Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
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
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:01/2012
 
01/2012 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.
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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
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/01/2011  10/2011 Julie Moyer
814-363-6089
jmoyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct and designate 5.8 miles of snowmobile trail on National Forest land that would connect to 2.6 miles of newly designated snowmobile trail on private land. All but 0.3mi of the route is on existing corridors.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35399
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. Lafayette, Corydon, and Hamilton Townships, McKean County.
Bullis Hollow Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:01/2012  05/2012 Julie Moyer
814-363-6089
jmoyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Constuct 8.3 miles of pedestrian trail on National Forest Land to connect Bradford, PA (Marilla Spring Trail System), Tracy Ridge Trail System, the North Country Trail, and the Allegany State Park in NY (Blacksnake Trail).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35400
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. Corydon Township, McKean County.
Catalyst Energy Road Special Use Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/07/2011  09/2011 Matthew Trager
814-363-6012
mdtrager@fs.fed.us 
Description: Catalyst Energy Inc. requested a special use authorization for a road accessing their mineral rights. This requires a right of way on Allegheny National Forest Land approximately 500 ft long by 19 ft wide (~0.2 acre).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36747
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. Allegheny National Forest land in Warrant 3435, Lafayette Township, McKean Co.
Kinzua Valley Rail Trail
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31752
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.
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.
Saybrook Energy Pipeline Special Use Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/02/2011  09/2011 Matthew Trager
814-363-6012
mdtrager@fs.fed.us 
Description: Saybrook Energy Investments LLC requested a special use authorization for installation and maintenance of a gas pipeline. The proposed location would require a right of way of between 1,000 and 1,500 ft long by 6 ft wide (<0.25 acre).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36745
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. Two potential routes are located from an existing pipeline along an unnamed road in Lot 614 across the northwestern corner of Lot 615 in Cherry Grove Township, Warren Co.
Sheffield Sewer Line Special Use Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/22/2011  10/2011 Matthew Trager
814-363-6012
mdtrager@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sheffield Township requested a special use authorization to extend municipal sewer lines to outlying areas. This requires right's of way along three sections of road that cross Allegheny National Forest land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36709
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. Two sections along State Route 2002 and one section along State Route 666 in Sheffield Township, Lots 285, 318 and 319.
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 09/2011 
Expected:03/2012  06/2012 Julie Moyer
814-363-6089
jmoyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance recreation opportunities 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=32831
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.
Sylvan Energy Road Special Use Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/16/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Matthew Trager
814-363-6012
mdtrager@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sylvan Energy LLC. requested a special use authorization for two roads accessing their mineral rights. This requires rights of way on Allegheny National Forest Land totalling approximately 365 ft long by 20 ft wide (~0.2 acre).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36965
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. Allegheny National Forest land in Warrant 5245, Watson Township, Warren Co.
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.
U.S. Energy Pipeline Special Use Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Matthew Trager
814-363-6012
mdtrager@fs.fed.us 
Description: U.S. Energy Development Corporation requested a special use authorization for installation and maintenance of a gas pipeline. The proposed location would require a right of way approximately 2825 ft long by 25 ft wide (~1.62 acres).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36738
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. Along Forest Road 272 in Warrant 3719 (Corydon Township, McKean Co.) for approximately 1900 ft and then approximately 925 ft from Forest Road 272 to the boundary between Warrants 3713 and 3719.
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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 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
Actual: 11/19/2009
09/29/2009 
04/2012 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=27054
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.
Howard Drilling Special Use Road Authorization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 09/15/2011  09/2011 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use authorization to construct an oil and gas access road approximately 950 feet (0.18 miles) long in Lot 260, McKean County, Pennsylvania, to access their mineral estate in Lot 261.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36832
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. Lot 260, Wetmore Township.
Marienville Special Use Pipeline Renewal and Expansion
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/28/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36283
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 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
07/2012 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:09/2011
 
02/2012 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 East
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2014 
Expected:04/2015  08/2015 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed activities include vegetation management, wildlife habitat improvements, non-native invasive plant species treatments, transportation activites, recreation enhancements, and soil and water improvements.
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest. Jenks and Howe Townships, Forest County.
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 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
08/2012 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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