Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2020 to 06/30/2020
Plumas 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, Plumas National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Plumas National Forest,  Beckwourth Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Plumas National Forest,  Feather River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Plumas National Forest,  Mt. Hough 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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/13/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Nancy Rusho
202-731-9196
nancy.rusho@usda.gov 
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 will be applicable to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the United States Mining Law.
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Plumas 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
Plumas National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) Use Designation
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/21/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
11/2020 Katherine Carpenter
530-283-7742
katherine.carpenter@usda.gov 
Description: Designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) use on National Forest System roads and trails and areas on National Forest System lands as allowed, restricted, or prohibited. Identify trails for snow grooming for OSV use would be conducted.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47124
Location: UNIT - Plumas National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Sierra, Yuba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System lands administered by the Plumas National Forest (forest-wide).
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Plumas National Forest,   Beckwourth 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
Feather River Inn Water System
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Robert Hawkins
916-849-8037
rhhawkins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-Issue a 30 year special use authorization to Schomac, Inc. for the Feather River Inn water system. The water system includes two diversion structures, a storage tank, waterlines and road and trail access.
Location: UNIT - Beckwourth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - Section 3, T. 22 N., R. 12 E., Mt Diablo Meridian. The water system is located along Bonta Creek just north of the National Forest boundary and the Feather River Inn.
Haskell Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/05/2018 
Expected:04/2020
 
06/2020 Michael Friend
530-836-7167
mjfriend@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve forest health and enhance resistance to insect and disease attacks. Proposed activities may include: mechanical thinning, hand thinning, grapple piling, pile burning, underburning, and decommissioning of non-system roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52569
Location: UNIT - Beckwourth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located 4 to 6 miles Southeast of Graeagle, CA and 10 miles south of Portola in Plumas and Sierra Counties, California.
Ramelli Ranch Erosion Improvement, Pipeline and Corral Maintenance Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/17/2019 
Expected:05/2020
 
10/2020 Martha Roberts
530-836-7166
martha.roberts@usda.gov 
Description: The project proposes to authorize maintenance of buried irrigation pipeline, address erosion concerns near the river corridor, and authorize reconstruction of an existing corral.
Location: UNIT - Beckwourth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T23N, R14E, Sections 27 and 28. The Ramelli Ranch Allotment is located approximately 2 miles west of Beckwourth and south of State Highway 70 on National Forest Systems Lands in Plumas County, California.
Thompson Meadow Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 01/08/2020 
Expected:04/2020
 
09/2020 Joseph Hoffman
530-283-2050
jahoffman@fs.fed.us 
Description: To restore historic floodplain function and the historic meadow water table elevation along a 0.6 mile reach of Thompson Creek, a tributary to McReynolds Creek, which flows to Red Clover Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52760
Location: UNIT - Beckwourth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - Township 25N, Range 13E, Sections 25 and 36. Approximately 11 air miles north of Portola, CA in Plumas County, California.
Two Rivers Soccer Camp Permit Re-issue
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/01/2015 
Expected:01/2020
 
01/2020 Jeremy Dorsey
909 382-2837
jdorsey02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue a 20 year permit to Two Rivers Soccer Camp for the following uses: bridge, road, parking area, portion of a soccer field, water transmission lines, storage tank and spring boxes.
Location: UNIT - Beckwourth Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - Sections 30, 31, 32, T. 22 N., R. 12E., Mt. Diablo Meridian. Two Rivers Soccer Camp is located near Blairsden, California.
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Plumas National Forest,   Feather River 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
Cal Trans Culvert Replacement on Highway 70 Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 01/09/2020  02/2020 Michelle Ahearn
530.532.7447
mahearn02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The California Department of Transportation (Cal Trans) has submitted a request for a temporary special use permit for construction of replacement drainage facilities on Highway 70. Activities would require temporary work areas outside the ROW.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57274
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Butte. LEGAL - Not Applicable. California Highway 70, Mile Point 41.89 to 42.66, Butte County.
Concow Resilience Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/11/2019 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 Clay Davis
907-747-4225
clayrdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposes to undertake a series of reforestation, revegetation, and brush control activities following high-severity fire in and around the Concow Basin.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57311
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Butte. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lands of the Lassen National Forest administered by the Plumas National Forest in the Concow Basin, east of Paradise, California off CA Highway 70.
FRRD Abandoned Mine Closures 2019
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/12/2019 
Expected:04/2020
 
05/2020 Donna Duncan
530-283-7614
dmduncan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Abandoned mine closures and site reclamation
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56831
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Butte, Plumas, Sierra. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Four sites on the Feather River Ranger District.
French Creek I Hazardous Fuels Reduction
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/11/2019 
Expected:08/2020
 
09/2020 Jason Vermillion
530-532-7434
jvermillion@fs.fed.us 
Description: The French Creek I project proposes to reduce hazardous fuels and stand density through commercial and pre-commercial thinning, mastication of brush and prescribed burning using GTR-220 and 237 methods. The project will treat no more than 3,000 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56798
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Butte. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located ~ 10 miles north of Berry Creek, at elevations ranging between 2,300 and 4,500 feet. Annual precipitation ranges between 55 and 70 inches. The Camp Fire burned through the majority of the area.
Golden Trout Temporary Bridge Placement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 01/27/2020  01/2020 Herman Wendell
530-532-7466
hwendell@fs.fed.us 
Description: We are proposing to install an 85 feet long temporary bridge next to the existing damaged bridge. This will allow administrative and public access across the stream without resource damage. This will involve constructing approaches from both sides.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56820
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Butte. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The existing bridge crossing South Fork Feather River at Golden Trout was damaged when a large tree traveling down river struck the metal I-beam support causing an approximately 10-inches crack.
Granite Basin OHV Trail Development Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/15/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 05/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
09/2020 Clay Davis
530-532-8940
clay.davis@usda.gov 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to meet the need for additional OHV riding opportunities for the Granite Basin recreation area. This proposal has two components: construction/reconstruction of OHV trail and road reclassification to authorize OHV use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55986
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Granite Basin.
Mooreville Ridge Insect and Disease Resilience Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/20/2018 
Expected:04/2020
 
05/2020 Eric Murphy
530-532-8922
ejmurphy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce the risk of insect and disease-caused tree mortality through mechanical thinning. Fuels deduction and maintenance would be accomplished with mastication and prescribed burning. Residual stands will be more open, increasing resources for trees.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54027
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project area is located ~2 miles west and southwest of La Porte, CA at elevations ranging between 3,700 and 5,900 feet. Stands are Region 5 Forest Health Protection priority areas for treatment.
PG&E Underground Electric Powerline Special Use Request
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Erika Brenzovich
530-283-7622
ebrenzovich@fs.fed.us 
Description: PG&E is proposing to install a new underground electric power line within the Highway 70 corridor that will replace approximately 10 miles of the Bucks Creek 1101 12kV pole line that was damaged during the Camp Fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56962
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Butte, Plumas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 10 miles within the Highway 70 corridor between Pulga Road and Cresta Dam.
Strawberry Wildfire Resilience Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/29/2019 
Expected:05/2020
 
08/2020 Eric Murphy
530-532-8922
ejmurphy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce hazardous fuels and reduce the risk of insect and disease-caused tree mortality through mechanical and hand thinning, mastication of brush, grapple and hand piling, targeted grazing, and prescribed and pile burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55801
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Butte, Plumas, Yuba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located nearby Sly Creek Reservoir on and near the La Porte Quincy Highway, Strawberry Valley, CA, is one of a number of small, rural communities surrounded by the Plumas National Forest (WUI).
Woodleaf Salvage Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 03/05/2020  03/2020 Eric Murphy
530-532-8922
ejmurphy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Tree mortality (bug kill) has occurred and continues to occur along LaPorte Road near the small rural community of Woodleaf. These trees create a threat to overhead powerlines and LaPorte Road as well as creating a future fuels hazard.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57757
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Yuba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The area is located in Yuba County at T. 19 N., R. 7 E., sections 16 and 17.
YWA - Cottage Creek Dam Modification Special Use
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
06/2020 Clay Davis
907-747-4225
clayrdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Yuba Water Agency has requested authorization to modify a 1960 earthen dam partially occupying NFS lands. The dam is not within the FERC boundary and is not currently authorized through a special use. We propose to authorize modification and operatio
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57979
Location: UNIT - Feather River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Yuba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cottage Creek Dam is located in northeastern Yuba County, approximately 30 miles northeast of Yuba City, at an approximate elevation of 2,000 feet, on Plumas National Forest and YWA-owned land that is directly adjacent to the Tahoe National Forest.
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Plumas National Forest,   Mt. Hough 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
Bud Lee Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/11/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2020 
Expected:06/2020
 
06/2020 Donna Duncan
530-283-7614
donna.duncan@usda.gov 
Description: Continued mining using heavy equipment to excavate materials from existing pit, and process with a trommel wash plant 7 sluice box. Occupancy of the site during operations will include tents and a portable toilet.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57744
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T25N, R7E, Sec 27. The Bud Lee claim is near Richbar, in the Feather River Canyon.
China Bar Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
05/2020 Donna Duncan
530-283-7614
dmduncan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Placer mining bench gravels in the North Fork Feather River Drainage. Use of a small backhoe and a trommel. Settling ponds will prevent discharge into river.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T26N, R8E, Sec 19. Seneca, CA, China Bar.
Golden Willow Placer Mining 2020
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/11/2020 
Expected:03/2020
 
05/2020 Donna Duncan
530-283-7614
donna.duncan@usda.gov 
Description: Placer mining along creek banks, long term occupancy
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T27N, R12E, Sec 9, MDBM. The Golden Willow Placer claim is located along Indian Creek, north of Antelope Lake. Access is along Fruit Growers Boulevard (NFS Road 28N03).
Long Valley Forest Health Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2019 
Expected:02/2020  09/2020 Kyla Sabo
530-283-7652
kylasabo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve forest health and fire resiliency within the project area as well as reduce meadow and aspen encroachment by lodgepole pine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56891
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T26N R8E Sections 11-13, 24, T26N, R9E Sections 7, 18, 19, 30. The project area is South of Round Valley Resevior.
Moonlight-Superior Drill Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Donna Duncan
530-283-7614
dmduncan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploratory drilling, drill pad constriction, sump pit excavation, water for drilling, improve some roads, some cross country travel.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T27N, R10E, Sec 1,12, T27N, R11E, Sec 6. Moonlight Valley, north of Taylorsville, CA.
Mt Hough OHV and Watershed Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 01/27/2020  09/2020 Kurt Sable
530-283-7641
ksable@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Mt Hough RD has found a need to close 7.9 mi. of non-system OHV trails that are causing resource damage. 0.6 mi. of new motorized and non-motorized trail will be constructed to provide key access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55637
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - Township 24 North, Range 8 East; Section 8, Township 24 North, Range 9 East, Sections 6and 36; Township 24 North, Range 10 East, Section%u2019s 4, 5 , 6: Township 25 North, Range 9, Section 21, Township. This project is located near Quincy CA, on Mt Hough proper, Grizzly Peak, South Park, and Snake Lake areas.
Mt. Hough Abandoned Mine Closure 2019
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 01/06/2020  04/2020 Donna Duncan
530-283-7614
dmduncan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Abandoned mine safety closures and site reclamation.
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Four sites on the Mt. Hough Ranger District.
Plumas Imperial Mining Plan of Operations
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
05/2020 Leslie Edlund
530-283-7650
ledlund@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plan of Operation submitted to mine using heavy equipment to excavate material, processing through a trommel and use of settling ponds. .5 miles of non-system road was constructed under a previous plan. This road will be maintained.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55636
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T24N, R9E, Sec 18. Near Meadow Valley, CA.
R.E. Dahlens Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/30/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
05/2020 Donna Duncan
530-283-7614
dmduncan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Placer mining, continuing operation, on North Fork Feather River
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T26N, R8e, Sec 16. west of Seneca, CA.
Soper Wheeler Silver Creek Pipeline Replacement Project
EA
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/11/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
04/2020 Erika Brenzovich
530-283-7620
ebrenzovich@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project includes the replacement of the existing plastic and metal pipe with new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) 14-20 diameter pipe for a total length of 5,405 feet
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54827
Location: UNIT - Mt. Hough Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Plumas. LEGAL - T 24 N, R 8 E, Sec 15 & 16. The project is located near Meadow Valley, CA adjacent to Silver Creek.
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