Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2018 to 12/31/2018
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
- 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.
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:04/2018
 
05/2018 Earlene Jackson
936-897-1068
earlenejackson@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.
W.H. Gulley Private Road Special Use Permit Transfer
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2018 
Expected:03/2018  03/2018 Tom Zimmerman
409-625-1940
tzimmerman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Transfer road permit to the new property owner and change the expiration date.
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina. LEGAL - Not Applicable. administrative compartment 100. The existing road is 458 feet long and 30 feet wide.
White City First Thinning Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/05/2018 
Expected:11/2018
 
02/2019 Barton Davis
936-655-2299
bjdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercially thin approximately 3,530 acres of 77 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54631
Location: UNIT - Angelina Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Angelina. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The White City First Thinning Project is located from two miles northeast of Broaddus, Texas to the south end of FM 705 and the north side of Sam Rayburn Reservoir in San Augustine County.
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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
Bois d'Arc Open Areas Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/30/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
10/2018 Robert Sewell
940-627-5475
rasewell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore open areas on the Bois d'Arc unit of the Caddo National Grassland to better represent historic conditions of native prairies and oak savannas using mechanical, fire and seeding methods.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54621
Location: UNIT - Caddo - Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Fannin. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bois d'Arc Unit of the Caddo National Grassland, about 15 miles north of the city of Honey Grove in Fannin County, Texas.
LBJ Prairie Savanna Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/01/2017 
Expected:03/2018
 
03/2018 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51792
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
Mt. Vernon Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/05/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
11/2018 Alex Grant
936-655-2299 ext. 232
abgrant@fs.fed.us 
Description: There is a need for active management of overstocked stands within MA-2 to provide suitable nesting and foraging habitat for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW). The purpose of the Mt. Vernon Vegetation Project is to create and maintain suit
Location: UNIT - Davy Crockett Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Houston. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is west of FM 227 and on the east by FM 511. The project area continues south to Hwy 7 and north to CR 1170. The project area encompasses Compartments 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31.
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
North Boles Field First Thinning
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/07/2017 
Expected:05/2018
 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52360
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.
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.
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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
DCP Southern Hills, LLC Pipeline Permit
CE
- 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 County Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/12/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
01/2021 Thomas Lowell
503-367-0606
tlowell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The National Forests and Grasslands propose to alter existing stand structures within the project area, to move the stands towards the desired conditions for RCW habitat and reduce Forest susceptibility to SPB.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54137
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area lies on National Forest System lands within compartment 31, 32, and 33. The project area is located west of the north end of Lake Conroe and west of New Waverly, TX.
Montgomery and Walker 1st Thinning
CE
- 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.
Sam Houston RD 10-Year Rx Burn Program
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2018 
Expected:04/2018  05/2018 Charles Sharp
970-403-6174
charlesmsharp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning to create/improve good quality foraging habitat for the red-cockaded woodpecker in Management Area 2. Desired conditions: open, mature pine-dominated forests with diverse grass and forb ground cover, maintained by frequent fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52247
Location: UNIT - Sam Houston Ranger District. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Management Area 2 of the Forest Plan.
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