Projects

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the environmental effects of a proposed activity on National Forest or other federal lands must first be analyzed, with opportunity for public comment, before a decision is made on whether or not to undertake that activity.

Proposed activities on the Inyo National Forest are listed in the Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA).  The Forest publishes the SOPA four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPA, visit the Forest Service SOPA page:

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

Additional information about some of the projects on the Inyo National Forest is available by following the links under the Forest Projects heading below.  Please note that not all projects listed on the SOPA are available on the website.

Information about the 218 Objection Process

As of March 27, 2013, many projects and activities within the Forest Service are subject to a pre-decisional administrative review process, commonly referred to as an objection process. Under this process, individuals and entities may file objections after an environmental analysis document is completed and before a decision document is signed. This process builds on early participation and collaboration efforts, with the intention of resolving concerns before a decision is made. For Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements, this process replaces post-decisional appeal process of 36 CFR 215. For more information, see the following documents.
Final 218 Objection Regulations (291KB) PDF
218 Objection Process E-brochure (813 KB) PDF
218 Objection Regulations Talking Points (39KB)

Inyo National Forest Project Spotlights

Land and Resource Management Plan Revision

Revision of the 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan under the provisions of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.

Inyo NF-Devils Postpile NM Interagency Prescribed Burn Project

Understory burning is proposed on 133 acres of national forest and 25 acres of national monument lands. Small trees would be cut with chainsaws on 31 acres of national forest to create fire containment lines along Reds Meadow and DEPO access roads.

Lakes Basin Paved Path - Lake George Connector

The US Forest Services proposes to issue the Town of Mammoth Lakes a special use permit to contruct and maintain approximately one mile of a paved multiple use path that will connect Lake George to the existing paved multiple use path.

All Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Bishop and Pine Creek Fuels Reduction

Fuels reduction to protect communities, facilities, and recreation sites in the Bishop Creek and Pine Creek drainages.

Grant Lake Marina Permit Renewal

Renewal and continuation of Grant Lake Marina's 20 year marina/resort permit.

Kern Plateau Grazing Allotments Analysis

Review and analysis of the Monache, Mulkey, Templeton and Whitney grazing allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Mt Whitney Ranger District

Mammoth Base Area Land Exchange

Exchange of approximately 21 acres of National Forest System land, currently under special use authorization to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, located near the Main Lodge north of Highway 203 for approximately 1,500 acres of land in California.

Mammoth RV Park Permit Renewal

Renewal and continuation of Mammoth RV Park's 20 year term special use permit to operate and maintain a RV campground and associated facilities on the national forest.

Marshall Props, LLC Road, Waterline & Spring Box Special Use Permit

Issuance of a special use permit for continued use of existing spring box, 2000 feet of 2 inch waterline, and access road to provide domestic water to the Sierra Glen Ranch.

Sidehill Spring Exclosure Project

The existing Sidehill Spring riparian exclosure(about 0.04 acres), will be removed, and a larger exclosure (about 0.35 acres) of barbed wire fence will be built that better protects the riparian vegetation from cattle impacts.

Southern California Edison Mammoth Distribution Area Permit Renewal

Reissuance of expired permit for Southern California Edision's electrical distribution lines in the Mammoth Distribution Area.

Under Analysis

Chispa/Australia/Australia Too Mineral Exploration

Process a Plan of Operations for mineral exploration

Closure of Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Habitat to Pack Goat Use

This project will address potential disease transmission from pack goat use on the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. This project is a continuation of a previous closure which has expired.

Inyo NF-Devils Postpile NM Interagency Prescribed Burn Project

Understory burning is proposed on 133 acres of national forest and 25 acres of national monument lands. Small trees would be cut with chainsaws on 31 acres of national forest to create fire containment lines along Reds Meadow and DEPO access roads.

Inyo SZ Desert Allotments Grazing Analysis

Analysis of grazing allotments on the South Zone of the Inyo National Forest, including the Alabama Hills, Ash Creek, George Creek, Olancha, and Tunawee Allotments

Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests Land Management Plans Revision

The Sequoia, Sierra, and Inyo National Forests propose to revise their land management plans as guided by the 2012 Planning Rule.

Lakes Basin Paved Path - Lake George Connector

The US Forest Services proposes to issue the Town of Mammoth Lakes a special use permit to contruct and maintain approximately one mile of a paved multiple use path that will connect Lake George to the existing paved multiple use path.

Land and Resource Management Plan Revision

Revision of the 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan under the provisions of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.

Motorized Transportation System Modifications

This project will analyze system and unauthorized routes for use by motorized vehicles in 13 project areas in the Mammoth and Mono Lake area with known recreation, access, safety or resource issues.

Three Creeks Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Restoration Project

The Three Creeks Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Restoration project objective is to provide for healthy forest conditions, promote establishment of old growth and reintroduce fire to the ecosystem.

Analysis Completed

Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Development Project

Construction of a 33-megawatt geothermal power plant and associated well field, internal access roads, pipelines, and a transmission line. The Forest Service would authorize changes to the forest transportation system.

Inyo National Forest Motorized Travel Management (Route Designation Strategy)

This decision designated a system of roads, trails and areas for people using motorized wheeled vehicles on the Inyo National Forest

Sierra Front OHV Restoration

Restore unauthorized routes along the Sierra Escarpment(Bishop to Olancha)that are continuing to cause watershed and vegetation issues.

On Hold

Amerigas Project

Install 100 feet of propane pipeline to connect existing pipeline on both ends of existing pipeline. This is the same project as the Rock Creek Energy Project. Rock Creek Energy was purchased by Amerigas.

Cottonwood Creek Road Restoration

Improve the condition of the Cottonwood Creek Road to address resource concerns and safety issues. Work will include improving stream crossings to prevent the road from washing out in the future.

June Lake Village Gateway Sign

June Lake Chamber of Commerce Gateway Sign to be located on Highway 395 outside the Caltrans Easement

Kern Plateau Streambank Stabilization Project

Implement stream stabilization projects in Casa Vieja, Olivas, Dutch, Ash and Horseshoe/Round Valley Meadow, on the Kern Plateau. Work will include constructing new headcut stabilization structures, and repairing and maintaining existing structures.

Scenic Loop OSV/OHV Staging Areas

The purpose of this project is to improve two off highway vehicle (OHV) and over snow vehicle (OSV) staging areas in areas that have existing, user-created staging areas (just east of Highway 395, lookout loop; and at 3S22, just off the Scenic Loop).

Project Archive

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