The Forest Service now has an on-line, web-based SOPA located on the national website. This program will allow anyone with access to a computer to view all SOPAs produced at all forests within the agency.
The current SOPA Report contains a list of proposed actions that will begin or are currently undergoing environmental analysis and documentation. If you need assistance or have questions and comments regarding projects listed, please contact the person listed in the project description or contact the Forest Enviornmental Coordination, Justin Seastrand, at (626) 574-5278 or email at email@example.com.
The Angeles National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposal to maintain Big Tujunga Highway. An unreinforced wall of 450' length and 20' high is severely eroded by constant water scouring. The proposal is to reinforce this wall with riprap. A temporary water diversion structure will be placed in the middle of the streambed to divert water. The proposal is subject to 36 CFR 218, Suparts A and B, for pre-decisional objections. This comment period is to allow public input into the scope of issues, and to provide an opportunity to comment on proposed actions, as required by these regulations. Please see the legal notice for detailed instructions on submitting comments, and on the objection process. Because this website was not updated until April 23, comments will be accepted until May 7.
Mt. Waterman Ski Resort proposes to offer summer Mt. Biking within their permitted area. Approximately 10 miles of single track trail would be constructed, primarily within and adjacent to existing ski runs and service roads. Other non-disturbing activities such as frisbee disc golf would also be allowed.
This project will remove non-native aquatic species within the South Fork Big Rock Creek, Dorr Canyon, Little Rock Creek, Devils Canyon, Bear Creek, Vincent and Bear Gulch and will involve the use of nets, traps and backpack electroshockers. The purpose of the project is to improve habitat conditions for the endangered Mountain yellow-legged Frog, by removing known predator species. See project map for details of the locations.
The Santa Clara Mojave Rivers Ranger District is preparing an Environmental Assessment for a proposal by Plains All-American Pipeline LP, to re-route a 14,000 foot segment of a 14-inch crude oil pipeline known as Line 63. The project would meet requirements of a District Court Consent Decree(2010) for transporting crude oil through the pipeline. The pipe will be installed by conventional trenching and horizontal drilling. A comment period was held from February 19 until March 21. Click on the project link for a project description with figures and maps. The project is subject to an objection period pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B. This process allows those who have submitted formal comments on the project to request review of the proposed decision at the Regional level. When the EA and a draft decision notice are available they will be posted here prior to the start of the objection period.
The USDA Forest Service, Angeles National Forest (ANF) is seeking comment on a proposal by the San Gabriel River Ranger District to improve and maintain defense zones and evacuation routes for administrative sites across the District. Sites include recreation residences, communication sites, and campgrounds that currently lack adequate defensible space for protection from unwanted effects of wildfire. These strategic point protection measures will enhance the safety and resiliency of recreation sites and infrastructure while providing for safer working conditions for firefighters and evacuation routes for Forest users. Please send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org, in e-mail text, or in a readable format (.doc, .pdf, .txt, .rtf); or by mail to: San Gabriel River Ranger District, Attn: Dan OConnor, 110 North Wabash Ave, Glendora, CA 91741. Paper copies available upon request.
The Angeles National Forest is seeking public input on a proposal to provide limited recreational access to the Williamson Rock climbing area and the Pacific Crest Trail, near Little Rock Creek and Cooper Canyon north of Highway 2. This area has been closed to recreation since 2006 to protect critical habitat for the Mountain yellow-legged frog. The project occurs within the Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness and the Little Rock Creek eligible Wild and Scenic River. Proposed activities include seasonal and long term closures, and construction of a trail, trail bridge, barriers, and minor improvements to staging areas and trailheads. Based on issues identified through previous public comment in Dec. 2013, the project is proceeding with an Environmental Impact Statement. An additional comment period began Aug. 7, 2014 with the publication of a Notice of Intent. To receive full consideration comments should be received by Sep. 5, 2014. For maps and details, click on the project link above.
The Forest Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project (BRRTP). The ROD will allow the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to construct 13 miles of powerlines, and upgrade an additional 17 miles. The selected route is the San Francisquito Canyon utility corridor. Please click on the project link to see the ROD and a legal notice. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is available at: http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp009508.jsp.
This decision is subject to administrative review (appeal) pursuant to 36 CFR Part 215. Only that portion of the project affecting National Forest System lands is subject to appeals. Appeals may be filed for 45 days starting June 29, the day after publication of a legal notice in the LA Times. See the ROD and legal notice for more information on filing an appeal.
The Southern California National Forests (the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests) are developing a proposed amendment for the Land Management Plans (LMPs) adopted in 2006. The proposed amendment would revise land use zone allocations for select Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) within the four forests and amend LMP monitoring protocols. This proposed LMP amendment is a result of the Settlement Agreement approved January 3, 2011 for California Resources Agency, et al vs. United States Department of Agriculture, and Center for Biological Diversity, et al vs. United States Department of Agriculture.
Scoping began on April 27, 2012 and closed on June 11, 2012. One EIS will be prepared with a Record of Decision (ROD) for each Land Management Plan. This joint planning process will maintain the consistent management direction and format across the four Forests.