Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding 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
- 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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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Massabesic Demonstration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Research and Development  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:09/2012  08/2013 Jonathan Janelle
603-868-7628
jjanelle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is to provide a forest demonstration area for natural resource professionals and educators. The site will enable forest professionals to bring groups of land owners and students to see firsthand a variety of silvicultural practices.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units, Massabesic All Units. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - York. The project will take place in York County Maine in the town of Alfred.
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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 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Campground Concessionaire Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/15/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2013 Sarah LaPlante
603-536-6237
slaplante@fs.fed.us 
Description: Administrative action to reissue a campground concessionaire permit for 23 WMNF campgrounds and day use sites beginning January 2013 because term on existing permit expires.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - Maine, New Hampshire. COUNTY - Oxford, Carroll, Coos, Grafton. 23 campgrounds and day use sites across the White Mountain National Forest.
Forest-wide Outfitter & Guide Conversions
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Sarah LaPlante
603-536-6237
slaplante@fs.fed.us 
Description:  In accordance with changes in national policy, all Outfitter & Guide permits (currently 1 year temporary permits on the WMNF) will be issued as 10 year permits. Operating plans and proposed itineraries will still require annual Forest approval.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36351
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - Maine, New Hampshire. COUNTY - Oxford, Carroll, Coos, Grafton. Forest-wide outfitters and guides.
Waterville Valley Municipal Water Supply Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/20/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use permit to allow Town of Waterville Valley to install a municipal water supply well, fence with locked gate, electrical service with instrumentation and controls, water transmission main and electrical service from well to WMNF boundary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37086
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Waterville Valley.
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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
19 Mile Brook Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Jacob Lubera
603-466-2713 x224
jlubera@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bridge was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Propose to move crossing 500' upstream to better location, install stepping stones to get across brook, install rock staircase to an old road prism to tie back into trail, and install drainage as needed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37961
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. 19 Mile Brook Trail, Greens Grant, NH.
Cutler River Drainage Bridge Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace 5 bridges in the Cutler River Drainage identified as undersized and damaged. These bridges allow for access to Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines by the general public and Mount Washington Avalanche Center staff.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37962
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Pinkhams Grant & Sargents Purchase.
Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area Site Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/20/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33106
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area.
Wild River Roadside Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  10/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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
Berry Farm Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 10/14/2011  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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34781
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Forest Service Tract 1028, Towns of Campton and Rumney, NH.
Eastside Road Repairs
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Justin Preisendorfer
603-536-6105
jpreisendorfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair damage from Tropical Storm Irene including realigning and replacing a culvert, short (~100') reroute away from a slump currently impacting the road, and replacing a culvert that washed down stream with a bridge.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Eastside Road at Lincoln Woods Visitor Center.
Green Peak Expansion and Trail Construction at Waterville Valley Ski Resort
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/23/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
11/2012 Sarah LaPlante
603-536-6237
slaplante@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct ski trails, a glade area, a lift, and snowmaking equipment and relocate one building on Green Peak. All activities are within the Special Use Permit boundary and the ski area's accepted Master Development Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36652
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Green Peak Waterville Valley Ski Area, Town of Waterville Valley.
Loon Mountain Beginner Area at South Mountain
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:12/2012  05/2013 Joseph Gill
603-466-2713 x221
jgill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow the construction of one fixed grip chairlift and approximately 25 acres of new beginner ski terrain and expansion of snowmaking to new area with existing water. Approx. 60% of the lift and ski terrain would be on National Forest System lands.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Lincoln, NH. Loon Mountain Ski Area.
Mount Tecumseh SBA Towers II, LLCDecision Memo
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 10/27/2011  04/2012 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a prefabricated concrete communication structure and lease space to NH Electric Coop (NHEC) at the existing Mt. Tecumseh communication site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37559
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - US Tract 50F;. Pemigewasset Ranger District, White Mountain National Forest. Town of Waterville Valley, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
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 09/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
04/2014 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.northernpasseis.us/
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Existing transmission corridor crossing WMNF in Easton, Lincoln, and Woodstock, NH.
Pemi Northwest Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/12/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34713
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Towns of Benton, Easton, Woodstock and Landaff, NH.
Trails 19a and 23/23a at Waterville Valley Ski Resort
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Thomas Paquette
802-767-4261 x 521
tpaquette@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct Trails 19a and 23/23a, which were included in the 1999 accepted Master Development Plan. These trails, on Mt. Tecumseh, would connect the existing Psyched and Valley Run trails.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Waterville Valley, NH. Waterville Valley Ski Resort.
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 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Waterville Valley Super G Racecourse Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/14/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
08/2012 Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Widen sections of three existing alpine ski trails to meet the specifications of FIS (International Ski Federation) and USSA (US Ski and Snowboard Association) to hold world class Super Giant Slalom race series.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36472
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
Champney Falls Parking Lot Expansion
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  05/2013 Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expand parking area for Champney Falls and Bolles Trails
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Town of Albany, Carroll County, NH. Champney Falls parking lot is located along Kancamagus National Scenic Byway (NH Route112).
Meserve Brook Watershed Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012  10/2012 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.
Neuts Brook Snowmobile Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Formerly the "Bartlett Admin Site Snowmobile Trail Relocation Project". An existing snowmobile trail through Bartlett Experimental Forest Administrative Site is proposed for relocation to the perimeter of the site, and eliminates some existing trail
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34515
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. The trail relocation is within Bartlett Experimental Forest, will construct one bridge across Neuts brook adjacent to the Site, and use a Bartlett waterline easement corridor to reconnect the trail.
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/28/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
05/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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  Completed  Actual: 10/31/2011  10/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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  Completed  Actual: 11/07/2011  08/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.