Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2022 to 06/30/2022
Daniel Boone National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
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.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Land.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/08/2020
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2022 
Expected:06/2022
 
07/2022 Laura Conway
406-802-4317
laura.conway@usda.gov 
Description: Programmatic Supplemental EIS for the Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60450
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The direction in the SEIS will apply to use of aerially delivered fire retardant on all National Forest System land. .
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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
- 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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2021 
Expected:05/2022
 
05/2022 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 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 01/13/2022 
Expected:03/2022
 
03/2022 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.
Kentucky Mesonet Climate Monitoring Stations Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Research and Development  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/06/2022 
Expected:03/2022
 
04/2022 Mac Cherry
(859) 745-3181
Mac.Cherry@usda.gov 
Description: Installation and maintenance of two Mesonet stations with soil moisture micro-networks on the Cumberland (CMB) and Red Bird (RED) Ranger Districts of the Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61131
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District, Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay, Leslie, Menifee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. One site will be the Frenchburg Job Corp site in the Red River Gorge on the Cumberland Ranger District. The second site will be on the Redbird Ranger District next to the Peabody RAWS station.
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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
Fire Restoration on the Cumberland Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2022 
Expected:03/2022
 
04/2022 Kelley Corbine
606-784-6428
kelley.corbine@usda.gov 
Description: Prescribed fire will be utilized to enhance oak and pine habitat and growth while controlling the encroachment of mesic species.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61254
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Bath, Menifee, Morgan, Powell, Wolfe. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project will occur throughout the Cumberland Ranger District on approximately 13,000 acres.
Morehead Utility Plant Board (MUPB) Water Withdrawal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/11/2019 
Expected:02/2022
 
03/2022 Heather Ellison
352-625-2520 x2526
heather.ellison@usda.gov 
Description: The MUPB is requesting the USFS amend their permit to add and maintain a new raw water transmission main(approximately 2,500' with 30'maintence area)and an access road alongside the waterline. An area 50'wide may be used for construction.
Location: UNIT - Cumberland Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Rowan. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located near KY HWY 801 South approximately 3 miles south of the junction with US 60 in Farmers, Kentucky.
Red River Gorge Management Planning and Comprehensive River Management Plan
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 01/14/2022 
Expected:04/2022
 
05/2022 Eric Dodd
606-359-0962
eric.dodd@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
Grove Marina Special Use Amendment: Dry Dock Road Expansion
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 01/19/2022  03/2022 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: The project would expand Dry Dock Road, as requested by Grove Marina, to provide additional parking for the growing number of public visiting Laurel River Lake via Grove Marina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61392
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Whitley. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 3482 Grove Rd, Corbin KY 40701, tract LRL-700.
Mt. Vernon-North London Transmission Line Rebuild
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2022 
Expected:05/2022  07/2022 Donovan Epperson
606-864-4163
Donovan.Epperson@usda.gov 
Description: Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E-KU) is proposing to complete certain construction activities in order to maintain its existing transmission line along the Mt. Vernon-North London Transmission Line.
Location: UNIT - London Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Laurel, Rockcastle. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Mt. Vernon, Kentucky to London, Kentucky through Rockcastle and Laurel counties.
Upland Forest Restoration / White Pine HFRA Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 03/10/2022  03/2022 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
Hector Mountain Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2022 
Expected:03/2022
 
07/2022 Rick Laakman
5052313526
Rick.Laakman@usda.gov 
Description: In February 2021, ice storms damaged tree stands on the Redbird District. The Hector Mountain project proposes commercial harvest of ice damaged trees (up to 250 acres)along with associated road activities on Forest Service lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61488
Location: UNIT - Redbird Ranger District. STATE - Kentucky. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 6.5 miles West of the town of Big Creek in Clay County, Kentucky, and 4.9 miles east of Manchester, KY.
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:05/2022
 
05/2022 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
Curt Pond Wooded Grassland Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/02/2021 
Expected:09/2022
 
09/2022 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.
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