Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Schedule of Proposed Actions is published quarterly to provide notice of current projects in Los Padres National Forest that may require environmental analysis. Project descriptions and contact information are provided so that you can be aware of upcoming activities and gain information on Forest projects. Please contact the person listed for specific information on projects of interest.

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Los Padres National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.
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Developing Proposal

Porter, Pine Canyon and South Fork La Brea Grazing Allotments

Proposal to authorize continued grazing on the Porter, Pine Canyon and South Fork La Brea Allotments. This project is located within five IRA's; Horseshoe Spring, La Brea, Miranda Pine, Spoor Canyon, and Tepusquet Peak.

Under Analysis

Applications for Permit to Drill (APD's) in the Sespe Oil Field

Seneca Resources is requesting to drill 8 oil and gas wells at 4 existing well pads, installation of 7,960 feet of new pipeline, a 400 barrel emergency tank, a transfer pump, three pressure vessels, and 2 master headers in the Sespe Oil Field.

Blue Point Campground and Day Use Removal and Restoration Project

The Ojai Ranger District proposes to decommission the campground and infrastructure (roads, campsites, cement creek crossing, and rip-rap bank protection) utilizing heavy equipment to remove infrastructure and restore area to natural conditions.

Franklin Trail Restoration

Reopen the portion of the Franklin Trail on NFS lands from the Los Padres National Forest boundary to the top of the ridge, connecting it with the Divide Peak OHV route. The lower end of the trail connects to a Santa Barbara County trail easement.

Happy Canyon Allotment

Proposal to authorize livestock use on the Happy Canyon Grazing Allotment for a new 10 year Term. This project replaces the prior Happy Canyon Grazing Allotment EA or project number 33801, since that decision was withdrawn. Within De La Guerra IRA.

Los Padres Campground Concessionaire Special Use Permit

Issue Forest wide concessionaire special use permit to replace expiring permits.

Los Padres Tamarisk Removal

An effort to remove tamarisk from all watersheds where it occurs in the Los Padres National Forest. For the targeted waterways, project is in or adjacent to the Sespe-Frazier, Juncal, Camuesa, and La Brea IRA's.

Pfeiffer Falls Trail Reroute and Observation Deck Reconstruction

Reroute approximately 520 feet of Pfeiffer Falls Trail and rebuild the observation deck at Pfeiffer Falls; both on National Forest. The trail originates within Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Work would be performed by California State Parks.

Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project

To re-establish and maintain 24.1 miles of historically used fuelbreaks-all of which originated as firelines-within the wildland urban interface threat zones on NFS lands; approximately 7.5 miles within wilderness and 16.6 miles outside of wilderness

Winchester Canyon Gun Club

Proposal to issue a permit for ongoing operation of exisitng target range. Previously an EA (project #2147) overturned on appeal. Project is in or adjacent to Tequepis IRA.

Analysis Completed

Abbott Lakes Restoration

Re-fill lower lake to provide year-round available water for use in emergency wildfire situations

Evaluation and restoration of degraded chaparral within the Piru Fire perimeter.

Approx. twenty 5x5 meter study plots will be delineated with pin flags. Plots will be raked to remove leaf litter & stimulate seed bank, invasive weeds removed by hand, seed collected, & germination techniques tested. Partnership with UCSB & NFWF.

Fernandez #65 Guzzler Tank Replacement

Project involves replacement of underground tank for wildlife guzzler utilizing hand tools. In addition cleaning and patching of the asphalt water collection apron, repair of the barbed wire fence and sign installation will occur.

Grizzly Mine Closure

Closure of an adit and two shafts using bat gates in order to: 1. Reduce the safety risks to the public posed by the open adit, tunnels and shafts 2. Implement measures intended to protect bats and their habitat

Pozo/La Panza OHV Trail Re-route and Restoration Project

The USFS in partnership with the Central Coast Motorcycle Association, proposes to re-route 11-12 motorized trails in the Pozo/La Panza area in order to reduce soil erosion and sediment delivery as well as improve OHV trail system usability.

Santa Barbara Mountain Communities Defense Zone Project

The Santa Barbara Ranger District proposes to conduct vegetation management to improve defensible space near the communities of Painted Cave, San Marcos Trout Club, Haney Tract, Rosario Park, West Camino Cielo and Refugio Canyon.

SBA Tower Reinforcement Special Use Authorization Amendment

SBA Towers proposes to reinforce the foundation of their existing authorized tower at the communication site at Cuesta Peak. 4 pieces of concrete will be installed between the 4 legs of the existing tower, and diagonal braces installed in 4 places.

Smith Communication Site Special Use Authorization Renewal

Renewal of permit for the existing communication site at Cerro Noroeste occupying 0.5 acre in T9N, R22W, Sec 26, SBBM. These facilities have been in place since 1961. The facilities include a 30' tall tower, building, solar panels, and fencing.

Southern California National Forests Land Management Plan Amendment

The Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino national forests propose to amend their land management plans with new guidance for roadless area management and land management plan monitoring.

Sudden Oak Death Prevention Project

Selectively remove bay and tanoak trees in Bottchers, Ponderosa, and Nacimiento campgrounds to prevent dispersion of disease spores to adjacent disease-vulnerable native oak trees. Treat cut stems with herbicide to prevent re-sprouting.

USGS Seismic Instruments Special Use Permit Renewal Project

Proposal to issue one special use permit (SUP) to the U.S. Geological Survey to operate and maintain 11 existing seismic instruments located throughout the forest. The SUP will also provide for removal of the instruments when appropriate.

On Hold

AT&T California Master Special Use Permit Renewal

AT&T requests to renew & consolidate all existing linear rights-of-way special use authorizations into 1 master permit for a 30-yr. term. Existing facilities are on the Monterey, Santa Lucia, Mt. Pinos & Ojai Districts. One line is in Black Mt. IRA.

DWR Gauge and Road Maintenance

Issuance of a Special Use Permit to the Department of Water Resources for use of a water flow gauge on Piru Creek and the maintenance of the Hardluck Road.

El Dorado Broadcasters, LLC Tower Replacement and Building Upgrade - Cuesta Peak Communications Site

El Dorado Broadcasters, LLC has requested authorization to replace a 55 ft. wooden pole with a 200 ft. self-supporting transmitter tower and upgrade the existing 18x18 ft. concrete block building located at Cuesta Peak Communications Site.

PGE Master Distribution Easement

Pacific Gas & Electric application to consolidate and renew 8 existing authorizations for existing distribution facilities for a 50-yr term. All lines are 12 kv and have a total length of 8.2 miles occupying 35 acres. In or adjacent to Tequepas IRA.

PGE Master Special Use Permit

PGE application to renew & consolidate 8 existing use authorizations for existing distribution facilities that generally serve a single facility into a single master permit for a 30-yr term. In or adjacent to Black Mtn., Garcia Mtn, & Fox Mtn. IRA's.

PGE Master Transmission Easement

Pacific Gas & Electric application to consolidate and renew 8 existing authorizations for existing transmission facilities for a 50-yr term. Relisted as CE because preliminary results of resource surveys show no significant effects.

Seneca 2013 Pipeline Relocation Project

Re-issue a SUP for an existing six inch gas pipeline for a new term allowing relocation of a segment of the line and installation of an inspection device launcher on the line.

Seneca Pipeline Special Use Permits Renewal

Issuance of two new special use permits for a new term to replace two expired special use permits with only administrative changes. There are no changes to the authorized facilities or increase in the scope or intensity of activities.

Union Pacific Railroad Communication Site Improvements - Tassajera Communications Site

Union Pacific Railroad proposes to remove existing 8'x20' building, replace with a 10'x18' building, fence area, pour four concrete pads: 12'x20', 2'x4', 4'x6', and 3'x8' for building & entrance, generator & propane tank at Tassajera Communications

Zaca and Piru Fire Burn Area Level 3 Trail Maintenance

Trails within the burned areas have been damaged by erosion resultant from the removal of native vegetation by the fires. The purpose of this project is to repair heavily damaged trail sections through reconstruction and rerouting.

Project Archive

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