Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

October, November, December 2015

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for Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

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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

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.

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

Bear Cove Boat Club Special Use Permit

Issue a new permit to the Bear Cove Boat Club.

Chelminar Club Special Use Permit

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

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

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.

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.

Issuance of Five Year Recreation Event Special Use Permits

Issuance of 11 five year recreation event permits for recurring events to be held at various locations and dates on the Naches Ranger District.

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.

Mills Canyon Wildfire Revegetation

Plant Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and bitterbrush to re-establish conifer and shrub habitat in areas affected by the Mills Canyon Wildfire.

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.

Ravens Roost Communications Site-Facility 1-Issue new 20 year communication site lease

Issuance of a new 20 year special use permit/communications site lease to the new facility owner.

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.

Recreation Residence Improvement and Maintenance Projects

Improvements and maintenance projects at cabins in Gold Creek and Bear Cove Summer Home Tracts.

Reissuance of Short Term (Less than One Year)Recreation Event Permits

Short Term Recreation Event Special Use Permit reissuance for Yakima Ski Benders Little Naches Poker Run.

Silver Beach Resort Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of permit to allow Silver Beach Resort to continue to operate and maintain a resort consisting of a motel, restaurant, rental cabins, commercial campground, boat launch, dock, float, and boat rental facilities.

Ski Hill Improvements EA

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

Stillwaters / Stormy Fish Habitat Improvement

The purpose of the project is to improve aquatic habitat within the Entiat River. Placement of large woody material an reconnection of the Signal Peak side channel will promote continued improvement in aquatic and riparian conditions.

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.

Tillicum Watershed Restoration

Activities include small tree thinning, pruning, handpiling, prescribed burning, shaded fuel break construction, closing roads, decommission roads, improve/upgrade roads.

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.

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.

Analysis Completed

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dugout Fire Salvage

It is proposed to salvage dead timber as a result of the 2015 fires, generally over snow, from high severity burn areas. These areas will also be evaluated to determine if reforestation, noxious weed control, or seeding are necessary.

Peony Fire Salvage

Timber salvage of dead trees is proposed in high severity burn areas, generally over snow from the 2015 fires. The need for reforestation, noxious weed control, or soil stabilization activities, such as planting and seeding will be evaluated.

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.

South Summit Forest and Fuels II

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

On Hold

Black Canyon Fire Salvage

Timber salvage is proposed only in high severity burn areas. This salvage will likely be a commercial firewood sale(s). These areas will also be evaluated to determine if reforestation, noxious weed control, and/or seeding is necessary.

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

McFarland Fire Salvage

The proposal is to salvage trees killed as a result of the 2015 fires. This project would likely be implemented through a commercial firewood sale(s) of material adjacent to existing roads.

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.


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.

Project Archive

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