Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests

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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R8 - Southern Region, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R8 - Southern Region, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests,  Andrew Pickens Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests,  Enoree Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests,  Francis Marion Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests,  Long Cane Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
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Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Berkeley County Road Improvements and Powerline Relocation
EA
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/19/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Amy Fore
843-887-3257 ext 19
afore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Berkeley County is proposing to acquire public road easements and do road improvements across four existing roads that pass through portions of the Francis Marion NF. In addition, Berkeley Electric would relocate portions of its powerlines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35704
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley. Roads Involved: Mitchum Town Road,Green Bay Road, Spring Pond Road, Calestown Road.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/16/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Amy Fore
843-887-3257
afore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing special use permit and amendments to provide electric utility services to rural customers in Charleston and Berkeley Counties, South Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25266
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley, Charleston. LEGAL - Francis Marion National Forest, Charleston and Berkeley counties, South Carolina. Districtwide, Francis Marion National Forest.
Central Electric Power Coop - McClellanville 115 Kv Line
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/17/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
06/2013 Amy Fore
843-887-3257
afore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct and install a 115 KV powerline from Winyah Generating Station (Georgetown, SC) to McClellanville, SC.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5499
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley, Charleston. LEGAL - NE section of Francis Marion National Forest. Francis Marion National Forest.
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Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests,   Andrew Pickens Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AP Loblolly Pine Removal and Restoration Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Victor Wyant
864-638-9568
vwyant@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would restore native vegetation in stands currently composed of non-native loblolly pine. The intent is to restore native species and habitats, increase diversity and viability of plant and animals in the long term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28634
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - The AP Native Vegetation Restoration is a district wide project, and includes approximately 40 compartments located across the Andrew Pickens Ranger District in Oconee County, South Carolina. The project is located in the Andrew Pickens RD, Sumter National Forest, Region 8.
Hell Hole Recreation Area Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  08/2012 Greg Borgen
864-638-9568
gborgen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Camping overnight at the Hell Hole recreation area would be discontinued. A gate would be places at the end of the cul-de-sac and the access road would be closed to the public.The area would be available for public day use only and for fish stocking.
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. This primitive site is located at the end of Foreest Service Road 738A.
Outfitting and Guiding Special Use Permit
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/09/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 Greg Borgen
864-638-9568
gborgen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The US Forest Service is proposing to grant outfitting and guiding special use permits to businesses on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Sumter National Forest in South Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33706
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. Andrew Pickens Ranger District and Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor on the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia.
Rocky Gap Trail Rehabilitation
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  06/2013 Greg Borgen
864-638-9568
gborgen@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would reroute, or close various degraded portions of the Rocky Gap equestrian and hiking trail in the Whetstone area. Minor trail additions would also be created as connectors to the existing trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=4953
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Oconee County, South Carolina. Between Earls Ford Road, Chattooga Ridge Road, and Fall Creek Road.
Simms Field and Fishermen's Trail Reconstruction Project
CE
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/05/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
07/2013 Greg Borgen
864-638-9568
gborgen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The US Forest Service is proposing to relocate/reconstruct two hiking trails that access the Chattooga River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33690
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. LEGAL - Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Oconee County, South Carolina. The project is located in the Andrew Pickens RD, Sumter NF, Oconee County, SC. Beggining at the end of FSR 709 (Big Bend Rd.).
Southern Appalachian Farmstead Project
EA
- Heritage resource management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/16/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Mike Crane
864-638-9568
mcrane@fs.fed.us 
Description: An application has been received from the Oconee Heritage Center for the development of a living history interpretive site on Highway 28 near the Chattooga River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29475
Location: UNIT - Andrew Pickens Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Oconee. Highway 28 along the Chattooga River.
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Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests,   Enoree Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aerial Fertilization of Pine Forest
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:10/2013  05/2014 Jason Jennings
803-561-4060
jjennings@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fertilize to improve site productivity on about 6,000 acres of pine forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=1503
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Chester, Newberry, Union. District-wide.
Compartment 149 Prescribe Fire Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 06/05/2012  06/2012 John Richardson
864-427-9858
jwrichardson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service, Sumter National Forest, Enoree Ranger District, is working on a proposal to salvage harvest of dead and dying trees on approximately 95 acres in stands 18 and 20 of Compartment 149 in Newberry County, SC.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39131
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Newberry. LEGAL - Compartment 149, Stands 18 and 20. Sumter National Forest, Enoree Ranger DIstrict, Newberry County, SC.
Delta Tract E-50 Tripartite Decision Memo
CE
- Land management planning
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Peggy Nadler
803-561-4053
pnadler@fs.fed.us 
Description: A land-for-timber (tripartite) exchange in which the United States will acquire a non-federal tract of land that would be managed by the US Forest Service. The land tract is located in Union County, South Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35334
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Union. Delta Plantation Tract E-50, Union County, South Carolina.
Dunaway Waterfowl Area Improvements
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2013 Jeff Magniez
803-637-5396
jmagniez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin approximately 70 acres in Compartment 13 to increase hardmast production and construct dike (500 feet long by 10 feet high) to increase floodable area by about 11 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23476
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Union. Compartment 13.
FY 2012 Buncombe Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/29/2012  06/2012 Alice Riddle
(864)427-9858
ariddle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate portions of the trail that are poorly located and causing erosion problems into nearby creeks and streams.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37679
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Newberry. LEGAL - Enoree Ranger District, Sumter National Forest, Newberry County. Trailhead is located on Forest Service Road 358. Approximately 5 miles east of the town Joanna, on Highway 66.
FY 2012 Enoree OHV Trail Expansion Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013  03/2013 Alice Riddle
(864)427-9858
ariddle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Layout, design, & construct an additional 2 to 4 miles of motorized trail to the Enoree OHV Trail.
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Laurens. LEGAL - Enoree Ranger District of Sumter National Forest. Enoree OHV Trail is located on the Garlington School Road, Laurens County.
Woodlands Management in the Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative Area
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 06/06/2012  08/2012 Jeff Magniez
803-637-5396
jmagniez@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes woodland, grassland, savanna and meadow establishment and maintenance in the Indian Creek area of the district. This includes forest thinning and herbicide treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23478
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Newberry. Compartments 124, 125, 126, 146, 147, 148 and 149.
Woods Ferry Horse Trail Relocation and Construction Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/02/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Alice Riddle
(864)427-9858
ariddle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposal would relocate some sections of the existing trail that are not sustainable or in a good location. Additional new trail construction would be added to the Woods Ferry Horse Trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35500
Location: UNIT - Enoree Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Chester. Chester County, Enoree Ranger District, Sumter National Forest.
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Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests,   Francis Marion Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brian Richardson Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/19/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Amy Fore
843-336-3248
afore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Easement across National Forest lands in Berkeley County SC to TMS 2560000063. Located in Compartment 113 the easement requested is approximately 20 feet wide by 35 feet long.
Location: UNIT - Francis Marion Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Berkeley. LEGAL - Tract F 258 Berkeley County, South Carolina. Compartment 113 easement site connects Cainhoy Rd and Lands owned by Brian Richardson (TMS2560000063).
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Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests,   Long Cane Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aiken Coop EDG402401
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:01/2013  02/2013 Elizabeth Meadows
803-637-5396
emeadows@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of permit for overhead and underground electric lines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29354
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Edgefield, McCormick, Saluda. Long Cane Ranger District.
Cuffytown Timber Sale Project
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/08/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Cordero France
803-637-5396
cdfrance@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation treatments in the form of thinnings, seed tree regenerations, loblolly pine removal and woodland establishment on approximately 3,125 acres of national forest system land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33366
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Greenwood, McCormick. LEGAL - Compartments 264, 348 and 349. McCormick and Greenwood Counties, South Carolina.
Cyper First Thinning Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/12/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
10/2012 Dell Frost
803-637-5396
dfrost@fs.fed.us 
Description: First thinning of approximately 3,154 acres of loblolly pine poletimber.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33432
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Saluda. Goldmine,Rocky, Lower Turkey Creek, Little Mtn., Liberty Hill, Renew and Horn Creek Analysis Areas.
Davis Land Exchange
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land ownership management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/09/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Peggy Nadler
803-561-4053
pnadler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to acquire 1,588 acres from Davis Land and Timber, Inc. in exchange for 1,436 acres of federal lands. Land use would remain essentially the same on the two land tracts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35882
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Edgefield, McCormick. The tracts are located in Hard Labor Creek, Cuffytown Creek, Beaverdam Creek and Turkey Creek, east and southeast of McCormick, SC.
Little River LON017
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 Elizabeth Meadows
803-637-5396
emeadows@fs.fed.us 
Description: This action is a renewal of a special use permit for electric powerlines above and below ground.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27394
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood. Long Cane Ranger.
Long Cane Wetland Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Jeff Magniez
803-637-5396
jmagniez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Several existing wetlands that have been historically impacted (e.g., drained with ditches) would be restored using a variety of techniques developed by the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration. The restored wetlands would appear natural.
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Edgefield, McCormick. Compartment/Stand: 275/20, 273/11, 278/5, 277/12, 279/4, 281/5, 279/16, 271/2, 271/9, 270/13, 270/15, 273/3, 305/10.
Rails to Trails Willington
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/16/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Glen Kansanback
(803)637-5396
gkansanback@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project lead is NRCS a "rails to trails" project that is only partially located on USFS lands (aprx 5.75 mile). The trail mostly crosses private and state lands.
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - McCormick. USFS Compartment 252, west of Bordeaux, SC.
Reedy Timber Sale Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/29/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Dell Frost
803-637-5396
dfrost@fs.fed.us 
Description: Seed-tree regeneration on 1,350 acres within 13 management compartments
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - McCormick. Compartment 222, 226, 227, 234-236, 238-241, 254.
Western Carolina LON016
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/27/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Elizabeth Meadows
803-637-5396
emeadows@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of special use permit for an underground telephone (replacing the existing line with fiber optic cable).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27393
Location: UNIT - Long Cane Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina. COUNTY - Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood. Long Cane RD.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.