Projects

 

As part of carrying out the mission of the Forest Service, agency planners and resource specialists develop environmental analyses and other documentation, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and agency direction.

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The Sequoia National Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year, in January, April, July, and October. It contains a list of proposed actions that will soon begin or are currently undergoing environmental analysis and documentation. It provides project, status, and contact information for individual projects in the forest, so that you can become aware of and indicate your interest in specific proposals. We encourage your early and ongoing involvement in any proposals of interest to you.View Sequoia National Forest SOPA reports in PDF or HTML formats on the Sequoia page of the SOPA website.

Navigate directly to any other State, Forest, Grassland, Scenic Area, Recreation Area, or Tallgrass Prairie SOPA page using this link.

Environmental Appeal Responses

An appeal is a request to an agency higher authority for review of an environmental decision. The public's rights and responsibilities for filing an appeal are defined in specific appeal regulations. Usually, all administrative processes must be exhausted before a person can bring a court action (litigation) associated with an environmental decision.

To see the outcome of appeals and objections to Forest Service decisions, go to Appeal Responses for the Sequoia NF.

Pre-Decisional Objection Responses

An opportunity for administrative review of unresolved public concerns over a proposed decision, termed an objection process, is available for certain forest plan amendments and revisions, and for hazardous fuel reduction projects authorized by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA). In such instances, individuals or organizations may file written objections after an environmental analysis document is completed and before a decision document has been signed. This link provides access to objection responses for the Sequoia NF.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

A Citizen's Guide to NEPA is a useful resource for those that are not familiar with the NEPA process.  Go here to see this guide and learn more about NEPA.

Sequoia National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Note: Projects with multiple Project Purposes will appear multiple times.

Facility management

PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC TULE RIVER VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROJECT

This project is a maintenance program involving the use of herbicides to control vegetation around hydropower facilities, access roads and trails.

STONY CREEK LODGE EXPANSION PROJECT (ASILOMAR MGMT COMPANY)

Expand lodging facilities to 45 rooms at the Stony Creek Lodge, on Generals Highway.

Forest products

ALTA FUELS REDUCTION AND FOREST HEALTH PROJECT

Provide defensible space around the community of Alta Sierra and nearby structures, improve forest health and provide for ecological restoration.

JOEY HEALTHY FOREST AND FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

Ecological restoration & hazardous fuels treatment on 6153 acres in the wildland urban interface of the Horse Meadow Community. Treatments would employ mechanical and hand thinning, and prescribed fire, with some commercial timber harvest.

RANCHERIA FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT

An ecological restoration project in the Oak Ridge area of the Greenhorn Mountains. This project will implement sustainable forest practices by improving wildland fire safety, wildlife habitat, and economic use of forest by-products.

REVISED SHIRLEY FIRE SALVAGE AND FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT

Salvage fire killed timber on 142 acres within the 2545 acre Shirley Fire area to reduce future fuel loading and provide for reforestation.

REVISION 1 to REVISED ICE TIMBER SALE and FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

Greenhorn Mountains fuels reduction project within the Greenhorn East and West compartments, including the Tillie Creek, French Gulch, and Cedar Creek watersheds. The Injunction on this project was Vacated on 8/24/2011.

SIRRETTA ROAD BLOWDOWN SALVAGE

The project would provide ecological restoration by reducing fuels loading through removal of dead or damaged trees and by prescribed burning. It would also remove hazard trees from public roadways In the Sirretta Road/Sherman Pass area

SUMMIT HEALTHY FOREST PROJECT

Increase forest stand resiliency to insects and disease by thinning trees on approximately 1,100 acres within the wildland urban interface (WUI) surrounding Alta Sierra.

TOBIAS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

Ecological restoration, by thinning and prescribed burning, to restore a healthy, diverse, fire-resistant forest structure and species composition.

VISTA FIRE RESTORATION PROJECT

Salvage of 130 acres of fire and insect killed trees, with less than 0.5 miles of temporary road construction. Approximately 145 acres will be planted. Retain snag retention corridor consisting of 68 acres. (See "other project information" below.)

Fuels management

ALTA FUELS REDUCTION AND FOREST HEALTH PROJECT

Provide defensible space around the community of Alta Sierra and nearby structures, improve forest health and provide for ecological restoration.

BIG STUMP REDWOOD MTN. FUELS RESTORATION PROJECT

Proposal to reduce fuels buildup in a portion of Big Stump Giant Sequoia Grove through prescribed burning to protect nearby facilities and begin reintroducing fire into the grove.

JOEY HEALTHY FOREST AND FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

Ecological restoration & hazardous fuels treatment on 6153 acres in the wildland urban interface of the Horse Meadow Community. Treatments would employ mechanical and hand thinning, and prescribed fire, with some commercial timber harvest.

PINEHURST FUELBREAK

Fuel reduction on 260 acres around Pinehurst and Neff's Camp communities via tree and shrub cutting and pruning, then chipping, or piling and burning the material. Proposal in mutual fire response area of CalFire (187 ac) and Forest Service (73 ac)

REVISED SHIRLEY FIRE SALVAGE AND FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT

Salvage fire killed timber on 142 acres within the 2545 acre Shirley Fire area to reduce future fuel loading and provide for reforestation.

REVISION 1 to REVISED ICE TIMBER SALE and FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

Greenhorn Mountains fuels reduction project within the Greenhorn East and West compartments, including the Tillie Creek, French Gulch, and Cedar Creek watersheds. The Injunction on this project was Vacated on 8/24/2011.

SIRRETTA ROAD BLOWDOWN SALVAGE

The project would provide ecological restoration by reducing fuels loading through removal of dead or damaged trees and by prescribed burning. It would also remove hazard trees from public roadways In the Sirretta Road/Sherman Pass area

SUMMIT HEALTHY FOREST PROJECT

Increase forest stand resiliency to insects and disease by thinning trees on approximately 1,100 acres within the wildland urban interface (WUI) surrounding Alta Sierra.

TOBIAS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

Ecological restoration, by thinning and prescribed burning, to restore a healthy, diverse, fire-resistant forest structure and species composition.

TULE RIVER RESERVATION PROTECTION PROJECT

This project will reduce flammable vegetation through prescribed burning within the area adjoining the northern boundary of the Tule River Indian Reservation. Proposed under the Tribal Forest Protection Act.

VALLEY VIEW FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

This is a shaded fuelbreak, around the Valley View community, that will be 250 feet long, with removal of snags, ladder fuels, and material on the ground.

VISTA FIRE RESTORATION PROJECT

Salvage of 130 acres of fire and insect killed trees, with less than 0.5 miles of temporary road construction. Approximately 145 acres will be planted. Retain snag retention corridor consisting of 68 acres. (See "other project information" below.)

WISHON TREE MORTALITY RESPONSE AND FUEL REDUCTION PROJECT

Reduce fuels in and around the Wishon Campground, around Doyle Springs and Sequoia Crest communities, along FR 20S03, and within the Alder Creek Grove. All proposed activities are on Forest Service land.

Grazing management

BRECKENRIDGE MOUNTAIN GRAZING - SUP RENEWALS

Reissue livestock grazing permits under current management for four (4) allotments: Breckenridge, Pechacho, Hobo, and Cow Flat.

PIUTE MOUNTAIN MEADOW RESTORATION PROJECT

Piute Mountain meadow restoration project would improve conditions in three meadows burned during the Piute fire. These meadows include French, Mack, and Woolstaff.

TAYLOR/LONG GRAZING PROJECT

Proposal to reauthorize an existing grazing permit for the Taylor/Long Allotment located on the Kern Plateau.

Heritage resource management

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

Proposal to redesign the Millwood OHV Staging Area to better define camp/day use areas and road access in order to reduce impacts to the creek and other resources.

PIUTE MOUNTAIN MEADOW RESTORATION PROJECT

Piute Mountain meadow restoration project would improve conditions in three meadows burned during the Piute fire. These meadows include French, Mack, and Woolstaff.

PIUTE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

A collaborative process to develop a travel management plan for the Piute Mountains area.

STONY CREEK LODGE EXPANSION PROJECT (ASILOMAR MGMT COMPANY)

Expand lodging facilities to 45 rooms at the Stony Creek Lodge, on Generals Highway.

Land management planning

Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans Revision

The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests propose to revise their land management plans as guided by the 2012 Planning Rule

PIUTE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

A collaborative process to develop a travel management plan for the Piute Mountains area.

Minerals and Geology

80's MINING PLAN OF OPERATIONS

Placer mining operations for the exploration and extraction of gold from the stream channel in Greenhorn Creek and maintenance of the access roads.

LA PALOMA #1 AND # 2 MINING PLAN OF OPERATIONS

Sampling and exploration of ore from an existing barite mine.

MORELAND MINES RECLAMATION

Closure of mine openings and removal of structures, old equipment, and trash, from nine (9) abandoned mines.

Recreation management

KERN VALLEY RIVER COUNCIL SPECIAL USE PERMIT RENEWAL

Renewal of expired special use permit for a 5-year term for the use of the Miracle Hot Springs Day Use Area for teaching and kayak events.

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

Proposal to redesign the Millwood OHV Staging Area to better define camp/day use areas and road access in order to reduce impacts to the creek and other resources.

OSV 2014-2017 MAINTENANCE AND GROOMING

Proposal for over snow vehicle (OSV) road and facility maintenance program.

OVER-SNOW GROOMING (2016-2020)

The Over-Snow Grooming project proposes to groom approximately 170 miles of routes in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument.

PIUTE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

A collaborative process to develop a travel management plan for the Piute Mountains area.

SIRRETTA PEAK TRAIL

Analysis of OHV trail as per the Sequoia Land Management Plan Mediated Settlement Agreement. Revised DEIS published August 2002.

STONY CREEK LODGE EXPANSION PROJECT (ASILOMAR MGMT COMPANY)

Expand lodging facilities to 45 rooms at the Stony Creek Lodge, on Generals Highway.

Road management

80's MINING PLAN OF OPERATIONS

Placer mining operations for the exploration and extraction of gold from the stream channel in Greenhorn Creek and maintenance of the access roads.

BLACK MOUNTAIN GROVE ROAD DECOMMISSIONING

This project will consider decommissioning several roads/segments in the Black Mtn giant sequoia grove

MILL FLAT CREEK ROADS MANAGEMENT

A proposal to seasonally close the Davis Road (FR 12S01) (approximately 12/1 - 4/15 based on weather conditions) and to decommission 13 forest roads or portions of roads (a total of 3.3 miles) within the Mill Flat Creek Critical Aquatic Refuge.

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

Proposal to redesign the Millwood OHV Staging Area to better define camp/day use areas and road access in order to reduce impacts to the creek and other resources.

OVER-SNOW GROOMING (2016-2020)

The Over-Snow Grooming project proposes to groom approximately 170 miles of routes in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument.

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

Designate a system of routes available to motorized vehicles in portions of the Kern River Ranger District and Western Divide Ranger District outside of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

VISTA FIRE RESTORATION PROJECT

Salvage of 130 acres of fire and insect killed trees, with less than 0.5 miles of temporary road construction. Approximately 145 acres will be planted. Retain snag retention corridor consisting of 68 acres. (See "other project information" below.)

WISHON TREE MORTALITY RESPONSE AND FUEL REDUCTION PROJECT

Reduce fuels in and around the Wishon Campground, around Doyle Springs and Sequoia Crest communities, along FR 20S03, and within the Alder Creek Grove. All proposed activities are on Forest Service land.

Special area management

BLACK MOUNTAIN GROVE ROAD DECOMMISSIONING

This project will consider decommissioning several roads/segments in the Black Mtn giant sequoia grove

Special use management

80's MINING PLAN OF OPERATIONS

Placer mining operations for the exploration and extraction of gold from the stream channel in Greenhorn Creek and maintenance of the access roads.

BALCH PARK PACK STATION

Authorizing a 10 year outfitting and guiding special use permit for Balch Park Pack Station for horse back related/riding activities on trails, campsites within the Golden Trout Wilderness area on the Western Divide RD, Sequoia NF.

CARVER (Stanley) ROCKHOUSE BASIN ROAD SPECIAL USE PERMIT

FLPMA road special use permit (SUP) to be reissued for 10 years, with no changes and no ground disturbing activities.

GILBERT DITCH ASSOCIATION

Operation and maintenance of a water irrigation ditch

KENNY CARVER WATER TRANSMISSION LINE

Maintenance & operation of a water transmission line (less than 12 inches diameter) and enclosure with reservoir covering 0.04 acres

KERN VALLEY RIVER COUNCIL SPECIAL USE PERMIT RENEWAL

Renewal of expired special use permit for a 5-year term for the use of the Miracle Hot Springs Day Use Area for teaching and kayak events.

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

Proposal to redesign the Millwood OHV Staging Area to better define camp/day use areas and road access in order to reduce impacts to the creek and other resources.

SHIRLEY MEADOWS SKI AREA 40-YEAR PERMIT

Issue a new 40 year permit with no changes from the current 20 year permit or master development plan.

STONY CREEK LODGE EXPANSION PROJECT (ASILOMAR MGMT COMPANY)

Expand lodging facilities to 45 rooms at the Stony Creek Lodge, on Generals Highway.

SURVIVAL TRAINING SCHOOLS OF CALIFORNIA

Issuance of a one year outfitter guide special use permit-- teaching a hybrid of Native American traditions & contemporary backpacking/wilderness survival skills.

US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS USDA FS ADMINISTRATION FACILITIES RELOCATION - CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

SUP for construction by Army Corps of Engineers for the USDA Forest Service Administration and Recreation Facilities Relocation

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS LEASE AT DEMOCRAT

New communications use lease at an existing communications site.

Vegetation management (other than forest products)

ISABELLA TAMARISK CONTROL PROJECT

Treat 1500 acres of tamarisk (salt cedar) an invasive plant at Isabella Lake, using mechanical treatments or herbicides where necessary.

JOEY HEALTHY FOREST AND FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

Ecological restoration & hazardous fuels treatment on 6153 acres in the wildland urban interface of the Horse Meadow Community. Treatments would employ mechanical and hand thinning, and prescribed fire, with some commercial timber harvest.

KIRKLAND PLANTATION THIN

Masticate small trees (less than 10 inches dbh) and brush causing overstocked conditions in plantations near Kirkland Meadow. Underburn or pile and burn fuel concentrations. Leave 80-120 trees per acre and pockets of untreated shrubs for wildlife.

PIUTE MOUNTAIN MEADOW RESTORATION PROJECT

Piute Mountain meadow restoration project would improve conditions in three meadows burned during the Piute fire. These meadows include French, Mack, and Woolstaff.

SIRRETTA ROAD BLOWDOWN SALVAGE

The project would provide ecological restoration by reducing fuels loading through removal of dead or damaged trees and by prescribed burning. It would also remove hazard trees from public roadways In the Sirretta Road/Sherman Pass area

TOBIAS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

Ecological restoration, by thinning and prescribed burning, to restore a healthy, diverse, fire-resistant forest structure and species composition.

VALLEY VIEW FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

This is a shaded fuelbreak, around the Valley View community, that will be 250 feet long, with removal of snags, ladder fuels, and material on the ground.

VISTA FIRE RESTORATION PROJECT

Salvage of 130 acres of fire and insect killed trees, with less than 0.5 miles of temporary road construction. Approximately 145 acres will be planted. Retain snag retention corridor consisting of 68 acres. (See "other project information" below.)

WISHON TREE MORTALITY RESPONSE AND FUEL REDUCTION PROJECT

Reduce fuels in and around the Wishon Campground, around Doyle Springs and Sequoia Crest communities, along FR 20S03, and within the Alder Creek Grove. All proposed activities are on Forest Service land.

Watershed management

BLACK MOUNTAIN GROVE ROAD DECOMMISSIONING

This project will consider decommissioning several roads/segments in the Black Mtn giant sequoia grove

ISABELLA TAMARISK CONTROL PROJECT

Treat 1500 acres of tamarisk (salt cedar) an invasive plant at Isabella Lake, using mechanical treatments or herbicides where necessary.

MILL FLAT CREEK ROADS MANAGEMENT

A proposal to seasonally close the Davis Road (FR 12S01) (approximately 12/1 - 4/15 based on weather conditions) and to decommission 13 forest roads or portions of roads (a total of 3.3 miles) within the Mill Flat Creek Critical Aquatic Refuge.

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

Proposal to redesign the Millwood OHV Staging Area to better define camp/day use areas and road access in order to reduce impacts to the creek and other resources.

MORELAND MINES RECLAMATION

Closure of mine openings and removal of structures, old equipment, and trash, from nine (9) abandoned mines.

OSA MEADOW RESTORATION PROJECT

Meadow restoration project proposes to improve aquatic conditions and raise the water table beneath Osa Meadow.

PIUTE MOUNTAIN MEADOW RESTORATION PROJECT

Piute Mountain meadow restoration project would improve conditions in three meadows burned during the Piute fire. These meadows include French, Mack, and Woolstaff.

TOBIAS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

Ecological restoration, by thinning and prescribed burning, to restore a healthy, diverse, fire-resistant forest structure and species composition.

Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants

MILL FLAT CREEK ROADS MANAGEMENT

A proposal to seasonally close the Davis Road (FR 12S01) (approximately 12/1 - 4/15 based on weather conditions) and to decommission 13 forest roads or portions of roads (a total of 3.3 miles) within the Mill Flat Creek Critical Aquatic Refuge.

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

Proposal to redesign the Millwood OHV Staging Area to better define camp/day use areas and road access in order to reduce impacts to the creek and other resources.

MORELAND MINES RECLAMATION

Closure of mine openings and removal of structures, old equipment, and trash, from nine (9) abandoned mines.

Project Archive

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