Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
National Forests In North Carolina

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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Appalachian Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Cheoah Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Croatan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Grandfather Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Nantahala Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Pisgah Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Tusquittee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Uwharrie 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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R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Managing Recreation Uses in the Upper Segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management 
Completed  Actual: 01/31/2012
01/31/2012
01/31/2012 
03/2012 Mary Morrison
803-561-4058
mwmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Consider whether to amend forest plans for three national forests (GA, NC & SC) re: recreation on the upper segment of the Chattooga River. Previous comments will be considered.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34061
Location: UNIT - Chattooga River Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District, Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina. COUNTY - Rabun, Oconee, Jackson, Macon. The project area is located north of SC Highway 28 on the upper 21 miles of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River.
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National Forests In North Carolina, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Curtis Creek - Neals Creek Hazard Tree Removal & Daylighting
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Matthew Keyes
828-652-2144
mkeyes@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to cut dead and dying hemlock along FSR 482 (Curtis Creek) and 2074 (Neals Creek) and possibly daylight along a portion of Neals Creek Rd.to improve user safety, decrease road maintenance, and increase wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District, Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey, McDowell. LEGAL - Appalachian and Grandfather Ranger Districts. Curtis Creek and Neals Creek Roads.
NCREN Fiber Optic Line Expansion Project (MCNC) - Phase II of Western NC Route
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Linda Randolph
828-622-3202
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal would permit MCNC organization to install and maintain a buried 2-inch conduit and 144-count SM fiber optic cable within the state road rights-of-way across NFS lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35512
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe, McDowell. Woodlawn Work Center and Bent Creek Experimental Forest & North Carolina Arboretum.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Appalachian Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AT Privy/Trail Relocations
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  05/2012 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace/relocate privies along the Appalachian Trail at Little Laurel, Groundhog Creek, and Jerry Cabin, and 4 secions of the AT near Hugh's Gap.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina, Tennessee. COUNTY - Mitchell, Carter, Haywood, Madison. Near the AT.
Appalachian RD French Broad River Stream Gage
CE
- Research and Development  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/06/2010 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to re-establish data collection at discontunued streamgage 345400 on the French Broad River in Hot Springs. A ladder and platform will be attached to the existing structure.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Madison. Hot Springs.
Appalachian RD Recreation Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/11/2008
02/20/2008 
09/2012 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue district-wide recreation-related special uses (i.e., recreation events and outfitter/guides that use existing roads, trails, waterways, and facilities).
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Madison. Appalachian RD.
Appalachian RD Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue district-wide special use permits, typically for research and filming.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Madison. Appalachian Ranger District.
Black Mtn Crest Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to relolocate about one mile of the northern portion of the Black Mountain Crest trail and develop a new trailhead to accomodate users. The existing portion of the trail would be rehabilitated.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. Appalachian RD.
Hughes Gap Road, SR 1330, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50 foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Hughes Gap Road, in Mitchell County. Proposed improvements include grading, improving drainage, and paving across about 2600 feet of FS lands.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell. Hughes Gap Road, SR 1330, at Hughes Gap just south of Little Rock Knob.
Little Prong Brook Trout Habitat Restoration
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:09/2012  09/2012 Sheryl Bryan
828-257-4271
sbryan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to partner with NFHAP and EBTJV to remove sediment sources along FSR 465 and restore habitat within Little Prong, in Madison County NC as part of a long term restoration plan for the Hicky Fork drainage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33637
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Madison. Little Prong.
Poplar Boat Launch Mtc - Phase I
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Phase I proposes placing rock, a gate, and closing the unauthorized access downstream near the property line. Phase II may involve a future analysis that develops a floating dock near the upstream concrete steps that access river.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell. Appalachian RD - Poplar Boat Launch.
Rocky Bluff Campground Maintenance and Improvements
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/03/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
11/2012 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
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