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

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

Facility management

NEEDLES LOOKOUT AND TOWER REPLACEMENT

This proposal is to construct a new lookout cab and tower with the same "look and feel" as the original tower on the same site. The lookout will comply with current building codes and safety requirements.

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)

The Stony Creek Lodge Expansion Project proposes the development of additional lodging and related facilities adjoining the existing Stony Creek Lodge. The project is to construct a new lodge building, a pool area, and associated infrastructure to support these new facilities.

Forest products

JOEY HEALTHY FOREST AND FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

The Joey Healthy Forest and Fuels Reduction Project is a proposal for ecological restoration & hazardous fuels treatment on 950 acres of the wildland urban interface surrounding the Horse Meadow Community. Proposed treatments include mechanical and hand thinning, and prescribed fire.

RANCHERIA FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT

The Rancheria Forest Restoration Project was formerly referred to as the Revised Sawmill Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project. It is located along the ridgeline of the Greenhorn Mountains, adjacent to Rancheria Road near the community of Alta Sierra. In collaboration with the Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council, the Forest Service has determined the need to reduce the risk of uncharacteristically severe wildfire in this area. The purpose of the Rancheria Forest Restoration Project is to design and implement vegetation treatments that would restore the forest to a healthy, diverse, and fire-resilient condition and reduce fuel loads.

REVISION 1 to FROG PROJECT AREA ANALYSIS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Revision 1 to the Frog Project Area Analysis Environmental Assessment documents supplemental NEPA review and analysis of significant new information related to the potential effects from implementation of the Frog Project on the habitat and environment of the Pacific fisher. The Frog Project proposes vegetation management to reduce stand density, fuels management, and public safety activities.

TOBIAS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

The Tobias Ecosystem Restoration Project proposes thinning and prescribed burning to restore a healthy, diverse, fire-resistant species composition and overall forest structure.

Fuels management

BIG STUMP REDWOOD MTN. FUELS RESTORATION PROJECT

This proposal is to reduce fuels buildup in part of Big Stump Grove to reintroduce fire to the grove and protect the objects of interest and nearby facilities from uncharacteristically severe wildfire.

JOEY HEALTHY FOREST AND FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

The Joey Healthy Forest and Fuels Reduction Project is a proposal for ecological restoration & hazardous fuels treatment on 950 acres of the wildland urban interface surrounding the Horse Meadow Community. Proposed treatments include mechanical and hand thinning, and prescribed fire.

REVISION 1 to FROG PROJECT AREA ANALYSIS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Revision 1 to the Frog Project Area Analysis Environmental Assessment documents supplemental NEPA review and analysis of significant new information related to the potential effects from implementation of the Frog Project on the habitat and environment of the Pacific fisher. The Frog Project proposes vegetation management to reduce stand density, fuels management, and public safety activities.

TOBIAS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

The Tobias Ecosystem Restoration Project proposes thinning and prescribed burning to restore a healthy, diverse, fire-resistant species composition and overall forest structure.

TULE RIVER RESERVATION PROTECTION PROJECT

The Tule River Reservation Protection Project responds to a proposal from the Tule River Tribal Council under the Tribal Forest Protection Act, to reduce the spread of wildland fire starting on the Sequoia National Forest or private lands to the Tule River Indian Reservation. The project is located partially within the Black Mountain Giant Sequoia Grove and is also near private lands on Bateman Ridge and in Rogers Camp. The project would reduce surface and ladder fuels on 1,425 - 2,825 acres. The methods of reducing fuels vary between alternatives and include constructing fuel breaks, treating planted stands, prescribed burning between planted stands and fuel breaks, follow-up maintenance prescribed burning, surface fuel treatments, and cutting snags.

Grazing management

SCODIE ALLOTMENT IMPROVEMENTS CE

Install fencing to separate grazing management units and eliminate livestock access to riparian corridor.

TAYLOR/LONG GRAZING PROJECT

This is a proposal to reauthorize an existing grazing permit for the Taylor/Long Allotment on the Kern Plateau.

Heritage resource management

LOWER KERN CANYON & GREENHORN MTNS OHV RESTORATION PROJECT

This project will analyze alternatives to restore areas in the Black Gulch North, Black Gulch South, and China Garden dispersed recreation areas in the Lower Kern Canyon.

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

The Millwood Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Staging Area Redesign Project proposes to redesign the staging area to help restore the area around Mill Flat Creek and eliminate negative impacts to the natural and cultural resources in the area.

PIUTE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

The travel management planning process for the Piute Mountains area of the Sequoia National Forest was put on hold after the Piute Fire burned through the area in July 2008, in order to evaluate site conditons and allow this area to recover. The Forest Supervisor decided in August 2010 that sufficient reforestation and road reconstruction had occurred to initiate the Piute Mountains Travel Management Project. The project is currently on hold while data is being gathered.

STONY CREEK LODGE EXPANSION PROJECT (ASILOMAR MGMT COMPANY)

The Stony Creek Lodge Expansion Project proposes the development of additional lodging and related facilities adjoining the existing Stony Creek Lodge. The project is to construct a new lodge building, a pool area, and associated infrastructure to support these new facilities.

Land management planning

GIANT SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT MANAGEMENT PLAN

After the first Monument Plan was remanded in 2006, the Forest began the process for developing a new plan to guide the management of the Monument. A significant portion of the planning process has involved public involvement and collaboration. The Monument Management Plan will establish management direction for the land and resources within the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

PIUTE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

The travel management planning process for the Piute Mountains area of the Sequoia National Forest was put on hold after the Piute Fire burned through the area in July 2008, in order to evaluate site conditons and allow this area to recover. The Forest Supervisor decided in August 2010 that sufficient reforestation and road reconstruction had occurred to initiate the Piute Mountains Travel Management Project. The project is currently on hold while data is being gathered.

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST PLAN REVISION

The Sequoia National Forest is one of three national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service preparing to revise its Forest Plan using the 2012 Planning Rule. The revision process involves three stages: assessment of forest resource condition and trend, development of a revised plan, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of plan direction. The assessment phase is underway. A Science Synthesis is expected to be completed in December 2012. Bioregional and forest assessments are expected to be completed by September 2013. We are committed to collaboration and strengthening the role of public involvement and dialogue throughout the plan revision process. The Sequoia National Forest welcomes and invites you to be involved in its collaborative forest plan revision process.

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, as well as maintenance of the access roads.

LA PALOMA #1 AND # 2 MINING PLAN OF OPERATIONS

Sampling and mining 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

BOREL RELICENSING RECREATION ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

The Borel Relicensing Recreation Enhancement Project consists of analyzing alternatives for the development and improvement of three recreation sites along the Lower Kern River in the Kern Canyon.

LOWER KERN CANYON & GREENHORN MTNS OHV RESTORATION PROJECT

This project will analyze alternatives to restore areas in the Black Gulch North, Black Gulch South, and China Garden dispersed recreation areas in the Lower Kern Canyon.

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

The Millwood Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Staging Area Redesign Project proposes to redesign the staging area to help restore the area around Mill Flat Creek and eliminate negative impacts to the natural and cultural resources in the area.

PIUTE MOUNTAINS TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

The travel management planning process for the Piute Mountains area of the Sequoia National Forest was put on hold after the Piute Fire burned through the area in July 2008, in order to evaluate site conditons and allow this area to recover. The Forest Supervisor decided in August 2010 that sufficient reforestation and road reconstruction had occurred to initiate the Piute Mountains Travel Management Project. The project is currently on hold while data is being gathered.

STONY CREEK LODGE EXPANSION PROJECT (ASILOMAR MGMT COMPANY)

The Stony Creek Lodge Expansion Project proposes the development of additional lodging and related facilities adjoining the existing Stony Creek Lodge. The project is to construct a new lodge building, a pool area, and associated infrastructure to support these new facilities.

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, as well as maintenance of the access roads.

BOREL RELICENSING RECREATION ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

The Borel Relicensing Recreation Enhancement Project consists of analyzing alternatives for the development and improvement of three recreation sites along the Lower Kern River in the Kern Canyon.

DAVIS ROAD (FR 12S01) REPAIR

The Davis Road Repair Project proposes to repair a portion of the Davis Road (Forest Road 12S01) by replacing culverts, repairing the roadbed and other drainage features, and adding rock to the road surface. This would improve the condition of the road, reduce resource damage, and provide safe access.

HUME ROADSIDE AND RECREATION SITE HAZARD TREE

This project proposes to fell dead or damaged trees along district roads that pose a safety hazard or danger to the public and employees using these routes. Some trees may be removed.

LOWER KERN CANYON & GREENHORN MTNS OHV RESTORATION PROJECT

This project will analyze alternatives to restore areas in the Black Gulch North, Black Gulch South, and China Garden dispersed recreation areas in the Lower Kern Canyon.

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

The Millwood Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Staging Area Redesign Project proposes to redesign the staging area to help restore the area around Mill Flat Creek and eliminate negative impacts to the natural and cultural resources in the area.

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

The purpose of the Travel Management Project is to 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.

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, as well as maintenance of the access roads.

ARDEN WATER COMPANY WATER TRANSMISSION LINE

Proposal for maintenance and operation of 475-foot water transmission line (less than 12 inches diameter) covering 0.03 acres

BRECKENRIDGE LOOKOUT ROAD SUP

Re-issuing a Road SUP for a new 10-year term as the previous SUP holder sold property to Gary Costello. The only change to the previous permit is the Permit Holder.

BRUMLEY'S BEES

Application for an Apiary Special Use Permit affecting less than five acres.

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.

DUNN SCHOOL OUTFITTER-GUIDE SPECIAL USE PERMIT RENEWAL

Renew special use permit to operate 1-2 week supervised backpacking, hiking, and camping trips for 6th through 12th grade students.

EGGMAN FAMILY APIARIES

A proposal to issue an apiary special use permit, affecting less than five acres of National Forest System lands.

GILBERT DITCH ASSOCIATION

Operation and maintenance of a water irrigation ditch

ISABELLA FISH FLOW LLC POWER PLANT CONNECTION TO SCE AT MAIN DAM

Add two poles and lines to upgrade the SCE power line to the existing Isabella Lake hydroelectric plant.

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 RIVER VALLEY GUN ASSOCIATION

Reissue 10 year special use permit for a target range. No changes are proposed. Current permit covers approximately 40 acres and 0.25 miles of road.

LOGSDON ROAD SPECIAL USE PERMIT RENEWAL

Proposal to renew special use permit for unimproved dirt road (approximately 600 feet long and 12 feet wide for 0.16 acres) that accesses private property from FS Road 21S02 near Beach Meadow.

MILLWOOD OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STAGING AREA REDESIGN PROJECT

The Millwood Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Staging Area Redesign Project proposes to redesign the staging area to help restore the area around Mill Flat Creek and eliminate negative impacts to the natural and cultural resources in the area.

SCE DETERIORATED WOODEN POLE REPLACEMENT ON BRECKENRIDGE (POLE NUMBER 4180731E)

Allow SCE to replace a damaged utility pole on Breckenridge.

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)

The Stony Creek Lodge Expansion Project proposes the development of additional lodging and related facilities adjoining the existing Stony Creek Lodge. The project is to construct a new lodge building, a pool area, and associated infrastructure to support these new facilities.

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.

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS LEASE AT DEMOCRAT

New communications use lease at an existing communications site.

WEEPING SPRINGS ROAD ASSOCIATION SUP

Re-issuing a Road SUP for a new 10-year term and installing a gate.

Vegetation management (other than forest products)

JOEY HEALTHY FOREST AND FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT

The Joey Healthy Forest and Fuels Reduction Project is a proposal for ecological restoration & hazardous fuels treatment on 950 acres of the wildland urban interface surrounding the Horse Meadow Community. Proposed treatments include mechanical and hand thinning, and prescribed fire.

KIRKLAND PLANTATION THIN

This project proposes to thin existing plantations in the Kirkland Meadow area to accelerate the development of old forest conditions, create more varied stand conditions for wildlife habitat, and maintain good growing conditions for the young trees.

TOBIAS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

The Tobias Ecosystem Restoration Project proposes thinning and prescribed burning to restore a healthy, diverse, fire-resistant species composition and overall forest structure.

Watershed management

LONG MEADOW RESTORATION PROJECT

This meadow restoration project is to restore meadow functioning by repairing headcuts in Long Meadow and establishing a low-gradient step pool system from the bottom of the meadow up to the headcut.

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

The Millwood Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Staging Area Redesign Project proposes to redesign the staging area to help restore the area around Mill Flat Creek and eliminate negative impacts to the natural and cultural resources in the area.

MORELAND MINES RECLAMATION

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

OSA MEADOW RESTORATION PROJECT

The Osa Meadow Restoration Project proposes three activities: gully elimination using the pond-and-plug technique, incorporating whole trees into the meadow channel and ponds, and staging and installing a rock/vegetation valley grade feature at the lower end of the meadow. These measures would be taken to address the need to restore the natural meadow and stream water table, stream channel characteristics, and vegetation components.

TOBIAS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

The Tobias Ecosystem Restoration Project proposes thinning and prescribed burning to restore a healthy, diverse, fire-resistant species composition and overall forest structure.

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

The Millwood Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Staging Area Redesign Project proposes to redesign the staging area to help restore the area around Mill Flat Creek and eliminate negative impacts to the natural and cultural resources in the area.

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.