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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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Developing Proposal

Armstrong Creek Project

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

Cane Pole Multiple Resource Management Project

The proposed action is to conduct silvicultural treatments to improve wildlife habitat, restore vegetation communities, and supply timber for the local economy.

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.

Under Analysis

Appalachian Trail Relocation at Grassy Gap

The proposed action is to reroute two short sections of the Appalachian Trail (0.4 miles and 0.25 miles) near Grassy Gap, approximately 2.9 miles north of Wesser/Nantahala Gorge on the Cheoah Ranger District.

Big Circle Project

The proposed action is to thin and restore longleaf pine for red cockaded woodpecker habitat on 625 acres.

Bridge #135, on SR 1740, NCDOT Project

NCDOT proposes to replace Bridge #135 in Jackson County.

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).

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.

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

Fontana Multiple Resource Management Project

The proposal is to conduct silvicultural activities designed to improve wildlife habitat, restore vegetation communities, and provide timber for the local economy.

Grandfather District Restoration Burns

The proposal is to burn six separate areas in Burke and Caldwell counties to reduce fuel loads, improve wildlife habitat, and promote fire dependent and fire adapted species. Individual burns would be implemented over multiple years.

Green River Preserve Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit

Project to permit the Green River Preserve organizaiton to guide canoing and kayaking on the Croatan National Forest.

Havelock Bypass, US 70, NCDOT Project

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

Hellbender Nest Box

The proposed action is to install 9 nest boxes for Hellbenders. Boxes will be in place for 10 years.

Jackrabbit Mountain Bike Connector Trail

The proposed action is to construct a bicycle trail connecting the Jackrabbit Mountain camping area with the Jackrabbit Mountain Mountain Bike Trail System on the Tusquitee Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, Clay County, North Carolina.

Limits of Stay at Appalachian National Scenic Trail Shelters and Designated Campsites

The Southern Region of the Forest Service is proposing to change its limits of stay at shelters and designated dispersed campsites along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on several forests of the Southern Region .

Nantahala and Pisgah NFs Plan Revision

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

Nantahala Ranger District Crop Tree Release Project - 2014-2016

The proposed action is to release crop trees on 44 stands on the Nantahala Ranger District in Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties in areas stocked with trees in the 7-18 year age class.

Nantahala Ranger District Post-Harvest Vine Control Project

The proposal is to conduct treatments on the Nantahala Ranger District to control the amount and extent of grape and other woody vines to provide growing conditions favorable for high quality hardwood timber.

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

Northwest Restoration Project

The proposal includes projects for ecosystem restoration, heritage resource, wildlife, and recreation improvement. The analysis area includes approximately 14,933 acres within compartments 9 - 16 and 21 - 25.

Old Church Road Project

This project consist of thinning one 22 acre stand in Compartment 36 on the Croatan National Forest.

Southern Region Caves and Mine Closures

The purpose of the action is to close caves and mines to minimize the transmission potential of white nose syndrome and for the protection of associated wildlife species.

Spencer Branch Reroute

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

Tusquitee Ranger District 2014-2019 Prescribed Burns

The proposal is to conduct prescribed burning on 27 separate units totaling 16,776 acres on the Tusquitee Ranger District on the Nantahala National Forest in Cherokee and Clay Counties, North Carolina.

Water Well Replacement for Recreational Residence Lot #1

The proposed action is to replace an existing water well at a recreation residence (Lot 1) on the Croatan Ranger District.

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.

Analysis Completed

Big Green Mountain Prescribed Burn Project

The proposal is to conduct prescribed burns on three units on the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, Jackson County, North Carolina.

Century Link Phone Line Replacement

Replace existing burried copper phone line with fiber optic line.

Circle P Farm Runway Approach

Authorize Circle P Farms to manage the height of the vegetation on 0.28 acres of Croatan National Forest land at the end of their private runway for safety.

Clay County Shooting Range Project - 2012/2013

The proposed action is to construct an outdoor shooting range facility on national forest lands in Clay County, North Carolina.

Copeland Multiple Resource Managemenet Project

The proposal is to conduct silvicultural activities designed to improve wildlife habitat, restore vegetation communities, and provide timber for the local economy on the Nantahala RD on lands in the vicinity of Nantahala Lake in Macon County.

Courthouse Vegetation Management

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

District Prescribed Burn Program FY14

The proposed action is to prescribe burn approximately 7000 acres for wildlife habitat, listed plant species, and fuel reduction.

Franks Creek Project

Provide timber products and improve/maintain forest health, tree growth, wildlife habitat, species and watershed composition. Activities include timber harvest, invasive plant control, fisheries restoration, and timber/wildlife stand improvements.

Gap-based Approach to Oak Regeneration (Femelschlag) Project

The proposed action is to implement a new silvicultural system and continue testing an existing silvicultural system that are both based on natural disturbance patterns for their potential to regenerate oak and hickory species.

Globe Project

Timber/vegetation management, wildlife habitat development and enhancement, control/manage non-native invasive plants, and small patch old growth designation.

Havelock - Morehead Wildwood Replace OHGW Project

The propoesed action is to replace of existing power poles and wires as needed within existing corridors.

Laurel Creek Property Owners Association Access Across National Forest System Lands

The proposed action is to authorize access to a privately owned inholding on the Valley River Mountains rim above Fires Creek which will involve new road construction and use of existing Forest Service roads.

Moss Knob Shooting Range Upgrades

The proposed action is to reroute the access road to the Moss Knob Shooting Range on the Nantahala RD, NFsNC, and grade and level the area between the firing lanes and backstop.

Non-Native Invasive Plant Control Project

The proposed action is to treat non-native invasive plant infestations across the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest using an integrated combination of treatment methods over a five year period

Rocky Knob Blowdown Salvage

Salvage of approximately 32 sawtimber and 14 pulpwood trees that blew down along a road.

Trestle Salvage Sale Project

The proposal is to harvest trees damaged from a recent thunderstorm on an estimated 47 acres near the Woodrun area within Compartments 35 and 37 in pine, hardwood and mixed pine/hardwood stands, using mechanized equipment.

US Marine Corp. SERE training

The proposed action is to approve a special use permit to allow U.S. Marines to establish a temporary camp to conduct training on the Croatan National Forest.

Uwharrie Land Management Plan Revision

Proposal to revise the existing land management plan for the Uwharrie National Forest.

On Hold

Catawba Falls Phase II: Trail Improvements & Dam Removal

The proposed action is to improve and/or relocate trail between the parking lot and upper falls, and construct a viewing platform(s). In addition, a dam and old building will be removed.

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.

Cancelled

Bluff Community Protection Plan (CPP) Prescribed Burn

The proposed action includes a joint burn with the state of NC and the Bluff Community for fuel reduction. The project includes burning about 125 total acres: ~100 acres of private land and ~25 acres of USFS lands (including 3 ac inholding)

Chattooga River Paddler Access

The Nantahala Ranger District is proposing to designate and construct, where needed, long-term sustainable trails for paddler access and to also designate the put-in areas on national forest lands on the Nantahala Ranger District, Jackson County, NC.

Cheoah River Brush Removal

The proposed action is to remove aberant flora (brush) from the Cheoah River.

Croatan Longleaf Restoration Project

The proposed action is to restore longleaf pine ecosystem conditions district wide using a variety of management actions. Primary actions will be thinning, site prep, planting and midstory control.

Flat Top Disabled Hunter Area (Cancelled)

The proposed action is to create a disabled hunter area in a wildlife field near Flat Top above FSR 278. (Note: proposal has been relocated to the Victor Fields araea)

Grandfather FY-2013 Prescribed Burns

The proposed action is to conduct prescribed burns at Rose Mountain, Old Way Ridge, Mills Creek, Upper Creek, and Boone Fork. The proposal also includes mechanical fuel reduction along the boundary adjacent to the Bluffs subdivision.

Hamrick Access Management

Proposed closure of the Colbert's Creek Road (FSR 5523) and opening year-round of the Locust Creek Road (FSR 239) - riparian stabilization non-system road decommissioning in Colbert's Creek area - formally called Colbert Creek Riparian Enhancement

Linville Gorge Wilderness - Research Permit

The proposed action is to locate 30-50 1/10 acre plots in chestnut oak stands in Linville Gorge Wilderness to measure amount of living and dead wood in each plot.

Little Prong Brook Trout Habitat Restoration

The proposed action is to partner with NFHAP and EBTJV to remove sediment sources along FSR 465 and restore habitat within Little Prong, in Madison County NC as part of a long term restoration plan for the Hicky Fork drainage.

Sawmill OHV Trail Reroute

The proposed action will relocate a portion of the Sawmill off-highway vehicle trail from its current location to an adjacent site. Approximately 1 mile of existing trail will be relocated.The purpose of relocation is to provide for public safety.

Snowbird Angler Access Improvements

The proposed action is to improve fishing access at two locations along Snowbird Creek at the existing Snowbird Picnic Area. Existing angler access points would be upgraded to accommodate persons with limited mobility.

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