Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2020 to 09/30/2020
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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Projects Occurring Nationwide
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R6 - Pacific Northwest Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- 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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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Becky Blanchard
503-808-2449
bpblanchard@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 - Glacier View Ranger District, Mt Baker Ranger District, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Fortine Ranger District, Three Rivers 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, Priest Lake Ranger District, Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana, Washington. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Flathead, Glacier, Lincoln, 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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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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
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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
Milk Creek Trail Connection
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 04/10/2020  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 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
SF Stillaguamish Floodplain and Riparian Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/07/2019 
Expected:09/2020
 
07/2021 Richard Vacirca
530-543-2768
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie@usda.gov 
Description: Decommission eroding campsites within the Gold Basin Campground to restore floodplain processes. Reconstruct SF Stillaguamish River channel, enhance aquatic habitat, and improve riparian vegetation structure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57076
Location: UNIT - Darrington Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Snohomish. LEGAL - T 30 N, R 8 E, Section 23. Gold Basin Campground east of Verlot, Washington.
USGS Glacier Peak Seismic Monitoring Stations
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/20/2018 
Expected:08/2020
 
08/2020 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 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
Deadhorse Road Relocation
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/12/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
07/2022 Andrew Montgomery
360-854-2632
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie@usda.gov 
Description: The purpose of this project is to provide sustainable transportation through FS land, maintain access to recreational facilities and trails, and restore natural processes that have been altered from placing roadways in the channel migration zone.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57167
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East of the town of Glacier, WA approximately 3.1 miles east of the junction between FSR 3900000 (Glacier Creek Road) and FSR 3700000 (Deadhorse Road). Project area is at the Boyd Creek Interpretive Area.
North Fork Nooksack Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/02/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2021 
Expected:09/2021
 
03/2022 Erin Uloth
360-854-2601
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-mtbaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project would cut, and in some cases remove, trees in certain areas to improve wildlife habitat, enhance huckleberry areas, improve forest stand conditions, and contribute to the economy via timber harvest. View storymap: https://arcg.is/yHC49
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58218
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Whatcom. LEGAL - 38N 6E Sec. 1,2,11-13; 38N 7E 3-10, 16-18; 39N 6E 1,25,35,36; 39N 7E 1-17. 20-24, 27-34; 39N 8E 1-22,28-30; 39N 9E 6; 40N 7E 1-36; 40N 8E 6-8,17-20,25, 29-36; 40N 9E 15,16,19-21,29-32; 41N 7E 31-35. The project is located approximately two miles east of the town of Glacier, along Highway 542 on the Mt. Baker Ranger District of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Whatcom County, Washington.
North Zone Revegetation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/02/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
08/2020 Shauna Hee
530-623-1751
shauna.hee@usda.gov 
Description: This project aims to assist the recovery of degraded or damaged sites by re-establishing native plants and vegetation communities. The actions include site preparation, direct planting, and site maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58240
Location: UNIT - Mt Baker Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project covers all land allocations, except wilderness, across the Mt. Baker and Darrington Ranger Districts of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties.
Rainbow and Swift Creek Crossings
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
BNSF Railway MP 1726.4 Slide Repair
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/12/2020 
Expected:07/2020
 
07/2020 Eric Ozog
360-691-4396
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)would construct a rock buttress at the toe of an ongoing landslide to prevent further movement of the embankment and tracks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58163
Location: UNIT - Skykomish Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 3 miles east of Skykomish, south of the Old Cascade Hwy, and north of BNSF Railway.
Blanca Lake Trail Relocations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2020 
Expected:10/2020  06/2021 Tom Davis
360-677-2242
FS-comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-skykomish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Four segments of the Blanca Lake Trail, approx 0.7 miles total, would be relocated. Selected areas adjacent to Blanca Lake and Virgin Lake would be identified and either hardened for camping, or closed to camping and restored.
Location: UNIT - Skykomish Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Snohomish. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Fifteen miles north of Skykomish, WA.
Heybrook Ridge Connecting Trail
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2020 
Expected:09/2020  10/2020 Tom Davis
360-677-2242
FS-comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie-skykomish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Snohomish County Parks proposes to construct a 350 foot trail across Forest Service managed land to connect Heybrook Ridge County Park with a Snohomish County Annex parcel of land.
Location: UNIT - Skykomish Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Snohomish. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The new trail location is located approximately 2 miles south east of Index, WA.
Nielsen Bros Martin Creek Timber Access Road
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/28/2020  06/2020 Eric Ozog
360-691-4396
comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proponent has requested a special use permit for a temporary road on an existing road prism with approximately 100 ft of new temp road, existing log landing, and yarding corridor for timber and reforestation activities on private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57829
Location: UNIT - Skykomish Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King. LEGAL - Not Applicable. US Hwy 2, 5 miles east of Skykomish, WA, then 0.75 mile east on Old Cascade Hwy 67. T.26N, R.12E, NW1/4 Section 25, W.M.
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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
410 Recreation Residences Cabin Modifications 2020
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/11/2019 
Expected:08/2020
 
08/2020 Brian Lee
425-888-8795
fs-comments-pacificnw-mtbakersnoqualmie-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cabin permit holders propose modifications to the cabins at Deep Creek Lot 7 (expansion), Silver Creek Lot 24 (covered porch), and Silver Springs Lot 141 (expansion).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57717
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pierce. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East of SR 410, near Greenwater, WA.
7222 Connector Road
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 08/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
04/2021 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 at high risk for aquatics. Project was scoped with Snoquera Landscape Analysis (Proj #51969) and includes a project-specific Forest Plan 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

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/13/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 08/2020 
Expected:01/2021
 
02/2021 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 28.2 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and the entire Pratt River (10.1 miles).
Mowich River Road Easement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/13/2020  05/2020 Brian Lee
425-888-8795
fs-comments-pacificnw-mtbakersnoqualmie-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 40ft wide easement for 1 mile single lane road on an existing road prism to access proponents property for timber and rock source. About 50 trees would be removed to widen cleared area, turnouts would be placed in existing clearings.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57571
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pierce. LEGAL - T.17N, R.7E, S 1/2 Section 30 WM. Mowich River, south of State Route 165, farthest SW corner of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Ranger Creek State-Managed Airport Airspace Obstruction Removal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2018 
Expected:09/2020
 
09/2020 Brian McNeil
425-888-8769
brian.mcneil@usda.gov 
Description: Removal of trees identified as airspace obstructions to improve safety of air operations at the airport facility.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57652
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - King. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The airport is located near the north entrance to Mt. Rainer National Park on State Highway (SR) 410.
Silver Springs Lot 145 Septic System SUP
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/11/2019 
Expected:08/2020
 
08/2020 Brian Lee
425-888-8795
fs-comments-pacificnw-mtbakersnoqualmie-snoqualmie@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a septic system and drain field on Lot 145 to meet Pierce County requirements to phase out vault toilets.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57718
Location: UNIT - Snoqualmie Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pierce. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East of SR 410, near Greenwater, WA.
Summit at Snoqualmie's Mountain Bike Park
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/04/2019 
Expected:12/2020
 
04/2021 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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