Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2019 to 06/30/2019
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Alpine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Black Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Clifton Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Lakeside Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
4FRI Rim Country Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/26/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2019 
Expected:04/2020
 
04/2020 John Souther
928-226-4686
jsouther@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape-scale restoration on the Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto National Forests of ponderosa pine ecosystems, designed to maintain, improve, and restore ecosystem structure, pattern, function, and resiliency.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/4FRIRimCountry
Location: UNIT - Coconino National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Mogollon Rim Ranger District, Coconino NF; Black Mesa and Lakeside Ranger Districts, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest; Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest.
AZ Public Service (APS) ROW Vegetation Management with Herbicides
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 12/07/2018 
Expected:04/2019
 
04/2019 Heather Snow
505-842-3445
hsnow@fs.fed.us 
Description: FS must decide whether to allow APS to include using herbicides as a method to manage vegetation on existing APS transmission ROW within five National Forests in Arizona.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45771
Location: UNIT - Kaibab National Forest All Units, Prescott National Forest All Units, Coconino National Forest All Units, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units, Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Arizona Public Service Company Rights of Way across the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests. See map on website.
Prescott College Academic Outfitter and Guide Priority Use (2015-2025)
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/02/2015 
Expected:04/2018
 
05/2018 Julie Rowe
928-203-7516
jrowe@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize Prescott College to conduct academic courses including new student orientation, adventure education, biology, human ecology, natural history, physical geography, field ecology, environmental conservation
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47407
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units, Kaibab National Forest All Units, Prescott National Forest All Units, Tonto Basin Ranger District, Coconino National Forest All Units, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Activities take place in a variety of locations throughout the forest.
Stateline Range NEPA
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/31/2018 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 Kent Ellett
928-965-4150
kellett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-authorize livestock grazing for allotments on Gila NF-Glenwood RD: Alma, Citizen, Dry Creek, Holt Gulch, Pleasanton, Potholes & Sacaton; and on A-S NF-Clifton RD: Alma Mesa, Lop Ear, Copperas, Pleasant Valley, Blackjack, Hickey & Keller Canyon
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=22466
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District, Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Greenlee, Catron, Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Allotments located along the stateline between the Clifton and Glenwood Ranger Districts.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Public Motorized Travel Management Plan
EIS
- Road management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/29/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2019 
Expected:03/2020
 
04/2020 Kevin Holmes
928-333-6340
kevinholmes@fs.fed.us 
Description: A Forest Service proposal to designate motorized travel routes (roads and trails) in areas on federal lands administered by the Forest Service within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=22692
Location: UNIT - Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Greenlee, Navajo. LEGAL - National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Forests). National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Forests).
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Alpine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Wallow Fish Barrier Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:03/2019  07/2019 Timothy Gilloon
928.333.6333
tgilloon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fish barrier removal in support of native fish restoration activities in Bear Wallow Wilderness Area.
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bear Wallow Creek, Bear Wallow Wilderness.
Black River Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/21/2018 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Sheila Williams
928-339-5055
sheilawilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Black River Landscape Restoration Project is a planning effort designed to restore forest resiliency and ecosystem function in the Project planning area on the Alpine and Springerville Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52740
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Greenlee. LEGAL - Gila and Salt River Meridian, T4.5 N R29E; T4.5N R30E; T4N R27.5E; T4N R28E; T4NR29N; T4N R30E; T5N R27E; T 5N R28E; T5N R29E; T6N R29E; and T6N R28E. The Black River Restoration Project area is located approximately 12 miles south of Springerville, Arizona within Apache and Greenlee Counties, bordering the Fort Apache Reservation on the west.
Navapache System Communication Tower
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Paul Schilke
928-339-5052
pschilke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a less than 50ft tall communication tower (repeater) on Maness Peak adjacent to Forest System Roads 14A and 14G. The repeater would help ensure communication is feasible with isolated communities along the Blue River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=42976
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - T4N, R32E, Sec 17, NE1/4. Alpine Ranger District - near the 14A and 14G road.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Black Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AZGFD Fairchild Draw Elk Exclosure Fence Permit Re-issue
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 03/22/2019  03/2019 Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7300
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us 
Description: To renew a permit issued to Arizona Game and Fish Department to allow the department to maintain an existing elk exclosure in Fairchild Draw. The fence protects approximately 16 acres of wet meadow east of FR115. Proposed term of permit is 20 years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52891
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Sections 27 and 34 of T13N, R12E - Gila and Salt River Meridians. Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Forest Lakes Green Waste Transfer Site Permit Renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/30/2018 
Expected:01/2019
 
02/2019 Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7300
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a permit to Forest Lakes Owner's Association, Forest Lakes Fire Dept., and Tri-Star / Novo Power to operate a Green Waste Transfer Site adjacent to the community of Forest Lakes on FR99A. The proposed action is to reissue for a 10 year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52888
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Section 12, T11N, R14E, Gila and Salt River Meridians. Green waste transfer site is located on an area that was previously permitted to ADOT as a materials storage site. Site is located on Forest Road 99A, immediately adjacent to Forest Lakes, AZ.
Heber Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Orry Hatcher
928-368-2108
ohatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allotment analysis to determine re-issuance of a term grazing permit, what grazing management strategy will be implemented in the allotment management plan (AMP), treatments for grassland restoration and maintenance, and placement of tanks and fence.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43442
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - All or portions of T10 1/2N R15 ½ E, T11N R15E, T12N R15E, T13N R15E, T14N R15E, T14N R16E, T13N R16E, T12N R16E, T11N R16E, T10 1/2N R16E, T11N R17E, T12N R17E, T13N R17E, T14N R17E, T10 1/2N R17E, T. The allotment is located around the community of Heber Overgaard. The southern boundary borders the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, and the Northern Boundary is the forest boundary.
Heber Wild Horse Territory Plan
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Grazing management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2018 
Expected:09/2021  09/2021 Timothy Gilloon
928.333.6280
as_portal_comments@fs.fed.us 
Description: To develop a management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory
Web Link:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=FSEPRD534229
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Navajo. LEGAL - Portions of T11N, R15E, T11N, R16E, T12N, R16E, G&SRM. South of Heber-Overgaard Arizona, west and south of Hwy 260.
Navopache Electric Cooperative Trunk Line Addition
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7300
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us 
Description: NEC has proposed to amend existing permit, adding new trunk line extending from transfer station on FR488H to Buckskin Road in Heber, AZ. New line would occupy less than 1/4 mile total distance crossing forest, parallel to FR488H in a 20' corridor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52893
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Sections 17 & 18 of T12N, R17E - Gila and Salt River Meridians. Extending from the NEC transfer station in Oilwell south to Heber, AZ.
Oky Flat Farm Bill Insect and Disease CE
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/29/2018 
Expected:02/2019
 
03/2019 Orry Hatcher
928-368-2108
ohatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: In this project, the USFS proposes to mechanically cut select trees across a ~3,000-acre project area around the community of Heber-Overgaard to reduce insect and disease occurrence and spread in the project area and address departed fire conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55122
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T12N, R17E Sections 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 27, 32, 34; T12N, R16E Section 12; T11N, R16E Sections 1, 2, 3; T11N, R17E Sections 5, 6, 20, 11,12, Gila and Salt River Meridian. The project area will focus on the Wildland-Urban Interface around the community of Heber-Overgaard, as identified in the Sitgreaves Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Wilson Right-of-Way
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2018 
Expected:09/2018  09/2018 Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7300
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us 
Description: To issue a Right of Way permit for Forest System Roads 9853W and 9854F to allow a private property owner to maintain the road for access to his land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52892
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Navajo County Parcel 208-23-004, a 5-acre parcel of private land, surrounded on all sides by National Forest System lands. Located south of Forest Road 46, a county maintained road.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Clifton Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Eagle/Mud Springs Hazardous Fuels Reduction
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 05/24/2018 
Expected:03/2019
 
03/2019 Justin Thompson
(928) 687-8600
comments-southwestern-apache-sitgreaves-clifton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazardous fuels reduction project to maintain and restore fire adapted ecosystems to their natural fire regimes condition classes, using vegetation treatments, mechanical and/or hand thinning and pretreatments, prescribed fire and managed wildfire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50358
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 91,029 acres bounded by the District boundary to the north, and west (along the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation), the east by Hwy 191, and the south by FR 515 (Pine Flat Rd).
Stateline Range Allotments Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 11/01/2018 
Expected:05/2019
 
05/2019 Kent Ellett
928-687-1301
kellett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allotment analysis for development of Allotment Management Plans
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Hickey, Blackjack, Lop Ear, Pleasant Valley, Copperas, Alma Mesa Allotments.
Wildbunch Allotment Management Plan (AMP) - 0103
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 02/07/2019
02/07/2019 
02/2019 Orry Hatcher
928-368-2108
ohatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: AMP analysis for future livestock mgmt.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=5636
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - T11S and T12S, R31E, G&SRBM. Confluence of Blue & San Francisco Rivers & continues N. approx. 7 mi. to just N. of Wildbunch Canyon & FR475.
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Lakeside Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apache County Schools Fiber-Optic Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/28/2019  03/2019 Orry Hatcher
928-368-2108
ohatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS is proposing authorization of a fiber broadband solution to underserved schools as well as public libraries in Apache County. Crews will attach the communication line to the existing overhead 69-kilovolt (kV) line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55279
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - Sections 34, 35, 25, and 26, Township 9 North, Range 24 East, and Sections 4, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 30, and 33, Township 9 North, Range 25 East,Gila and Salt River Baseline and Meridian. The project area consists of a total of 220 acres of land under ASNFs jurisdiction, which is composed of a linear right-of-way corridor that is approximately 9 miles long and 100 feet wide.
City of Show Low Buried Utilities Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/06/2016 
Expected:05/2018
 
05/2018 Tina Sorenson
(928) 368-2100 ext 2119
tsorenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a Special Use Permit for 20 years for the maintenance of the buried water/sewer lines ranging from 1-8 inches, r-o-w width 20 feet. These lines are part of the Show Low City Municipal Water System and will serve present and future landowners
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50546
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sections 11 & 14, T10N, R21E Gila & Salt River Meridian.
Four Springs Trail Realignment
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/31/2016 
Expected:06/2018
 
06/2018 Lorna Mcneil-Cox
928-368-2117
lmcneilcox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute approximately 4.5 miles of the Four Springs Trail to improve trail sustainability, mitigate erosion and resource damage issues, and improve non-motorized recreational opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48552
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - T9N R24E Sections 3, 11, 14, 15, 19, 22, and 23. The Four Springs Trail section from Lake Mountain to the Mud Springs area.
Lakeside District Office Conveyance
EA
- Land ownership management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Randall Chavez
928-368-2106
rchavez02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze NF land at the Lakeside Ranger Station for sale under FS Facility Realignment & Enhancement Act (FSFREA, PL 109-54). This also involves analyzing the location of a new ranger station. There will be 2 decisions from this analysis.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=33916
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N R22E Portions of Section 12-14 & 23, G&SR BM. Lakeside Rgr. Station and Lakeside CG within the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. New site near junction Penrod & Porter Mtn. Rds.
Lakeside Special Use Permit Reissuances- 2018 Group 1
CE

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- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/30/2019  01/2019 Tina Sorenson
(928) 368-5111 ext 763
tsorenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a grouped NEPA analysis of special use permits that are set to expire, with no changes to the authorized facilities or increases in the scope of authorized activities. Additional details can be found in scoping documents on project page.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54877
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. See map documents- permits apply to various locations on the Lakeside Ranger District.
Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/18/2017 
Expected:04/2018
 
04/2018 Tina Sorenson
(928) 368-5111 ext 763
tsorenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a Special Use Authorization for up to 30 years for a sewer collection system which includes: Lift Station, 6-18" pressure lines, 8-15" gravity sewer mains, a small outbuilding to house standby equipment, and an access road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52884
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lakeside Ranger District.
Show Low Airport Mitigation Wetlands Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/18/2017 
Expected:04/2018
 
04/2018 Tina Sorenson
(928) 368-5111 ext 763
tsorenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue existing Special Use Permit that provides authorization for a created wetland north of the Show Low airport, the wetland enhancement at South Marsh, and access roads to each area. Project area total 2.5 acres of land and .3 miles of road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52883
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Sections 4, 9, and 16 of T10 N, R22 E, Gila & Salt River Meridians. North of Show Low Airport, Navajo County, Arizona.
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