Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The central Oregon Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) is published quarterly and contains reports on Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests and Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management proposed activities and invites involvement as part of implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Forest Service (SOPA):

Current & Recent Forest NEPA Projects

Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground. The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. Projects that are "Developing Proposal" or "Under Analysis" may have an opportunity for public collaboration and input on the proposed actions and the analysis being conducted.

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Deschutes 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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Under Analysis

2021 Building Disposal Project

Remove 7 non-functioning structures at Black Butte (pit toilet), Fox Butte (lookout tower, cabin, and pit toilet), Trout Creek Butte (lookout tower), and Walker Mountain (lookout tower and garage).

42 Road GNA Wildfire Resilience Project

Vegetative treatments to reduce fuel loads, improve wildfire resilience, and improve forest health on 2,994 acres. Project area is primarily in Wildland Urban-Interface located west of La Pine State Park near Fall River Hatchery and Wake Butte.

Bend Lava Lands Paved Path

Construct a non-motorized paved path that would provide connections to recreation sites south of Bend, OR. The entire length of the path would be from Baker Road to Lava Lands Visitor Center.

Cabin Butte Vegetation Management Project

Project area is about 25,780 acres. A mix of thinning, primarily ponderosa pine, and fuels reduction for the purpose of restoring stand structure and composition, resilience through increased vigor and fire hazard reduction.

Green Ridge Landscape Restoration

The project would maintain and restore forest conditions closer to the historic range of variability and contribute to the restoration of ecosystem process and function in the planning area. Timber products are an outcome of restoration activities.

Klone Vegetation Management Project

The Klone project area is 34,636 acres. The purpose of the project is to improve forest resilience against uncharacteristically large disturbance events such as wildfire, insects, and disease through treatments such thinning and fuels reduction.

Mt. Bachelor Summit Loop Trail

The purpose of this project is to connect existing trails on Mt Bachelor to create a loop that reaches the summit.

Odd Fellows Cabin Restoration - Phase II

This project proposes to continue restoration on 4 historic cabins to bring them into compliance with standards required to use them as recreation rentals.

Surveyors Project

This project includes a suite of activities to restore forest resiliency and provide for long-term public safety, including silviculture, fuels, and transportation activities.

Twin Restoration Project

The Twin project area is evaluating opportunities for landscape forest management, fuels reduction, habitat improvement and recreation management.

Zayo Fiber Optic Cable Installation

Zayo proposes to install 32 miles of fiber cable along Hwy 97 within the existing ODOT Right of Way. And additional 1.5 miles would cross the Fremont-Winema NF. This is part of a larger project to install broadband from Prineville, OR to Reno, NV.

Analysis Completed

Camping and Campfires Forest Order

Proposal to issue a forest order prohibiting camping and/or campfires in areas where these activities are causing adverse impacts to forest resources on the Deschutes National Forest.

Cave Resource Protection Forest Order

Proposal to issue a forest order prohibiting activities which are causing adverse impacts to cave resources.

Forest Management Direction for Large Diameter Trees in Eastern Oregon

The USFS will evaluate alternatives to the wildlife standard of the Eastside Screens that limits harvest of trees greater than 21 inches for the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman, Malheur, Ochoco, Deschutes, and Fremont-Winema National Forests.

Invasive Plant Treatments

Supplemental EIS for site-specific treatment of invasive plants at approx. 1,892 sites on the Ochoco and Deschutes NF and Crooked River National Grassland. Methods include herbicides, manual, mechanical and cultural.

Mt. Bachelor West Village Getback Trail Widening

The purpose of this project is to widen a section of winter trail. There is a need to improve the safety of the trail which can be congested by making it wider and decreasing the grade. The current trail is narrow, which causes congestion for skiers.

Rimrock Trails Restoration

This project proposes to add 4.75 miles of unauthorized trail to the official trail System, decommission about 1,600 ft. of trail, reroute 228 ft. of trail, and restore 21 miles of unauthorized routes. Other restoration actions would be included.

Zimmerman Cinder Pit Storage

This project proposal is for ODOT to store various highway maintenance-related materials within Zimmerman Cinder Pit.

On Hold

East Fort Rock OHV Trailhead Connections

The project would change the road designation for about 65 miles of road from "highway legal vehicles only" to "open to all vehicles," allowing for Class IV OHVs to legally connect from designated staging areas to the mixed motorized road network.


USGS Petrologic Study Permit Authorization

USGS has requested to study lava flows in Newberry National Volcanic Monument to better understand how the flows formed and the plumbing for eruptions in the Northwest Rift Zone. The study would require drilling 1 inch cores and taking rock samples.

Project Archive

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