Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
Wayne 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
R9 - Eastern Region, Wayne National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Wayne National Forest,  Athens Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Wayne National Forest,  Ironton 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 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
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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Wayne National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Openlands Maintenance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/16/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Rachel Orwan
740-753-0101
rorwan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Wayne National Forest proposes maintenance on approximately 2,600 acres of existing wildlife openings throughout the entire forest, using mechanical and prescribed fire methods.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34786
Location: UNIT - Wayne National Forest All Units. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, Scioto, Vinton, Washington. Throughout the Forest on all three Units.
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Wayne National Forest,   Athens Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Athens Ranger District Special Use Permit Renewals
CE
- Grazing management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 04/28/2011  05/2011 Thomas Thompson
740-373-9055
ththompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fifteen special use permits on the Athens Ranger District are expiring in December and need to be terminated or renewed. This project involves renewing those permits.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34038
Location: UNIT - Athens Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Athens, Jackson, Monroe, Noble, Perry, Washington. Various locations in the Athens Ranger District.
Bessemer Hollow Reclamation Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Rachel Orwan
740-753-0101
rorwan@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project consists of closing 2 subsidences, reconstructing channels to re-establish surface water flow and treating acid mine drainage seeps in a heavily-impacted, mined area just north of Nelsonville (alongside Woodlane Ave).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34885
Location: UNIT - Athens Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Athens. Just north of Nelsonville on both sides of Woodlane Avenue.
Fiber Optic Line Installation
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  08/2011 Thomas Thompson
740-373-9055
ththompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project involves the placement of fiber optic lines along existing utility rights-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Athens Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Athens, Hocking, Morgan, Perry, Vinton. Various locations in the Athens Ranger District.
Pleasant-Bear Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/29/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
08/2011 Nicole Stump
740-753-0101
nstump@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create wildlife habitat that is missing or not in adequate supply. 564ac of early successional habitat through even-aged management techniques; 432ac of all-aged stands by single-tree and group selection; 870ac prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26331
Location: UNIT - Athens Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - SW 1/4 of T2N R6W, S 1/2 of T3N R 7 W, T1N R6W NW of Ohio River, T2N R7W NW of Ohio River. Southern part of Marietta Unit of Athen RD in Washington County, Ohio.
Tornado Salvage Treatment
CE
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 04/26/2011  04/2011 Warren Tucker
740-753-0101
wtucker01@fs.fed.us 
Description: On 9/16/2010 a wind event struck The Plains area, damaging a wide swath of National Forestland. This project will include a salvage treatment to approximately 97 of those acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34060
Location: UNIT - Athens Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Athens. LEGAL - T12N, R15W, Sec 8. Athens County, State Route 691 on both sides of the road, south of the intersection with County Road 4.
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Wayne National Forest,   Ironton Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abandoned Well Plugging
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Richard Jones
740-534-6500
rkjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Wayne National Forest will work with the OH Dept of Natural Resources to close 5 abandoned wells on the Ironton Ranger District. Two of the wells are located in the Hanging Rock ATV Area and the other 3 are in the Lake Vesuvius Rec Area.
Location: UNIT - Ironton Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Lawrence. Two sites are within the Hanging Rock ATV Area and the other 3 are in the Lake Vesuvius Rec Area.
FY 10 Ironton District Wetland Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/08/2009 
Expected:11/2011
 
08/2012 Carol Boll
740-534-6500
ceboll@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore the project areas to shallow wetlands that mimic natural oxbows and shallow, scour-pool depressions that historically occurred in low-lying fields in southern Ohio. The wetland pools will vary in depth from several inches to several feet.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30219
Location: UNIT - Ironton Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Gallia, Lawrence. LEGAL - T3N R18W, N1/2 of Section 4; T5N R16W, SE1/4 of Section 19; T2N R18W, N1/2 of Section 15. 3 locations: 1) 3 mi NW of Cadmus, Galia Co; 2) 1 1/2 mi NW of Buckhorn, 3) 1 1/2 mi NNE of Pedro, Lawrence Co, Ohio.
Hanging Rock Improvements
EA
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Carol Boll
740-534-6500
ceboll@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create additional parking for ATV access to the Hanging Rock ATV area. Construct 1 mi new ATV trail, reconstruct/maintain 4 mi trails. Waterline and washing facility would also be installed. Fishing access would be improved.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24838
Location: UNIT - Ironton Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T1N, R19W, Sec 1 and 22; T1N, R19W, Sec 1; T2N, R19W, Sec 16, 17, 19 and 30. Four miles northwest of Ironton, Ohio, near the existing Hanging Rock ATV Trailhead.
Ironton Hayfield Management
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/04/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
07/2012 Scott Means
740-534-6500
smeans@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow for leasing of historic hayfields in the Ironton Ranger District of the Wayne National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31907
Location: UNIT - Ironton Ranger District. STATE - Ohio. COUNTY - Gallia, Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N, R17W, Sec2; and T3N, R18W, Sec4; and T6N, R17W, Sec32; and T3N, R16W, Sec 9. Four hayfield units located in Mason and Decatur townships in Lawrence County and Greenfield Township in Gallia County.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.