Backcountry Ski Pilot Project
Designate four backcountry ski pilot project areas. Activities include thinning of vegetation to enhance skiable terrain while maintaining a healthy forest structure. Additional activities include installing signage and monitoring impacts of the use.
Marks Private Land Access Special Use Permit
Andrew Marks has applied for access to his private land off the Fay Road in Goshen. Consists of constructing an 80 ft long by 14 ft wide low standard road for wood lot management and recreation use.
Rochester Ranger District Wellness Trails
Designate 2.6 miles of hiking trail adjacent to the Rochester Ranger Station. A trail by the administrative site would provide employees and the public with a multiple loop system of varying skill level and terrain.
South of Route 9 Integrated Resource Project
Multi-resource project activities to meet desired future conditions provided by the 2006 Forest Plan. Resource areas include: recreation, heritage, watershed, soils, fish, wildlife, rare plants, natural communities, forest products, vegetation (other than forest products), and roads.
Tucker Johnson Shelter Reconstruction
Reconstruct the Tucker Johnson shelter along the Long Trail (LT) that burned down in 2011. Includes the construction of a short trail (about 200 feet) to connect the shelter to the LT.
Communication Sites Forest Plan Amendment
Clarify the management direction for existing communication sites Forest-wide including the Philidelphia Peak repeater within the Battell Wilderness with modification of Forest-wide and Wilderness Area Management Area standards and guidelines. Initial public comment scoping period ended October 30, 2013.
Gilmore Mountain Aspen Management Project
Re-establish regenerating and young age class component in aspen/birch communities by commercial timber harvest in mature and high risk stands. Harvest areas include small multiple sites totaling about 63 acres. Initial scoping period ended on March 10, 2014.
Killington Bike Trails
Designate and construct an approximate 15 mile mountain bike loop system composed of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Scoping has been initiated with the comment period ending August 15, 2014.
North Zone Green Mountain Power Special Use Permit
Issue a special use permit to Green Mountain Power to extend, replace, and/or upgrade approximately 4,088 feet of electric distribution line at 3 seperate sites for a total of 1.74 acres of National Forest System land. These sites were formerly seperate projects (Robert Frost Interpretive Trail buried line relocation, Ripton-Lincoln Road line extension, and Downingville Road line upgrade) that have been combined into one project. Scoping has been initiated with comment period ending August 5, 2014.
Snow Valley C7 Snowmobile Trail Relocation
Relocate existing snowmobile trail from Snow Valley private property onto adjacent private property and NFS lands. The portion on National Forest System (NFS) lands would be approximately 0.6 mile of newly constructed trail, 0.1 mile of improved existing trail, and 0.5 mile of existing trail to be decommissioned. Scoping intiated with comment period ending August 29, 2014.
Wilmington Water District Special Use
Wilmington Water District draws water from a series of wells and springs in the vicinity of Crystal Pond, Crystal Pond itself, and, when needed as a last resort, Haystack Pond. They are tied to a main pipeline leading to a large water tank with a back-up treatment plant located off NFS lands. This proposal would place the system located on NFS lands under proper authorization.
Youth Pioneer Event Special Use
Issue a special use permit to authorize the Church of Latter Day Saints youth group to reenact the 19th century Mormon pilgrimage using National Forest trails. The scoping comment period ended on June 16, 2014.
Backbone Horse Camp Water Hydrant
Create an improved and cleaner water source for stock users at Backbone Horse Camp and Trail by dredging and piping to a frost free hydrant. A legal notice was published on February 7, 2014 triggering a 30-day comment period ending on March 10, 2014.
Breakneck Brook Large Woody Debris Restoration
Place whole trees and rootwads (large woody debris) into Breakneck Brook to restore aquatic habitat functions such as sediment storage, pool formation and streambed stability. Trees and rootwads would be placed and anchored with a small tracked excavator. Existing large woody debris quantities are less than 50 pieces/mile and natural conditions should be 175-235 pieces/mile. No comments of concern were received during the 30-day notice and comment period thus there is no appeal opportunity for this project decision.
Bromley Beginner Glade Skiing
Create and maintain three glade skiing trails approximately 25 feet wide at Bromley Ski Area. Includes minimal clearing and has no earth disturbance. The closed canopy will be maintained. Scoping period for comments on the proposal ended on May 23, 2014.
Deerfield Wind Energy Development Special Use Permit EIS
The Deerfield Wind Project Final EIS was completed in December 2011 and the Record of Decision was signed on January 3, 2012. The decision was to implement Alternative 2 that authorizes the issuance of a special use permit to Deerfield Wind, LLC to construct and operate a 15-turbine commercial wind power facility on National Forest lands. A formal complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont by multiple parties on February 24, 2012 citing multiple issues of concern. Project implementation is pending the outcome of the ongoing litigation.
Forest-wide Timber Stand Improvement
Non-commercial timber stand improvement activities within multiple stands across the Forest to release desireable hardwood and softwood tree species from competing vegetation. A total of 27 seperate stands consisting of about 475 acres will be treated. A legal notice was published in the Rutland Herald on January 6, 2014 triggering a 30-day comment period ending on February 5, 2014.
Green Mountain Power Distribution Powerline Relocation Special Use, West Hill Road
Issue permit to Green Mountain Power to replace aerial powerline running both cross country north of West Hill Rd and along that road in Readsboro. About 0.205 acre of NFS land will be affected. No comments of concern were received during the 30-day notice and comment period thus there is no appeal opportunity for this project decision.
Lodge at Pinnacle View Special Use Permit Reissuance
Reissue an expired special use permit to The Lodge at Pinnacle View for the use of 13.85 acres of NFS lands for miscellaneous facilities. Legal notice published in the Rutland Herald on September 13, 2013 triggering a 30-day comment period ending on October 15, 2013. No comments of concern were received thus there is no opportunity to appeal the decision.
Middlebury and Rochester Ranger Districts Permanent Opening Maintenance
Maintenance of existing permanent open areas on the Middlebury and Rochester Ranger Districts, and Appalachian Trail Corridor by mowing, hand-cutting, chipping, and/or prescribed fire on 155 seperate sites for a total of about 1,309 acres. Scoping public comment period ended on May 4, 2014.
Mount Snow Mountain Bike Trail #4 Relocation
Reconstruct 1,800 ft of existing trail, construct 1,300 ft of new single track trail in tree islands between ski trails with mini-excavator. Minimal removal of trees, build up tread with native or imported mineral soil, install drainage structures. The 30-day notice and comment period ended on June 12, 2013.
New England Wilderness Act Road Restoration Project
Project will address the non-conforming infrastructure (roads) that may inhibit naturally occurring ecological processes to take place. Roads will be restored to a landscape level. Initial scoping was completed in 2008. Rescoping will take place to reflect proposal to be analyzed as a categorial exclusion using the newly available restoration category. Scoping intiated on April 23, 2014 with a comment period ending date of May 23, 2014.
North Zone Large Woody Debris Project
Placement of large woody debris within the upper portions and tributaries of Michigan Brook, tributaries of Middle Branch Middlebury River, and Sparks Brook to restore stream functions and improve aquatic habitat. Scoping was initiated on April 18, 2014 with the comment period for the proposal ending on May 12, 2014.
Old Job Trail Relocation
Reroute about 0.7 mile of the existing Old Job hiking trail (FT 412) to a more sustainable location along Lake Brook. Invitation for comments was initiated on June 12, 2014 with an ending period of July 3, 2014.
Outfitter Guide Special Use Authorizations
Project will review issue of Special Use authorizations to Outfitters and Guides for recreational / educational trips which have not caused significant resource impacts in the past. Authorizations may exceed one year and cover a range of activities. The 30-day public comment period ended on April 18, 2013. No comments of concern were received thus there is no appeal opportunity for the decision.
Peterson Pasture Hedgerow Removal
Removal of all hedgerows within the Peterson pasture that are not adjacent to streams or cattle ponds making this pasture more open and more appealing to grassland nesting birds.
Smith Pond Dry Hydrant
Create a dry fire hydrant along Smith Road for use by local volunteer fire departments and Agency resources to aid in fire protection. The pond would also be dredged to install the hydrant and improve water quality. A legal notice was published on February 7, 2014 triggering a 30-day comment period ending on March 10, 2014.
Sugarbush Valley House Lift Replacement
Replacement of existing double chair lift with a new four passenger lift. Includes excavation needed to install new lift tower and terminal foundations, and improving skier unloading and trail intersection congestion at top of new lift. The 30-day notice and comment period ended on February 10, 2014.
Tunnel Brook Trail Relocation
Relocate a portion of existing snowmobile trail (FT777) to a more sustainable location. Activities include construction of 0.8 mile of new trail, decommissioning 1.0 mile of existing trail, watershed restoration, gating a Class 1 road, and issuing 2 special use permits to provide private landowners access across National Forest System lands.
West Branch White River Restoration
Restore a segment of the West Branch White River that was damaged by gravel mining operations following tropical storm Irene. Work includes the placement of woody debris and boulders to reduce erosion and provide high quality fish habitat. The 30-day notice and comment period ended on January 17, 2014.
Wetland Creation and Restoration Project
Construct shallow water depressions in the A-House West and Potomac North grasslands, and reshape existing pond in the Terry Berry grassland to re-create natural-appearing and functional wetland habitat. Scoping comment period ended on May 1, 2014.
Apple Tree Maintenance and Release
Cut and remove over-topping trees on multiple sites to provide apple trees access to sunlight across the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts. Includes pruning apple trees to promote health of the trees and enhance fruit production for wildlife. Project initiation is on hold pending the collection of additional information.
Biasuzzi Logging Access Special Use
Issue a special use permit for the use of a skid trail and landing to harvest timber on adjacent private land near State Route 100. This project is on hold pending additional information received from the applicant.
Boyden Brook Road Decommission, Watershed Restoration and Trail Relocation Project
Decommission and restore Boyden Brook Road (FR 49) to improve watershed conditions, and relocate Boyden Brook Trail (FT 749) which is a north/south snowmobile trail that connects important recreation opportunities across the Forest. The 30-day comment period for the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) ended on June 2, 2014. Completion of the EA pending the identification of a modified location for the trail reroute crossing private land.
Catamount Trail Brewers Corner Relocation
Relocate a portion of Catamount Trail Section 12 to a more sustainable location designed for trail use. The Wheelerville Road/Brewer's Corner trail was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. It was found that this project is already covered by a previous analysis and a new Decision Memo is no longer needed.
Potkhen Log Landing Special Use
B. Potekhen will log land he owns next to US Tract 304 purchased by the U.S. Government last year. Historic logging has used a landing on this tract. Issue a permit to authorize the use of the existing landing. Project is covered by a category not requiring a Decision Memo because the permit issued is for a period of less than 1 year.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.