Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2020 to 09/30/2020
Eldorado 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
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Eldorado National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Eldorado National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Eldorado National Forest,  Amador Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Eldorado National Forest,  Georgetown Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Eldorado National Forest,  Pacific Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Eldorado National Forest,  Placerville 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

           *UPDATED*
- 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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Eldorado National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eldorado National Forest Over Snow Vehicle Use Designation
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 11/02/2018 
Expected:09/2020
 
11/2020 Katy Parr
530-621-5203
katy.parr@usda.gov 
Description: Proposal to designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) areas and trails for public OSV use, consistent with Subpart C of the Travel Management Regulations, and identify OSV trails where grooming will occur.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46034
Location: UNIT - Eldorado National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Placer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Entire forest.
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Eldorado National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Reservoir Forest Health Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Heritage resource management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/13/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
10/2020 Don Errington
530-647-5450
derrington@fs.fed.us 
Description: Actions under consideration: fuel break creation; commercial & non-commercial thinning; shrub mastication & pruning; herbicide application; prescribed burning; heritage resource protection; and meadow & watershed enhancement actions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54828
Location: UNIT - Pacific Ranger District, Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - T11N,R14E,S1-3;T11N,R15E,S2-6,8-11,14-15,17,22-23;T11N,R16E,S6-7,18;T12,R14E,S1-3,4,10-14,16-26,29-30,34-35;T12N,R15E,S18,20-23,26-29,31-35; T12,16E,S19,30-31;T13N,R14E,S25-26,28,29.33-35;T13R15S30-31. The project boundary spans the Crystal Basin of Pacific Ranger District and extends southeast to southeast to Atherton Flat on the Placerville Ranger District.
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Eldorado National Forest,   Amador Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Allen Ranch Pasture Special Use Permit Re-Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2020 
Expected:07/2020  07/2020 Christopher Sailor
209-295-5960
christopher.sailor@usda.gov 
Description: Re-issue special use permit that authorizes an approximately 12-acre fenced pasture located off of Mud Lake Road (17E24)for grazing of up to eight horses.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58144
Location: UNIT - Amador Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Amador. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Vicinity of Mud Lake Road (17E24).
Amendment of the LRMP Pertaining to Lands Donated by PG&E
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  Completed  Actual: 06/17/2020  07/2020 Renea Kennec
209-295-5984
renea.kennec@usda.gov 
Description: Amend LRMP to recognize the 5 parcels of lands donated from PG&E, totaling approximately 1,335 acres were donated to provide permanent protection of the natural resources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57891
Location: UNIT - Amador Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Alpine, Amador. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Donated National Forest System lands referred to as the Cole Creek, North Fork of the Mokelumne River and Blue Creek/Deer Creek parcels.
Cole Forest Health Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Marc Young
209-295-5955
mdyoung@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce hazardous fuels, improve forest health, enhance watershed conditions, and re-establish a sustainable landscape on approximately 500 acres by commercially and pre-commercially thinning, understory burning, and reconstructing roads.
Location: UNIT - Amador Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Amador. LEGAL - Not Applicable. South of Highway 88 and Bear River Reservoir.
Kirkwood Sierra Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2019 
Expected:04/2020  05/2020 Christopher Sailor
209-295-5960
christopher.sailor@usda.gov 
Description: Re-issue outfitter/guide special use permit to Kirkwood Sierra Outfitters. This outfit uses packstock to guide visitors into the backcountry for day and overnight trips.
Location: UNIT - Amador Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Alpine, Amador. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forestdale Divide, Evergreen, Granite Lake/Grouse Lake, Horse Canyon, Onion Valley, Tanglefoot Canyon, Allan Camp, Emigrant Trail, Munson Meadow, Mud Lake, Pardoe Lake, and Summit Meadow Lake.
Kirkwood Volcano Communication Site Upgrade
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2020 
Expected:06/2020  07/2020 Renea Kennec
209-295-5984
renea.kennec@usda.gov 
Description: Modify the existing permit for Volcano Communication Group and upgrade the Verizon Wireless system at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Chairlift #2. Remove existing equipment and install a 15-foot monopole with antenna, microwave dish, and radio equipment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58145
Location: UNIT - Amador Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Amador. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Chair #2.
Three Meadows Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 04/26/2020  09/2020 Chuck Loffland
(209) 295-5954
cloffland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of conifers less than 10 inches dbh, installation of rock riffles, log weirs, and placement of barriers to discourage cattle grazing and OHV use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56357
Location: UNIT - Amador Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Amador. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Upper Onion Meadow, High Onion Meadow, and Tyler Meadow, located approximately 50 miles east of Jackson, CA, east of Bear River Reservoir.
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Eldorado National Forest,   Georgetown Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ralston Afterbay Sediment Removal Project
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jonathan Jue
530-333-5550
jjue@fs.fed.us 
Description: A special use permit would be issued to Placer County Water Agency to remove sediment from Ralston Afterbay (also known as Oxbow Reservoir) & stockpile the sediment at Junction Bar. A temporary access road would be built over the Rubicon River.
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado, Placer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project is located approximately 8 air miles northeast of Georgetown, CA.
Rock Creek Trail Reroutes
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/05/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 Jonathan Jue
530-333-5550
jjue@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would reroute 12 trail segments within the Rock Creek Trail System to protect resources and improve user safety. Estimated trail construction (12 segments)of 4.7 miles. Estimated trail obliteration (of 9 existing segments)of 2.5 miles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53082
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - T11N, 12E, Section 2; T12N, 11E, Sections 1,2,14,24,27,33 and 35; T12N, R12E, Section 30. The trail reroutes and new trail construction would be located in various locations on the Rock Creek Trail System.
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Eldorado National Forest,   Pacific Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Wilson Meadow and Calf Pasture Meadow Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/26/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
06/2021 Vincent Pacific
541-947-6346
vpacific@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve hydrologic function within two meadows which have been highly manipulated by past logging, ranching, and channel diversions. In-channel work could include 'plug & pond,' gully fill, and meadow surface reshaping techniques.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55803
Location: UNIT - Pacific Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Wilson Meadow (90 acres): T11N, R16E, Sections 6 &7; Calf Pasture (30 acres): T31N, R15E, Section 33. Wilson Meadow is located at the intersection of Wrights Lake Rd (11N26) and Wrights Tie Rd (11N37). Calf Pasture is approx. 1 mile east of Van Vleck Meadow/Tells Equestrian Camp (at end of 13N22D).
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Eldorado National Forest,   Placerville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brown Rock Forest Health Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/14/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
10/2020 Marc Young
209-295-5955
mdyoung@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce hazardous fuels, improve forest health, enhance watershed conditions, and re-establish a sustainable landscape on approximately 3,000 acres by commercially and pre-commercially thinning, understory burning, and reconstructing roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41241
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North and south of Mormon Emigrant Trail road.
Camino Pollock Pines Fuel Break
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 06/01/2020  09/2020 Scot Rogers
530-647-5301
scot.rogers@usda.gov 
Description: Mastication and hand thinning of brush and small trees on approximately 1,500 acres (of which 750 acres is National Forest System lands) along the ridgeline above the South Fork American River, north of Highway 50 near Camino and Pollock Pines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54812
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located between Slab Creek Dam in Camino to Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines.
Lover's Leap Climbing Access Stabilization Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2020 
Expected:05/2020  07/2020 Scot Rogers
530-647-5301
smrogers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stabilization activities along approximately one mile of trail, including approximately 11 retaining walls, 20 stone staircases of assorted elevation gains, one small access path reroute, and installation of multiple drainage structures.
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lover's Leap Climbing Area in the town of Strawberry, CA.
Sly Park Fuels Reduction Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 06/01/2020  09/2020 Scot Rogers
530-647-5301
scot.rogers@usda.gov 
Description: Fuels reduction treatments, including understory thinning, removal of brush and small trees, on approximately 3,000 acres adjacent to the communities of Pollock Pines in the vicinity of Jenkinson Lake and Sly Park.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54811
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located generally east of Jenkinson Lake and Sly Park Recreation Area, east of the community of Pollock Pines.
Straw Saddle Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Allen Speering
530-647-5327
aspeering@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project includes commercial and pre-commercial thinning and prescribed burning on approximately 2,000 acres to improve forest health, enhance watershed conditions, and re-establish a sustainable landscape.
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located in the vicinity of Packsaddle Pass and Cody Lake.
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