Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2021 to 06/30/2021
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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Projects Occurring Nationwide
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,  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)

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

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- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  01/2013 Susan Ellsworth
775-355-5313
susanellsworth@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Nationwide.
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/13/2018
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These regulations apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
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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 09/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
02/2022 Mike Dechter
928-527-3416
mike.dechter@usda.gov 
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
- 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.
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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

           *UPDATED*
- Road management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/30/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2022 
Expected:06/2022
 
07/2022 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
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
Alpine Water System Improvement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Shannon Miller
(928) 339-5052
shannondmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Alpine Domestic Water proposes to install a water storage tank, with a short access road, and pipeline to supply water to residents of southeastern Alpine, AZ. The Alpine RD would issue a Special Use Permit for construction on, and use of FS land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58126
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - Lots 6 & 7, Sec 19, T5N, R31E. Southeast of Alpine, AZ, just off FSR 572.
Bear Wallow Fish Barrier Removal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Stephanie Coleman
928-333-6307
stephanie.coleman@usda.gov 
Description: Fish barrier removal in support of native fish restoration activities in Bear Wallow Wilderness Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50356
Location: UNIT - Alpine Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Greenlee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bear Wallow Creek, Bear Wallow Wilderness.
Black River Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/06/2020 
Expected:08/2021
 
09/2021 Rob Lever
928-687-1301
rlever@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
Cellular One Communication Site Reissuance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Deborah Roznovak
928-535-7312
dlroznovak@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of an existing powerline facility authorization that is expiring.
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - T 8N, R 26 E, Sections 35 & 26, GSRBM. Springerville Ranger District, Apache County. Approximately 15 miles west of Springerville AZ near HWY 260, near the White Mountain Apache Reservation boundary.
Heber Wild Horse Territory Plan
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/23/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
01/2022 Scott Grunder
928-333-6302
Scott.Grunder@usda.gov 
Description: To develop a management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=18916
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.
Proposal for Willow Springs Lake Spillway Barrier
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2021 
Expected:06/2021  07/2021 Suzanne DeRosier
928-535-7309
suzanne.derosier@usda.gov 
Description: Install a series of fish screens within the reservoir concrete spillway to be able to filter out nonnative fish moving downstream during spring spill events following snow melt.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57809
Location: UNIT - Black Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Willow Springs Dam, Black Mesa Ranger District.
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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
City of Show Low Sewer Lines - Master Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Orry Hatcher
928-368-2108
ohatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this proposal is to reissue a Special Use Permit to the City of Show Low for buried utilities (sewer). The project area encompasses the incorporated limits of the City of Show Low on the Lakeside Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58120
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - Sections 11, 13 & 14, T10N, R21E Gila and Salt River Meridian. The master permit covers a total of 4.56 acres. These improvements have been permitted on USFS land since 1978. These lines are part of the Show Low Municipal Water System.
Four Springs Trail Realignment
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 2020 Trail Reroutes
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tony Papa
760-873-2561
tpapa@fs.fed.us 
Description: These short term trail projects consist of approximately 9.5 miles of new or re-routed non-motorized trail segments. Building sustainable trail fosters positive relations with local community, trail users, and land stewards.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58973
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache, Navajo. LEGAL - T8N, R22E; T8N, R23E; T8N, R24E; T9N. R22E; T9N, R23E; T9N, R24E; T10N; R24E Gila & Salt River Meridian. District-wide; Lakeside Ranger District.
Lakeside District Office Conveyance
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management
- Facility management 
Cancelled  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 East Allotments
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2021 
Expected:07/2022  08/2022 Kendell Hughes
928-535-4481
klhughes@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of 6 allotments in Lakeside that have been identified for planning purposes as a forest priority under the Rangeland Rescissions Act of 1995. These allotments are: Show Low, Ortega, Sponseller, Blue Ridge, Ellsworth, and Johnson.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58964
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T8N, R23E; T9N, R22E; T9N, R23E; T10N, R21E; T10N, R22E; T10N, R23E; T10N, R24E; T11N, R21E; T11N, R22E Gila & Salt River Meridian. A continuous roughly north-south band of varying width that begins along State Highway 77 north of Show Low, Arizona and runs south along the eastern boundary of Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside.
Woodland Connector Trail
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Lorna Mcneil-Cox
928-368-5111
lmcneilcox@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Town of Pinetop-Lakeside currently has no direct access from Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex to trails in the Woodland Lake Park. Thus, we propose 2 connector trails would create that connection and allow for better access to this area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57775
Location: UNIT - Lakeside Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Navajo. LEGAL - T9N, R22E, Sec. 30. Woodland Lake Park, Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex.
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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
NPC Communication Site lease amendment
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Timothy Vanek
928-333-6291
timothy.vanek@usda.gov 
Description: The project would amend an existing communication site lease to add an existing communication tower and allow for operation of the communication tower at an existing facility.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58658
Location: UNIT - Springerville Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Apache. LEGAL - T8N R26E Sections 2 and 11, GSRM. Green's Peak Communication Site.
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