Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2020 to 03/31/2020
San Bernardino 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, San Bernardino National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, San Bernardino National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, San Bernardino National Forest,  Arrowhead Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, San Bernardino National Forest,  Big Bear Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, San Bernardino National Forest,  Cajon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, San Bernardino National Forest,  San Jacinto Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

San Bernardino 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
Carbonate Habitat Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Minerals and Geology 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Eliason
909-382-2830
seliason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Requested Mineral Withdrawal to implement portions of the Carbonate Habitat Management Strategy, and also to enable mitigation elements of two separate proposed mining projects on the San Bernardino National Forest. Decision authority is with DOI.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54410
Location: UNIT - San Bernardino National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 25 miles northeast of San Bernardino, California and 8.5 miles south of the unincorporated community of Lucerne Valley, California.
Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Translocation
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold
This project has changed to a CE that does not require a written decision document and will be removed from the SOPA. 
N/A  N/A David Austin
909-382-2733
daaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to issue 10(a)(1)(A) permits in accordance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, for the reestablishment and/or population augmentation of the federally endangered mountain yellow-legged frog.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52287
Location: UNIT - San Bernardino National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside, San Bernardino. LEGAL - Tahquitz and Willow canyons, Bluff Lake/Siberia Creek, and Sugarloaf Pond on the San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, California. The proposed sites are within Tahquitz and Willow canyons, Bluff Lake/Siberia Creek, and Sugarloaf Pond on the San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, California.
Santa Ana Sucker Re-establishment on the San Bernardino National Forest
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Cancelled  N/A  N/A David Austin
909-382-2733
daaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to issue 10(a)(1)(A) permits in accordance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, for the reestablishment and/or population augmentation of the federally threatened Santa Ana sucker.
Location: UNIT - San Bernardino National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside, San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Reestablishment is proposed to occur in 13 perennial stream portions of the San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County California. See attached maps of approved locations.
Special use authorization issuance for existing communications uses
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/28/2019 
Expected:02/2020
 
02/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Issuance of a new special use authorization for existing communications uses on the San Bernardino National Forest, for a new term to replace an existing or expired special use authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55789
Location: UNIT - San Bernardino National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple Communications Sites, Forest-wide (see maps 1 - 3).
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San Bernardino 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
Santa Ana Watershed Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Forest Health
EIS
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tasha Hernandez
909-382-2905
thernandez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels reduction within a 21,000-acre analysis area to reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire to adjacent communities, organizational camps, and recreation residences. Occurs within Sugarloaf IRA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=24122
Location: UNIT - San Gorgonio Ranger District, Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - T1N, T2N; R1W, R1E, R2E. North of San Gorgonio Wilderness along State Highway 38 up to the south end of Big Bear and Snow Summit Ski Resorts.
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San Bernardino National Forest,   Arrowhead 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
Charter Fiber Optic Extensions
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/29/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
01/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
hhoggan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Underground fiber optic lines at Bertha Pk, Crest Park & Strawberry Pk Communications Sites. Would provide backup & be primary source for emergency services during bad weather, also improve signal strength for more effective overall communication.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55339
Location: UNIT - Arrowhead Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Bertha Pk: Sec 5, T. 2 N., R. 1 E., SBBM, Fawnskin Quadrangle ; Crest Park: Sec 28, T. 2 N., R. 3 W., SBBM, Harrison Mt Quad ; Strawberry Pk: Section 30, T. 2 N., R. 3 W., SBBM, Harrison Mt. Quad. Bertha Pk: latitude/longitude: 34 degrees 16' 58.09"N, 116 53' 57.17"W; Crest Park: latitude/longitude: 34 deg 13' 56.83"N, 117 12' 3.67"W; Strawberry Pk: lat/long: 34 deg 13' 55"N, 117 14' 5".
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San Bernardino National Forest,   Big Bear 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
Holcomb Valley Seasonal Closure
CE
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Eliason
909-382-2830
seliason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Seasonal closure in the Holcomb Valley area for resource protection and public health and safety. Gates would be installed, and closed by Forest Order based on wintery conditions when driving would be unsafe and damage the roads and other resources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48754
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Holcomb Valley area, east and north of (but not including) Polique Canyon Road (2N09) to Highways 38 and 18 and the San Bernardino National Forest boundary.
Lakeview Point Communications Site - additional multicarrier cellular facility - Vista Towers, LLC
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/19/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
02/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
hhoggan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Existing Designated Lakeview Point Communication Site. Propose to authorize Vista Towers, LLC to construct and operate a multicarrier cellular facility adjacent to existing Frontier Communications microwave facility.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54806
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Section 30, T. 2 N., R. 1 W., San Bernardino Meridian, at approximately Latitude 34 deg 14' 9.99" North, Longitude 117 deg 01' 43.32" West. From junction of Highway 330 & Highway 18, head east on Highway 18 toward Big Bear for ~7.5 miles, then turn left (west) on FS2N64, for ~1 mile, at split turn north, continue on 2N64 for ~0.5 miles.
MTRD 2017 Road Decommissioning and Watershed Improvement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Eliason
909-382-2830
seliason@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would decommission system roads, and redesignate one system road as open to administrative use only. Project emphasis is on the Holcomb Valley Baldwin Lake Special Interest Area, with two roads beyond the SIA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48529
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Mountaintop Ranger District.
Mitsubishi Cement Corporation South Quarry Plan of Operation
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Minerals and Geology 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/19/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
05/2020 Scott Eliason
909-382-2830
seliason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mitsubishi Cement Corporation (MCC) is proposing to develop and reclaim a new 153.6 acre high grade limestone quarry, the South Quarry.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=36511
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Township 3 North, Range 1 East, Section 14. Within Cushenbury Canyon, 6 miles south of the community of Lucerne Valley in San Bernardino County,.
North Big Bear Fuels Reduction and Forest Health
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/19/2009
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 Thad Chavez
909-382-2772
thadchavez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cut and remove dead and dying trees as well as some green trees to reduce hazardous fuels in the community defense and threat zones along the North Shore of Big Bear Lake.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=3836
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - T2N, R2E SRC7 portions of SRC 1,2,3,10,11,12,13, 14,15,22, T2N R1R SRC7-12, 15, 16, 17, 18. In the Fawnskin Valley adjoining private land NW of the community of Fawnskin.
Omya Butterfield and Sentinel Quarries Expansion Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 12/27/2019 
Expected:03/2020
 
04/2020 Scott Eliason
909-382-2830
seliason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Omya California is submitting to the Forest and County an amended Plan of Operations and Reclamation Plan for expansion of the Butterfield 3 and Sentinel Quarries.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=32613
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Omya Butterfield 3 unpatented mining claims. T.3 N., R.1 W., Sec.23.
SCE - Doble Circuit Grid Reliability and Maintenance Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2017 
Expected:02/2020
 
03/2020 Jerry Sirski
909-382-2690
jsirski@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Southern California Edison Co. is proposing to replace 385 wood poles with light weight steel poles; replace, remove and install 200 anchors and down guys; and re-conductor the overhead 33kV line along the Doble Circuit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49223
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Multiple sections of Township 3 North, Ranges 1 and @ East, SBBM. The proposed project is located west of Highway 18 in Lucerne Valley between the Cottonwood substation to the north and the Gold Hill substation to the south, in San Bernardino County, California.
Southwest Gas North Shore Vintage Steel Replacement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/31/2019 
Expected:03/2020
 
04/2020 Scott Evans
909-382-2808
saevans@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacing aged high pressure natural gas pipeline along Highway 38/North Shore Drive. In the area of Fawnskin, San Bernardino County.
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Along State Route 38, Fawnskin area, San Bernardino County.
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San Bernardino National Forest,   Cajon 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
Cajon Summit - San Bernardino County new communications tower
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/26/2019 
Expected:03/2020
 
04/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
hhoggan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of new steel tower to replace wooden poles. Caltrans, CHP & County would utilize new tower and existing Caltrans' building. Part of county's public safety radio system upgrade which will provide better radio coverage in Cajon Pass.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52602
Location: UNIT - Cajon Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - San Bernardino Meridian, Township 3 N, Range 5 West, NW 1/4 of Section 18. between the split north and south bound lanes of Interstate 15 at Cajon Summit, near the north end of Cajon Pass, south of Baldy Mesa, north of Cajon Junction.
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San Bernardino National Forest,   San Jacinto 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
Anza Electric Permit Renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2013 
Expected:09/2020
 
09/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: This project is to renew the operating permit for Anza Electric, the public utility on the southern half of the San Jacinto Ranger District. Occurs within the Pyramid Peak B, Horse Creek Ridge, Hixon Flat, and Cactus Springs B IRAs
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=23286
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The San Jacinto Ranger District.
Frontier Communications Fiber Optic line in May Valley/Bonita Vista
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/30/2019 
Expected:02/2020
 
03/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Installation of fiber optic lines on existing power/phone poles from Keen Camp Summit thru May Valley to Bonita Vista Community
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56973
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Sections, 28, 29, 31, 32, Township 5 South, Range 3 East, S.B.B.M., Idyllwild Quadrangle. On existing power/phone lines from Hwy 74 at Keen Camp Summit along 5S05 then east through May Valley to Bonita Vista Community.
Garner Grazing Allotment Project
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/17/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
06/2020 Lance Criley
619-445-6235 x3457
lcriley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Assess grazing allotment, grazing program, determine compliance with Forest Plan and the 1995 Rescission Act Specifically for the Garner Allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=33253
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Portions of T5S, R2E, Sections 35-36; T5S, R3E, Sections 26-29, 31-35; T6S, R2E, Sections 1, 2, 12; T6S, R3E, Sections 2-6, 8, 10-27, 34, 35. The approximately 16,586 acre Garner allotment is located about 3 miles southwest of the town of Idyllwild, California.
Keen Camp Summit gap-filler wireless communications site
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/03/2019 
Expected:02/2020
 
04/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Improve wireless communication coverage along Highway 74 between Mt. Center and Garner Valley with a small gap-filler facility off of 5S05 near Keen Camp Summit, designed to accommodate multiple carriers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53568
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of T. 5 S. , R. 3 E, SBBM. Between Mt. Center and Garner Valley, site is proposed approximately 300' northeast of Hwy 74 off of Forest Road 5S05.
Mountain Center Communications Site - Renegade Towers, LLC
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2020 
Expected:06/2020  07/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Improve wireless communication coverage along Highway 74 between Mt. Center and Hemet with a small facility designed to accommodate multiple carriers. The site would be designated and a communications use lease would be issued to Renegade Towers, LLC
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56971
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Idyllwild Quadrangle, SBBM, Township 5 South, Range 2 East, southeast 1/4 of section 26. Between Mt Center and Hemet, north of Hwy 74 west of the junction with McGaugh Road, along existing powerline road.
Pine Cove Communications Site - Existing site Designation & Mile High Amateur Radio co-location
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2020 
Expected:03/2020  03/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Existing US Forest Service radio repeater facility would be Designated as a site and Mile High Amateur Radio would be permitted to co-locate equipment on the tower and building.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56972
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - San Jacinto Quadrangle, SBBM, Township 5 South, Range 2 East, NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of section 11. In Pine Cove, end of Marion Ridge Drive, east side of Forest System Road 5S24.
ROW from Hwy 74 to Lookout Mountain
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
hhoggan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a 20 year FLPMA special use permit to RFNHND Kennedy Trust for use and maintenance of an existing 20 foot wide by 0.23 mile long access road from Hwy 74 to privately owned property on Lookout Mountain.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49168
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - township 7 south, range 4 east, section 16. Existing dirt road, South off of Hwy 74, east of Hwy 371, West of the Santa Rosa Indian Reservation, 0.23 miles to private land on Lookout Mt.
San Jacinto RD Administrative Structure Defense Zones
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/28/2018 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Charles Wentz
9093822944
charles.wentz@usda.gov 
Description: Admin sites: may include rec cabins, comm sites, lookout towers, campsites, stations, trailheads, evacuation routes & special use permit areas lack adequate defensible space from wildfire. Will reduce hazardous fuels within defense zones by veg type.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53571
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Not Applicable. District wide.
Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout - County Sheriff Search and Rescue radio co-location
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/18/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
04/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Riverside County Sheriff Search & Rescue would be permitted to place equipment in the attic of the Tahquitz Peak Fire lookout to support search & rescue communications & to support current USFS radio repeater system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57057
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - San Jacinto Peak Quadrangle, SBBM, Township 5 South, Range 3 East, NW 1/4 of section 9. East of Idyllwild, adjacent to the South Ridge Trail 3E08 at Tahquitz Peak.
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