Schedules of Proposed Actions

The “Schedule of Proposed Actions” (SOPA) for the National Forests in Alabama includes all project proposals that we currently anticipate working on over the next three months. We update this schedule quarterly as budgets and project priorities change. The schedule is not a NEPA document nor is it a solicitation for comments. Comments addressed to the schedule do not provide standing for appeal purposes.

The purpose of the SOPA is to provide you with enough information to decide which projects are of interest to you, and whom to contact should you wish to become involved in the analysis and decision process on the forest.

Project specific comments are solicited through formal scoping during the periods shown in the schedule. If you are interested in a project or projects, please contact the responsible Forest Service employee shown on the Schedule (SOPA) and provide project specific comments.

National Forests in Alabama past Schedules of Proposed Actions are  available here.

National Forests in Alabama Current and Recent Projects

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Under Analysis

2015 Shoal Creek Ranger District Midstory Removal

The Forest Service is proposing a mid-story removal for approximately 318 acres on the Shoal Creek Ranger District.

Aeonian Environmental Analysis

2100 acres within Compartments 30, 31, 40 and 47 on the Shoal Creek Ranger District. Include approximately 1600 acres of thinning and 500 acres of clearcuts with reforestation, including chemical site preparation, site prep burning and release.

Amaranthine Environmental Assessment

Treatment of approximately 2,000 acres through intermediate thinning and regeneration treatments to restore montain longleaf pine ecosystems

Houston Longleaf Restoration Project

Longleaf Pine and Oak-Pine Woodland Restoration

Owl Creek Trail System - Re-route

Owl Creek Trail System re-route and maintenance project

Shoal Creek Road Access

Project includes the removal of gates within the Big Oak Physically Disabled Hunting Area, closing of approximately 6.3 miles of open roads, decommissioning of 20.5 mile of closed roads, and altering seasonal closure dates.

Special Use Permit - Reggie Watts Right-of-way

Issue a special use permit for right-of-way to Reggie Watts for driveway and utility installation to private property.

Special Use Permit- Alabama Power Company Distribution Line, Franklin County Road 138

Special use permit to install a new distribution power line with 3 poles and 2 guys and 860 ft. /- of overhead conductor adjacent to Franklin County Highway #138. Line clearing of trees will be 15 ft from line where needed.

Talladega Division New Prescribed Burn Units Environmental Assessment

Addition of 9900 acres to its prescribed burning program for fuel reduction, ecosystem restoration and wildlife habitat improvement

Tallaseehatchee Bridge

Construction of new bridge to replace a 75 year old multi-span bride.

Tuskegee NF Rxburning

Conduct approximately 2100 acres of prescribed burning on the Tuskegee National Forest in Compartments 2,3 & 13 for fuel reduction and wildlife habitat improvement.

Analysis Completed

Alabama Power Company / Southern Electric Generation Company - Gaston-Yellow Dirt Transmission Line

Replacement of eight structures on existing right-of-way and construction of bridge over Hatchett Creek for maintenance access.

BNF Rush Creek/NFSR 263 Culvert Replacement Project

The existing culvert will be replaced with a single span bridge, with abutment walls and wingwalls designed to pass a 50-year flood event and span the bankfull width of Rush Creek.

Deer Pen Restoration Project

To provide resiliency and sustainability by restoring species composition, structure, and function through a series of actions designed to favor native species on native sites

Greater Collier Watershed Forest Health and Restoration Project

Shortleaf Pine and Oak Woodland Restoration

Horn Mountain Communication Tower

Construction of new telecommunication tower at existing communications site on Horn Mountain

NFsAL Indiana Bat Forest Plan Amendment

Amend the Revised Forest Plan(2004)to remove FW-106 which deals with growing season burning and to restructure standards FW-101, FW-102 and FW-104, which deal with snag and roost retention and upland water sources, in Indiana Bat management areas.

Tuskegee Upland Pine Restoration Project

Restoration and improvement of upland Pine stands using timber harvests, midstory removal, herbicide application, and integrated NNIS control.


Alabama Outward Bound

Issuing an Outfitter Guide Permit which will allow Alabama Outward Bound to operate on National Forests lands. The goal of this program is to teach environmental education.

Bell Springs Prescribed Burn

A new 833 acre prescribed burn unit in the Bell Springs area.

Herbicide Application

Herbicide use for release of young longleaf stands and unwanted hardwood excroachement in mature pine stands.

Marlow Branch Prescribed Burn

A new 796 acre prescribed burn umit in the Germany Mtn area.

Mump Creek Prescribed Burn Addition

Add an additional 826 acre block in the SE corner of the existing Mump Creek burn.

Salt Creek Prescribed Burn

A new 805 acre prescribed burn unit in the Salt Creek area.

Special Use Permit - Alabama Power Company Distribution Line, Winston County Road 91

Special use permit to install new single phase power line within the existing 15' right-of-way along Winston County Road 91.

Talladega Mtn Prescribed Burn

A new 1106 acre prescribed burn unit in the Chandler Springs area.

Tim Smith Permanent Easement SUP

Issue a special use permit for a right-of-way for access to private land.

Tree Farm Prescribed Burn

A new 2640 acre prescribed burn unit located west of Turnipseed Camp.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.