Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The national software "Projects, Appeals and Litigation System" (PALS) has been developed to provide a consistent format across National Forests. It is a means of tracking information nationally on the use of various new planning authorities, including the National Forest Restoration Act and the Healthy Forests Initiative.

Disclosure Notice: It is the practice of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to make comments, including names and addresses of respondents, available for public review. Unless you specifically request us to withhold your name and address, it may be part of the record under NEPA and could be made available to the public upon request. Read more about the Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA).

Public Comments Sought on 20-Year Mineral Withdrawal in Aid of Legislation

Public comments are being sought regarding a “Notice of Amended Proposed Withdrawal” that was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016. The notice amends the prior proposal notice which was published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2015, and increases the proposed withdrawal term from 5 years to 20 years. The withdrawal is also being proposed at the request of the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, to protect the Southwestern Oregon watershed from possible adverse effects of mineral development. The notice gives the public an opportunity to comment on the amended application. The publication of the Federal Register notice was the official start of a 90-day public comment period that extends through December 29, 2016. Be aware that your comment, and any personal information included with it, may be made publicly available at any time. Written comments should be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208-2965, or may be sent electronically to

Federal Register Notices:

The Forest Service conducted an Environmental Assessment that included a 20-year mineral withdrawal option after receiving numerous requests in the form of public comments.

To view the Environmental Analysis/Specialist Reports, go to

Public Comments Sought on Mineral Withdrawal
5-year Mineral Withdrawal in Aid of Legislation

Public comments are being sought for a 5-year mineral withdrawal in aid of legislation. The withdrawal includes 95,684 acres of National Forest System land on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and 5,376 acres of BLM lands on the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the BLM. The land is located in the Rough & Ready/Baldface Creek area in Josephine County and the Hunter Creek/Pistol River area in Curry County. A 90-day public comment period commenced on June 29, 2015 with the publication of a federal register notice and extends through September 28, 2015. Written comments may be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, OR 97208-2965.

  • Briefing Paper - March 14, 2016 (292 KB PDF)
  • Summary of Minerals Withdrawal in Aid of Legislation (228 KB PDF)
  • HR 682 “Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2015” (245 KB PDF)
  • Rough & Ready/Baldface Mineral Withdrawal Proposal Map (1,189 KB PDF)
  • Hunter Creek and Pistol River Headwaters Mineral Withdrawal Proposal Map (950 KB PDF)
  • Unofficial - Gold Beach Mineral Withdrawal Proposal Map (9,071 KB PDF)
  • Unofficial - Wild Rivers Mineral Withdrawal Proposal Map (22,335 KB PDF)
  • Process and Timeline (197 KB PDF)
  • Federal Register Notice (184 KB PDF)

Illinois River Recreation Development

  • Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact - Revised 12/10/2004 (911 KB PDF)

Rogue River-Siskiyou 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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2015 SW Oregon Mineral Withdrawals

Recommend the Secretary of the Interior withdraw from location and entry under mining laws about 101,022 acres of NFS and BLM lands, subject to valid existing rights, for a period of 5 years in aid of legislation (HR682/S346).

Ashland Trails Project

Addition of 21.5 miles of existing historic/unapproved trails, 9.4 miles of new trails, and decommission 5.2 miles of trails.

Bear Camp Roadside Danger Tree Mitigation

Mitigation of identified danger trees along Forest Service road 23, for public and employee safety. Trees that are identified and mitigation may be removed, where management direction allows and it is done in an environmentally responsible manner

Big Elk Cinder Pit Rock Source Project

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has requested authorization to extract and crush pitrun cinders from approx. 5 acres of an existing quarry for use as a sanding aggregate to improve traction along OR-140, OR-62, and Big Elk Road.

Big Grayback Range Allotment

An allotment management plan update for the Big Grayback C&H Allotment.

Big Pines Restoration

Variable density and radial thinning to remove encroaching Douglas-fir, white fir, and dense understory around large old trees, followed by underburning.

Cascades Managed Stands

Thinning of established plantations across the High Cascades Ranger District

Cleopatra Test Drilling

Red Flat Nickel Corp. plans to drill 59 3-inch diameter holes to a depth of 50 feet to obtain core samples of minerals in Curry County, Oregon. Equipment and personnel would be transported and removed via helicopter.

Coastal Healthy Forests Treatment

Thinning of established plantations across Chetco, Gold Beach and Powers Districts.

East Illinois Valley Managed Stands Project

Within managed stands (forest plantations), total tree numbers would be decreased through partial cutting to leave the pattern, size and species of trees needed to further stand development objectives associated with 3 land management allocations.

Eden Ridge Timber Sales

Commercial thinning, root disease treatments and planting on approx. 3,736 acres of candidate stands regenerated in the 1920s-40s and located on Matrix under NWFP. Includes 72 treatment units using ground-based and aerial logging systems.

Elk River Aquatic Restoration

Place large wood into and adjacent to ~2 miles of stream to improve habitat for fish and other aquatic species. Thin(non-commercial)~500 acres of previously harvested and dense stands to stimulate the development of mature forest near streams.

Elk River Watershed Restoration Planning Project

This project proposes to: improve or maintain the quality of unique forest habitats; accelerate late seral conditions; improve or restore aquatic and riparian habitats; promote quality sustainable recreational opportunities; and reduce fuels.

Equine Thin Project

Commercially thin approximately 600 acres of natural stands less than 110 years of age that are located within lands designated as matrix and riparian reserve.

Fire Use Amendment

An administrative action involving the modification of wording for management direction and S&Gs regarding management response to fires, including refinement of S&Gs, removal of limitations on responses and clarifications of language.

Forest Plan Amendment to Authorize an Additional Herbicide (Aminopyralid)

Amend the Rogue River and Siskiyou Forest Land and Resource Management Plans by adding aminopyralid to the list of approved herbicides that may be considered for use in projects to control invasive plants.

Forest Plan Amendments for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

The Forest Service is proposing to amend the Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMP) for the Umpqua, Rogue River, and Winema National Forests for the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. DEIS at

Forest Wide Reissuance of 7 Access Road Special Use Permits

Reauthorization of current existing special use permits to use and maintain access roads for access to private property or for commercial use.

Forest Wide Special Use Permit Renewal for Water Transmission Pipelines

Renewal of 32 special use permits to maintain and operate water transmission pipelines on the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF.

Forest Wide Toilet Decommissioning

Site identified for this project are either low use, or already closed sites. This decommissioning and removal is part of the recreation and facilities master plan and will decrease the back log of deferred maintenance.

Gold Beach Ranger Station Water System Update

This project includes replacement of the existing water distribution system at the Gold Beach Ranger Station.

Illinois River Outfitter-Guide (Special Use) Permits

Guided commercial outfitter/guiding service for rafting/paddling use on the Illinois River from March 1 thru June 30. Put in site is at Miami Bar below McCaleb's Ranch. Take out will be at the confluence of the Rogue River at Lower Oak Flat.

J. Herbert Stone Nursery Herbicide Use

Authorize the use of modern Hesticides for use in the JHS Nursery's integrated pest management program to improve effectiveness, reduce environmental impacts, and increase worker and public health and safety.

J. Herbert Stone Nursery Solar Array

As part of a grant from Department of Energy the Forest Service proposes to construct a 500.5-kilowatt solar array, covering approx. 1.2 acres, at the nursery site. The life expectancy of the array exceeds 20 years.

Kimball Thin

Variably thin up to 350 acres of dense, naturally-regenerated conifer forest, that is 50 to 80 years old. The goal is to enhance the development of late-successional conditions for the benefit of old-growth related species.

Long Ridge/Sorrel Meadow Restoration

Removing commercial-sized conifers that have encroached on meadows and white oak/black oak stands over the years. In vicinity of Forest Roads 1917and 3318.

Motorized Vehicle Use on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Supplement

Supplement to the Motorized Vehicle Use on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest EIS.

Mount Avery Spur Road Project

Construct about 330 feet of new road on Forest Service lands from the end of Forest Service Road 5201-200 to the private parcel in T32S, R13W, Section 16. Applicant requests permission to use and maintain the road for perpetual timber management.

Mt. Ashland Ski Area Expansion Supplement

Supplement to the Mt. Ashland Ski Area Expansion EIS.

Palmer Creek Diversion Removal

The project would remove a legacy channel spanning diversion dam (~3inch in height) at Palmer Creek, Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District. The dam is not currently used for water diversion.

Perk's Cabin Defensible Space

Proposed treatments to reduce hazardous fuel loadings around Perks Cabin to create a fuel break to protect the historical administrative site, enhancement of wildlife habitat, timbered stands, range conditions, and protect range improvements

Pyramid Timber Sale

Commercial thinning of natural pole stands in matrix, app. 351 acres

Renewal Special Use Permits for Outfitter/Guide Operations - Lower Rogue & Lower Illinois Rivers

Re-issuance of up to 63 special use permits (SUPs) to outfitter/guides providing tour boat (motorized jet boat), fishing (motorized and drift boat), kayaking, livery services and raft trips on Lower Rogue & Illinois, Lobster-Blossom B & Confl - Nancy

RF-38 Test Drilling

Red Flat Nickel Corp. plans to drill 35 3-inch diameter holes to a depth of 50 feet to obtain core samples of minerals adjacent to existing roads. No new roads would be constructed. About 1200 feet of road would be brushed.

Rogue Valley Sewer Services Re-Issuance of Special Use Permit

Purpose is to re-issue a special use permit for operating and maintain a sewage collection system across the J. Herbert Stone Nursery.

Rustler Vegetation Management

Vegetation management projects to provide commodities, reduce natural fueloading, and to provide for stand diversity

Shasta Agness Landscape Restoration Project

This project proposes to improve or maintain the quality of three different types of unique forest habitats, accelerate late seral conditions, improve or restore aquatic and riparian habitat and promote quality sustainable recreational opportunities.

Sucker Creek Legacy Roads and Trails Project

Decommissioning, stormproofing and stream crossing upgrades to legacy roads and trails within the Sucker Creek 5th field watershed.

Upper Briggs Creek

Thinning and prescribed burning to promote vegetation diversity, preserve legacy pines and oaks, restore meadow habitat, and provide fire resiliency; decommission or storage of excess roads; fish passage improvement. Approx. 3500 acres affected.

Upper Rogue Stream Restoration

Install instream log and boulder structures remove fish passage barriers to improve habitat quality for resident trout.

Waters #2 and Round Prairie Creek Hazardous Fuel Reduction

Reduction of understory (non-commercial) vegetation (shrubs and small trees) in natural and managed conifer stands using mechanical slashing treatments and underburning.

Weatherbee Mining Claim

Placer mine, removing mineral deposit from an ancient channel (underground). Project would remove approximately 40 cubic yards of material per year. Removal process would primarily pick and shovel, using a winch to move material mid-slope.

Wizard #2 Mine Project

The project would authorize mining a sulfur enriched clay mineral deposit (epithermal argillite) on approximately 5 acres of land for up to 10 years. There would be no vegetation removal.

Project Archive

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