Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R8 - Southern Region, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R8 - Southern Region, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,  Bayou Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,  Boston Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,  Magazine Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,  Pleasant Hill Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,  St. Francis Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,  Sylamore 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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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bearcat Hollow Phase II
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/11/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Jimmie Dixon
870-446-5122 ext. 5132
jldixon01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber management treatments consisting of thinnings, W/L opening creation, regeneration, oak/pine savannah/woodland restoration, NNIS, road, rx burn, construction/reconstruction, horse trail designation, OHV management, and relocate portions of OHT.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District, Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Newton, Pope, Searcy. 1 mile west of Witt Springs, AR.
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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,   Bayou Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Piney ARES51893,#1-9, Exploratory Gas Well Project Formerly ARES51894, #1-16
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/07/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Kenney Smedley
479-284-3150 ext. 3170
ksmedley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed location of Gas well is in a Clinton era Roadless Area
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Township 10 North, Range 18 West, Section 9. This location is approximately four miles northeast of Hector, Arkansas and is located east of Arkansas State Highway 27 in Pope county.
Moccasin Gap Trail Project
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/16/2011  08/2011 Terrell Hope
870-446-5122
thope@fs.fed.us 
Description: Obliterate and remove from the trail system 12 miles of poorly located trail. Construct 15 miles of new trail and 4 day use areas. Designate 17 existing miles of FS roads to the trail system. Expand boundary of Trail system to 13,000 acres.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - The project area is located in T 10 N, R 20 W, Sec., 1, 2, and 11, T 10 N, R 19 W Sec., 6 and 7, T 11 N, R 19 W, Sec., 29-31, T 11 N, R 20 W, Sec. 21-28 & 33-35. The general location of the project is 14 miles north of the Community of Dover, Arkansas in Pope County East and West of State Highway 7.
Ozark 3D Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/25/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
02/2012 Kenney Smedley
479-284-3150
ksmedley@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is to conduct subsurface geophysical exploration on National Forest Lands. This project if approved would consist of seismic lines placed 800 feet apart over 89,700 acres.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - The legal descriptions of the line locations are located under "Other project information". The proposed lines for this project are located in the Arkansas counties of Conway, Pope, and Van Buren.
Southwestern Power Administration Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/20/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
05/2012 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122 ext. 5136
mmulford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of herbicides on a 20-mile by 100ft powerline right-of-way easement.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Pope, Searcy. ThePermit area enters the Forest 1.5 miles south of Long Pool Rec Area & exits 1 mile southwest of Witt Springs, AR. This area includes the communication site on White Oak Mtn.
State Highway 7 Northbound Passing Lane (Oak Grove Cemetery)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/26/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
01/2013 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment to Arkansas State Highway Permit to add a Northbound Passing lane to Arkansas State Highway 7 in the area of Oak Grove Cemetery.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Township 11 North, Range19 West, Section 7 and Township 11 North, Range 20 West, Sections 12 and 13. 18 miles north of Dover, Arkansas along Arkansas State Highway 7.
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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,   Boston Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boston Mountain Openland Management and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jobi Brown
479-667-2191
jobibrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration/maintenence of existing wildlife openings and fields using mechanical and chemical methods. Planting of native grasses and forbs, gating of wildlife opening roads, pond reconstruction.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford, Franklin, Madison. Wildlife openings on main dvision and Lee Creek as well as Three Rocks, Turners Bend, and Ford Ridge Fields.
Bundle Pine Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/21/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
09/2012 Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Multiple resource project including pine thinning, site prep, pine planting, controlled burning. Wildlife glade habitat restoration, watershed improvement and roads management activities.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford. LEGAL - T 12N R 33W; T 11N R 33W; T 12N R 32W, T 11N R 32W, T 12N R 31W; T 13 N R 31 W. Lee Creek Unit near Natural Dam, AR.
Chambers hollow Creek Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jobi Brown
479-667-2191
jobibrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Aquatic habitat improvement project to help stabilize Chambers Hollow Creek. 2 miles of fencing in Wedington grazing allottment to keep cattle out of channel. Native grass plantings on banks, additon of large woody debris to channel.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Benton. LEGAL - T 17N R 33W sections 7, 18, 19. Wedington Unit #12 range allotment near Chambers Creek.
Huey's Pine Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to thin mature poletimber stands on approximately 70 acres to correct the current state of closely growing pines which are losing their vitality and resiliency to insects and disease
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford. LEGAL - T 12 N R 32 W sections 20 and 29. Crawford county, Natural Dam quad about 4 miles southeast of Liberty, 3 miles northeast of hwy 59.
Jack Pine Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to thin mature poletimber stands on approximately 46 acres to correct the current state of closely growing pines which are losing their vitality and resiliency to insects and disease
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford. LEGAL - T 12 N R 29 W sections 22,23,26, 27. Crawford county Fern quad between Locke and Dockery Gap.
Mulberry River Watershed Improvement and Access Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/11/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
08/2013 John Lane
479-667-2191
johnlane@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvements to recreational/hunting access in Mulberry River Turner Bend area. New canoe launch site and facilities. Turner Bend Small Game area habitat improvements and improved hunter access including wheelchair accessible areas.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - sections 3,26,34,35 T 12 N R 27 W. Specific canoe access site not yet determined but in Turner Bend area off highway 23 near Cass.. Turner Bend Small Game Area off highway 23 south of Cass on Forest Road 1501.
Staff Toe Pine Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to thin mature poletimber stands on approximately 46 acres to correct the current state of closely growing pines which are losing their vitality and resiliency to insects and disease
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T13 N R 28 W sections12 and 13. Madison county, Delaney quad 2 miles Northeast of Health and southeast of Brannon.
White Rock Mountain Road Relocation Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/13/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Ricky Adair
479-667-2191
radair@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of road segment. Existing segment has failed causing part of the road to slide off the ridge into Spirits Creek. The current situation presents a public safety hazard.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - sections 30 and 31 of Township 12 North Range 27 West. Main Division of Boston Mountain Ranger District on White Rock Mountain Road about five and one half miles west of intersection at highway 23 north.
Wildcat Range Project
CE
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  02/2013 Rhea Rylee
479-667-2191
rsrylee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Review of current management activities on Wedington range allotments
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Benton, Washington. LEGAL - T 17 N R 31W (5, 6, 8, 17, 18) ; T 17 N R 32 W (3, 18, 19, 27, 28, 33, 34); T 16 N R 32 W (5, 8, 9). Wedington Unit.
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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,   Magazine Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Distsrictwide Non-Native Invasive Plant Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Vicki Weindel
479-963-3076
vweindel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Control of non-native invasive plant species infestations across the Mt. Magazine Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Logan, Yell. Mt. Magazine Ranger District in Logan and Yell Counties, Arkansas.
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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,   Pleasant Hill Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lock Hollow
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 11/18/2011  02/2014 Mindi Lawson
479-754-2864
malawson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest health timber harvest of pine & hardwood; wildlife habitat & fishery improvements; roads stability; protection of heritage resources; minerals management; fuels reductions; recreation enhancement
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson, Newton. LEGAL - R24W T12N 22-27, 33-36; R24W T11N 1-4, 9-11, 15, 16; R23 T12N 16, 17, 19-21, 28-33; R23W T11N 4-6. Compartments 327, 333, 341-343, 346, 347.
Pea Prong
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012  04/2014 Tom Cravens
479-754-2864
tcravens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest health timber harvest of pine & hardwood; wildlife habitat & fishery improvements; road stability; protection of heritage resources; fuel reduction; recreation enhancement.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson, Madison. LEGAL - T13N R25W, Sec's. 14-16, 20-23, 27-30; T12N R25W, Sec's. 3-6, 8-10, 15 & 16. East of Madison Co. Rd. 4685 & Johnson Co. Rd. 5051; west of MA Co. Rd. 4795 & JO 5099, all south of north forest boundary to L. Mulberry Creek.
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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,   St. Francis Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
St. Francis National Forest Ecosystem Restoration Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Scott Osborne
870-269-3328 x3241
sosborne@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management (harvests, NCT, TSI, reforestation, prescribed burning, mechanical fuel treatments, NNIS treatments & associated actions) to work toward desired future conditions for bottomland & upland ecosystems as outlined in the Forest Plan
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee, Phillips. All National Forest System lands of the St. Francis National Forest except the Turkey Ridge Research Natural Area.
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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests,   Sylamore Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Indiana Bat Habitat Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 James McCoy
270-924-2048
jrmccoy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of habitat for the endangered Indiana bat through timber harvests, thinning, prescribed fire and associated actions within the primary and secondary conservation zones utilizing an adaptive management approach.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter, Stone. National Forest Service lands within the secondary conservation zone for the Indiana bat.
Special Use Authorization Permitting Use of FS Road 91061K To Access Private Property
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/02/2012  02/2012 Scott Osborne
870-269-3328 x3241
sosborne@fs.fed.us 
Description: B and B Realty, LLC requested a special use permit to utilize FS Road 91061K to access private property south of the proclamation boundary. There is no alternate route through adjacent private land. Use area is limited to a distance of 0.35 mile.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Stone. LEGAL - SW 1/4 Section 9, T. 15N, R 11W. .35 mile of FS Road 91061K.
Special Use Authorization for the Syllamo's Revenge Mountain Bike Race
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/16/2012  03/2012 Scott Osborne
870-269-3328 x3241
sosborne@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mountain bike race utilizing existing system roads, trails and developed recreation area facilities.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Stone. Syllamo Trail, FS Roads 1107, 1113A, 1113, Blanchard campground facilities.
Special Use Authorization for the Three Days of Syllamo Recreation Event
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/01/2012  02/2012 Scott Osborne
870-269-3328 x3241
sosborne@fs.fed.us 
Description: Three-day trail running stage race utilizing existing trails, roads and recreation area facilities. Routes are 20K, 50K and 50 miles in length; one route is run each day of the race.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter, Stone. Blanchard & Gunner rec sites, North Sylamore Creek trail and extension, OHT,Syllamo Trail, FSRs 91055C, 1113,91079Am 1110, Hwy 341.
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