Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2020 to 06/30/2020
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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Projects Occurring Nationwide
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)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/13/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Nancy Rusho
202-731-9196
nancy.rusho@usda.gov 
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These regulations will be applicable to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the United States Mining Law.
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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
Greenbrier RD Early Successional Habitat
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2020 
Expected:05/2020  06/2020 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 - Cheat Ranger District, Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Areas proposed for treatment are on the Cheat Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Little River WMA, and Beaverdam WMA.
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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
Canaan Mountain Backcountry Trail Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2020 
Expected:08/2020  08/2020 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488
alexander.schlueter@usda.gov 
Description: This project seeks to replace an existing boardwalk on Lindy Run Trail #109 and install a new boardwalk on Table Rock Trail #113. Currently, hikers are creating social trails and widening the trail in order to avoid walking in submerged areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57378
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Trails to receive maintenance are Lindy Run Trail #109 and Table Rock Trail #113, located within Canaan Mountain Backcountry, approximately 5 miles south of Davis, WV.
Clover Bridge Bank Stabilization
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2019 
Expected:06/2020
 
08/2020 Chad Landress
304-456-3335 x128
chad.m.landress@usda.gov 
Description: This project includes the use of large woody material interwoven and buried along 200 linear feet of Left Fork of Clover Run, north side of the stream (river left), upstream of the WV State Secondary Route 21 bridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56944
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located along WV State Secondary (County) Route 21 at the bridge crossing the Left Fork of Clover Run approximately 5 miles southwest of Saint George, WV.
Coastal Forest Resources Company FLPMA Road SUP CHT205016
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/08/2019 
Expected:06/2020
 
08/2020 Todd Hess
304-635-4453
todd.hess@usda.gov 
Description: Coastal Forest Resources Company (Coastal Timberlands) is requesting a new special use permit to reinforce existing temporary road on National Forest System (NFS) lands to remove timber from private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57124
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Parsons Quad / US Tract 275, along Panther Fork.
Davis Trail Reconstruction
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/04/2019 
Expected:07/2020
 
08/2020 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.
Horseshoe Wastewater Treatment Facility
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2020 
Expected:07/2020  09/2020 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488 x7114
alexander.schlueter@usda.gov 
Description: Repair of non-functioning/faulty wastewater treatment systems at Horseshoe Recreation Area and Horseshoe YLA Camp. Resulting combined system will treat both sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56943
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Horseshoe Recreation Area and Horseshoe YLA Camp located near the intersection of County Route 7 and County Route 9.
Stuart Waterline Extension
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 03/16/2020  03/2020 Amy Albright
304-257-4488 x1728
amy.albright2@usda.gov 
Description: This project proposes to upgrade the water system at Stuart Recreation Area Campground by installing 6" water main line to the meter location and 2" waterline to the campground to connect to the public water supply.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57376
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The new pipeline will run from the center of Shavers Fork to the water meter and on to the Stuart Recreation Area Campground. The site is approximately 6 miles east of Elkins, WV.
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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
Gauley Healthy Forest Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/05/2019 
Expected:07/2020
 
07/2020 Jane Bard
304-846-2695 x5552112
jane.bard@usda.gov 
Description: Reduce the expansion and threat of significant, damaging forest insects and disease; and reduce fuels buildup that cause uncharacteristic wildfire conditions. Treatments may include prescribed fire, timber harvest and temporary road construction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57335
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas, Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is adjacent to, and east of Richwood, WV and extends eastward to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center.
Post Flood Trail Restoration on the Gauley RD
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2020 
Expected:05/2020  06/2020 Jane Bard
304-846-2695 x5552112
jane.bard@usda.gov 
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:
Objection Period Legal Notice 02/20/2020 
Expected:04/2020
 
06/2020 Shane Jones
304-456-3335 x114
shane.jones@usda.gov 
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.
Greenbrier Southeast
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/17/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
09/2020 Shane Jones
304-456-3335 x114
shane.jones@usda.gov 
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.
Little Ridge Prescribed Fire for Ecosystem Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2020 
Expected:07/2020  09/2020 Shane Jones
304-456-3335 x114
shane.jones@usda.gov 
Description: This project would implement a prescribed fire program on 4,665.7 acres on Little Ridge to restore, maintain, or enhance wildlife habitat and restore the ecological role of fire for oak systems.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57953
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Little Ridge and Elliber Ridge, Pocohontas County, West Virginia. Bounded by Forest Service (FS) Road 90J, FS Road 1678, and FS Road 1681.
WV State Rail Authority Trout Run GBR202011
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/04/2020  03/2020 Todd Hess
304-635-4453
todd.hess@usda.gov 
Description: The West Virginia State Rail Authority(WVSRA) is requesting a new special use permit to be operated by the WV Department of Transportation, for a railroad right-of-way and bridge over Trout Run along the Greenbrier River on NFS land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57123
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cass Quad / US Tract 51E / N 38? 27' 30" W 79? 52' 40".
WVDOH Cheat Bridge SUP GBR202010
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/04/2020  03/2020 Todd Hess
304-635-4453
todd.hess@usda.gov 
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:06/2020
 
07/2020 James McCormick
304-799-4334
james.mccormick@usda.gov 
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.
Chicken House Run
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2020 
Expected:01/2021  01/2021 James McCormick
304-799-4334 x7995527
james.mccormick@usda.gov 
Description: Reduce the expansion and threat of significant, damaging forest insects and disease; and reduce fuels buildup that cause uncharacteristic wildfire conditions. Treatments may include prescribed fire, timber harvest and temporary road construction.
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is south of Marlinton, WV and State Route 39. It includes FS lands between State Route 219 on the west and State Route 21 on the east and the southern border is Watoga State Park.
Marlinton post-flood trail restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2020 
Expected:06/2020  06/2020 Jane Bard
304-846-2695 x5552112
jane.bard@usda.gov 
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:05/2020
 
05/2020 James McCormick
304-799-4334 x7995527
james.mccormick@usda.gov 
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:06/2020
 
06/2020 Amy Coleman
(304) 799-4334 x7995516
amy.lovell@usda.gov 
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:05/2020
 
05/2020 James McCormick
304-799-4334 x7995527
james.mccormick@usda.gov 
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.
Upper Elk
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/20/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2021 
Expected:08/2021
 
08/2021 James McCormick
304-799-4334 x7995527
james.mccormick@usda.gov 
Description: The focus of the proposed action is on improving forest health and resiliency, restoring red spruce/northern hardwood forests, improving wildlife habitat and increasing age class diversity based on the specific Forest Plan Desired Future Conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57646
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is approximately 6 miles north of Marlinton, WV along US-219. The area encompasses the National Forest System land within the Upper Elk Watershed and is centered near Slaty Fork, WV.
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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
Bell Knob Radio Tower
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2019 
Expected:05/2020
 
06/2020 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488x7114
alexander.schlueter@usda.gov 
Description: Placement of a free-standing radio tower on Bell Knob, which will require placement of gravel on approximately a half mile of the closed Forest Road 1116 for improved access to the tower.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56947
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project will be located along the closed FR1116, to the east of FR75. Approximately a 1/2 mi of road will receive maintenance. The radio equipment will be placed near the fire tower.
Dolly Sods Picnic Area
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2020 
Expected:01/2021  06/2021 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488 ext. 7128
alexander.schlueter@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.
Grassy Ridge
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/11/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 05/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
10/2020 Amy Albright
304-257-4488x7128
amy.albright2@usda.gov 
Description: This project seeks to restore red spruce communities and regenerate hardwood and spruce-hardwood communities, as well manage areas for wildlife.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56948
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located in Randolph and Pendleton Counties, WV, adjacent to the recent Spruce Mountain Grouse Management Area EA project area, near the town of Osceola, WV.
Grassy Ridge TSI
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/23/2020 
Expected:06/2020
 
07/2020 Jeff Kochenderfer
304-257-4488
jeff.kochenderfer@usda.gov 
Description: Timber stand improvement will be completed on up to 420 acres by releasing desirable trees by cutting vegetation surrounding them with a chainsaw.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57373
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton, Randolph. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located in Randolph and Pendleton Counties, WV, adjacent to the recent Spruce Mountain GMA EA project area, near the town of Osceola, WV.
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:04/2020
 
05/2020 Andrew Moore
304-478-2000 x136
andrew.p.moore@usda.gov 
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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