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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This proposal is to allow private landowners adjacent to Nat. Forest System (NFS) lands to clear vegetation in accordance with County codes. The purpose is to reduce the risk of losing structures in a wildfire. This project will be subject to comment pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B. Planning for this project began under the appeal process (36 CFR 215), and a scoping comment period was held in April 2011. The project will transition to the objection process (36 CFR 218). Only those who submit timely project-specific written comments during a public comment period are eligible to file an objection. An EA is being drafted and is expected to be available by December 2013 for a 30-day public comment period.Individuals or representatives of an entity submitting comments must sign the comments or verify identity upon request.
The Forest Service proposes to remove aquatic non-native species within Devils Canyon. The project will involve the use of nets and backpack electroshockers to remove non-native species that prey on the federally endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. This project occurs in the San Gabriel Mountains Wilderness, but will not involve motorized equipment or mechanical transport. See links below for further details and a map.
This project is subject to notice, comment, and appeal regulations, 36 CFR 215. A 30-day public comment period will begin within two weeks with publication of a legal notice in the Inland Valley Bulletin. Only those who submit comments or show interest will have standing to appeal the decision. When the legal notice is published it will be posted here.
The Angeles National Forest, Santa Clara Mojave Rivers Ranger District, is seeking public comment on 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 is proposed to meet requirements of a District Court Consent Decree(2010) for returning crude oil into Line. The pipe will be installed via a combination of conventional trenching and horizontal drilling. A scoping and proposed action comment period began on February 19 and will end on March 21. Please click on the project for more detailed information including a scoping letter, copy of legal notice, detailed project description, and figures and maps. The legal notice and scoping letter contain instructions for submitting comments. This project is subject to pre-decisional administrative review (objection) pursuant to 36 CFR 218, and only those who submit timely and specific written comments on the project are eligible to file an objection.
The Angeles National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposal to cut down and remove dead and dying hazard trees along approximately 12.2 miles of Santa Clara Divide Road, 3N17, and several connected roads. The trees will be removed to avoid buildup of hazardous fuels for a fire. The need for the project is to provide for safe use of the roads, including access to campgrounds. Only dead and dying trees will be felled and removed within 200 feet of project roads. Approximately 558 acres will be treated by cutting and removal of approximately 1,740 trees. Logs and other wood material will be moved to landings or wide areas along the roads, to be decked and sold. See the proposed action and project map for details. The project is subject to comment and appeal procedures. A legal notice was published on December 21, starting a 30-day comment period. Please see the legal notice or scoping letter for instructions on submitting comments.
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.
The Angeles National Forest is soliciting public input on the scope of 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. Public comment will be accepted through January 24, 2014. For more details, including project maps, and for instructions on how to submit comments, please click on the project link above and review the scoping letter.
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.
District Ranger Wilburn Blount signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact on 8/16/2013 approving this project. The selected alternative allows several methods, including herbicides, to control, contain, or eradicate plant species that are undesirable or that harm, noxious, harmful, or injurious. The project will occur for the next 15 years on National Forest System lands, within the Santa Clara River Watershed. The project area includes the mountains north and west of Santa Clarita, and south of Highway 14.
Final project documents are available at the project link above. Hardcopies are available by request at the district office, 33708 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510, (661) 269-2808.
This decision is not subject to administrative review (appeal) pursuant to 36 CFR 215.12, because no substantive comments of concern or only supportive comments were received. A legal notice was published in the LA Daily News on 10/30/2013, and implementation is underway.