Projects

Current Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The Gifford Pinchot's National Forest's Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA), is published quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.)

To view our Schedule of Proposed Actions, please visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest 

Specific Information: For proposal-specific information, please contact the corresponding "Project Contact" listed in the SOPA.

Future Involvement: To be included in future public involvement for a specific proposal, contact the corresponding "Project Contact" listed in the SOPA and indicate your interest in being involved.

Past SOPA Reports

Visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest for the most recent past SOPA reports in both PDF and HTML formats.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Under Analysis

2013 MSH/MTA TSI

Young stand thinning and bough removal to optimize the health and growth of young stands as well as firewood collection.

Cave Bear Road Management

The Cave-Bear Road Management project focuses on road decommissioning, closure and maintenance in Trout Lake Creek, Cave-Bear Creek, and Dry/Lost Creeks watersheds to restore failing roads and remove unneeded roads from the transportation system.

Cispus Side Channel Restoration

This project is proposed to develop off-channel aquatic and terrestrial wildlife habitat at two sites along the Cispus River corridor.

Coldwater Lake Campsite Development

Proposed designation of backcountry campsites around perimeter of Coldwater Lake to be used by paddlers, hikers, outfitter-guides, and educational groups.

Crater View Climb

Project identifies a climbing route on the north side of Mt. St. Helens. No trail construction, machinery or tools will be required.

Instream Log Placement on Lewis River and Little Creek

The project proposes to place in-stream log structures (downed trees with root wads attached) in a stretch of a side channel to the Lewis River and along a stretch of Little Creek.

Kalama Non-Stock Campground

Proposal for creation of a low-development campground at two sites near Forest Road 81 to provide non-stock campers with tent and trailer camping opportunities.

North Zone Transplants

The proposal is to maintain and increase stand vitality and health for future habitat and timber production by thinning overstocked young stands and selling the excess live trees as transplants.

Science and Learning Center at Coldwater Camp

An ADA accessible campground project located at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.

Smith Butte Research Natural Area Establishment

This proposal would officially establish the Smith Butte Research Natural Area (RNA). It is currently proposed in the Gifford Pinchot Land and Resource Management Plan and has been effectively treated as an RNA since 1990.

Special Use Permit for Research: Investigating Magma under Mount St. Helens (iMUSH)

A team of researchers are requesting a special use permit to conduct a series of geophysical experiments on the Forest. The objective is to obtain high-resolution data of the magmatic plumbing system underground the Cascades.

Swift Plantation Thin

Commercial thinning of conifers using ground based equipment, skyline/cable, and potentially helicopter logging systems, construction of temporary roads, landings, and skid trails. Early seral creation on 200 acres may also be considered.

Analysis Completed

Ape Cave Overflow Parking

A new parking lot would be constructed; approximately 0.2 acres in size, between the current parking lot and the existing overflow parking area.

ARRA Bridges EA

Removal and replacement of three bridges. All will be replaced with steel modular bridges. Two bridges are deteriorating log stringers, the third is a cement bridge which is buckling.

Botanical Special Forest Products Harvest

The Forest proposes to authorize and regulate the sustainable harvest of forest botanical products, including salal, fungi (including mushrooms), huckleberries, and beargrass, as well as less frequently requested botanical species.

Cave Bear Meadow Enhancement Project

Project to benefit wildlife meadow habitat. Work includes small tree removal for meadow maintenance.

Cispus Learning Center Sanitation Harvest

Windthrow of green Douglas-firs and western hemlocks in areas adjacent to buildings at the Cispus Environmental Learning Center (CLC) have highlighted a need to take immediate action to address laminated root rot.

Clear Creek Road Decommissioning Project

This proposal would close or decommission 25.3 miles of roads within the Muddy River, Upper Lewis River, and White Salmon River fifth-field watersheds.

Climbers Bivouac Road (8100830) and Trailhead Improvement

Add aggregate and surface FR 8100830 with 3" asphalt. Improve management and reduce campsite expansion by developing and hardening 15 primitive walk-in tent camping sites.

Cowlitz Thin Timber Sale

Commercial Thinning of approximately 700 acres in matrix and LSR, mixture of young and older stands.

Dry Burton Timber Sale

Commercial thinning of approximately 320 acres of mid-seral planted stands.Recontruct approximately 2 miles of closed roads (to be closed again after completion of project).

Falls Creek Falls Trailhead Upgrade

Consolidate Falls Creek and Falls Creek Falls Trailhead. Reroute a portion of the Falls Creek Trail (#152A).

Fish Passage and Aquatic Habitat Restoration at Hemlock Dam

To restore migratory fish passage, and aquatic and riparian habitat at Hemlock Dam on Trout Creek.

Gotchen LSR Density Reduction

A 47-acre density reduction project, proposed under Title II. Proposed for stewardship contract.

Government Mineral Springs Summer Home Consistency/Continuance

Determine whether each of the existing summer homes are consistent with the LRMP and if not, make recommendations for compliance.

Hazard Tree Felling, Piling and Burning Along Forest Road 8040 and 8040500

Danger trees that pose a hazard to travel routes Forest Road 8040 and 8040500 would be felled and the downed woody debris would be available for firewood, or biomass, if feasible. Any remaining debris would be piled and burned.

Ice Caves Cattle & Horse Allotment

Develop/update the management standards and mitigation measures (Allotment Management Plan) to assure cattle grazing is in compliance with the 1990 Gifford Pinchot National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

Instream Fish Habitat Restoration and Crab Creek Acclimation Pond

Place instream log structures in Lewis River Side Channels and Clearwater Creek. A temporary tank acclimation pont to acclimate juvenile Chinook Salmon and the thinning of excess douglas-fir trees between 5-20 dbh is also proposed

Kalama Thinning

Thin 40-year old trees within a 70-acre area to accelerate growth.

Martha Creek Dam Removal

The segment of dam proposed for removal is approximately 40 feet across by a maximum of 7 feet high. Drill holes would be made into the dam to facilitate placement of explosive materials into the concrete structure.

Mount St. Helens Instream and Fish Habitat Restoration 2010

The project places logjam structures in Pine Creek, Green Fork and Slide Creek to improve spawning and fish habitat.

Mowich Huckleberry Enhancement

Thin conifers to a 30-40% residual canopy cover, reconstruct approximately 1.0 mile of road, yard tops attached to landings (machine pile landing slash), burn slash piles. Objective is to enhance huckleberry growth and production.

Nisqually Thin

3,400 acre timber thinning project, to include commercial thinning on 41 units utlizing ground-based, skyline, and possibly helicopter logging systems. Approximately 7.17 miles of road are proposed to be closed and stabilized following harvest. A suite of other restoration projects are also proposed.

North Fork Timber Sale

Commercial thinning and regeneration harvest for forest health issues, and maintenance or enhancement of wildlife and aquatic features.

Packwood Facilities Disposal

Disposal of facilities at Packwood Ranger Station, potentially including office, housing, outbuildings.

Pepper Cat Thin

commercially thinning approximately 2300 acres in the MSHNVM. Commercial thinning, treatments designed to address forest health issues, and treatments to retain or enhance wildlife are possible activities.

Sawtooth Huckleberry Restoration Project

The proposal is to enhance huckleberry production. A variety of methods for reducing tree canopy cover could occur, including lopping, girdling, firewood harvest, commercial timber harvest, and prescribed burning.

Tee Thinning Timber Sale

Commercial thinning of approximately 5 MMBF.

Upper Trout Creek Riparian, Stream Channel and Fish Passage Rehabilitation Project

Restore riparian areas and channel stability to recover viable populations of wild steelhead in Upper Trout Creek and its tributaries.

Wildcat Thinning

Thinning on Mount St. Helens in various land management types.

Win-Thin Timber Sale

Win-Thin Timber Sale proposes a commercial thinning of up to 770 acres. The construction of temporary roads and landings is also proposed.

Project Archive

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