Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2018 to 03/31/2018
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) :
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)

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
Nantahala and Pisgah NFs Plan Revision
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/12/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2018 
Expected:03/2019
 
03/2019 Heather Luczak
828-257-4817
NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah NFs Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District, Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah Ranger District, Appalachian Ranger District, Nantahala Ranger District, Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 18-county area in Western North Carolina.
Tusquitee and Cheoah Districts Vine Control EA
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 11/27/2017 
Expected:02/2018
 
03/2018 Sarah Bridges
828-837-5152
sarahbridges@fs.fed.us 
Description: Initiate a programmatic EA authorizing vine control treatments in areas exposed to full sunlight by natural and human-induced disturbances, including timber management, where high vine density is negatively impacting reforestation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52608
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District, Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee, Clay, Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Selected areas on the Tusquitee and Cheoah Ranger Districts, Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties, North Carolina.
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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
Appalachian RD Special Uses CE/DM
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/08/2007 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Linda Randolph
828-682-6146
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue district-wide special use permits, typically for research and filming.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Madison. Appalachian Ranger District.
Corner Rock Creek Stream Enhancement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2018 
Expected:05/2018  07/2018 Brady Dodd
828-257-4214
bdodd@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal action includes to stabilizing stream banks, placement of large wood and boulders, and improving Forest Service Road 74 to reduce damage and erosion.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52274
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located from just upstream of the FSR231 and FSR74 junction downstream to the FSR74 bridge crossing.
South Toe Trail Head Expansion
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 10/27/2017  10/2017 David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to expand the parking area at the South Toe trailhead.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49334
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Mitchell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. South Toe Trail Head.
Twelve Mile Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/14/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 05/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
03/2019 Jason Herron
541-560-3441
jherron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape level project to implement Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan with an additional focus on restoration needs and elk habitat improvement.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48776
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Haywood. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project area is all forest service lands of the Appalachian Ranger District South-west of Interstate 40. Project area is approximately 10,695 acres (8,935 Forest Service Lands).
White Pine Cabin Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A David McFee
828-682-6146
dmcfee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to remove, deconstruct, or burn White Pine cabin and garage.
Location: UNIT - Appalachian Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Yancey. Appalachian RD, FSR 472.
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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
Cheoah Ranger District Prescribed Burn Program
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/19/2017 
Expected:01/2018
 
02/2018 Chad Cook
828-837-5152
chadcook@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize prescribed burning on 21 separate units totaling approximately 6,413 acres in Graham and Swain counties in North Carolina for two burning cycles or up to 10 years; treatments would be subject to a new environmental review in 2023.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52533
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Swain, Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Twenty one separate units totaling approximately 6,413 acres in Graham and Swain counties in North Carolina.
Cheoah Work Center Pond Rehabilitation Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Completed  Actual: 11/28/2017  02/2018 Jason Farmer
828-479-6431
jfarmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to rehabilitate a small pond at the Cheoah Work Center by removing silt and excess aquatic vegetation to improve fish habitat.
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cheoah Work Center, Graham County, NC.
NC 143, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=20272
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable. NC 143 from the Cherohala Skyway to SR1127 at Robbinsville.
Thrash Meetinghouse Road Easement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/18/2017 
Expected:01/2018
 
02/2018 Robert Vance
828-837-5152 x117
revance@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grant access across National Forest System lands on the Cheoah Ranger District in Graham County, North Carolina, on two existing Forest Service Roads and by allowing construction of two short road segments for vehicular access to private lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52069
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System lands in Graham County, North Carolina.
US Highway 74 (A-9) Project Sections BA and CA, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/29/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2018 
Expected:03/2020
 
03/2021 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to relocate US Highway 74 from Stecoah to Robbinsville and widen the road to four lanes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=7529
Location: UNIT - Cheoah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Graham. LEGAL - Not Applicable. US Highway 74 from Stecoah to 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
Carolina T&T (CenturyLink)Existing Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/10/2014 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Carolina T&T (CenturyLink) permit is for the operation and maintenance of overhead and buried phone lines crossing various sections of the Croatan National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44543
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Croatan National Forest in Craven, Carteret and Jones Counties. Various locations throughout.
Church Sign for Calvary Church
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to approve a special use permit to allow the Calvary Church to place a sign in a road right-of-way the Forest Service owns near the intersection of Highway 101 and Temples Point Road in Craven County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=42426
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Intersection of Highway 101 and Temples Point Road in Craven County, North Carolina.
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Runway Safety Improvement Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/16/2017  12/2017 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to ammend the special use permit with the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport to allow removal of vegetation obstructions in the glide path approack of the runway.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40283
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project occurs on the Croatan National Forest in Craven County, NC in the Perrytown Community. More sepcifically it occurs between Brice's Creek and FS Road 121A.
Havelock Bypass, US 70, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/22/2016 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed construction of a US 70 bypass around Havelock, NC.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=21694
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Craven. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Havelock Bypass, US 70, near the city of Havelock, NC.
Holston Hunter Farm Bill Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/03/2017 
Expected:01/2018
 
02/2018 Steven Maharrey
606-864-4163
smaharrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action includes restoration of up to 3,000 acres of longleaf pine to decrease susceptibility and increase resilience to insects and disease.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52778
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jones. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Croatan National Forest.
Newport Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/28/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2018 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 Steven Maharrey
252-638-5628
smaharrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project consists of various timber, wildlife and fire related treatments to move toward the desired future condition of Longleaf pine and provide improved habitat for the Federally Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=37454
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Croatan National Forest just to the west of Newport, NC.
Revised EA for Control of the Southern Pine Beetle on Croatan National Forest
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Heather Luczak
540-839-2521
hluczak@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to control outbreaks of southern pine beetle on pine stands using Integrated Pest Management techniques.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=26350
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret, Craven, Jones. On various sites of the Croatan National Forest.
West Carteret New Water Well Installation
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow the West Carteret Water Corporation to place 2 more water wells and approximately 4000 feet of additional waterline with power on the Croatan Ranger District in the locations identified in their existing permit issued in August of 1989.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=42677
Location: UNIT - Croatan Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Carteret. LEGAL - Not Applicable. From Pringle Road proceeding along Forest Route 155, Deep Sand Road, on the Croatan Ranger District.
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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
Control of Non-Native Invasive Plant Species in the Linville Gorge Wilderness
EA
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plant species in the Linville Gorge Wilderness using a combination of manual and chemical treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=37735
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke, McDowell. Linville Gorge Wilderness.
Dennie Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Linda Randolph
828-622-3202
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to grant access to private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48796
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - McDowell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Permitting of existing unnamed road for access to private property.
Grandfather District 2017 Trail Relocations
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/06/2017 
Expected:04/2018
 
05/2018 Lisa Jennings
828-652-2144
lisanjennings@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to relocate portions of trails in the Brown Mountain OHV Area: Relocate BMTR1 off private property; Relocate BRMT to improve stream crossing; Relocate BMT 6 to sustainable locations; and Relocate MST (TR440) to a sustainable location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50992
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area lies within Burke County in 2 locations: (1) Within the Brown Mountain OHV area, approx. 5 miles West of Collettsville, NC, and (2)Southeast of Pinnacles off Old Hwy 105.
Linville Gorge South End Trails
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2017 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 Lisa Jennings
828-652-2144
lisanjennings@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of existing trails and addition of access routes to the trail system within the south end of Linville Gorge to increase sustainability.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52747
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Burke. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Linville Gorge Wilderness.
Roseboro Road, SR 1511, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=21435
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Avery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Roseboro Road, SR 1511, beginning at the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Roseboro community.
White Pine Conversion
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Nicholas Larson
928-635-8230
nicholaslarson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to convert white pine plantations to species more appropriate for the sites through commercial timber harvest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48780
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Scattered units on the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest in Caldwell County.
Wilson Ridge Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Greg Philipp
828-652-2144
gphilipp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes an addition to a previously analyzed prescribed burn unit named Wilson Ridge. The addition is proposed to utilize system roads for control lines and create a better burn unit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51261
Location: UNIT - Grandfather Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Caldwell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North and east of intersection of NFSR 45 and 4068, Wilson Ridge.
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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
Bettys Creek Campsites
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/08/2016 
Expected:02/2018
 
03/2018 Thomas Saylors
828-524-6441 ex.424
tsaylors@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to designate tent camping sites near the Bettys Creek Gap area along the Appalachian Trail in the Standing Indian basin on National Forest System lands on the Nantahala Ranger District, Macon County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50347
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bettys Creek Gap, Standing Indian Basin, Macon County, NC.
Blackrock Prescribed Burn Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A James Browning
828-524-6441, Ext 429
jbbrowning@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to implement a 485 acre prescribed burn on the west side of Panthertown Valley in Jackson County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47886
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable. West side of Panthertown Valley in Jackson County, North Carolina.
Bull Pen Bridge Replacement
CE
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Bryan Killian
828-524-6441
bkillian@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to replace the existing bridge on Bull Pen Road with a new standard weight bridge.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon. LEGAL - Bull Pen Road # 1178. Nantahala Ranger District.
Bull Pen and Journ McCall Roads, SR 1100 and SR 1101, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Chattooga River Campsites
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/09/2017 
Expected:02/2018
 
03/2018 Thomas Saylors
828-524-6441 ex.424
tsaylors@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implement objectives of the multi-forest Chattooga River Boating Access Project EA to designate and upgrade user-created camp sites in the Chattooga River corridor on the Nantahala Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52607
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Upper Chattooga River corridor, National Forest System lands in Macon and Jackson Counties, NC.
Duke Energy Winding Stair Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/07/2017 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 Joseph Wood
828-524-6441
josephbwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to grant a special use authorization to Duke Energy to make improvements to the power generation and distribution system that crosses National Forest System lands in Macon County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52071
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Duke Energy power generation and distribution system in the Winding Stairs area of Macon County, NC.
Haywood Electric Underground Power Line Replacement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/09/2017  11/2017 Joseph Wood
828-524-6441
josephbwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special use authorization allowing replacement of an existing underground power line that crosses National Forest System Lands in Macon County, North Carolina with a new single phase underground power line in the same location.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System land in Macon County, NC.
Hurricane Creek Campground Site Improvement
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Alice Cohen
828-257-4258
acohen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to designate 5 to 10 campsites for the primitive campground and horse campground at Hurricane Creek. Replace existing vault toilet. Construct a community shelter.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Hurricane Creek Campground. Macon County.
Mossy Oak Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 06/30/2017 
Expected:01/2018
 
02/2018 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct silvicultural treatments on National Forest System lands on the Nantahala Ranger District to meet objectives of the Land and Resources Management Plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47264
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System lands in southern Jackson County and northern Macon County, North Carolina.
Nantahala Ranger District Prescribed Burning Program
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/12/2017 
Expected:01/2018
 
02/2018 Greg Brooks
828-524-6441, x 418
gbrooks01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct a comprehensive biological review of all previously approved prescribed burn units on the Nantahala Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47885
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Swain, Jackson, Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple locations in Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties on the Nantahala Ranger District.
Panther Ridge Homeowners Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to provide an easement across National Forest lands to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson. Nantahala Ranger District.
Sale of Former Highlands Ranger District Work Center
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/29/2015
This project has changed to a CE that does not require a written decision document and will be removed from the SOPA. 
Expected:01/2018
 
03/2018 Dan Belanger
828-257-4242
dbelanger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sell the lands and buildings that comprise the Work Center for the former Highlands Ranger District, Macon County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47891
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Highlands Work Center, located off State Road 1544 (Flat Mountain Road) 2.4 air-miles northwest of the Town of Highlands.
Southside Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/21/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
07/2018 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152 x 108
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to conduct forest management activities, including silvicultural prescriptions to benefit timber and wildlife resources and to implement the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Nantahala National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49747
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Jackson, Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System lands in Macon and Swain Counties, NC.
Town of Highlands Powerline Construction on Horse Cove Road
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Doris Doster
828-524-6441 415
ddoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install 3,752 feet of single phase electric distribution lines along Horse Cove Road, including placement of 15 wooden power poles, and removal of an old existing overhead line running overland across NF lands.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Nantahala Ranger District. Macon County, North Carolina.
Turkey Pen Project
EA

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- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2018 
Expected:08/2018  09/2018 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct multi-resource management treatments in on the Nantahala Ranger District in Macon County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52068
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Nantahala Mountains east of Nantahala Lake, Macon County, North Carolina.
Wasilik Poplar Removal
CE
- Special area management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Alice Cohen
828-257-4258
acohen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to use explosives to remove the upper portion of the Wasilik Poplar for public safety. The Wasilik Poplar was at one time the national champion poplar. Now dead, the tree presents a danger to visitors.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Macon County, NC.
Wetlands Restoration at Ranger Falls
CE
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Doreen Miller
828-524-6441
dmiller05@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to enhance the Ranger Falls recreation area by restoring wetland processes and functions.
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Ranger Falls recreation site, Nantahala Ranger District, Macon County, NC.
Wildlife Opening Prescribed Burns
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Greg Brooks
828-524-6441, x 418
gbrooks01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to prescribe burn 50-100 acres of dormant season wildlife openings for maintenance of grasses and forbs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=33095
Location: UNIT - Nantahala Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Macon. Western side of the Nantahala Ranger District.
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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
Bentley/Wells - Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Dan Belanger
828-257-4242
dbelanger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to resolve a trespass case 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 a reciprocal Right-Of-Way access to private in-holding and NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. Pisgah Ranger District.
Bridge #148 Replacement, B-4989, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2011 
Expected:11/2017
 
11/2017 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridge #148 on SR 1326, Macedonia Church Road, in Transylvania County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=33893
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bridge #148 on SR 1326, Macedonia Church Road, over Lamance Creek.
Hunter Espada Easement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/28/2017 
Expected:02/2018
 
03/2018 Linda Randolph
828-622-3202
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grant access to private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52613
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Buncombe. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Skyland Quadrangle, In Bent Creek , off Wesley Branch Road, across from Rice Pinnacle Road.
Laurel Mountain to Big Creek Connector Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Patrick Scott
828-877-3350
pscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to construct new trail to connect two longer trails and create a loop opportunity.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48942
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania, Henderson. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North of FSR 1206 (Yellow Gap Road).
Little East Fork Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
NC 215, NCDOT Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/14/2005
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
11/2018 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=20253
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. NC 215 from US 64 to SR 1326 south of Balsam.
Renewal of City of Brevard
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Linda Randolph
828-622-3202
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to renew a special use permit for the City of Brevard.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46678
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Intersection of Hwy 276 and Hwy 475A.
Toppenberg Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Linda Randolph
828-622-3202
lrandolph@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to provide access to private land
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48811
Location: UNIT - Pisgah Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Transylvania. LEGAL - Not Applicable. FSR 5074.
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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
Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=13385
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313.
Buck Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/30/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
07/2018 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to conduct silvicultural treatments to implement land and resource management plans for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in southeastern Clay County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50345
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Southeastern Clay County, North Carolina.
Fires Creek Road Roadslide Repair Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Steverson Moffat
828 837-5152 x108
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to repair a small road slide on the Fires Creek Road (FSR 340) in Clay County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47890
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Clay. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Fires Creek Road (FSR 340) in Clay County, North Carolina.
Hibbert Branch Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Julie Moore
828-837-5152
juliedmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to provide a 4200 foot road easement fon Hibbert Branch Road (FS # 650) for a private property owner to gain access to property.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Cherokee County. Hibbert Branch Road.
Joe Brown Road, SR 1326C, NCDOT Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010 
Expected:02/2018
 
03/2018 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 Road. Proposed improvements include very minor changes in centerline and widening, grading, drainage improvement, and paving.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=33892
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Joe Brown Road, SR 1326C.
Panther Top Prescribed Burn Additions
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add three new areas totaling approximately 1,440 acres to the prescribed burning program adjacent to existing burn units in the Panther Top area in Cherokee County, North Carolina.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52612
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Panther Top area of Cherokee County, NC.
Prospect-Hamby Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/28/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
09/2018 Steverson Moffat
828-837-5152
smoffat@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to conduct multi-resource management treatments on National Forest System lands on the Tusquitee Ranger District in western Cherokee County, NC.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52072
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System lands near the Prospect Community and Hamby Bend areas of Cherokee County, NC.
Walker Fields Wildlife
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Doreen Miller
828-524-6441
dmiller05@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to remove encroaching woody vegetation from wildlife food plots at Walker Fields.
Location: UNIT - Tusquittee Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Cherokee. Walker Fields, Tusquitee Ranger District, Cherokee County, NC.
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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
Dickey Bell OHV Trail Re-route
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/19/2016 
Expected:01/2018
 
02/2018 Theresa Savery
910-576-6391 x 102
tsavery@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to re-route 1.0 mile of off-highway vehicle trail of the Dickey Bell trail and close 0.5 mile of existing trial in a sensitive resource area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50079
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Badin Lake Recreation Area, 15 miles northwest of Troy, NC.
Hang Glider Equestrian Trail closure
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/19/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 05/2017 
Expected:09/2017
 
09/2017 Theresa Savery
910-576-6391 x 102
tsavery@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to close and rehabilitate 0.4 mile of equestrian trail due to sensitive resource concerns.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50084
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Within the Badin Lake Recreation Area, 15 miles northwest of Troy, NC.
Kodak Rock OHV Trail closure
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/19/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2018 
Expected:04/2018
 
05/2018 Theresa Savery
910-576-6391 x 102
tsavery@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to close a section of the Rocky Mountain Loop Off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail in the area known as Kodak Rock, for 0.85 miles and stabilize a portion of that trail section to prevent erosion.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50080
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Trail is within the Badin Lake Recreation Area, 15 miles northwest of Troy, NC. Section of trail is between Slab Pile OHV trail and Sawmill OHV trail.
Morgan Equestrian Trail Re-route
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/26/2017  07/2018 Theresa Savery
910-576-6391 x 102
tsavery@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to re-route 0.4 mile of equestrian trail and close 0.4 mile of trail within a sensitive resource area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50083
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Within the Badin Lake Recreation Area, 15 miles northwest of Troy, NC.
NC 24/27 Widening Project, NCDOT Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/10/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2017 
Expected:12/2017
 
03/2019 Karen Compton
828-257-4230
kcompton@fs.fed.us 
Description: NC DOT has proposed 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=15715
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. NC 24/27 from the Troy Bypass to NC 73.
Newport road easement new permit UWH121301
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/10/2015 
Expected:10/2016
 
11/2016 Donald Simon
910-576-6391
dwsimon@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue a road easement to a private land owner to access a recreation cabin using a utility right-of-way. This permit requires minor road construction and reconstruction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46450
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. access road off SR 1150 (River Rd).
REMC Pole Replacement Tower Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/20/2016 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 Michael Spisak
435-836-2811
mspisak@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install a new power pole and lines to replace existing lines, in a new location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50246
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tower Road (SR 1134).
Uwharrie District Non-native Invasive Plant Treatment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Gary Kauffman
828-257-4861
gkauffman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plants on the Uwharrie National Forest using a combination of mechanical, cultural, and chemical treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=34643
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Randolph, Davidson, Macon. Montgomery, Randolph, and Davidson Counties.
Uwharrie National Recreation Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/29/2017 
Expected:10/2017
 
10/2017 Theresa Savery
910-576-6391 x 102
tsavery@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to reroute 2.1 miles of the Uwharrie NR Trail & add it and 5.6 existing miles of trail to the UNRT system. Add the Joe Moffit Trailhead & Little Long Mountain Shelter to the Uwharrie NF & add 0.5 miles of trail as Luther Spur.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51501
Location: UNIT - Uwharrie Ranger District. STATE - North Carolina. COUNTY - Montgomery, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project is 15 miles north of Troy, NC between Jumpin' Off Rock Trailhead on Flint Hill Rd (SR1306) & Forest Service lands just south of High Pine Church RD (SR1143). This goes north from SR1306.
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