Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2017 to 12/31/2017
Allegheny National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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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,   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
Bradford Forest Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/18/2017 
Expected:01/2018
 
01/2018 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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/25/2017 
Expected:01/2018
 
01/2018 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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/28/2017  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.
Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails and Plan Amendment Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 07/31/2017 
Expected:11/2017
 
12/2017 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
Chaffee
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/16/2017 
Expected:11/2017
 
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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/03/2017 
Expected:02/2018
 
03/2018 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.
FR136/FR343 Road Relocation and Wetland Restoration
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2017 
Expected:08/2018  09/2018 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realign FR136 and FR343 to eliminate several stream crossings by realigning 2.1 miles of road, reconstructing 0.4 miles of existing road, decommissioning 2.9 miles of road, and restoring 120 linear feet of stream channels and 0.55 acres of wetlands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52263
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 1556, 1557, 1568, 1570, 1571, 1572, 1574, 1575, and 3654, Spring Creek Township.
Hunt Marcellus Special Use Pipeline
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/11/2017  07/2017 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct, maintain, and use a 16-inch diameter steel natural gas pipeline on National Forest System lands to allow gas to be gathered from wells owned and operated by Hunt Marcellus Operating Company.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51683
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrant 3220, Jones Township.
KC Midstream Solutions Special Use Access Road
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/11/2017  07/2017 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: To construct, maintain, and use an access road to allow access to a gas processing plant. The proposed authorization will involve construction on the National Forest System lands of approximately 275 feet long by 33 wide (0.21 acres).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51684
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrant 2518, Millstone Township.
KEF 2017 Windthrow Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/26/2017 
Expected:09/2017
 
10/2017 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage wind thrown and damaged trees on approximately 140 acres in the Kane Experimental Forest and allow scientists to address and interpret effects of windthrow on the long-term Allegheny Hardwood Management Strategy Study.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52262
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 3220 and 3228, Jones Township.
Marienville 2017 ARG Special Use Permit Reissue
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/19/2017  10/2017 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: To issue new special use authorizations to replace two currently expired authorizations for an oil pipeline and tanker loading facility and for a buried electric transmission powerline.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52371
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 1778, 3753, and 3776, Highland Township.
Marienville ATV Connector
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2017 
Expected:09/2018  10/2018 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately 12.1 miles of two way ATV trail from Township Road 356 in Warrant 3184, Jenks Township, Forest County to the Marienville ATV Trailhead on State Route 66 in Warrant 2464, Howe Township, Forest County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52264
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrant 3184, Jenks Township and Warrants 2464, 2808, 2878, 2882, 2977, 3186, 3187, 3802, 3802, and 4545, Howe Township.
Pine Bear Supplemental Environmental Assessment
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/22/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
11/2018 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

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/22/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2017 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 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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