Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2008 to 06/30/2008
National Forests In North Carolina

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, National Forests In North Carolina, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Appalachian Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Cheoah Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Croatan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Grandfather Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Nantahala Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Pisgah Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Tusquittee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In North Carolina,  Uwharrie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aerial Application of Fire Retardant
EA
- Fuels management   Completed  Actual: 02/18/2008
10/11/2007 
10/2007 Christopher Wehrli
202-205-1332
fire_retardant@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to continue the aerial application of fire retardant to fight fires on National Forest System lands. An environmental analysis will be conducted to prepare an Environmental Assessment on the proposed action.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nation Wide.
National Forest System Land Management Planning - Proposed Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders   In Progress:
FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/15/2008 
Expected:03/2008
 
03/2008 Gina Owens
202-205-1187
gowens@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Agency proposes to publish a rule at 36 CFR part 219 to finish rulemaking on the land management planning rule issued on January 5, 2005 (2005 rule). The 2005 rule guides development, revision, and amendment of land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/emc/nfma/2008_planning_rule.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - All units of the National Forest System. Agency-wide.
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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
Upper Chattooga River Visitor Use Capacity
EA
- Recreation management
- Land management planning  
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 08/14/2007 
Expected:06/2008
 
08/2008 John Cleeves
803-561-4058
jcleeves@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will decided whether to maintain or change the current Forest Plan management direction for the three National Forests in GA,SC, NC relative to existing recreational uses including private boating in the upper Chattooga River
Location: UNIT - Tallulah Ranger District, Andrew Pickens Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia. COUNTY - Rabun, Macon, Oconee. LEGAL - within GA, NC and SC. The project area is located in the upper 21 miles of the Chattooga River Wild and Scenic River.
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National Forests In North Carolina, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Herbicide Release in Oak Demonstration Sites
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)   In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/21/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2008 
Expected:07/2008
 
09/2008 John Blanton
828-257-4248
jblanton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to release planted oak trees at numerous oak demonstration sites on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests from competing vegetation using herbicides.
Location: UNIT - National Forests In North Carolina All Units. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey. Numerous locations on the Nantahal aand Pisgah National Forest.
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National Forests In North Carolina, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Haywood EMC Herbicide Proposal for Right-of-Way Maintenance
EA
- Special use management   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/26/2008 
Expected:04/2008
 
05/2008 Raymond Johns
828-257-4859
rayjohns@fs.fed.us 
Description: Haywood EMC has submitted a proposal to amend their Special Use Permit to allow for the use of herbicides to maintain powerline right-of-ways located on National Forest System lands on the Highlands and Pisgah Ranger Districts, North Carolina.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Transylvania. Highlands Ranger District - Pisgah Ranger District.
Lost Bear Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/17/2005 
Expected:09/2008
 
03/2009 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is up to 7,000 acre prescibed burns for 2009 through 2011 on the Appalchian and Grandfather Ranger Districts.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District, Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell, Yancey. South Toe and Curtis Creek areas and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Non-Native Invasive Control Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/02/2007 
Expected:03/2008
 
09/2008 Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plant infestations across the Pisgah National Forest and within four sites on the Nantahala National Forest using an integrated combination of treatment methods over a five year period.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District, Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah Ranger District, Appalachian Ranger District, Tusquittee Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey. Pisgah National Forest and 4 sites on the Nantahala National Forest.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Appalachian Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Andrews Easement
CE
- Road management
- Special use management  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2007 
Expected:04/2008
 
04/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue a special use permit for a road easement.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Grandfather RD.
Appalachian RD Recreation Realignment
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:03/2008
 
05/2008 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is the close out/removal of recreation improvements at 3 sites - Spivey Gap, Elk Falls, and Corner Rock.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Buncombe, Yancey. Appalachian RD.
Appalachian RD Recreation Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:06/2008
 
07/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: District-wide recreation-related special uses (i.e., recreation events and outfitter/guides that use existing roads, trails, waterways, and facilities).
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Yancey. Appalachian RD.
Appalachian RD Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:06/2008
 
07/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue district-wide special uses.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Yancey. Appalachian Ranger District.
Appalachian Trail Reroutes (Grassy Ridge & Little Hump area)
CE
- Recreation management   Completed  Actual: 01/04/2008  03/2008 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to reroute sections of Appalachian Trail to improve hiking opportunities.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell. Appalachian Ranger District.
Black Mountain Campground Bathroom/Double Unit Site Improvement
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2008 
Expected:04/2008
 
05/2008 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project consists of replacing the existing Old Toilet at the Black Mountain CG Upper Loop and the construction of a double unit camping site next to the existing 8-Unit Bath-house.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. LEGAL - Black Mountain Campground. Appalachian Ranger District.
Black Mountain Campground Improvements
CE
- Facility management
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:03/2008  04/2008 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace an existing bathroom, upgrade sewer/water lines, and upgrade a double unit camping site.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. Appalachian Ranger District - Black Mountain Campground.
Cherry Creek Horse Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management   Cancelled  N/A  N/A David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project has been incorporated into the Harmon Den project
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. Appalachian RD.
Colbert's Creek Small Tracts Act Claims (3)
CE
- Land ownership management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: There are three existing encroachments by a church and two private landowners onto Forest Service property near Colbert's Creek. The FS proposes to sell the property to the church and two landowners under the authority of the Small Tracts Act.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. Colbert's Creek area of South Toe; Compartment 29.
Elk River Road, SR 1305, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2005 
Expected:05/2008
 
07/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed improving Elk River Road, SR 1305, in Avery County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage, and paving along a 50-foot R/W. Approx. 1100 feet of this road is located on FS property.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. Elk River Road NCDOT Project.
Harmon Den Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/26/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2008 
Expected:08/2008
 
05/2010 Ted Oprean
828-877-3265
toprean@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to improve wildlife habitat and produce commercial wood products; improve aquatic habitat; decommission trails/roads; prescribe fire; relocate Cherry Creek Trail; designate old growth; and control/manage invasive plants
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. Appaalcian RD.
Hefner Easement
CE
- Road management
- Special use management  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:04/2008
 
04/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to grant a 20 foot special use permit road easement.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. Grandfather RD.
Ron Edwards et. al. Road Easements
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/02/2002 
Expected:05/2008
 
06/2008 Linda Randolph
828-622-3202
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to consider the request from three landowners for public easements across Forest Service property in the Pigeon Roost area to access their property.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell. Pigeon Roost Area.
Shope Creek
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management  
Completed  Actual: 01/24/2008  06/2009 Michael Hutchins
828-682-6146
mnhutchins@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is timber harvest, non-native invasive control/management, instream stabilization, and access/travel management.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe. Appalachian Ranger District.
Wesley Creek Road, SR 1336, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2008 
Expected:12/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and proposed improvements to about 5750 feet of Wesley Creek Road in Haywood County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. Wesley Creek Road, SR 1336, between Meadow Fork Gap and Bear Wallow Gap.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Cheoah Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bailey Fields Easement
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 10/05/2007  07/2008 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Applicant request for an easement across National Forest lands to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Cheoah Ranger District, Graham County North Carolina.
Blue Boar Lodge Parking Area
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 02/05/2008  07/2008 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Applicant request for a permit to use an existing parking area located on National Forest lands adjacent to the Blue Boar Inn.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Blue Boar Lodge in Graham County North Carolina.
Bridge #70 Replacement, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/15/2001 
Expected:11/2008
 
03/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridge #70 over the Cheoah River in Graham County.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. On SR 1134 over the Cheoah River.
Buffalo Project
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/26/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2008 
Expected:09/2008
 
01/2009 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide timber products, improve forest health, improve wildlife habitat. Activities include timber harvesting, herbicide use, road construction/reconstruction, invasive plant control, wildlife habitat and timber stand improvement activities.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Graham County, North Carolina. 9,500 acres in fourteen Administrative Compartments on the Cheoah Ranger District.
Cheoah River Brush Removal
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2008 
Expected:12/2008  02/2009 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to remove aberant flora (brush) from the Cheoah River.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Cheoah Ranger District. Cheoah River in Graham County, North Carolina.
Grace Tabernacle Church Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/02/2007 
Expected:04/2008
 
05/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service and the Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church have proposed a land exchange between them.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Federal Tract N-1151 (portion of tract N-1047p), Non-Federal Tract N-1150. Federal Tract (~5 acres) on either side of Hwy 129 in the Highlands Gap area of Graham County. Non-Federal Tract (~9 acres) is located near Barker Branch in the Snowbird area of Graham County.
Graham County Dumpster Sites
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 11/08/2007  07/2008 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Request from Graham County for a special use permit to add dumpsites.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. Graham County.
NC 143, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 04/2008 
Expected:12/2009  05/2010 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed making improvements to NC 143 from the Cherohala Skyway to SR1127 at Robbinsville in Graham County. Portions of this project are located on National Forest system lands.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. NC 143 from the Cherohala Skyway to SR1127 at Robbinsville.
Seedling Release in Regenerated Areas
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/05/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2008 
Expected:09/2008
 
05/2009 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to release desirable seedlings from competing vegetation using herbicides.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham, Swain. LEGAL - Graham and Swain Counties, North Carolina. Various locations on the Cheoah Ranger District recently regenerated with tree seedlings.
US Highway 74 (A-9) Project Sections BA and CA, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management   In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/25/2007
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2008 
Expected:12/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation US Highway 74 from Stecoah to Robbinsville and widening to four lanes.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. US Highway 74 from Stecoah to Robbinsville.
Upper Santeetlah Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2008 
Expected:09/2008  04/2010 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Accomplish activities to provide timber products, and improve forest health, tree growth, wildlife habitat, and watershed conditions. Activities to include timber harvest, invasive plant control, wildlife and timber stand improvement.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Graham County, North Carolina. Upper Santeetlah Watershed west of Robbinsville.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Croatan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Circle Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2008 
Expected:09/2008  12/2008 William Dienst
252-638-5628 (ext. 4010)
wedienst@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning and longleaf restoration for red cockaded woodpecker habitat on 625 acres.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. District-wide.
Cedar Point Campground Loop
EA
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2008 
Expected:12/2008  04/2009 William Dienst
252-638-5628 (ext. 4010)
wedienst@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct a camping loop which contains an additional 40-50 camping sites.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret. Cedar Point campground.
Drum Chopping Plantations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2008 
Expected:07/2008  08/2008 William Dienst
252-638-5628 (ext. 4010)
wedienst@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drum chop young bedded loblolly plantations on 200 acres for the prevention of southern pine beetle.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. District-wide.
Havelock Bypass, US 70, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management   In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/29/1992
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2008 
Expected:12/2009
 
05/2010 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed construction of a US 70 bypass around Havelock, NC
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. Havelock Bypass, US 70, near the city of Havelock, NC.
Pinecliff Trail System Construction
CE
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2008 
Expected:08/2008  10/2008 William Dienst
252-638-5628 (ext. 4010)
wedienst@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposal to construct multiple use trails in the area surrounding the Pinecliff Recreation Area.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. The area surounding Pinecliff Recreation Area approximately eight miles northwest of Havelock, North Carolina.
US 17, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 01/2008 
Expected:04/2009  07/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed widening US 17 to four lanes from SR 1330/SR1439 south of Belgrade to Jones-Craven County lines. A portion of this project is located on National Forest system lands.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jones. US 17 in Jones County from just north of Maysville to just north of Forest Service Road 204.
Wilderness Controlled Burning
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2008 
Expected:01/2009  06/2009 William Dienst
252-638-5628 (ext. 4010)
wedienst@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to restore the presettlement fire regime to the Croatan NF Wilderness Areas in order to promote ecosystem sustainability and biodiversity.
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. Catfish Lake South Wilderness, Sheep Ridge Wilderness, Pond Pine Wilderness and Pocosin Wilderness.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Grandfather Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brown Mountain Lights WebCam
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establish a WebCam system to wirelessly transmit night time images of the Linville Gorge and Brown Mountain to supply data on Brown Mountain Lights to Appalachian State University.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. LEGAL - Wiseman's View. Grandfather Ranger District.
Brown Mountain Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/24/2007 
Expected:09/2008
 
02/2009 Bart Kicklighter
252-638-5628
bkicklighter@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is prescribed burning for habitat improvement and fuels reduction near Brown Mountain - four burns.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke. Grandfather RD.
Frankum Creek Stream Rehabilitation (Snyder Trespass)
CE
- Watershed management   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/29/2007 
Expected:05/2008
 
06/2008 Brady Dodd
828-257-4214
bdodd@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to rehabilitate the stream ecosystem of a tributary to Frankum Creek where a trespass caused channel instability.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. Frankum Creek.
Globe Road, SR 1516, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2005 
Expected:04/2008
 
07/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed improving Globe Road, SR 1516, in Avery County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage, and paving along a 50-foot right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. Globe Road, SR 1516.
Grandfather RD Falls Branch ADA Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management   Completed  Actual: 01/11/2008  04/2008 Leigh Marston
828-652-2144
lmarston@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to provide accessibility for those with limited mobility to facilitate a view of the falls by re-grading an existing trail and installing several small walking bridges.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Grandfather Ranger District.
Grandfather RD Recreation Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:06/2008
 
07/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue district-wide recreation related special uses.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Watauga. Grandfather Ranger District.
Grandfather RD Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:06/2008
 
07/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue district-wide special uses including renewals.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell. Grandfather RD.
Hawksbill Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2007 
Expected:06/2008
 
07/2008 Leigh Marston
910-576-6391
lmarston@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is a minor reroute of existing trail in Linville Gorge Wilderness.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke. Grandfather Ranger District.
Little Rocky Knob ORV Trespass Rehabilitation
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/02/2007 
Expected:05/2008
 
06/2008 Brady Dodd
828-257-4214
bdodd@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to eliminate trespass by ORVs and rehabilitate damage.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. Grandfather RD - Compartment 30.
Mill Creek Road, SR 1407, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/21/2004
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2008 
Expected:06/2008
 
08/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed a 50-foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to Mill Creek Road, SR 1407, in McDowell County. Proposed improvements include minor realignments and widening, grading, drainage, and paving.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Mill Creek Road, SR 1407.
Old NC 105, SR1238, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/01/2005 
Expected:10/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements including grading, drainage, minor realignment and widening, and paving selected sections of the road along approximately 13 miles across FS property.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke, McDowell. Old NC 105, SR 1238, in Burke and McDowell Counties adjacent to Linville Gorge Wilderness.
Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:10/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50 foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to about 0.5 mile of Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, in Avery County across FS lands. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improving drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. Pilot Ridge Road, SR 1515, beginning at the intersection with US 221 near the Gragg community.
Roseboro Road, SR 1511, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2008 
Expected:12/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed a 50 foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to about 2.8 miles of Roseboro Road, SR 1511, across FS lands. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improved drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. Roseboro Road, SR 1511, beginning at the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Roseboro community.
Roses Creek Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2008 
Expected:09/2008  06/2010 Ted Oprean
828-877-3265
toprean@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes vegetation management, wildlife habitat development, watershed improvement, prescribed burning, and invasive plant treatment.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke. Grandfather Ranger District.
Southern Pine Beetle Slash Down & Release
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)   In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2007 
Expected:03/2008
 
09/2008 Gregory Van Orsow
828-652-2144
gvanorsow@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to release established regeneration.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke, Caldwell. LEGAL - Kistler Memorial Highway (FSR 105). Grandfather Ranger District.
Stevens Road, SR 1409, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/15/2005 
Expected:05/2008
 
06/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements including grading, widening, drainage, and paving along 0.2 miles of Stevens Road (SR 1409) across FS property.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. Stevens Road, SR 1409, in McDowell County northeast of the town of Black Mountain.
Tolbert Road, SR 1359, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2005 
Expected:05/2008
 
07/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed improving Tolbert Road, SR 1359, in Caldwell County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage, and paving along a 50-foot right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. Tolbert Road, SR 1369.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Nantahala Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bridge #3 Replacement, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/01/2003 
Expected:05/2008
 
08/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridge #3 over the Nantahala River on Hwy 19. Construct a temporary bridge either upstream or downstream of the existing bridge while the new bridge is being constructed.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Swain. Over the Nantahala River on Highway 19 at Ferebee Park.
Bull Pen and Journ McCall Roads, SR 1100 and SR 1101, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2008 
Expected:07/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed widening, paving and improving drainage on 2.2 miles of FS road. Improvements are proposed on 1.4 miles of Bull Pen road and 0.8 miles of Journ McCall road across FS property.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. South of Brushy Mtn, Compartments 35 and 36.
Connelly Creek Ford
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2008 
Expected:04/2008
 
07/2008 Jason Farmer
828-479-6431
jfarmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install an arched pipe to replace the low-water ford on Connelly Creek.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Nantahala Ranger District. Connelly Creek.
Duke Power Warning Siren at Wolf Creek Dam
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 12/06/2007  02/2008 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install a high water warning siren at Wolf Creek Dam.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Swain. Nantahala Ranger District.
Dylan Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2008 
Expected:07/2008  12/2009 Joan Brown
828-524-6441
jbrown01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Accomplish activities to provide timber products, and improve forest health, tree growth, wildlife habitat, and watershed conditions. Activities to include timber harvest, invasive plant control, wildlife and timber stand improvement.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Macon County, North Carolina. Compartments 88,125-126,150-152 in southwest Macon County.
Earthquake Warning Device at Wine Spring Bald
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2008 
Expected:07/2008
 
12/2008 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install an earthquake warning device at Wine Spring Bald for the University of Memphis.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Nantahala Ranger District. Wine Spring Bald.
Garnet Hill Lane, SR 1109, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:09/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 45 foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Garnet Hill Lane, SR 1109, in Jackson County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improving drainage and paving across about 1000 feet of FS lands.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Garnet Hill Lane, SR 1109, between the towns of Highlands and Cashiers.
Goodensville Mine Road, SR 1522, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/09/2001 
Expected:04/2008
 
06/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot R/W on FS property from Ellijay Road, SR 1001, to Moss Gap for the purpose of widening, paving, and improving drainage of Goodensville Mine Road
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Near Cullowhee Gap, Compartment 56.
Hewitts Road, SR 1101, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:12/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 45 foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to Hewitts Road, SR 1101, in Swain County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improving drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Swain. Hewitts Road, SR 1101, near the Ferebee Picnic Area.
Nantahala Prescribed Burns
CE
- Fuels management   Completed  Actual: 01/16/2008  03/2008 Greg Brooks
828-524-6441, x 418
gbrooks01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to prescribe burn three units on the Nantahla Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon, Swain. Wesser Gap, Sheppard Bald and Fontana Lake.
Nantahala Ranger District Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Fuels management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2008 
Expected:09/2008  11/2008 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to prescribe 30 areas on the Nantahala Ranger District over a five year period.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon, Swain. LEGAL - Nantahala Ranger District. 30 locations on the Nantahala Ranger District.
Panther Ridge Homeowners Easement
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:04/2008
 
07/2008 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Applicant request for an easement across National Forest lands to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Nantahala Ranger District.
Panthertown Trails Project
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/19/2008 
Expected:08/2008
 
09/2008 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Recommend changes to several official and unofficial trails in the Panthertown vicinity. Proposed activities include: bridge replacement, expansion/development of parking areas, soil and water improvements, and signage.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Panthertown Area.
Replacement of Bridges #99 and #100, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2006 
Expected:06/2008
 
08/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridges #99 and #100 which span over the Nantahala River on SR 1100 in Swain County
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Swain. Known as the Winding Staire bridges; Over the Nantahala River on SR 1100.
Sale of Highlands Residence Property (Tract N-1164)
CE
- Land ownership management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/05/2007 
Expected:05/2008
 
07/2008 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to sell a tract of land approximately 8.61 acres in size, together with a single family residence built in 1966, and including mineral estate. Located approximately 2 miles south of the town of Highlands on Hwy 28.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Macon CO. Tract # N-1164. Hwy 28 two miles south of the town of Highlands, North Carolina.
Verizon Underground Telephone Lines
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2008 
Expected:07/2008
 
12/2008 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to permit the installation of underground telephone lines on Whiterock Creek in Jackson County.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Nantahala Rnger District. Whiterock Creek in Jackson County, North Carolina.
Vrana/Whiterock Easement-Duke Power * Verizon Phone
CE
- Land ownership management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/03/2006 
Expected:04/2008
 
07/2008 Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Applicant is requesting approximately 2,000 feet of right-of-way across National Forest System Lands to access private property. The proposed route follows an existing road. Duke Energy and Verizon have applied to supply services using the same.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. White Rock Creek.
Wet Face Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2008 
Expected:09/2008  12/2009 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber and wildlife habitat management. Activities to include timber harvest, prescribed burning, nonstructural wildlife habitat improvement and noncommercial timber stand improvement.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Jackson County North Carolina.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Pisgah Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Barnett Branch Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:04/2008
 
06/2008 Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to improve a section of trail that is currently underwater.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah RD.
Bent Creek Experimental Forest Conference Center
EA
- Facility management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:06/2008  09/2008 Michael Hutchins
828-682-6146
mnhutchins@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct a new conference center for Bent Creek Experimental Forest - remove existing building once new one is built. Access and service routes to also be developed.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe. Pisgah National Forest - Bent Creek Experimental Forest.
Bentley/Wells - Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2006 
Expected:03/2008
 
05/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to resolve a trespass case originating in 1992 as a result of the Forest Service landline boundary refurbishment.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. The property is located in the Cruso community of Haywood county along Crawford Creek Rd.
Big Creek Lodge Easement
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Raymond Johns
828-257-4859
rayjohns@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to provide Right-Of-Way access to private in-holding.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah Ranger District.
Bill Moore Bridge (#56) replacement, NCDOT Project
CE
- Road management
- Special use management  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2004 
Expected:08/2008
 
10/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed to replace a deteriorating bridge on SR 3439 over Bill Moore Creek.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe. Bill Moore Bridge (#56) on Secondary Road 3439 over Bill Moore Creek.
Buck Horn Gap Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:05/2008
 
07/2008 Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to reroute a portion of Buck Horn Gap Trail.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah RD.
Club Gap Trail Relocation
CE
- Facility management
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:04/2008  05/2008 Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to relocate a section of the Club Gap Trail away from the dorm facility at the Cradle of Forestry in America headquarters.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah Ranger District - Cradle of Forestry in America Headquarters.
Hendersonville Reservoir Dredging
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 02/28/2008  04/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to dredge excessive sediment from the city of Hendersonville's reservoir.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Henderson. Pisgah Ranger District - Hendersonville Reservoir.
Improvements to Pisgah Wildlife Center & Fish Hatchery
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 03/03/2008  08/2008 Randall Burgess
828-877-3265
rburgess01@fs.fed.us 
Description: NC Wildlife Resources Commission proposal for constructing a new education center, trout pond, paved ADA accessible trail, and associated water/sewer lines at their Pisgah Wildlife Center.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah National Forest - State Pisgah Center for Wildlife & Fish Hatchery.
Lake Powhatan Bathroom Replacements/Upgrades
CE
- Facility management
- Recreation management  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2008 
Expected:05/2008
 
06/2008 Randall Burgess
828-877-3265
rburgess01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace/upgrade bathrooms at three locations at the Lake Powhatan campground.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe. Pisgah Ranger District - Lake Powhatan Campground.
Little East Fork Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2006 
Expected:05/2008
 
07/2008 Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to reroute about 75 yards of existing trail to bypass washout caused by September 2004 tropical storms.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. Pisgah RD.
Macedonia Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/30/2007 
Expected:03/2008
 
06/2009 Ted Oprean
828-877-3265
toprean@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is timber/vegetation management, wildlife habitat development and enhancement, control/manage non-native invasive plants, and small patch old growth designation.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah RD - Compartments 111 and 117.
NC 215, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management   In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/14/2005
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2008 
Expected:12/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed making improvements to NC 215 in Transylvania County from US 64 to SR 1326 south of Balsam.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. NC 215 from US 64 to SR 1326 south of Balsam.
North Fork Mills River Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/29/2007 
Expected:07/2008
 
09/2008 Brady Dodd
828-257-4214
bdodd@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to rehabilitate the stream ecosystem of North Fork Mills River within a 3,100 feet reach of channel, partly within the North Mills River Recreation Area.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Henderson. Pisgah Ranger District - North Fork Mills River.
Patterson - Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management   Completed  Actual: 10/15/2007  03/2008 Dan Belanger
828-257-4242
dbelanger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to resolve a trespass case involving the conveyance of a tract of 1/2 an acre at an appraised rate to resolve the encroachment issue.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. LEGAL - Transylvania county, Lamance Creek area. The property is located in the Balsam Grove community.
Pisgah RD Prescribed Burns
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/25/2007 
Expected:09/2008
 
02/2009 Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to conduct prescribed burning for habitat improvement and fuels reduction within Transylvania County - four burns over two seasons beginning in 2008.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah RD.
Pisgah RD Rec Site Repair and Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2006 
Expected:08/2008
 
09/2008 Randall Burgess
828-877-3265
rburgess01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair and maintenance to recreation sites across the District from damage caused by the September 2004 tropical storms - CEs/DMs signed and project implementation throughout FY 2006.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe, Haywood, Transylvania. Pisgah RD.
Pisgah RD Recreation Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:06/2008
 
07/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: District-wide recreation-related special uses. I.E., Recreation events and outfitter/guides that use existing roads, trails, and facilities.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe, Haywood, Transylvania. Pisgah Ranger District.
Pisgah RD Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:06/2008
 
07/2008 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: District-wide special uses including renewals.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania. Pisgah RD.
Pisgah RD Trails and Roads Repair and Maintenance
CE
- Road management
- Recreation management  
Completed  Actual: 10/01/2006
10/01/2006 
06/2006 Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair and maintenance to trails and roads across the District from damage caused by the September 2004 tropical storms - CEs/DMs signed and project implementation throughout FY 2006.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe, Haywood, Transylvania. Pisgah RD.
Pressley Fields Road, SR 1325, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:04/2008
 
05/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed repairing a slide on Pressley Fields Road, SR 1325, in Transylvania County.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pressley Fields Road, SR 1325, off NC 215 near Tucker Creek.
Ray Von Galloway - Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management   Completed  Actual: 10/15/2007  03/2008 Dan Belanger
828-257-4242
dbelanger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to complete a trespass case by conveying a 1 to 2 acre tract at an appraised rate to resolve the encroachment.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Brevard, North Carolina in the Parker Creek area.
Sam Knob Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:05/2008
 
06/2008 Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to relocate a section of trail that is washed out and eroding into Flat Laurel Creek.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. Pisgah RD.
Spencer Branch Reroute
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:05/2008
 
06/2008 Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to reroute the trail to higher ground.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Henderson. Pisgah RD.
Upper Whitewater Road, SR 1152, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2008 
Expected:10/2008
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and proposed improvements to about 7750 feet of Upper Whitewater Road, SR 1152, in Transylvania County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage and paving.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Upper Whitewater Road, SR 1152, near the Sapphire community and Lake Toxaway.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Tusquittee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2008 Watershed Project
CE
- Watershed management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2008 
Expected:08/2008
 
09/2008 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to repair existing erosion problems in Copper Creek watershed by closing and stablizing old road and trail beds.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Cherokee County, North Carolina. Copper Creek Watershed.
Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2005 
Expected:02/2009
 
04/2009 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313. Proposed improvements include very minor changes in centerline and widening.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313.
Blue Ridge EMC Undergroung Line at Davis Creek
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2008 
Expected:07/2008  10/2008 Greg Brooks
828-837-5151
jmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install 10,920 feet of underground electric utility line along Davis Creek Road Right-of-way and remove existing overhead utility line.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Tusquitee Ranger District in Cherokee County. Tusquitee Ranger District in Cherokee County.
Bridge #47 Replacement, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2004 
Expected:04/2008
 
06/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridge #47 which spans Shuler Creek at the junction of SR 1325 and SR 1327 in Cherokee County.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Over Shuler Creek at Junction of SR 1325 and SR 1327, Near the Violet Community.
Brown School Gap Road Addition, SR 1324, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2004 
Expected:04/2008
 
07/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to about 1700 feet of the Brown School Gap Road Addition, SR 1324, in Cherokee County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage, and paving.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Brown School Gap Road, SR 1324.
Brushy Flats Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed actions include timber harvest, invasive plant control, wildlife habitat and timber stand improvement, and watershed improvement.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Administrative Compartments 1,2, and 3. Western Cherokee County, North Carolina.
Clay County Shooting Range
EA
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/11/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2008 
Expected:09/2008
 
12/2008 Bill Champion
828-837-5152
bchampion@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct a 200 yard rifle shooting range with parking area for approximately 10 vehicles.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Clay County, North Carolina. Clay County, North Carolina.
Joe Brown Highway, SR 1452, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2004
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2008 
Expected:07/2008
 
08/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Joe Brown Highway, SR 1452. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage, and paving.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Joe Brown Highway, SR 1452 (a.k.a. SR 1326D).
NC 294, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2007 
Expected:02/2008
 
04/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed to replace Bridge #50 on NC 294 over Persimmon Creek which flows into Lake Cherokee and make improvements to NC 294 in Cherokee County. Proposed improvements to the road include widening and realignment.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. NC 294 and Bridge Replacement over Lake Cherokee; about 6.5 miles west of Murphy, NC.
Thunderstruck Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/19/2007 
Expected:05/2008
 
10/2008 Rick Semingson
828-837-5152
rsemingson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Accomplish activities to provide timber products and improve forest health, tree growth, wildlife habitat, and watershed conditions. Activities to include timber harvest, invasive plant control, wildlife and timber stand improvement.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Administrative Compartments 105 and 122. In the Tusquitee Mountains between Hayesville and Franklin, North Carolina.
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National Forests In North Carolina,   Uwharrie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Buck Mountain Cellular Telephone Tower
EA
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action will involve the construction of a cellular telephone tower on Buck Mountain.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartment 26, Montgomery County, NC. Buck Mountain communication site.
Fraley Equestrian Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action will relocate a portion of the Fraley equestrian trail from its current location to an adjacent site. Approximately 1 mile of the exsting trail would be relocated.The purpose of relocation is to provide for public safety.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartments 22 & 23, Montgomery County, NC. Badin Lake Recreation Area of the Uwharrie National Forest.
McLeans Creek Connector Horse Trail
CE
- Recreation management   Completed  Actual: 02/29/2008  02/2008 Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to develop a horse trail near McLeans Creek involving new trail construction of approximately 500-750 feet from Forest System Road 6622.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartment 16, Montgomery County, North Carolina. Trail location is approximately 1.1 miles south of Eldorado and less than 0.1 miles south of Montgomery County secondary road (SR) 1154.
NC 24/27 Widening Project, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 05/2008 
Expected:11/2009  04/2010 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Widening from two lanes to four lanes of NC 24/27 from NC 73 to the Troy Bypass. Approximately 2.7 miles of this 11 mile project are located on Forest Service lands.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. NC 24/27 from the Troy Bypass to NC 73.
Ophir Dirt Road (a.k.a. Tower Road), SR 1134, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2008 
Expected:05/2008
 
06/2008 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed improvements to Ophir Dirt Road (a.k.a. Tower Road), SR 1134, in Montgomery County. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, drainage,and paving.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. Secondary Road 1134 in Montgomery County, near the Ophir Community.
Plantation First Thinning Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products  
Completed  Actual: 03/01/2008  04/2008 Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is an initial thinning of approximately 1700 acres of overstocked stands that are at high risk of attack by Southern Pine Beetle.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Davidson, Montgomery, Randolph. LEGAL - Compartments 2, 7-12, 14-18, 21-25, 29-33, 35 and 38,in Davidson, Montgomery and Randolph County, NC. Uwharrie National Forest.
Prescribe Burning for Hazardous Fuel Reduction and Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management  
Completed  Actual: 02/28/2008  02/2008 Kelly Cagle
910-576-6391
kcagle@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to prescribe burn approximately 2000 acres in Montgomery and Randolph Counties to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat by providing more palatable vegetation for wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartments 2, 4, 5, 28, 30, 32 and 38. Uwharrie National Forest.
Prospect Baptist Church Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 02/05/2008  04/2008 Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of a special use permit for maintaining a sign and yard on Forest Service Lands.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartment 36, Montgomery County, NC. Uwharrie National Forest.
Reconstruction/Paving of Forest Service Road 597
EA
- Road management   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/30/2002 
Expected:06/2008
 
08/2008 Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action involves the reconstruction and paving of approximately 3.4 miles of Forest Service Road 597.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartments 12, 13, 14 and 15, Montgomery County, NC. Badin Lake Recreation Area.
Reconstruction/Paving of Forest Service Roads 544 and 576.
EA
- Road management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action involves the reconstruction and paving of approximately 1.3 miles of Forest Service Roads 544 and 576.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartments 15, 16 and 21, Montgomery County, NC. Badin Lake Recreation Area.
Thousand Bale Bottom Fishing Access
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2008 
Expected:09/2008  10/2008 Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action will involve the construction of a foot trail and bank stabilization on the Uwharrie river to provide access for fishing.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Compartment 21, Montgomery County, NC. Thousand Bale Bottom.
Uwharrie Land Management Plan Revision
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning   On Hold  N/A  N/A Ruth Berner
828-257-4862
rberner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to revise the existing land management plan for the Uwharrie National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/uwharrie_plan/
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Davidson, Montgomery, Randolph. National Forest System lands in Montgomery, Randolph, and Davidson Counties, North Carolina.
Wildlife Openings Herbicide EA
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2008 
Expected:10/2008  05/2009 Mark Carter
910-576-6391
mcarter01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action involves the use of herbicides within and adjacent to all wildlife openings to control non-native and other undesirable species to prevent the loss of native grasses and increase availability of forage for wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Uwharie National Forest, Davidson, Montgomery, and Randolph Counties, NC. Uwharrie National Forest.
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