Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground.

The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. 

Cleveland National Forest Project Archive

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Abandoned Laguna Air Force Base project

In 1981 The United States Air Force stopped operating a radar facility on Laguna Mountain on the Cleveland National Forest. Since that time the abandoned buildings have deteriorated severely due to the effects of exposure to the weather and as a result of high level of vandalism. Remaining structures on the site are considered to be a risk to public health and safety due to the presence of asbestos and the potential for neglected buildings to collapse. In addition, evidence exists that the abandoned facility may be used in drug related activities and that transients are living on the site. The Descanso Ranger District proposes to remove buildings, hazardous materials, and other components of the abandoned Laguna Air Force Base and restore the landscape to a naturally functioning condition.

Aquatic Organism Passage Restoration

Replacement of instream roadway crossings with bridges and removal of instream dams to improve stream habitat and allow passage of aquatic organisms.

AT&T Fiber Optic Permit Reissuance

AT&T Corp. has applied for reissuance of a special use permit for maintaining and operating pre-existing fiber optic cable lines (conduit and aerial) and poles within 18.21 acres on the Descanso Ranger District along Old Highway 80.

Buckman Springs intersection

The Descanso Ranger District proposes changes to the Buckman Springs intersection to allow for improved traffic safety.

Cedar Creek Falls Visitor Use Management

The project authorizes a visitor use permit and other measures to address issues of public safety, resource impacts, and overcrowding in the vicinity of Cedar Creek Falls. It also includes the renewal of the current closure order for the cliffs surrounding the falls and a prohibition of alcohol for the area.

Descanso District Unauthorized Route Decommissioning 2014

Through this project, several unauthorized routes would first be ripped using an excavator to loosen compacted soil, reduce erosion, and enable vegetation to become established. Then, metal barriers would be installed to prevent their further use.

El Cariso Fire Station 51 Special Use Permit Reissuance

The proposed action is to continue allowing Riverside County Engine 51 and crew to use the facilities located at El Cariso Fire Station under a special use permit, for Firefighters and Paramedics conducting emergency activities and routine duties.

Feral Pig Damage Control Project

The Cleveland NF proposes to reduce and, where possible, eliminate further impacts from increasing numbers of non-native wild pigs on Forest Service land and water resources, including impacts to plant and animal species.

Geothermal Leasing Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The Forest Service was a cooperating agency, assisting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in that Agency's geothermal leasing analysis and decision. The BLM issued a record of decision on 12/17/2008.

Irvine Ranch Water District Special Use Permits

Irvine Ranch Water District acquired Santiago County Water District (SCWD), and has become the owner of improvements previously authorized to SCWD by two Special Use Permits. The proposal includes minor construction and restoration components.

Kitchen Creek Helitanker Base

The Cleveland National Forest proposes to construct a Type 1 helibase at Kitchen Creek above the Cameron Fire Station. The size of the helibase would be approximately eight acres.

Laguna grazing allotment

Analyze the effects of livestock grazing on the Laguna and Laguna Meadow allotments and to develop new allotment management plans that are consistent with the current Cleveland National Forest Land Management Plan.

Laguna Meadow range allotment

Analyze the effects of livestock grazing on the Laguna and Laguna Meadow allotments and to develop new allotment management plans that are consistent with the current Cleveland National Forest Land Management Plan.

Mount Laguna and Pine Valley Community Defense and Healthy Forest Restoration Project

Under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, the Descanso RD proposes a combination of mechanical, hand, and prescribed fire fuel treatments to reduce fuels in the wildland/urban interface around the communities of Mount Laguna and Pine Valley.

New well installation in Holy Jim Cabin Tract on Lot #22 on the Trabuco Ranger District

Cabin owner at lot #22 of the Holy Jim Tract, Trabuco Ranger District, proposes to install a new well to a depth of 100 feet at a minimum. Cabin owner has three additional participants who wish to tie into the well for recreational use.

North Main Divide Fuel Break System

This is a proposal to perform vegetation removal on the North Main Divide Fuelbreak System using both hand clearing techniques and prescribed fire.

Palomar Mountain Vegetation Treatment Program

The Palomar RD proposes fuels reduction activities on approximately 4,010 acres within five areas of Palomar Mountain. The purpose of the projects is to reduce hazardous fuels, improve forest health, and provide community defense zones.

Palomar Ranger District Community Defense Zone and Fuelbreak Project

Maintain defensible space around dwellings and structures in the wildland urban interface, as well as construct and maintain fuelbreaks in key areas contiguous to the Palomar Ranger District.

San Luis Rey Picnic Grounds Vault Toilet Replacement

The Palomar RD proposes to install a new vault toilet and ADA path and parking space at the San Luis Rey Picnic Ground. The proposal includes the decommissioning and removal of an existing vault toilet in the floodplain of the San Luis Rey River.

Silverado Fuel Break

The Trabuco Ranger District proposes to construct a fuel break 200' to 400' wide on the ridge between Silverado and Harding canyons to provide protection from wildfire for the communities in Silverado and Modjeska canyons.

Spanish Broom Eradication, Wildwood Glen (Los Terrinitos) Road

Eradicate with herbicide invasive Spanish Broom along the roadway to improve visibility, clear the roadway for vehicle passage and reduce fire risk.

Sunrise Powerlink

The Cleveland NF proposes to allow SDG&E to construct powerline across portions of the national forest between Imperial Valley and San Diego.

Trabuco Community Defense Project

This project involves modifying fuels within the Wildland-Urban Interface for the communities of Rancho Carrillo, Rancho Capistrano, Decker Canyon, and El Cariso.

Trabuco District Legacy Aircraft Landing Zones

U.S. Marine Corps proposes to conduct aviation training operations on the Trabuco District, including four to ten Landing Zones. The activities will involve helicopters (CH-53, CH-46, AH-1, UH-1) and tilt rotor (Osprey MV-22) air craft.

Union Pacific Railroad Permit Reissuance

Union Pacific Railroad has requested an amendment to their lease to replace a 60-foot tower with a new 120-foot tower at Sierra Peak, including a new concrete pad, a new ice bridge cable tray, a new smaller generator, and a new retaining wall.

Vegetation Management for Indian, Munhall, and El Cariso Plantations

The Trabuco RD proposes activities to manage vegetation in the Indian, Munhall, and El Cariso Penny Pines plantations in order to enhance the health and vigor of plantation stands and reduce susceptibility to insects, diseases, wildfire, and drought.

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