Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2019 to 12/31/2019
Mt Baker-Snoqualmie 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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R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,  Darrington Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,  Mt Baker Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,  Skykomish Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,  Snoqualmie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Regional Aquatic Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 07/13/2019 
Expected:11/2019
 
11/2019 James Capurso
503-808-2847
jcapurso@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS is proposing a suite of aquatic restoration activities for Region 6 to address ongoing needs, all of which have completed consultation, including activities such as fish passage restoration, wood placement, and other restoration activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53001
Location: UNIT - R6 - Pacific Northwest Region All Units. STATE - Oregon, Washington. COUNTY - Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman, Yakima, Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project will span all national forests in Region 6.
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R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/12/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2019 
Expected:03/2020
 
03/2020 John Rohrer
509-996-4001
jrohrer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service are preparing a North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to determine how to restore the grizzly bear to the North Cascades ecosystem.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50937
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest All Units, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Chelan, King, Okanogan, Skagit, Snohomish. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North Cascades Ecosystem grizzly bear recovery zone, including the North Cascades N.P., Ross Lake and Lake Chelan NRAs, and portions of Okanogan-Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests.
Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2019 
Expected:11/2020
 
12/2020 Matthew McGrath
503-808-2405
mtmcgrath@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52259
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District, Three Rivers Ranger District, Republic Ranger District, Tonasket Ranger District, Methow Valley Ranger District, Sullivan Lake Ranger District, Olympic National Forest All Units. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Clallam, Ferry, Island, Jefferson, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Stevens, Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The trail begins at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park and travels 1,200 miles through 7 National Forests, 3 National Parks, BLM, state, tribal, municipal and private lands in MT, ID, WA.
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Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2019 Puget Sound Energy Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/26/2019  07/2019 Eric Ozog
360-691-4396
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project would reissue expired Special Use Permits authorizing existing high-voltage transmission and low-voltage distribution PSE power lines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55890
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District, Skykomish Ranger District, Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King, Kittitas, Pierce, Skagit, Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations in Skykomish, Mt. Baker, and Snoqualmie Ranger Districts.
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Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,   Darrington Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gold Basin Habitat Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Vacirca
530-543-2768
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-darrington@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce sediment delivery from the Gold Basin slide to the S.F. Stillaguamish River to improve salmonid habitat. Includes: construction of live crib, sediment detention basins, diversion fencing, grading, large woody debris structures, & re-vegetation
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47205
Location: UNIT - Darrington Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Snohomish. LEGAL - T30N R08E Sections 13,14,23 and 24. Project is located east of Verlot in the S.F. of the Stillaguamish River basin, in the slide area across(north)from the Gold Basin campground.
Milk Creek Trail Connection
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/24/2017 
Expected:10/2019
 
05/2020 Bridget Wisniewski
360-436-1155
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-darrington@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to replace a bridge crossing the Suiattle River, reconnecting Milk Creek Trail and providing access to the Pacific Crest Trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51715
Location: UNIT - Darrington Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Snohomish. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Township 32N; Range 12E; Section 24 and 25.
Monte Cristo Area Planning Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2020 
Expected:11/2020  11/2020 Gretchen Smith
1(541)366-4196
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-darrington@fs.fed.us 
Description: Determine the long term access needs to Monte Cristo.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53315
Location: UNIT - Darrington Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Snohomish. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Monte Cristo townsite is located in the SE1/4 of Section 21, Township 29 North, Range 11 East.
Mouse Creek Drainage Improvement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 07/09/2019  08/2019 Eric Ozog
360-691-4396
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-darrington@usda.gov 
Description: Project proposes issuance of a special use permit to Snohomish County for reestablishing a channel within a segment of Mouse Creek that flows through National Forest System land to and through county bridge 631.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55579
Location: UNIT - Darrington Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Snohomish. LEGAL - Section 18, T.32N, R.10E, W. M. The project is located in the Mouse Creek drainage, upstream and downstream of County Bridge No. 631, on Sauk-Prairie Road at Mile Post 2.04, 3 miles northeast of Darrington, WA.
USGS Glacier Peak Seismic Monitoring Stations
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/20/2018 
Expected:02/2020
 
06/2020 Todd Griffin
(425) 783-6033
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-darrington@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would issue a 20-year permit for USGS to install and maintain four seismic monitoring stations around Glacier Peak.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46957
Location: UNIT - Darrington Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Snohomish. LEGAL - T30N, R14E, Sections 24 and 29, and T30N, R12E, Section 5 and T31N, R15E, Section 5. All project sites are located in Glacier Peak Wilderness, 4 to 8 miles from the top of Glacier Peak.
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Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,   Mt Baker Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baker Lake Road to Trail
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 12/13/2018 
Expected:02/2020
 
05/2020 Jeremy Gilman
360-854-2633
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-mtbaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: EA evaluating alternatives that would provide the greatest certainty for long term access to the trails along the Baker River and maintain or restore river processes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54710
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Whatcom. LEGAL - T38 R10E S30 and T38 R9E S25 and S35. This project is located in the Upper Baker Lake Watershed near the town of Concrete, WA in T38R10Es30 and T38R9Es25 and s35, Whatcom County.
Elbow Lake Trail, Middle Fork Nooksack River Bridge Construction
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Daniel McDermott
360-854-2611
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-mtbaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would allow the installation of a 70' trail bridge over the MF Nooksack River. The project would also create a new parking area(up to 10 vehicles), and relocate less than one mile of stock trail to connect to the original trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50977
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Whatcom. LEGAL - T38N; R7E; Secs. 31, 32. This project is located in Whatcom County, approximately 16 miles east of Deming, WA in Township 38N; Range 7E; Sections 31 and 32.
Nooksack Integrated Conservation and Enhancement (NICE) Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2019 
Expected:09/2021  09/2022 Erin Uloth
360-854-2601
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-mtbaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape-scale analysis of recreation and habitat restoration and management activities within the North Fork Nooksack watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53493
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North Fork Nooksack watershed.
Rainbow and Swift Creek Crossings
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/03/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
09/2020 Daniel McDermott
360-854-2611
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie@usda.gov 
Description: Construction of two new crossings: Rainbow and Swift Creek and the construction of one new mile of trail to connect two new crossings.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56421
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Whatcom. LEGAL - T38N, R9E, Sec. 17, 18, 19 & 20. The project is located North/Northwest of Baker Laker within the Mt. Baker Ranger District of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
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Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,   Skykomish Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beckler River Confluence Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2019  09/2020 Karen Chang
425-888-1421 x219
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-skykomish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct 5-10 large woody debris jams in the Beckler River to reconnect relic channels between the Beckler and South Fork Skykomish River floodplains, and to reconnect a side channel along the right-bank of the Beckler.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52144
Location: UNIT - Skykomish Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King. LEGAL - T26N, R11E, Sec 25, NW 1/4. Lower .4 mile of the Beckler River.
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Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,   Snoqualmie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R6 - Pacific Northwest Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
7222 Connector Road
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2020 
Expected:05/2020
 
06/2020 Melissa Shelley
541-523-1929
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approx .25 mile road to connect Rd 7222 with Rd 7224. Decommission approx. 3.8 miles of road that is high risk for aquatics. This project was scoped with Snoquera Landscape Analysis (Proj #51969). It includes a site specific FP amendment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52151
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pierce. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T18N, R10E. Sec 12.
Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2019 
Expected:09/2020  09/2020 Sarah Lange
425-783-6023
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 to provide for the protection of the river values. Please see the following webpage for more information: https://tinyurl.com/MidForkSnoqualmie
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53997
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North and east of North Bend, WA; designated areas include the upper 27.4 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and the entire Pratt River (9.5 miles).
Middle Fork Trail 1003 Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/05/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
04/2020 Brian McNeil
425-888-8769
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approx. 0.5 miles of new trail beginning near the 1 mile marker, providing a route around the April 2018 landslide area that destroyed about 300 feet of trail. The trail would be suitable for existing uses, including stock and bikes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56459
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project site begins at approximately the 1 mile point on the Middle Fork Trail. It can be accessed via the Middle Fork Trailhead, near North Bend, WA.
Snoquera Landscape Analysis
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 05/15/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Melissa Shelley
360-677-2258
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape scale analysis project would work towards balancing a variety of recreational opportunities with resource protection, and improvement of ecological conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51969
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King, Pierce. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Southern portion of Snoqualmie Ranger District, formerly known as the White River Ranger District.
Summit at Snoqualmie's Mountain Bike Park
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2019 
Expected:06/2020  06/2020 Brian McNeil
425-888-8770
FS-comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-snoqualmie@usda.gov 
Description: The Summit at Snoqualmie proposes to construct 6.3 miles of new Mtn bike trails on Forest Service (NFS) land, and with 1.5 miles of trails on private land. The new trails would disturb approximately 3.1 acres on NFS, and 0.7 on private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56920
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Summit at Snoqualmie, located at Snoqualmie Pass, WA in King Co. Proposed trails to be served by the Silver Fir chairlift.
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