Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests

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, Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R9 - Eastern Region, Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests,  Hector Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests,  Manchester Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests,  Middlebury Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests,  Rochester 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: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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Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue Special Use Permit to authorize all existing CVPS power lines located across the Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=12744
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District, Rochester Ranger District, Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham, Windsor. LEGAL - Multiple counties and towns. Green Mountain National Forest, multiple towns.
New England Wilderness Act Road Restoration Project
EA
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jay Strand
802-767-4261
jstrand@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will address the non-conforming infrastructure (roads) that may inhibit naturally occurring ecological processes to take place. Roads will be restored to a landscape level, converted to non-motorized trails, or a combination of both.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23615
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District, Rochester Ranger District, Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Bennington, Windsor. LEGAL - Forest-wide. Forest-wide, towns of Granville, Ripton, Hancock, Rochester, Woodford, and Glastenbury.
Outfitter Guide Special Use Authorizations
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Carol Burd
802-747-6749
cburd@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will review issue of Special Use authorizations to Outfitters and Guides for recreational / educational trips which have not caused significant resource impacts in the past. Authorizations may exceed one year and cover a range of activities
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32381
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District, Rochester Ranger District, Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Windsor. A variety of locations across Green Mountain National Forest System lands.
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Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests,   Hector Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Butternut Seed Orchard
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Research and Development  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/08/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Sarah Schoenberg
607-546-4470 ex. 321
sschoenberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establish a butternut seed orchard within Grassland for Grazing Management Area to develop disease resistant trees. Area occupied by the orchard is estimated to be 250 feet x 250 feet.
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler. Finger Lakes NF, Town of Hector.
Engel Hay Harvesting Special Use
CE
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hay harvesting in existing fields on two tracts of NFS land in Grassland for Wildlife MA. One field is in Military Lot (ML) 8 on the north side of Searsburg Rd. opposite the end of Grove Rd; the second is in ML 13 on the west side of Wardner Corner.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33891
Location: UNIT - Hector Ranger District. STATE - New York. COUNTY - Schuyler. Military Lot 8 on the north side of Searsburg Road opposite the end of Grove Road, and in ML 13 on the west side of Wardner Corners Road.
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Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests,   Manchester Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Deerfield Wind Energy Development Special Use Permit EIS
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/23/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2012 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Robert Bayer
(802) 362-2307 ext 218
rbayer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application for Special Use Permit to erect wind turbines and develop a commercial wind power facility on National Forest lands. Supplemental DEIS released in late December 2010; estimate availability of FEIS/ROD in October, 2011.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/fs-usda-pop.php?project=7838
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Green Mountain National Forest, Towns of Readsboro and Searsburg.
Dorset / Peru Integrated Resource Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/22/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Melissa Reichert
802-747-6754
mmreichert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Multi-resource project activities to meet desired future conditions provided by the 2006 Forest Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32091
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. National Forest System lands in and around the towns of Dorset and Peru, Bennington County, Vermont.
E.C. Crosby Cultivation Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/25/2008 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue existing Special Use Permit for cultivation of NFS lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26626
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. Green Mountain National Forest; Manchester RD, Town of Mt. Tabor.
Horse and Bike Trail Designations in Woodford/Somerset Areas
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012  10/2012 Joan McCloud
802-362-2307 x 229
jmccloud@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate existing snowmobile trails and roads for horse and bike use. May involve some trail improvements.
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Manchester Ranger District, Towns of Woodford and Somerset.
Kelley Logging Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/09/2011  12/2011 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project is to authorize a yarding corridor and a landing on NFS land so a private inholding can be logged. The skid trail is 20 feet wide by 400 feet long, and the landing is approximately 0.25 acres in size.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32081
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Along Town Highway 18, National Forest land in the town of Peru, Bennington County, Vermont.
Kelley Stand East Trail Head Access (Horse and Bike Trail Designations)
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/23/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Joan McCloud
802-362-2307 x 229
jmccloud@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate existing roads / snowmobile trails for mountain bike and equestrian use. Some trail hardening will occur.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35476
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windham. Kelley Stand Parking Lot to IP Road, Town of Stratton, Manchester Ranger District.
Kelly Stand Road (Forest Highway 6) Flood Repairs Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/29/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Jay Strand
802-767-4261
jstrand@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair and reopen Kelly Stand Road (Forest Highway 6) that was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. Work includes road and bridge restoration, rock excavation, stream restoration and other activities on both NFS and private lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38001
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Manchester RD, Town of Sunderland.
Lauzon and Sausville Private Land Access Special Use Permits
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/27/2008 
Expected:03/2012
 
04/2012 Jay Strand
802-767-4261
jstrand@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of special use permits to authorize the Lauzon and Sausville families to access their private land inholdings within the Glastenbury Wilderness Area by private road.
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Green Mountain National Forest, Manchester RD, Towns Glastenbury and Woodford.
Lightfoot Private Land Access Special Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/11/2006 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit for use of a road on National Forest System lands authorizing private individual access to private land for recreation and logging.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18053
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Green Mountain National Forest, Town of Winhall.
Lodge at Pinnacle View Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/08/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue an expired special use permit to The Lodge at Pinnacle View for the use of 13.85 acres of NFS lands for miscellaneous facilities.
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Green Mountain NF, Town of Winhall.
Mountain Bike Trail Designations, Hapgood Pond and Utley Brook Areas
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joan McCloud
802-362-2307 x 229
jmccloud@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate existing roads and trails for mountain bike use. No construction of new trails, although some trail hardening will occur.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35477
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Hapgood Pond and Utley Brook Areas, Town of Peru, Manchester Ranger District.
Perkins Logging Access Special Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/08/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
02/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Perkins Logging plans to harvest private land in Wardsboro, VT. They’ve requested winter use of about 600’ of skid trail to a landing on NFS land next to a Town Highway for a period of 3 years.
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windham. Manchester RD, Town of Wardsboro, VT.
Peru Upland Opening for Wildlife
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 John Sease
802-362-2307-237
jsease@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore and maintain an existing upland opening on about 4.5 acres with a possible combination of hand, mechanical and prescribed fire treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35494
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Existing opening, Compartment 55 on Hapgood Pond Rd in the town of Peru.
Richville Road Wildlife Opening Restoration and Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 John Sease
802-362-2307-237
jsease@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will remove cultivated crops, restore vegetation, and ultimately provide enhanced public recreational access to the Battenkill River. Opening maintenance will include hand, mechanical and/or prescribed fire treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35493
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Richville Road, Town of Manchester.
South Wallingford Water Company Special Use
CE
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/21/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
02/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: SWWC has asked to build a State required water treatment facility on NFS lands at the Homer Stone trailhead on the side of Homer Stone Road north of Homer Stone Brook. The building will be approx. 8x10 ft, mimicking other outbuildings in appearance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35487
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. The Homer Stone trailhead on the side of Homer Stone Road north of Homer Stone Brook, Town of Wallingford.
Wilmington Water District Special Use
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Place a series of wells and springs on NFS lands near Crystal Pond, and Crystal and Haystack Ponds that provides water to the Town of Wilmington under the proper authorization. There may be new source springs requested.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35490
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Windham. Vicinity of Crystal Pond and Haystack Pond, primarily located on US Tract 390a in the town of Wilmington.
Woodford Lake Estates Snowmobile Trail Additions
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Joan McCloud
802-362-2307 x 229
jmccloud@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate a section of the powerline corridor, FR 280 & two access trails connecting Woodford Lake Estates to the NFS snowmobile trail system. The proposal includes the decommissioning of the 4 mile Dome Trail (FT 393) in the Lamb Brook area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35469
Location: UNIT - Manchester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Bennington. Town of Woodford, Manchester Ranger District, area around Woodford Lake Estates housing association.
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Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests,   Middlebury Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CVPS Distribution Line Special Use, Ripton-Lincoln Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/08/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: CVPS has applied to add an electric distribution line to an existing pole-mounted phone line south along the Ripton-Lincoln Road from the intersection with the North Branch Road in Ripton. Additional clearing for the roadside line would be needed.
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. Middlebury Ranger District, Town of Ripton.
Lefferts Pond Area Trails Project
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 10/26/2011  10/2011 Holly Knox
802-767-4261
hknox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove snowmobile and horse access from Lefferts Pond Trail (FT 133) to reduce wetland impacts and maintenance costs; reroute horse use onto Lefferts Day Use Area access road (FR412); improve Round Robin snowmobile and horse trail to restore access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35176
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. Lefferts Pond Trail (Forest Trail 133), Lefferts Day Use Area access road (FR412), and Round Robin snowmobile and horse trail, all in town of Chittenden.
Marks Private Land Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/08/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Andrew Marks has applied for access to his private land off the Fay Road in Goshen. Consists of constructing an 80 ft long by 14 ft wide low standard road for wood lot management and recreation use.
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. Middlebury Ranger District, Town of Goshen.
Steam Mill Gravel Pit
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2010 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 John Kamb
802-747-6715
jkamb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop and manage a gravel pit on the west side of an elongated hill-shaped landform between Forest Road 59 and Forest Road 130 on National Forest System land in the Town of Ripton.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26945
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. Between Forest Roads 59 and 130 in the Town of Ripton.
Steam Mill Wetland Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Nancy Burt
802-747-6742
nburt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore a wetland on the west side of Forest Road (FR) 59 and north of FR 130 in the Town of Ripton, VT.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34880
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. Green Mountain NF, Middlebury RD, Town of Ripton, VT.
Wagonwheel Nordic Trail Extension Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide a long, groomed outer woods loop opportunity for Nordic skiers at Rikert Ski Touring Center which is apready permitted to operate a Nordic ski center. Loop will also provide access to the Catamount Trail from Rikert; a gate may be required.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35309
Location: UNIT - Middlebury Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Addison. Wagonwheel Extension is an old road from Rikert Ski Touring Center to an intersection with the shared VAST / Catamount trail in Ripton, VT.
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Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests,   Rochester Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Kent Pond Overflow Spillway Access and Repairs
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/17/2011  12/2011 David Bosch
802-747-6746
dbosch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use authorization to provide State contractor access to repair the Kent Pond spillway damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. Access is by road across NFS land for approximiately 800 feet,
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38008
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. Green Mountain NF, Town of Killington.
Killington Town River Road Loop Trail
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/08/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Jennifer Wright
802-747-6730
jenniferwright@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 4 mile loop trail that encompasses portions of River Rd., Valley Park Rd., Thundering Brook Rd., Killington town land and NFS land. About 3.7 miles of the loop is located on town property and public roads and about 0.3 mile on NFS land.
Location: UNIT - Rochester Ranger District. STATE - Vermont. COUNTY - Rutland. Green Mountain NF, Town of Killington.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.