Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2019 to 09/30/2019
Monongahela 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, Monongahela National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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 Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest,  POTOMAC RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Monongahela National Forest,  White Sulphur Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Monongahela 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
Consolidated Special Use Reissue 2018
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/13/2019  05/2019 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue 15 special use permit that expire in 2018 to include both land and recreation uses
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54546
Location: UNIT - Monongahela National Forest All Units. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations throughout the Forest.
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Monongahela National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Re-issuance of Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permits on North Zone Monongahela National Forest CE
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:11/2019  01/2020 Zachary Adkins
304-257-4488
Zachary.c.adkins@usda.gov 
Description: Several O&G temporary use permits are expiring December 2019 and permitees have requested authorization of a 10-year permit to offer backpacking, rock climbing, and fishing services to their clients.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56241
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District, Greenbrier Ranger District, Potomac Ranger District, Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Seneca Rocks, Seneca Creek BC, Laurel Fork Wilderness, Otter Creek Wilderness, Canaan Mountain BC, Cranberry BC, Dolly Sods, Shavers Fork of the Cheat, N Fork of the S Branch & South Branch rivers.
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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
Allegheny Wood Products SUP CHT205014
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2019 
Expected:06/2019
 
10/2019 Todd Hess
304-635-4453
todd.hess@usda.gov 
Description: Issue special use permit to Allegheny Wood Products to construct, use, and maintain a private road on National Forest System (NFS) lands. The road is proposed to be 12 feet wide by 180 feet long (0.05 acres).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56379
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Preston. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Preston County / Aurora Quad / US Tract 87K-I.
Bowden Timber Stand Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/14/2017 
Expected:07/2019
 
07/2019 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.
Davis Trail Reconstruction
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2019 
Expected:10/2019  11/2019 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488 x7114
aschlueter@usda.gov 
Description: Davis Trail (TR #107) located in Canaan Mountain Backcountry near Davis, WV suffers from soil erosion. This leads to a poor user experience and reduced water quality. This proposal is to improve drainage on the trail and visitor experience.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55675
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Canaan Mountain Backcountry near the town of Thomas, WV.
Mullenax SUP Cultivation POT206010
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/24/2019  06/2019 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: New authorization to new person for existing hay cultivation
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55379
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Randolph County / Whitmer Quad / US Tract 38B. Randolph County / Whitmer Quad / US Tract 38B south of river crossing and north of another cultivation field.
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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
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 06/06/2019 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to provide diverse early successional forest, improve forest health and growth, provide water sources for wildlife, and create wildlife openings/savannahs. The proposal also includes watershed restoration activities.
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, West Virginia, in Nicholas and Webster Counties.
Gauley Integrated Spruce Restoration
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2019 
Expected:09/2020  10/2020 Jane Bard
304-846-2695
jbard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat and native red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystem restoration including timber harvest,site preparation, plantings, watershed improvements and trail system improvements.
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 1 mile east of Richwood, WV.
Post Flood Trail Restoration on the Gauley RD
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:09/2019  09/2019 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:
Comment Period Public Notice 02/28/2019 
Expected:08/2019
 
10/2019 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.
Columbia Gas Transmission's WBXPress Variance C-169 and C-213 for access
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/28/2019  07/2019 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: Variance would allow vehicle access outside Columbia's previously authorized LOD for WBXPress. If authorized this access will be issued under their FLPMA road special use permit for long-term access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56110
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. See map.
Greenbrier RD Early Successional Habitat
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:09/2019  09/2019 Shane Jones
304-456-3335, 114
scjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create or enhance early successional wildlife habitat and enhance plant diversity for wildlife species dependent on early successional habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55681
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Areas proposed for treatment are on the Cheat Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Little River WMA, and Beaverdam WMA.
Greenbrier Southeast
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2019 
Expected:02/2020  03/2020 Shane Jones
304-456-3335, 114
scjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project seeks to improve forest stand health and composition to improve future wildlife habitat and to provide for future commercial timber sales and economic projects.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55797
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located in Pocahontas County, WV, approximately 2 miles east of Bartow, WV.
WVDOH Cheat Bridge SUP GBR202010
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2019 
Expected:12/2019  06/2020 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use permit to WVDOH to allow temporary use of 0.18 acres of National Forest land to replace Cheat Bridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56348
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Along the eastern side of US-250 at Cheat Bridge, approximately 6 miles north of Durbin.
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Monongahela National Forest,   Marlinton 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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/07/2018 
Expected:01/2020
 
02/2020 James McCormick
304-799-4334
jamesmccormick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create early successional wildlife habitat by mulching 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 07/2019 
Expected:09/2019  09/2019 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:
Objection Period Legal Notice 05/16/2019 
Expected:07/2019
 
08/2019 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.
Sharp Knob - Red Spruce Restoration through Removal of Nonnative Red
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/24/2018 
Expected:10/2019
 
11/2019 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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/24/2018 
Expected:01/2020
 
05/2020 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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Monongahela National Forest,   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
Dolly Sods Picnic Area
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:03/2020  04/2020 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488 ext. 7128
aschlueter@usda.gov 
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.
Spruce Mountain Grouse Management Area
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 06/11/2019 
Expected:08/2019
 
08/2019 Kyle Crafts
304-635-4439
kcrafts@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,   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
WVDOH Neola Bridge - WHS202001
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/09/2019  05/2019 Todd Hess
304-636-1800 ext.222
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: Temp bridge on NFS lands while original bridge is replaced.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55524
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Greenbrier. LEGAL - Greenbrier County / Alvon Quad / US Tract 573B. Greenbrier County / Alvon Quad / US Tract 573B.
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