Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2017 to 12/31/2017
National Forests In Texas

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 Texas, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In Texas,  Angelina Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In Texas,  Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In Texas,  Davy Crockett Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In Texas,  Sabine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R8 - Southern Region, National Forests In Texas,  Sam Houston Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

National Forests In Texas, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Texas Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/27/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2020 
Expected:06/2021
 
07/2021 Theresa Mathis
936-639-8586
tjmathis@fs.fed.us 
Description: The National Forests and Grasslands propose to revise their land management plan as guided by the 2012 Planning Rule.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50032
Location: UNIT - National Forests In Texas All Units. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina, Fannin, Houston, Jasper, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Walker, Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas are comprised of approximately 675,000 acres of public land across fifteen counties in east and northeast Texas.
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National Forests In Texas,   Angelina Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Angelina RCW Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2016 
Expected:03/2018
 
04/2018 Ronald Hasken
662-873-6256
rhasken@fs.fed.us 
Description: Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (RCW) habitat improvement project on the Angelina National Forest in compartments 1, 2, 6, and 7.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49991
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - San Augustine. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 0.6 mile north of the intersection of State Highway 103 and State Highway 147, in Management Area (MA) 2 %u2013 Red-cockaded Woodpecker Emphasis, and MA 4 Streamside Management Zones (SMZ).
North Zavalla First Thinning
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2016 
Expected:10/2016
 
11/2016 James Chumley
936-897-1068
jchumley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pine first thinning in stands 20-40 years old in compartments 44,45,46,47, and 50 on the Angelina National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49409
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 5 miles east of Zavalla, Texas, 6 miles west of Huntington, Texas, within Angelina County.
Oncor Electric Delivery Company Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/27/2017 
Expected:10/2017
 
11/2017 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us 
Description: A permit for a 138 KV power line will expire at the end of the year. The power line is 5,670 feet long and 170 feet wide. The permit will be reissued for another term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51896
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Nacogdoches. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Administrative Compartment 109.
Sandy Creek Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/11/2016 
Expected:03/2017
 
06/2017 Jason Engle
936-897-1068
jaengle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Watershed EA consists of commerical pine thinning, longleaf pine restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, road work, NNIPS, midstory removal
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=37403
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina, Jasper. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Compartment 73, 74, 75, & 78, 8 miles southeast of Zavalla, TX and south of Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
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National Forests In Texas,   Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
LBJ Prairie Savanna Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/01/2017 
Expected:11/2017
 
11/2017 Robert Sewell
940-627-5475
rasewell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The FS proposed to accelerate the transition of degraded lands and streams to properly function and healthy prairies, savannas, and streams across the entire LBJ National Grassland through the use of a variety of management techniques (e.g., fire).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50961
Location: UNIT - Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montague, Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located in Wise and Montague counties in North-Central Texas. The nearest cities are Alvord and Decatur.
TADRA Blue Trail Reroute Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2017 
Expected:07/2017
 
01/2018 Marc Pons
940-627-5475
mpons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute portions of the TADRA Blue Trail by modifying approximately three miles of trail. Also decommission 3,100 feet of TADRA Orange Trail. This is due to the flooding events during 2015 in Wise County, TX.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50969
Location: UNIT - Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Units 27, 28 and 75 of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County, Texas.
Wise Electric Cooperative Powerline ROW Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2017 
Expected:11/2017  12/2017 Marc Pons
940-627-5475
mpons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of an expired special use authorization for an existing powerline ROW for Wise Electric Cooperative within the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands.
Location: UNIT - Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Wise. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County, TX.
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National Forests In Texas,   Davy Crockett Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cooper Road Access Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/05/2015  03/2015 Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205 Ex. 6244
fstranimier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Permit for the use of a closed Forest Service administrative road measuring 4,094 feet long with a width of 30 feet, totaling 2.8 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46329
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forest System Road 5824, off of County Road 1095 located approximately one mile north of Kennard, TX.
East Group Pine First Thinnings
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2016 
Expected:12/2017
 
01/2018 Bobi Stiles
936-655-2299
bstiles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pine first thinning in stands less than approximately 35 years old within Compartments 27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,47,48,49,50,54,55,56 and 59.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48593
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston, Trinity. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various compartments on the Davy Crockett National Forest.
Houston County Electric Cooperative Permit Proposals
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205 Ex. 6244
fstranimier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Houston County Electric Coop has proposed moving 3 existing power lines to new routes that would decrease their overall environmental impact, decrease safety hazards associated with fire, and allow better management of these lines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45895
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston, Trinity. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The 3 existing lines are along NFSR 528A1 to be moved to a new ROW off of 528A, along the Neches River below the Neches Blough overlook to move along 511, and South of Houston County 1070 removed.
Lynch Creek
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/08/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 06/2017 
Expected:11/2017
 
01/2018 Jeff Buhlig
936-655-2299
jbuhlig@fs.fed.us 
Description: Habitat/vegetation management for the restoration of Red-cockaded Woodpecker.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48746
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Compartment 66, 67, and a portion of compartment 69 along Forest Service Road 514.
OGPT Davy Crockett #2 Well Pad
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 05/31/2016  05/2016 Alex Grant
307-745-2424
abgrant@fs.fed.us 
Description: OGPT is planning on conducting a second drilling operation on the Davy Crockett National Forest. The well pad will be located on Forest Service Road 502. There is no proposed road construction, and water will be hauled to the site.
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Trinity. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Just over 1/2 mile north of Piney Creek where is crosses Forest Service Road 502.
Timberwood Management Corp., c/o Voyager Group Ltd. Road Access Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205 Ex. 6244
fstranimier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Permit for the use of NFSR 526 located in Compartment 7 of the Davy Crockett NF. The road is located approximately 8 miles northwest of Kennard, TX.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46330
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located in compartment 7 of the Davy Crockett NF, approximately 2 miles east of the intersection of FM 1733 and NFSR 526, 8 miles northwest of Kennard, TX.
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National Forests In Texas,   Sabine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
McClelland Water Supply Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/20/2017  09/2017 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The existing permit for waterline right-of-ways serving local residents will expire at the end of the year. The permit needs to be reissued for another term. The existing permitted waterlines are 18,513 feet long and 10 feet wide.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51897
Location: UNIT - Sabine Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Shelby. LEGAL - Not Applicable. administrative Compartments 32,33,34,35,46,47,53,& 54.
North Boles Field First Thinning
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/07/2017 
Expected:04/2018
 
07/2019 Barton Davis
936-655-2299
bjdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercially thin approximately 3,000 acres of 66 overstocked pine stands ranging in age from about 20 to 40 years in age, to an average basal area of 60-70 square feet per acre.
Location: UNIT - Sabine Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Shelby. LEGAL - Not Applicable. north of FM 2694 in Shelby County, includes stands in Compartments 1 - 6, 8 -14, and 21.
Parker Family Lands, Ltd Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/06/2017 
Expected:09/2017
 
11/2017 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed road would traverse along an existing powerline to access a tract of land that is landlocked by National Forest on three sides and by a large creek (Big Sandy) on the fourth side. This would provide a legal access to the private tract.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51827
Location: UNIT - Sabine Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Sabine. LEGAL - Not Applicable. administrative Compartment 137.
SRA Recreation Area Capital Improvements and Maintenance Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/30/2015 
Expected:07/2017
 
08/2017 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Sabine River Authority as part of their obligations under their recently re-issued Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license, is proposing to implement a plan involving improvements to 4 recreation areas on the Sabine NF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48045
Location: UNIT - Sabine Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Sabine, Shelby. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Administrative Compartments 38, 102, 110, and 138.
Texas Toledo Holdings, LLC (TTH) Special Use Permit Transfer
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/11/2017 
Expected:08/2017
 
09/2017 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new Private Road Special Use Permit to the owner of the private property the road accesses. The road is existing and currently under permit to the old owner.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52183
Location: UNIT - Sabine Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Sabine. LEGAL - Not Applicable. administrative compartment 109 north of FM2829.
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National Forests In Texas,   Sam Houston Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R8 - Southern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Century Link Special Use Permit Transfer
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205
comments-southern-texas-samhouston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue new Special Use Permit to Century Link for 16 miles of communications lines which were previously permitted to Sprint.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40061
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - These compartments are located about 10 miles north of Montgomery, Tx. Compartments 4, 5, 7, 13-17, 29, 31.
DCP Southern Hills, LLC Pipeline Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/28/2012 
Expected:12/2017
 
01/2018 Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205
comments-southern-texas-samhouston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to to issue a special use permit for an already existing interstate liquid gas pipeline
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=39923
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Walker. LEGAL - Compartments 20, 21, 23, 24, 34, 35 and 36 are located approximately 11 miles west of New Waverly, TX. Compartments 20, 21, 23, 24, 34, 35 and 36.
Midsouth 101 Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frank Stranimier
936-344-6205
comments-southern-texas-samhouston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to combine and re-issue three Special Use Permits for approximately 25.75 miles of already existing powerlines to Mid-South Synergy. The lines provide service to multiple private land inholdings in several compartments and two counties.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40071
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Walker. Compartments 4-6, 11, 14, 15, 17, 30, 31, 33, 35-38, 44-47, 49-51.
Montgomery and Walker 1st Thinning
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/20/2017 
Expected:09/2017
 
09/2017 Thomas Lowell
541-367-9235
tlowell@fs.fed.us 
Description: First thinning project focused on improvement of red-cockaded woodpecker habitat and overall forest health.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51846
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located around the north end of Lake Conroe and west of the town of New Waverly, Texas. Highway 1375 bisects the project area on an East/West axis.
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