Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests Land Management Plans Revision
The Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests are the three "early adopter" national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service revising their Forest Plans using the 2012 Planning Rule. The revision process involves three stages: assessment of forest resource condition and trend, development of a revised plan, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of plan direction.
To officially start the formal NEPA process, a Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement will be published that briefly describes the purpose of and need for action and the proposed action to revise these forest plans. A scoping letter and a more detailed proposed action will be sent from each forest requesting comments from all interested parties. Your comments on the proposed action will help us refine the proposed action, identify preliminary issues, and develop alternatives to the proposed action.
Land and Resource Management Plan Revision
The Inyo National Forest is revising its 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan under the provisions of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. Check out http://www.fs.usda.gov/land/inyo/landmanagement/planning for more information about plan revision and upcoming public involvement opportunities.
Mammoth Abondoned Mine Lands Project
Installation of safety features and wildlife protection features at four abandoned mines near the Mammoth Lakes area. Methods will include bat gates, foam plugs, and removal of trash from sites.
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 Creek Road Crossing Restoration
Repair/restoration of the crossing of Mammoth Creek and Road 03S09E, off of Highway 203, near the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The road is currently diverting the stream, leading to increased sedimentation into the stream and streambank disturbance.
June Mountain Ski Area Groundwater Test Well
The proposal is for four test wells within the permit area to find more groundwater for snowmaking.The test wells would occur near the base of the mid-mountain chairlifts 4 and 7 and the snowmaking pond. This proposal is for test wells only.
Sierra Front OHV Restoration
Restore unauthorized routes along the Sierra Escarpment(Bishop to Olancha)that are continuing to cause watershed and vegetation issues.
Bishop Creek Unauthorized Route Restoration Project
This project proposes to evaluate unauthorized routes to determine future uses and additional restoration needs within the Upper Owens and Bishop Creek Watersheds. For more information, including detailed maps, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/landmanagement/project/?cid=stelprdb5407462
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 on National Forest System land. The Forest Service would authorize the transmission line and make changes to the forest transportation system. The Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management is the lead agency for NEPA compliance and has jurisdiction to approve development of the power plant, well field, and pipelines.
Holiday Campground Entrance Road Construction
Construction of no more than a 0.75 mile of road, to replace the current Holiday Campground entrance road, which is at risk of destabilization due to run-off from the Birch Fire burn area. The current road will be decommissioned and rehabilitated.
Mono Craters Restoration Project
Evaluate and restore approximately 60 miles of routes in the Mono Craters area that were not designated as part of the Inyo National Forest Travel Management Record Of Decision (2009) and are not authorized for OHV use.
Upper Owens Unauthorized Route Restoration Project
Evaluation and restoration of routes defined as unauthorized in the 2009 Travel Management EIS, on the North Zone. It would determine type of restoration action needed on each route,if any.It could also revisit unauthorized designation in some cases.
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).
Furnace Creek Road Analysis Environmental Assessment
In 2003, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management initiated a joint assessment of motorized vehicle access options for the Furnace Creek Road. The portion of the road on National Forest System land was designated as wilderness in 2009; Forest Service planning for this project was cancelled as a result.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Study
The study involves the capture and collaring of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep using helicopter net-guns in designated wilderness in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). In the summer of 2011, the proposed action was modified and no longer includes any proposed captures on the Inyo National Forest. For more information about the status of the proposed study in SEKI, visit the National Park Service's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/seki.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.