Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2022 to 06/30/2022
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,  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  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.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Land.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/08/2020
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2022 
Expected:06/2022
 
07/2022 Laura Conway
406-802-4317
laura.conway@usda.gov 
Description: Programmatic Supplemental EIS for the Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60450
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The direction in the SEIS will apply to use of aerially delivered fire retardant on all National Forest System land. .
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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
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2022 
Expected:07/2022  08/2022 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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 11/02/2018 
Expected:05/2022
 
08/2022 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,   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
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.
East Silver Lake Recreation Residence Well Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/10/2022 
Expected:04/2022
 
08/2022 Christopher Sailor
209-295-5960
christopher.sailor@usda.gov 
Description: East Silver Lake Improvement District (ESLIA) has proposed to install a well within the East Silver Lake Recreation Residence Tract to provide water to the cabin tract.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61648
Location: UNIT - Amador Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Amador. LEGAL - Section 33, Township 10N, Range 17E. This project will be located withing the East Silver Lake Recreation Residence tract along the Amador County maintained road, Kit Carson Road.
Forest Projects Plan (Phase 1)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2022 
Expected:09/2022  10/2022 Jesse Plummer
530-233-7952
jesse.plummer@usda.gov 
Description: The Forest Projects Plan (Phase 1) is a landscape level forest, community, and wildlife habitat enhancement and protection project proposing non-commercial mechanical fuel reduction work, manual vegetation treatments, and prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61932
Location: UNIT - Amador Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Placer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located on the Amador Ranger District.
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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
Amendment to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company's Master Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/02/2022  03/2022 Joseph Garrotto
775-884-8108
joseph.garrotto@usda.gov 
Description: Amend PG&E's Master Special Use Permit to include the installation, use, and maintenance of a remote weather station at Bald Mountain. The weather station would be mounted on a wooden pole and be solar powered. Project area is smaller than 0.1 acre.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61386
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Township 12N, Range 11E, Section 12, NW 1/4. Project location is on Bald Mountain, north of the Bald Mountain Lookout Tower. This location is approximately 7 air miles east of the Georgetown Ranger District office.
Desert Cold Springs Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/24/2022 
Expected:04/2022
 
04/2022 Don Errington
530-647-5450
donald.errington@usda.gov 
Description: Combination of fuels reduction and reforestation actions. Fall dead trees and remove to mill or biomass facility, or pile and burn on site. Plant conifer seedlings. Chemically control shrubs. Burn fuel accumulations (broadcast and jackpot burns).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61604
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Placer. LEGAL - T13N R13E Sections 2 and 10. Vicinity of Desert Cold Springs within 2014 King Fire footprint and partially within 2020 Point Fire footprint.
Dru Barner Campground Water System Improvement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/10/2022 
Expected:03/2022
 
05/2022 Kayla Nimmo
530-333-5567
Kayla.Nimmo@usda.gov 
Description: The Dru Barner Campground water system needs a new power source, filter system, water flow metering and security fencing for solar panels. The generator has failed and needs replacement. Iron accumulates in tank bottoms.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61607
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - T13N R11E SW1/4 SW1/4 Section 28, SE1/4 SE1/4 Section 29 Mount Diablo Meridian. The Dru Barner Campground is located off Bottle Hill Road in Georgetown, CA. The project is in the southern portion of the campground, in the vicinity of the group kitchen area and sites 19 and 20.
Kelsey Fuels Reduction Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/11/2021 
Expected:04/2022
 
04/2022 Don Errington
530-647-5450
donald.errington@usda.gov 
Description: Mastication (primarily) or hand thinning to reduce fuels and fire hazard on 476 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58916
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.
SPECIAL USE PERMIT AMENDMENT FOR PLACER COUNTY WATER AGENCY FOR MIDDLE MEADOWS WATER SOURCE REPAIR
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 02/02/2022  08/2022 Kayla Nimmo
530-333-5567
Kayla.Nimmo@usda.gov 
Description: Amend the special use permit issued to Placer County Water Agency for the Middle Meadows Water Source Repairs to include a new well. This well will supply water to Middle Meadows Group Campground.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61532
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Placer. LEGAL - T14N, R13E, section 24. The project is located east of Middle Meadows Group Campground. The location is approximately 23 air miles from Georgetown, California.
Special Use Permit for a SMUD Buried 4kV powerline and fiber optic cable
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/02/2022  02/2022 Kayla Nimmo
530-333-5567
Kayla.Nimmo@usda.gov 
Description: Issue special use permit to Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Install, operate, and maintain underground 4kV powerline & fiber optic communication line. Install cables in existing road. Store excess excavated material at existing stockpile site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61467
Location: UNIT - Georgetown Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Township 11 North, Range 12 East, portions of sections 10 and 15. The project is located on Forest System Roads 11N12 and 12N34 between the Camino Surge Shaft and Brush Creek Reservoir. The project area is approx. 5 air miles northwest of Pollock Pines, CA.
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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
UC Cow Camp Meadow Thinning Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2022 
Expected:06/2022  07/2022 Vincent Pacific
541-947-6346
vincent.pacific@usda.gov 
Description: Improve wildlife habitat and meadow hydrology by removing small conifer trees (<10" dbh) that are encroaching UC Cow Camp Meadow. Cut trees using chainsaws; then scatter and/or chip. Place few trees in stream channel to trap sediment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61598
Location: UNIT - Pacific Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - T12N R16E Section 8. UC Cow Camp Meadow, adjacent to Barrett 4WD Trail, approximately 4.5 miles north from the trailhead at Wrights Lake Recreation Area.
Wilson Meadow and Calf Pasture Meadow Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 02/16/2022  09/2022 Vincent Pacific
541-947-6346
vpacific@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve hydrologic function within 2 meadows which have been highly manipulated by past logging, ranching, roads and diversions. In-channel work would include 'Stage 0' gully fill and meadow surface reshaping techniques. Reroute a section of trail.
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
Caldor Fire Reforestation Along Mormon Emigrant Trail and Silver Fork Road
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 02/28/2022  03/2022 Allen Speering
530-647-5327
allen.speering@usda.gov 
Description: The project will plant approximately 200 acres (approximately 40,000 trees) along portions of the Mormon Emigrant Trail and Silver Fork Road within the Caldor Fire burn area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61602
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Silver Fork Rd: T 11N R 15E Sections 27, 34,35 ; T 10N R 15 E Section 1 ; T 10N R 16 E Section 6-8 Mormon Emigrant Trail: T 10N R 14 E Section 17,18, 20-24. Silver Fork Rd: T 11N R 15E Sections 27, 34,35 ; T 10N R 15 E Section 1 ; T 10N R 16 E Section 6-8 Mormon Emigrant Trail: T 10N R 14 E Section 17,18, 20-24.
Caldor Fire Tribal Native Plant Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/22/2022 
Expected:04/2022
 
04/2022 Charles Hutcheson
435-201-9538
charles.hutcheson@usda.gov 
Description: In collaboration with tribal partners, this project will reduce fuels (via hand felling/thinning/piling, chipping) and re-establish native plants at culturally significant areas and sensitive plant sites that burned in the 2021 Caldor Fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61304
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Within the Caldor Fire area with low-impact activities at 15 sites (totaling approximately 60 acres).
Grizzly Flat Community Fuel Break
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2022 
Expected:05/2022  05/2022 Brian Brown
530-647-5304
Brian.Brown@usda.gov 
Description: The Grizzly Flat Community Fuel Break would
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61793
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. A contiguous fuel break would be constructed along Capps Crossing Road, Leoni Road, Caldor Road, and N South road within the Eldorado National Forest east of the Grizzly Flat community.
Improved access for El Dorado Irrigation District at Placerville Ranger District office
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2022 
Expected:05/2022  05/2022 Brian Brown
530-647-5304
Brian.Brown@usda.gov 
Description: The Eldorado Irrigation District is requesting that an existing unmaintained road be improved to a gravel road (less than 1/2 mile in length) so they can reliably access a pressure regulator necessary for management of public drinking water.
Location: UNIT - Placerville Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - El Dorado. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The existing unmaintained road is located on Institute of Forest Genetics lands at the Placerville Ranger District offices in Camino California.
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