Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2021 to 12/31/2021
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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R8 - Southern Region, Daniel Boone National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R8 - Southern Region, Daniel Boone National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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  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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R8 - Southern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Regional Slow the Spread Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/05/2021 
Expected:03/2022
 
04/2022 Christopher Jones
307-461-2884
christopher.d.jones@usda.gov 
Description: Aerial treatments of an exotic moth known as Lymantria dispar using mating disruption, Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki, Nucleopolyhedrosis virus, or their combination.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60529
Location: UNIT - Cherokee National Forest All Units, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest All Units, National Forests In North Carolina All Units, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest All Units, Daniel Boone National Forest All Units, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest All Units. STATE - Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. COUNTY - Bath, Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Mitchell, Montgomery, Onslow, Randolph, Stanly, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey, Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, McCreary, Madison, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe, Abbeville, Chester, Fairfield, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Union, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Monroe, Pickett, Scott, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Carteret, Cherokee, Clay, Craven, Davidson, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Jones, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Chattahoochee, Cherokee, Daniel Boone, Sumter, Jefferson, Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests and private, state, and other federal lands within their adjacent counties.
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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
Restoring the White Fringeless Orchid on the Daniel Boone National Forest
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2021 
Expected:12/2021  01/2022 Claudia Cotton
859-745-3115
claudia.cotton@usda.gov 
Description: Restore white fringeless orchid habitat and adjacent upland habitat at various sites using check dams and groundwater dams, slope and streambank shaping for stream stability, edge feathering, and replanting nursery-grown plants if necessary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60787
Location: UNIT - Daniel Boone National Forest All Units. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Currently there are 18 known locations on the London and Stearns Ranger Districts.
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Daniel Boone National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hinkle Land Exchange
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2021 
Expected:01/2022  01/2022 Shiloh Benton
620-518-0369
shiloh.m.benton@usda.gov 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing a land exchange of four DBNF tracts, totaling 215 acres for four privately-owned tracts totaling 314 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60132
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District, Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - McCreary, Morgan, Powell, Rowan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tracts are located in Morgan, Powell, Rowan, and McCreary Counties, Kentucky. Maps are attached to scoping letter.
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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 
Completed  Actual: 09/03/2021  01/2022 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.
Red River Gorge Management Planning
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/24/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
02/2022 Michael Pope
859-745-3144
Michael.Pope@usda.gov 
Description: Comprehensive River Management Plan & boundaries; designating campsites and trails, transportation, parking and visitor amenities, constructing boat launches and river access points, cliffside access stabilization, and forest supervisor's orders.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59892
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Menifee, Powell, Wolfe. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Red River Gorge:the 42,739 acre project area includes approximately 30,484 acres of the Red River Gorge Geological Area, Clifty Wilderness, Indian Creek, and the Red Wild and Scenic River.
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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
Eric Wheeler (Access Road)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2021 
Expected:11/2021  11/2021 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163x106
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: Resurface and improve an existing roadbed across National Forest System lands to provide access to private property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60658
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Old roadbed that branches off of Bear Creek Road in Pulaski County, KY. National Forest System lands tract c-1685.
Jason White (Access Road)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2021 
Expected:11/2021  11/2021 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163x106
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: Resurface and improve an existing roadbed across National Forest System lands to access private property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60657
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Estill. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Existing roadbed crossing NFS lands tract c-4022a (37 34 28 N x 83 54 37 W).
London Ranger Station Compound Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 09/20/2021  10/2021 Jason Nedlo
606-864-4163
jason.nedlo@usda.gov 
Description: New configuration and highway expansion of US 25 in London, KY, requires demolition of existing district facilities and a new site with district office and support structures (office, parking, fire engine bay, law enforcement office, and storage bay)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60613
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Laurel. LEGAL - Not Applicable. DBNF, London Ranger Station, 761 South Laurel Road, London, KY. Laurel County.
Upland Forest Restoration Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/20/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
09/2021 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
Lebanon Church Mowing and Outbuilding Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/21/2021  09/2021 Tricia Boles
606-598-2192
tricia.boles@usda.gov 
Description: The Lebanon United Baptist Church is asking for a special use permit to build two outbuildings and a playground set on NFS lands adjacent to their church property. They would also mow and maintain the grounds around the infrastructure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60788
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The church is located on Route 687 in Clay County, Kentucky.
Little Double Culvert Removal and Aquatic Organism Passage
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/16/2021  09/2021 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.
Redbird Crest Trail Size Limit Redesignation
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/15/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
10/2021 Tricia Boles
606-589-2192 x 106
triciaboles@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Redbird Ranger District needs to respond to public interest for increasing the width on some segments of the Redbird Crest Trail to 64 inches. The trail currently has a designated width restriction of 50 inches which does not allow popular OHVs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60311
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay, Leslie. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Involves 36 miles of the Redbird Crest Trail near Big Creek, Kentucky.
Redbird District Prescribed Fire Plan for Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/06/2021 
Expected:09/2021
 
09/2021 William Swilling
606-598-2192
wswilling@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will increase prescribed fire acreage on the Redbird District to improve wildlife habitat, rare plant communities, and overall forest health.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59958
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay, Leslie, Owsley, Perry. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Up to 93,000 acres with small burn units in the central and southern portions of the Redbird Ranger District.
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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
Citipower Gas Pipeline Special Use Permit Amendment #1
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2021 
Expected:10/2021  10/2021 Laurie Smith
606-376-5323
laurie.smith@usda.gov 
Description: Construction of a 2-inch gas pipeline approximately 10,946 feet long with a right-of-way width of 10 feet wide equaling 2.5 acres. The pipeline would be buried within the existing roadways at a depth of 24 inches.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60750
Location: UNIT - Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - McCreary. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bear Wallow School Road (MC-526) and four unnamed access roads.
Curt Pond Wooded Grassland Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/02/2021 
Expected:06/2022
 
10/2022 Frank Metzmeier
606-376-5323
joemetzmeier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore native grasses and forbs in the Highway 751/Curt Pond Ridge area of the Stearns Ranger District. The project would restore, enhance, and maintain a wooded grassland/shrubland using prescribed fire, herbicide, and mechanical treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60434
Location: UNIT - Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Pulaski. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Highway 751/Curt Pond Ridge area of the Stearns Ranger District.
Flat Rock Ridge and Sheltowee Trace Trail Reroutes 2021
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/18/2021  08/2021 Laurie Smith
606-376-5323
laurie.smith@usda.gov 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to reroute segments of the Flat Rock Ridge Trail (#616) and Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail (#100, section 35).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60504
Location: UNIT - Stearns Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - McCreary. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Flat Rock Ridge trail is located on the Wiborg Quad map for McCreary County, KY. Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is located on the Barthell Quad map for McCreary County, KY.
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