Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2011 to 06/30/2011
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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- 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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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
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
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.
Horton Center/Pine Mountain Road and Russell/Schiebe Special Use Permits
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:06/2011  06/2011 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Androscoggin Ranger District is proposing to renew two expired Special Use Permits (SUP) for a period of 5 years. Each applicant (the Horton Center; Faye Russell and James Schiebe) has requested renewal of their expired permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35044
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine, New Hampshire. COUNTY - Oxford, Coos. Pine Mtn Road - Coos County, Town of Gorham, NH; Faye/Schiebe Road - Mason Township, Oxford County, Maine.
Wild River Roadside Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  01/2012 Jeffrey Williams
603-466-2713 x206
jeffreyjwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove hazard trees and improve forest stand conditions along 6.3 miles of the Wild River Road (Forest Road 12). Harvest timber within a designated roadside risk management zone of 100 feet on either side of Wild River Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34794
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. LEGAL - Batchelders Grant, Oxford County, Maine. Wild River Road (Forest Road 12).
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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  Completed  Actual: 02/22/2011  03/2011 Tom Giles
603-536-6102
tjgiles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to grant an easement 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.
Base Road Blowdown Salvage Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  05/2011 Roger Boyer
603-536-6130
rboyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest a total of approximately 10 acres of blown down trees along the Base Road. The trees blew down during a wind event in the winter of 2009-2010.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Along the Base Road in the town of Crawfords Purchase, NH.
Berry Farm Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6107
jburnett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate approximately one mile of the Berry Farm Snowmobile Trail to the most appropriate route within an existing deeded right-of-way in the vicinity of Bald Mountain
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34781
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Forest Service Tract 1028, Towns of Campton and Rumney, NH.
Forest Road 473 Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/11/2008 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 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.
Garfield Shelter Replacement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Garfield Shelter is in poor condition and needs replacement. We propose to replace it with a similar Adirondack-style shelter on the existing footprint.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35143
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Along the Garfield Ridge Trail (part of the Appalachian Trail) near the summit of Mt. Garfield.
Northern Pass Transmission Line Special Use Permit
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 02/11/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
10/2012 Tiffany Benna
603-536-6241
tbenna@fs.fed.us 
Description: Northern Pass LLC has proposed a new power transmission line in NH that would cross the WMNF. US Dep't of Energy is leading NEPA analysis. WMNF decision is whether to issue a special use permit, consistent with the Forest Plan, to cross the Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34752
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Existing transmission corridor crossing WMNF in Easton, Lincoln, and Woodstock, NH.
Pemi NW Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:06/2012  10/2012 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes vegetation management and improvements to wildlife habitat, recreation and watershed resources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34713
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Towns of Benton, Easton, Woodstock and Landaff, NH.
Tripoli Road Campsite Relocation and Roadside Hazard Tree Removal Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
01/2013 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation and redesign of all of the campsites along Tripoli Road to sites along adjacent spur roads to mitigate safety and resource concerns. Removal of hazard trees along Tripoli Road and spur roads to address safety concerns.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31039
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:04/2011
 
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.
Zealand Road Campground Power Installation
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:10/2011  11/2011 Ryan Twomey
307-332-2151
rtwomey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bring electric power into Zealand Road to install electric hook-ups at Zealand Campground, electric hookups for host sites at Sugarloaf I and II Campgrounds, and replace solar power system used to supply water at Sugarloaf I Campground.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. From Route 302 in the town of Carroll, NH, south along Zealand Road to Sugarloaf I and II Campgrounds.
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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
Bartlett Admin Site Snowmobile Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6107
jburnett@fs.fed.us 
Description: An existing snowmobile trail through Bartlett Experimental Forest Administration Site is proposed for relocation to its perimeter and onto an existing waterline corridor, connecting to the Bear Notch snowmobile trail and to the town of Bartlett.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34515
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Bartlett Experimental Forest.
Blueberry Ledge Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:07/2011  08/2011 Cristin Bailey
603-447-5448x112
cristinbailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Two locations on the lower third of Blueberry Ledge Trail are to be relocated because they concentrate water and are causing soil erosion. Rehabilitation of the unneeded section of trail would occur.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34528
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Located on the lower third of the Blueberry Ledge Trail.
Bradley Brook Snowmobile Trail Relocation and Maintenance Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/10/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
08/2011 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6107
jburnett@fs.fed.us 
Description: To eliminate ~1500' of wet trail, would relocate ~1000' to Forest Road 5049 and construct ~800' of connecting trail. Remaining 2.5 miles would be maintained (improved drainage, grading, brushing, widening) and minor realignments to accomodate groomer
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34510
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. The project site is on the existing trail template for 2.5 miles, with 1,822 feet of trail relocation.
Ellis River Nordic Trail Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  08/2011 Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 1000 foot section of the Ellis River Trail is proposed for relocation due to a slump. Use of this section of the trail is prohibited as of April 1, 2011. A trail relocation is needed to bypass that location.
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Trail section to be relocated is approximately one mile north of the trail origin on Green Hill Road, in Jackson, NH.
McCrillis Path Trail Relocation Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Land ownership management 
Completed  Actual: 12/23/2010  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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
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.
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Research Special Use Permit Decision Memo
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/20/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: One proposed site for this national network is at the Bartlett Experimental Forest. The project decision is whether or not to issue a 10 year permit to install and operate a research tower, study plots, boardwalk, and associated facilities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32811
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Bartlett Experimental Forest.
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/20/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
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 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
10/2011 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=28840
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.
Resolution Shelter Removal Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Dylan Alden
603-447-5448
dalden@fs.fed.us 
Description: Resolution Shelter, accessible from the Mt Parker Trail and Davis Path, is closed due to its deteriorated condition. The proposal is to dismantle the shelter, remove non-organic components, rehab the site and trail, and provide an alternate tentsite.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34526
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Resolution shelter is located near the Davis Path and Mt. Parker Trail junction, between Mt. Resolution and Stairs Mountain.
Saco District Trail Decommisioning Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/11/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Cristin Bailey
603-447-5448x112
cristinbailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommission sections of up to seven trails that are impractical to maintain or duplicate access (Bog, Wildcat and Rob Brook, East Branch, Gleason,White Ledge and Church Pond). Would be accomplished with trail sign removal and concealing entrances.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34520
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll, Grafton. These trails are located in various locations throughout the Saco Ranger District.
Switchback Snowmobile Trail Relocation
EA
- Recreation management  Cancelled  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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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.