Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2021 to 06/30/2021
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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  01/2013 Susan Ellsworth
775-355-5313
susanellsworth@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Nationwide.
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/13/2018
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
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
Allegheny Trail Improvements
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2021 
Expected:07/2021  07/2021 Jonathan Wheeler
304-456-3335 x 115
jonathan.wheeler@usda.gov 
Description: This project proposes improvements along the 123 miles of Allegheny Trail in the North Zone of the MNF. Improvements could include: shelter maintenance and construction, trail maintenance, footbridge construction, and trail reroutes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59786
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District, Greenbrier Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. All improvements would be located along the Allegheny Trail on the North Zone of the MNF (Greenbrier and Cheat-Potomac Ranger Districts).
Cheat-Potomac System Trails Maintenance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2021 
Expected:08/2021  09/2021 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. 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
Camp Horseshoe Improvements
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2021 
Expected:06/2021  06/2021 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488 x7114
alexander.schlueter@usda.gov 
Description: This project proposes Two Camp Trail #111 addition, McKinley Run Tr #154 reroute, cabin restoration, lodge addition, demolition of the "little house" and privies at the YLA Camp, and a wastewater treatment system replacement at the Rec Area/YLA Camp.
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, approx. 2 miles southwest of Lead Mine, WV.
Pheasant Mountain Trail System Improvements
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2021 
Expected:06/2021  06/2021 Brooke Andrew
304-257-4488 ext 7124
brooke.andrew@usda.gov 
Description: This proposal includes new trail construction and overlook creation, existing trail maintenance, trail rerouting, and trailhead maintenance and expansion in order to protect natural resources and improve user experience.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59788
Location: UNIT - Cheat Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Tucker. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located in Tucker County, approximately two miles east of Parsons, WV and encompasses Shingletree Trail (#121), Pheasant Mtn Trail (#120), and Clover Trail (#124) and trailheads.
Upper Cheat River EA
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2021 
Expected:03/2022  04/2022 Amy Albright
304-257-4488 x 7128
amy.albright2@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
Cranberry Spring Creek
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2021 
Expected:05/2022  06/2022 Sarah Dezelin
304-846-2695
Sarah.Dezelin@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=58824
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Within the Cranberry River/Spring Creek watersheds. Includes Cranberry Glades, the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, part of the Cranberry Wilderness and the Falls of Hills. East of Richwood, WV.
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:06/2021
 
06/2021 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.
Hinkle Mountain Broadband Expansion Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2020 
Expected:04/2021
 
04/2021 Carol Whetsell
304-635-4489
carol.whetsell@usda.gov 
Description: SU permit issuance to install, operate, and maintain 3,370 feet (0.77 acre) of buried fiber optic cable along the edge of CR 7/4 Horse Ridge Cutoff Road and 1,895 feet (0.44 acre) of aerial fiber optic cable on Hinkle Mountain Ridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59208
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lines will be put along and near State Road 7/4, State Route 7, and County Routes 7/5 and 7/2, utilizing existing right-of-ways, crossing into National Forest Service Landin 3 locations.
Monongahela Power Holcomb Utility Repair SUP Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2021 
Expected:04/2021  04/2021 Jennifer Edmonds
802-767-4261 x. 529
jedmonds@fs.fed.us 
Description: description
Location: UNIT - Gauley Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Nicholas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The utility repair site is located approximately 4.5 miles northwest of Richwood and located less than a mile north of Holcomb.
Post Flood Trail Restoration on the Gauley RD
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
Greenbrier Southeast
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 04/16/2020 
Expected:06/2021
 
07/2021 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:07/2021
 
09/2021 Amy Albright
304-257-4488 x7128
amy.albright2@usda.gov 
Description: This project would implement a prescribed fire program on 4,665 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.
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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:12/2021
 
12/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 Salvage
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2020 
Expected:04/2021
 
04/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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).
Upper Elk Ecological Restoration Project
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 03/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
10/2021 James McCormick
304-799-4334 x7995527
james.mccormick@usda.gov 
Description: The goals of the proposed action include 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
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:06/2021
 
07/2021 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:05/2021
 
05/2021 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.
Lumberjack Trail Maintenance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2021 
Expected:06/2021  07/2021 Alexander Schlueter
304-257-4488 x7114
alexander.schlueter@usda.gov 
Description: Improve trail conditions and user experience on Lumberjack Trail (#534) by removing berms, improving trail tread, turnpiking, installing new and improving existing drainage features, and rerouting trail centerline in several locations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59792
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lumberjack Trail (#534) is located in Seneca Creek Backcountry, off of Forest Road 112 in Pendleton County, WV. Improvements could happen along the entire 5.7 mile length of the trail.
North Fork South Branch Potomac River Riparian Planting
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2021 
Expected:05/2021  05/2021 Chad Landress
304-456-3335 x128
chad.m.landress@usda.gov 
Description: This project proposes to plant approximately two acres of native tree and shrub species between an existing cultivation field & the North Fork of the South Branch Potomac River to expand the existing riparian buffer and mitigate future flood damage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59790
Location: UNIT - Potomac Ranger District. STATE - West Virginia. COUNTY - Pendleton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located approx 0.2 mile south of Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, along the edge of a hay cultivation field and adjacent to the existing riparian buffer of the NF South Branch Potomac River.
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