Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
White Mountain 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, White Mountain National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, White Mountain National Forest,  Androscoggin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, White Mountain National Forest,  Pemigewasset Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, White Mountain National Forest,  Saco 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

           *NEW LISTING*
- 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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White Mountain 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
Bartlett Mountain Land Exchange
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: Land exchange: an approximately 100 acre WMNF parcel in Berlin, NH would become Society for Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF) property and an approximately 100 acre SPNHF parcel in Bartlett, NH would become part of the WMNF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34055
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll, Coos. Land to become WMNF: approximately 100 acres adjacent to NFS lands on Bartlett Mt in Bartlett, NH ; Land to become SPNHF: approximately 100 acres within Jericho Mt. State Park in Berlin, NH.
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White Mountain National Forest,   Androscoggin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area Site Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:09/2011  11/2011 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to repair many of the facilities--including the access road, parking, picnic sites, trails, signage and toilets--at this popular day use area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33106
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area.
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White Mountain National Forest,   Pemigewasset Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Access to Gale River Road Inholding
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/25/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to construct a road approximately one mile long across WMNF lands for access to private inholding completely surrounded by Forest lands south of US Route 3 in Bethlehem, NH.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24416
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - South of US Route 3 in Bethlehem, NH, within the loop of the Gale River Road. Bethlehem, NH.
Crawford Stewardship Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Special use management
- Facility management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
09/2011 Sue Wingate
559-920-5235
swingate01@fs.fed.us 
Description: An integrated resource project with activities including maintenance and improvement of existing recreation facilities, wildlife habitat improvement, timber harvesting, timber stand improvement, and watershed improvement.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24599
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos, Grafton. Coos County, Towns of Carroll and Crawfords Purchase and Grafton County, Town of Bethlehem.
Forest Road 473 Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/11/2008 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special use permit for maintenance and use of approximately 900 feet of FR 473 across NFS lands to access private property. Maintenance would include improvements to the surface of an historic stone culvert/bridge crossing a small drainage.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. FR 473 across NFS lands in the town of Benton, NH.
Gale River Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/17/2010  09/2010 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposed relocation of the Gale River Trail would eliminate two trail crossings of the Gale River which are difficult during moderate or high water conditions. A bridge at one crossing location washed out in 2005 and has not been replaced.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28116
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. The proposed relocation would begin approximately 2 1/2 miles up the Gale River Trail from the trailhead on the Gale River Loop Road.
Pemi Snowmobile Trail Bridge Construction Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010  11/2010 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6107
jburnett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Projects proposed by local snowmobile clubs to construct bridges across Boles Brook, a small section of railroad grade near Guinea Pond, and Batchelder Brook and two of its tributaries, all to mitigate safety and resource concerns.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Bridges are located in the towns of Woodstock (Boles Bk), Warren (Batchelder Bk), and Sandwich (Guinea Pond Trail).
Tripoli Road Campsite Redesign Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:05/2012  01/2013 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation and redesign of some of the campsites along Tripoli Road and adjacent spur roads to mitigate safety and resource concerns.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Tripoli Road, Mack Brook Road and Hix Mountain Spur Road between Exit 31 on I-93 and the town of Waterville Valley.
World Cup T-Bar Extension Project, Waterville Valley Alpine Ski Area
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/02/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
07/2011 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: Extend the existing World Cup T-Bar approximately 800 lineal feet upslope to the Slalom Start area in order to enable this lift to provide access to additional trails and skiable terrain.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32141
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Waterville Valley Alpine Ski Area.
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White Mountain National Forest,   Saco Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
McCrillis Path Trail Relocation Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Land ownership management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/07/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
05/2011 Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of approximately 2500 feet of trail from private property onto the White Mountain National Forest. This relocation will restore public access to the McCrillis Path.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24573
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Town of Sandwich, Carroll County, New Hampshire.
Meserve Brook Watershed Restoration
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:09/2011  07/2012 Kathleen Starke
603-447-5448
kstarke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of aquatic and riparian habitat in and adjacent to Lower Meserve Brook
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Jackson Township, Carroll County, New Hampshire. Lower Meserve Brook , Jackson, NH.
Moat Mountain Trail System Project
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/30/2010  12/2010 Jana Johnson
603-447-5448
janajohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal: Add approximately 12 miles of non-system trails, primarily designed for mountain biking, to the National Forest System
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30375
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Towns of Albany, Bartlett, Conway, and Hale's Location, Carroll County, New Hampshire, on the Saco Ranger District.
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  05/2011 Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project and decision is whether or not to approve a Special Use Permit to the National Science Foundation to set up and maintain a (4 acre) scientific data collection and monitoring site for up to ten years on the Bartlett Experimental Forest.
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. A 4 acre site on Bartlett Experimental Forest, Bartlett, New Hampshire.
Northeast Swift Integrated Resource Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/24/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
09/2011 Desiree Johnston
603-447-5448 x128
dajohnston@fs.fed.us 
Description: An integrated resource project that considers activities to move the NE Swift HMU toward the desired condition through timber, wildlife habitat, recreation, fisheries and aquatic management, road improvements or decommissioning, and other activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/projects/projects
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. North of Swift River, East of Douglas Brook.
Switchback Snowmobile Trail Relocation
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of the Switchback Snowmobile Trail, including construction/ reconstruction of approximately 4 miles of snowmobile trail and closure of approximately 3.5 miles of snowmobile trail on WMNF land. Previously listed on SOPA as Slippery Brook.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=12739
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Towns of Jackson and Chatham, Carroll County, NH.
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