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.

Developing Proposal

  • Northwest Forest Plan Amendment

    The 21 members of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) Federal Advisory Committee will provide NWFP modernization recommendations to the USFS.

  • Region 6 Elite Tree Protection Project

    The Pacific Northwest Region is collaborating with nine Forests to develop a region-wide project to protect whitebark pine trees (Pinus albicaulis) that have a high level of white pine blister rust resistance.

Under Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Cougar Rock Restoration Project

    The project proposes to maintain and restore resiliency and forest health and to address the potential risk of large-scale high severity wildfires. Proposed actions include thinning, mowing and prescribed burning on upto 2,800 acres.

  • Cow Meadow Cabin Restoration Project

    This project proposes to secure and retrofit the Cow Meadow cabin to enhance bat roosting habitat.

  • Crescent Lake Roadside Hazardous Fuels

    The primary purpose is to establish and maintain fuel breaks up to 1,000 feet wide and up to 3,000 acres in size. Intent is to reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire on Federal land or catastrophic wildfire for an adjacent, at-risk community.

  • Deschutes Fuels Maintenance Project

    Forest wide fuels maintenance proposal including non-fire and prescribed fire treatments.

  • 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.

  • Mt. Bachelor Improvements 2023

    Mt. Bachelor is proposing to replace lift gantry conduits, improve surface lifts, ammend pipe routes for the approved biomass plant, and perform road maintenance on their powerline right of way.

  • 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.

  • ODOT MT. Bachelor Sanding Shed Improvement

    ODOT proposes to build a new sanding shed facility with employee restrooms, relocate septic system, and undertake various construction projects, including propane and generator facilities and phased paving.

  • Recreation Residence Projects - Odell Lake E-1 Improvements

    The permittee submitted a proposal to alter or repair their privately owned structures, trim end caps of logs and replace stairs.

  • Sisters Trail Additions and Realignments (S.T.A.R.)

    The STAR project proposes several trail actions including new trail construction, additions of existing routes to the official Forest Service trail system, as well as realignments and decommissioning of existing trails on the Sisters Ranger District.

  • Twin Restoration Project

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

Analysis Completed

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.