Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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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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)

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
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 
Completed  Actual: 11/20/2012  02/2013 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.
Southwestern Energy 2-D Seismic Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/07/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a subsurface geophysical mapping proposal. Includes 1 seismic line 9 miles long (5 miles on National Forest and 4 miles on private land).
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Conway, Van Buren. LEGAL - Township 09 North, Range 16 West, Sections 6, 7 &18 in Conway County and Township 10 North, Range 16 West, Sections 6, 7, 18, 19, 30 & 31 in Van Buren County. Generally located on the Southeast portion of the Forest. West of the community of Clevland.
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 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
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  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2012  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.
Three Knob Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Special area management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:07/2013  10/2013 Michael Mulford
870-446-5122
mmulford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape scale project which includes; timber management, reforestation, travel management, recreation access, prescribed burning, and wildlife improvements.
Location: UNIT - Bayou Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Johnson, Pope. North of Broomfield Rd, in the area of Three Knob Mtn., and on the west side of Big Piney Creek north on the east side of Meadows Knob road to Bill Jack Phillips ford.
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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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Cancelled  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 
Completed  Actual: 10/03/2012  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.
Lee Creek Prescribed Burning Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:12/2013  02/2014 Michael Klick
479-667-2191
mklick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burns on the Lee Creek Unit of the Boston Mountain Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford, Washington. LEGAL - multiple townships in the Lee Creek Unit. Lee Creek Unit of Western Arkansas bordering Oklahoma.
Mulberry River Watershed Improvement and Access Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
- Facility management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2013 John Lane
479-667-2191
johnlane@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvements to recreational access to the Mulberry River at multiple locations along the WiId and Scenic Corridor. Also includes 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 - Multiple sections in T 11N R 28W and T 11N R 27W. Multiple access sites along Wild and Scenic Corridor of the Mulberry River. Between stream miles 18 and 36.
Natural Dam Tornado Salvage Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/28/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
04/2013 Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage of damaged trees on 250 acres. Incidental removal of undamaged trees (mostly Loblolly). Area damaged by tornado and straightline winds. After removal area would be site prep burned and planted with native shortleaf pine and hardwoods.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford. LEGAL - section 31 T 12N R 32W; section 6 T 11N R 32W. Lee Creek Unit of Boston Mountain Ranger District northwest of Natural Dam off hwy 59.
Spirits Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:09/2013  12/2013 Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber and Wildlife habitat improvement proposal including thinning pine stands, regeneration, sanitation thinning and prescribed burning.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - multiple sections in T 12N R 28W, T 12N R 27W, T 11N R 28W, T 11N R 27W, T 11N R26W. Main Unit on Boston Mountain Ranger District in Franklin County.
Staff Toe 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 - Madison. LEGAL - T13 N R 28 W sections12 and 13. Madison county, Delaney quad 2 miles Northeast of Health and southeast of Brannon.
Turner Thinning Project
CE
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 07/14/2011  07/2011 Mike Hennigan
479-667-2191
mhennigan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin stands on approximately 7 acres to increase growth and vigor of remaining trees and to improve forest and ecosystem health.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - section 23 T 12N R 27W. One half mile north of Cass.
White Rock Mountain Road Relocation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 08/20/2012  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.
White Rock Prescribed Burning Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/11/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
10/2013 Michael Klick
479-667-2191
mklick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Control burn approximately 43,000 acres on main unit. Burns would be divided into smaller units and would be repeated as needed over the course of several years.
Location: UNIT - Boston Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Crawford, Franklin, Madison. LEGAL - multiple townships: T 13N R 28W, T 13N R 27W, T 12N R 29W, T 12N R 28W, T 12N R 27W, T 11N R 29W , T 11N R 28 W, T 11N R 27W. Main Unit of Boston Mountain Ranger District West of Highway 23.
Wildcat Range Project
CE
- Grazing management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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)  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Prairie Project
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
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:07/2013  06/2016 Mindi Lawson
479-963-3076
malawson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Mt. Magazine RD is proposing forest health and ecosystem management, silvicultural treatments, road and trail management, and wildlife habitat management on National Forest land in Compartments 1, 14, 55, and 56 in Yell County, AR.
Location: UNIT - Magazine Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Arkansas. COUNTY - Yell. LEGAL - T. 6N, R. 22W, portions of Sections 19, 20, 29, and 30 and T. 6N, R. 23W, portions of Sections 22-27. Compartments 1, 14, 55, 56 Yell County (SE portion of the District.
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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
Cass-WWUA Connection
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/18/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 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
- 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 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2014 Matthew Pfeifler
479-754-2864
mtpfeifler@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.
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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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/10/2013  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 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 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 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/09/2013  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.
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