Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
Chugach National Forest

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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest,  Cordova Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest,  Glacier Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest,  Seward 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:01/2012
 
01/2012 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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Chugach National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Resurrection River Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Joshua Milligan
907-224-3374
jmilligan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Seward Ranger District is proposing to reroute approximately 2,700 feet of the Resurrection River Trail. The reroute will occur at mile 13.8 of the trail; near Summit Creek. FAA Category 3.
Location: UNIT - Chugach National Forest All Units. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. Resurrection River Trail, Seward Ranger District.
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Chugach National Forest,   Cordova Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eyak Boat Launch Reconstruction Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
04/2012 Dave Zastrow
907-424-4754
dzastrow@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS, Cordova RD is proposing to reconstruct the Eyak boat launch and parking area. The project will address stream bank restoration, traffic flow safety, eliminate encroachment on private land and install a double wide boat ramp.
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Cordova C-5 T15S R2W Section 31 NE 1/4, C.M. The site is located off the Copper River Highway at mile 6.2 on the Eyak river 200 yards south of Eyak lake.
Flag Point Rock Source
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/28/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Robert Behrends
907-424-4729
rbehrends@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Chugach National Forest is seeking public comments concerning a proposed action to reopen an existing borrow pit, near the Copper River Delta crossing of the Copper River Highway.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34911
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Copper River Meridian, T16S, R2E, Section 29 and 30. Near Mile 27, North of the Copper River Highway, Cordova, Alaska.
Jordan Pond Alaska Ski Touring LLC request for special use authorization
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/03/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
11/2011 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Jordan Pond has submitted a proposal for commercial non-motorized ski touring in AA 13-07 and AA 6-03 F on the Cordova Ranger District. 60 service days. No helicopters use. The areas will be accessed via boat and snow machine. Winter season only.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/chugach
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - T9S, R2W SE1/4, T9S, R1W SW1/4, T10S, R1W some, T10S, R1E S1/2, T10S, R8W some, T10S, R7W most, CRM. AA 13-07 and AA 6-03F on the Cordova Ranger District.
Mile 25 Spawning Channel Maintenance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/30/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Jeff Jackson
907-424-4765
jbjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to re-establish usable spawning gravels preferred by coho salmon in the man-made Mile 25 spawning channel on USDA Forest Service land. This will improve spawning habitat and egg survival, providing more fish for all user groups.
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - T15S, R3W, Sec. 27, Copper River Meridian, Cordova B4 quadrangle. Approximately 25 miles east of Cordova, AK, Copper River Highway, West Copper River Delta.
Proposal to Cut Mature Shrubs on the Copper River Delta for Moose Habitat Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  12/2011 Erin Cooper
907-424-4757
ecooper@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Chugach National Forest and Eyak Corporation propose to cut 700 acres of mature shrubs on the west Copper River Delta to improve winter moose habitat.
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Township: C015S002W, C015S001W, C015S001E, C016S002W, C016S001W, C016S001E. West Copper River Delta, located East of Cordova, Alaska.
Stevenson ANILCA Shelter Authorization 5-Year Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of an authorization for an ANILCA shelter owned by Deb and Ed Stevenson
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - CRM, T.12 S., R. 4 W., Sec. 7, SE 1/4 NW 1/4. Shelter owned by Stevenson family located at Dead Creek in Gravina Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska.
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Chugach National Forest,   Glacier Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alaska Dept of Fish & Game Cannery Crk Hatchery Health & Safety Improvements
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/09/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us 
Description: ADFG is proposing health & safety updates at Cannery Crk Fish Hatchery. It involves removing 2 old fuel tanks, installing 2 new tanks in a new location, removing existing generator shed, & building a new shed at a safer distance from the hatchery.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Sec. 28, T. 11 N., R. 11 E., S.M. Cannery Creek is on the east shore of Unakwik Inlet, about half way up the inlet, in the northwest area of Prince William Sound, Alaska.
East Sixmile Road Fish Habitat Improvements and Stream Bank Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011  07/2012 John Lang
907-228-7719
jslang@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore and protect salmon spawning and rearing habitat and continue to provide dispersed recreation access.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - T7N. , R1E, S06 SM. MP 62 Seward Highway. FS Route 4000425, near East Sixmile Creek.
IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours, Inc., Outfitter/Guide Proposal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  12/2011 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to authorize sled dog tours at Turnagain Pass area (west & east side of Sew Hwy). Requesting multi-year permit to operate Nov - July (snow dependent), 200 service days, two 2 mile routes, staging at east & west reststops
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. Turnagain Pass Recreation Area Seward Hwy mm 67 & mm 68.
Kings River Prospect
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/30/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prospecting in the dry gravels of the Kings River and its tributaries with a four inch suction dredge and accessing by jet skiff or ATV.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - T 4 N R 4 E Sec. 5,6,8,9,10, T 4 N R 3 E Sec. 1, T 5 N R 3 E Sec. 25, 36. Kings River at the head of Kings Bay in Prince William Sound.
Malone Road Fish Habitat Improvements and Stream Bank Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011  06/2012 John Lang
907-228-7719
jslang@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore and protect salmon spawning and rearing habitat and decommission an illegal access road.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage. LEGAL - T8N, R3E, Sec 9; S.M. Portage Valley near MP 2 of Portage Glacier Highway.
Private Road Special Use Permit - Paul Malone
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/22/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mr. Malone is requesting a private road special use permit to authorize the use of an existing road to access his private property in Portage Valley.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - T.8 N., R. 3 E., Section 4 SW 1/4 SE 1/4, and Section 9 NW 1/4 NE 1/4. Gravel road starts at the Portage Glacier Highway at approximately MM 1.9 and runs north/south between Alder Pond and the Glacier District Work Center to a point where it meets Explorer Creek.
Scott Shelly Private Road Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  01/2012 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us 
Description: Requesting renewal of 5 year permit #GLA518 which expires 12/31/2011. New permit would authorize continued use of an existing gravel road and gate for the purpose of personal and commercial access to private property in Portage Valley.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage. LEGAL - T8N, R3E, Sec 4 SW1/4 SE1/4, and Sec. 9 NW1/4 NE1/4. Road located south of Portage Glacier Hwy and west of FS Portage Valley Work Center.
Spencer Minerals
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Keith Menasco
928-774-0594
kmenasco@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will consider whether or not to authorize removal of mineral materials (rock and gravel aggregate) from a 600-acre site near Spencer Glacier, if so, what restrictions will apply.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/pdf/spencer_extrct_scpltr.pdf
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - The Spencer Mineral Materials site is situated on a glacial outwash plain at the terminus of Spencer Glacier, within the Glacier Ranger District of the Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula Borough. Glacier Ranger District, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska.
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Chugach National Forest,   Seward Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bean North Fuel Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:11/2011  03/2012 Amanda Mico
907-288-7724
amico@fs.fed.us 
Description: This area has been identified in the Cooper Landing Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The proposed action is to remove dead and dying spruce trees on 750 acres near the Bean Creek Trail. FAA(3)
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. Cooper Landing, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.
Betty/Big Rock Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/01/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project includes year round suction dredging in Canyon Creek with a four inch suction dredge and the use of existing mining infrastructure. Access will be by foot or ATV on existing trails.
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 8 North, Range 1 West, portions of Sections 28 and 33, Seward Meridian. Canyon Creek at about mile 54 of the Seward Hwy.
Cooper Cr. Campground North, Stream Bank Stability
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 John Lang
907-228-7719
jslang@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore approximately 100 linear feet of streambank within the campground.
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - T5N, R4W, Section 31, SM. Cooper Creek Campground North is located at mile post 51 of the Sterling Highway.
Dillon Mining Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/28/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plan proposes seasonal placer mining in Cooper and Stetson Creeks with up to a six inch suction dredge and ATV access for approximately three miles on an existing trail
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 4 North, Range 3 West, Sections 7, 8, 17, and 18, Seward Meridian. Approximately three miles up the Stetson Creek trail near Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Kenai Lake Work Center East Land Sale
CE
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:10/2011  01/2012 Joshua Milligan
907-224-3374
jmilligan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of approximately 40 acres of National Forest System Lands containing the Kenai Lake Work Center East administrative site pursuant to the Forest Service Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005. FAA(3)
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Section 25; T4N, R1W; Seward Meridian. Administrative site on the east side of the Seward Highway at approximately milepost 23.
Lillian L mining plan of operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration consisting of ground sluicing, use of hand tools, metal detectors, and digging test holes on the benches above Quartz Creek Use of a wall tent and temporary bridge spanning Quartz Creek
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 5 North, Range 2 West, Section 3, Seward Meridian. Quartz Creek on the Jerome Lake Road at approximately Mile 39 Seward Hwy.
Mineral Withdrawal Extension - PLO 6884
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/08/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Andrew Schmidt
907-743-9555
ajschmidt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is requesting an extension on the existing mineral withdrawal for another 20 years to protect important recreational resources.
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - T5N, R4W, and T4N, R4W; T9N, R1W and T8N, R1W and T8N, R1E and T7N,R1E; Seward Meridian. PLO 6884. Russian River Campground Area, Lower Russion Lake Recreation Area, Kenai River Recreation Area. Total area is approximately 1,855 acres.
Resurrection Creek Restoration Phase II
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/23/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
06/2012 Joshua Milligan
907-224-3374
jmilligan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore Resurrection Creek's channel, floodplain, and streamside vegetation to pre-mining conditions and enhance fish and riparian wildlife habitat. FAA(1)
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. Seward Ranger District, Resurrection Creek.
Russian River Fuel Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joseph Ford
907-228-4119
jpford@fs.fed.us 
Description: This area has been identified in the Cooper Landing Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The proposed action is to thin hardwoods and spruce trees on 263 acres near the Russian River. FAA(3).
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Sec. 33, 34, 35, T5N, R4W; Seward Meridian. Cooper Landing Community Wildfire Protection area, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.
Toms Family Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/02/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes suction dredging in Bear Creek with a four inch or smaller dredge. ATV access for appoximately two miles on the existing trail.
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 9 North, Range 2 West, Section 12, Seward Meridian. Approximately two miles up Bear Creek near Hope, Alaska.
Winters mining plan of operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/02/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Suction dredging in Quartz Creek and high-banking on the benches above Quartz Creek, ATV access on exisiting trail for approximately two mile, use of a temporary camp, use of a raft to move equipment across Quartz Creek
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 5 North, Range 2 West, Portions of Sections 9 and 10, S.M. Approximately mile 40 Sterling Hwy.
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