Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The national software "Projects, Appeals and Litigation System" (PALS) has been developed to provide a consistent format across National Forests. It is a means of tracking information nationally on the use of various new planning authorities, including the National Forest Restoration Act and the Healthy Forests Initiative.

Disclosure Notice: It is the practice of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to make comments, including names and addresses of respondents, available for public review. Unless you specifically request us to withhold your name and address, it may be part of the record under NEPA and could be made available to the public upon request. Read more about the Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA).

Public Comments Sought on Mineral Withdrawal
5-year Mineral Withdrawal in Aid of Legislation

Public comments are being sought for a 5-year mineral withdrawal in aid of legislation. The withdrawal includes 95,684 acres of National Forest System land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and 5,376 acres of BLM lands on the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the BLM. The land is located in the Rough & Ready/Baldface Creek area in Josephine County and the Hunter Creek/Pistol River area in Curry County. A 90-day public comment period commenced on June 29, 2015 with the publication of a federal register notice and extends through September 28, 2015. Written comments may be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208-2965.

  • Briefing Paper - March 14, 2016 (292 KB PDF)
  • Summary of Minerals Withdrawal in Aid of Legislation (228 KB PDF)
  • HR 682 “Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2015” (245 KB PDF)
  • Rough & Ready/Baldface Mineral Withdrawal Proposal Map (1,189 KB PDF)
  • Hunter Creek and Pistol River Headwaters Mineral Withdrawal Proposal Map (950 KB PDF)
  • Unofficial - Gold Beach Mineral Withdrawal Proposal Map (9,071 KB PDF)
  • Unofficial - Wild Rivers Mineral Withdrawal Proposal Map (22,335 KB PDF)
  • Process and Timeline (197 KB PDF)
  • Federal Register Notice (184 KB PDF)

Illinois River Recreation Development

  • Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact - Revised 12/10/2004 (911 KB PDF)

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Gold Beach Special Use Permit Renewals 2014

Renewal of nine existing expired special use permits. Re-authorization includes following uses: water transmission lines, tramways, driveways, and water storage facilities. No new construction or ground disturbance would occur.

Illinois River Outfitter-Guide (Special Use) Permits

Guided commercial outfitter/guiding service for rafting/paddling use on the Illinois River from March 1 thru June 30. Put in site is at Miami Bar below McCaleb's Ranch. Take out will be at the confluence of the Rogue River at Lower Oak Flat.

J. Herbert Stone Nursery Pesticide Use

Authorize the use of modern pesticides for use in the JHS Nursery's integrated pest management program to improve effectiveness, reduce environmental impacts, and increase worker and public health and safety.

Robertson Skid Road Special Use Permit

Allow use of 1/3 mile of maintenance level 1 NFS road and skid processed logs over 250 feet of NFS lands.

Upper Briggs Creek

Thinning and prescribed burning to promote vegetation diversity, preserve legacy pines and oaks, restore meadow habitat, and provide fire resiliency; decommission or storage of excess roads; fish passage improvement. Approx. 3500 acres affected.

Utility Line Special Use Permits

Renew and combine four existing Century Link expired telephone line permits into one permit; renew one existing expired telephone line permit for Pacific Corps. Issue a new permit for fiber optic line along Highway 140 for Hunter Communications.

Under Analysis

2015 SW Oregon Mineral Withdrawals

Recommend the Secretary of the Interior withdraw from location and entry under mining laws about 101,022 acres of NFS and BLM lands, subject to valid existing rights, for a period of 5 years in aid of legislation (HR682/S346).

Big Pines Restoration

Variable density and radial thinning to remove encroaching Douglas-fir, white fir, and dense understory around large old trees, followed by underburning.

Forest Plan Amendment to Authorize an Additional Herbicide (Aminopyralid)

Amend the Rogue River and Siskiyou Forest Land and Resource Management Plans by adding aminopyralid to the list of approved herbicides that may be considered for use in projects to control invasive plants.

Kimball Thin

Variably thin up to 350 acres of dense, naturally-regenerated conifer forest, that is 50 to 80 years old. The goal is to enhance the development of late-successional conditions for the benefit of old-growth related species.

Motorized Vehicle Use on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Supplement

Supplement to the Motorized Vehicle Use on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest EIS.

Mount Avery Spur Road Project

Construct about 330 feet of new road on Forest Service lands from the end of Forest Service Road 5201-200 to the private parcel in T32S, R13W, Section 16. Applicant requests permission to use and maintain the road for perpetual timber management.

Analysis Completed

Ashland Forest Resiliency

Landscape fuels reduction to lower chance of large scale wildfire within Ashland Municipal Watershed

Ashland Trails Project

Addition of 21.5 miles of existing historic/unapproved trails, 9.4 miles of new trails, and decommission 5.2 miles of trails.

Big Elk Cinder Pit Rock Source Project

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has requested authorization to extract and crush pitrun cinders from approx. 5 acres of an existing quarry for use as a sanding aggregate to improve traction along OR-140, OR-62, and Big Elk Road.

Big Grayback Range Allotment

An allotment management plan update for the Big Grayback C&H Allotment.

Butcherknife/Slate Fuels Reduction Project

Treatment of approximately 5,000 acres of forest stands to reduce density of stems, decrease vegetative fuels and increase stand vitality.

Bybee Vegetation Management

This project is designed to improve stand conditions, diversity, density, and structure to increase forest resiliency and overall forest health; provide a sustainable supply of timber products; and reduce the risk to forest resources from wildfire.

Cascades Managed Stands

Thinning of established plantations across the High Cascades Ranger District

Coastal Healthy Forests Treatment

Thinning of established plantations across Chetco, Gold Beach and Powers Districts.

East Fork Illinois River Channel & Floodplain Restoration

Place large wood, construct a 1500-foot side channel, and revegetate about 7 miles of stream to improve fish habitat and water quality.

East Illinois Valley Managed Stands Project

Within managed stands (forest plantations), total tree numbers would be decreased through partial cutting to leave the pattern, size and species of trees needed to further stand development objectives associated with 3 land management allocations.

Eden Ridge Timber Sales

Commercial thinning, root disease treatments and planting on approx. 3,736 acres of candidate stands regenerated in the 1920s-40s and located on Matrix under NWFP. Includes 72 treatment units using ground-based and aerial logging systems.

Equine Thin Project

Commercially thin approximately 600 acres of natural stands less than 110 years of age that are located within lands designated as matrix and riparian reserve.

Fire Use Amendment

An administrative action involving the modification of wording for management direction and S&Gs regarding management response to fires, including refinement of S&Gs, removal of limitations on responses and clarifications of language.

Long Ridge/Sorrel Meadow Restoration

Removing commercial-sized conifers that have encroached on meadows and white oak/black oak stands over the years. In vicinity of Forest Roads 1917and 3318.

Mt. Ashland Ski Area Expansion Supplement

Supplement to the Mt. Ashland Ski Area Expansion EIS.

Onion Mountain Fire Salvage

Salvage trees over 12 inches DBH that were killed in the Onion Mountain Fire of September 2014 on approximately 120 acres.

PacifiCorp Special Use Permit Renewal

Renewal of a permit for an existing distribution feeder line and single phase distribution line for a 50 year term. There will be no ground disturbance associated with this renewal.

Pyramid Timber Sale

Commercial thinning of natural pole stands in matrix, app. 351 acres

Rustler Vegetation Management

Vegetation management projects to provide commodities, reduce natural fueloading, and to provide for stand diversity

Sucker Creek Legacy Roads and Trails Project

Decommissioning, stormproofing and stream crossing upgrades to legacy roads and trails within the Sucker Creek 5th field watershed.

Waters #2 and Round Prairie Creek Hazardous Fuel Reduction

Reduction of understory (non-commercial) vegetation (shrubs and small trees) in natural and managed conifer stands using mechanical slashing treatments and underburning.

On Hold

Cleopatra Test Drilling

Red Flat Nickel Corp. plans to drill 59 3-inch diameter holes to a depth of 50 feet to obtain core samples of minerals in Curry County, Oregon. Equipment and personnel would be transported and removed via helicopter.

Elk River Aquatic Restoration

Place large wood into and adjacent to ~2 miles of stream to improve habitat for fish and other aquatic species. Thin(non-commercial)~500 acres of previously harvested and dense stands to stimulate the development of mature forest near streams.

Forest Plan Amendments for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

The Forest Service is proposing to amend the Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMP) for the Umpqua, Rogue River, and Winema National Forests for the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. DEIS at

RF-38 Test Drilling

Red Flat Nickel Corp. plans to drill 35 3-inch diameter holes to a depth of 50 feet to obtain core samples of minerals adjacent to existing roads. No new roads would be constructed. About 1200 feet of road would be brushed.

Weatherbee Mining Claim

Placer mine, removing mineral deposit from an ancient channel (underground). Project would remove approximately 40 cubic yards of material per year. Removal process would primarily pick and shovel, using a winch to move material mid-slope.

Wizard #2 Mine Project

The project would authorize mining a sulfur enriched clay mineral deposit (epithermal argillite) on approximately 5 acres of land for up to 10 years. There would be no vegetation removal.

Project Archive

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