Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2020 to 12/31/2020
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 Nationwide
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,  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 Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS
- 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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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:07/2020
 
07/2020 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

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/27/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2020 
Expected:11/2020
 
12/2020 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@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
- Grazing management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/21/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2021 
Expected:02/2021
 
05/2021 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 01/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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,   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
Badlands Trail Project - Part 2
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/03/2020  09/2020 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.
Little Pond Forest Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2020 
Expected:03/2021
 
06/2021 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=57505
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne, Wasatch. LEGAL - Not Applicable. On the western end of the Duchesne Ranger District, east of Wolf Creek Summit. Landmarks in the area include Little Pond, Left Fork Rhoades Canyon, and Mill Fork.
Sowers Creek Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 07/16/2020  07/2020 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
West Northwest D1 Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/06/2019 
Expected:10/2020
 
06/2021 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
Mill Park Forest Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 08/19/2020  09/2020 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.
Raspberry Ridge Guzzler Replacement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2020 
Expected:11/2020  11/2020 Robert Christensen
435-781-5232
rchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace an existing guzzler on Raspberry Ridge of the Duchesne/Roosevelt RD that has been damaged beyond repair.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58043
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - The legal location of the project is T2N, R5W, Northeast quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section 21. The guzzler is located southeast of Moon Lake on the ridge dividing Raspberry Draw and Mackentire Draw on Petty Mountain of the Duchesne/Roosevelt Ranger District.
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 11/2020 
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
Ashley Karst National Recreation and Geologic Management Plan
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2020 
Expected:05/2021  05/2021 Leann Colburn
435-781-5163
lscolburn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Ashley National Forest is preparing to develop a management plan for the Congressionally designated Ashley Karst National Recreation and Geologic Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57865
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is northwest of Vernal, Utah, along the southern slopes of the Uinta Mountains within Uintah County.
Big Brush Creek - Outlaw ATV Trail Reroute Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Cancelled  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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Cancelled  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.
Northwest Pipeline Cell Tower Special Use Renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/03/2020  08/2020 Rhett Burkman
435-781-5133
rhett.burkman@usda.gov 
Description: Special use renewal of an existing cell tower facility that is specifically used for controlling an automated pipeline system for oil and gas transport.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57971
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - NW 1/4 of Section 17, T. 1 S, R 22 E., Salt Lake Meridian. The project is approximately 20 miles north of Vernal and 0.75 miles west of Hwy 191, accessed by Forest Road 056.
Strata Cell Tower
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 07/21/2020  07/2020 Rhett Burkman
435-740-4918
rhett.burkman@usda.gov 
Description: Strata Networks is constructing a new cell tower on Grizzly Ridge that is 120 feet tall. Site vegetation will be removed and a chain link fence installed at the site. The project area is approximately 0.5 acres in size with a footprint of 125'X90'.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58152
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Grizzly Ridge communication site is located approximately 20 miles north of Vernal and about 0.75 mile east of Highway 191, accessed off of Forest Road 056.
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