Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
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
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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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/nepa/project_content.php?project=27737
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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/15/2011  07/2011 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=34344
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
ASL (Allegheny Snowmobile Loop) Marshburg Connector (CE)
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011  10/2011 Julie Moyer
814-363-6089
jmoyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approve & constuct 3.3 miles of snowmobile trail on National Forest land to designate a legal connector trail through the Marshburg area to reopen the ASL New York Connector Trail. New route includes 8.7 miles on private land.
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. Lafayette, Corydon, and Hamilton Townships, McKean County.
Bullis Hollow Trail (CE)
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Julie Moyer
814-363-6089
jmoyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Constuct 8 miles of pedestrian trail on National Forest Land to create loop hiking between Bradford, PA (Marilla Spring Trail System), Tracey Ridge Trail System, the North Country Trail, and the Allegany State Park in NY(Blacksnake Trail).
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. Corydon Township, McKean County.
Kinzua Valley Rail Trail
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
05/2012 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.
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
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
05/2012 Michelle Tamez
814-363-6079
mtamez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed activities include vegetation management, timber harvesting, wildlife habitat improvements, treatment of non-native invasive plant species, transportation activities and recreational improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31762
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.
Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Renewal (Equestrian)
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/12/2011  06/2011 Julie Moyer
814-363-6089
jmoyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew special use permits for 2 existing equestrian outfitter/guides using roads/pathways near the western boundary of the Allegheny National Forest (Warren and Forest Counties)
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest, Warren. LEGAL - Limestone Township (Warren County, PA) and Hickory & Kingsley Townships (Forest County, PA). UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean.
Pipeline Renewals
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
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 07/2011 
Expected:03/2012  06/2012 Julie Moyer
814-363-6089
jmoyer@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.
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/nepa/project_content.php?project=29098
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 
Completed  Actual: 06/17/2011  09/2011 Ava Turnquist
814-363-6086
aturnquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation Management
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17200
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
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 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011
Actual: 11/19/2009
09/29/2009 
01/2012 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.
Guitonville Penelec Powerline ROW
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/31/2011  04/2011 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend their special use permit to replace and relocate an underground primary power line built in 1970 that provides power to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and a cell phone tower.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/other
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest. Warrant 5133, Green Township.
MRN Special Use Permit Roads Renewals
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/15/2011  07/2011 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew 15 existing private access road special use permits located on the Marienville Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35913
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest, McKean. Marienville Ranger District.
Marienville Special Use Pipeline Renewal and Expansion
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011  08/2011 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement of 7,140 feet (1.4 miles) of 2- to 3-inch steel above ground natural gas pipeline with a buried 6-inch high density plastic pipeline to accommodate a new tap to an existing pipeline located in Warrant 2993 and expansion of ROW to 30 feet.
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest. Warrants 2878, 2993, and 4545, Howe Township.
Millsteck
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
03/2012 Jerry Jordan
814-927-5789
jjordan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed management activities include vegetation treatments, including timber harvesting, wildlife habitat improvements, NNIP species treatments, transportation activities, and recreational improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34979
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest. Barnett and Jenks Townships, Forest County and Millstone and Spring Creek Townships, Elk County.
Pine Bear
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/01/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
01/2012 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=30846
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.
Salmon West
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/11/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
04/2012 Scott Tepke
814-927-5786
stepke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed management activities include vegetation management, timber harvesting, wildlife habitat enhancements, NNIP species treatments, transportation activities, and recreational improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35240
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest. Howe Township, Jenks Township, Kingsley 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.