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Environmental Analyses

The Forest Service conducts an environmental analysis of proposed projects following guidance provided in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) . These analyses are documented in a variety of NEPA documents. This page includes links to some of the projects currently being analyzed, or recently completed by the Apalachicola National Forest.

Documents not listed on this page are available on request from the appropriate Forest Service office. For a full list of project analyses currently in progress, visit our Schedule of Proposed Actions page.

The Forest Service depends on public involvement to make the process most effective, and your involvement is strongly encouraged. In addition to your involvement during the project planning and development stages, you may also be entitled to appeal a project decision. Learn about your right to appeal a decision.

Pending:

Bice Road Paving Project

Apalachicola National Forest Roads Proposal

  • The Forest Service is proposing to change the road management objectives of approximately 82 miles of existing low standard roads on the Apalachicola National Forest from "closed to public use" to "open to public use". This change would only apply to licensed vehicles and would not affect the current trail system for Off-Highway Vehicles.
    • Scoping Letter (pdf 31kb)
    • Map One (pdf 321kb) - Proposed Road Additions Apalachicola Ranger District
    • Map Two (pdf 380kb) - Proposed Road Additions Wakulla Ranger District
    • Map Three (pdf 2.9mb) - This large scale map shows the proposed roads in relation to key natural resources on the Forest. Each proposed road, or group of roads is labeled with a tracking number which may be used to specify in your comments.

Visitor Information Areas

  • The Apalachicola National Forest proposes to construct 17 Visitor Information Areas at strategic entry points throughout the Forest. The purpose of this initiative is to provide forest visitors with information and orientation to the Apalachicola National Forest. Currently the Apalachicola National Forest does not provide adequate forest entry information other than signs saying “Apalachicola National Forest”. This action is needed as a critical communication tool for providing visitors with forest rules of conduct and useful information to assist them in having a safe and enjoyable experience while using their National Forest.

Completed:

Ditch Bay

National Forests In Florida Project Spotlights

Beasley Pond Analysis Area

The Forest Service is proposing silviculutural and restoration treatments on approximately 3800 acres of forestland in the southwestern part of the Apalachicola National Forest.

All Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Workcenter Timber Stand Improvement Project

The primary purpose of this project is to reduce the fuel loading and restore forest health in areas that were damaged by Hurricane Michael by removing downed and damaged trees.

Under Analysis

Big Bend Reroute of the Florida National Scenic Trail

The USDA Forest Service proposes administratively re-designating a section of the FNST routing and planning corridor in the Big Bend region from its current alignment as a road-shoulder walk to a more permanent location along state public lands.

Briar Patch Analysis Area

The Forest Service proposed to conduct timber management and wildlife habitat improvement activities on 3,600 acres of the Apalachicola National Forest. The proposed action include 2,800 acres of thinnings and 800 acres of modified group selection.

City Of Tallahassee Solar Farm 2 Connector.

Connector into existing Right Of Way for City of Tallahassee transmission line. Three new utility poles will be placed with width of 106 feet.

Holmes Easement for access to private inholding.

Issuance of Special Use permit for legal access to their property.

Jonathen Allen transfer of Legal Access

Legal Access for a private landowner.

Liberty Analysis Area

The Forest Service proposes to conduct 4,800 acres of timber management treatments on the Apalachicola National Forest. Proposed activities include thinnings, clearcuts and modified group selection.

Phase One RCW Core Analysis Area

The Forest Service proposes silvicultural and restoration treatments on approximately 2,000 acres within the Red Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Core Analysis Area.

Proposed special use for Gulf Power Company transmission line

Gulf Power Company has applied for a special use permit for use and occupancy of National Forest System land to construct an electric transmission line on the Apalachicola National Forest. Project information may be found at www.NFRCEA.ene.com

Silver Lake Home Owners Association Easement

Easement for access to private land.

Southwest Zone Scrub

Propose harvest of about 3,700 acres of sand pine. Reforest about 4,000 acres to sand pine through seeding and natural regeneration. Propose decommissioning of 1 mile of Forest Road 14-2.6.

Whitehead Landing

The ANF proposes to relocate the primitive camping area within the Whitehead Landing recreational area.

Analysis Completed

Forest Service Road 313 Bridge Replacement

The Apalachicola National Forest, Wakulla Ranger District, intends to prepare a Decision Memo (DM) for the replacement of a road bridge on forest service road 313. The bridge is located in compartments 316 and 317 of the Wakulla Ranger District, Waku

Maple Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project

The Maple Creek Project continues ongoing restoration activities in the Saint Marys Landscape Analysis Area. Preatments will include timber thinning and converting some slash pine plantations to longleaf

On Hold

Osceola Forestwide Restoration Project

The Osceola NF proposes to evaluate and select pine stands across the forest for timber thinning and re-establishment of longleaf pine to reduce hazardous fire fuels, improve plant and wildlife habitat, and to establish healthy ecosystem processes.

Silver Glen Springs Recreation Enhancement Project

Improve upon the land-based management capabilities of the Silver Glen Recreational Area.

Cancelled

Beasley Timber Stand Improvement Project

The primary purpose of this project is to reduce the fuel loading and restore forest health in areas that were damaged by Hurricane Michael by removing downed and damaged trees.

Forest Plan Amendment to Accelerate Ecological Restoration (Amendment 12)

This project proposes amendments to the National Forests in Florida Revised Land and Resource Mangement Plan to accelerate ecological restoration activites through revision of vegetation management standards.

Gulf Power North Florida Resiliency Connection (NFRC) Project

The project proposes to connect the Florida Power and Light Company's (FPL) Raven Substation in Columbia County, Florida, to Gulf Power Company's (GPC) Sinai Substation in Jackson County, Florida.

Kennedy Creek Timber Stand Improvement Project

The primary purpose of this project is to reduce the fuel loading and restore forest health in areas that were damaged by Hurricane Michael by removing downed and damaged trees.

Lake Delancy Boat Ramp Improvement Project

Improve recreation infrastructure, public safety, and satisfaction associated with access to Lake Delancy.

Ocala NF Dispersed Camping and Campfire Analysis

Analysis of the Resource and Social impacts of modifying the current dispersed camping and campfire use policies

Paisley Woods Trails Restructure

Restructure recreational trail use by eliminating, combining, or relocating motorized and non-motorized trails. Current situation: unmanagable user behavior and conflicts, safety concerns, and overlapping and incompatible trail systems.

Project Archive

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



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