Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2020 to 09/30/2020
Kaibab 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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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest,  North Kaibab Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest,  Tusayan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest,  Williams Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/13/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Nancy Rusho
202-731-9196
nancy.rusho@usda.gov 
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
Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 05/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 Laura White
520-388-8328
laura.white3@usda.gov 
Description: The comprehensive plan will establish the administrative objectives, policies, processes, and management guidelines necessary to fulfill the legislative requirements for national scenic trails under the National Trails System Act.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49535
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units, Kaibab National Forest All Units, Coconino National Forest All Units, Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Arizona National Scenic Trail goes from the Coronado National Monument to the Utah Border at Vermillion Cliffs- 800 miles south to north across the State of Arizona.
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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Kaibab National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Forest-Wide Outfitter and Guide Capacity Analysis and Needs Assessment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2020 
Expected:02/2021  02/2021 Clairisse Loucks
928-635-8365
Clairisse.Loucks@usda.gov 
Description: A forest-wide capacity analysis and needs assessment to identify potential new uses and new outfitter and guide operators and considering specific actions to more effectively manage uses in areas that experience high use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58230
Location: UNIT - Kaibab National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project falls within the legal boundaries of the Kaibab National Forest.
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Kaibab National Forest,   North Kaibab Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burnt Corral Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/25/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
11/2020 David Vincelette
928-643-8143
djvincelette@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purposes of the Burnt Corral project is to improve forest health and vigor, while improving habitat conditions which are more resilient to change in the event of wildfire and/or other climatic condition changes. Project = 28,090 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44236
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Planning stage - General Description: Townships 35 - 37 North, Ranges 1 West to 1 East, Gila and Salt River Baseline & Meridian, (Coconino County, Arizona). The Burnt Corral project area lies in the southwest portion of the Kaibab Plateau (i.e., south-southwest of Lookout Canyon and FS Road 22) on the North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest.
Kaibab Plateau (NKRD) Wireless Communications Sites Development -aka VT & Telephone Hill Comm. Sites
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/06/2018 
Expected:07/2020
 
08/2020 David Vincelette
928-643-8143
djvincelette@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct or place two new 180 foot tall communication towers on the North Kaibab Ranger District to provide reliable wireless telephone/emergency service for the Highway 67 corridor from Jacob lake to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52587
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - The VT Hill site is in the SE 1/4, Section 26, T35N, R2E. and the Telephone Hill site is in the SE 1/4 of Section 3, T36N, R2E, Gila and Salt River Base Meridian. (Coconino County, Arizona). VT Hill site is near De Motte Park, at F.S. VT Hill Comm. site (~ 20 miles south of Jacob Lake, AZ); Telephone Hill site is on Telephone Hill (~ 12 miles south of Jacob Lake, AZ); in Coconino County.
Kaibab Plateau Ecological Restoration Project (KPEP)
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 06/25/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 Susan Farley
928-635-8331
sfarley@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing vegetation thinning within a 518,000-acre project area on the NKRD by using prescribed fire and small-dia. tree thinning resulting in 319,000 acres of fuels treatments, and forest vegetation and watershed improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54226
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project includes approximately 518,000 acres of the Kaibab Plateau on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. Wilderness and sensitive areas will be excluded from treatment.
Warm Springs Tank to Mangum Springs, to Big Springs Waterline Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Land ownership management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2017 
Expected:07/2020
 
07/2020 David Vincelette
928-643-8100
djvincelette@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will install 8.5 miles ( /-) of new waterline from Warm Springs tank to Mangum Springs (Phase 1~6 .8 miles), to Big Springs (Phase 2~1.7 miles), to improve the Jacob Lake public water system and associated communications and control line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47875
Location: UNIT - North Kaibab Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Starting in Sec.17, T38N, R1E, running 1.8 miles west (parallel to FSR 462), thence running 4.7 miles south (parallel to FSR 422) to Mangum Camp, thence running south 1.7 miles south to Big Springs.
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Kaibab National Forest,   Tusayan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona National Scenic Trail Realignment
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 05/26/2020  05/2020 Clairisse Loucks
928-635-8365
Clairisse.Loucks@usda.gov 
Description: This project would remove a portion of the Arizona National Scenic Trail from Forest Service Road 301 and construct 1000 feet of trail off the Forest Service Road system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57949
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tusayan Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest.
U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) Monitoring Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Research and Development  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2020 
Expected:06/2020  07/2020 Chelsea Muise
928-474-7936
clmuise@fs.fed.us 
Description: USGS is requesting an amendment to their existing special use permit to include installation of equipment to monitor surface flow (runoff) downslope of the Canyon Mine. Up to 5 water-detection instruments and 1 game camera will be deployed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58227
Location: UNIT - Tusayan Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T29N R2E Section 20. The project will occur downslope from the Canyon Mine uranium mine. In the area downslope from Canyon Mine identified as being most likely to experience runoff.
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Kaibab National Forest,   Williams Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Century Link Fiber Optic Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Clairisse Loucks
928-635-8365
Clairisse.Loucks@usda.gov 
Description: CenturyLink is proposing to install new fiber optic line on existing utility poles, owned by APS, which are located on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest (KNF).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58048
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - SW quarter and SE quarter of Section 4 Township 21 North and Range 1 East, Gila and Salt River Meridian. Project is located on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, and is accessed by Interstate 40 and an unnamed dirt road that parallels the utility line.
Dogtown Water Pipeline
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 06/16/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
08/2020 Susan Farley
928-635-8331
sfarley@fs.fed.us 
Description: To provide reliable and efficient water delivery to the City of Williams. Currently, the City of Williams transfers approximately 80% of the City's water supply in one existing waterline; both raw water and potable water.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56398
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Williams, Arizona.
Elk Ridge Ski Area Permit Issuance
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 05/29/2020  06/2020 Susan Farley
928-635-8331
sfarley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a winter resort permit for Elk Ridge Ski Area to the new owners, Elk Ridge Recreation I, LLC using the current Master Development Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56909
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Williams, Arizona.
GCUSD Fiber Optic Line
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/05/2020  07/2020 Susan Farley
928-635-8331
sfarley@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposal from CommNet for fiber optic cable to provide high-speed internet to the Grand Canyon USD buildings crossing the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts, the cable will go on existing utility poles, or be buried along existing roadways
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56401
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts.
Kaibab Historic Logging Railroad Interpretive Trail
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2020 
Expected:07/2020  09/2020 Clairisse Loucks
928-635-8365
Clairisse.Loucks@usda.gov 
Description: This project proposes to designate an interpretive trail along a 3.67 mile stretch of historic railroad grade on the Williams Ranger District which was used for logging in the late 1800s.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58323
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - T21N, R3E, Sections 1, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, and 23, Gila and Salt River Meridian. Just east of Sherwood Forest Estates, South to the 141 Road.
Outfitter and Guide 10-Year Term Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/11/2020 
Expected:06/2020
 
07/2020 Clairisse Loucks
928-635-8365
Clairisse.Loucks@usda.gov 
Description: Current Outfitter and Guides which hold special-use permits on the Kaibab National Forest must apply for a new permit on an annual basis. Switching from an annual permit to a longer-term (10-Year) permit reduces paperwork and administrative costs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58194
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The legal boundaries of the Kaibab National Forest within the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts.
Partridge Creek Allotment Livestock Authorization
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Victoria Payne
9286355632
victoriapayne@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to determine if the KNF should authorize livestock grazing for the Partridge Creek Allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56955
Location: UNIT - Williams Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Williams Ranger District.
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