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Schedule of Proposed Actions

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The quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) is our way of keeping the public informed and involved in the planning and environmental analysis of national forest projects. Site-specific projects include activities such as reconstructing developed recreation sites, prescribed burning, and harvesting timber to increase habitat for wildlife.The SOPA gives early notice of upcoming projects that may interest you and gives status updates of projects currently undergoing environmental analysis. If you find a project that you are interested in, please contact the Project Lead or contact person so you can become involved in the environmental analysis and documentation process.

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National Forests In North Carolina Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Buck Creek Mine Closures Project

The proposed action is to install gates / grates over abandoned open shaft and tunnel mines in the Buck Creek area of Clay County, North Carolina.

Fires Creek Road Roadslide Repair Project

The proposed action is to repair a small road slide on the Fires Creek Road (FSR 340) in Clay County, North Carolina.

Laurel Mountain to Big Creek Connector Trail Construction

The proposed action is to construct new trail to connect two longer trails and create a loop opportunity.

Mossy Oak Project

Conduct silvicultural treatments on National Forest System lands on the Nantahala Ranger District to meet objectives of the Land and Resources Management Plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

Nantahala Ranger District Prescribed Burning Program

Conduct a comprehensive biological review of all previously approved prescribed burn units on the Nantahala Ranger District.

Roseboro Road, SR 1511, NCDOT Project

NCDOT has proposed a 50 foot Right-of-Way and to make improvements to about 2.8 miles of Roseboro Road, SR 1511, across FS lands. Proposed improvements include grading, widening, improved drainage and paving.

Twelve Mile Project

Landscape level project to implement Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan with an additional focus on restoration needs and elk habitat improvement.

Under Analysis

Appalachian Trail Relocation at Seng Ridge

The proposed action is to reroute a section of the Appalachian Trail at Seng Ridge to locate it away from private property and create a more sustainable grade.

Appalachian Trail Relocation in the Roan Highlands

The proposed action is to relocate the Appalachian Trail in the Roan Highlands from Grassy Ridge to Bradley Gap.

Armstrong Creek Project

The proposed action includes vegetation management and wildlife habitat improvement activities in the Armstrong Creek area.

BBQ Project

The proposed action is to conduct silvicultural treatments to implement forest plan goals for National Forest System lands in Macon County, NC.

Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313, NCDOT Project

NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Bear Paw Church Road, SR 1313. Proposed improvements include very minor changes in centerline and widening.

Blackrock Prescribed Burn Project

The proposed action is to implement a 485 acre prescribed burn on the west side of Panthertown Valley in Jackson County, North Carolina.

Bridge #135, on SR 1740, NCDOT Project

NCDOT proposes to replace Bridge #135 in Jackson County.

Bridge #148 Replacement, B-4989, NCDOT Project

NCDOT has proposed replacing Bridge #148 on SR 1326, Macedonia Church Road, in Transylvania County.

Bridges #46 and #73 on NC 215, Transylvania County, NCDOT

The proposed action is to replace two bridges located on NC 215

Carolina T&T (CenturyLink)Existing Special Use Permit Renewal

The Carolina T&T (CenturyLink) permit is for the operation and maintenance of overhead and buried phone lines crossing various sections of the Croatan National Forest.

Clark Easement

Access to private land.

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Runway Safety Improvement Project

The proposal is to ammend the special use permit with the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport to allow removal of vegetation obstructions in the glide path approack of the runway.

Croatan NF Monitoring Program

Update to the Croatan NF Monitoring Program

Davidson River Project

Streambank stabilization along Davisdon River from the Pisgah Fish Hatchery downstream to the confluence with Looking Glass Creek - rehab/improve river entry points

Dennie Easement

The proposed action is to grant access to private land.

ERC Broadband Amendment

The proposed action is to amend a special use permit to extend fiber optic line into NC Arboretum.

Flat Laurel Spruce Planting Project

Underplanting of Red spruce seedlings followed by limited non-commercial, mechanical only release of planted and natural seedlings.

Havelock Bypass, US 70, NCDOT Project

NCDOT has proposed construction of a US 70 bypass around Havelock, NC.

Joe Brown Road, SR 1326C, NCDOT Project

NCDOT has requested a 50-foot right-of-way and to make improvements to Joe Brown Road. Proposed improvements include very minor changes in centerline and widening, grading, drainage improvement, and paving.

Lower End Project

The proposed action is to conduct shortleaf pine ecosystem restoration treatments, including timber harvest, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat, fisheries habitat, and botanical habitat improvement projects in western Cherokee County, NC.

Nantahala and Pisgah NFs Plan Revision

Revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah NFs Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan)

NC 24/27 Widening Project, NCDOT Project

NC DOT has proposed widening from two lanes to four lanes of NC 24/27 from NC 73 to the Troy Bypass. Approximately 2.7 miles of this 11 mile project are located on Forest Service lands.

Newport Project

The proposed project consists of various timber, wildlife and fire related treatments to move toward the desired future condition of Longleaf pine and provide improved habitat for the Federally Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Newport road easement new permit UWH121301

The proposed action is to issue a road easement to a private land owner to access a recreation cabin using a utility right-of-way. This permit requires minor road construction and reconstruction.

Post-Harvest Vine Control Project - 2016

Conduct grape and smoke vine control work in 38 Nantahala Ranger District compartments in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties North Carolina, to provide for timber stand improvement in 73 young forest stands.

Renewal of City of Brevard

Renewal of a special use permit for the City of Brevard.

Renewal of Pisgah Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery Permit

Renewal of Pisgah Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery Permit

Rutherford EMC Amendment

The proposed action is to issue a special use permit to allow expansion of the Rutherford EMC powerline right of way aerially up to 100 feet.

Sale of Former Highlands Ranger District Work Center

Sell the lands and buildings that comprise the Work Center for the former Highlands Ranger District, Macon County, North Carolina.

Santeetlah Creek Fish Barrier Removal

The proposed action is to remove a concrete structure from Santeetlah Creek, Graham County, NC to restore fish passage and natural water flows.

Shortleaf Pine Restoration

The proposed action includes a combination of stand improvement, commercial thinning, regeneration, and prescribed burning to reduce the risk and increase resilience to southern pine beetle outbreak.

South Toe Trail Head Expansion

Expansion of parking area

Spencer Branch Reroute

The proposed action is to reroute the trail to higher ground.

Thorps Creek Stream Rehabilitation Project

The proposed action includes improvements to Thorps Creek including: bank stabilization, removal of old fish structures, construct instream structure, replace footbridge, and add erosion control measures.

Toppenberg Easement

Access to private land

Upper Creek Stream Improvement

Improve ford crossing to allow aquatic organism passage and removal of old fish barrier.

US Highway 74 (A-9) Project Sections BA and CA, NCDOT Project

The proposed action is to relocate US Highway 74 from Stecoah to Robbinsville and widen the road to four lanes.

Uwharrie NF Monitoring Program

Update to the Uwharrie NF Monitoring Plan

Woodrun Bike Trail Extension

Construct 1.1 miles of mountain bike trails to improve rider safety

Analysis Completed

2010 Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Suppression

The proposed action is to treat hemlock conservation areas on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests using a combination of biological and chemical treatments. This project adds additional treatment options to the 2005 HWA Project.

Chattooga River Boating Access

The Forest Service is proposing to establish access points for boaters on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River within the boundaries of three National Forests (Chattahoochee, Nantahala and Sumter).

Chattooga River Boating Access

Designate sites for boaters to put-in and/or take-out of the Upper Chattooga River consistent with the Environmental Assessment that addressed Managing Recreation Uses in the Upper Chattooga River Corridor.

Courthouse Vegetation Management

The proposal includes vegetation, recreation, and fuels management activities in Analysis Area 13 on the Pisgah Ranger District.

Laurel Creek Property Owners Association Access Across National Forest System Lands

Evaluate an application for an easement across National Forest System lands from the Laurel Creek Property Owners Association that would allow them to access their 50 acre inholding in Clay and Cherokee Counties, North Carolina.

Linville Trailheads Forest Order

The proposed action is to issue a forest order for camping restrictions at specific trailheads on the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest to provide a safe user experience and resource protection.

On Hold

Church Sign for Calvary Church

The proposed action is to approve a special use permit to allow the Calvary Church to place a sign in a road right-of-way the Forest Service owns near the intersection of Highway 101 and Temples Point Road in Craven County, North Carolina.

Control of Non-Native Invasive Plant Species in the Linville Gorge Wilderness

The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plant species in the Linville Gorge Wilderness using a combination of manual and chemical treatments.

Linville Gorge Wilderness Prescribed Fire

The proposal includes the use of prescribed fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness to restore the natural fire regime, to manage unnatural buildups of fuels, and to restore fire dependent communities and woodlands.

Revised EA for Control of the Southern Pine Beetle on Croatan National Forest

The proposed action is to control outbreaks of southern pine beetle on pine stands using Integrated Pest Management techniques.

Uwharrie District Non-native Invasive Plant Treatment

The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plants on the Uwharrie National Forest using a combination of mechanical, cultural, and chemical treatments.

West Carteret New Water Well Installation

Allow the West Carteret Water Corporation to place 2 more water wells and approximately 4000 feet of additional waterline with power on the Croatan Ranger District in the locations identified in their existing permit issued in August of 1989.

White Pine Conversion

The proposed action is to convert white pine plantations to species more appropriate for the sites through commercial timber harvest.

Wildlife Opening Prescribed Burns

The proposed action is to prescribe burn 50-100 acres of dormant season wildlife openings for maintenance of grasses and forbs.

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