The Forest Service plans and designs site-specific projects to implement the 2006 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) to achieve desired management goals and objectives.  These projects require project level decisions based on site-specific environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont and the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York are separate National Forest units administered from the same office located in Rutland, VT.  Hector Ranger District projects refer to those that are located on the Finger Lakes National Forest.


Use the following link to access our current and archived site-specific project list:  

Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests NEPA Projects


Schedule of Proposed Actions


The Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) contains information about upcoming and on-going projects on the Green Mountain National Forest.  The purpose of the SOPA is "to give early informal notice of proposals so the public can become aware of Forest Service activities and indicate their interest in specific proposals" (Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, Section 06).

April 1 – June 30, 2015

January 1 – March 31, 2015

October 1 – December 31, 2014  



Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests Current and Recent Projects

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Developing Proposal

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.

Green Mountain Power (formerly CVPS) Special Use Permit Renewal

Re-issue Special Use Permit to authorize all existing Green Mountain Power (GMP) power lines located across the Forest and to authorize transfer of permit from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS).

Kennett Cultivation Special Use Permit Re-issuance

Re-issuance of an expired special use permit to cultivate fields on National Forest System land along the White River. Some of the fields were damaged by tropical storm Irene requiring adjustments, and others have been requested to add to the permit.

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.

Red Pine Landowners Association Road and Green Mountain Power Powerline Special Use

Issue special use permits to use National Forest System land to 1) the Red Pine Landowners Association for a road (Red Pine Drive) to access private land; and 2) Green Mountain Power for a buried powerline along the road to provide power.

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.

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.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport (VASS) Endurance Race Special Use

Issuance of a long-term special use permit to use an existing trail on National Forest System land for part of a runner and equestrian endurance race. This annual event would cross the Appalachian Trail near Dana Hill.

Under Analysis

Boyden Brook Road Decommission, Watershed Restoration and Trail Relocation Project

Decommission and restore Boyden Brook Road/Trail (FR 49/FT 749) to improve watershed conditions. The relocation of Boyden Brook Trail (FT 749) has been removed from the proposal pending confirmation of a sustainable route across private land.

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 60 acres.

Green Mountain Power (formerly CVPS) North Road - Peru Line Relocation Special Use

Relocate about 6,400 foot power line corridor managed by Green Mountain Power (GMP) along North, Savage and Mad Tom Roads. This placement and maintenance would be authorized by a special use permit on about 4.4 acres.

Hapgood Nature Trail Improvements

Remove three bridges, build one new bridge, and construct two separate short sections of trail reroute along the existing nature trail.

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Suppression Project

Application of biological and chemical control measures to control the spreading infestation of hemlock wooly adelgid and reduce the chances of widespread hemlock mortality in areas of high hemlock density across the Forest.

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.

South of Route 9 Integrated Resource Project

Multi-resource project activities to meet desired future conditions provided by the 2006 Forest Plan for resources such as recreation, heritage, soil/water, fish/wildlife, rare plants, natural communities, timber, and roads.

Trial Backcountry Skiing Project

Designate four trial backcountry ski project sites. 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.

Wilmington Water District Special Use

Place a series of wells and springs on NFS lands near Crystal Pond, and Crystal and Haystack Ponds that provides water to the Town of Wilmington under the proper authorization. There may be new source springs requested.

Woodford SnoBusters Groomer Access Trail Special Use Re-issue

Reissue a special use permit to the VT Association of Snow Traveler local club Woodford SnoBusters to use an 800 foot long trail for groomer access from their private building onto Forest Road 74.

Analysis Completed

Deerfield Wind Energy Development Special Use Permit EIS

Application for Special Use Permit to erect wind turbines and develop a commercial wind power facility on National Forest lands. Supplemental DEIS released in late December 2010; FEIS/ROD released in January, 2012.

Finger Lakes Runners Club Special Use Authorization

Approve the renewal of a 5 year Special Use Permit for a long distance footrace on trails and roads within the Finger Lakes National Forest.

Killington Bike Trails

Designate and construct an approximate 15 mile mountain bike loop system composed of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails.

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 NFS lands would be approximately 0.6 mile of newly constructed trail and 0.1 mile of improved existing trail.

Springer Spaniel Field Trial Special Use

Issue a special use permit to authorize the use of pastures and grasslands for the 2015 English Spaniels National Amateur Championship.

Woodford SnoBusters Hot Dog Roast and Special People Ride Recreation Event Special Use Re-issue

Reissue a special use permit to the VT Association of Snow Travelers local club Woodford SnoBusters for annual day use event at Somerset Landing, and Special People Ride at Red Mill.

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.

On Hold

Blueberry Hill Sucker Brook Bridge #1 Replacement

Replace an existing bridge along a x-country ski trail further downstream from its current location. Includes the relocation of the trail to tie in with the new bridge location.

Lightfoot Private Land Access Special Use

Special Use Permit for use of a road on National Forest System lands authorizing private individual access to private land for recreation and logging.


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.

Project Archive

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