Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2018 to 09/30/2018
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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Marienville 2018 Special Use Permit Renewals
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/10/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
07/2018 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: To issue new special use authorizations to replace eight currently expired authorizations for electric powerlines, a telephone line, access roads, an oil and gas pipeline, and a spring on the Allegheny National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53898
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District, Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk, Forest, McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Elk, Forest, McKean, and Warren Counties.
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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
2018 Non-Motorized Trails Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/02/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
08/2018 Richard Hatfield
814-363-6098
rhatfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes improvements to four non-motorized trail systems: trail re-routes on the Hickory Creek and Morrison Trails, installation of a new restroom at Jakes Rocks and a shelter on the North Country Trail and Hammond Run.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53903
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - McKean, Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Hammond Run area (shelter), Jakes Rocks (toilet) and Morrison and Hickory Creek Trails (Trail Re-routes).
Bradford Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/18/2017 
Expected:03/2018
 
07/2018 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.
Brown Run Road, S.R. 2010 Bridge Replacement Pipeline Relocation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/08/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
08/2018 Ava Turnquist
814-363-6086
aturnquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is reviewing a request from PAPCO Inc. and Gas & Oil Management Associates, Inc. for amendments to their existing special use permits to relocate three natural gas pipelines within the Robert Falconer Warrant, Mead Township, Warren
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Brown Run Road, S.R. 2010.
Forest Plan Amendment - Management Area changes in Limestone Township, Warren County
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  Completed  Actual: 04/30/2018  05/2018 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.
Hoover Project
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/17/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2018 
Expected:12/2018
 
01/2019 Ava Turnquist
814-363-6086
aturnquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would address forest health issues, improve early successional habitat objectives, treat non-native invasive plants, improve fishery stream habitat, improve transportation systems, and provide improved recreation opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52842
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sheffield Township, Warren County, PA.
Penelec Fiber-optic Line Special Use
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2018 
Expected:07/2018  07/2018 Ava Turnquist
814-363-6086
aturnquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Penelec requests special use authorization to install, operate and maintain a fiber-optic line on 2.7 acres of their existing right-of-way on NFS lands on the Bradford Ranger District, Warrant 2428, Mead Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania.
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bradford Ranger District, Warrant 2428, Mead Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania.
State Route 62 Roadside Enhancement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/27/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
01/2019 Ava Turnquist
814-363-6086
aturnquist@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is working with PennDOT and proposes removing hazard trees and clearing trees along their right-of-way on 1.94 miles of SR62 on NFS lands to reduce the risks of potential falling trees and branches onto the highway.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53303
Location: UNIT - Bradford Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Warren. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 5275, 5226 and 5276, Watson and Limestone Townships, Warren County, Pennsylvania.
Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails and Plan Amendment Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
Brush Hollow 2017 Windthrow Salvage
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/26/2018 
Expected:04/2018
 
05/2018 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage uprooted/damaged trees on approximately 182 acres of NF System lands from the windstorm that occurred on May 1, 2017 and construct 0.4 miles of temporary road. The temporary road will be decommissioned following the timber salvage harvest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53627
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Elk. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 3231, 3232, and 3252, Jones Township.
FR136/FR343 Road Relocation and Wetland Restoration
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/19/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2018 
Expected:01/2019
 
02/2019 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.
Marienville ATV Connector
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2018 
Expected:05/2018  06/2018 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, and 4545, Howe Township.
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 06/2018 
Expected:11/2018
 
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 
Completed  Actual: 04/16/2018  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.
Watson Farm Windthrow Salvage
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/19/2018 
Expected:04/2018
 
05/2018 Kevin Treese
814-927-5759
ktreese@fs.fed.us 
Description: To salvage uprooted and damaged trees on approximately 39 acres of National Forest System lands located in Warrants 2464, 2808, 2916 and 2995, Howe Township, Forest County, Pennsylvania
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53553
Location: UNIT - Marienville Ranger District. STATE - Pennsylvania. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Warrants 2464, 2808, 2916 and 2995, Howe Township, Forest County, Pennsylvania.
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