Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2020 to 12/31/2020
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
- 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 apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
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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
North Zone System Trails Maintenance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2020 
Expected:12/2020  05/2021 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488 x7114
alexander.schlueter@usda.gov 
Description: This project seeks to repair several NFS trails in order to: address soil erosion & drainage issues, improve visitor experience, & prevent widening of trails & the creation of social trails. Maintenance could include: regrading or boardwalk work.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58365
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District, Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton, Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lumberjack Trail in Seneca Creek Backcountry, Davis trail and Table Rock Trails in Canaan Mtn Backcountry, and the Glady washout on the Allegheny Trail.
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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
Botanical Restoration of the Blackwater Rail Trail
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2020 
Expected:12/2020  05/2021 Amy Albright
304-257-4488
amy.albright2@usda.gov 
Description: Friends of Blackwater proposes to plant native species along 3.5 miles of the Blackwater Rail Trail and the North Fork Blackwater River riparian corridor. This would restore ecological function to the area and improve/support habitat for aquatic life
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project area is located on the rail trail between the town of Thomas, WV and Douglas Falls and parallels the North Fork of the Blackwater River.
Clover Bridge Bank Stabilization
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2019 
Expected:10/2020
 
05/2021 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.
Horseshoe Wastewater Treatment Facility
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2021 
Expected:03/2021  06/2021 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.
Upper Cheat EA
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2021 
Expected:03/2022  04/2022 Jeff Kochenderfer
304-257-4488 x7117
jeff.kochenderfer@usda.gov 
Description: This project aims to move the Upper Cheat watershed closer to the Forest Plan desired conditions by improving forest health & age class diversity, providing recreation opportunities, and improving wildlife habitat & stream/riparian conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58364
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Barbour, Preston, Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This 86,138-acre project area is located north of Parsons, WV. The area encompasses the National Forest System land within the Upper Cheat watershed.
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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:12/2020
 
12/2020 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
- 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
Elleber and Back Mountain Salvage
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 08/13/2020  09/2020 Christopher Rao
304-456-3335
christopher.rao@usda.gov 
Description: This project proposes to salvage downed timber on approximately 50 acres along Elleber Run and 12 acres on Back Allegheny Mountain (just west of Durbin) that resulted from a blowdown event in April 2020.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58363
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The 50-acre Elleber unit is located along Elleber Run on FR 1681 approx two miles south of US 250. The 12-acre Back Mountain unit is located approx one mile west of Durbin along County Rt 1.
Greenbrier Southeast
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 04/16/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
05/2021 Amy Albright
304-257-4488 x7128
amy.albright2@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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2020 
Expected:11/2020
 
03/2021 Amy Albright
304-257-4488 x7128
amy.albright2@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.
Saulsbury Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 09/03/2020  09/2020 Christopher Rao
304-456-3335
crao@fs.fed.us 
Description: We proposes to salvage (conventional harvest) approx 1 ac of downed FS timber that fell on adj non-NFS lands from a blowdown event. Timber would be removed via already established routes on state/private routes. No skidding will occur on FS land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58761
Location: UNIT - Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is within Pocahontas County, West Virginia and are found on the Durbin and High Town USGS quads just outside the town 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:11/2020
 
11/2020 James McCormick
304-799-4334 x7995527
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2020 
Expected:08/2021  08/2021 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.
Crooked Fork Bridge Replacement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 08/09/2020  10/2020 Jacob DAngelo
304-635-4442
jacob.dangelo@usda.gov 
Description: Replace the bridge on Crooked Fork Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58468
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 3 miles north of Edray, WV.
Crooked Fork Salvage
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
11/2020 Amelia Mullins
304-799-4334
amelia.mullins@usda.gov 
Description: Salvage merchantable material from dying and down timber created by a recent storm, as well as dead and dying ash trees.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58089
Location: UNIT - Marlinton Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This 147 acre project area is located off of Crooked Fork Road (NFS Road 251) in Pocahontas County, WV approximately 3 miles south of Slaty Fork.
Marlinton post-flood trail restoration
CE
- 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) 
Completed  Actual: 07/07/2020  07/2020 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:10/2020
 
10/2020 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 Forest Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 08/31/2020  09/2020 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

           *UPDATED*
- 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

           *UPDATED*
- Road management  Completed
This project has changed to a CE that does not require a written decision document and will be removed from the SOPA. 
  09/2020 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488x7114
alexander.schlueter@usda.gov 
Description: Placement of a free-standing radio tower on Bell Knob.
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. The radio equipment will be placed near the fire tower.
Grassy Ridge
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 09/29/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
02/2021 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:10/2020
 
11/2020 Jeff Kochenderfer
304-257-4488x7117
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.
Timberline SUP
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
10/2020 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488 x7114
alexander.schlueter@usda.gov 
Description: This project seeks to issue a new special use permit for the new owners of the Timberline Mountain resort for the use of Salamander Run (located on NFS land) for downhill skiing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58367
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project area is located approximately 7 miles southeast of Davis, WV. Salamander Run is located on approx 5.1 acres of NFS lands. The remainder of the resort operates on private land.
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