Projects

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the environmental effects of a proposed activity on National Forest or other federal lands must first be analyzed, with opportunity for public comment, before a decision is made on whether or not to undertake that activity.

Proposed activities on the Inyo National Forest are listed in the Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA).  The Forest publishes the SOPA four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPA, visit the Forest Service SOPA page:

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

Additional information about some of the projects on the Inyo National Forest is available by following the links under the Forest Projects heading below.  Please note that not all projects listed on the SOPA are available on the website.

 

Inyo National Forest Project Spotlights

Land and Resource Management Plan Revision

Revision of the 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan under the provisions of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.

Inyo NF-Devils Postpile NM Interagency Prescribed Burn Project

Understory burning is proposed on 133 acres of national forest and 25 acres of national monument lands. Small trees would be cut with chainsaws on 31 acres of national forest to create fire containment lines along Reds Meadow and DEPO access roads.

All Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Driveway permit to private residence located in the Peterson Tract, June Lake Area

Issuance of a special use authorization for driveway for private residence

Glacier Lodge Permit Reissuance

Reissue a 20 year resort special use permit for Glacier Lodge, in Big Pine Canyon

Kennedy Meadows Campground Fuel Break Project

Fuels reduction of shrubs and trees around the Kennedy Meadow Campground and access road, and the Wildrose Trailhead. Includes removing dead and dying trees. Treatment area will be 200-400 acres.

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing and Restaurant Permit Reissuance

Reissuing a special use permit for a store/restaurant and boat dock at Lake Sabrina.

Mammoth CD-IV Geothermal Monitoring Wells -Installation Off Lease

Inyo NF Mammoth District CD-IV Geothermal Monitoring Wells -Installation Off Lease on Forest Service Lands

Rock Creek Lake Resort Permit Reissuance

Reissuing a 20 year special use permit for the Rock Creek Lake Resort, with no changes to current operations.

Southern California Edison Mammoth Distribution Area Permit Renewal

Reissuance of expired permit for Southern California Edision's electrical distribution lines in the Mammoth Distribution Area.

Transfer Station, Town of Mammoth Lakes

Town of Mammoth Lakes 10-20 acre transfer site in anticipation of County landfill closing.

Valley Electric Authority Nevada Broadband Installation

Valley Electric Authority (VEA), a Nevada utility company, is proposing to add broadband cables to existing utility lines, and renew their Special Use Permit. There would be about 10.5 miles of cable added to overhead lines, and 200 feet underground.

Vista Towers, multi-carrier facility at Little Antelope Communication Site

Placement of multi-carrier building and tower at the Little Antelope Communications Site

Under Analysis

Robbie Hoyt Memorial Mine - Exploration Plan of Operation

Robbie Hoyt Memorial Mine Exploration Plan of Operation located in Redding Canyon

2016 Swall Meadows Community Fuelbreak Project

Hazardous fuels reduction treatments are proposed on 108 acres adjacent to the community of Swall Meadows. Treatments are designed to lower flame length & severity while providing defensible space & safe ingress/egress for public & firefighters.

Airport Pit Disposal Site Permit Renewal

Reissuance of special use permit to the Town of Mammoth Lakes for operation of clean waste disposal at the Airport Pit

Bishop and Pine Creek Fuels Reduction

Fuels reduction and vegetation improvement to protect communities, facilities, and recreation sites in the Bishop Creek and Pine Creek drainages.

BraveHeart Trails Stock Crossing

Authorize the construction of approx. 275 ft of stock passable trail, from the existing authorized route, crossing Bishop Creek above Cardinal Village Resort. The crossing is necessary because the existing bridge crossing has been determined unsafe.

ECV Monument Special Use Permit Renewal

Issue a new permit to the Slim Princess Chapter of E. Clampus Vitus authorizing five historical markers located at various locations on the south zone Inyo National Forest. New permit term will be for 10 years.

Eradication and Control of Invasive Plants on the Inyo National Forest

Implement integrated plant management to control and eradicate non-native invasive plant infestations on the Inyo National Forest. To comment, click on "comment" on the right side of this page or email to comments-pacificsouthwest-inyo@fs.fed.us

Inyo NF Abandoned Mine Lands Safety Project: Black Canyon Mines and Jean Blanc Mines

This project will protect the health and safety of forest visitors by conducting specialist surveys to appropriately mitigate mine safety hazards present at two (2)AML sites located in both the White and the Inyo Mountains of the Inyo National Forest

Inyo SZ Desert Allotments Grazing Analysis

Analysis of grazing allotments on the South Zone of the Inyo National Forest, including the Alabama Hills, Ash Creek, George Creek, Olancha, and Tunawee Allotments

Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans Revision

The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests propose to revise their land management plans as guided by the 2012 Planning Rule

Land and Resource Management Plan Revision

Revision of the 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan under the provisions of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.

Mammoth Base Area Land Exchange

Exchange of approximately 30.6 acres of National Forest System land, currently under special use authorization to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, located near the Main Lodge north of Highway 203 for approximately 1317.5 acres of land in California.

Mammoth Lakes Basin Hazardous Fuels Reduction

This is a fuels reduction project in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. The goal of treatments will be to create defensible space around private and Forest Service developments to facilitate fire suppression activities and reduce potential wildfire severity.

Oak Creek Stream Restoration and Enhancement Project

Restore hydrologic connectivity between the channel incised in the Oak Creek Flood, and the floodplain and side channels to restore the native Black Oak riparian area. Also, remove noxious weeds.

Three Creeks Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Restoration Project

The Three Creeks Jeffrey Pine Forest Health & Restoration project objective is to provide for healthy forest conditions, promote establishment of old growth and reintroduce fire to the ecosystem.

Town of Mammoth Lakes, airport fence

Construction of wildlife safety fence adjacent to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport.

Analysis Completed

Motorized Transportation System Modifications

This project will analyze system and unauthorized routes for use by motorized vehicles in 12 project areas in the Mammoth and Mono Lake area with known recreation, access, safety or resource issues.

On Hold

Amerigas Project

Install 100 feet of propane pipeline to connect existing pipeline on both ends of existing pipeline. This is the same project as the Rock Creek Energy Project. Rock Creek Energy was purchased by Amerigas.

Closure of Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Habitat to Pack Goat Use

This project will address potential disease transmission from pack goat use on the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. This project is a continuation of a previous closure which has expired.

Cottonwood Creek Road Restoration

Improve the condition of the Cottonwood Creek Road to address resource concerns and safety issues. Work will include improving stream crossings to prevent the road from washing out in the future.

June Lake Village Gateway Sign

June Lake Chamber of Commerce Gateway Sign to be located on Highway 395 outside the Caltrans Easement

Kern Plateau Grazing Allotments Analysis

Review and analysis of the Monache, Mulkey, Templeton and Whitney grazing allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Mt Whitney Ranger District

Kern Plateau Meadow Restoration Project

Implement stream stabilization projects in Casa Vieja, Monache, Dutch, Strawberry, Brown and Mulkey Meadows, on the Kern Plateau. Work will include constructing new headcut stabilization structures, and repairing and maintaining existing structures.

MCS Old 49er Mine Exploration and Production Plan of Operations

MCS Old 49er Mine Exploration and Production Plan of Operation located in Mazourka Canyon within the Inyo National Forest

Cancelled

Chispa/Australia/Australia Too Mineral Exploration

Process a Plan of Operations for mineral exploration

Inyo National Forest Over Snow Vehicle Use Designation

Designate motorized over-snow vehicle (OSV or snowmobile) use on National Forest System roads and trails and areas on National Forest System lands as allowed, restricted, or prohibited. Identify trails for grooming for snowmobile use.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Rush Creek Return Ditch Road Improvements

LADWP is proposing to raise the embankment of the return ditch by approximately two feet for the full length of the ditch. The height would be raised by adding compacted fill on the road that parallels the ditch

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Glass Mountain Communication Lease

Issuance of Communication Site Lease to replace expired permit

Scenic Loop OSV/OHV Staging Areas

The purpose of this project is to improve two off highway vehicle (OHV) and over snow vehicle (OSV) staging areas in areas that have existing, user-created staging areas (just east of Highway 395, lookout loop; and at 3S22, just off the Scenic Loop).

Sidehill Spring Exclosure Project

The existing Sidehill Spring riparian exclosure(about 0.04 acres), will be removed, and a larger exclosure (about 0.35 acres) of barbed wire fence will be built that better protects the riparian vegetation from cattle impacts.

Project Archive

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