Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  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.
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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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/26/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
08/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 75 acres adjacent to NFS lands on Bartlett Mt in Bartlett, NH ; Land to become SPNHF: approximately 95 acres within Jericho Mt. State Park in Berlin, NH.
Forest-wide Outfitter & Guide Conversions
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/27/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
08/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013  05/2013 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Two reroutes totaling 350' to put trail above flood height; may include rock steps and waterbars. New bridge over an unnamed tributary to 19 Mile Brook to replace washed-out bridge. Removal of remnants of old bridge and rehab old trail tread.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Green's Grant, NH. 19 Mile Brook Trail.
Albany South Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2014  02/2015 Kori Marchowsky
603-536-6108
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: An integrated resource management project that proposes vegetation management to improve wildlife habitat and forest health conditions, as well as recreation, watershed and transportation system improvements.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39614
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. Town of Stoneham, Oxford County, ME.
Bull Brook Wildlife Opening Management
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:05/2013  08/2013 Lesley Rowse
603-446-2713 ext.231
lrowse@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stump two existing permanent wildlife openings on FR 752 to allow these areas to be maintained in an open, brushy condition by mowing. Stumps would be removed with an excavator and buried onsite. One opening is 4 acres; the other is 5 acres.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. Along Forest Road 752 in Batchelders Grant, Maine.
Cutler River Drainage Bridge Replacement
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace 5 bridges in the Cutler River Drainage identified as undersized and damaged. All to be replaced in same locations. Bridges allow access to Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines by the general public and Mount Washington Avalanche Center staff
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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:04/2013
 
05/2014 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33106
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area.
Godfrey Dam Solar Panel Array
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013  05/2013 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update special use permit to allow installation of a 9-panel solar array on a single pole mount that will be placed on a 6' by 6' concrete pad. Array would be placed adjacent to an existing storage shed at the Godfrey Dam site.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Godfrey Dam.
Maple Syrup Tree Tapping Permit
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013  05/2013 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: 5-year special use permit to place several hundred taps in sugar maple trees on 75 acres and use of existing old skid roads for tapping effort.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Town of Randolph.
Pond of Safety Accessible Trail & Shoreline Access Hardening
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013  05/2013 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace user created trail from designated parking lot to canoe launch with accessible trail along an existing road prism and harden shore using riprap to limit erosion. May include a small (3' square) landing to allow easier canoe access.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Pond of Safety, Randolph, NH.
WavePoint Communication Cable Installation
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013  05/2013 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use permit to allow Wavepoint to install communication cables in an existing underground conduit and on existing utility poles for about 9 miles through Pinkham Notch. Installation is part of the Network New Hampshire Now Project.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll, Coos. Pinkham Notch along NH Route 16.
Wild River Roadside Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
Campton Day Use Area Development Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013  10/2013 Tom Giles
603-536-6102
tjgiles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convert the former Campton Group Campground into a day use area with approved features and amenities. The Pemigewasset Ranger District will host a public meeting to solicit input on conceptual plans currently under development.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39515
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Former site of Campton Group Campground on the south side of Route 49 in Campton and Thornton, NH.
Driveway Permit Reissuance for Thornton Residences
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013  04/2013 Justin Preisendorfer
603-536-6105
jpreisendorfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue permits for access to private residences in the Town of Thornton that were formerly under special use authorization but permits expired or property changed owners
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41012
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. For multiple locations in the Town of Thornton, NH including access off Route 49 and Upper Mad River Road.
Eastside Road and Trail Repairs
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 12/19/2012  05/2013 Stacy Lemieux
603-536-6222
slemieux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair damage from Tropical Storm Irene including replacing culverts, relocating approx. 0.5 mile or road/trail away from the river and decommissioning existing segment, replacing large culvert that washed out with a bridge, and other maintenance.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37899
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Eastside Road at Lincoln Woods Visitor Center.
Greeley Ponds and Flume Brook Trails Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013  06/2013 Justin Preisendorfer
603-536-6105
jpreisendorfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will address damage to the hiking trail network in the greater Greeley Ponds and Flume Brook areas from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39646
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. South of Greeley Ponds in the towns of Waterville Valley and Livermore, NH.
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 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 Sarah LaPlante
603-536-6237
slaplante@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct ski trails, a glade area, a lift, and snowmaking equipment; relocate one building on Green Peak. All activities are in the Special Use Permit boundary and the ski area's accepted Master Development Plan. Site-specific Plan amendment needed.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Lakes of the Clouds Propane Rack Relocation
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 Justin Preisendorfer
603-536-6105
jpreisendorfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to move the propane rack associated with the Appalachian Mountain Club's Lakes of the Clouds Hut to a location that is less visible to the public. This will better conceal the rack and improve visual aesthetics of the area.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40368
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Near the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and Lakes of the Clouds Hut on the southern slope of Mt. Washington in the alpine zone.
Lincoln Woods Trail Repair
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013  05/2013 Stacy Lemieux
603-536-6222
slemieux@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realign trail away from eroding river bank, raising the trail tread in this location, and install a more permanent barrier between the trail and unstable slope to improve user safety. Identify way to protect trail & historic culvert farther up trail.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39648
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Lincoln Woods Trail along the East Branch of the Pemi River.
Loon Mountain Beginner Area at South Mountain
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
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 08/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/31/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
08/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34713
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Towns of Benton, Easton, Woodstock and Landaff, NH.
Permanent Toilet Installation at Osceola Trailhead and Rumney Main Cliff Parking Lot
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2013 
Expected:08/2013  09/2013 Ryan Twomey
603-536-6103
rtwomey@fs.fed.us 
Description: These two high use sites have known human waste issues. As a temporary measure, portable toilets are currently at each site. Permanent toilets are a long-term solution to address high use and existing human waste concerns.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40369
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Rumney Rocks Day Use Area in Rumney, NH and Osceola Trailhead in Waterville Valley, NH.
Rumney Rocks Management Project Supplemental Analysis and Decision
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Tom Giles
603-536-6102
tjgiles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update Environmental Assessment for Rumney Rocks project to include removal of rocks necessary to construct trail parallel to Buffalo Road by mechanical means or possibly by controlled blasting. Other trail work was covered in 2009 Decision Notice.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38661
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Rumney Rocks Climbing Area, Buffalo Road, Rumney, NH.
Three Ponds Snowmobile Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:07/2013  08/2013 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6107
jburnett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate part of the Three Ponds snowmobile trail to increase rider safety and decrease impacts on wetlands
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40999
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. Towns of Ellsworth and Warren, NH.
Time Warner Cable Fiber Optic Cable Permit Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 Justin Preisendorfer
603-536-6105
jpreisendorfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 30-year permit to Time Warner Cable for existing fiber optic cable formerly under special use permit in the Town of Waterville Valley, NH
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41006
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. In the Town of Waterville Valley, NH extending from West Branch Road to the ski area and up to Schwendi Hut.
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 04/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
10/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
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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
Dindorf Right of Way clearing and associated skid trail use
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue permit to allow private landowner to clear his undeveloped ROW across NFS land and construct short skid trail on NF from the ROW corridor to his landing location to reduce resource impacts from skidding and eliminate impacts to Davis Path Trail
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38214
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Harts Location, Lots 55, 58, 60 and 65, adjacent to State Highway 302, in "Notchland".
Meserve Brook Watershed Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:04/2013  07/2013 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  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:08/2014  12/2014 Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate the existing snowmobile trail to the edge of the Forest Service administrative site or off the site to a private land location to eliminate safety concerns associated with the current trail location that bisects the administrative site.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34515
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. The trails current location runs through Bartlett Experimental Forest's administrative site, and a new location is needed to connect the trail to the Town of Bartlett.
Province Integrated Resource Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/03/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
02/2014 Desiree Johnston
603-447-5448
dajohnston@fs.fed.us 
Description: An integrated resource management project that proposes vegetation management to improve wildlife habitat and forest health conditions, as well as recreation and transportation system improvements.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39435
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. Town of Chatham, Carroll County, New Hampshire.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.