Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2020 to 03/31/2020
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,  Flaming Gorge 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)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Ashley National Forest,  Vernal 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
- 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:08/2020
 
08/2020 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
- 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.
Ashley National Forest Aspen Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/22/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
05/2020 Kristy Groves
435-781-5203
kgroves@fs.fed.us 
Description: Programmatic restoration of aspen stands on the Ashley National Forest outside of Wilderness.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57075
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units. STATE - Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Daggett, Duchesne, Summit, Uintah, Wasatch, Sweetwater. LEGAL - All Ashley National Forest lands outside of wilderness. All aspens stands on the Ashley National Forest outside of wilderness.
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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

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 10/29/2019  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.
Badlands Lop and Scatter Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/27/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
08/2020 Robert Christensen
435-781-5232
rchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat improvement project targeting the removal of encroaching confifers (pinyon, juniper, and Douglas fir), located on the South Unit of the Ashley National Forest. Treatment would be done through mechanical means using chainsaws.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57243
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located on the west side of the South Unit of the Duchesne/Roosevelt Ranger District of the Ashley National Forest, approximately 20 miles southwest of Duchesne Utah.
Badlands Trail Project - Part 2
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/27/2019 
Expected:04/2020
 
06/2020 Stephen Larrabee
435-781-5114
stephen.larrabee@usda.gov 
Description: Construction of an OHV trail connection on the South Unit of the Duchesne/Roosevelt Ranger District. The segment would connect Sowers Canyon Road to Forest Service Road 497. This segment would be approximately 3.3 miles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57244
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located south of Highway 40 at the junction of Sowers Canyon Road and Forest Service Road 497, approximately 6.15 miles south of the Bridgeland turn off.
Sowers Creek Restoration
CE
- 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.
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Ashley National Forest,   Flaming Gorge Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Buckboard Marina Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/17/2019  12/2019 Jayson Roundy
435-781-5281
jcroundy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Buckboard Marina is under a Special Use Authorization to operate and maintain the marina and facilities. The owner/operators of the marina have requested to add a restaurant, shower house, and 5 additional RV pads to their existing facilities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57133
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sweetwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sections 28, 29, 32, and 33 of T15N R108W of the 5th PM, Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
Dutch John Mountain ATV Connector Trail
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Daniel Depaolis
435-781-5240 - Daniel DePaolis
Daniel.Depaolis@usda.gov 
Description: Creation of ATV trail from Dutch John, UT to connect with existing road system on BLM land near Goslin Mountain via Dutch John Canyon
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57138
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - T.2 N., R. 22 E., Northeast corner of section 2. Trail to start in Dutch John, Utah. Trail Passes through Dutch John Canyon to the North of town through current state gravel pit and abandoned gravel pit.
River Guide SU Authorization Renewals
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/17/2019  01/2020 Kevin Clegg
435-781-5241
kevin.clegg@usda.gov 
Description: Renewal of 7 River Outfitter and Guide and 1 Shuttle Special Use Authorizations for a new 10 year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57173
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sections A & B of the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir located approximately 5 miles from Dutch John Utah. Launch points of Little Hole and Spillway.
West Northwest D1 Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/06/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
08/2021 Jason Kelton
435-781-5181
jason.kelton1@usda.gov 
Description: The project will remove conifer species from shrub community types through lop and scatter on 19,682 acres. The project intent is to maintain native vegetation diversity, watershed stability, reduce wildfire potential, and improve wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57157
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Daggett, Sweetwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable. West Northwest Region of the Flaming Gorge District in Utah and Wyoming. The project spans from the eastern to western edge of the district primarily south of Manila.
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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:01/2020
 
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.
Mill Park Forest Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/21/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2020 
Expected:06/2020
 
06/2020 Lesley Tullis
435-781-5103
lesley.tullis@usda.gov 
Description: A timber and forest health project that includes aspects of public safety, watershed restoration, and fuels reduction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57204
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. At the head of Hells Canyon. Landmarks in the area include Mill Park, Center Park, and Long Park in the northern portion of the project area and Bear Park and Flea Flat in the southern portion.
Revised Duchesne Roosevelt District Wide Range Improvement Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 10/28/2019  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

           *UPDATED*
- 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. See https://www.uintabasinrailwayeis.com for more information.
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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Ashley National Forest,   Vernal Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Brush Creek - Outlaw ATV Trail Reroute Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joseph Ellsworth
435 781 5179
joseph.ellsworth@usda.gov 
Description: This project would reroute a popular section of a multi-use trail to provide an improved recreational experience and to improve resource conditions. An additional trail (<50")would be constructed from the current trail to a turn around near the cave.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57151
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project is located in Uintah County, north of Vernal, UT. The project area is located approximately between Iron Spring Campground and Taylor Mountain Road Forest Road 044.
Highline ATV Trail Reroute Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joseph Ellsworth
435 781 5179
joseph.ellsworth@usda.gov 
Description: Rerouting and reconstructing a motorized section of the Highline Trail between Highway 191 and East Park Reservoir. The project purpose is to improve the visitor experience and minimize impacts such as erosion to the resources of the area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57148
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett, Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located along Highway 191, north of Vernal, Utah at the trailhead and ends at the intersection of North East Park Forest Road 212.
Round Park Hardened Stream Crossing Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/06/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
08/2020 Kevin Faucher
435-781-5189
kfaucher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Two stream crossings in the Round Park area will be upgraded with hardened ford structures in order to stop the degradation of fish habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57137
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - T1S R21E Sec 2. The proposed project is on the Vernal Ranger District of Ashley National Forest and is within Dagget County. The general location is Round Park off of FS Road 020. The crossings are located about ? of a mile off FS 020 and are located on FS 547 and FS 047.
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