Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2020 to 12/31/2020
Manti-La Sal 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, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Manti-La Sal National Forest,  FERRON RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Manti-La Sal National Forest,  MOAB RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Manti-La Sal National Forest,  MONTICELLO RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Manti-La Sal National Forest,  PRICE 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.
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Manti-La Sal 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
Manti-La Sal National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 07/2020 
Expected:12/2021  01/2022 Tami Conner
435-636-3508
mlnfplanrevision@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Plan Revision. The Manti-La Sal National Forest is in the process of revising its Forest Plan pursuant to the 2012 Planning Rule (36CFR219). For more information, visit http:/bit.do/mlsnfplanningpage
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50121
Location: UNIT - Manti-La Sal National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado, Utah. COUNTY - Mesa, Montrose, Carbon, Emery, Grand, Juab, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Utah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Manti-La Sal National Forest in Central and Southeastern Utah and Western Colorado.
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Manti-La Sal National Forest,   FERRON RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Joes Valley Water Facility Deed of Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management  Completed  Actual: 09/17/2020  09/2020 Greg Montgomery
435-636-3348
greg.montgomery2@usda.gov 
Description: Emery County Water Users request easement for use & occupancy of NFS lands for the operation, maintenance, and replacement of the Emery County Project (Joes Valley Reservoir) and its improvements, fixtures and facilities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58817
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Joes Valley Reservoir area.
The Pines Habitat Maintenance Prescribed Fire Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/26/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
08/2020 Russell Bigelow
928-333-6247
rbigelow@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposes to use prescribed fire to maintain historical fire return intervals in Ponderosa pine veg type on 5,935 acres. Improve vegetation and watershed conditions, improve forage production and minimize uncharacteristic wildfire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57231
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery, Sanpete, Sevier. LEGAL - T21 S R5 E Sections 1-3, 9-16, & 22-26; T21 S R6 E Sections 7, 18, 19, & 30 Salt Lake Meridian. Located on the Ferron Ranger District 6 miles northwest of Emery, UT. 12 miles southwest of Ferron, UT. 50 miles southwest of Price, UT. 125 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, UT.
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Manti-La Sal National Forest,   MOAB RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Geyser Pass Improvements Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/20/2020 
Expected:03/2021
 
05/2021 Francisco Castillo
435-636-3336
francisco.j.castillo@usda.gov 
Description: To improve accessibility to trailheads (Trans La Sa, Clark Lake, and Geyser Pass) along the Geyser Pass Road and to widen the Upper Geyser Pass Road (NFS Road 50071) from Gold Basin Junction to Geyser Pass Trailhead from 18 to 20 feet.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58337
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - San Juan. LEGAL - Located within the Mount Tukuhnikivatz Quad and Sections 1, 2, 3, and 5 of Township 27 South, Range 24 East. This project is located at the Trans La Sal Trailhead and along the Geyser Pass Road (NFS road 50071) from the junction of the Gold Basin Road and Geyser Pass Trailhead.
Pack Creek Riparian Protection Fence
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/21/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
09/2020 Tina Marian
435-636-3368
tina.marian@usda.gov 
Description: Construct about 0.75 miles of fence that extends from the existing Lower Dorry drift fence, west to a natural rock rim barrier just south of the Pack Creek private land inholding. Removing juniper trees and brush where needed along the fence line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58625
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - San Juan. LEGAL - Section 23&24 of T27S, R23E. Located in between the Pack Creek private inholding and the Pack Creek Picnic Area about 14 miles SE of Moab, UT.
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Manti-La Sal National Forest,   MONTICELLO RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Camp Jackson Watershed Fence Modification
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/21/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
09/2020 Tina Marian
435-636-3368
tina.marian@usda.gov 
Description: The modification of approximately 1.25 miles of fence that separates the Blanding Municipal Watershed from the Camp Jackson C&H allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58627
Location: UNIT - Monticello Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - San Juan. LEGAL - Sections 22&23 of T34S, R22E. The proposed projects are located west and east of the Camp Jackson private inholding about 12 miles north of Blanding, UT.
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Manti-La Sal National Forest,   PRICE RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eccles to Swens Transmission Corridor Special Use Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/16/2020  08/2020 William Otto
4356363518
william.otto@usda.gov 
Description: Construction of a section of electrical transmission line for Canyon Fuel Company, LLC. located between the Skyline Mine facility in Eccles Canyon and the Swens Canyon Ventilation facility in Swens Canyon
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58319
Location: UNIT - Price Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Between the Skyline Mine facility in Eccles Canyon and the Swens Canyon Ventilation facility in Swens Canyon on the Price Ranger District.
Huntington Creek Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 09/01/2020  09/2020 Jeff Jewkes
435-636-3592
jeff.jewkes@usda.gov 
Description: The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has requested authorization to improve fish and aquatic species habitat within the Huntington Creek drainage in the Little Bear Canyon, Little Bear. Stream habitat was damaged by the Seeley Fire in 2012.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58238
Location: UNIT - Price Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Huntington Creek Watershed (Little Bear Canyon, Little Bear Campground, Left Fork of Huntington Creek, and Nuck Woodward Canyon).
Utah County Emergency Watershed Protection - Eagle Landing
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 09/01/2020  09/2020 Greg Montgomery
435-636-3554
greg.montgomery2@usda.gov 
Description: Utah County has requested a permit to construct silt fences & rock check dam structures to protect the Eagle Landing Subdivision, downstream riparian systems, and infrastructure from flooding and sediment flow resulting from the 2018 Pole Canyon Fire
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57810
Location: UNIT - Price Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Utah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T11S, R3E, Section 12, SLM.
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