Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

April, May, June 2015

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest SOPA
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Proposed Actions for Naches and Cle Elum District Flood Repair Projects 2013

  • In May 2011, the Naches and Cle Elum Ranger Districts experienced a 100-year flood impacting 40 roads, multiple campgrounds, and several other recreational areas. Analysis is complete for four flood repair projects scheduled to be constructed July-September of 2012. This newsletter [PDF: 2mb, 24 pages] outlines the proposed actions for the five 2013 flood repair projects.

Motorized Travel Management

  • Read about the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest proposed changes to motor vehicle use on specific roads, trails and areas within the non-wilderness portion of the Forest. 


CERCLA Projects

(Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act)

Holden Mine Site Cleanup

Azurite Mine Site Cleanup

Antimony Queen Mine Site Cleanup

Beth Lake Prospect Cleanup

Minnie Mine and Mill Site Cleanup

Copper City Mill and Granite Lake Prospect Cleanup

Copper Glance Mine

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Buckhorn Outfall Project

Crown Resources submitted a request for additional water outfalls in a Supplemental Plan of Operations to the Buckhorn Access Project. The Forest Service proposes to complete a Supplemental EIS to address this request.

Chelan County Public Utility District (CCPUD) Pole Access and Maintenance CE

Issue a special use permit for the replacement of 11 pole structures not having adequate access along the McKenzie-Beverly Transmission line that crosses NFS lands. Current poles need critical maintenance on cross arms or be replaced.

Conconully Compound Disposal

It is proposed to dispose of the Forest Service campus in the town of Conconully, Washington on the Tonasket Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The facility has not been used as a District office for over 30 years.

Crum Canyon Forest Restoration

This project would protect and promote large diameter trees and forested habitats through the removal small diameter trees and prescribed burning. It would reduce potential wildlife intensities in areas surrounding Wildland Urban Interface.

Upper Peshastin Restoration Project EA

Aquatic and terrestrial restoration including road management, hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, and timber stand improvement.

Under Analysis

Annie Restoration (AR) Project

Vegetation management will address landscape departures from historical conditions. Includes timber harvest (1,700 acres), ladder fuel reduction (330 acres), precommercial thinning(150 acres), and fuels treatment (3,400 acres).

Bonaparte Lake and Lost Lake Campground Projects

At Bonaparte Lake Campground, install a swimming dock and a new group site with a covered picnic shelter. Install a covered picnic shelter at Lost Lake Campground. These projects will be implemented over several years.

Chewuch Transportation Plan

Develop and implement a transportation plan for the Upper and Lower Chewuch watersheds. Transportation plan would identify road maintenance levels, roads to be decommissioned, and possible re-routes

Eightmile Ranch Coho Acclimation Site

Consideration of special use permit application from the Yakama Nation for construction of a coho acclimation site at the Eightmile Ranch Administrative Site. Analysis is being completed in cooperation with the Bonneville Power Administion.

Ferris Hard Rock Mining

Authorize miner's proposal to mine underground with hand tools in an existing adit. Access is via user-built ATV trail, which miner will close and restore when finished. Ore removed in 5-gallon buckets, for processing off-Forest.

Flagg Mountain Mineral Exploration

Evaluation of a Plan of Operations to conduct copper exploration at up to 15 sites in the Flagg Mountain area.

Goat Creek Restoration Project

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation, is proposing a restoration project in Goat Creek, a tributary to the Methow River, from river mile 6.7 to 7.6.

Lake Chelan Campground Prince Creek Dock Replacement

Remove and replace the old (slowly sinking) cedar log floating dock (old 65 feet x 9 feet) with new HDPE enclosed floats that support a 17 foot x 67 foot dock designed to accommodate ferry docking on one side and public docking on the other side.

Light Restoration Project

Vegetation management will address landscape departures from historical conditions. Includes the following estimated treatments (acres): timber harvest (3243), ladder fuel reduction (500), precommercial thinning (5711) and fuels treatment (5700).

Little Crow Restoration Project

Restoration project to increase forest resiliency, restore aquatic resources, and maintain public access within the larger context of the Little Naches watershed.

Meadow Creek Reroute: Lakeshore Trail #1247

Reconstruct and construct approximately 2500 feet of trail, install a footlog (bridge) across Meadow Creek on the Lakeshore Trail #1247 to repair flash flood damage.

Microwave Project

Vegetation management project with a focus on fuel reduction, sensitive plant habitat enhancement, fire management cost reduction, forest products, whitebark pine protection, and private lands/infrastructure protection.

Motorized Travel Management

Designate roads/trails/areas open to motorized vehicle use outside of wilderness consistent with Travel Management Rule. Roads/trails/areas not designated as open would be closed to motorized use. Project does not address over-the-snow motorized use.

Nason Creek: Upper White Pine Reach Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project

Restore and enhance aquatic habitat in the Upper White Pine Reach of Nason Creek for ESA-listed Upper Columbia River steelhead, Upper Columbia River Spring-Run Chinook salmon, and Columbia River bull trout

New and reissuance of 1 year term Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permits

Permit to be reissued: (1)Chinook Pass Outfitters; One new permit: (2)White Pass Outfitters

Number Two Canyon Trail System EA

Development of a non-motorized, mult-user trail system in Number Two Canyon and Twin Peaks area including trailheads.

Pacific Northwest Navy Range Special Use Permit

To permit the Navy the use of three roadside sites within the existing Military Operations Area, to place mobile vehicles with emitters to conduct training in order to maintain, train, and equip combat-ready military forces.

PacifiCorp Gold Hill Repeater

Proposal to issue 20 year communication site lease to PacifiCorp to use the Forest Service Gold Hill Repeater site.

Recreation Residence and Organizational Camp Projects

Owners of Recreation Residences in several Recreation Residence tracts and YMCA Camp Dudley have submitted applications for various repairs and alterations to their privately owned structures to ensure safety, accessibility and regulatory compliance.

Recreation Residence and Resort Projects

Recreation Residence owners in the Andy Creek,Bear Cove,Bumping Lake,and Indian Flat tracts,the Chelminar Grotto club site and owners of Rimrock Lake Resort have submitted applications for various projects on their privately owned structures.

Reissuance of Tieton River Whitewater Rafting Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permits

Reissue up to 11 permits to companies that operate as whitewater rafting outfitter and guides during the "flip flop" on the Tieton River.

Ski Hill Improvements EA

Repair and upgrade utilities, upgrade kitchen,construct patio and restroom, install two towers and regrade the small alpine hill

Swauk Pine Restoration

Landscape scale silvicultural treatments (thinning and burning)to improve resilience to disturbance, and stream and floodplain restoration at 66 sites. Project includes road improvements, closure, relocation, and decommissioning.

Upper Yakima Restoration

Watershed restoration project. Forest commercial and pre-commercial thinning designed to accelerate old growth forest structure, watershed restoration, road obliteration, and road to trail conversion.

Wish Poosh Hazard Tree Management

Forest Service proposes to initially remove approximately 400 hazard trees infected with Annosus root disease, in Wish Poosh Campground. Then a 10-year vegetation management plan for annual hazard tree removal will be implemented.

Analysis Completed

Accessible Fishing Docks Project

Construct 3 accessible fishing docks at Lost, Beaver, and Beth Lakes and refurbish the existing Bonaparte Lake dock over a period of up to 5 years.

Bannon,Aeneas,Revis and Tunk - revised grazing allotment plan for 4 allotments.

Review and evaluate livestock grazing activites on the Bannon, Aeneas, Revis, & Tunk grazing allotments. Revise the management plans to reflect current direction. 2 action alternatives and the No Action alternative were developed and considered.

Buck Forest and Fuels

Forest health, timber stand improvement and hazardous fuels reduction project that includes commercial and pre-commercial thinning, stand regeneration, mechanical fuels treatments, prescribed fire and road system management.

Carlson Blue Mining

1-2 person seasonal operation includes trenching with a backhoe and digging with hand tools. Camping on site.

Chewuch River Restoration RM 13-15.5

Improve aquatic habitat through placement of large wood,and wood jams, and off-channel habitat enhancement.

Dry Restoration

Dry Restoration proposes a commercial harvest which will occur on 548 acres in dry forest stands. An additional 200 acres will be available for either commercial or personal use firewood. Stream stabilization will occur within two miles of Dry Creek.

Forest Service Road 3300 Flood Repair

The Cle Elum Ranger District plans to analyze and repair damaged sites on the Forest Service Road 3300. Flood damaged sites are located at mile post 3.9 and 4.4.

South Summit Forest and Fuels II

Forest health, timber stand improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, and road system management

On Hold

Bear Cove Club Special Use Permit

Issue a new permit to the Bear Cove Boat Club.

Club Chelminar Special Use Permit

Issue an existing club a special use permit for a new term.

Forest Service Road 1901 Flood Repair

Repair the damaged portions of Forest Service Road 1901. The damaged sites are at mile post 6.9 and 7.2.

Indian Creek Corral Livestock Area Special Use Permit

Issue a new permit for an existing livestock area permit

Indian Creek Corral Resort Special Use Permit

Issue a new special use permit to an existing resort

Naches Outfitter and Guide Permits

Outfitting and guiding opportunies on the Naches R D will be reviewed for environmental effects. The analysis will include all types of O/G including pack stock use, fishing, rafting, snowmobiling, environmental education and mushroom gathering.

Okanogan Wenatchee Forest Plan Revision

The Land and Resource Management Plans of combined Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests are being revised as required by the National Forest Management Act. The focus is to update parts of the plans no longer current and requiring change.

White Pass 2014 Projects

The Naches R.D. is considering a proposal by the White Pass Company, the operator of the White Pass Ski Area, to expand its Nordic ski trail system and facilities.

Yakima Valley Boat Club Special Use Permit

Issue a new special use permit for the Yakima Valley Boat Club with seasonal moorage for up to 14 boats at the club docks on Rimrock Lake

Yakima Valley Ski Club Special Use Permit

Issue a new special use permit to an existing club for a new term.

Project Archive

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