Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2014 to 09/30/2014
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
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2014 
Expected:08/2014  09/2014 Sarah LaPlante
603-536-6237
slaplante@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue 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.
Administrative Radio Repeater Improvement Project
EA
- Facility management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 02/03/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 08/2014 
Expected:12/2014
 
05/2015 Erica Roberts
603-536-6230
ericajroberts@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install 3 new radio repeaters and relocate and enhance 1 existing repeater to increase FS radio coverage on the WMNF where good coverage is lacking and allow for Forestwide communication; includes clearing trees for helicopter use and new sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43438
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll, Coos, Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Carr Mountain, Mount Cabot, Mount Carrigain, and Wildcat Mountain. Will remove Milan repeater.
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 12/2014 
Expected:11/2015
 
12/2015 Tiffany Benna
603-536-6241
tbenna@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed power transmission line that would cross the WMNF in an existing corridor in Stark, Easton, Lincoln, Woodstock. US Dep't of Energy is leading the NEPA analysis. WMNF decision is whether to issue a special use permit 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. For more information, see the project website at: www.northernpasseis.us.
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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 10/2014 
Expected:06/2015
 
10/2015 Patricia Nasta
207-824-2813
pnasta@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Town of Stoneham, Oxford County, ME.
Androscoggin Ranger District Education and Wellness Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/28/2014 
Expected:09/2014
 
09/2014 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41627
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Androscoggin Ranger Station, Gorham, NH.
Central Maine Power Co. Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
07/2014 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new special use permit to CMP for a period of 30 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 - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Road 3314, Mason Township, Oxford County, Maine.
Central Maine Power Company Co. Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
tmmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of overhead electrical lines along 1,400 feet of Forest Road 3314 to a private residence and inholding.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44061
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Road 3314, Mason Township, Oxford County, Maine.
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:07/2014
 
05/2015 Jacob Lubera
603-466-2713 x 224
jlubera@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Glen Ellis Falls Day Use Area.
Harvard Cabin Renovations and System Upgrades
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2014 
Expected:09/2014
 
09/2014 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2014 
Expected:08/2014
 
08/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42971
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/09/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
07/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42972
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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/28/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
07/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40387
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2014 
Expected:08/2014
 
08/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42967
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Roads 65, 65A and 65B; Town of Stark, NH.
Wild River Valley Trail Repairs
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/06/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
07/2014 Travis Pellerin
603-466-2713
tpellerin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair the Moriah Brook Trail footbridge crossing the Wild River and relocate six small sections (totaling approximately 0.5 miles) of the Highwater Trail adjacent to the Wild River from damage that occurred during Tropical Storms Irene and Sandy.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43261
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposed project includes portions of trails located in the Wild River Valley on the north side of Evans Notch. None of the proposals are in the Wild River Wilderness.
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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
Bog Pond Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/02/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
08/2014 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6107
jburnett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruct approximately 0.25 miles of the Bog Pond Snowmobile Trail so that its crossing of Harvard Brook is relocated to a more sustainable location that better protects soil and water resources.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bog Pond Trail in Lincoln, NH.
Bowen Brook Integrated Resource Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 07/2014 
Expected:08/2015  01/2016 Desiree Johnston
603-447-5448 x128
dajohnston@fs.fed.us 
Description: An integrated resource project designed to move the Wild Ammonoosuc North Habitat Mgt Unit (HMU) toward desired conditions through timber, wildlife habitat, recreation, fisheries and aquatic management, road improvements and decommissioning.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Towns of Bath, Easton and Landaff, Grafton County, NH.
Loon Mountain South Peak Learning Center
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 04/28/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 07/2014 
Expected:08/2014
 
09/2014 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.
Loon Pond Dam Repair
CE
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2014 
Expected:12/2014  05/2015 Jon Morrissey
603-536-6101
jmorrissey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Town of Lincoln has proposed repair work for the Loon Pond Dam in order to comply with federal reqirements for the town water supply. The town has a right to use and maintain the dam for purposes specified in their deed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43389
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The dam to be maintained is on Loon Pond west of Loon Mountain Ski Area in the town of Lincoln, NH.
Mt Tecumseh Communication Site Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2014 
Expected:12/2014  12/2014 Justin Preisendorfer
603-536-6105
jpreisendorfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue a 30-year permit/lease for the Mt. Tecumseh Communication Site to replace the existing permit, which expires in 12/2014, with no changes proposed to the existing communication site or operations of the site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44752
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Mt. Tecumseh.
Rumney Rocks Management Project Supplemental Analysis and Decision
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 05/15/2014 
Expected:06/2014
 
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.
Time Warner Cable Fiber Optic Cable Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/02/2014  05/2014 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. In the Town of Waterville Valley, NH extending from West Branch Road to the ski area and up to Schwendi Hut.
Time Warner Cable Fiber Optic Cable Special Use permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2014 
Expected:08/2014  08/2014 Thomas Paquette
802-767-4261 x 521
tpaquette@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a permit to Time Warner Cable Northeast LLC allowing them to extend fiber optic cable service to the existing wireless communication site on Mt. Tecumseh, including installing buried conduit under approx. 2,000%u2019 of ski trails.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44754
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Within the Waterville Valley Ski Resort permit boundaries, Waterville, NH.
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 10/2014 
Expected:02/2015
 
06/2015 Tom Giles
603-536-6102
tjgiles@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tripoli Road, Mack Brook Road and Hix Mountain Spur Road between Exit 31 on I-93 and the town of Waterville Valley.
Waterville Valley Fan Gun Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2014 
Expected:07/2014  08/2014 Thomas Paquette
802-767-4261 x 521
tpaquette@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install 8 snowmaking fan guns and 2 transformers along World Cup trail. All items would be placed on pre-cast concrete pads. A few trees would be cut at one transformer and some blasting may occur. Power and water lines would be placed in trench.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44290
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Waterville Valley Ski Area.
Waterville Valley Half-pipe Reconstruction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2014 
Expected:07/2014  08/2014 Thomas Paquette
802-767-4261 x 521
tpaquette@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove the half pipe on Exhibition trail, restoring trail to freestyle terrain. Lower the walls, bring the trail tread back toward grade level, and use extra fill from walls to form three small landings for other terrain features.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44289
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Waterville Valley 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
Meserve Brook Watershed Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/20/2014 
Expected:06/2014
 
06/2015 Sheela Johnson
603-536-6231
smjohnson@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 Brian Johnston
603-466-2713
bmjohnston@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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  Completed  Actual: 04/29/2014  06/2014 Desiree Johnston
603-447-5448
dajohnston@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41776
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.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.