Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
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.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
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 09/2012 
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.
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National Forests In North Carolina, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Runway Safety Improvement Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:07/2013  09/2013 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us 
Description: The approach to the main runway of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport crosses USFS property and is under a special use agreement. This project inlcudes a new special use agreement and the removal of vegetation obstructions in the glide path.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40283
Location: UNIT - National Forests In North Carolina All Units. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. This project occurs on the Croatan National Forest in Craven County, NC in the Perrytown Community. More sepcifically it occurs between Brice's Creek and FS Road 121A.
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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
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.
Appalachian Trail Relocation at Hugh's Gap
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/17/2012  10/2012 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to relocate four sections of the Appalachian Trail (approx. 1.5 miles total) near Hugh's Gap in Mitchell County, NC.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40370
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell. Along the NC/TN state line in the northern portion of Mitchell County, NC and the southern portion of Carter County, TN.
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 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33637
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Madison. Little Prong.
NCDOT Bridge #84/SR1349
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:02/2013  04/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace Bridge #84 on SR 1349
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell. Bridge #84 over Pigeon Roost Creek on SR 1349 (Pigeon Roost Road).
Seven Mile Ridge Prescribe Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 06/27/2012  09/2012 Raymond Fox
828-682-6146
rfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to prescribe burn about 2,000 acres in the Seven Mile Ridge area to improve habitat diversity and reduce fuels.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32009
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. LEGAL - Seven Mile Ridge Area. Appalachian Ranger District.
White Pine Cabin Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:12/2012  01/2013 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to remove, deconstruct, or burn White Pine cabin and garage.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. Appalachian RD, FSR 472.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Cheoah Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Benton Mackaye Trail Bridge Replacement
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/04/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
05/2013 Jeremy Waite
828-479-6431 ext.4106
jwaite@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to remove an existing bridge and replace it in a nearby location on the Benton Mackaye Trail in the Santeetlah area, Cheoah Ranger District, Graham County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39700
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Santeetlah area, Cheoah Ranger District, Graham County, North Carolina.
Boat Access, Lighting and Restrooms
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Farmer
828-479-6431
jfarmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install solar powered security lights at Avey Branch Boat Ramp and Tsali Boat Ramp. Installation would require placement of two poles to support the lights. One vault toilet would be installed at Avey Branch Boat Ramp.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Cheoah Ranger District. Avey Branch and Tsali Boat Ramps.
Bridge #68 Replacement, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
06/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridge #68 on SR 1232 over Panther Creek in Graham County.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Bridge #68 on SR 1232 over Panther Creek.
Cheoah River Gravel Additions
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Farmer
828-479-6431
jfarmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to improve the gravel component of the Cheoah River to accommodate the federally endangered Appalachian elktoe (a freshwater mussel) and the native fish spawning habitat.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Graham County. Cheoah River/ CheoahRanger District.
Cheoah River Put Ins
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012  01/2013 Todd Sharkey
828-837-5152 ext. 118
tasharkey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to develop boat access points for river use.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35762
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Cheoah River, Graham County, NC.
Cornsilk Road Easement Expansion, Cheoah Ranger District, NC
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to expand a road easement to enable Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to access tribal lands in Graham County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33659
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Cheoah Ranger District, Graham County, NC off Forest Road 385.
Fontana Multiple Resource Management Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:05/2013  07/2013 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to conduct silvicultural activities designed to improve wildlife habitat, restore vegetation communities, and provide timber for the local economy.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38849
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. National Forest lands near Fontana Lake in Graham County, North Carolina.
Franks Creek Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 David Casey
828-837-5152
dmcasey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide timber products and improve/maintain forest health, tree growth, wildlife habitat, species and watershed composition. Activities include timber harvest, invasive plant control, fisheries restoration, and timber/wildlife stand improvements.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30790
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Franks Creek Compartments. Cheoah Ranger District.
MCNC Fiber Optic Cable - Graham County
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/27/2012  10/2012 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to grant special use authorization to allow a high-speed fiber optic internet and data cable to be buried along road and powerline rights-of-way on National Forest Lands on the Cheoah Ranger District, North Carolina.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Areas adjacent to Highway 129 near Robbinsville, Graham County, North Carolina.
NC 143, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 12/2012 
Expected:12/2015  06/2016 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed making improvements to NC 143 from the Cherohala Skyway to SR1127 at Robbinsville in Graham County. Portions of this project are located on National Forest system lands.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. NC 143 from the Cherohala Skyway to SR1127 at Robbinsville.
Rattler Ford Angler Access Improvements
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/10/2012  10/2012 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to repair several user-created fishing access trails that have become steep, eroding trails and are a potential hazard for users. Six sites (7 user created trails) would be hardened using landscape timbers and crusher-run gravel.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Rattle Ford Group Campground near Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Graham County, North Carolina.
Snowbird Angler Access Improvements
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013  02/2013 Jason Farmer
828-479-6431
jfarmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to improve fishing access at two locations along Snowbird Creek at the existing Snowbird Picnic Area. Existing angler access points would be upgraded to accommodate persons with limited mobility.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26989
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Cheoah Ranger District. Snowbird Creek Picnic Area.
Trail of Tears Memorial Footpath
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/12/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Terinda Whisenant
828-479-6431
tewhisenant@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to use hand tools to trim branches and small-diameter encroaching vegetation along several short sections of the Trail of Tears / Old Army Road on the Cheoah Ranger District in Graham County, North Carolina.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Trail of Tears / Old Army Road south of the town of Robbinsville, Graham County, North Carolina.
US Highway 74 (A-9) Project Sections BA and CA, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/29/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2014 
Expected:06/2015
 
12/2016 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to relocate US Highway 74 from Stecoah to Robbinsville and widen the road to four lanes.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. US Highway 74 from Stecoah to Robbinsville.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Croatan 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 Circle Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/14/2008 
Expected:01/2013
 
07/2013 William Dienst
252-638-5628 (ext. 4010)
wedienst@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to thin and restore longleaf pine for red cockaded woodpecker habitat on 625 acres.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24630
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. District-wide.
Brices Creek RCW Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Rachelle Powell
252-638-5628 ext. 4014
rachellepowell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal for emergency creation of suitable foraging habitat for Federally Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers affected by an area of timber mortality.This affects three active RCW clusters and these territories have lost about 160 acres of habitat.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. LEGAL - Compartment 3 and located in Craven County, North Carolina. Compartment 3.
Flanners Beach Bike Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  03/2013 Dennis Foster
252-638-5628
dfoster01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct approximately 10 miles of bike trail.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35811
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. Flanners Beach / Neuse River Recreation Area, in North Carolina, Craven County, approximately 10 miles south of New Bern on the Neuse River.
Havelock Bypass, US 70, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/30/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
08/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed construction of a US 70 bypass around Havelock, NC.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21694
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. Havelock Bypass, US 70, near the city of Havelock, NC.
Newport Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:01/2014  01/2014 Steven Maharrey
252-638-5628
smaharrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project consists of various timber, wildlife and fire related treatments to move toward the desired future condition of Longleaf pine and provide improved habitat for the Federally Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37454
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret. Croatan National Forest just to the west of Newport, NC.
Revised EA for Control of the Southern Pine Beetle on Croatan National Forest
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Heather Luczak
540-839-2521
hluczak@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to control outbreaks of southern pine beetle on pine stands using Integrated Pest Management techniques.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26350
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. On various sites of the Croatan National Forest.
US 17, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/18/2011 
Expected:10/2012
 
04/2014 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed widening US 17 to four lanes from SR 1330/SR1439 south of Belgrade to Jones-Craven County lines. A portion of this project is located on National Forest system lands.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jones. US 17 in Jones County from just north of Maysville to just north of Forest Service Road 204.
Wilderness Controlled Burning
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A David Nelson
252-638-5628
davidnelson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to restore the presettlement fire regime to the Croatan NF Wilderness Areas in order to promote ecosystem sustainability and biodiversity.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. Catfish Lake South Wilderness, Sheep Ridge Wilderness, Pond Pine Wilderness and Pocosin Wilderness.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Grandfather Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Armstrong Creek Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:07/2013  12/2014 Heather Luczak
828-257-4817
hluczak@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action includes vegetation management and wildlife habitat improvement activities in the Armstrong Creek area.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37809
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. McDowell County.
Catawba Falls Phase II: Trail Improvements & Dam Removal
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/03/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
12/2012 Leigh Marston
828-652-2144
lmarston@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to improve and/or relocate trail between the parking lot and upper falls, and construct a viewing platform(s). In addition, a dam and old building will be removed.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36081
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Catawba Falls.
Control of Non-Native Invasive Plant Species in the Linville Gorge Wilderness
EA
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/20/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
09/2013 Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plant species in the Linville Gorge Wilderness using a combination of manual and chemical treatments.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37735
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke, McDowell. Linville Gorge Wilderness.
Duke Energy - Hankin Line
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:02/2013  04/2013 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to reposition the existing utility line 34 feet to the west of existing centerline, install 17 new single shaft steel poles, insulators. Old poles and materials will be removed and the corridor will be rehabilitated.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37101
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Grandfather RD.
Globe Road, SR 1516, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed improving Globe Road, SR 1516, in Avery County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage, and paving along a 50-foot right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. Globe Road, SR 1516.
Grandfather District Restoration Burns
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/31/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 Jason Rodrigue
828-257-4248
gphilipp@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to burn six separate areas in Burke and Caldwell counties to reduce fuel loads, improve wildlife habitat, and promote fire dependent and fire adapted species. Individual burns would be implemented over multiple years.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40077
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke, Caldwell. Burke and Caldwell Counties, NC.
Grandfather FY-2013 Prescribed Burns
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/31/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Greg Philipp
828-652-2144
gphilipp@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to conduct prescribed burns at Rose Mountain, Old Way Ridge, Mills Creek, Upper Creek, and Boone Fork. The proposal also includes mechanical fuel reduction along the boundary adjacent to the Bluffs subdivision.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37853
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke, Caldwell. Burke and Caldwell Counties.
Linville Gorge Wilderness - Research Permit
CE
- Research and Development  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Linda Randolph
828-622-3202
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to locate 30-50 1/10 acre plots in chestnut oak stands in Linville Gorge Wilderness to measure amount of living and dead wood in each plot.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31009
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke. Grandfather Ranger District - Linville Gorge Wilderness.
Linville Gorge Wilderness Prescribed Fire
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/18/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes the use of prescribed fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness to restore the natural fire regime, to manage unnatural buildups of fuels, and to restore fire dependent communities and woodlands.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37966
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Linville Gorge Wilderness.
Lost Bear West Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 08/10/2012  09/2012 Greg Philipp
828-652-2144
gphilipp@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action includes prescribed burning to improve habitat and reduce fuel loads.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36286
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Grandfather RD.
NCDOT Bridge #203/SR1405
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:02/2013  04/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace Bridge #203 on SR1405.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke. Bridge #203 over Carroll Creek on SR 1405.
NCDOT Bridge #237/SR 1362
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:02/2013  04/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace Bridge #237 on SR 1362.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. Bridge #237 over Woodruff Branch on SR 1362.
Outward Bound Septic System
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/23/2012  10/2012 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace the existing septic system at Outward Bound facility near Table Rock.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke. Grandfather Ranger District - Outward Bound Facility - Table Rock.
Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50 foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to about 0.5 mile of Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, in Avery County across FS lands. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improving drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, beginning at the intersection with US 221 near the Gragg community.
Roseboro Road, SR 1511, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed a 50 foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to about 2.8 miles of Roseboro Road, SR 1511, across FS lands. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improved drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. Roseboro Road, SR 1511, beginning at the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Roseboro community.
Stevens Road, SR 1409, 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 including grading, widening, drainage, and paving along 0.2 miles of Stevens Road (SR 1409) across FS property.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Stevens Road, SR 1409, in McDowell County northeast of the town of Black Mountain.
Sunrise Wildfire - Dozer Line Mulching
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Greg Philipp
828-652-2144
gphilipp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to mulch vegetation established on the dozer lines cut during suppression of the 2008 wildfire. The dozer lines would be maintained over time to provide long-term fuel breaks between NFS and private lands.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Grandfather RD.
Thunder Hole & China Creek Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Leigh Marston
828-652-2144
lmarston@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to relocate sections of a multi-use trail to improve user access and to develop a new trailhead near Blowing Rock.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. Grandfather RD, Thunder Hole & China Creek.
Tolbert Road, SR 1359, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed improving Tolbert Road, SR 1359, in Caldwell County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage, and paving along a 50-foot right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. Tolbert Road, SR 1369.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Nantahala Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Buckwheat Multiple Resource Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 09/07/2012  11/2012 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152 x 108
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to conduct silvicultural, wildlife, fisheries, and prescribed fire projects in various compartments and stands on the Nantahala Ranger District, National Forests in North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37235
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Forest Compartments 1 through 27, 43, 60 through 62, 64 through 74, and 78 through 86 in Macon County, in the vicinity of the town of Highlands, North Carolina.
Bull Pen Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Bryan Killian
828-524-6441
bkillian@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace the existing bridge on Bull Pen Road with a new standard weight bridge.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon. LEGAL - Bull Pen Road # 1178. Nantahala Ranger District.
Bull Pen and Journ McCall Roads, SR 1100 and SR 1101, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed widening, paving and improving drainage on 2.2 miles of FS road. Improvements are proposed on 1.4 miles of Bull Pen road and 0.8 miles of Journ McCall road across FS property.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. South of Brushy Mtn, Compartments 35 and 36.
Cane Pole Multiple Resource Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:08/2013  10/2013 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to conduct silvicultural treatments to improve wildlife habitat, restore vegetation communities, and supply timber for the local economy.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38856
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. National Forest System lands in Jackson County, North Carolina, near Rich Mountain.
Chattooga River Paddler Access
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/17/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Thomas Saylors
828-524-6441 ex.424
tsaylors@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Nantahala Ranger District is proposing to designate and construct, where needed, long-term sustainable trails for paddler access and to also designate the put-in areas on national forest lands on the Nantahala Ranger District, Jackson County, NC.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40337
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Up to four locations on the Upper Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor on the Nanthala Ranger District, Jackson County, NC.
Copeland Multiple Resource Managemenet 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
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:04/2013  05/2013 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152 x 108
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct silvicultural activities designed to improve wildlife habitat, restore vegetation communities, and provide timber for the local economy on the Nantahala Ranger District on lands in the vicinity of Nantahala Lake in Macon County, NC.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40322
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. National Forest lands in the vicinity of Nantahala Lake, Macon County, North Carolina.
County Line Trail/Road
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Alice Cohen
828-524-6441 ext 424
acohen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct a parking area at County Line Trail/Road between Whiteside Cove Road and the Wild and Scenic River boundary, for access to floating the Upper Chattooga River.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon. LEGAL - Upper Chatooga River. Macon and Jackson County.
Custodi and Zabel Small Tracts
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: Correct an erroneous survey line through the Small Tract Act Authority.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Nantahala Area of Macon County near the Swain County line adjacent to USA Tract N-577.
Flat Mountain Road, SR 1544, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
03/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50 foot right-of-way to make improvements to approx. 7,000 feet of Flat Mountain Road, SR 1544, including grading, widening, drainage, and paving.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Flat Mountain Road, SR 1544.
Haywood Electrict Membership Corporation - Power Line Right-of-Way - Glen Falls to FSR 6252
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/28/2012  09/2012 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grant a special use authorization / right-of-way to the Haywood Electric Membership Corporation to install a buried power distribution line across national forest lands on the Nantahala Ranger District, Macon County, NC.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. National Forest lands on the Nantahala Ranger District in Macon County, North Carolina, from Glen Falls to Forest Service Road 6252.
Hurricane Creek Campground Site Improvement
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Alice Cohen
828-257-4258
acohen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to designate 5 to 10 campsites for the primitive campground and horse campground at Hurricane Creek. Replace existing vault toilet. Construct a community shelter.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Hurricane Creek Campground. Macon County.
Moss Knob Shooting Range Upgrades
CE
- Facility management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/06/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 Joan Brown
828-837-5152
jbrown01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to reroute the access road to the Moss Knob Shooting Range on the Nantahala RD, NFsNC, and grade and level the area between the firing lanes and backstop.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34601
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Moss Knob Shooting Range, Macon County, Nantahala RD, NFsNC, North Carolina.
Nantahala Ranger District - Future Prescribed Burns
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/17/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
02/2013 Greg Brooks
828-524-6441, x 418
gbrooks01@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would add eight units in Macon, Jackson and Swain Counties to the prescribed burn rotation, beginning in the year 2013. These units would total 4,927 acres of National Forest and private land.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40046
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Swain, Jackson, Macon. Multiple areas in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, North Carolina, on the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest.
Nantahala River Fishing Parking
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/17/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Thomas Saylors
828-524-6441 ex.424
tsaylors@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to construct six parking and put-in areas for fishing and paddler access on the Nantahala River at river miles 16.4, 16.7, 17.2, 17.6, 17.8 and 19.0 on Forest Service lands on the Nantahala Ranger District, Macon County, NC
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40338
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Nantahala River at river miles 16.4, 16.7, 17.2, 17.6, 17.8 and 19.0 on Forest Service lands on the Nantahala Ranger Distri.
Panther Ridge Homeowners Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to provide an easement across National Forest lands to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Nantahala Ranger District.
Panthertown Trails
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/06/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 Thomas Saylors
828-524-6441 ex.424
tsaylors@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to upgrade and designate existing user-created footpaths in the Panthertown area on the Nantahala Ranger District, Jackson County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40329
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Trails system in the Panthertown area, Nantahala Ranger District, Jackson County, North Carolina.
Town of Highlands Powerline Construction on Horse Cove Road
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install 3,752 feet of single phase electric distribution lines along Horse Cove Road, including placement of 15 wooden power poles, and removal of an old existing overhead line running overland across NF lands.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Nantahala Ranger District. Macon County, North Carolina.
Wasilik Poplar Removal
CE
- Special area management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Alice Cohen
828-257-4258
acohen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to use explosives to remove the upper portion of the Wasilik Poplar for public safety. The Wasilik Poplar was at one time the national champion poplar. Now dead, the tree presents a danger to visitors.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Macon County, NC.
Wayehutta OHV Parking Area Improvements
CE
- Facility management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/17/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 James Browning
828-524-6441, Ext 429
jbbrowning@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to improve the parking area and facilities at the Wayehutta OHV Area.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Wayehutta OHV Area, Roy Taylor Forest, Nantahala Ranger District.
Wayehutta Trail Seven Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/17/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 Thomas Saylors
828-524-6441 ex.424
tsaylors@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate a steep section of Trail 7 at the Wayehutta OHV recreation site to a gentler contour. Work would occur on the Nantahala Ranger District, Jackson County, NC.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40336
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Wayehutta Trail 7, Wayehutta OHV System, Nantahala Ranger District, Jackson County, NC.
Wetlands Restoration at Ranger Falls
CE
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Doreen Miller
828-524-6441
dmiller05@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to enhance the Ranger Falls recreation area by restoring wetland processes and functions.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Ranger Falls recreation site, Nantahala Ranger District, Macon County, NC.
Whiteside Mountain Parking Area Improvements
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/06/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
03/2013 Alice Cohen
828-257-4258
acohen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to expand and pave the parking area at Whiteside Mountain, Nantahala Ranger District, Macon County, NC.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35708
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Whiteside Mountain trail head, Nantahala Ranger District, Macon County, NC.
Wildlife Opening Prescribed Burns
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Greg Brooks
828-524-6441, x 418
gbrooks01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to prescribe burn 50-100 acres of dormant season wildlife openings for maintenance of grasses and forbs.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33095
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Western side of the Nantahala Ranger District.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Pisgah Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bent Creek Disturbance Based Regeneration Research Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:02/2013  07/2013 Jason Rodrigue
828-257-4248
jarodrigue@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to implement a new silvicultural system and continue testing an existing silvicultural system that are both based on natural disturbance patterns for their potential to regenerate oak and hickory species.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39776
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe. Bent Creek Experimental Forest and the Beaverdam area.
Bentley/Wells - Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Dan Belanger
828-257-4242
dbelanger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to resolve a trespass case as a result of the Forest Service landline boundary refurbishment.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. The property is located in the Cruso community of Haywood county along Crawford Creek Rd.
Big Creek Lodge Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Raymond Johns
828-257-4859
rayjohns@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to provide a reciprocal Right-Of-Way access to private in-holding and NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah Ranger District.
Bridge #148 Replacement, B-4989, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
05/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridge #148 on SR 1326, Macedonia Church Road, in Transylvania County.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Bridge #148 on SR 1326, Macedonia Church Road, over Lamance Creek.
Courthouse Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/26/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
06/2013 Ted Oprean
828-877-3265
toprean@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes vegetation, recreation, and fuels management activities in Analysis Area 13 on the Pisgah Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36287
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania, Haywood. Analysis Area 13.
Little East Fork Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to reroute about 75 yards of existing trail to bypass washout caused by September 2004 tropical storms.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. Pisgah RD.
NC 215, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/14/2005
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2013 
Expected:05/2014
 
04/2015 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed making improvements to NC 215 in Transylvania County from US 64 to SR 1326 south of Balsam.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. NC 215 from US 64 to SR 1326 south of Balsam.
NCDOT Bridge #148/SR 1326
CE
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  04/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposd action is to replace Bridge 148 on SR1326.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Transylvania County.
NCREN Fiber Optic Line Expansion Project (MCNC) - Phase III of Western NC Route
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/24/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 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.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Macedonia Church Road / Hwy 215, Transylvania County.
Shelton Road, SR1307, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/24/2012  10/2012 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50 foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Shelton Road, SR 1307, in Transylvania County. Proposed improvements include grading, improving drainage, and paving across about 2100 feet of FS lands.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Shelton Road, SR 1307, approximately 6 miles northwest of Rosman, North Carolina.
Upper Whitewater Road, SR 1152, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and proposed improvements to about 7750 feet of Upper Whitewater Road, SR 1152, in Transylvania County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Upper Whitewater Road, SR 1152, near the Sapphire community and Lake Toxaway.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Tusquittee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
04/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313. Proposed improvements include very minor changes in centerline and widening.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313.
Blue Ridge EMC VIPER Tower Power Cable
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to grant a special use authorization to the Blue Ridge Electric Management Corporation to install a power line to the NC State Highway Patrol VIPER communications tower on Boteler Peak, Tusquitee Ranger District, Clay County, NC.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. The administrative area adjacent to the communications towers on Boteler Peak, Tusquitee Ranger District, Clay County, NC.
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Substation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/20/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue a special use permit for Blue Ridge Mountain EMC to construct a power distribution substation on approximately 2 acres of National Forest land on the Tusquitee Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Cherokee County, NC adjacent to an existing power utility corridor behind Hiawassee Baptist Church off Forest Road 654 on the Tusquittee Ranger District.
Cherokee County Convenience/Recycling Center
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue a special use permit to Cherokee county to establish one or more staffed waste convenience/recycling centers for residential household garbage.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Cherokee County. 8235 Joe Brown Hwy.
Clay County Shooting Range
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/11/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
Actual: 10/08/2010 
11/2012 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct a rifle shooting range with parking area for approximately 10 vehicles.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=6536
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Clay County, North Carolina. Clay County, North Carolina.
Clay County Shooting Range Project - 2012
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/24/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct an outdoor shooting range facility on national forest lands in Clay County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40035
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. National forest system lands in eastern Clay County, North Carolina.
Fires Creek Fishing Access
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/10/2012  08/2012 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to repair nine user-created fishing/tubing access trails that have become steep, eroding trails and are a potential hazard for users. Trails would be hardened using landscape timbers and crusher-run gravel.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. Fires Creek Area of Clay County, North Carolina.
Hibbert Branch Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to provide a 4200 foot road easement fon Hibbert Branch Road (FS # 650) for a private property owner to gain access to property.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Cherokee County. Hibbert Branch Road.
Joe Brown Highway, SR 1452, NCDOT Project
EA
- 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 Joe Brown Highway, SR 1452. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage, and paving.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Joe Brown Highway, SR 1452 (a.k.a. SR 1326D).
Joe Brown Road, SR 1326C, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
05/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Joe Brown Road. Proposed improvements include very minor changes in centerline and widening, grading, drainage improvement, and paving.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Joe Brown Road, SR 1326C.
Laurel Creek Property Owners Association Access Across National Forest System Lands
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/21/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to authorize access to a privately owned inholding on the Valley River Mountains rim above Fires Creek which will involve new road construction and use of existing Forest Service roads.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25341
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Tusquitee Ranger District. Tusquitee Ranger District.
Tributary to Hiwassee River Stream Rehabilitation Project
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/12/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Brady Dodd
828-257-4214
bdodd@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to restore approximately 1,000 feet of stream channel conditions and function using natural channel design techniques on a tributary between King Street and to the confluence with the Hiwassee River, by excavating and hauling.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27001
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Tusquitee Ranger District. Tusquitee District Office.
Veach Easement
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/27/2012  08/2012 Julie Moore
828-257-4859
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct an access road to six homes in the Hyatt Creek Community.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Located off NC SR1379 Hyatt Creek Road and Pounding Mill, private road.
Veach Family Road Easement at Hyatt Creek
CE

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- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/27/2012  11/2012 Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue road easement to Veach Family Limited Partnership to access six homes across National Forest System lands on the Tusquitee Ranger District, Cherokee County, North Carolina
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Issue road easement to Veach Family Limited Partnership to access six homes across National Forest System lands on the Tusquitee Ranger District, Cherokee County, NC.
Walker Fields Wildlife
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Doreen Miller
828-524-6441
dmiller05@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to remove encroaching woody vegetation from wildlife food plots at Walker Fields.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Walker Fields, Tusquitee Ranger District, Cherokee County, NC.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Uwharrie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Badin Lake OHV Trail Expansion and Reroutes
CE
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/12/2012  09/2012 Theresa Savery
910-576-6391 x 102
tsavery@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to add 1 to 2 miles of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails to the existing Badin Lake OHV Trail Complex.This project could include reopening & rerouting an old OHV trail that was closed in the 1990's.Reroutes of Slab Pile & Dutch John Trail.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33735
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Beginning at Art Lilley Trailhead, going north & intersecting w/FR 516 across from intersection w/Wolf Den Trail. Reroute of Dutch John Trail near Wolf Den Trail junction & reroute of Slab Pile Trail. Badin Lake Recreation Area.
NC 24/27 Widening Project, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/10/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
09/2014 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NC DOT has proposed widening from two lanes to four lanes of NC 24/27 from NC 73 to the Troy Bypass. Approximately 2.7 miles of this 11 mile project are located on Forest Service lands.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. NC 24/27 from the Troy Bypass to NC 73.
Northwest Area Watershed and Aquatic Habitat Improvements
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/29/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
04/2013 Theresa Savery
910-576-6391 x 102
tsavery@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes removal of tailings piles along Big Creek, removal and replacement of several stream crossings (either culverts or concrete fords), restoration of stream channels and aquatic habitat including fish/aquatic organism passage.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38885
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Big Creek and Crow Creek in the Middle Uwharrie River Watershed near the Russell Mine. Montgomery County, East of the town of Blaine, NC.
Northwest Restoration Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
06/2013 Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes projects for ecosystem restoration, heritage resource, wildlife, and recreation improvement. The analysis area includes approximately 14,933 acres within compartments 9 - 16 and 21 - 25.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29624
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartments 9 - 16 and 21 - 25. The analysis area is located approximately 12 miles northwest of Troy, NC in Montgomery County.
Ophir Dirt Road (a.k.a. Tower Road), SR 1134, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed improvements to Ophir Dirt Road (a.k.a. Tower Road), SR 1134, in Montgomery County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage,and paving.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=10603
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. Secondary Road 1134 in Montgomery County, near the Ophir Community.
Reconstruction/Paving of Forest Service Roads 544 and 576.
EA
- Road management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action involves the reconstruction and paving of approximately 1.3 miles of Forest Service Roads 544 and 576.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartments 15, 16 and 21, Montgomery County, NC. Badin Lake Recreation Area.
Shortleaf Progeny Thinning
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 09/25/2012  03/2013 Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to commerically thin three shortleaf progeny tests to reduce stand basal areas to improve stand health and vigor, increase diameter growth, seed production and reduce the risk of southern pine beetle infestations.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38315
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery, Davidson. LEGAL - Compartments 10, 11 and 12, Montgomery and Davidson counties. Twenty miles northwest of the town of Troy, NC.
Thousand Bale Bottom Fishing Access
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Theresa Savery
910-576-6391 x 102
tsavery@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action will involve the construction of a foot trail and bank stabilization on the Uwharrie river to provide access for fishing.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartment 21, Montgomery County, NC. Thousand Bale Bottom.
Uwharrie District Non-native Invasive Plant Treatment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
05/2013 Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plants on the Uwharrie National Forest using a combination of mechanical, cultural, and chemical treatments.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34643
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Randolph, Davidson, Macon. Montgomery, Randolph, and Davidson Counties.
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