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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Developing Proposal

Blue Springs West

Conecuh National Forest proposes to thin stands to increase early successional habitat, mostly located within the Blue Springs WMA, west of Highway 137. The project area is approximately 9,000 acres of National Forest Land.

Parker Springs Tower CE

Approve and modify current use of the radio facilities at Parker Springs Tower by Escambia County Sheriff. Modification is needed to add back-up power generation.

Under Analysis

Alabama Power Mitchell Property Electric Access

Requests access across national forest lands in the NW ? of section 19, T17S, R8E in Talladega County for residential electrical service. The maintained corridor will be about 2646 feet long and 20-30 feet wide with the total permit area of ~1.3 ac

Boggy Hollow Longleaf Pine Management Project

To restore and maintain desired conditions of fire-maintained longleaf pine forest and to improve habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers and other featured species that are dependent on these conditions.

Palustris Assessment Area

Vegetation management

Pearson Gap Expanded

Project activities are designed 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.

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

Analysis Completed

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.

Bankhead 2016 Forest Health Project

Improve forest health while concurrently reducing the risk of Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) outbreak through the thinning of overstocked pine stands.

Brushy Lake Recreation Area Timber Salvage

Conduct a commercial salvage timber harvest of wind-damaged trees within the Brushy Lake Recreation Area on approximately 4 acres.

Houston Longleaf Restoration Project

Longleaf Pine and Oak-Pine Woodland Restoration

NFsAL Forest Plan Monitoring Plan Transition

Update Forest Plan Monitoring Plan to meet requirements of 2012 Planning Rule. This effort will result in an Administrative Change to the Forest Plan and is NOT a NEPA decision. NEPA project webpage used to increase visibility for public convenience.

Pearson Gap

The Pearson Gap project is designed to improve the resiliency of important red-cockaded woodpecker habitat to southern pine beetle infestations, while moving the area toward the desired condition of longleaf woodlands with intermixed savannahs.

Shoal Creek Competitive Trail Ride

Judged competitive trail ride utilizing the Warden Station Campground and associated multi-use trails.

Shoal Creek Healthy Forest Project

Thinning of overstocked plantations to reduce southern pine beetle threat

On Hold

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.

Tallaseehatchee Bridge

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


Sipsey Soil Survey SUP

Long-term Soil Monitoring at U.S. Geological Survey Reference Watersheds. The project will use repeated soil sampling to document environmental change.

Upland Hardwood Restoration Project

This project will focus on converting offsite loblolly pine plantations to upland hardwood forests.

Project Archive

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