Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2020 to 03/31/2020
White Mountain 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, White Mountain National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, White Mountain National Forest,  Androscoggin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, White Mountain National Forest,  Pemigewasset Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, White Mountain National Forest,  Saco Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

White Mountain 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
Forest Plan Amendment-Whole Tree Removal from Developed Recreation and Forest Service Admin Sites
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2020 
Expected:06/2020  07/2020 Heather Mckenny
603-536-6135
heather.c.mckenny@usda.gov 
Description: Amend Forest-wide Vegetation Management Forest Plan Standards S-2 and S-3 to allow whole tree removal from developed recreation and Forest Service administrative sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57023
Location: UNIT - White Mountain National Forest All Units. STATE - Maine, New Hampshire. COUNTY - Oxford, Carroll, Coos, Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Service developed recreation and administrative sites.
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White Mountain National Forest,   Androscoggin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Evans Brook Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/26/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
06/2020 Patricia Nasta
207-824-2813
pnasta@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed timber harvest using even-aged and uneven-aged management methods to improve forest health, improve wildlife habitat diversity, and provide for a sustainable yield of forest products. Connected road work will be proposed as well.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52040
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - Maine. COUNTY - Oxford. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposed units are located between Hastings Campground and Evans Notch along Route 113, and west of Route 113 from Bull Brook north.
Peabody West Integrated Resource Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/06/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 05/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
01/2022 Johnida Dockens
207-323-5683
johnida.dockens@usda.gov 
Description: The Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest proposes recreation, transportation, vegetation, and wildlife habitat management activities in the Peabody West project area, Coos County, NH.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55659
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposed project area is located roughly between NH Route 16 to the east, Howker and Osgood ridges to the west, US Highway 2 to the north, and Pinkham Notch to the south.
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White Mountain National Forest,   Pemigewasset Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hudson Farm Prescribed Fire Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 11/15/2019 
Expected:04/2020
 
05/2020 Keith VanGorden
603-536-6128
keith.d.vangorden@usda.gov 
Description: Conduct prescribed fire at Hudson Farm, Bent Field, and Trescott Field to manage wildlife habitat and a site-specific Forest Plan amendment to allow prescribed fire in the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Management Area at these locations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56849
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Hudson Farm on Trescott Rd, Etna, NH.
Loon Mountain Lifts Replacement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2019 
Expected:04/2020
 
04/2020 Joseph Gill
603-447-5448 x5108
joseph.gill@usda.gov 
Description: Replacement of the Kancamagus Quad Chairlift with a high speed 8-person chairlift in the same general alignment and replacement of the Seven Brothers Triple Chairlift with a high speed 4-person chairlift in the same general alignment.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Loon Mountain Ski Resort in Lincoln, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
South Branch Gale River Dam Removal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/13/2019 
Expected:05/2020
 
05/2020 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
thomas.m.moore@usda.gov 
Description: Littleton Water and Light has requested the removal of the South Branch Gale River Dam, located on National Forest land. The infrastructure will be removed and the area restored to a natural riverine habitat.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bethlehem, Grafton County, New Hampshire, just off Gale River Loop Road.
Tarleton Conceptual Proposal Development
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2020 
Expected:02/2022  03/2022 Scott Hall
603-536-6226
scott.hall@usda.gov 
Description: The Pemigewasset Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest is in the early stages of proposal development for management activities within the conceptual Tarleton HMU in Grafton County, New Hampshire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56394
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The conceptual planning area is focused on the Lake Tarleton and Sentinel Mountain HMU's.
Wanosha Integrated Resource Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 07/22/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
01/2020 Johnida Dockens
207-323-5683
johnida.dockens@usda.gov 
Description: Proposed recreation, wildlife habitat, vegetation, and transportation management activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51358
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll, Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is bound roughly by Tripoli Road on the north, Waterville Valley to the east, the Sandwich Range to the south, and Interstate 93 to the west.
Waterville Valley Lifts Replacement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2019 
Expected:06/2020
 
06/2020 Joseph Gill
603-447-5448 x5108
joseph.gill@usda.gov 
Description: Replacement of the White Peaks Quad Chairlift with a high speed 6-person chairlift, replacement of the Sunnyside Double Chairlift with a fixed grip 4-person chairlift, all in the same general alignment, and removal of the Northside Double Chairlift.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Waterville Valley Ski Resort in Waterville Valley, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
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White Mountain National Forest,   Saco Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cold River Integrated Resource Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2020 
Expected:11/2020
 
06/2021 Charles Sharp
970-403-6174
charlesmsharp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation, wildlife habitat, and recreation management activities in the Cold River Habitat Management Unit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55348
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - Maine, New Hampshire. COUNTY - Oxford, Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Chatham, Carroll County and Beans Purchase, Coos County, New Hampshire, and South Oxford, Stowe and Stoneham, Oxford County, Maine.
Sandwich Conceptual Proposal Development
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2021 
Expected:12/2022  06/2023 Jason Lyle
603-447-5448
jasonslyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Saco Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest is developing a proposal for vegetation, wildlife habitat, recreation, and transportation management in the Sandwich project area, Grafton County, NH.
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - Maine, New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Towns of Sandwich, Tamworth, and Albany.
Sandwich Conceptual Proposal Development
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2021 
Expected:12/2022  09/2023 Jason Lyle
603-447-5448
jasonslyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Early conceptual development to explore opportunities to implement Forest Plan to better meet desired vegetation, wildlife habitat, recreation, watershed, and transportation conditions in the Sandwich Habitat Management Unit.
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sandwich, Tamworth, and Albany, Carroll County, NH.
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