Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2020 to 09/30/2020
White Mountain National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R9 - Eastern Region, White Mountain National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, White Mountain National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

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

           *UPDATED*
- 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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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

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 06/05/2020  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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Route 302 Fiber Optic Cable Installation Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2020 
Expected:07/2020
 
07/2020 Jennifer Burnett
603-536-6237
jennifer.burnett2@usda.gov 
Description: Bretton Woods Telephone Company proposes to install, use and maintain under new Special Use Permit (SUP) an aerial 0.25 inch strand and a 144-count fiber optic cable on an existing pole line in Carroll, New Hampshire.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District, Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos, Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Western end - The corridor 0.9 miles east of Rt. 3 and Rt. 302 junction in Twin Mountain. Eastern end - at the Forest boundary where it crosses the corridor 0.3 miles west of Cherry Mountain Rd.
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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
Eversource Pole Replacement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special area management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2020 
Expected:07/2020
 
07/2020 Thomas Moore
603-466-2713 x226
thomas.m.moore@usda.gov 
Description: Eversource is requesting the conversion of 12 wooden transmission poles to standard steel transmission poles in the S136 transmission line.
Location: UNIT - Androscoggin Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Coos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Along U.S. Highway 2 just north of the White Mountain National Forest Presidential Range in Randolph, Coos County, New Hampshire.
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: Proposed 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 is located in the Peabody West Habitat Management Unit and the Hermit Lake Complex.
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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
Loon Mountain Bike Trails Phase 3
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2020 
Expected:07/2020
 
08/2020 Joseph Gill
603-447-5448 x5108
joseph.gill@usda.gov 
Description: Add 14 additional beginner, intermediate, and difficult terrain trails to the Phase 1 & 2 mountain bike trails system at the Loon Mountain Ski Resort.
Location: UNIT - Pemigewasset Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Grafton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Loon Mountain Ski Resort off NH State Highway 112 in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Tarleton Integrated Resource Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/29/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 06/2021 
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 proposes recreation, transportation, vegetation, and wildlife habitat management activities within the Tarleton project area, Grafton County, New Hampshire
Web Link:  https://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 Habitat Management Unit.
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:07/2020
 
09/2020 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
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2019 
Expected:10/2020
 
10/2020 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:
Objection Period Legal Notice 06/30/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
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. Carroll County, New Hampshire; and Oxford County, Maine.
Sandwich 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 01/2021 
Expected:12/2022  09/2023 James Innes
603-447-5448 x 5102
james.innes@usda.gov 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57392
Location: UNIT - Saco Ranger District. STATE - New Hampshire. COUNTY - Carroll. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sandwich, Tamworth, and Albany, Carroll County, NH.
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