Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2013 to 12/31/2013
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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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)

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
AMC Backcountry Facility Permit Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013  02/2014 Sarah LaPlante
603-536-6237
slaplante@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-iisue permits for the existing backcountry facilities (shelters and tentsites) currently operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club. No additional use or increases in capacity are proposed as part of this project.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos, Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Backcountry facilities operated by AMC.
Central Maine Power Co. Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:04/2014  04/2014 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new special use permit to CMP for a period of 20 years. CMP proposes to install utility poles and overhead electrical lines along 1,400 feet of FR 3314 to a private inholding and residence.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42969
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Road 3314, Mason Township, Oxford County, Maine.
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 09/2014 
Expected:09/2015
 
11/2015 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 - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Existing transmission corridor crossing WMNF in Stark, Easton, Lincoln, and Woodstock, 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
Albany South Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 07/15/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2014 
Expected:10/2014
 
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39614
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. Town of Stoneham, Oxford County, ME.
Androscoggin Ranger District Education and Wellness Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2013 
Expected:01/2014  07/2014 Jacob Lubera
603-466-2713 x 224
jlubera@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a loop hiking trail of ~1 mile from the Androscoggin Ranger Station, on the Fifth Hole Trail to beaver ponds, then parallel to the river back to the office. For employees and visitors, and for conservation education programs.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Androscoggin Ranger Station, Gorham, NH.
Bull Brook Wildlife Opening Management
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2013  09/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40750
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. Along Forest Road 752 in Batchelders Grant, Maine.
Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area Site Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Godfrey Dam Solar Panel Array
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/21/2013  08/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40378
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Godfrey Dam.
Harvard Cabin Renovations and System Upgrades
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2013 
Expected:06/2014  07/2014 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow Harvard Mountaineer Club to replace two rotting logs in the cabin, install new windows and wood stove, and install a 30' tall tower to increase radio coverage and hold new solar panels, which will allow them to replace propane lanterns.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. Harvard Cabin.
Maple Syrup Tree Tapping Permit
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 12/2013 
Expected:10/2014  01/2015 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.
Northern New Hampshire Bird Dog Club Special Use Permit Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2014 
Expected:07/2014  07/2014 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew the existing 5 year permit. The permit authorizes use of several informal walking trails, pre-approved brushing, and the authorization to hold competitive grouse and woodcock timed hunting events in September and October of each year.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Kilkenny tract, informal trails along the Bog Dam Loop Road (FR 15), City of Berlin, Coos COunty, New Hampshire.
Parker Sugar Bush Special Use Permit Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2014 
Expected:06/2014  06/2014 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew the expired 5 year special use permit that authorizes maple syrup tapping on 238 acres of NFS land. The permit expired in June, 2013.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Town of Randolph, Coos County, New Hampshire: 238 acres of NFS land in Compartment 31, stands 4, 45, and 46.
Pond of Safety Accessible Trail & Shoreline Access Hardening
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013  06/2014 Jacob Lubera
603-466-2713 x 224
jlubera@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Pond of Safety, Randolph, NH.
South Pond Road Association Special Use Permit Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:06/2014  06/2014 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of This project is to renew the existing permit for a 5 year period. The permit authorizes the road association use of Forest Roads 65, 65A and 65B to perform annual routine maintenance and snow plowing for safe public access.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Roads 65, 65A and 65B; Town of Stark, NH.
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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 Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 09/24/2013  10/2013 Tom Giles
603-536-6102
tjgiles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair some facilities at the former Campton Group Campground so it will function as a day use area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2014 
Expected:03/2014  04/2014 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Lincoln Woods Trail Repair
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/07/2013  08/2013 Tom Giles
603-536-6102
tjgiles@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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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 South Peak Learning Center
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 08/01/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2013 
Expected:06/2014
 
06/2014 Joseph Gill
603-466-2713 x221
jgill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow construction of two fixed-grip chairlifts, approx. 26 acres of new or realigned teaching ski terrain and expansion of snowmaking to new area with existing water. Approx. 60% of lifts and ski terrain on NFS lands. Add'l work on private lands
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37025
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Lincoln, NH. Loon Mountain Ski Area.
Permanent Toilet Installation at Osceola Trailhead
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/18/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
06/2014 Ryan Twomey
603-536-6103
rtwomey@fs.fed.us 
Description: This high use site has known human waste issues. As a temporary measure, a portable toilet is currently on site. A permanent toilet is a long-term solution to address high use and existing human waste concerns.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40369
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Osceola Trailhead in Waterville Valley, NH.
Rumney Rocks Management Project Supplemental Analysis and Decision
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/13/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 Tom Giles
603-536-6102
tjgiles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update Environmental Assessment to include rock removal for trail construction by either mechanical means or controlled blasting. Other trail work was covered in 2009 decision. Also adds a permanent toilet adjacent to the Main Cliff parking area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38661
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Rumney Rocks Climbing Area, Buffalo Road, Rumney, NH.
Three Ponds Snowmobile Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/03/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
10/2013 Justin Preisendorfer
603-536-6105
jpreisendorfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate part of the Three Ponds snowmobile trail to increase rider safety and decrease impacts on wetlands
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40999
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Towns of Ellsworth and Warren, NH.
Time Warner Cable Fiber Optic Cable Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/15/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
06/2014 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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:
Notice of Initiation 12/15/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2014 
Expected:05/2014
 
06/2014 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.
WMNF Forest Headquarters Wellness Trail
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A James Detzel
603-536-6250
jrdetzel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a hiking trail of approximately 0.5 mile adjacent to the Forest Headquarters. Trail will loop back through developed site, and will be available for employee and visitor use. Trail will also be used for interpretative education programs.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. WMNF Forest Headquarters in Campton, NH.
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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
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38214
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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 11/2013 
Expected:12/2013  05/2014 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: 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Presidential Range Dry River Wilderness Area Trails Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:04/2014  06/2014 Rodney Wilson
603-447-5448 (120)
rmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sections of the Dry River Trail, Rocky Branch Trail and Isolation Trail in the Presi-Dry Wilderness were damaged by Hurricane Irene and need repair or a nearby relocation. Rocky Branch Shelter 2 is to be decommissioned and tent sites designated.
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll, Coos. LEGAL - Cutts Grant and Sargents Purchase in Coos County, NH, and Jackson in Carroll County, NH. Sections of Dry River Trail above the footbridge, Rocky Branch Trail between Shelters 1 and 2, and intermittent sections of Isolation (west) Trail. Rocky Shelter 2 is near the jcn. of Isolation Trail.
Province Integrated Resource Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 09/10/2013  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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.