Projects

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is an overarching federal law that guides the implementation of all Olympic National Forest projects and management activities. This law helps define a collaborative process for decision-making that takes the health of communities and ecosystems into account. 

Two of the major purposes of this process are to: 1.) Disclose environmental effects, and 2.) Make informed decisions. 

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA):

The Schedule of Proposed Actions or SOPA (formerly called the NEPA Quarterly Report) is designed to provide information on current and upcoming projects to people interested in management of the Olympic National Forest. 

Current Olympic Forest Projects

The following project information and associated environmental documents are shown on Olympic National Forest's website for public review. If you are interested in a proposed action listed on the Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA - see above) that is not listed below, please contact the appropriate District office. 

Please report errors or problems accessing this web page to Greg Wahl at gtwahl@fs.fed.us.

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Olympic National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.
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Grays Harbor Public Utilities District Neilton Point Maintenance Special Use Permit Modification

Modify Grays Harbor County Public Utilities District existing Special Use Permit to remove or top up to six trees that are interfering with transmission from the Neilton Point electronic site.

Invasive Plant Program Management Amendment

To add the herbicide aminopyralid to the list of approved ones in the Forest Plan. This amendment is a relatively minor modification to the invasive plant program. It would not approve any projects on the ground. Project-level analysis is required.

Olympic National Park Mountain Goat Management Plan

Non-native mountain goat removal to address resource and safety issues on the Olympic Peninsula. Goats could be removed from the Olympic National Park and Forest. Goats could be translocated to Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanagon-Wenatchee NFs.

Rayonier Fahnestock Access

Permit Rayonier to reconstruct approximately 400 ft of road and construct another 800 ft to access private timber land. Total right-of-way length would be 1292 ft by 60 ft in width. Total acreage would be 1.7 acres.

Rocky Brook Hydroelectric Facilities Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissue Special Use Permit for the Rocky Brook Hydroelectric facilities located on National Forest System lands.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Boat Launch Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissue a 30-year term Special Use Permit for the use and associated maintenance of a boat launch on the Hoh River.

Hood Canal Ranger District / Hoodsport

Dungeness Large Wood Enhancement Project

Partner with the Jamestown Sklallam tribe to construct 15 large wood jams and stabilize 3 naturally occurring wood jams in the Grey Wolf and Dungeness Rivers.

Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO), FY16, Hood Canal Ranger District

Road maintenance within the right-of-way prism for FS-2610 (crossing at Case Creek), FS-2620 (repair culvert & washout), and FS-2650 (pipe replacement)

Lower Skokomish Vegetation Management Project

Conduct vegetation management (timber harvest) and restoration treatments on about 4,500 acres to improve and restore late successional forest habitat conditions for wildlife and watershed health and to contribute to local economies.

Hood Canal Ranger District / Quilcene

Dungeness Watershed Roads Management Project

Treatment of about 25 miles of roads identified in the draft Dungeness Watershed Action Plan as impacting or at risk of impacting aquatic resources. Treatment may include road closures, decommissioning, or decommissioning and converting to trail.

Rocky Brook Hydroelectric Permit Renewal

Rocky Brook Hydroelectric Limited Partnership is seeking a new 20-year special use permit for their existing facilities. The project diverts up to 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Rocky Brook, with a minimum in-stream flow of 5 cfs.

Trapper Creek Aquatic Organism Passage

The existing culvert on Forest Road 2850 at the Trapper Creek crossing (MP 0.8), would be replaced with a structure designed to allow passage for all aquatic organisms. Structures made of rock and wood may be incorporated in the design.

Pacific Ranger District / Forks

H to Z Thinning

Commercially variable density thin (thinning, heavy thinning, gaps up to two acres in size, and skips) up to 70 harvest acres, through a timber sale and/or stewardship contract (uneven-aged harvesting).

North Fork Calawah Vegetation Management Project

Conduct vegetation management (timber harvest) and restoration treatments on 4,000 acres to accelerate development of late-successional forest habitat conditions for wildlife and watershed health, and to contribute to local economies.

Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment

Navy is proposing training electronic warfare range consisting of the movement and operation of mobile emitters. This EA is tiered from previous EIS. Several sites are on Forest Service Roads. Navy documents at: http://go.usa.gov/36s35

Storm Damage FSR 3000-200

Stabilization of storm damage at MP 5.3 on FSR 3000-200. Work includes: removing the failed culvert, pullback and stabilizing the eroded embankment, berming each side of the repair area, and creating cross drains to divert water away from the site.

Pacific Ranger District / Quinault

Calawah OHV Project

Develop Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail system and staging area in the Bonidu area within the North Fork Calawah watershed. The proposal would provide about 21.1 miles of interlinking trails.

Dedmore Private Road Reissuance

Reissue 20-year Special Use Permit for 500 feet of private road.

Dedmore Waterline Reissuance

Reissue 20-year Special Use Permit for a waterline (1000 ft. of 1 1/2 in. pipe) and associated improvements.

Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO), Fiscal Year 2016, Pacific Ranger District

Road maintenance within the right-of-way prism at Newberry Creek

Hendricksen Waterline Reissue

Reissue waterline Special Use Permit that has been in use since the 1930's. No changes to the existing footprint are proposed.

Humptulips Thinning

Commercially variable density thin (thinning, heavy thinning, gaps up to two acres in size, and skips) up to 70 harvest acres, to be achieved through a timber sale/stewardship contract (uneven-aged harvesting).

Lake Quinault Chevron Permit Reissuance

Reissue 20-year Special Use Permit to Rain Forest Resort, Inc. for operation and maintenance of the Lake Quinault Chevron gas station and garage.

Norwood

Dispose, either through off-site removal or demolition/salvage sale, two houses on site. No ground disturbance; above ground removal of structures only.

Norwood Conveyance

Sell property that is surplus to Forest Service needs. The property contains a number of structures\improvements, including but not limited to two residences.

Queets Vegetation Management

Commercially variable-density thin approximately 5,000 acres. The purpose of the project is to restore and improve late-successional habitat conditions, generate economic activity, and provide jobs in the local area.

Quinault Campgrounds Water Line Replacement

This project would design and replace the existing water distribution systems in Falls Creek Campground and Willaby Campground near Lake Quinault.

Quinault National Recreation Trail Repair and Reconstruction

Repair and reconstruct approximately 6.2 miles of trail, including some tread relocation and minor reconstruction, replacement of gravel surfacing, and drainage structure repair.

Schoemake Waterline Permit Reissue

Reissue waterline Special Use Permit, in use since the 1930's. No changes to the existing footprint.

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Bogachiel Fish Habitat Enhancement Structure Permit Reissuance

WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has held a special use permit for construction and maintenance of fish habitat enhancement structures near the Bogachiel River. The permit has expired, and reissuance of a new 10-year permit is proposed.

West Fork Humptulips River Trail Construction

Convert about 2.5 miles of decommissioned road to trail status and construct two ½ mile trail segments to create a 6-mile loop trail.

Project Archive

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

Key Contacts

 

NEPA/Planning

Greg Wahl - Environmental Coordinator
(360) 956-2375
gtwahl@fs.fed.us