Projects

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

  • Lava Lands Fiber Optic Internet Installation

    The Forest Service proposes to install fiber optic internet service to Lava Lands Visitor Center by connecting to the Zayo/ MMI line proposed for installation along Hwy 97 south of Bend,OR. Installation would require trenching or boring.

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).

  • 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.

  • Crescent Lake Boat Launch and Infrastructure Project

    Maintain and reconstruct roads, expand day use parking, stabilize campsites, extend power to four campground sites, increase toilet facility capacity and expand boat launch infrastructure in the vicinity of Crescent Lake Campground & Boat Launch.

  • 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 Skyliner Ski Lift Replacement and Road Repair

    Replace the failing 4-person Skyliner ski lift at Mt Bachelor with a 6-person Doppelmayr D-line lift. Rebuild a section of the Danger Canyon Summer Road to improve safety.

  • 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.

  • Residential WUI Hazardous Fuels Reduction Projects

    Hazardous fuels reduction on 1,445 acres of Forest Service land in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Treatments are proposed for areas near the Fall River Estates area, Forest Lane neighborhood, and Oregon Water Wonderland subdivision.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Cancelled

  • 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.