Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

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, 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,  Buffalo 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 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
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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
Arkansas Valley Electric (Winter Hollow Amendment)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow amendment to Arkansas Valley Electric's Special Use for the purpose of constructing a new section of overhead (power) transmission line to private land. The location would follow existing access road FS#1815 off of Hwy 7 to private land.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Township 11 North, Range 19 West, Sections 19, 29, and 30. This project is approximatly 17 miles north of Dover, AR off of State Highway 7. Along Forest Service Road # 1815 to private land.
Big Piney ARES51893,#1-9, Exploratory Gas Well Project Formerly ARES51894, #1-16
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
High Mountain 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:
Scoping Start 06/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape scale project, proposals include; Wildlife treatments,Timber sales, RX Burning, NNIS control, Road Management, Trails management etc.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson, Pope. Generally it is the watersheds of Indian creek, Mocassian Creek, Page Hollow, and Gunter Branch located about 20 miles north of Dover west of State Highway 7.
Ozark 3D Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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 05/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
06/2013 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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/23/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
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
- 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,   Buffalo Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Carroll Electric Line Relocation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/24/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Request to relocate four sections of overhead electric transmission line in Newton County, AR
Location: UNIT - Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Newton. LEGAL - T14N, R19 W, Sec., 22&23, T14N, R21 W, Sec., 22,23,27, & 28, T14N, R 22 W, Sec.,4 & 9, T14N, R23 W, Sec., 1 &12. 4 relocation sections one in the Iceledo Gap area, two in the Deer area, and one in the Mossville area.
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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
AVEC Powerline Relocation project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/09/2012  06/2012 James Bicknell
479-754-2864
jbicknell@fs.fed.us 
Description: A section of a power transmission line along a county road, spanning 2,860 feet, will be widened, allowing the road to be paved. Eight new power poles will be installed about fifteen feet farther out than the existing poles.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Sections 10 & 15, Township 11 North, Range 24 West. Along Johnson County Road 4490 for approximately 2,860 feet.
Pea Prong
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
- 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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/07/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
03/2013 Jessica Wakefield
870-269-3228
jmwakefield@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.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.