Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2020 to 12/31/2020
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
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding 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
- 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
Tahoe 200 Events
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2020 
Expected:12/2020  04/2021 Kimberly Felton
530/543-2651
kimberlyfelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize a 3-part foot-race event surrounding Lake Tahoe Basin on existing roads and trails through a special use permit.
Location: UNIT - Pacific Ranger District, Placerville Ranger District, Truckee Ranger District, Lake Tahoe Basin Mgt Unit, Carson Ranger District. STATE - California, Nevada. COUNTY - Alpine, El Dorado, Placer, Douglas, Washoe, Carson City (city). LEGAL - Not Applicable. Around the Lake Tahoe Basin using system roads and trails. Uses Tahoe Rim Trail.
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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
- 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 10/2020 
Expected:01/2021
 
03/2021 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
- 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).
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
- 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.
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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
Kelsey Fuels Reduction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2020 
Expected:02/2021  03/2021 Dana Walsh
530-333-5558
danawalsh@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mastication (primarily) or hand thinning to reduce fuels and fire hazard on 608 acres within the wildland urban interface. Follow-up burning and herbicide are proposed to maintain reduced fuel conditions and shift fuel types to grass/forb community.
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - T11N R11E,Sections 6, 18, and 19. MDB&M. Traverse Creek Road and Shoo Fly Road Vicinity in Kelsey, CA.
Rock Creek Trail Reroutes
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 09/29/2020  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.
Traverse Creek Barrier Rock Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
11/2020 Jonathan Jue
530-333-5550
jjue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Existing barrier rock along Bear Creek Rd & Meadow Brook Rd would be replaced with larger boulders to protect part of Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area recently impacted by vehicles. Damaged areas would be restored & revegetated by hand.
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - T12N, R10E, Section 24. Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area.
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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
El Dorado County Maintenance Shed Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2020 
Expected:11/2020
 
03/2021 Karl Goodwin
530-647-5421
karlgoodwin@fs.fed.us 
Description: A long-term special use permit would be issued to El Dorado County to construct and use an oversized two car garage to store a pumper truck & trailer to service the restrooms on the Rubicon Trail. The shed will also include a small emergency shelter.
Location: UNIT - Pacific Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Northwest of the Ellis Creek Bridge off of Wentworth Springs Road, near the Rubicon Trail.
Trident Fire Salvage
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2020 
Expected:05/2021  06/2021 Don Errington
530-647-5450
derrington@fs.fed.us 
Description: Following 2020 Fork Fire: salvage harvest roughly 500 acres, commercially thin within/around 250 acres of overstocked plantations which survived the fire, plant conifers to accelerate forest regeneration, apply herbicide to support regeneration work.
Location: UNIT - Pacific Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - T13N, R14E, Sections 3-5, 8-10, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 21. MDB&M. Within the perimeter of the 2020 Fork Fire.
Wilson Meadow and Calf Pasture Meadow Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/26/2020 
Expected:11/2020
 
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
- 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.
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.
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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