Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2018 to 09/30/2018
Monongahela 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, Monongahela National Forest,  Cheat/Potomac Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest,  Gauley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest,  Greenbrier Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest,  Marlinton/White Sulphur Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Monongahela National Forest,   Cheat/Potomac Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bowden Timber Stand Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/14/2017 
Expected:07/2018
 
07/2018 Jeff Kochenderfer
304-257-4488
jdkochenderfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber stand improvement/wildlife habitat improvement will be completed on 373 acres. Approximately 50-75 healthy desirable trees in stands 20-52 years old would be released by cutting vegetation surrounding them with a chainsaw.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51102
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The stands proposed for treatment are in compartments 43, 49, 50, 51, and 53 within Management Prescription 6.1. The stands are scattered within 7-mile radius of Bowden, WV to the north of WV-33.
CHT201001 - US Army Training Facility (Stuart Knob Comm Site)
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2018  04/2018 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project involves issuing a special use communication lease to United States Army Training Facility to install, operate, and maintain communication facilities at Stuart Knob on National Forest System lands while terminating their existing permit.
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Stuart Knob Communication Site is located approximately 1 mile north of Bowden WV and approximately 4 miles east of Elkins WV, along Stuart Drive (National Forest System Rd 91).
CHT202016 - WV Division of Highways Dry Fork Road Stabilization (WV-72)
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is to authorize a special use permit to the WV Division of Highways for temporary construction activity to stabilize 3 sections, totaling approximately 3000 linear feet, of WV route 72 by creating a toe bench and installing shot rock.
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Along WV-72, Dry Fork Road in Tucker County between mile markers 4 and 5.
CHT205013 - MRKIII Special Use Permit Re-Issue
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2018  04/2018 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project involves issuing a new Special Use Permit to MRKIII to authorize their use of 1.95 acres of NFS lands adjacent to their business location north of Thomas WV. This includes a previously authorized driveway under permit number CHT41.
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Less than 0.5 miles north of the town of Thomas WV off of US Route 219.
Dolly Sods Picnic Area
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2018 
Expected:10/2018  06/2019 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488
aschlueter@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project include rehabbing the existing Dolly Sods Picnic Area to a more natural condition and developing a new picnic area approx. 1.5 miles north along NFS Rd 19. Includes picnic site amenities, toilet building, and trail to an existing vista.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51514
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant, Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The existing area is located on NFS Rd 19, approx. 3.5 miles east of Laneville, WV and the new area is located approx. 4 miles east of Laneville, WV. Both are adjacent to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area.
Harper Cultivation Special Use Permit Re-Issue
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/23/2018  05/2018 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: We received a request to re-issue a hay (19.7 acres) and corn (3.2 acres) cultivation permit in five fields, totaling 22.9 acres. The cultivation has occurred from 1992-2016 under previous permits. If issued, this permit would expire 12/31/2021.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51511
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This area is located in the fields on NFS lands near the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center and the intersection of WV St Rt 28 and 33, in the community of Seneca Rocks, WV.
Pretty Ridge Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/26/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
08/2018 Jeff Kochenderfer
304-257-4488
jdkochenderfer@fs.fed.us 
Description: A small blow down from a recent storm damaged approximately 25 trees within two small areas located along state route WV 2/2 and adjacent private property. The downed trees should be salvaged within 2-3 months in order to avoid excessive decay.
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project includes two small areas (0.6 and 0.2 acres) near Pretty Ridge adjacent to state route WV 2/2 approximately 2.3 miles West Southwest of Upper Tract in Pendleton County, WV.
Spruce Mountain Grouse Management Area
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/11/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
10/2018 Theresa Evans
304-478-2000 ext.136
tevans@fs.fed.us 
Description: The objective of this project is to restore and maintain ruffed grouse habitat in the Spruce Mountain Grouse Management Area by increasing early successional habitat for cover and enhancing species diversity to increase foraging opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51058
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located west & southwest of Spruce Knob Lake and is near the community of Osceola, WV. It is bounded on the NW by County Route 40 and on the SE by NFS Road 112 (Spruce Knob Road).
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Monongahela National Forest,   Gauley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Rock Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/17/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2018 
Expected:11/2018
 
11/2018 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to provide diverse early successional forest (clearcut w/reserves 1342 ac), improve forest health and growth (traditional thin 702 ac and helicopter thin 491 ac) and provide water sources for wildlife (creation of 20 vernal pools).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44762
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project are is within the Cranberry River watershed north of Richwood, WV, in Nicholas and Webster Counties.
Post Flood Trail Restoration on the Gauley RD
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2018 
Expected:10/2018  10/2018 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a new trail bridge and associated trail relocation on Cow Pasture (NFST 253) and Pocahontas (NFST) trails; and reconstruct a trail bridge on Fork Mountain (NFST 236) trail.
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas, Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations on the Gauley Ranger District.
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Monongahela National Forest,   Greenbrier Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beulah Wildlife Enhancement Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/18/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
10/2018 Shane Jones
304-456-3335, 114
scjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project seeks to improve wildlife habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and other associated species through vegetation diversity enhancement, wildlife opening management, timber and wildlife stand improvement, and vernal pool creation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51533
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Project area is located in Randolph County, WV, approximately 2 miles south of the town of Glady, WV and is along the western edge of NFS Rd 44, extending to the ridge of Shavers Mtn.
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Monongahela National Forest,   Marlinton/White Sulphur Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brushy Mountain Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/07/2018 
Expected:08/2018
 
09/2018 James McCormick
304-799-4334
jamesmccormick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create early successional wildlife habitat and enhance tree regeneration for species preferred by wildlife.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54154
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable. South of Minnehaha Springs, West Virginia in Greenbrier County.
Marlinton post-flood trail restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2018 
Expected:08/2018  08/2018 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate several segments of 3 system trails damaged by June, 2016 flood: Tea creek trail(#454),Right fork connector trail(#411), Laural creek trail (#455), and short segments of off-trail equipment access for Williams river trail(#487)
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tea creek trail(454), Right fork connector trail(411, Laurel creek trail(466) along with short segments of off-trail equipment access for repair of the Williams river trail(487).
Panther Ridge Wildlife Enhancement
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/27/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 08/2018 
Expected:11/2018
 
11/2018 James McCormick
304-799-4334
jamesmccormick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife management enhancement
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53685
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 7 miles east of Falling Springs on County Route 11 with the following project boundaries: Greenbrier River to the west, Little Creek to the east, Hopkins Knob to the south, and Spice Run.
Pocahontas Trails Fattire 50 Recreation Event - MAR105012
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/06/2018 
Expected:08/2018
 
08/2018 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: Recreation event of bike race on NFS trails that has occurred for many years and now looking at authorizing for 5-year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54116
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Pocahontas County / Sharp Knob and Woodrow Quad / US Tracts 51A, 372-I, and 372.
Sharp Knob - Red Spruce Restoration through Removal of Nonnative Red
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/24/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
09/2018 Amy Coleman
(304) 799-4334 x19
amycoleman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat and native red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystem restoration includes timber harvest, site preparation, plantings, vernal pool creation, and interpretive signage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54033
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 3.5 miles southwest of Slatyfork, West Virginia within Pocahontas and Randolph Counties.
The Docks Wildlife Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/24/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
08/2018 James McCormick
304-799-4334
jamesmccormick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat enhancement including plantings, vernal pool creation, timber harvest, prescribed fire, wildlife openings/savannas, riparian restoration, trail improvements, and timber stand improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54018
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Not Applicable. South of Minnehaha Spring in Greenbrier County, West Virginia along State Route 23 bordered by National Forest System Road 343.
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