,500 acres previously burned in 2003
Location: UNIT - Warm Springs Ranger District. STATE - Virginia. COUNTY - Bath. Hidden Valley Area of Bath County, VA, approximately 4.5 miles northwest of Warm Springs.
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