Projects

The Forest Service develops proposed actions and analyzes them in compliance with environmental laws and regulations, in particular the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) guides clean-up of hazardous waste sites.

CERCLA Cleanup Projects

The CERCLA process assesses site conditions, evaluates hazards to humans and the environment, determines the level of cleanup required and selects an appropriate cleanup alternative. CERCLA projects on the forest are:

NEPA Projects

The NEPA process begins with a proposed action that addresses a purpose and need for action. The NEPA process discloses environmental effects, involves public notice, invites public comment and results in a decision.

The level of NEPA analysis depends on the significance of the effects. Projects that fit a category of actions determined to not significantly affect the human environment fall into a Categorical Exclusion. Some CEs are documented in a Decision Memo. Projects that may fall within a categorical exclusion are:

 

If the proposed action is not covered by a Categorical Exclusion, an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment is prepared. A project with significant environmental effects has analysis documented in EIS. Its decision is a Record of Decision.  

A project without significant environmental effects has analysis documented in an Environmental Assessment. Its decision is a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact. 

The quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions lists and describes in detail projects undergoing environmental analysis and documentation as Decision Memos, EAs and EISs.

The Schedule of Proposed Actions list does not include projects on the national forest led by a different agency, such as Federal Highway Administration and its analysis of Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads projects:

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Developing Proposal

Frog Mountain Trail Construction

Construcapproximately 3.8 miles of hiker/equestrian trail beginning at the gravel pit on Forest Service Road 6550-610 north of Jacks Pass and ending at the summit of Frog Mountain

Mt. Baker Geothermal Consent to Lease

The Forest Service (FS) will determine whether to provide consent to BLM to lease nominated lands, or to lease with stipulations, or to deny from further consideration for leasing and subsequent development

Under Analysis

Baring Communications Site

Issue a special use permit to American Tower to construct a new wireless communications site and associated infrastructure along Forest Service Road 6024

Bayview Campground Redevelopment and Expansion

This project would occur in two phases. Phase 1 would rehabilitate and reconstruct the Bayview North Group campsite an the 28 acre Bayview South Campground. Phase 2 would expand Bayview South Campground adding single, host, multiple and group sites.

Boulder River Trailhead and Road Storage

Construct new trailhead with toilet, large gravel parking area (20-30 vehicles), picnic area and signs. Place last 0.7 mile of Road 2010 in storage for use as trail until new trail route can be constructed from new parking area to current trailhead.

Depression Lake Improvements

The proposed action is to replace a wooden toilet that was removed due to disrepair and install an accessible toilet at this site and provide additional resource protection measures as needed.

Glacier House Conveyance

This project will reduce facilities operations and maintenance costs, the number of unused facilities and administrative site maintenance backlog through the sale of one house, a detached garage and a small cement bunker on 0.51 acre of land.

Hansen Creek Vegetation Project

Supply sustainable forest products, and support the health and wildlife habitat values of forest stands, while meeting aquatic, recreational, and scenic objectives within the South Fork Snoqualmie watershed

Invasive Plant Management

The USDA Forest Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to document and disclose the potential environmental effects of proposed invasive plant treatments on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Treatment methods would include manual, mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical control. Combinations of methods may be used. Treatments would focus on 968 known invasive plant sites currently infesting approximately 5250 acres. The Proposed Action also includes an Early Detection/Rapid Response (EDRR) process to allow treatment of new or previously undiscovered infestations. Under the EDRR approach, new sites would be evaluated to ensure that effects are within the scope of those already analyzed in the EIS. A Notice of Intent will publish in the Federal Register on March 2, 2012. The scoping period has been extended to April 2, 2012. Previous scoping comments from 11/2010 Scoping responses are part of the Project Record and need not be repeated.

Lost Creek Bridge Replacement

Replace the Lost Creek Bridge, an undersized and deteriorating timber bridge on Road #49 with a longer steel or concrete bridge. The bridge is located across Lost Creek on Road #49 in the North Fork of the Sauk River drainage.

Panorama Point Boat Launch Improvements

Improve and maintain boat launching capabilities, provide improved toilet facilities and increase parking capacity to improve visitor safety at the Panorama Point boat launch.

Proposed Access Improvements, Repairs, and Sampling at the Great Excelsior Mine

Redevelop the Great Excelsior Mine in two phases in preparation for future extraction of gold and silver bearing ore.

Stevens Pass Phase 3

Stevens Pass Mountain Resort wishes to develop additional downhill mountain bike trails and skills parks, replace two chairlifts, add parking on the north side of US Highway 2, and remove a gun mount (formerly used for avalance control).

Sulphur Creek Campground Restoration

Provides for the clean-up and reconfiguration of access in Sulphur Cr. Campground after 10 years of no drivable access due to flood damage. The project would restore floodplain processes and conditions along known fish spawning and rearing habitat.

Sultan Roads Improvement and Decomissioning Project

Treat and put in storage approximately 0.5 miles of Forest Service Road (FSR) 6122. Decommission approximately 4.1 miles of system and non-system roads including FSRs 6100-050, 6122-115, and 6124-114. Remove a log stringer bridge.

Twentyeight Mile Creek Steelhead Acclimation Pond Special Use Permit

Permit Puyallup Tribe to construct and maintain a 100-foot-long by 35-foot-wide steelhead acclimation pond using water diverted from Twentyeightmile Creek.

USGS Forest-wide Special Use Permit - Stream Gauge Stations

Install and establish a new stream gauge station on Huckleberry Cr, to be located adjacent to the bridge on FS Rd #7320. A 20-yr Special Use Authorization would be issued for the proposed site and other existing stream gauges that are currently authorized through a Memorandum of Understanding between the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

USGS South Cascade Glacier Research Station

The USFS proposes to issue a 20 year permit to USGS Ice and Climate Project, to continue the operation and maintenance of the research station at S Cascade Glacier, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area.

Verizon Communication Permit Amendment

Verizon Wireless (VW) proposes to add alternative energy source components of solar and wind power for the existing VW communication site located on Seglesen Ridge of the Darrington Ranger District.

Weden Creek Trail Flood Repairs

Construct 0.5 mile of the Weden trail to replace flood damaged portions of the trail. The trail relocation would begin north of the clay slide on the county road to Monte Cristo, with construction upslope of the county road.

White Chuck Bench Trail Repair and Reconstruction

Repair and reconstruct the White Chuck Bench Trail (#731) that was damaged in both the 2003 and 2007 floods. Repair work includes relocation and reconstruction at multiple locations from several hundred feet to over 1 mile in length.

Analysis Completed

Denny Creek and Franklin Falls Traihead and Trail Reconstruction

The project would enlarge and better define existing parking facilities at the Denny Creek and Franklin Falls Trailheads, close access to some roads around the trailheads, and reconstruct flood damaged portions of the Franklin Falls Trail.

Gold Creek Pond Habitat Assessment Special Use Permit

Permit Kittitas Conservation Trust to experimentally increase the water surface elevation in Gold Creek Pond and measure upstream hydrological changes that could improve bull trout habitat

Middle Fork Recreation Hub Project

Construct 1700' trail to Otter Falls. Construct 1.3mi Garfield Ledges trail starting at intersection of Rd 56/5640. Construct trail Mid Fork trailhead (TH) to Taylor R. bridge; add picnic sites.

Skykomish Geothermal Consent to Lease

The Forest Supervisor will determine whether to provide consent to BLM to lease nominated lands, or to lease with stipulations, or to deny from further consideration for leasing and subsequent geothermal development.

Snoqualmie Lake trailhead improvements

Reconstruct the Snoqualmie Lake TH with additional and improved parking and add a toilet

On Hold

Communications Use Lease Renewals

Renew communications use leases for existing Maloney Ridge communications sites near town of Skykomish, WA. The five leases are for special use permits which have expired. The new term of each lease will be for a 20 year period, pending the completion of site plans by the lease holders. The 4 lease holders who own the 5 communications sites are Seattle City Light, Maloney Electronic Users Association, King County, and WA State Dept. of Transportation (2 sites). Note: approval of lease for Segelsen Site would be made separately.

Little Sandy Creek Fish Barrier Replacement Project

Replace three culverts in the Baker Lake Basin to provide access to upstream rearing and spawning habitat for known Coho salmon and Coastal Cutthroat Trout populations in the Little Sandy Creek drainage.

Puget Sound Hydro Easement

The proposal is to issue a 20 year Special Use Authorization to grant access on approximately 625 feet of existing Forest Service Road 3045 from the entrance of Excelsior Campground to private property.

South Fork Nooksack Trail Reconstruction

The Forest Service proposes to relocate 1.2 miles of the South Fork Nooksack Trail #602 out of the floodplain and repair an additional two miles of existing trail.

Cancelled

Darrington District Road Repairs

Repair roads damaged over the winter months to regain access to trailheads, climbing routes and recreational use areas. The road repairs were completed with on-going road maintenance contractor (a CE checklist) so preparation of a DM was not needed.

Green Hope Mine Operation Plan and Helicopter Access

Analyze and approve the Operational Plan for the Green Hope Mine which includes a helicopter drop point on closed Road 1870, equipment storage and removal of locatable minerals with motorized equipment.

Green Mountain Lookout Removal EIS

The project proposes to relocate Green Mountain Lookout to a similar mountain top at Circle Peak, outside of Wilderness. The proposed action would also include the use of motorized equipment and mechanized transport within Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Hannegan Pass Road (FR 32)Winter Closure

Change the existing road designation on Hannegan Pass Road from an open year round to an annual winter closure from November 1 to March 31. Maintain or improve existing winter recreation opportunities.

Loop Road Water Association #2 Permit Reissuance

Issue a new well and water transmission line permit to recreation residence association whose permit has expired

Loop Road Water Association Permit Reissuance

Issue a new surface water withdrawal and water transmission line permit to a recreation residence association whose permit has expired

Panorama Point Boat Launch Improvements

Cancelled due to duplication with project #43973.

Road 25 Riprap Removal

Enhance fish rearing habitat with removal of 900 linear ft. of riprap from along the Suiattle River, placed to protect Road 25. Since the road is closed at this location and proposed for decommissioning, there is no longer need for riprap protection

Snoqualmie Pass Utility District Permit Amendment

Extend water and sewer lines along Forest Service Road 4832 from the I-90 Hyak interchange for approximately 3,000 feet. The new lines would stop before reaching Gold Creek. Lines would be laid within the existing road right of way

US 2 Slope Stabilization

Permit WSDOT to stabilize the highway cut and fill slope on three segments of US Highway 2, west of the summit at Stevens Pass (mile post 61,1-64.1).

Project Archive

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