Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2021 to 03/31/2021
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, 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 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

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/02/2019 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 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  Completed  Actual: 11/17/2020
11/17/2020 
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

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/21/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2021 
Expected:07/2021
 
09/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/10/2019
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2021 
Expected:03/2022
 
03/2022 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
- 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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Forest Wide Range Improvement Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2021 
Expected:03/2022  06/2022 Sandra Remund-Kaminski
435-781-5221
sbremundkaminski@fs.fed.us 
Description: The construction of various range improvements, including water systems, drift fences, and spring exclosures, to improve cattle distribution on the Vernal and Roosevelt-Duchesne Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59258
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District, Roosevelt Ranger District, Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne, Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. On multiple allotments across the Vernal and Roosevelt-Duchesne Ranger Districts.
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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
Little Pond Forest Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 11/24/2020 
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.
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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
Pacific and Atlantic Soda Project
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 02/2021 
Expected:03/2022  04/2022 Rhett Burkman
435-781-5133
rhett.burkman@usda.gov 
Description: The BLM is considering a trona mine proposal from Pacific and Atlantic Soda Company. A portion of the proposal involves construction of a water line across the northern end of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area on the Ashley National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59259
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sweetwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The water line would be located across the northern end of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area south of Green River, WY.
Union Wireless Cell Tower
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2021 
Expected:02/2021  06/2021 Rhett Burkman
435-781-5133
rhett.burkman@usda.gov 
Description: The Ashley National Forest is considering a proposal from Union Wireless to build a cell tower at the existing Dutch John Gap communications site. This tower is required to support developing wireless technology.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59224
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Dutch John Gap Approximately three miles northwest of the community of Dutch John, Utah.
West Northwest D1 Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/06/2019 
Expected:01/2021
 
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
Moon Lake Salvage Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2021 
Expected:06/2021  07/2021 Lesley Tullis
435-781-5103
lesley.tullis@usda.gov 
Description: 250 acres of timber salvage and 762 acres of tree seedling planting approximately 1 mile south of Moon Lake. This area experienced uncharacteristic stand-replacement fire in ponderosa pine during the 2020 East Fork Fire.
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 1 mile south of Moon Lake along Forest Service Road (FSR) 10131.
Raspberry Ridge Guzzler Replacement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2021 
Expected:09/2021  09/2021 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/30/2020
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2021 
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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/08/2020 
Expected:05/2021
 
05/2021 Leann Colburn
435-781-5163
lscolburn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Ashley N.F. is preparing to develop a management plan for the Congressionally designated Ashley Karst National Recreation and Geologic Area. This may be an administrative plan rather than an EA if no site-specific proposed actions are involved.
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.
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