Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2021 to 12/31/2021
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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
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: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.
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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 09/2022 
Expected:03/2023
 
03/2023 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 11/2021 
Expected:02/2023
 
02/2023 Lars Christensen
435-789-1181
lars.christensen@usda.gov 
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
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/09/2021 
Expected:02/2022
 
05/2022 Kristy Groves
435-781-5203
kgroves@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a programmatic evaluation of the restoration of aspen stands on the Ashley NF 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
Cart Creek Vegetation Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2021 
Expected:05/2022  06/2022 Lesley Tullis
435-781-5103
lesley.tullis@usda.gov 
Description: This is a proposed timber and forest health project that includes aspects of fuels reduction, public safety, and aspen restoration. The project area is approximately 4,053 acres and is within a Utah Shared Stewardship priority landscape area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60565
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District, Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett, Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 25 miles north of Vernal along Hwy 191 and numerous side roads off of 191, including in the Bowden and Greens draws, Bassett Springs, Grizzly Hollow and Ridge, and Francis Creek areas.
Forest Wide Range Improvement Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2021 
Expected:05/2022  06/2022 Sandra Remund-Kaminski
435-781-5221
sbremundkaminski@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would involve 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
D3/4 Guzzler Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
06/2022 Robert Christensen
435-781-5232
rchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Two wildlife guzzlers were burned over during wildfires. The proposal is to replace these two wildlife guzzlers and install five new guzzlers for wildlife benefit and use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60018
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - R112W, T2N, section 21; R111, T2N, Section 22; R9w, T4S, Sections 27&34. Guzzlers would be located on Raspberry Ridge and Draw (southeast of Moon Lake), Dry Ridge (ridge west of Moon Lake), and Cow Hollow (Timber Canyon area of the South Unit).
Dal Cuinn Drilling
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/25/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
10/2021 David Herron
435-781-5218
david.herron@usda.gov 
Description: The proponent has submitted a plan of operations for exploratory drilling for locatable minerals in the Dry Ridge area of the Ashley NF. The plan includes drilling two holes, each up to 600 feet deep, within existing mining claims.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60246
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located within the Dry Ridge area, with both proposed drill-holes to be located in section 8 of T2N R6W, Uinta Meridian.
Moroni Exploration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/25/2021  08/2021 David Herron
435-781-5218
david.herron@usda.gov 
Description: The proponents have submitted a plan of operations for mineral exploration activities in the Iron Mine Creek area. The plan includes trenching, bulk sampling, and 0.59 miles of temporary road construction for heavy equipment access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59348
Location: UNIT - Duchesne Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Wasatch. LEGAL - T2N R9W Sec 17, 20 (Uinta Meridian). The project is located within the Iron Mine Creek drainage, in section 20 of T2N R9W, Uinta Meridian.
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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
Cedar Springs Marina Development
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2021 
Expected:10/2021  10/2021 Jayson Roundy
435-781-5281
jayson.roundy@usda.gov 
Description: Marina facility additions
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60883
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Sec. 16, T. 2 N., R. 22 E., Salt Lake Meridian. Dutch John, Utah.
East Fork Carter Creek Fish Barrier Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/13/2021  09/2021 Daniel Abeyta
435-781-5130
djabeyta@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of fish barrier using on-site rock to prevent upstream movement of non-native fish into restored waters with native cutthroat trout.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60023
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East Fork Carter Creek just below Sheep Creek Canal.
Evergreen Right of Way Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Rhett Burkman
435-781-5133
rhett.burkman@usda.gov 
Description: Special Use Permit to authorize a 150' x 30' right of way to access privately owned property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59976
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located approximately one mile northwest of Highway 44 on the Sheep Creek Geological Loop Road (Forest Service Road 218).
Pacific and Atlantic Soda Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 11/2021 
Expected:09/2022  09/2022 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 NF.
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.
Sheep Creek Fisheries Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 06/28/2021  08/2021 Daniel Abeyta
435-781-5130
djabeyta@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to allow the UDWR to add 8-10 cubic yards of suitable spawning substrate (1-inch diameter gravel) to Sheep Creek in the immediate vicinity of the proposed site. Gravel would be purchased and hauled by the UDWR.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60017
Location: UNIT - Flaming Gorge Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Proposed Site: Below the Kokanee Salmon Viewing Bridge, at the Sheep Creek Nature Trail pull-out, immediately downstream of Highway 44, UTMs 607728.00 m E, 4531574.00 m N.
Union Wireless Cell Tower Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Rhett Burkman
435-781-5133
rhett.burkman@usda.gov 
Description: The Ashley NF would issue a new 30-year special use permit to Union Wireless for an existing cell phone tower and related infrastructure at Dutch John Gap. The permit would replace the existing special use permit and consolidate amendments.
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 which is approximately 3 miles west northwest of the community of Dutch John, Utah. The project can be accessed from Highway 191 and Forest Service Road 012.
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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
Uinta Basin Railway Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
FEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/06/2021 
Expected:02/2022
 
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.
Uinta River Trail Resurfacing Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/20/2021  07/2021 Stephen Larrabee
435-781-5114
stephen.larrabee@usda.gov 
Description: A portion of the Uinta River Trail would be resurfaced with mineral soil from an adjacent borrow site to improve footing for pack stock.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60024
Location: UNIT - Roosevelt Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Duchesne. LEGAL - Legal Location of Borrow Pit Site: SE 1/4 NW 1/4, Sec. 19, T3N R2W; Legal Location of North and South Terminus of Trail Segments: SE 1/4 NE 1/4, Sec. 24, T3N R3W; SE 1/4 NW 1/4, Sec.19 T3N R2W. The trail segment is located approximately 1.1 miles from the Uinta Trailhead off Forest Service Road 118, about 2.5 miles south of the High Uintas Wilderness boundary.
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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:12/2021
 
12/2021 Ryan Buerkle
435-781-5204
ryan.buerkle@usda.gov 
Description: The Ashley NF 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.
Dyer Creek Stream Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/03/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
10/2021 Kevin Faucher
4357815189
kevin.faucher@usda.gov 
Description: This project would involve the placement of grade control structures in Dyer Creek to halt head cutting and erosion.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60026
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - T1S R21E Sec 2 and 3. The general location is in Round Park off of FS Road 020. The stream is adjacent to FS Road 547.
Utah Communications Authority East Park Communications Site Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Rhett Burkman
435-781-5133
rhett.burkman@usda.gov 
Description: The Ashley NF would issue a new 30-year special use permit to Utah Communications Authority for existing infrastructure at the East Park communications site. The new permit would replace the existing permit issued to the State of Utah.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59973
Location: UNIT - Vernal Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Daggett. LEGAL - SW1/4N/W1/4N/W1/4OF sec, 12 T.1N.,R.21E, Salt Lake Meridian Utah. Northeast of East Park reservoir located on Forest Service Road 10021 at the East Park Communication Site.
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