Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2018 to 12/31/2018
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 Invasive Plant Program
EA
- 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 09/2018 
Expected:03/2019
 
04/2019 Kyle Kinports
805-961-5710
kkinports@fs.fed.us 
Description: Formerly called the Forest-Wide Noxious Weed Program. The intent of the project is to control targeted invasive 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.
Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric Master Authorization Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/12/2018 
Expected:09/2018
 
11/2018 Spencer Bleadorn
707-562-8861
sbleadorn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approve continued operation, maintenance and use of existing distribution and transmission powerlines and infrastructure for SCE and PGE located within existing corridors on the Los Padres National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53337
Location: UNIT - Los Padres National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Not Applicable. SCE facilities are on Santa Barbara, Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts. PGE facilities are on Santa Barbara, Mt. Pinos, Santa Lucia and Monterey Ranger Districts.
Special Use Authorization Issuance for Existing Communications Uses
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/06/2018 
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:
Objection Period Legal Notice 05/23/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
11/2018 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
Cuddy Valley Forest Health/Fuels Reduction Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52500
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 Shaded Fuelbreak Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2018 
Expected:09/2018
 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52502
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 SBM. 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
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/08/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2018 
Expected:04/2019
 
05/2019 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
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Facility management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 05/16/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
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
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/22/2018 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51434
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.
Sierra Club Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special area management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/30/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
07/2018 Diane Cross
805-646-4348 x320
dcross@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Ventura Chapter of the Sierra Club submitted a proposal to change their existing temporary Special Use Permit to a term permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53746
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System trails on the Santa Lucia, Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Mount Pinos Ranger Districts, Los Padres National Forest.
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
- 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.
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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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/15/2017 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 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 07/2018 
Expected:12/2018
 
01/2019 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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