Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2018 to 03/31/2018
Los Padres 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) :
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Monterey Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Mt. Pinos Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Ojai Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Santa Barbara Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Los Padres National Forest,  Santa Lucia Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Los Padres 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
Forest-Wide Noxious Weed Program
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/30/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2018 
Expected:01/2019
 
02/2019 Kyle Kinports
805-961-5710
kkinports@fs.fed.us 
Description: Control targeted invasive and non-native plant species throughout the Los Padres National Forest using an integrated treatment approach.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51845
Location: UNIT - Los Padres National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable. All National Forest System lands part of and administered by the Los Padres National Forest.
Special use authorization issuance for existing communications uses
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2018 
Expected:08/2018  09/2018 Vicki Collins
805-961-5718
vcollins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Multiple authorizations for existing communication facilities that support AM/FM radio, television, cellular service, and other uses will expire soon. The proposal is to re-issue authorizations for these existing uses for new terms as they expire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50562
Location: UNIT - Los Padres National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Designated communications sites and single use communications sites on all units of Los Padres National Forest.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Monterey 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
Mt. Manuel Repeater
CE
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Peter Harris
831-601-1893
peterharris@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to provide more reliable and accessible Forest Service radio coverage within the Big Sur area by installing a radio repeater vault on Manuel Peak.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48274
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey. LEGAL - T19S R1E Sec 17 SW. N 36 deg 16.178' x W 121 deg 46.060' elev 3328'.
Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/27/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
06/2018 Nic Elmquist
805-967-3481
nelmquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: To re-establish and maintain 24.1 miles of historically used fuelbreaks, all of which originated as firelines within the wildland urban interface threat zones on NFS lands; approximately 7.5 miles in wilderness and 16.6 miles outside of wilderness.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40713
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey. LEGAL - Portions of T18S, R2E, 3E, 4E; T20S, R2E, 3E; Mount Diablo Meridian. Monterey County, California, on the northern portion of the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Mt. Pinos 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
AT&T fiber optic line permit reissuance.
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special area management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/19/2016 
Expected:12/2017
 
12/2017 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: AT&T requests the reissuance of 2 fiber optic line permits - MPD11001 and MPD429401. The entire length of the cable is approximately 15.23 miles of which 6.93 miles are on NF lands. All line exists within Kern Co Rd RoW on existing power poles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52300
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - MPD429401 - Sec.19,29,32,33,35, T9N, R20W, and Sec.22,23,24, T9N, R21W, SBM MPD11001 - Sec. 14,15,23,24, T9N, R22W, SBM, FIBER OPTIC ROUTE FOLLOWS CUDDY VALLEY ROAD AND MIL POTRERO HWY. Buried fiber optic cable located within existing AT&T R/W along Cuddy Valley Rd and Mil Potrero Hwy. Above ground cable collocated on existing SCE power poles.
Cuddy Valley Forest Health Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2018 
Expected:04/2018  08/2018 Gregory Thompson
661-245-3731
gsthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Healthy Forest Thinning Project within areas at risk or currently being impacted by insects.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - T9N, 20W, Sec. 30, 31, 32, MDBM. T9N, R21W, Sec. 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36 SBM. Cuddy Valley, Mount Pinos Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest.
Tecuya Ridge Healthy Forest Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2018 
Expected:05/2018  09/2018 Gregory Thompson
661-245-3731
gsthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Healthy Forest Thinning Project within areas at risk or currently being impacted by insects.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Pinos Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - T9N, R19W, Sec. 18,28,29,30,31,32,33 SBM. T9N, R20W, Sec. 18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,27,28,29 MDBM. T9N, R21W, Sec. 13,14,15,23,24 SBM. Kern County, Tecuy Ridge.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Ojai 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
Applications for Permit to Drill (APD's) in the Sespe Oil Field
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/08/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2018 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Seneca Resources is requesting to drill 8 oil and gas wells at 4 existing well pads, installation of 7,960 feet of new pipeline, a 400 barrel emergency tank, a transfer pump, three pressure vessels, and 2 master headers in the Sespe Oil Field.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43309
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - T5N, R19W, Section 29, SBBM. The 4-proposed pads to be drilled are about 5 miles north of Fillmore in the Sespe oil field. All located in Sec.29, T.5N, R.19W, SBBM.
Blue Point Campground and Day Use Removal and Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Facility management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 09/21/2017 
Expected:04/2018
 
10/2018 Diane Cross
805-646-4348 x320
dcross@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Ojai Ranger District proposes to decommission the campground and infrastructure (parking, spurs, campsites, concrete ford, and rip-rap bank protection) utilizing heavy equipment to remove infrastructure and restore area to natural conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45029
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - SW1/4, Sec. 10, T5N R18W SBBM. The Blue Point Campground and Day Use Area Removal and Restoration Project (Blue Point Project) is located 13 miles north of Piru, California and 2 miles north of Piru Reservoir in Ventura County, CA.
Level 1 & 2 Trail Maintenance on Ojai Ranger District
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2018 
Expected:07/2018  08/2018 Diane Cross
805-646-4348 x320
dcross@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Ojai Ranger District proposes to perform Level 1 & 2 maintenance on all of existing trails within the existing trail corridors.
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable. All hiking trails located on the Ojai Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest.
Seneca Pipeline Special Use Permits Renewal
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of two new special use permits for a new term to replace two expired special use permits with only administrative changes. There are no changes to the authorized facilities or increase in the scope or intensity of activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=42694
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Sections 29, 30, 31, 32 & 33, T.5 N., R. 19 W., SBM. The project is located 5 miles north of Fillmore in the Sespe oil field.
Tamarisk Beetle Release Pilot Program
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Research and Development 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Kyle Kinports
805-961-5710
kkinports@fs.fed.us 
Description: In partnership with the NFWF and the UCSB RIVRLab, the proposal is to release the northern tamarisk beetle within a focused segment of the Sespe River to control an invasion of the noxious weed tamarisk, and complete post release monitoring.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51844
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sespe River segment on National Forest System Lands within the 2003 Piru Fire burn scar.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Santa Barbara 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
Winchester Canyon Gun Club
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/27/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2018 
Expected:12/2018
 
01/2019 Jeff Bensen
805-961-5744
comments-pacificsouthwest-los-padres-santa-barbara@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue a permit for ongoing operation of exisitng target range. Previously an EA (project #2147) overturned on appeal. Project is in or adjacent to Tequepis IRA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=39054
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Sec 18 & 19 T5N, R28W; Sec 13 & 24 T5N, R 29W, SBM. West of Hwy 154 on W. Camino Cielo, 5 mi. north of Goleta.
Winchester Canyon Gun Club Temporary Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 10/06/2017  10/2017 Jeff Bensen
805-967-3481 ex 221
jbensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue a short-term (one year or less) special use permit for the interim operation of the target range, which has been operating under Forest Service special use authorization since 1969, until analysis of a long-term permit is complete.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52423
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T5N, R29W, Section 24 SBBM. Along West Camino Cielo Road near Brush Peak.
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Los Padres National Forest,   Santa Lucia 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
Davy Brown and Munch Creek Aquatic Organism Passage Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/15/2017 
Expected:03/2018
 
08/2018 Kristie Klose
805-961-5745
kristieaklose@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to remove one concrete low-water crossing on Munch Creek and complete channel restoration, and replace two low-water crossings on Davy Brown Creek with stream-spanning bridges to improve aquatic organism passage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52434
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sunset Valley Road between Davy Brown and Nira Campgrounds.
La Brea Restoration
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/22/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2018 
Expected:09/2018
 
09/2018 Melody Fountain
805-925-9538 ext 214
mfountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore access opportunity, watershed stability and ecological protection to the N. Fork of La Brea Creek area following damage caused by the 2009 La Brea Fire & subsequent flooding events that resulted in extensive road damage and sediment loading.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50298
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T.10N.,R.31W.SBBM. 26 miles east of Santa Maria, CA along N.Fork La Brea Creek.
Porter, Pine Canyon and South Fork La Brea Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Melody Fountain
805-925-9538 ext 214
mfountain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to authorize continued grazing on the Porter, Pine Canyon and South Fork La Brea Allotments. This project is located within five IRA's; Horseshoe Spring, La Brea, Miranda Pine, Spoor Canyon, and Tepusquet Peak.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40807
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara. LEGAL - T32S, R17 &18E, MDM and T9,10,11&12N, R30,31 &32W SBM. Los Padres National Forest, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, California. Approximately 20 miles east of Santa Maria.
Union Pacific Railroad Communication Site Improvements - Tassajera Communications Site
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A David Betz
530-841-6131
dbetz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Union Pacific Railroad proposes to remove existing 8'x20' building, replace with a 10'x18' building, fence area, pour four concrete pads: 12'x20', 2'x4', 4'x6', and 3'x8' for building & entrance, generator & propane tank at Tassajera Communications
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=39722
Location: UNIT - Santa Lucia Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Luis Obispo. LEGAL - Section 20, T29S, R12E, Mt. Diablo Base & Meridian. Tassajera Communications Site.
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