Projects are proposed actions that, through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) analyze different alternatives to the proposed action. This requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, is implemented on the ground.

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) - The quarterly summary of proposed actions that will begin or are currently undergoing environmental analysis and documentation.

The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. 

Chugach National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.
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Developing Proposal

Chugach Forest Plan Revision

The Chugach National Forest is revising and updating its 2002 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).

Cooper Creek Ground Water well(s) installation

Through well points, collect at least two types of data: hydraulic conductivity measurements and groundwater-level measurements in a proposed future restoration project and in the vicinity of a proposed new channel.

Granite Creek Campground Streambank Stabilization and Fisheries Enhancement Project

The project will restore 600 feet of eroding stream banks with engineered log jams designed to restore bank integrity and improve adult and juvenile salmon, trout and char habitat.

Jerome Lake Trickle-dam Removal

The proposal is to remove the trickle-dam from the outlet of Jerome Lake, and redistribute the rock in the immediate area. The removed structure would allow anadromous fish use of the entire watershed.

Trail Habitat Improvement Project

Improve moose forage through prescribed burning, mechanical and/or hand treatments, while reducing fuel loading and continuity.

Under Analysis

2014 Special Use Permit Renewals

2014 permit renewals for: H2O Guides Summer Activities,Univeristy of Alaska,FBKS - Seismic Sites, FAA Strawbery Pt.

American Way Gravel Disposal

Disposal of gravel through a competitive bid

CDK Mining Plan of Operations

Proposal to approve a mining plan of operations for suction dredging and access on Bertha Creek in Turnagain Pass

Hard Labor Mining Plan of Operations

Renewal of an approved mining plan of operations for an additional five years. Proposal includes ATV access, tent camp and suction dredging in Gulch Creek

Main Bay Fish Hatchery Permit Renewal

Renewal of a multi-year special use permit to Alaska Department of Fish and Game for continued use & maintenance of the Main Bay Fish Hatchery located in Main Bay, Prince William Sound. Managed by PWS Aquaculture Corp. EIS/ROD 1980. Constructed 1981.

Resurrection Creek Restoration Phase II

Approve a supplement to a mining plan of operations and new mining operations. Restore Resurrection Creek's channel, floodplain, and streamside vegetation to pre-mining conditions and enhance fish and riparian wildlife habitat.

Resurrection Pass Trail--Commercial Recreation Special Uses

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.

San Juan Bay, Quadra Creek Habitat Improvement

Crowded stands in clearcut and uplifted areas would be thinned to accelerate tree growth and old-growth forest conditions. Canopy openings would be created in older clearcut to improve wildlife habitat. Some downed wood to be used for fish habitat.

Sand Trail Parking Area Construction Project

The project is to build a 60ft X 140ft. parking area at the Sand Trail trailhead to provide safe public parking along the Copper River Highway to access National Forest system lands.

Spencer Whistle Stop Outfitter & Guide Opportunities

Provide commercial recreation opportunities at the Spencer Whistle Stop recreation area, by issuing special use permits.

Timberline & Stormy Mining Plan of Operations

Renewal of an existing approved mining plan of operations

White Rock Mining Plan of Operations

Plan of Operations proposing geological mapping and prospecting

Wild Alpine, LLC permit amendment

Wild Alpine is requesting an amendment to their existing permit to authorize a new use area southwest of Turnagain Pass. Current permit authorizes avalanche education classes and other backcountry travel uses in Turnagain Pass & Portage Valley.

Wood Bison Project--Supplemental EA

The USFS is considering amending the Wood Bison Pasture permit to ADFG to allow burning 130 piles on 138 acres of cleared land during winter. The action requires a supplement to the original Wood Bison Project EA to account for changed circumstances.

Analysis Completed

Hope Stone Mineral Materials

Removing slate from an existing source near Mile 11.5 of the Hope Hwy using hand tools and mechanized equipment to load and move pallets of slate and for reclamation. Storage of slate on-site may be authorized through a special use permit

Joe's Place mining plan of operations

Proposal to extend a plan of operations for suction dredging and access to an operaton on Cooper Creek for an additional 5 years

Kenai Lake Work Center East #7398 and #3532 Conveyance

Sale of two parcels totalling approximately 40 acres of National Forest System Lands at MP 23 of the Seward Hwy, pursuant to the Forest Service Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005.

Kenai Peninsula Invasive Plant Control

Control infestations of priority invasive plant occurrences on the Kenai Peninsula portion of the Chugach National Forest including use of herbicides on small scales on species and infestations where manual control has largely failed.

Lynx #1 mining plan of operations

Proposal for an extension of an existing plan of operations for access on a trail closed to the general public, seasonal suction dredging, and a seasonal tent camp on Lynx Creek.

McClain's Mining Plan of Operations

Proposed mechanical placer mining plan of operations including several 50'x100' excavations per operating season and a 50'x50' camp area. Equipment proposed is a small trommel, small dozer, small excavator and skid steer loader.

Russian River Campground Reconstruction Project

The purpose of this project is to reconstruct Russian River Campground to improve pedestrian/vehicles access, improve functionality of Russian Lakes Trailhead, provide a fish waste disposal facility, and improve facilities for visitor contacts.

Winter Supplemental Plan of Operations

The Plan proposes cutting 15 to 20 small diameter trees in preparation of processing placer gravels and use and maintenance of approximately 500 feet of new access road to access upper benches of Quartz Creek for exploration.

On Hold

Cooper Creek Stream Restoration

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.

HMC Palmer Creek Mining Plan of Operations

seasonal suction dredging and high-banking, sampling, road repair, and use of a seasonal camp consisting of tents or campers. Access will be by ATV or snowmobile, road vehicles, or small excavation equipment on roads currently closed to the public

One Eyed Pond Channel

One Eyed Pond is an isolated former gravel pit. We propose to dig a 40-ft channel to connect it to an adjacent pond. This will allow anadromous salmonids to enter and use the pond for summer and winter rearing habitat.


Alaska Department of Fish and Game O/G Permit Renewal

Re-issue special use permit for guided cross-country skiing and overnight camping on Bean Creek and Resurrection Pass Trail; fishing and hiking on Russian River Angler and Russian River Falls Trails; fishing, hiking and camping on Lost Lake Trail.

Gem Mining Plan of Operations

Seasonal high-banking along Palmer Creek with a two inch high-banker and use of a seasonal RV camp, ATV for access, and occasional use of a small dozer for reclamation work

Granite Creek Campground Reconstruction

Reconstruct and upgrade existing 17 site campground to meet accessibility guidelines; provide additional recreation opportunities such as group camping, double sites, hiking trails and winter camping; and reduce exposure to flooding/erosion.

HHH Mining Plan of Operations

Year round suction dredging in Palmer Creek with two (2) six inch suction dredges, high-banking on the bench above Palmer Creek, and use of two temporary tent camps. Access will be by snowmobile or ATV on existing trails.

Prince William Sound Campsite Hardening and Restoration

19 dispersed backcountry campsites in Western Prince William Sound would be hardened and restored.

Quartz Creek Transmission Line Reconstruction

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Chugach National Forest is proposing to rebuild a 12-15 mile segment of the Quartz Creek 115kV transmission line

Recreation Event 6-Mile Creek 2014

Recreation Event to take place Sat/Sun during August 2014

Project Archive

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