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).

July 1 – September 30, 2015

April 1 – June 30, 2015

January 1 – March 31, 2015



Green Mountain And Finger Lakes National Forests Current and Recent Projects

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Developing Proposal

Appalachian Trail Adjustment - Hartford

Monitoring of the Appalachian Trail (AT) boundary identified the AT footpath is off of federal land in Hartford, VT. A 400-foot relocation of the tread to the federal land corridor is needed. No trees are anticipated to be cut; minimal tread work.

Apple Tree Maintenance and Release - Middlebury Ranger District

Cut and remove over-topping trees on multiple sites to provide apple trees access to sunlight across the Middlebury Ranger District. Includes pruning apple trees to promote health of the trees and enhance fruit production for wildlife.

Apple Tree Release and Maintenance - Manchester Ranger District

Release and prune living apple trees in 17 separate stands across the southern portion of the Manchester Ranger District.

Gale Sugarbush Expansion Special Use Permit Modification

Modify an existing special use permit to Don Gale authorizing the expansion of a permitted sugarbush by adding 12 acres in the northeast corner of his tapping area for the remainder of the current permit term. Access would remain the same.

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).

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.

Sawmill Creek Wetland Restoration

Enhance wetland function and reduce erosion around a recovering wetland by re-establishing original wetland outlet and dimensions, dismantling old drainage ditches, and reducing flow through a failing culvert draining into a deeply eroding gully.

Sugarbush Well Development Special Use Permit

Issue a special use permit to authorize Summit Ventures NE, LLC to add the test water well to their community water system by adding buried power to a pump on the well and pipe from the well.

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

Blueberry Patch North Wetland Restoration

Restore wetland function to a drained swamp white oak swamp north of Blueberry Patch Campground by dismantling a drainage ditch, burying non-native invasive plants, and restoring pit and mound topography.

Boyden Brook Trail Relocation Project

Relocate and construct an approximate 2 mile segment of the Boyden Brook Snowmobile Trail (Forest Trail 749) in a more sustainable trail location. Complete improvements to the Taylor Brook Trail (FT 700) to bring it to a Class 4 trail standard.

Camp Timber Salvage

Salvage of wind thrown timber on approximately 30 acres. Salvage will include dead and dying trees.

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.

Kennett Cultivation Special Use Permit Re-issuance

Re-issuance of an expired special use permit to cultivate fields on National Forest System land on 3 separate tracts totaling about 25 acres along the White River.

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.

Teeter and Foster Ponds Water Control Structure Replacement

Replace failing water control structures for Foster and Teeter ponds. This work may require the ponds to be drained, existing structures to be removed, new structures and piping installed, and the dams to be rebuilt.

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.

Analysis Completed

Bodette and Cannon Road Access Special Use Permits Project

The project includes the issuance of a two special use permits for the construction/reconstruction and use of roads on National Forest System lands to provide access to seasonal camps and for logging operations on private lands.

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 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.

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.

Killington Bike Trails

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

Norske Trail Relocation

Relocate and construct an approximate 0.15 mile segment of the Norske Trail in a more sustainable trail location within the Breadloaf Wilderness that will not require the construction of a new bridge. Remove the dilapidated bridge from wilderness.

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.

Rochester Ranger District Wellness Trails

Designate approximately 3 miles of hiking, biking or multiple use 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/terrain.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.