Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2017 to 09/30/2017
Allegheny National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
R9 - Eastern Region, Allegheny National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Allegheny National Forest,  Bradford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Allegheny National Forest,  Marienville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Allegheny National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Emerald Ash Borer Wasp Release
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 06/19/2017  06/2017 Andrea Hille
814-728-6161
ahille@fs.fed.us 
Description: Release parasitic wasps to suppress emerald ash borer infestations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51078
Location: UNIT - Allegheny National Forest All Units. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest, McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. General forest areas with higher concentrations of ash.
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Allegheny National Forest,   Bradford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Billman Plow Turnaround Special Use
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/05/2017  08/2017 Ava Turnquist
814-363-6086
aturnquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: PennDot requested special use authorization to construct and maintain a snowplow turnaround on Billman Road, Pleasant Township, Warren Pennsylvania on 0.15 acres of National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50711
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Billman Rd., Pleasant Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania.
Bradford Emerald Ash Borer Remediation Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 05/01/2017  06/2017 Richard Hatfield
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintain or improve ecological conditions that will improve ecosystem resilience and sustain biological diversity in stands to be affected by forest pests and diseases and increase the amount of early structural habitat on the Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48178
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest, McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Limestone, Mead, and Watson, Warren County; Bradford, Corydon, Foster, Hamilton, Hamlin, and Lafayette, McKean County; and Hickory, Forest County.
Bradford Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/13/2017 
Expected:10/2017
 
11/2017 Richard Hatfield
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: Regenerate declining stands of Allegheny hardwood through tree harvesting and reforestation activities,removal of nonnative invasive plants, and road management activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47650
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest, McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 2735, 2877, 4634, 4702, 4712, 4713, 4732, 4738, and 4739 of Sheffield Township and warrants 3195, 3198, 3211, 3234, 3235, 3238, 3239, and 3240 of Cherry Grove Township, Warren County; warran.
Farnsworth
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/12/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2017 
Expected:11/2017
 
12/2017 Joshua Hanson
814-363-6076
jwhanson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of the project is to address forest health concerns, provide a diversity of vegetation patterns and age classes, address large woody debris deficiencies in streams, manage forest roads, and treat non-native invasive plants.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50245
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cherry Grove, Mead, Sheffield, Watson and Pleasant Townships.
Forest Plan Amendment - Management Area changes in Limestone Township, Warren County
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 11/10/2016 
Expected:01/2017
 
02/2017 Richard Hatfield
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: Change Management Area designation for 761 acres in Limestone Township, Warren County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44258
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 5205, 5206, 5224 and 5225 in Limestone Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania.
Izenbrown Corners
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 11/10/2016 
Expected:07/2017
 
08/2017 Richard Hatfield
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed management activities include vegetation management, timber harvest, wildlife habitat improvements, non-native invasive plant species treatments, transportation activities, and recreation facilities and access improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=37839
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest, Warren. LEGAL - Hickory Township in Forest County and Watson and Limestone Townships, Warren County. East of the Allegheny River and west of Hickory Creek Wilderness and Yellowhammer. North of Rt. 666 and south of Slater Run.
Kinzua Valley Trail Realignment
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2017 
Expected:07/2017
 
08/2017 Richard Hatfield
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project responds to a request from the Kinzua Valley Trail Club to realign an unbuilt but previously approved trail alignment from Westline to Highway 219.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51636
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The existing (approved) alignment begins east of Westline, PA and parallels Kinzua Creek. The request is to realign the trail across Kinzua Creek at Windfall Run.
Queen Gas Pipeline Project Special Use
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/08/2017 
Expected:01/2018
 
01/2018 Ava Turnquist
814-363-6086
aturnquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use authorization to replace and maintain natural gas pipelines within an existing right of way on 19 acres of national forest system lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50557
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Limestone Township between Tidioute/Allegheny River and Queen.
Snowmobile Red #1 Trail Reroute
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Hatfield
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realign approximately .5 miles of snowmobile trail designated as "Snowmobile #1" near Chapman Dam State Park.
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately .25 miles east of Chapman Dam State Park.
Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails and Plan Amendment Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 12/26/2016 
Expected:09/2017
 
09/2017 Richard Hatfield
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would allow mountain biking on approximately 12.5 miles of hiking trails in the Tracy Ridge National Recreation Area. The Forest Plan would be amended, and an order prohibiting bicycle use would be modified.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49767
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tracy Ridge trail system west of SR 321 near Tracy Ridge Recreation Area.
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Allegheny National Forest,   Marienville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Catalyst Energy Special Use Access Roads
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2017  05/2017 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use authorization to construct, maintain, and use three oil and gas access roads on 6.3 acres of National Forest System lands to access its mineral holdings in Warrant 3122, Wetmore Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46186
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposed authorization would authorize the use of approximately 4.2 acres of NFS lands in Warrant 3120, 1.1 acres of NFS lands in Warrant 3122, and 1.0 acres of NFS lands in Warrants 3131 and 3122, Wetmore Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania.
Chaffee
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 04/15/2017 
Expected:10/2017
 
11/2017 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed management activities include vegetation treatments, timber harvesting, wildlife habitat improvements, non-native invasive plant species treatments, transportation activites, and recreation improvments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=37427
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 2366, 2453, 2456, 2464, 2808, 2850, 2916, 3752, 3753, 3760, 3766, 3773, 3775, 3777, 3778, 3781, 3783, 3784, 3785, 3788, Howe Township and Highland Township.
Clarion Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop Comprehensive River Management Plan for the Clarion Wild and Scenic River to protect the natural condition and free-flowing state of the river and provide a managmement strategy for all public lands within the wild and scenic river corridor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=27054
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The 51.7-mile segment of the Clarion River from the ANF/SGL #44 boundary to an unnamed tributary in the backwaters of Piney Dam.
De Young Supplemental Environmental Assessment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/03/2017 
Expected:10/2017
 
11/2017 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to change the previous thinning prescriptions of the 11 stands to shelterwood regeneration harvests or overstory removal harvests, with associated reforestation activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50267
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2032, 2033, 2463, 2464, 2808, 2882, 2916, 2977, 3662, 3663, 3664, 3667, 3668, 3669, 3753, 3761, 3779, and 3783, Highland, Howe, and Jones Twps.
Marienville 2017 Special Use Permit Reissue
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/28/2017  04/2017 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposing to issue new special use authorizations to replace twelve currently expired authorizations for six existing spring developments, two oil and gas pipelines, a fish hatchery and a liquid waste disposal area on the Marienville Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50974
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest, McKean. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Elk, Forest, and McKean Counties.
Pine Bear Supplemental Environmental Assessment
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/22/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2017 
Expected:03/2018
 
04/2018 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to change the previous thinning prescriptions of the 62 stands listed to shelterwood regeneration or overstory removal harvests, with associated reforestation activities, and regenerate several wind damaged stands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50268
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 1464, 1465, 1776, 1778, 1783, 1799, 1831, 1858, 1863, 2032, 2033, 2034, 3655, 3656, 3657, 3776, Highland Twnshp; Warrants 3252, 4846, Jones Twnshp; and Warrant 4846, Ridgway Twnshp.
Porkey Heights Supplemental Environmental Assessment
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/22/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2017 
Expected:12/2017
 
01/2018 Kevin Treese
(814) 927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to change the previous thinning prescriptions for 28 stands to shelterwood regeneration harvests or overstory removal harvests, with associated reforestation activities, due to forest health concerns.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50269
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 5104, 5105, 5267, Kingsley Township and Warrants 3188, 3192, 3194, 4790, 4823, 5101, 5104, 5267, 5282, Howe Township.
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