The Forest Service develops proposed actions and analyzes them in compliance with environmental laws and regulations, in particular the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) guides clean-up of hazardous waste sites.

CERCLA Cleanup Projects

The CERCLA process assesses site conditions, evaluates hazards to humans and the environment, determines the level of cleanup required and selects an appropriate cleanup alternative. CERCLA projects on the forest are:

NEPA Projects

The NEPA process begins with a proposed action that addresses a purpose and need for action. The NEPA process discloses environmental effects, involves public notice, invites public comment and results in a decision.

The level of NEPA analysis depends on the significance of the effects. Projects that fit a category of actions determined to not significantly affect the human environment fall into a Categorical Exclusion. Some CEs are documented in a Decision Memo. Projects that may fall within a categorical exclusion are:


If the proposed action is not covered by a Categorical Exclusion, an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment is prepared. A project with significant environmental effects has analysis documented in EIS. Its decision is a Record of Decision.  

A project without significant environmental effects has analysis documented in an Environmental Assessment. Its decision is a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact. 

The quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions lists and describes in detail projects undergoing environmental analysis and documentation as Decision Memos, EAs and EISs.

The Schedule of Proposed Actions list does not include projects on the national forest led by a different agency, such as Federal Highway Administration and its analysis of Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads projects:

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Under Analysis

Boulder River Trailhead and Road Storage

Construct new trailhead with toilet, large gravel parking area (20-30 vehicles), picnic area and signs. Place last 0.7 mile of Road 2010 in storage for use as trail until new trail route can be constructed from new parkign area to current trailhead.

Covanta Energy Communication System Update

Improve communication between Covanta Energy power plant and main office by topping up to 8 live western hemlock trees and 2 snags, a single tree at a time, until a clear signal path for a new satellite communication system is achieved.

Depression Lake Improvements

The proposed action is to replace a wooden toilet that was removed due to disrepair and install an accessible toilet at this site and provide additional resource protection measures as needed.

Fish Fry Release into Upper Baker Lake

Issue special use permit that allows development of a fish fry release site on the north side of Baker Lake

Frog Mountain and Alpine Falls Trail Construction

Construct about 3.8mi of trail from the gravel pit on Forest Service Road 6550-610 north of Jacks Pass to the summit of Frog Mtn. Construct about 750ft of trail with viewpoints of Alpine Falls, adjacent to Hwy 2, about 6mi east of Skykomish.

Glacier House Conveyance

This project will reduce facilities operations and maintenance costs, the number of unused facilities and administrative site maintenance backlog through the sale of one house, a detached garage and a small cement bunker on 0.51 acre of land.

Hansen Creek Vegetation Project

Supply sustainable forest products, and support the health and wildlife habitat values of forest stands, while meeting aquatic, recreational, and scenic objectives within the South Fork Snoqualmie watershed

Hard Creek Bridge Replacement

Replace bridge damaged by landslide by narrowing and shifting bridge downstream, utilizing existing abutments, complete minor repairs to create level surface, chip upstream bedrock to create additional clearance to reduce potential future failure.

Invasive Plant Management

Treat approximately 4000 acres with herbicide, manual, mechanical, cultural and biological methods. Add aminopyralid. Use boom sprayers. Use Early Detection, Rapid Response for new infestation

Little Sandy Creek Fish Barrier Replacement Project

Replace three culverts in the Baker Lake Basin to provide access to upstream rearing and spawning habitat for known Coho salmon and Coastal Cutthroat Trout populations in the Little Sandy Creek drainage.

Maple Grove Campground Maintenance

This is a rustic campground with seven individual sites that is highly popular for a variety of users (e.g., families, scout groups) due to its' relative remoteness but e

Mt. Baker Ranger District Geothermal Consent to Lease Project

This project will analyze nearly 83,378 acres to decide whether or not to consent to lease, an if so, what lease stipulations are necessary to minimize impacts to other resources and comply with law, regulation, policy and Forest Plan Direction.

Panorama Point Boat Launch Improvements

Improve and maintain boat launching capabilities, provide improved toilet facilities and increase parking capacity to improve visitor safety at the Panorama Point boat launch.

Private Driveway Easement

Provide an easement across NFS lands to the private land owner to build and maintain a 125 foot long by 25 foot wide private driveway.

Removal of Unauthorized Road at Baker Lake

Remove 700 feet of an unauthorized road from Baker lake that is below full pool and scarify, revegetate, and place downed wood on access road. Heavy equipment would be used to excavate and remove soil, scarify, and place downed wood.

Removal of unauthorized road off FSR 1152

decommission an unauthorized road off FSR 1152 by removing a culvert and associated fill at MP 0.22.

Stevens Pass Phase 3

Stevens Pass Mountain Resort wishes to develop additional downhill mountain bike trails and skills parks, replace two chairlifts, add parking on the north side of US Highway 2, and remove a gun mount (formerly used for avalance control).

Sultan Roads Improvement and Decomissioning Project

Treat and put in storage approximately 0.5 miles of Forest Service Road (FSR) 6122. Decommission approximately 4.1 miles of system and non-system roads including FSRs 6100-050, 6122-115, and 6124-114. Remove a log stringer bridge.

Twentyeight Mile Creek Steelhead Acclimation Pond Special Use Permit

Permit Puyallup Tribe to construct and maintain a 100-foot-long by 35-foot-wide steelhead acclimation pond using water diverted from Twentyeightmile Creek.

USGS Forest-wide Special Use Permit - Stream Gauge Stations

Install & establish a new stream gauge station on Huckleberry Cr, located adjacent to the bridge on FS Rd 7320. A 20-yr Special Use Authorization would be issued for the proposed site & existing stream gauges authorized through a MOU btwn FS and USGS

Weden Creek Trail Flood Repairs

Construct 0.5 mile of the Weden trail to replace flood damaged portions of the trail. The trail relocation would begin north of the clay slide on the county road to Monte Cristo, with construction upslope of the county road.

White Chuck Bench Trail Repair and Reconstruction

Repair and reconstruct the White Chuck Bench Trail (#731) that was damaged in both the 2003 and 2007 floods. Repair work includes relocation and reconstruction at multiple locations from several hundred feet to over 1 mile in length.

Analysis Completed

Denny Creek and Franklin Falls Traihead and Trail Reconstruction

The project would enlarge and better define existing parking facilities at the Denny Creek and Franklin Falls Trailheads, close access to some roads around the trailheads, and reconstruct flood damaged portions of the Franklin Falls Trail.

Middle Fork Recreation Hub Project

Construct 1700' trail to Otter Falls. Construct 1.3mi Garfield Ledges trail starting at intersection of Rd 56/5640. Construct trail Mid Fork trailhead (TH) to Taylor R. bridge; add picnic sites.

Snoqualmie Lake trailhead improvements

Reconstruct the Snoqualmie Lake TH with additional and improved parking and add a toilet

On Hold

Communications Use Lease Renewals

Renew communications use lease for existing Maloney Ridge communications sites.

Lost Creek Bridge Replacement

Replace the Lost Creek Bridge, an undersized and deteriorating timber bridge on Road #49 with a longer steel or concrete bridge. The bridge is located across Lost Creek on Road #49 in the North Fork of the Sauk River drainage.

Proposed Access Improvements, Repairs, and Sampling at the Great Excelsior Mine

Redevelop the Great Excelsior Mine in two phases in preparation for future extraction of gold and silver bearing ore.

Puget Sound Hydro Easement

The proposal is to issue a 20 year Special Use Authorization to grant access on approximately 625 feet of existing Forest Service Road 3045 from the entrance of Excelsior Campground to private property.

South Fork Nooksack Trail Reconstruction

The Forest Service proposes to relocate 1.2 miles of the South Fork Nooksack Trail #602 out of the floodplain and repair an additional two miles of existing trail.

USGS South Cascade Glacier Research Station

The USFS proposes to issue a 20 year permit to USGS Ice and Climate Project, to continue the operation and maintenance of the research station at S Cascade Glacier, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area.

Project Archive

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