Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
El Yunque National Forest

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, El Yunque National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R8 - Southern Region, El Yunque National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)

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  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@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  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
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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El Yunque National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendment to existing communication site permit- Betteroads
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Carolyn Krupp
787-888-5616
ckrupp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Betterroads Asphault Co. will apply to amend permit to acquire facilities under permit to be terminated by Celpage/Optivon at El Yunque Peak
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. El Yunque Peak Electronic Communication Site.
El Yunque NF Historic Trails Preservation
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Guillermo Aponte
787-888-5646
gaponte@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair 1000 mts of El Toro Trail. Relocate eroded tread
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30582
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. El Toro National Recreation Trail #34, Rio Grande, Las Piedras, and Canovanas, P.R.
El Yunque National Forest Historic Trails Preservation: El Yunque Mt. Britton, Los Picachos, Tradew
CE
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Guillermo Aponte
787-888-5646
gaponte@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair 10.4 miles of historic trails: repair eroded trail tread, drainage structures, landslide removal, stabilize banks, re-establish historic sections
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. El Yunque trail #15; Espiritu Santo watershed, Rio Grande, PR; Tradewinds trail #35, Rio Blanco Watershed, Naguabo, P.R. Los Picachos trail #17, Espiritu Santo Watershed, Rio GRande, PR Mt. Britton.
FSR12 Palo Hueco Road Repairs/maintenance
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Manuel Ortiz
787-888-5669
mortiz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair and maintain one mile of FSR12. Work includes clearing roadside, vegetation, cleaning/replacing culverts, installing drainage dips, grading/resurfacing traveled way and signing
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. Project starts at int. of FSR12 wotj PR 186 at km 17.7 in the municipality pf Rio Grande, P.R.
FSR27-Molindero/East Peak Road Repairs/Maintenance
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Manuel Ortiz
787-888-5669
mortiz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair and maintain 4.3 miles of FSR-27. Work includes cleaning roadside vegetation, cleaning/replacing culverts, repairing long drainage structures,stabilize subgrade, subbase and road banks, patching/overlaying asphalt pavement and signing.
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. Project start at int. of FSR-27 with PR 191 at km 12.3 in the municipality of Rio Grande.
Placement of Research Plots for modeling succesional vegetation dynamics
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Manuel Ortiz
787-888-5669
mortiz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Four one hectare plots will be established. The vegetation will be measured and monitored over a five year period
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. Plots willbe established near El Verde Field Station and Sabana Field Station.
Puerto Rico Acueducts and Sewer Authority (PRASA) long term permit
CE
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Carolyn Krupp
787-888-5616
ckrupp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of existing PRASA water permit for ten year term
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. Existing water improvement of PRASA on the El Yunque NF.
Puerto Rico Energy Power Authority (PREPA) generator replacement at common site
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Carolyn Krupp
787-888-5616
ckrupp@fs.fed.us 
Description: PREPA will install a new generator at their common site at El Yunque Peak
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. El Yunque Peak Electronic Communication Site.
Removal of contaminated soil from East Peak Electronic Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/23/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
11/2011 Carolyn Krupp
787-888-5616
ckrupp@fs.fed.us 
Description: As per expired Navy permit demolition plan and environmental baseline study. Under BRAC process
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. East Peack Electronic Site.
Renewal of PREPA right of way permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/10/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Carolyn Krupp
787-888-5616
ckrupp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ten year permit for electrical power lines ove the El Yunque National Forest
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. El Yunque National Forest.
Reseach project on thermal adaptation of Anolis Lizards in Puerto Rico
CE
- Special use management
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/20/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Carolyn Krupp
787-888-5616
ckrupp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Research project and thermal adaptation of Anolis Lizards in P>R.
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. Forest Wide outside of wilderness.
Understading soil fertility in a tropical forest through the sampling canopy foliage-reseaarch
CE
- Special use management
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Carolyn Krupp
787-888-5616
ckrupp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Collection will involve the use of a slingshot to collect canopy leaves samples
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. El Yunque National Forest.
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El Yunque National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eco Xcursion Aquatic Inc.
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Carolyn Krupp
787-888-5616
ckrupp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposing to conduct O/G day hikes at Big Tree Trail and a night hike program.
Location: UNIT - El Yunque National Forest All Units, Catalina Field Office. STATE - Puerto Rico. COUNTY - Ceiba, Luquillo, Naguabo, Rio Grande. Caribbean National Forest , Recreational areas RD 191.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.