Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2021 to 12/31/2021
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,  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)

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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/14/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
10/2021 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.
SBNF Weed Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Projects that may affect Wilderness (for mailing list contacts)
- Climate Change Adaption 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2021
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 08/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
02/2022 Scott Eliason
909-382-2830
scott.eliason@usda.gov 
Description: Manage Invasive Plant Species (Weeds) on National Forest System Lands, using early detection and rapid response protocols, and using methods including mechanical removal and application of herbicide where indicated.
Location: UNIT - San Bernardino National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside, San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. All National Forest System Lands managed by the San Bernardino National Forest.
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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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
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.
North Big Bear Landscape Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/16/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
02/2022 Marc Stamer
909-382-2828
marc.stamer@usda.gov 
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
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
10/2021 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/12/2021 
Expected:08/2021
 
09/2021 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, NENE 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.
Snow Valley Comm Site: T-Mobile generator installation
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/16/2021  08/2021 Heidi Hoggan
760-285-9950
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: issuance of a special use authorization to T-Mobile for the construction, operation and maintenance of one (1) 25kW diesel generator with belly tank on a 4'-7" x 10'-3" concrete slab with containment curb.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60156
Location: UNIT - Big Bear Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Township 2 North, Range 2 West, SE1/4 Section 36. From Running Springs, junction of Hwy 330 & Hwy 18, head east on Hwy 18 toward Big Bear for approximately 6 miles. Snow Valley Ski Resort will be on the right (south) side. 34?12'49"N, -117?2'12"W.
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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
Lytle Creek Hazardous Fuels Reduction
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2021 
Expected:09/2021  09/2021 Michael Page
760-248-9243
michael.j.page@usda.gov 
Description: The Lytle Creek Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project will focus on treating fuels in Lytle Creek Canyon and San Savaine Ridge in order to reduce the overall volatility of the are during a wildland fire while protecting natural resources and communities
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59407
Location: UNIT - Cajon Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lytle Creek Canyon.
North Mill Creek Communications Site - Renegade Towers LLC
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/09/2021  09/2021 Heidi Hoggan
760-285-9950
Heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Improve wireless communication coverage along Hwy 38 btwn Angeles Oaks & Mountain Home Village area with a small facility designed to accommodate multiple carriers. The site would be designated and an authorization would be issued to Renegade Towers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59591
Location: UNIT - Cajon Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - SWNE of Section 32 of Township 1 North, Range 1 West, SBBM. South of Angeles Oaks, North of Mountain Home Village, west of Hwy 38 off Thomas Hunting Grounds FS road 1N12, at end of spur road 1N12C.
Turk's Point Communications Site - Renegade Towers, LLC
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2022 
Expected:04/2022  06/2022 Heidi Hoggan
760-285-9950
Heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Designation of Turk's Point as a Communications Site and issuance of lease to Renegade Towers as a Facility Manager of a multi-carrier facility.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60870
Location: UNIT - Cajon Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - San Bernardino. LEGAL - NE NW Section 36, Township 2 North, Range 6 West. Approximate latitude/longitude of 34.222085,-117.463839, at Turk's Point in the Lytle Creek area at north end of Penstock Ridge, APN 0350-281-34000.
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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:08/2021
 
09/2021 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.
Black Mountain Fire Lookout Permit for UC San Diego HPWREN Wildfire Alert Cameras
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/24/2021 
Expected:07/2021
 
08/2021 Heidi Hoggan
760-285-9950
heidi.hoggan@usda.gov 
Description: Permit to authorize UCSD for HPWREN cameras to provide real time situational awareness for wildfires for federal, state & local fire agencies. Cameras & radios would be underneath the existing fire lookout and solar panel added to roof.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59566
Location: UNIT - San Jacinto Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Riverside. LEGAL - SENE of Section 15, Township 4 South, Range 2 East, SBBM. Southwest of Boulder Basin Camp Ground,end of FSR4S86, Black Mountain Road.
Garner Grazing Allotment Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/17/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2021 
Expected:04/2022
 
04/2022 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.
Mountain Center Communications Site - Renegade Towers, LLC
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/18/2021  09/2021 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.
SJRD Wild and Scenic Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Special area management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 11/30/2020 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 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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