Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2018 to 06/30/2018
Chugach 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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R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest,  Cordova Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest,  Glacier Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest,  Seward Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Chugach National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chugach Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/09/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2018 
Expected:09/2018
 
09/2018 Denise Downie
530-543-2683; 907 743-9426
dedownie@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Chugach National Forest is revising and updating its 2002 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/chugach/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5408185
Location: UNIT - Chugach National Forest All Units. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Chugach National Forest.
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Chugach National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Two Thousand Firewood and Habitat Improvement Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 03/01/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 Kori Marchowsky
907-743-9436
kmarchowsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: Spread out across a wide area, firewood will be generated while increasing browse for moose, reducing fuels along roads and campgrounds, and adding structure to streams to improve watershed condition.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47534
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District, Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Activities will occur at select areas near Ingram Creek, Granite Creek, and communities of Hope, Moose Pass, and Cooper Landing.
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Chugach National Forest,   Cordova Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Copper River Delta Prescribed Fire Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/12/2018 
Expected:03/2018
 
03/2018 Melissa Gabrielson
907-424-4743
melissalgabrielson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to use prescribed burning to enhance nutritional quality and biomass of willow on the Copper River Delta by stimulating willow growth through prescribed fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53154
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Copper River Delta between the Scott River Basin (9 mile) and Saddlebag Rec area (26 mile).
Cordova Ranger District 2017 Special Use Permit Reissues
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/22/2017 
Expected:11/2017
 
12/2017 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Cordova Ranger District will reissue special use authorizations for 17 isolated cabins and one outfitter guide (Orca Adventures) providing guided hiking and sports fishing opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52561
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cordova Ranger District.
Dusky Habitat Enhancement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/19/2018 
Expected:04/2018
 
03/2019 Melissa Gabrielson
907-424-4743
melissalgabrielson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of the project is to thin spruce and cottonwood within dusky Canada goose nesting habitat, reducing predator perch sites thereby increasing nest success through predator deterrence and redistribution.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53156
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposed project will take place in high-density dusky Canada goose nesting habitat on the west CRD near the Pete Dahl cutoff of the lower Alaganik River, about 20 miles from Cordova.
Johnstone Point Runway Extension Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/02/2018  02/2018 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Extension of the runway at the Johnstone Point Communication Site. Improvements include removal of 2.3 acres of trees, installation of a culvert and armor rock, and resurfacing the runway with gravel.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52829
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Johnstone Point Communication Site is located on the northern tip of Hinchinbrook Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The runway is on the northern edge of the property.
Land Use Authorization Reissues for 2018
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2017 
Expected:02/2018  02/2018 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: The following permits will be reissued for new terms: Woods Outfitting, UNAVCO, Devils Mountain Guides Service, Copper Oar, George Siavelis, Lonesome Dove Outfitting, Ellis Big Game Guides, Sundog Expedition, Woods Outfitting. All are in compliance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52839
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cordova Ranger District.
Northern Sun, Inc. Proposal to provide outfitting/guiding services
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Northern Sun, Inc. dba Anderson Island Lodge is proposing to provide outfitting/guiding services such as hiking and canoe/kayaking on the West Delta and canoe/kayaking and sports fishing in Port Gravina and Sheep Bay, Prince William Sound.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49509
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Guided canoeing/kayaking on the Alaganik River and hiking on the West Delta and canoeing/kayaking and sports fishing in Port Gravina and Sheep/Simpson Bay.
Prince William Sound Zone Terrestrial Invasive Plant Treatment Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 12/18/2017  05/2018 Kate Mohatt
907-754-2348
kmohatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Proposed Action is to treat terrestrial invasive plants using integrated methods including chemical (herbicides and adjuvants) and physical treatments (mechanical and manual treatment). Analysis will include both existing and future infestations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50709
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. All terrestrial lands in the Prince William Sound Zone spanning from Whittier to the Eastern Copper River Delta and including State, Native, private, and municipal landownerships.
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Chugach National Forest,   Glacier Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
ACS of Anchorage request to install underground fiber optic line at Seward Hwy.
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2017 
Expected:11/2017  11/2017 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Alaska Communication Service of AK is requesting to trench and install 160 ft of fiber optic line as part of the Seward Highway MP 75-90 realignment at the Portage Curve.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52840
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Mile 79 Seward Highway,Alaska.
Chugach Electric Association - Distribution lines renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Katherine Van Massenhove
907-754-2315
kvanmassenhove@fs.fed.us 
Description: The special use authorization for Chugach Electric's distribution lines that cross national forest lands needs to be renewed to continue to authorize the powerline in their present location.
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. Distribution Lines for Portage Valley and Hope Highway, various other location on the Forest.
GCI Communication Corp Fiber Optic Facility Relocation
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/08/2017  03/2018 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us 
Description: GCI is requesting to relocate 4,787' of existing underground fiber optic cable as part of Phase I Seward Highway MP 75-90 realignment at Portage Curve. And as part of Phase II, installation of 4,891' of cable & 5 access vaults.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52909
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Along the Seward Highway MP81.5 - MP82 and MP84 - MP86.
Iditarod National Historic Trail - Portage Curve Multimodal Connector
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/16/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2018 
Expected:12/2018
 
04/2019 John Slown
406-329-3749
jslown@fs.fed.us 
Description: To provide a safe multipurpose recreational path to connect facilities along a highly-recreated segment of the Seward Highway while also completing a critical piece of the Iditarod National Historic Trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53311
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Parallel to the Seward Highway near Portage, from the vicinity of MP 75 at Ingram Creek to MP 82 north of Twentymile River. Includes connections to recreation facilities outside the highway corridor.
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Chugach National Forest,   Seward Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R10 - Alaska Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
City of Seward Renewal of Powerline Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Katherine Van Massenhove
907-754-2315
kvanmassenhove@fs.fed.us 
Description: The powerline permit for the City of Seward will expire at the end of 2013 and will need to be renewed to continue authorization to allow the right-of-way for the powerlines to cross National Forest Lands.
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - City of Seard Transmission Line: Dave Creek to Lawing is 115 KV and Lawing to Seward is 69 KV. Seward Highway from Mile 5 to mile 25.5.
Cooper Creek Stream Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A John Lang
907-288-7719
jslang@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stream restoration work on the lower 0.75 miles of Cooper Creek, from the mouth of the canyon to the confluence with the Kenai River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/chugach/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Township 05N, Range 03W, and section 34. Mile post 51.5 Sterling Highway.
Cooper Creek Stream Restoration/Mineral Materials Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Michael Johnson
907-288-7729
mwjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stream restoration work in conjunction with mineral materials extraction on about 2500 feet of Cooper Creek in an approximately 16 acre area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51696
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cooper Creek near the confluence with the Kenai River near Cooper Landing, Alaksa.
Resurrection Pass Trail--Commercial Recreation Special Uses
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Bobbie Jo Skibo
907-288-7739
bobbiejoskibo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Determine the appropriate level and variety of commercial recreation uses compatible with non-guided uses along the Resurrection Pass Trail system. Resolve the 1991 "freeze" on issuance of new special use permits for the trail system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45769
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Commercial recreation use along the Resurrection Pass Trail between the communities of Hope and Cooper Landing.
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