Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2021 to 06/30/2021
Sequoia 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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Sequoia National Forest,  Hume Lake Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Sequoia National Forest,  Kern River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Sequoia National Forest,  Western Divide Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  01/2013 Susan Ellsworth
775-355-5313
susanellsworth@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Nationwide.
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/13/2018
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 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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R5 - Pacific Southwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/27/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2020 
Expected:03/2021
 
04/2021 Fariba Hamedani
707-562-9121
fhamedani@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Sequoia and Sierra National Forests propose to revise their land management plans as guided by the 2012 Planning Rule
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=3375
Location: UNIT - Sequoia National Forest All Units, Sierra National Forest All Units. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Kern, Kings, Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Entire Sequoia National Forest outside of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and entire Sierra National Forest.
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Sequoia National Forest,   Hume Lake 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
Forest Road 13S85 Roadside Hazard Trees and Fuel Reduction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/22/2020 
Expected:06/2021
 
07/2021 Marianne Emmendorfer
559-338-2251 Ext. 313
marianne.emmendorfer@usda.gov 
Description: Fell and remove hazard trees along FR 13S85/85B accessing private property, and pile and burn or chip shrubs and small trees causing fire hazard. Area has significant drought/insect mortality.
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - Sec. 29, T13S, R27E, MDB&M. On McKenzie Ridge off Davis Road (12S01)near junction with Millwood Road (FR 13S97).
Generals Heart Roadside Hazard Tree Abatement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/22/2020 
Expected:07/2021
 
09/2021 Marianne Emmendorfer
559-338-2251 Ext. 313
marianne.emmendorfer@usda.gov 
Description: Fell and remove dead and dying trees posing a falling hazard along General's Highway, Big Meadows Road (FR14S11) to and including Heart Meadow Road (14S02D).
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - T13S, R28-29E, MDB&M. Forest Service portion of General's Highway, Big Meadows Road from General's Highway to Heart Meadow turnoff, and Heart Meadow cabin tract access road.
LAVA BUTTE CAMPGROUND
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/24/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
10/2021 Jeremy Dorsey
909 382-2837
jdorsey02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a new campground with a mix of campsite types (e.g., tent, RV, family groups up to 20 people, yurts) consisting of a vehicle parking area and a camping area that will accommodate a picnic table, fire ring, bear box, and a tent pad.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58656
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno. LEGAL - T13S R28E Sec 25, MDB&M. Proposed campground would be constructed on both north and south sides of Forest Road No. 13S09 (Tenmile Road) adjacent to the location of Forest Roads Nos. 13S09J and 13S33.
LEFEVER CREEK BRIDGE AND ROAD DECOMMISSIONING
EA
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marianne Emmendorfer
559-338-2251 x 313
marianne.emmendorfer@usda.gov 
Description: Decommission Lefever Creek bridge on Forest Service Road 13S91 by removing the decking, steel girders, and footings of the bridge. This area is closed to the general public and accesses private property. An alternative route provides adequate access.
Location: UNIT - Hume Lake Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Fresno, Tulare. LEGAL - T12S, R25E, SW1/4 of Section 28. Lefever Creek bridge is located along FS Rd 13S91 in the Pine Flat Reservoir area. This area is closed to the general public and accesses private property.
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Sequoia National Forest,   Kern 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
80's MINING PLAN OF OPERATIONS
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Alfred Watson
760-376-3781
alfred.watson@usda.gov 
Description: Placer mining operations for the exploration and extraction of gold from the stream channel in Greenhorn Creek and maintenance of the access roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=25625
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Sections 11 & 12, T.27S., R.31E., MDM. Kern County, CA. Greenhorn Creek located in the Greenhorn Mountains, on Kern River Ranger District.
CARVER (Stanley) ROCKHOUSE BASIN ROAD SPECIAL USE PERMIT
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tricia Maki
760-376-3781 ext 630
tricia.maki@usda.gov 
Description: FLPMA road special use permit (SUP) to be reissued for 10 years, with no changes and no ground disturbing activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=33099
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Sections 26, 27, 34, T23S, R35 E, MDB&M. Dome Land Wilderness.
GILBERT DITCH ASSOCIATION
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tricia Maki
760-376-3781 ext 630
tricia.maki@usda.gov 
Description: Operation and maintenance of a water irrigation ditch
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=36451
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Section 10, T25S, R33E, MDB&M. Kernville area.
KENNY CARVER WATER TRANSMISSION LINE
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tricia Maki
760-376-3781 ext 630
tricia.maki@usda.gov 
Description: Maintenance & operation of a water transmission line (less than 12 inches diameter) and enclosure with reservoir covering 0.04 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=36452
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Section 14, T25S, R33E, MDB&M. Kernville area.
KERN COUNTY BOAT PATROL STATION - SUP
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Tricia Maki
760-376-3781 ext 630
triciamaki@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue new permit for one building (20 ft X 20 ft) and an associated parking area (one acre), to be used in conjuction with boat patrols on Lake Isabella. SUP to be issued for 10 years. (SUP was never issued. Previously under an ACOE lease)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=24242
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - NW 1/4 Sec. 9, T.26S., R.33E., MDM. Approximately one (1) acre. Kern County. Located near French Gulch Peninsula at Lake Isabella, on the Kern River Ranger District.
PIUTE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT
EIS
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Tricia Maki
760-376-3781 ext 630
tricia.maki@usda.gov 
Description: A collaborative process to develop a travel management plan for the Piute Mountains area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=34119
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - Piute Mountains, Sequoia National Forest. Piute Mountains, south of Lake Isabella, California.
SIRRETTA PEAK TRAIL
EIS
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tricia Maki
760-376-3781 ext 630
tricia.maki@usda.gov 
Description: Analysis of OHV trail as per the Sequoia Land Management Plan Mediated Settlement Agreement. Revised DEIS published August 2002.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=16550
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - T.22-23S., R.34E., MDM. Seven (7) miles. Kern Plateau, Kern River Ranger District.
YUBA FARMS PASTURE - SUP RENEWAL
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Tricia Maki
760-376-3781 ext 630
tricia.maki@usda.gov 
Description: Re-issue special use permit for existing livestock area, consisting of 3.0 acres of fenced area, to feed four (4) head of animals yearly from April 1st through September 30th. SUP to be issued for 10 years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=24304
Location: UNIT - Kern River Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Kern. LEGAL - E1/2, SE1/4 NW1/4 Section 36, T.26S., R.31E., MDM. Approximately 3.0 acres. Located near Poso Creek on the Kern River Ranger District.
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Sequoia National Forest,   Western Divide 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
BALCH PARK PACK STATION
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2016 
Expected:11/2020
 
12/2020 Lisa Gammell
559-784-1500
lisa.gammell@usda.gov 
Description: Authorizing a 10 year outfitting and guiding special use permit for Balch Park Pack Station for horse back related/riding activities on trails, campsites within the Golden Trout Wilderness area on the Western Divide RD, Sequoia NF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49845
Location: UNIT - Western Divide Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cow Camp, Maggie Lake, Twin Lake, Deadman Lake, West Meadow, Groundhog within the Golden Trout Wilderness.
BLACK MOUNTAIN GROVE ROAD DECOMMISSIONING
EA
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A George Powell
559-539-2607 x252
george.powell@usda.gov 
Description: This project will consider decommissioning several roads/segments in the Black Mtn giant sequoia grove
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45551
Location: UNIT - Western Divide Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - T21S, R31E, Sections 1, 7, 12. Spur Roads No. 21S12B, 21S25A, 21S25B, 21S25C, 21S25D and Road No. 21S25 east from its intersection with 21S25B.
CASTLE FIRE HAZARD TREE MITIGATION
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/02/2020 
Expected:05/2021
 
06/2021 Steven Caracciolo
5599207868
Steven.Caracciolo@usda.gov 
Description: Hazard tree mitigation for the safety of forest users along approximately 130 miles of NFS roads, and within and around recreation and administrative sites within the Castle Fire perimeter.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59698
Location: UNIT - Western Divide Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Castle Fire area located in the Western Divide Ranger District.
Castle Fire Ecological Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/28/2021
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
03/2022 Susan Durham
530-409-5331
susan.durham@usda.gov 
Description: To restore and promote a healthy forest ecosystem; to establish forest conditions, to promote resilient forest conditions, and to establish and maintain low surface and ladder fuel conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59292
Location: UNIT - Western Divide Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Township 18S Range 29-30,33E; T19S R29-31E, T20S R30-34E; T21S R31-34E. Within Castle Fire footprint outside of wilderness, adjacent to Highway 190, Mountain Home State Park, and local communities, includes Giant Sequoia National Monument lands.
MOUNTAIN HOME CONSERVATION CAMP PERMIT RENEWAL
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2020 
Expected:01/2021  02/2021 Lisa Gammell
559-784-1500 x 2235
lisa.gammell@usda.gov 
Description: Renewal of a special use permit, which authorizes Cal Fire to continue to operate and maintain Mountain Home Conservation Camp on National Forest System land.
Location: UNIT - Western Divide Ranger District. STATE - California. COUNTY - Tulare. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 25 miles northeast of Springville CA.
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