Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

 

The Schedule of Proposed Actions, often referred to as the SOPA, contains a list of proposed actions that will begin or are currently undergoing environmental analysis and documentation. Questions, comments, and or requests to be on the mailing list for a specific project listed in the SOPA should be directed to the Project Contact listed for every project in the SOPA.

Please click on the link below for a list of the proposed actions on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The link will take you to the national website. Please click on the first link on that page for the current SOPA report.

 

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Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Under Analysis

Bird Track TSI and Maintenance Burn

Precommercial thinning and burning of overstocked pine stands in the Spring Creek area along FS Roads 2100, 2100-400, and 2100-950. Prescribed natural fuels underburn within and adajacent to previous Spring Creek Fire.

Bull Run Subwatershed Restoration Project Phase I

The project will improve fish habitat on Corral, Deep & Channel Creeks which are tributaries to Bullrun Creek and the North Fork of the John Day River. Activities will improve floodplain function, water storage, fish passage and habitat complexity.

Cove Water Pipeline Replacement Project

Remove/salvage 5530 ft 18" water pipeline from diversion structure on Bridge Cr to diversion structure on Mill Cr, and install approx 5530 ft 18" HDPE pipe, and associated required access and road work, for City of Cove Special Use Permit

Dumars Spring

Special Use re-authorization

East Face Vegetation Management Project

Mechanical thinning, slash busting, prescribed fire, hand piling and burning to manage and improve vegetation and treat fuels near wildland urban interface and private/public land interface. May include some road construction, maintenance, closures.

East Sheep FS Road 5184 Project

A bottomless arch would replace the bridge which was over East Sheep Creek on 5184 to eliminate userbuilt roads and OHV use in East Sheep Creek. 2.9 miles of 5184 and 3.9 miles of road 5182 will be maintained. 3 more culverts would be installed.

Five Points Creek Restoration Project, Phase I

Project involves: 6 miles of wood placement; 7 mi of riparian planting; seeding 75 ac; exclosure construction on .5 mi stream; and closing 3 mi of streambottom ATV use trails.

Granite Creek Watershed Mining Plans

Analyze proposed mining plans of operations within the Granite Creek Watershed on the Umatilla and Wallow-Whitman NFs. This project occurs on both the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman NFs. Prior to the April 2010 SOPA, the Umatilla portion was titled Lower Granite Area Mining Projects and the W-W portion was titled Upper Granite Mining. As of 4/2010, these projects are combined with the lead contact person located on the Wallowa-Whitman NF.

Granite Culvert Replacement

This project proposes to remove and replace 7 culverts with fish passage friendly structures.

Limber Jim Large Woody Debris, Planting, and Culvert Replacement Project

Project activities will include large wood placement, planting, culvert replacement, and dispersed recreation site management, in a portion of north fork, south fork and main stem Limber Jim Creeks.

Limber Jim Muir Fuels Reduction Project

Noncommercial fuel reduction,west boundary LaGrande City Watershed and key access routes to reduce down fuel and facilitate fire suppression. May include precommercial thinning, firewood areas, slash busting, prescribed fire, small commercial harvest

Little Dean Fuels Vegetation Management

Analysis of fuels vegetation management needs in the area south of Phillips Lake; Little Dean Creek, Worley Springs, Black Mountain. The Forest will be preparing an environmental analysis to record and disclose the environmental effects of a proposed action to improve forest health, resiliency to disturbance, reduce the risk of wildfire within the wildland urban interface, and to provide economic benefit to the local economy. In addition, the project will increase the structural complexity and species diversity of vegetation to provide habitat for a wider range of wildlife species. The project area is approximately 16,946 acres on National Forest System lands.

Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project

The Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project proposes to restore, maintain and enhance forest and rangeland resilience to natural disturbance and contribute to the local economic and social vitality of the area.

Mountain Line Replacement Project

Replace existing 100 yr old water transmission line, providing potable water to the residents of Baker City.

ODOT Elkhorn Mountain Communication Site

Upgrade and maintain communication site.

West Sumpter Fuels Maintenance Project

The Whitman Ranger District is proposing maintenance burning of previously treated forested stands particularly stands in the Wildland Urban Interface portions of the District.

Whitman Range Improvement Project

This project proposes to construct 3 livestock water developments that consists of fencing the spring source and installing an aluminum water trough. Modification of existing fences, and construction of less than 10 miles of division fences.

Analysis Completed

North Fork Catherine Creek Ford Replacement

North Fork Catherine Creek provides spawning and rearing habitat for spring/summer Chinook, summer steelhead, bull trout and redband trout. The North Fork Catherine Creek ford is currently a partial fish passage barrier during times of low flows. This project proposed to remove the existing ford and replace it with a full channel spanning bridge. All work will stay within the existing road prism. After project completion the site will be rehabilitated. Project benefits include improved fish passage, improved natural flow pattern of the stream channel and reduced risk of structure failure.

Anthony Lakes Whitebark Pine Restoration

This project will protect healthy mature whitebark pine from competition, bark beetles and wildfire.

Beaver Creek Fish Passage Project

Provide fish passage in Beaver Cr by placing concrete weirs in spillway, rock grade-control structures at intake, and rock and weirs by diversion pool. Place rock to grade channel in Elk, Cove, W Fk Beaver Cr intakes. Install fish screens at intakes

Bull Run Culvert Replacement Project (Granite Creek Watershed Action Plan)

Replace 2 culverts on Bull Run Crk and 1 culvert on Deep Crk and re-align approx 300 feet of the 7370 road to allow the natural channel and flood plain to re-establish. 8+ miles of stream for fish passage and sediment reduction will be opened.

Corral Creek Road Relocation and Restoration

This project proposes to obliterate and replace the 7787-620 to the junction of the 7787-600 road. Three culverts along this pieces of road are undersized and limited fish passage, these culverts will be removed with the road obliteration. This road will be reconstructed upland of Corral Creek and 3 culverts replaced.

Meadow Creek Wood Additions Phase II

Place large woody debris in 3.25 mi of Meadow Ck (30 structure sites). Planting for approx. 3 mi. 2 stream exclosure fences reconstructed. Construct additional exclosure fence. Construct 3.3 mi pasture fence. Construct 9 small exclosures in pastures

North Fork Burnt River Mining Supplemental EIS

Prepare a supplement to the April 2004 North Fork Burnt River Final Environmental Impact Statement to address the inadequacies identified by the United States District Court of Oregon, August 4, 2006.

Puderbaugh Vegetation Management Project

Reduce fuel loadings in the Puderbaugh Ridge vicinity and address Western Pine Beetle conditions in the upper Imnaha River Corridor.

Sandbox Vegetation Management

Sandbox Vegetation Management project will improve forest health and develop defensible fuel profiles in areas that are prone to natural wildfire. This project proposes areas of mechanical harvest/removal and prescribed burning, precommercial thinning, stocking density reduction, tree planting, hazard tree removal, road and soil restoration, and harvest removal by tractor, skyline and/or helicopter systems.

Trail Vegetation Management

Trail Vegetation Management project will improve forest health and develop defensible fuel profiles in areas that are prone to natural wildfire. This project proposes areas of mechanical harvest/removal and prescribed burning, precommercial thinning, stocking density reduction, tree planting, hazard tree removal, road and soil restoration, and harvest removal by tractor systems.

On Hold

51 Road Reconstruction

The existing 4.5 miles of the 51 road, proposed for reconstruction, is narrow with blind corners and no shoulders. Lanes will be widened to 11 feet with 2 foot shoulders, sharp corners will be straightened, and the road surface will be improved. In some areas where the road is close to the river the road prism will be realigned away from the river. Culverts and ditches will be installed on the cut bank side to improve the drainage of the road. This project would provide for public safety, fish habitat, economic efficiency and to bring the road up to its standard management level 5.

Ladd Canyon TSI and Prescribed Burn

Non-mechanical and mechanical thin old harvest and natural fuel units.Spacing 14x-20x. 10% of PCT units left untreated for wildlife. Species prefer w.larch, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir.Burn piles and landscape prescribe burn in designated burn blocks

Muir Creek Culvert Replacement

This project would replace an undersized, partial fish passage barrier with a properly sized open arch or box culvert. A slight channel relocation would occur to fit the new culvert.

Riparian Livestock Exclusion by Wood II

Excessive livestock use on streams is degrading stream habitat and water quality. This project proposes to exclude livestock from streams by placing wood within the riparian area. This would allow for the riparian areas to recover, streambank stabilization. Trees, snags, and down wood would be used to create the barrier. Trees will be fell by hand and moved using an excavator. Little Beaver Creek provides steelhead and redband trout habitat.

Silver Creek and Other Ditch Easements

Convert authorization for existing irrigation ditches from special-use permits to easements.

Cancelled

Starkey Allotment Management

Construct boundary fence and change kind and class of livestock grazed at Red Fir Spring. Construct boundary fence at Briggs pasture within the Starkey allotment boundary. The area is currently not designed for grazing with pasture rotation.

Tamarack Stay Project

The purpose of this project is to provide dead western larch snags for stay and jack material for livestock exclosure and pasture fences. This project is being cancelled from the SOPA list, because it was entered on the SOPA list in error.

Project Archive

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