Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
Monongahela 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, Monongahela National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest,  Cheat/Potomac Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest,  Gauley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest,  Marlinton/White Sulphur 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 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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.
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Monongahela 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
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Suppression
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/14/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 David Ede
304-636-1800 ext. 233
dede@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal for biological and chemical treatments to suppress infestations of hemlock woolly adelgid, a non-native insect that is killing hemlock trees on the Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf
Location: UNIT - Monongahela National Forest All Units. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Webster. LEGAL - Greebrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, and Webster Counties, West Virginia. Treatment areas would be scattered throughout the Monongahela NF on all Ranger Districts. EA will have a map.
Wildlife Openings
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:04/2013  07/2013 Jay Martin
304-846-2695
jdmartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal will address maintenance of wildlife openings across the Forest through mowing, prescribed fire, herbicide, and other treatments, and will include long-term strategies for determining, prioritizing, and treating existing and new areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31823
Location: UNIT - Monongahela National Forest All Units. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Webster. Openings are scattered across the Forest in Grant, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, and Webster Counties, WV.
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Monongahela National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Re-issuance of Long-Term Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Edward Sherman
304-257-4488, ext 27
ejsherman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of outfitter/guide special use permits.
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District, Greenbrier Ranger District, Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker. Across Cheat Potomac and Greenbrier Ranger Districts, Monongahela National Forest.
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Monongahela National Forest,   Cheat/Potomac Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mountain
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/11/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
03/2013 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
kvollmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve oak regeneration and stand structural and age diversity, and increase mast for wildlife through a variety of methods, including commercial and noncommercial treatments. Enhance wildlife and aquatic habitats for a number of species.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36612
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. Southeast part of Cheat Potomac RD. North Fork South Branch Potomac watershed. South of Spruce Knob, North of Virginia State Line.
Cheat Potomac Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/03/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
comments-eastern-monongahela-potomac@fs.fed.us 
Description: Management of 11 grazing allotments: Camp Bright; Coberly Sods North; Coberly Sods South; Vickers; Wratchford; Forinash; Ours; Strader Run; Whitmer; Pharis Knob; and Big Run.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36991
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District, Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant, Pendleton, Randolph, Tucker. On the Cheat Potomac Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest.
Citizens Telecommunications of WV Telephone Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 Sarah Hankens
304-799-4334
shankens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Citizens Telecommunications of West Virginia has an existing telephone line that is not covered by their existing permit. An amendment is proposed to add 282 of existing aerial telephone cable that crosses federal lands.
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. This project is located directly east of the community of Laneville, adjacent to the western edge of Dolly Sods Wilderness.
Laneville Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
comments-eastern-monongahela-potomac@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace the Laneville bridge. Construct short sections of new access roads and rehabilitate existing access roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36613
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. East of Laneville, at the beginning of FR 19, over Red Creek. Near the southwest border of the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
Pheasant Mountain Timber Stand Improvement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/05/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488, ext 24
kvollmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Noncommercial crop tree release on approximately 1,083 acres to maintain species diversity and increase the growth and survival of selected hard mast-producing tree species
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39359
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. NE of Parsons, WV, on the Cheat portion of the Cheat Potomac RD.
Tub Run Abandoned Coal Mine Restoration
EA
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Kristine Vollmer
304-257-4488
kvollmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize WV DEP to do restoration work on abandoned coal mine. Work includes reshaping land, covering acidic spoils, planting trees and herbaceous vegetation, decommissioning roads, and establishing drainage controls.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34978
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Tucker County, WV; Cheat Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest. The project is located about 4 miles southwest of Thomas, in Tucker County, West Virginia, above the northern rim of Blackwater Canyon on the Cheat Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest.
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Monongahela National Forest,   Gauley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cranberry Glades Boardwalk Replacement
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
03/2013 Tim Henry
304-799-4334
tlhenry@fs.fed.us 
Description: The boardwalk is aged and and requires extensive annual maintenance. Replacement will improve user access and safety when using the site, and reduce the need for extensive annual maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38351
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. The Cranberry Glades Boardwalk is in the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, between Marlinton and Richwood, West Virginia, approximately one mile west of junction WV 39/55 and WV150.
Dillon Road Right-of-Way
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/09/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 Laura Hise
304-456-3335, ext 121
lhise@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to use an existing road right-of-way across National Forest System lands to access Mr. Dillon's private property.
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas. North of Woodbine on Cambden on Gauley Quad #47.
Frontier WV Right-of-Way
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 Sarah Hankens
304-799-4334
shankens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Frontier West Virginia has an existing aerial phone line in their right-of-way that their permit does not currently recognize. Their existing permit needs to be amended to include this use.
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas. The project area is approximately 1 1/2 miles north of Richwood, WV.
Lower Williams Wildlife Enhancement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/25/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Jay Martin
304-846-2695
jdmartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed vegetation alteration and wildlife habitat enhancement on an estimated 140 acres. The project would create grassy and early-successional habitat, reduce the mid-story to diversify forest structure and composition, and enhance native grasses.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38797
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Webster. Proposed activities are scattered throughout the Lower Williams river area, an estimated six to ten miles north-northeast of Richwood, WV.
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Monongahela National Forest,   Marlinton/White Sulphur Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Laurel Creek Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/26/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
06/2013 Tim Henry
304-799-4334
tlhenry@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute an estimated 1/2 mile of the 9 mile Laurel Creek Trail. Laurel Creek meanders through the existing trail in multiple places. The reroute would protect water and soil resources and increase user safety by reducing the number of crossings.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38575
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. The Laurel Creek Trail Reroute is an estimated 3 miles southeast of Minnehaha Springs, WV, and a couple miles north of WV 39.
Lockridge Prescribed Burns
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/30/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2013 Sarah Hankens
304-799-4334
shankens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed fire is proposed for multiple burn units totaling an estimated 2,532 acres. This will be a landscape-scale burn in WV and VA, in conjunction with the Fire Learning Network.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37638
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - An estimated 8-12 miles east of Marlinton, WV, between Highways 92 and 39 and the Virginia State Line. Pocahontas County, West Virginia; Marlinton Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest.
Private Landowner Use of Gated Forest Service Road 748
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/12/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 Laura Hise
304-456-3335, extension 121
lhise@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landowners needing access to property in the Watoga Land Association propose to use gated FR 748 instead of their deeded right-of-way across National Forest System lands. This would prevent resource effects from reconstruction and use of deeded ROW
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. Chicken House Run Area, Marlinton Quad #60.
Spice Run Access Improvement
CE
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 06/04/2012  08/2012 Sarah Hankens
304-799-4334
shankens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide seasonal vehicle access to public lands in the area by improving Forest Road 876, including maintaining road surface, adding pull-offs and small parking area in existing landings, replacing signage, and installing gates
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37642
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier, Pocahontas. LEGAL - Forest Road 876, adjacent to Spice Run Wilderness and Calvin Price State Forest. Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties, WV; White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest.
Two-Mile Road Closure
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/10/2010 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Sarah Hankens
304-799-4334
shankens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed closure of Two-Mile Road due to considerable erosion and natural resource damage. The nearby One-Mile Road will be opened during the same time period.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30944
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. This project is located directly northwest of the community of Neola, WV.
Upper Meadow Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:09/2013  09/2013 Kevin Taylor
304-456-3335
kltaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed fire is proposed for multiple areas totaling an estimated 3600 acres. This will be a landscape scale ecosystem restoration effort in WV and VA, in conjunction with the Fire Learning Network.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30759
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. This project is located along the WV-VA border, an estimated 13 miles southeast of Marlinton WV and directly north of Lake Sherwood.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.