Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2020 to 03/31/2020
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,  Springerville 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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/18/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2021 
Expected:05/2021
 
05/2021 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.
Prescott College Academic Outfitter and Guide Priority Use (2015-2025)
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Julie Rowe
928-203-7516
jrowe@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize Prescott College to conduct academic field courses year-round across forests in Arizona including adventure education, biology, human ecology, natural history, physical geography, & field ecology.
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  Completed  Actual: 11/15/2019  11/2019 Kent Ellett
928-965-4150
kellett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-authorize livestock grazing for allotments on Gila NF-Glenwood RD and on A-S NF-Clifton RD. The Clifton RD allotment decisions can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57226
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 08/30/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 Kevin Holmes
928-333-6267
asnftravel@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 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 in order to comply with the Travel Management Rule (36 CFR 212).
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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
FY2020 - APS Master Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/11/2018 
Expected:02/2020
 
03/2020 Orry Hatcher
928-368-2108
ohatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this action is to reissue a Special Use Permit to Arizona Public Service for 33Kv and below distribution lines for up to 30 years, as well as a set of 69kV lines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57324
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District, Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Navajo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Rights of way across the Lakeside and Black Mesa Districts.
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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:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/27/2018 
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
DPS Communication Site Reauthorization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/24/2019  10/2019 Orry Hatcher
928-368-2108
ohatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit for DPS Communications Tower, renews lease for 30 year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57063
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Brookbank Tower 2 miles east of Forest Lakes, AZ.
Forest Lakes Green Waste Transfer Site Permit Renewal
CE
- 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
- 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.
Yarrow Reforestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2019 
Expected:10/2019  10/2019 Ellen Mering
928-535-7318
ellen.mering@usda.gov 
Description: Through mastication, broadcast burning and planting, the project would bring the landscape to an early seral ponderosa pine habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55913
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Sec. 1, 12, T. 11N, R.17E; Sec. 6, 7, T. 11N, R. 18E Gila and Salt River Meridian. The Yarrow Reforestation project is located southeast of Blevin%u2019s Ranch between Dead Horse Draw and Yarrow Trick Tank, near the 145A road, approximately 2 miles east of Overgaard Arizona.
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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

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 10/09/2019 
Expected:02/2020
 
03/2020 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).
Midnight Juniper
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:08/2019  08/2019 Amber Swinney
928-687-8604
aswinney@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bronco Creek Exploration, Inc. has proposed an exploration-drilling project in the historic Morenci mining district to conduct diamond core drilling at 8 sites selected within Forest Service managed lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55100
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - T3S, R28E Sect. 12, 13, and 24 and T3S R29E Sect. 5, 7, 8, 17, 18, and 19. The project area is approximately nine miles northwest of Morenci, AZ.
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.
Stateline Range NEPA-Clifton RD Decision 1
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 11/21/2019  12/2019 Kent Ellett
928-687-1301
kellett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of livestock grazing for allotments on Clifton RD: Alma Mesa, Lop Ear, Copperas, and Keller Canyon. For EA/project documents see url: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=22466, the joint Apache-Sitgreaves and Gila NFs project.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57226
Location: UNIT - Clifton Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Clifton RD allotments along the AZ/NM border, Stateline Range NEPA.
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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
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.
Hansen Access Easement
CE
- Land ownership management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/09/2019 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 Tina Sorenson
(928) 368-5111 ext 763
tsorenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed route is the shortest feasible access point from a publicly maintained road (Porter Mountain Road). The easement will make use of the existing Forest Service road system, primarily FR206A and a portion of FR9710K.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56599
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N, R23E, Sections 5 and 6, Gila and Salt River Meridian. FR206A and 9710K.
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.
Scott Reservoir Overnight Camping Open-season Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/04/2019 
Expected:11/2019
 
11/2019 Orry Hatcher
928-368-2108
ohatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce overnight camping at Scott Reservoir Campground from March 1 - November 1 to April 1 - October 15 for resource protection due to wet winter conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57011
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Scott Reservoir Recreation Area, Lakeside, Arizona.
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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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,   Springerville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Commnet Phase II, Fiber Optic Line Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2019  12/2019 Rob Lever
928-339-6201
rlever@fs.fed.us 
Description: Phase II will continue adding new fiber optic line on existing Navopache power lines between Eagar and Greer, AZ. Access for the project would be along existing forest and county roads and the power line right-of-way.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56717
Location: UNIT - Springerville Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project will occur on the Springerville District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests between Eagar and Greer, AZ.
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