Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2020 to 09/30/2020
Tonto National Forest

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) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Cave Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Globe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Payson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Pleasant Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Tonto Basin 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
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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/18/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2021 
Expected:05/2021
 
05/2021 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.
APS 69kv Power Line Permit for Childs-Irving Line
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/12/2015 
Expected:08/2020
 
08/2020 Mike Dechter
928-527-3416
mdechter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a permit to replace the expired Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydropower License. Existing 69 kV line that was part of the Childs Irving Power operation and covered under the old license. Has been in continuous operation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47114
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District, Red Rock Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Line that travels from Childs substation to Irving power plant area. Includes small sections of the Tonto NF where it crosses Fossil Creek.
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.
Emory Oak Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Heritage resource management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/19/2019 
Expected:10/2020
 
10/2020 Andrew Stevenson
928-433-3861
andrew.stevenson@usda.gov 
Description: Forest Service in partnership with the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Tonto Apache, San Carlos Apache, and White Mountain Apache tribes are developing proposals to manage and restore culturally important Emory oak groves.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56499
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District, Red Rock Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Gila, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Eight Emory oak groves on Coconino National Forest's Red Rock Ranger District and one grove on the Tonto National Forest's Payson Ranger District.
Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/01/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
12/2020 Marcos Roybal
928-203-2915
comments-southwestern-coconino-redrock@fs.fed.us 
Description: Creation of a CRMP for Fossil Creek--click on "Analysis" tab to view Nov. 30, 2018, draft CRMP/DEIS documents. View Fossil Creek general information.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=27457
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District, Red Rock Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Fossil Creek (Wild and Scenic River Portions) - Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest and Payson Ranger District of the 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.
Western Area Power Administration Glen Canyon-Rogers 230/345kV Integrated Vegetation Mgmt Program
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/20/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 Mike Dechter
928-527-3416
mdechter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Western is proposing to implement a operation and maintenance (O&M) and Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) program on the Rogers-Glen Canyon section of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) Transmission System. Includes use of herbicides.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49397
Location: UNIT - Coconino National Forest All Units, Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Coconino, Gila, Pima, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This transmission line runs throughout the Coconino National Forest and through portions of the Tonto National Forest.
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Tonto 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 Reissuance of Lands Special Use Authorizations 2019
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2019 
Expected:12/2019  01/2020 Alison Mettler
602-225-5229
alison.mettler@usda.gov 
Description: Tonto National Forest will issue 63 special use authorizations for new terms. All of the authorizations are existing, the holder is in full compliance with the authorization's terms and conditions, no changes have occurred in either the use or scope.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56700
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These existing authorizations are located all over the Tonto National Forest.
Tonto National Forest Motorized Travel Management
EIS
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 10/04/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
01/2020 Gregory Schuster
602-225-5362
gjschuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tonto National Forest is completing the analysis for the Travel Management Rule which calls for establishing a system of roads, trails, and areas designated for motorized vehicle use and determining suitable locations for dispersed camping.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=28967
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tonto National Forest.
Tonto National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/13/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
02/2021 Kenna Belsky
602-225-5200
SM.FS.tontoplan@usda.gov 
Description: A collaborative effort to revise the Land and Resources Management Plan for the Tonto National Forest in Arizona
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51592
Location: UNIT - Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tonto National Forest; Forestwide.
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Tonto National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Zone 2019 Range Betterment Project
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
01/2020 Kelly Bedson
928-474-7924
kellypbedson@fs.fed.us 
Description: New water sources and handling facilities to improve livestock management
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57300
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District, Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Payson and Pleasant valley Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest, Gila County, AZ.
Pine Mountain Area Improvement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 06/15/2020
06/14/2020 
09/2020 Dave Ramirez
480-610-3300
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to utilize prescribed fire or naturally occurring wildfire to reduce hazardous fuel accumulation and mitigate effects from an unplanned wildfire that could be catastrophic to Mexican spotted owl habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53149
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa. LEGAL - Township 5N, Range 9 and 10 E, Section(s) 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36, 18, 19, 30, and 31. The project is located on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts at Pine Mountain, Brushy Basin areas near Forest Service Road 422, approximately 25 air miles northeast from Mesa, AZ.
Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology
- Land ownership management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/09/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2020 
Expected:06/2021
 
08/2021 Mary Rasmussen
602-225-5246
mcrasmussen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tonto National Forest is preparing an environmental impact statement(EIS) to disclosure the environmental effects from: 1) a mining proposal submitted by Resolution Copper; 2)the exchange of land between Resolution Copper and United States.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48956
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tonto National Forest.
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Tonto National Forest,   Cave Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Desert Vista Area Improvement Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/29/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2020 
Expected:11/2020
 
01/2021 Eric Norman
480-595-3372
comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@usda.gov 
Description: Proposal is a multi-staging area and access road construction project. The goal of this project is to address the high level of demand and use, disperse use over the greater Desert Vista area, and improve access points along the forest boundary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58215
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project location(s) are on the Cave Creek Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest in Maricopa County, AZ, northeast of the Rio Verde/ Dynamite neighborhoods of North Scottsdale, AZ.
Devil's Hole and Telegraph Trail Road Maintenance and Reconstruction Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/03/2019 
Expected:02/2020
 
03/2020 Jason Scow
480-610-3331
comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would repair and reconstruct roads near two popular recreation areas, Devil's Hole and Telegraph Trail. It would also include educational signs and boulder placement to protect surrounding vegetation and wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56161
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Devils Hole is at the eastern end of FR532 where it meets the Verde River between Bartlett and Horseshoe lakes.Telegraph Trail is where FR42 meets near North Lake Road near Bartlett Lake.
Red Creek, Six Bar, and Skeleton Ridge Grazing
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jeffrey Sturla
480-595-3331
comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@fs.fed.us 
Description: To improve ecological conditions within three grazing allotments using tools such as adaptive grazing and wildlife habitat improvement and by maintaining or replacing aging structural range improvements such as fences, water developmements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40700
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Yavapai. LEGAL - The Verde River flows through approximately 30 miles of the allotments. Southern portion of allotments are approximately 20 miles north and northeast of Cave Creek, AZ. Cave Creek Ranger District along the Verde River.
Sonoran Desert Ecosystem Restoration
CE
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Grant Loomis
602-225-5200
comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tonto National Forest is proposing to obliterate approximately 145 miles of unauthorized and uninventoried user created motorized routes in the Desert Vista and St Claire areas in the Cave Creek.Routes currently being analyzed in the Travel Mgmt
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51334
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North part is located west of Bartlett Reservoir approximately 12 air miles west to east from Cave Creek. The southern part is between Carefree and the Verde River.
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Tonto National Forest,   Globe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AT&T Signal Peak Antenna Collocation onto an Existing Tower
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trench from APS building to AZDPS tower for the purpose of collocating antennas on AZDPS's tower.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53812
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sites 1 & 2 of Pinal Peak Communications site. Pinal Peak is approximately 8 miles south of the town of Globe.
Charley Johnson Small Tracts Act Land Sale
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tamarya Pike
602-225-5229
tpike@fs.fed.us 
Description: Parcel of National Forest System lands with private facilities located on it - qualifies for the Small Tract Act Authority.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48999
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 4 miles from the junction of Hwy 60 and 77/70.
Copper King 2019
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/09/2019 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 Benjamin Harrold
928-402-6200
benjamin.harrold@usda.gov 
Description: Bronco Creek Exploration proposed to drill from four of six possible sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56690
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Township 1 South, Range 12 East, Sections 10-15 and 22-24; Township 1 South, Range 13 East, Section 7, 8, and 18. The project is located near Forest Roads 342 and 2458, approximately two miles northeast of the Town of Superior.
Hicks-Pikes Peak Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/31/2019 
Expected:11/2020
 
01/2021 Andrea Wages
928-402-6222
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project is a new planning effort to authorize livestock grazing on the Hicks-Pikes Peak Allotment in a manner that is consistent with the goals, objectives, and standards and guidelines of the Tonto National Forest Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52246
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Hicks-Pikes Peak Allotment is located on Globe Ranger District, 8 miles north and northwest of Globe, Arizona in Gila County. Salt River forms part of the allotment%u2019s northern boundary.
Highway Tanks Tribal Forest Protection Act Project
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/17/2018 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 Jonathan Marvin
520-364-3468
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would focus on restoration of fire adapted ecosystems, including mechanical thinning and prescribed burning to accomplish landscape restoration objectives as proposed by the Tribe that are on the Tonto National Forest and Tribal Land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53161
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Western Globe Ranger District; implement an adaptive management strategy on about 115,000 acres in the Upper Gila Sub-Basin watershed over the next five to ten years.
Pinal County Pinal Peak Comm Site Improvement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mmcentarffer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve radio communications at this site in support of public safety for Pinal County and the region. Primary use of this site is 2-way radio communications for Pinal County Sheriff Office and the Arizona Department for Public Safety.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50950
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Gila County, Arizona, GSRM, T.2 S., R.15 E., Sections 4 and 9. Site# 16 Pinal Peak Communications Site, Globe Ranger District, Tonto National Forest.
Pinaladera WUI Fuels Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Louis Sandoval
928-402-6200
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels reduction on approximately 83,558 acres south of Globe. Area includes the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=3775
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T. 1-2 S., R. 13-16 E., GSRM. Pinal Mountains south of Globe and east of Devil's Canyon.
Pinto Valley Mine Plan of Operations
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/13/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2020 
Expected:05/2021
 
07/2021 Mindy Vogel
303-275-5250
mindy.vogel@usda.gov 
Description: The purpose of this Plan is to administratively consolidate all authorizations required to continue ongoing and future operations, as well as authorize new disturbance on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.pintovalleymineeis.us
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T1N, R13E, Sections 1, 2, 3,4, 11, 14, 23, 24, 25; T1N, R14E, Sections 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32; T1S, R14 E Sections 5 and 6; T2N, R13 E Sections 25, 26, 27, 28, 34. Pinto Valley Mine is located approximately three miles north of US Highway 60 on Pinto Valley Road (Forest Road 287), and approximately eight miles west of Miami, in Gila County, Arizona.
The Hook Exploration Drilling on National Forest System Lands
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 06/02/2020  06/2020 Benjamin Harrold
928-402-6200
benjamin.harrold@usda.gov 
Description: BHP proposes exploration drilling at two sites located on National Forest System lands in the vicinity of Globe, Arizona.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57693
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Section 2 of Township 1 North, Range 15.5 East, in Gila County, Arizona. The Project Area is located approximately 5 miles north of Globe, Arizona, and would be accessed from Globe via the existing Copper Hills Road and U.S. Forest Service Roads 224 and 278.
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Tonto National Forest,   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
Hawes Trail System Master Development Plan Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/21/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
06/2020 Kelly Richards
480-610-3334
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@usda.gov 
Description: The purpose of this project is to authorize a Master Development Plan for the Hawes Trail System and the adjacent area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57692
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located in the Hawes Trail System area, identified as Forest lands west of Usery Pass, south and east of Bush Highway, and north of the Forest boundary and the City of Mesa.
Sonoran Desert Ecosystem Restoration
CE
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Grant Loomis
602-225-5200
comments-southwestern-tonto-mesa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Obliterate approximately 145 miles of unauthorized and uninventoried user created motorized routes in the Rolls, Bulldog Canyon, and Hewitt Canyon areas in the Mesa Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51337
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The northern part of project area is between Fort McDowell and Four Peaks Wilderness. The southern part of the project area is between Ft. McDowell and Superstitions Wilderness.
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Tonto National Forest,   Payson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alder Mesa Trail Re-Route of the AZNST
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/29/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Jeremy Plain
928-474-7977
jplain@fs.fed.us 
Description: To relocate the trail to a more sustainable location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57298
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Matazal Wilderness area, Payson Ranger District.
Cragin-Payson TSA Water Treatment Plant
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tamarya Pike
602-225-5229
tpike@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sell approximately 7 acres to the Town of Payson for a water treatment plant to implement the Decision Notice and FONSI for the Cragin Water Pipeline and Treatment Plant Project signed 11/2/2011
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49004
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 3 miles north of the Town of Payson limits on the east side of West Houston Mesa Road just south of Mesa del Caballo subdivision.
Diamond Point Lookout Tower Project
EA
- Special area management
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2019 
Expected:07/2020
 
07/2020 Jeremy Plain
928-474-7977
jplain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate a fire lookout tower
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56422
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Payson Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, Gila County, Arizona.
Grapevine and Sycamore Springs Pipelines Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/05/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
06/2018 Kelly Bedson
928-474-7924
kellypbedson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install pipelines from springboxes to watering troughs
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54158
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Near Payson,AZ.
Hardscrabble Juniper Clearing 2015
CE
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Kelly Bedson
928-474-7924
kellypbedson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tonto National Forest proposes to authorize the permittee to treat an area using an agra-axe mounted on a rubber-tired or tread skid steer tractor to cut juniper trees of less than 8 inch diameter breast height (DBH).
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Sec. 26, 27, T 11N, R 8E of the Gila and Salt River Base Meridian. The Hardscrabble Juniper Clearing project encompasses about 100 acres west of the town of Pine and south of the town of Strawberry.
New Delph Tank & Bear Tank Maintenance
CE
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Douglas Ruppel
928-474-7908
comments-southwestern-tonto-payson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to create new water developments that capture and store water for authorized livestock and wild ungulates.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47365
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T10.5; R15E; Sec 21, 28, 33 of the Gila and Salt River Base Meridian. The New Delph Tank & Bear Tank Maintenance project is on the Pleasant Valley Ranger District. The project is located on the OW grazing allotment of the Tonto National Forest in Gila County, Arizona.
Red Lake Tanks - 2016
CE
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kelly Bedson
928-474-7924
kellypbedson@fs.fed.us 
Description: In compliance with Forest Service policy and Forest Plan objectives, the Pleasant Valley Ranger District proposes to authorize the permittee to construct seven new tanks on the Red Lake allotments.
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - USGS Quad: Parallel Canyon, Township(s): 9,10N Range(s): 15E Section(s): 4, 9, 17, 19, 31. Located on the Red Lake Allotments, northeast of Young, Arizona.
Silent Hill Mineral Exploration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/15/2020 
Expected:07/2020
 
09/2020 Lee Ann Atkinson
602-225-5200
leeann.atkinson@usda.gov 
Description: Operations will include exploratory trenching at three separate sites and milling and gravity concentration at the existing tailings pile where bulk samples would be collected.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58057
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Township 11.5 North, Range 10 East, Section 30. Located in northern Gila County, about 5 miles Southeast of Pine, Arizona. General location of project occurs along Forest Road 74, in Shannon Gulch area.
Sycamore and Pigeon Canyon Wildlife Catchment Replacement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2020 
Expected:09/2020  01/2021 Debbie Cress
928-467-3220
dcress@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rebuilding and replacement of wildlife waterers and providing exclusion fencing to provide more reliable water sources and increase water volumes available.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58122
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Payson Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, Gila County, AZ.
Taurus Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Alex Mankin
(928) 402-6200
amankin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vortex Technology LLC has submitted a Plan of Operations for a trenching exploration project. Up to 9 trenches, 3 short(30'X2'X6') and 6 long (6'X4'X4').
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54368
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Township 9 North, Range 10 East, Sections 6 and 7. The project is located near Thompson Wash, near Forest Service Roads 414 and 1549, approximately three air miles northwest from Rye, Arizona.
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Tonto National Forest,   Pleasant Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Flying V and Flying H Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Angela Elam
928.474.7901
comments-southwestern-tonto-pleasant-valley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update and reauthorize two allotment management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=30274
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North, East, and South of Young, AZ.
Flying V&H Prescribed Fire
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/18/2018 
Expected:05/2019
 
05/2019 Jeremy Plain
928-474-7977
jplain@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to use prescribed fire to improve timber stand conditions and wildlife habitat by reducing catastrophic fire hazard and natural fuel build-up.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53190
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposed project area is located approximately 10 air miles east of Young, AZ with it's western boundary on Cherry Creek and eastern boundary at the Fort Apache Reservation.
Haigler Fuels Analysis
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Cress
928-467-3251
jcress@fs.fed.us 
Description: Manage timber and other woody vegetation to help maintain forest health, reduce forest fuels, and improve wildlife habitat and range conditions on approximately 43,435 acres of the Tonto National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=34507
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Pleasant Valley Ranger District, Management Areas 5D, 5G, and 4F, including areas around Haigler Creek Estates.
Lower Pleasant Valley Tricktank Pipeline Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/05/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
06/2018 Kelly Bedson
928-474-7924
kellypbedson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide livestock with reliable water sources
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54157
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East of Young, AZ.
Pleasant Valley Northwest Grazing Allotments Analysis
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jeffrey Sturla
480-595-3331
comments-southwestern-tonto-pleasant-valley@fs.fed.us 
Description: This analysis covers five grazing allotments and will address actions needed to formalize an adaptive management livestock grazing strategy to maintain or move resources toward desired conditions in the project area as in the Tonto NF Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=30075
Location: UNIT - Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bar X, Haigler Creek, Colcord Canyon, Young, and Marsh Creek grazing allotments located north and west of Young, AZ. The project area is bisected by FR200 between State Highway 260 and Young, AZ.
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Tonto National Forest,   Tonto Basin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clover to Schell Pipeline Extension
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
ehoskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project is to add water sources to better distribute livestock and provide additional reliable water sources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57297
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Armer and Dutchwoman grazing allotments, Tonto Basin Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, Gila County, AZ.
Dagger, Poison Spring, Black Mesa and A-Cross Grazing Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Hoskins
602-225-5395
comments-southwestern-tonto-tonto-basin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize grazing on the Dagger, Poison Spring, Black Mesa and A-Cross Grazing Allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49896
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tonto Basin Ranger District.
Pinto Creek Erosion Control Reconstruction/Bank Stabilization Project
CE
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:08/2019  08/2019 Kelly Jardine
928-467-3201
kjardine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stabilization of Creek Bank for Erosion Control and Safety
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56461
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tonto Basin Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, Gila County, Arizona.
Poison Springs Structural Range Improvements
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
10/2020 Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
ehoskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Structural measures are proposed to facilitate the management of livestock by evenly distributing cattle on the allotment, restricting access to sensitive areas and provide livestock with additional reliable water sources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55711
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Poison Springs Allotment, Tonto Basin Ranger District, T3N, R 14E, Sections 28,29,33 and 20 as well as T3N, R13E, Section 14.
Roosevelt Lake Resort Runoff Control
CE
- Special area management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
05/2020 Kelly Jardine
928-467-3201
kjardine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a channel to intercept storm runoff and prevent damage to private property and enhance public safety.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57679
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Roosevelt, Arizona.
Salome Basin Bull Mountain South Pipelines
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2020 
Expected:05/2020  06/2020 Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
ehoskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add water sources to two pastures to improve livestock distribution
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58039
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bull Mountain and West Lake Pastures, Tonto Basin Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, Gila County, Arizona.
Schoolhouse 2019 Fence Project
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
ehoskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: To ease the management of livestock on the schoolhouse allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57303
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Schoolhouse grazing allotment, Tonto Basin Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, Gila County, AZ.
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