Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Allegheny 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, Allegheny National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Allegheny National Forest,  Bradford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Allegheny National Forest,  Marienville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
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 01/2011 
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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Allegheny 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
Allegheny National Forest Reserved and Outstanding Oil and Gas Design Criteria
EIS
- Land management planning  On Hold  N/A  N/A Lois Demarco
814-723-5150
ldemarco@fs.fed.us 
Description: Design Criteria in the Allegheny National Forest 2007 Forest Plan will be applied to reserved and outstanding oil and gas development. This proposal responds to the 2/15/08 Forest Plan Appeals Decision made by the Chief of the Forest Service.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/.
Location: UNIT - Allegheny National Forest All Units. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest, McKean, Warren. Allegheny National Forest - Northwest Pennslyania - Eastern Region Nine.
Marienville Special Use Road Renewals
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:04/2011  05/2011 Sylvia Grisez
814-723-5150
sgrisez@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is the renewal of 15 roads under special use permit for driveways or other access to private property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/other/
Location: UNIT - Allegheny National Forest All Units. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest, McKean. Spring Creek, Highland, Ridgway, and Millstone Townships (Elk); Green, Jenks, Kingsley, and Howe Townships (Forest); and Hamlin Township (McKean).
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Allegheny National Forest,   Bradford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Coalbed Run Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/25/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
04/2011 Michelle Tamez
814-363-6079
mtamez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and wildlife management activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/vegetative_management/
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest, Warren. LEGAL - Cherry Grove, Limestone and Watson Twps. in Warren County; Hickory, Howe and Kingsley Twps. in Forest County, Pennsylvania. The area is bound by FR 119 on the north, FR 116 on the east, SR 666 on the south and provate property on the west.
Kinzua Valley Rail Trail
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Conn
814-723-5150
mwconn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a 10 mile non-motorized surfaced trail on the existing Kinzua Valley Railroad grade from the Allegheny Reservoir at Red Bridge Bank Fishing Area to the national forest boundary southeast of Guffy.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/other/
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. LEGAL - Kinzua Creek in Hamilton and Lafayette Townships in McKean County, Pennsylvania. Kinzua Creek from Red Bridge on the Allegheny Reservoir east upstream to the national forest boundary in Warrant 3084.
Morrison Run Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
05/2012 Michael Spisak
814-363-6093
mspisak@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and wildlife management activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/vegetative_management/
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Mead Township in Warren County, and Corydon and Hamilton townships in McKean county in Pennsylvania. South of Sugar Bay then west and south to the Allegheny Reservoir, south east to just beyond Chappel Fork to just east of the Bradford RS and up to Sugar Run.
Pipeline Renewals
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Glenn Howard
814-728-6165
gdhoward@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew special use permits for 10 existing oil and gas pipelines and associated facilities. These are in various locations across the Bradford Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/other/
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Lots 461, 470, 487, 507, 508 in Pleasant Twp, Lots 517, 518, 519 in Watson Twp., Warren County, PA. Lots 461, 470, 487, 507, 508 in Pleasant Twp, Lots 517, 518, 519 in Watson Twp., Warren County, PA.
Southern Allegheny Reservoir Enhancement Project (SAREP)
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:07/2011  10/2011 Curtis Bowley
814-363-6044
cbowley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance recreationists enjoyment in the area around the Kinzua Bay of the Allegheny Reservoir through management activities that include scenery, recreation, heritage, vegetation and wildlife activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/recreation_projects/
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Mead Township in Warren County and Hamilton Township in McKean County, PA. Management Areas 7.1 and 2.2 lands surrounding the Kinzua Bay of the Allegheny Reservoir.
Transition EIS
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Anthony Scardina
814-363-6098
ascardina@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to authorize reasonable access for site-specific proposals to develop reserved and outstanding mineral rights within the Allegheny National Forest, with provisions to mitigate impacts to surface resources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest, McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Warren, Forest, Elk and McKean counties, Pennsylvania. Forest wide.
Upper Kinzua
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Ava Turnquist
814-363-6086
aturnquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation Management
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/vegetative_management/
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. LEGAL - Hamilton, Wetmore, Hamlin, and Lafayette Townships, McKean County, Pennsylvania. Forest Service lands that drain into Kinzua Creek east of the Red Bridge Campground. This includes the areas in Meade, Windfall, Wintergreen, Camp, Turnup, Thundershower Runs.
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Allegheny National Forest,   Marienville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Creek Dispersed Recreation
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 10/20/2010  10/2010 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project is proposing to designate two tent campsites and a RV campsite within the dispersed camping area, define and harden the access road and parking areas, rehabilitate compacted areas, and install a seasonal "wilderness" toilet.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/recreation_projects/
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. Warrant 1562, Spring Creek Township.
Clarion River Dispersed Recreation (Phase IV)
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 10/26/2010  10/2010 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate eight new dispersed campsites, establish/harden parking areas for campsites; close three campsites, and rehabilitate two campsites. Includes improving river access, installing a SST and information signs, and stabilizing shoreline.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/recreation_projects/
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. Millstone Township.
Clarion Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/24/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011
Actual: 11/19/2009
09/29/2009 
07/2011 Linda White
814-927-5776
lmwhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop Comprehensive River Management Plan for the Clarion Wild and Scenic River to protect the natural condition and free-flowing state of the river and provide a managmement strategy for all public lands within the wild and scenic river corridor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/recreation_projects/
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson. The 51.7-mile segment of the Clarion River from the ANF/SGL #44 boundary to an unnamed tributary in the backwaters of Piney Dam.
De Young
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/29/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
05/2011 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: This vegetative managmement project includes silvicultural treatments, wildlife habitat improvements, NNIP species treatments, and soil and watershed improvements in conjunction with road maintenance within the 16,672-acre project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/vegetative_management/
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest. LEGAL - Warrants 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2032, 2033, 2463, 2464, 2808, 2882, 2916, 2977, 3662, 3663, 3664, 3667, 3668, 3669, 3753, 3761, 3779, and 3783, Highland, Howe, and Jones Twps. The De Young project area is located in the central portion of the Marienville Ranger District, southwest of Russell City, Pennsylvania.
Pine Bear
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/16/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
09/2011 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed activities include vegetation, wildlife habitat, non-native invasive plant species, transportation, and soil and water management. Oil and gas development is ongoing within the project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/vegetative_management/
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. Warrants 1464, 1465, 1776, 1778, 1783, 1799, 1831, 1858, 1863, 2032, 2033, 2034, 3655, 3656, 3657, 3776, Highland Twnshp; Warrants 3252, 4846, Jones Twnshp; and Warrant 4846, Ridgway Twnshp.
Thinning Study in Allegheny Hardwoods
CE
- Forest products
- Research 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/25/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuing the Thinning Study in Allegheny Hardwoods on the Kane Experimental Forest to demonstrate and collect information on how older forested stands respond to partial cutting treatments by thinning 64 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/vegetative_management
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. Warrant 3253, Jones Township.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.