Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2018 to 12/31/2018
Chugach 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) :
R10 - Alaska Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
R10 - Alaska Region, Chugach National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
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)

R10 - Alaska Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alaska Roadless Rulemaking
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/02/2018
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2019 
Expected:06/2020
 
07/2020 Robin Dale
907-586-9344
rdale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Alaska specific roadless rule that will establish a land classification system designed to conserve roadless area characteristics on the Tongass National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54511
Location: UNIT - R10 - Alaska Region All Units. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Juneau, Ketchikan Gateway, Prince of Wales-Outer, Sitka, Wrangell-Petersburg, Yakutat. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tongass National Forest.
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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

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/03/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2019 
Expected:06/2019
 
07/2019 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/project/?project=40816
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,   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
- 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

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/07/2017  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.
Cordova Ranger District Land Use Authorization Reissues for 2018
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/17/2018  08/2018 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.
Cordova Telephone Cooperative Cell Tower Height Increase
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/17/2018  08/2018 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cordova Telephone Cooperative is requesting to amend communication site lease COR168 to increase the height of an existing tower 10 feet to avoid interference from tree growth along an adjacent ridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54339
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - T16S, R1E, Sec. 34, CRM. Mile 22 Copper River Highway, Cordova Ranger District.
Dusky Habitat Enhancement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/06/2018  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.
Native Village of Eyak Traditional Fish Camp
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2018 
Expected:12/2018  04/2019 Debra Srb
907-424-4726
dsrb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Native Village of Eyak is proposing to install and operate a traditional fish camp on Eyak River. The camp would include tent platforms, smokehouse, walkways, stairs, outhouse, cameras, etc. Seasonal use. human waste is packed out.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54316
Location: UNIT - Cordova Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Eyak River Lat 60.49959822 Long -145.67331868. Eyak River.
Northern Sun, Inc. Proposal to provide outfitting/guiding services
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Cancelled  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.
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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
Black Bear Research in the Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/24/2018 
Expected:08/2018
 
08/2018 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us 
Description: Alaska Dept of Fish and Game proposes a 2-year black bear study within State GMU 6D that includes collecting biopsy samples and hair snares using a boat based helicopter for support. Requires ~100-150 heli landings over 7-10 day time period each year
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54414
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Valdez-Cordova. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Western Prince William Sound, within Alaska State Game Mgmt Unit 6D.
Chugach Electric Association - Distribution lines renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Cancelled  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.
Freestone Gravel Pit Expansion Area
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 12/14/2017 
Expected:04/2018
 
04/2018 Steve Hohensee
907-790-7460
shohensee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to expand the Freestone Gravel Pit to accommodate mineral material needs for a construction project on the Seward Highway. It includes clearing vegetation and overburden, excavating and processing materials, and hauling materials off-site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53874
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Portage Valley.
Installation of fiber optic line, Seward Highway MP 79
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/21/2017  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.
Outfitter/Guide Permit Amendment, Alaska Backcountry Access
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/12/2017 
Expected:10/2018
 
11/2018 Phillip Zumstein
907-754-2315
pwzumstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: This decision is a response to the proposal for a permit modification from Alaska Backcountry Access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54412
Location: UNIT - Glacier Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Anchorage. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Twentymile valley, Portage Valley, Turnagain Pass, Johnson Pass, Placer River Drainage, Palmer Creek Rd, Upper Winner Creek, Crow Pass.
Portage Curve Multimodal Connector
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/27/2018 
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.
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

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@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.
Forest Plan amendment, applying only to the Sterling Highway MP 45-60 Project
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/28/2018 
Expected:02/2019
 
06/2020 David Fitz-Enz
907 743 9595
dfitzenz@fs.fed.us 
Description: In support of the Federal Highway Administration Record of Decision for the Sterling Highway 45-60 Project, the Forest Service proposes a project-specific Forest Plan amendment to make the selected route consistent with the Chugach Forest Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54735
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The area where the new segment of the Sterling Highway would cross Juneau Creek.
Resurrection Pass Trail--Commercial Recreation Special Uses
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Cancelled  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.
Stream Gauge Installation at Tern Lake
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/25/2018  07/2018 Teresa Paquet
907-754-2314
tpaquet@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stream gauge equipment to be installed at Tern Lake Picnic Area salmon viewing platform. The gauge will collect hydrology data to support reservation of water applications to protect the lake level and instream flow.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54409
Location: UNIT - Seward Ranger District. STATE - Alaska. COUNTY - Kenai Peninsula. LEGAL - NW1/4 Sec. 13, T.5N., R.2 W. Seward Meridian. Tern Lake Picnic Area at Tern Lake Junction at MP37 Seward Highway (off of Sterling Highway). Gage to be affixed to the east side of the salmon viewing platform at 60.5305.15, -149.556771.
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