Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2021 to 12/31/2021
Inyo 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, Inyo National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest,  Mammoth Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest,  Mono Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest,  Mount Whitney Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Inyo National Forest,  White Mountain 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.
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Inyo 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
Eastern Sierra Fire Restoration and Maintenance Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/22/2019 
Expected:12/2021
 
01/2022 Erin Noesser
760-873-2449
elnoesser@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore and maintain fire regimes to vegetation types characterized by frequent to moderate fire return intervals using prescribed fire and wildfires managed for resource benefit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56291
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The non-wilderness portions of the Inyo National Forest outside the White or Inyo Mountains.
Inyo NF Personal Use Fuelwood Program Area Assessment
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Kusumoto
760-924-5522
skusumoto@fs.fed.us 
Description: Assessment of Inyo NF Personal Use Fuelwood Program Open areas
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55238
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest-wide assessment.
Permit Reissuances - Ongoing, various permit types
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/10/2018 
Expected:04/2022
 
06/2022 Erin Noesser
760-873-2449
elnoesser@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ongoing and continuous reissuance of various special use authorizations. Examples of these are resorts, research activities, utilities and events. For further information on any specific permit or permitted activities, contact Erin Noesser.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55278
Location: UNIT - Inyo National Forest All Units. STATE - California, Nevada. COUNTY - Fresno, Inyo, Madera, Mono, Esmeralda, Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Over the entire Inyo National Forest.
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Inyo 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
Cottonwood Creek and Upper Owens River Wild and Scenic Management Plans
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special area management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/18/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2021 
Expected:04/2022
 
05/2022 Adam Barnett
760-873-2461
adam.barnett@usda.gov 
Description: Developing a Wild and Scenic River Management Plan for two designated rivers: Cottonwood Creek in the White Mountains and the Owens River Headwaters.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57325
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District, Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Owens River Headwaters, including Deadman and Glass Creeks, in Mono County, from the headwaters to the private land boundary downstream of Hwy 395, and Cottonwood Creek in the White Mountains.
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Inyo National Forest,   Mammoth 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
Airport Pit Disposal Site Permit Renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2022 
Expected:03/2022  04/2022 Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of special use permit to the Town of Mammoth Lakes for operation of clean waste disposal at the Airport Pit
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47812
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Mammoth Airport Pit.
Inyo Craters Area Hazard Tree Abatement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Facility management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/11/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
11/2021 Scott Kusumoto
760-924-5522
skusumoto@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat dead and dying trees which are currently a danger to the public, infrastructure and improvements, including those currently infested trees which are potential threats. Implementation by Forest Service crews and/or service contractors
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59814
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T3S; R27E; Secs. 9, 16-17, 20-21, 29 MDB&M. Inyo Craters Interpretive site. Affected roads include, but are not limited to 3S22, 3S23 (Mammoth Scenic Loop), 3S29, 3S30 and 3S89, Mammoth Scenic Loop (FS road 3S23).
Long Valley Exploration Drilling Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2021  10/2021 Colleen Garcia
760-873-2424
colleenggarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Long Valley Exploration Drilling Project proposes to drill up to 3 core borings on up to 14 drill pads, to evaluate the mineral potential within the Long Valley area, near Lake Crowley. Access may include driving on existing roads and temp roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59294
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Township 3 S, Range 28 E, Section 26. Township 3S, Range 28E, Section 26, Mt. Diablo Meridian.
Long Valley Geothermal Consent to Lease
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2021 
Expected:03/2023  08/2023 Colleen Garcia
760-873-2424
colleen.garcia@usda.gov 
Description: The Inyo National Forest has received a request from the Bureau of Land Management to determine whether to consent to lease parcels for geothermal exploration and development, and if so, under what stipulations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60869
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Township 3S, Range 28E, Sections 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35. In the Long Valley area, north of Hot Creek, East of Highway 395, and South of the Owens River.
Vista Towers, multi-carrier facility at Little Antelope Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Placement of multi-carrier building and tower at the Little Antelope Communications Site
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47317
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - MDB&M, T. 3S., 28E., Sec 33. Little Antelope Communications Site, north of the Mammoth Yosemite Airport.
Woolly's Adventure Summit Summer Uses Project and Mammoth Mountain Snowmaking Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 07/20/2021  09/2021 Janelle Walker
760-924-5523
janellelwalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: MMSA proposes to expand year-round activities at the existing 55-acre Woolly's Adventure Summit tube park, located inside of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area INF permit area along State Route 203, and improve the snowmaking system throughout the MMSA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54453
Location: UNIT - Mammoth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located inside of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area INF permit area.
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Inyo National Forest,   Mono 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
Driveway permit to private residence located in the Peterson Tract, June Lake Area
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special use authorization for driveway for private residence
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47810
Location: UNIT - Mono Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable. June Lake Loop, between Highway 158 and private property located in Peterson Tract.
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Inyo National Forest,   Mount Whitney 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
Kern Plateau Grazing Allotments Analysis
EIS
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Margaret Wood
760-873-2515
mwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Review and analysis of the Monache, Mulkey, Templeton and Whitney grazing allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Mt Whitney Ranger District
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34380
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo, Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Templeton/Whitney Grazing Allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness.
Thacher School Term Permit Reissuance for Golden Trout Wilderness School
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/02/2019 
Expected:01/2022
 
02/2022 Douglas Winn
760-876-6215
douglas.winn@usda.gov 
Description: Reissuance of a ten year term permit to The Thacher School for operation and maintenance of Golden Trout Wilderness School in the Golden Trout Wilderness.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52420
Location: UNIT - Mount Whitney Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - T16.5S R35E Section 33 and T17S R35E Section 3 as shown on the Cirque Peak, California 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map. UTM Zone 11, 394616mE, 4038284mN. . On Cottonwood Creek in the Golden Trout Wilderness at a location just south of the John Muir Wilderness. The camp is roughly 2.5 miles north of the Horseshoe Meadow Trailhead.
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Inyo National Forest,   White Mountain 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
Birchim Community Services District water tank and pipeline permit reissuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Rosalie Herrera
760-873-2455
raherrera@fs.fed.us 
Description: reissue a permit to the Birchim Community Services District for operation and maintenance of two water tanks, and approximately 500 feet of water line, for water tapped from a system located on private property. Serves the community of Sunny Slopes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55020
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - T4S, R30E, Sections 28 and 29. Near the community of Sunny Slopes, in the vicinity of Tom's Place, California, northeast of highway 395.
Inyo County Aspendell Sewer Line LROW Reissuance #WMD21022
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2021 
Expected:01/2022  05/2022 Billy Preston
801-360-3583
bpreston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of permit and to conduct critical repairs to the sewer line before it fails: Add 10ft of LROW on the INF. This is for access by a tractor. County has a 5ft easement on private property, adjacent to the requested area.
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - T8S R31E Sec20. Aspendell 168W, west of Bishop CA.
LADWP Long Valley Pole Removal and Pole Replacement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2022 
Expected:04/2022  06/2022 Rosalie Herrera
760-873-2455
raherrera@fs.fed.us 
Description: LADWP Utility Maintenance Project:1)removal of poles & replacement of poles in one line and 2)removal of poles & rehab in second line, 3)relinquish poles
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Mono. LEGAL - Not Applicable. LADWP locations of distribution line maintenance work is on a combination of LADWP and INF lands, staring at the Upper Gorge power plant down to the Long Valley Dam, on the White Mtn. Ranger District.
Mineral County Roads Management Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2021 
Expected:02/2022  04/2022 Casey Shannon
760-873-2407
cshannon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add approximately 0.9 mi of established, non-system road as a motorized trail. Install OHV barriers to block non-system roads, install rolling dips on 10 roads to reduce erosion, re-shape and harden two system roads (O1N131, 02N115.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60447
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Nevada. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East side of the White Mountains in Mineral County, Nevada.
Southern California Edison Control-Silver Peak 55kV Reliability Project
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sheila Irons
760-924-5534
sirons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of remote fault indicators, packet routers, and installation of remote switches along with poles replacements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54262
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Silver Canyon, east of Bishop, CA.
Starlite water tank and pipeline permit reissuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Rosalie Herrera
760-873-2455
raherrera@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a 20 year permit for an existing 50,000 gallon water storage reservoir and pipeline, used by the community of Starlite.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55023
Location: UNIT - White Mountain Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Inyo. LEGAL - T7S, R31E, Sections 23 and 27. Directly south of the community of Starlite, which is east of Bishop, California.
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