Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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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
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/31/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 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, Buffalo 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.
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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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2012  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.
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:09/2012
 
11/2012 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Cancelled  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 
Cancelled  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 
Cancelled  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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/12/2012  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 12/2012 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 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
Bee Ridge Wildfire Restoration Project
CE
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 09/17/2012  10/2012 Tom Cravens
479-754-2864
tcravens@fs.fed.us 
Description: A wildfire caused extensive timber mortality to approximately 189 acres. A salvage harvest of dead and dying trees is proposed along with follow-up tree planting and grass-seeding. A manual release treatment may be necessary after planting.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Sections 18-19, Township 12 North Range 22 West, Fifth Principal Meridian. Twenty miles northeast of Clarksville, AR, east on Johnson County Road 5570, then SW on FS1421.
Cass-WWUA Connection
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Tom Cravens
479-754-2864
tcravens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cass Civilian Job Corp Center presently has no water since the drought has dried up the river source. Watalula Water Users Association has facilities about 2 miles away. Hooking up to their water system would solve the Center's water needs.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Sections 24-26 and 35, Township 12 North, Range 27 West. Approximately 15 miles north of Ozark, AR on State Highway 23.
Chinquapin-Low Gap
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- 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 12/2012 
Expected:03/2013  10/2014 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; riparian stand improvement; non-native invasive species control.
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Hill Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T11N R23W, Sec's. 6,7; T11N R24W, Sec's. 1,10-14,18,19,23-27,30,36; T11N R25W, Sec's. 25,26,34,35; T10N R25W, Sec. 2. Low Gap Rd. & Batson Rd. on the north; Apple Rd. & State Hwy 103 on the east; FS1427, -1,-2, FS1454a, FS1408 on the west; NF bdry to the south.
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 
Completed  Actual: 09/28/2012  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
Modification of the Recreation Residence Permit for Bear Creek Lake Lot 14
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/23/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Jay Swafford
870-269-3228
jswafford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to authorize extension of the screened porch and increase the rec res cabin size by 20 square feet. The permit would be modified to reflect the change in the cabin's footprint from 1297 square feet to 1415 square feet.
Location: UNIT - St. Francis Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Lee. Bear Creek Lake Recreation Residence Tract Lot 14.
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 02/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
05/2013 James McCoy
270-924-2048
jrmccoy@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 02/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
05/2013 James McCoy
870-269-3228
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.
Recreation Events Environmental Assessment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/31/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Jay Swafford
870-269-3228
jswafford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to approve requests for recreation event permits where: requested use area is limited to authorized roads, trails and developed recreation areas--excluding roads in Special Interest Areas, Wilderness or that access sensitive resource sites.
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Baxter, Stone. developed recreation areas, authorized trails, authorized roads and ancillary facilities.
Special Use Permit to Use FS Road 1135 to Access Private Property
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/06/2012  01/2013 Jay Swafford
870-269-3228
jswafford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue a Special Use Permit to access private property which is surrounded on 3 sides by NF and on the fourth by the White River. No alternate routes. Use area would be appx 0.3 mile, 30 ft wide on Road 1135. Permit term would be 20 yrs
Location: UNIT - Sylamore Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Stone. FS Road 1135, 0.3 mile.
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