Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2019 to 09/30/2019
Los Padres 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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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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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 Treatment Program
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 05/20/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 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.
Special Use Authorization Issuance for Existing Communications Uses
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/24/2019  07/2019 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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R5 - Pacific Southwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sierra Club Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special area management 
Completed  Actual: 06/17/2019  06/2019 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 - Santa Lucia Ranger District, Santa Barbara Ranger District, Ojai Ranger District, Mt. Pinos 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.
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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
Pine Ridge Trail Reroute
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2019 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 Thomas Murphey
831-385-5434
tmurphey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a 0.4-mile reroute around a failed section of the Pine Ridge Trail near Barlow Flat Camp.
Web Link:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55553
Location: UNIT - Monterey Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Monterey. LEGAL - SE 1/4 S.26, T.19S, R.2E, Mt. Diablo Meridian. Ventana Wilderness / Big Sur Wild River Corridor near Barlow Flat Camp.
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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
Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 04/09/2019  04/2019 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

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/08/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2019 
Expected:04/2020
 
06/2020 Jonathan Schwartz
805-646-4348 Ext 311
jonathanschwartz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Carbon California 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.
Carbon California Pipeline Special Use Permits Renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/21/2013 
Expected:08/2019
 
08/2019 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.
Fuelbreak Road - Gridley Trail Realignment
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/20/2018 
Expected:08/2019
 
08/2019 Diane Cross
805-646-4348 x320
dcross@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to move existing trail (0.3 miles) on NFS lands currently located north of private property owner's house. Existing trail will be returned to a natural condition. Approximately 0.19 miles of new trail will be constructed.
Location: UNIT - Ojai Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Ventura. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Eastern portion of Fuelbreak Road, west of Gridley Trail.
Level 1 & 2 Trail Maintenance on Ojai Ranger District
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 05/08/2019  05/2019 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.
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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
Circle V Youth Organization Camp - water system, special use permit renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:08/2019  09/2019 Veronica Garza
805-967-3481
vgarza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of expired water system permit - Special Use Permit to include: spring diversion at Hilton Spring, waterline, 2 water storage tanks, water treatment facility and access road to tank and treatment facility.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55166
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Section 32, Township 6N., Range 29W. Hilton Spring is located.
Cold Springs Trail (26W10) Mono Jungle Reroute
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/06/2018 
Expected:07/2019
 
01/2020 John Smith
805-967-3481 ext 217
jsmith03@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to reroute an approximate one-mile section of the Cold Spring Trail (26W01) out of the Gibraltar Reservoir sedimentation bed to an upland location that will provide more sustainability and improve the trail user experience.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55047
Location: UNIT - Santa Barbara Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Santa Barbara. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cold Springs Trail (26W10) within the Gibraltar Reservoir sediment bed.
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 09/2019 
Expected:06/2020
 
07/2020 John Smith
805-967-3481 ext 217
jsmith03@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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/15/2017 
Expected:07/2019
 
10/2019 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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/23/2018 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Kyle Kinports
805-961-5710
kkinports@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

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2019 
Expected:07/2020
 
08/2020 Kyle Kinports
805-961-5710
kkinports@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.
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