Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2019 to 12/31/2019
Ashley 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 in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest,  DUCHESNE RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest,  ROOSEVELT RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/02/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
12/2019 John Shivik
801-625-5667
johnashivik@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.
Web Link:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=stelprd3843381
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Boise National Forest All Units, Bridger-Teton National Forest All Units, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest All Units, Dixie National Forest All Units, Fishlake National Forest All Units, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest All Units, Manti-La Sal National Forest All Units, Caribou-Targhee National Forest All Units, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache All Units. STATE - Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Jackson, Moffat, Routt, Adams, Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Fremont, Madison, Churchill, Clark, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lincoln, Nye, Pershing, Washoe, White Pine, Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber, Platte, Sublette, Teton, Weston, Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sagebrush lands in National Forests of Nevada, Utah, southern Idaho, southwest Montana, southwest & south-central Wyoming and northern Colorado.
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A David Loomis
303-275-5008
dloomis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=30630
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, Dawes, Daggett, Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska.
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R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
High Uintas Wilderness Domestic Sheep Analysis Project (Ashley and UWC National Forests)
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/21/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
05/2020 Paul Cowley
801-999-2177
pcowley@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will evaluate the effects of continued domestic sheep grazing in the High Uintas Wilderness (HUW). There are 10 sheep allotments located on the north and south slopes of HUW and are located in both the Ashley and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NFs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44503
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District, Duchesne Ranger District, Evanston-Mountain View RD. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne, Summit. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located in the High Uintas Wilderness in both Duchesne and Summit counties. The project is located northeast of Duchesne, UT and southwest of Manila, UT.
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Ashley National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ashley National Forest - Forest Plan Revision
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/10/2019
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2020 
Expected:03/2021
 
03/2021 Cathleen Neelan
435-781-5120
cneelan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Ashley National Forest is currently revising the Forest Plan. The Ashley's existing Forest Plan is from 1986 and needs to be updated to reflect current natural resource conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49606
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett, Duchesne, Summit, Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project will involve the entire Ashley National Forest.
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Ashley National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Side Recreation Facilities Decommissioning
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Stephanie Anderson
435-781-5283
stephanieanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: We are proposing to decommission 12 developed recreation sites on the Flaming Gorge-Vernal Ranger District. These sites were chosen because of their limited use by the public, outdated facilities, and/or aging infrastructure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43630
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District, Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Daggett, Uintah, Sweetwater. LEGAL - T14NR108WSEC34;T2NR18SEC14;T2N22ESEC29;T3NR21E;SEC28;T2NR21ESEC35;T1SR20ESEC12;T2NR21ESEC21;T1NR22ESEC20;T2NR20ESEC9;T1SR21ESEC30;T2NR19ESEC12;T3NR21ESEC19;. 9 sites on the Flaming Gorge Ranger District and 3 sites on the Vernal Ranger District. Sites range from Sweetwater County WY, to Daggett and Uintah counties, UT.
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Ashley National Forest,   DUCHESNE RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Argyle Shaded Fuel Break
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/14/2019 
Expected:09/2019
 
11/2019 Nicholas Ostrom
435-781-5173
nicholas.ostrom@usda.gov 
Description: Create a shaded fuel break along FS boundary and Argyle Badland Cliff access road by removing hazardous fuels by means of limbing and thinning to compliment UT State Forestry and Fire and private landowner firewise efforts in the area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56451
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Township 7 South, Range 8 West Section 12 and Township 7 South, Range 7 West, Sections 7 & 8. South from Duchesne UT on HWY 191 for 28.25 miles, turn east on Argyle Canyon Rd, in 1/2 mile turn North on road that access Badland Cliffs, 0.3 miles road T's project starts here going east for 2 mi.
Sowers Creek Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ryan Mower
435-781-5170
rmower@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action would involve restoring the stream and subsequently the water table. The proposed action would include construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of new and existing rock grade control structures.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55466
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Uintah Special Meridian Township 9 S, Range 5 W Section 7. The project is located 14.5 miles southwest of Duchesne Utah. On the East Side of Forest Road 152 directly after crossing the Forest Boundary.
Uinta River Trail Beaver Reroute
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/17/2019  08/2019 Samuel Wiswell
435-781-5230
swiswell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Roughly 0.15 miles of the Uinta River Trail have been covered in water by newly constructed beaver dams. This has made the trial impassible to hikers and stock. A 0.25 mile trail reroute is proposed to address the loss of trail access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56080
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - SE1/4 NW1/4 ,Section 13, T3N R3W. 40.65998 N, 110.1772 W ~ 3 miles from the Trailhead.
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Ashley National Forest,   ROOSEVELT RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
High Uintas Wilderness Colorado River Cutthroat Trout (CRCT) Habitat Enhancement.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 07/23/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
05/2020 Ronald Brunson
435-781-5202
rbrunson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cooperative project with UDWR to restore and enhance CRCT populations within the High Uintas wilderness through the use of piscicide rotenone to remove non-native fish from selected streams and lakes. CRCT would be reintroduced following treatment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=31640
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. High Uintas Wilderness Area Roosevelt Ranger District, Duchesne Ranger District.
Revised Duchesne Roosevelt District Wide Range Improvement Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/03/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
10/2019 Todd Irish
435-781-5205
todd.irish@usda.gov 
Description: The Ashley NF proposes to modify the Sowers Canyon portion of the Duchesne Roosevelt District Wide Range Improvement Project. The project includes an additional 4 miles pipeline, 5 additional trough locations and two 10,000 gal storage tanks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56463
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Sections 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 32, 33, 35 T 6 S, R 6 W, Salt Lake Base Meridian. The project location is approximately 25 miles Southwest of Duchesne, Utah.
Uinta Basin Railway Project
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/19/2019
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2020 
Expected:10/2021
 
08/2023 Kristy Groves
435-781-5203
kgroves@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Surface Transportation Board is proposing to build a railroad along HWY 191 through Indian Canyon. The route would go from Kayune, UT to Myton, UT, passing just south of Duchesne, UT
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56603
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The preferred route would travel from Kayune, UT to Myton, UT, passing south of Duchesne, UT, along Indian Canyon. About 10.5 miles of the route would be located on FS lands.
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