Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2021 to 03/31/2021
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.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
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)

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.
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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
Cabin Hollow Quarry
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/21/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
06/2021 Karl Boyer
435-636-3551
karl.boyer@usda.gov 
Description: Cabin Hollow Quarry is located in T12S, R5E, E1/2, Sec. 35, Salt Lake Meridian, Sanpete County, Utah, 0.54 miles from Skyline Drive by access road. Total disturbed area associated with this project will be less than 5 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59154
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Sanpete. LEGAL - T12S, R5E, E1/2, Sec. 35, Salt Lake Meridian, Sanpete County, Utah. Elevation at the proposed quarry ranges between 9,015-9,116 feet. The project site is located on an east facing slope that is part of the uplands forming the watershed of Cabin Hollow.
Mahogany Point Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/03/2020 
Expected:01/2021
 
06/2021 Timothy Kennedy
435-636-3519
timothy.kennedy@usda.gov 
Description: The Manti-La Sal National Forest (Forest Service) proposes to improve priority habitat management areas (PHMA) for greater sage-grouse and big game (elk and deer) key and general winter range (KWR and GWR) & reduce wildland fire risk.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59047
Location: UNIT - Ferron Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Emery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposed project is located in Emery County, Utah, approximately 4 miles west of the town of Orangeville in the North Horn Mountain area.
The Pines Habitat Maintenance Prescribed Fire Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 12/03/2020  04/2021 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
- 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.
Harpole Mesa Sagebrush Habitat Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/24/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
08/2021 Barb Smith
435-259-7155
barb.smith@usda.gov 
Description: The Harpole Mesa Sagebrush Restoration Project is proposed to improve winter range habitat for big game (mule deer and elk) and to reduce the continuity of vegetative fuels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59157
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Grand. LEGAL - T25S, R24E, sec 31. T26S, R24E, sec 5&6 . The treatment is proposed on 204 acres of NFS lands on Harpole Mesa, along the La Sal Loop Road above Castle Valley on the north side of the La Sal Mountains.
Pack Creek Riparian Protection Fence
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 11/10/2020  11/2020 Cory Farnsworth
435-636-3344
Cory.Farnsworth@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.
Unauthorized Uses into Special-Use Authorizations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 11/10/2020  11/2020 Francisco Castillo
435-636-3336
francisco.j.castillo@usda.gov 
Description: Review unauthorized uses on National Forest System Lands and evaluate the need to add them into the special-use program. Under review; 2 water pipelines and 4 access roads to private property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57802
Location: UNIT - Moab Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Grand, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. All locations are on the Moab Ranger District.
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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

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 11/05/2020  11/2020 Cory Farnsworth
435-636-3344
Cory.Farnsworth@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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