Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2020 to 12/31/2020
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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Projects Occurring Nationwide
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,  San Jacinto 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
- 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 apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
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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.
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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
Green Valley Lake Communications Site - San Bernardino County ISD
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2020 
Expected:02/2021  04/2021 Heidi Hoggan
760-285-9950
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Designate a new low-power non-broadcast Communications Site at Green Valley Lake. Issue a lease to SB County Info Service Dept for a Private Mobile Radio Service facility - 115' mono-pole, a 20'x20' equip shelter & diesel generator in 6'x8' building.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58077
Location: UNIT - Arrowhead Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - T. 2 N., R. 2 W., Section 22, SBBM, Keller Peak Quadrangle. Approximate Latitude 34? 14'42.90"N; Longitude 117? 4'38.67"W . North of Green Valley Lake community, off of Holcomb Creek Road, adjacent to existing water tank.
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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:11/2020
 
12/2020 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:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/28/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
10/2020 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 Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/16/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2020 
Expected:03/2021
 
03/2021 Thad Chavez
909-382-2772
thadchavez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape scape restoration project on the north side of the Big Bear Valley. Treatments focus on community protection and restoring natural conditions of periodic fire to the landscape using prescribed fire and mechanical treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58467
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Big Bear area, Mountaintop Ranger District, San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County, California.
SCE - Doble Circuit Grid Reliability and Maintenance Project
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2017 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 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.
Snow Summit Communication Site Project
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2020 
Expected:01/2021  02/2021 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Designation of Snow Summit Communication Site & preparation of a Communication Site Management Plan; Issuance of a communications use lease to Eco-Site for the construction, operation and maintenance of a cellular/wireless communications facility.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57777
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Township 2 North, Range 1 East, NE 1/4 of NE ? of Section 29, Big Bear Lake Quadrangle, approximate latitude and longitude is: 34.235497, -116.892328. 880 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake CA, 92315 within the existing Snow Summit Ski Resort maintenance yard on National Forest System lands within the Mountaintop Ranger District.
Southwest Gas North Shore Vintage Steel Replacement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/28/2020  10/2020 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,   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
- 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.
Cranston Fire Reforestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 Lance Woolley
(909) 382-2858
lance.woolley@usda.gov 
Description: Replanting of conifers in areas that were previously forested prior to the 2018 Cranston Fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57870
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project location is within the 2018 Cranston Fire footprint in the general area of Mountain Center, CA.
Frontier Pinyon Pines Fiber Optic Line Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/13/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Authorization for 2280' underground fiber optic line within existing dirt road northeast of the Pinyon Pines Community NE from the corner of Pinesmoke Road and Stonecrest Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58121
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Township 6 South, Range 5 East, southeast corner of section 34, San Bernardino Base Meridian, Toro Peak Quadrangle. Northeast of Pinyon Pines Community; ~ latitude longitude of start point: 33.598084?; -116.449636?. Extends NE from the corner of Pinesmoke Road & Stonecrest Road to boundary of APN:635290015.
Garner Grazing Allotment Project
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/17/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
02/2021 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  Completed  Actual: 07/14/2020  07/2020 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 section 31, 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 10/2020 
Expected:03/2021  04/2021 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.
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.
Ranger Peak Communications Site ATT / FirstNet co-location & new building
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/03/2020  09/2020 Heidi Hoggan
909-382-2945
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Authorize ATT to build &operate: 8'x8' shelter, H-frame with 3 small utility cabinets, 30kw generator on a 4'-6" x 10' slab, & 499 gallon propane tank on slab. All within the 31' x 23' existing fence. Co-location on existing county owned tower.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58155
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Section 1, T. 4 S. R. 1 E., San Bernardino Meridian at approximately 33.843572 North, Longitude -116.825072 West. Ranger Peak Communications Site, near Vista Grande Fire Station, west of Hwy 243 off of Forest Road 4S05.
SJRD Wild and Scenic Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Special area management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 02/18/2020 
Expected:03/2021
 
03/2021 Andrew Smith
909-382-2922
andrew.e.smith@usda.gov 
Description: Development of a Wild and Scenic Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for Bautista Creek, the North Fork of the San Jacinto River, Palm Canyon Creek and Fuller Mill Creek. Occurs within Hixon Flat, Rouse Hill, and Pyramid Peak A IRAs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=34053
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Segments of Palm Canyon Creek, Bautista Creek, Fuller Mill Creek and the North Fork of the San Jacinto River.
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