Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2021 to 03/31/2021
Daniel Boone 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
R8 - Southern Region, Daniel Boone National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R8 - Southern Region, Daniel Boone National Forest,  Cumberland Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Daniel Boone National Forest,  London Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Daniel Boone National Forest,  Redbird Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, Daniel Boone National Forest,  Stearns 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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Daniel Boone National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Forest Plan Amendment
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/08/2019 
Expected:11/2021
 
11/2021 Carin Vadala
859-745-3151
carinevadala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Since the Forest Plan was signed in 2004, there have been changes in the science applicable to the management of bat habitat, changes to the number of threatened and endangered species, and additional designations of critical habitats on the Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53386
Location: UNIT - Daniel Boone National Forest All Units. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bath, Clay, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Wide across the Daniel Boone National Forest.
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Daniel Boone National Forest,   Cumberland Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blackwater Landscape Analysis
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 11/13/2019 
Expected:03/2021
 
04/2021 Jeffrey Lewis
606-784-6428
jefflewis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of various projects in the Blackwater watershed in Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan Counties to implement the Forest Plan. These projects were developed from the Blackwater Project Development collaborative effort.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53403
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Menifee, Morgan, Rowan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System Lands in the Blackwater and Paragon drainages in Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan Counties, Kentucky.
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Daniel Boone National Forest,   London Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bellsouth Special Use Permit Renewal For Telephone/Telegraph Lines
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/02/2020  09/2020 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: This project reauthorizes Bellsouth's special use permit which covers five different telephone lines (approximately 6.41 miles of line, covering 6.46 acres) providing service to communities in Whitley County, KY.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58644
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Whitley. LEGAL - Not Applicable. There are five total lines along: Grove Road, Bark Camp, HWY 204, Red Bird Road and Jellico Creek Road. All are in Whitley County, KY.
City of Barbourville Special Use Permit Renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/26/2020  05/2020 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163 x 106
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: Renewal of the City of Barbourville's special use permit authorizing a water intake structure on a 0.5-acre site on the shoreline of Laurel River Lake and 1.4 miles of 18-inch water transmission pipeline across the DBNF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57750
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Knox. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Daniel Boone National Forest near the City of Barbourville.
City of McKee Special Use Permit Renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/11/2020  03/2020 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163 x 106
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: Combine 3 special use permits and reauthorize the City of McKee to operate and maintain a water treatment plant and associated infrastructure.
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable. City of McKee, Kentucky, water treatment plant.
Decision Memo for The Nature Conservancy Special Use Authorization for NFS Road 487a.
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 07/13/2020  08/2020 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: This project authorizes The Nature Conservancy to use a Forest Service Road (NFSR 487a) to access its nearby properties. The TNC has requested this authorization in writing prior to transferring a property to the USFS.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58411
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System Road 487a near Tracts C-1206 and C110a in Jackson County, Kentucky. Coordinates: 37.23'17" N x 84.08'17" W.
Dog Branch School Road/ Sinking Creek Bridge Reconstruction
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2018 
Expected:09/2018  09/2018 Thomas Kean
606-864-4163
tomkean@fs.fed.us 
Description: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is requesting a special use permit to replace the existing bridge that crosses Sinking Creek on Dog Branch School Road in Laurel County. The existing bridge is old and does not meet transportation codes.
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Laurel. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Dog Branch School Road and Sinking Creek Bridge.
South Kentucky South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation Permit Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/06/2019 
Expected:01/2021
 
01/2021 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: South Kentucky RECC (SKRECC) requests right of ways across National Forest System Land to provide power to multiple private residences in Pulaski County, KY.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59142
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Starting at the Eastern Kentucky Power Company substation off Old Whitney Road in Pulaski County. 36.9982 N x 84.3958 W.
Upland Forest Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/20/2020 
Expected:03/2021
 
03/2021 Jacob Royse
606-864-4163 ext 114
jroyse@fs.fed.us 
Description: White pine stands planted in the 1960s-80s are overstocked, leading to slowed tree growth, insect damage and reduced tree vigor. We propose to remove white pine and enhance upland oak/shortleaf pine reforestation with fire and shortleaf pine planting
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58515
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Jackson, Laurel, Pulaski, Whitley. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Scattered white pine plantations across the London Ranger District.
Wildlife Opening Maintenance Plan EA
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Beth Christensen
606-864-4163
bachristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will analyze various methods of maintaining wildlife openings on the London District. Methods may include mowing, plowing & planting, masticating, and/or prescribed burning. Currently, mowing is inadequate for proper management.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49086
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Jackson, Laurel. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area, south of McKee, Jackson Co., Kentucky, and Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, west of London, Laurel County, Kentucky.
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Daniel Boone National Forest,   Redbird Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
American Electric Power Company Transmission Line Rebuild and Special Use Permit
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tricia Boles
606-598-2192 x 106
triciaboles@fs.fed.us 
Description: American Electric Power Co (AEP) needs to rebuild its existing Stinnett-Pineville power line by installing new infrastructure, increasing the right-of-way from 100' to 120', and obtaining a Special Use Permit. Five out of 28 miles of line is on DBNF.
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Leslie. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The entire 28-mile power line rebuild goes from the Pineville Substation near Pineville, KY, to the Stinnet Substation near Stinnet, KY. Only 5 miles of the line is on NFS lands in Leslie County.
Flatwoods Road Realignment Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 11/16/2020  12/2020 Tricia Boles
606-598-2192
triciaboles@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would realign approximately 280 feet of National Forest System (NFS) Road 1513A, also known as Flatwoods Road, onto NFS lands to avoid a small parcel of private land on which that section of road is currently situated.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59014
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Clay County, KY, NFS Road 1513A near mile point 2.6.
Jackson Energy Special Use Permit Consolidation and Re-Authorization
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A William Swilling
606-598-2192 x 116
wswilling@fs.fed.us 
Description: Jackson Energy has had many special use permits authorized over the past 50 years as their infrastructure has expanded. Many of these permits have expired. Consolidation of all JE permits into one new authorization for continued use is needed.
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bell, Clay, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Owsley, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne, Whitley. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Jackson Energy has transmission lines across several counties in Kentucky, and across three districts of the DBNF (Stearns, London, and Redbird).
Kentucky Early Warning System Towers Special Use Authorization-Redbird Ranger District
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2020 
Expected:12/2020  12/2020 Tricia Boles
606-598-2192
triciaboles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use authorizations have expired for two Kentucky Early Warning System (KEWS)towers on the Redbird Ranger District and need to be renewed. The KEWS provides emergency information from various federal, state, and local agencies to the public.
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay, Leslie. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Clay County.
Little Double Culvert Replacement and Aquatic Organism Passage
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A William Swilling
606-598-2192 x 116
wswilling@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace a failing culvert on Little Double Creek with concrete planks that will improve water flow, repair flood damage, and allow aquatic organism passage. The target benefitting species is the threatened Kentucky Arrow Darter found in this creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50189
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable. On National Forest System Road 1501, approximately 0.25 miles from the Redbird Ranger Station, near Big Creek, Kentucky.
South Red Bird Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 10/05/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
12/2020 William Swilling
606-598-2192
wswilling@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a wildlife habitat enhancement and forest restoration project that will incorporate vegetation management (including harvests, thinnings, and reforestation), prescribed fires, habitat improvement, trail re-routes, and road maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52340
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bell, Clay, Knox, Leslie. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area covers approximately 55,000 acres, of which 32,300 acres are National Forest System (NFS) lands, within the Red Bird River Watershed near Big Creek, Kentucky.
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Daniel Boone National Forest,   Stearns Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Special Use Permit STE4062 Amendment
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 12/16/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
02/2021 Laurie Smith
606-376-5323
lauriesmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rebuilding the 69 kV Transmission Line under permit STE4062 that has a permitted right-of-way width of 100-feet and length of 8.6 miles on National Forest. Approximately 11 miles of access roads would be improved or constructed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56083
Location: UNIT - Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - McCreary. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Whitley City substation on the east side of US 27, 0.4-mile south of KY 478 in McCreary County to the Wofford substation located on the north side of KY 779, 0.4 miles west of KY 26 in Whitley County.
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