Projects

The Forest Service develops proposed actions and analyzes them in compliance with environmental laws and regulations, in particular the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) guides clean-up of hazardous waste sites.

CERCLA Cleanup Projects

The CERCLA process assesses site conditions, evaluates hazards to humans and the environment, determines the level of cleanup required and selects an appropriate cleanup alternative. 

NEPA Projects

The NEPA process begins with a proposed action that addresses a purpose and need for action. The NEPA process discloses environmental effects, involves public notice, invites public comment and results in a decision.

The level of NEPA analysis depends on the significance of the effects. Projects that fit a category of actions determined to not significantly affect the human environment fall into a Categorical Exclusion. Some CEs are documented in a Decision Memo.

If the proposed action is not covered by a Categorical Exclusion, an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment is prepared. A project with significant environmental effects has analysis documented in EIS. Its decision is a Record of Decision. 

A project without significant environmental effects has analysis documented in an Environmental Assessment. Its decision is a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact. 

The quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions lists and describes in detail projects undergoing environmental analysis and documentation as Decision Memos, EAs and EISs.

The Schedule of Proposed Actions list does not include projects on the national forest led by a different agency.  See below for additional information about projects led by other agencies.

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Projects led by other agencies:

Index-Galena Road Milepost 6.4-Milepost 6.9

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Transmission Line Right-of-Way Maintenance

          Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Road Repairs

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Project Spotlights

S.F. Stillaguamish Vegetation Management Project

Thin second-growth forest within S.F. Stillaguamish River drainage to promote forest structure for old-growth associated species and maintain and enhance Riparian Reserve conditions. Recreation improvements and road decommissioning also included.

Snoquera Landscape Analysis

Landscape scale analysis project would work towards balancing a variety of recreational opportunities with resource protection, and improvement of ecological conditions.

All 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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Developing Proposal

Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan

A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 to provide for the protection of the river values. The EA would determine desired future conditions and standards for management in these areas.

Monte Cristo Area Planning Project

Determine the long term access needs to Monte Cristo.

Nooksack Integrated Conservation and Enhancement (NICE) Project

Landscape-scale analysis of recreation and habitat restoration and management activities within the North Fork Nooksack watershed.

Under Analysis

Excelsior Mine Plan of Operations

Improve access to mine site, repair underground infrastructure, and conduct underground sampling.

Gold Basin Habitat Restoration Project

Reduce sediment delivery from the Gold Basin slide to the S.F. Stillaguamish River to improve salmonid habitat. Includes: construction of live crib, sediment detention basins, diversion fencing, grading, large woody debris structures, & re-vegetation

King County 911 Communications Phase 2 Project

King County Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network is expanding its regional emergency services network. This proposal includes leases for constructing and operating seven communication sites on Forest Service managed lands.

North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

The National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service are preparing a North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to determine how to restore the grizzly bear to the North Cascades ecosystem.

Olympic National Park Mountain Goat Management Plan

Non-native mountain goat removal to address resource and safety issues on the Olympic Peninsula. Goats could be removed from the Olympic National Park and Forest. Goats could be translocated to Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanagon-Wenatchee NFs.

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.

S.F. Stillaguamish Vegetation Management Project

Thin second-growth forest within S.F. Stillaguamish River drainage to promote forest structure for old-growth associated species and maintain and enhance Riparian Reserve conditions. Recreation improvements and road decommissioning also included.

Snoquera Landscape Analysis

Landscape scale analysis project would work towards balancing a variety of recreational opportunities with resource protection, and improvement of ecological conditions.

US 2/Stevens Pass Avalanche Deflection Berm

WSDOT proposes construction of an avalanche berm that will deflect avalanche debris from entering US 2. A 2.5-3 acre area on the avalanche slope will be excavated and shaped into an earthen berm.

Analysis Completed

Camp Brown Day Use Area trail construction

Construct approximately 2,106 feet of trail to ADA standards that would provide an interpretive loop around the Camp Brown area and access to picnic sites and a large gravel bar

Canyon Creek Spur (FSR 3140) Road Repair

This project would repair the embankment failure on Forest Service Road 3140 by replacing the embankment with riprap armored walls, replacing a culvert, removing debris, moving the road into the hill and replacing lost aggregate.

Crystal Mountain Master Development Plan

Within the existing Special Use Permit area, approve development over 10-15 years of new chair lifts, parking, trails, and facilities. Includes a Forest Plan amendment to reallocate 550 acres (all Administratively Withdrawn).

Finney AMA Vegetation Management

Vegetation management part of research study on restoration and long-term management of late successio reserve (LSR) and riparian habitat in Finney Adaptive Management Area. Thin LSR forest stands less than 80 years old to develop old growth features

Frog Mountain and Alpine Falls Trail Construction

Construct about 3.8mi of trail from the gravel pit on Forest Service Road 6550-610 north of Jacks Pass to the summit of Frog Mtn. Construct about 750ft of trail with viewpoints of Alpine Falls, adjacent to Hwy 2, about 6mi east of Skykomish.

FSR 6020-110, Lake Serene Trailhead, Lake Serene Trail Temporary Closure Order NEPA

A temporary closure of National Forest System Road (FSR) 6020-110, the Lake Serene Trailhead, the entire length of the Lake Serene Trail, including the Bridal Veil Falls Trail.

Glacier Peak Data Collection

Issue a special use permit for the US Geological Survey (USGS) to install temporary Global Positioning System (GPS) antennas at two headwater streams of Glacier Peak, and collect geophysical core samples around Glacier Peak.

Green Mountain Trail Re-route

The project would relocate 1600 feet of trail. The project would reduce grade and create safer terrain for hikers. The reduction in grade would also promote vegetation health along the trail, by minimizing impacts of erosion.

Greenwater Access and Travel Management Project

This project would decide which roads to close or decommission and whether to change maintenance levels of existing roads.

Index-Galena Road Milepost 6.4-Milepost 6.9

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and Snohomish County propose to design and construct the Index-Galena Road Milepost 6.4 to Milepost 6.9 project. Index-Galena Road was damaged by river high flows in 2006. The proposed project would construct repairs by relocating the damaged roadway further landward from the North Fork Skykomish River. The repaired roadway would restore essential travel and prevent future damage to the roadway. The repaired roadway would re-establish connectivity for property owners, emergency service providers, recreation users, and U.S Forest Service personnel accessing private and National Forest lands in the upper North Fork Skykomish River valley. FHWA, with the consent of the U.S. Forest Service, would grant an easement for approximately one mile of new roadway easement across National Forest land. To learn more about the project plans, project design, and timeline, please visit https://snohomishcountywa.gov/624/.

King County 911 Upgrades Project - Phase 1

Project would approve construction of additional facilities at existing leased communications sites on National Forest System lands.

Middle Fork Recreation Hub Project

Construct 1700' trail to Otter Falls. Construct 1.3mi Garfield Ledges trail starting at intersection of Rd 56/5640. Construct trail Mid Fork trailhead (TH) to Taylor R. bridge; add picnic sites.

Mt. Baker Ranger District ERFO Road Repair Project (FSR 3040)

Repair of storm-damaged roads under the Emergency Response for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program, including Forest Service led repair of FS Road 3040 at MP 1.6.

North Fork Nooksack ATM

This project evaluates roads within the Upper North Fork Nooksack River Watershed to balance access needs with resource protection and budget. The project will assess which roads to retain and which roads are no longer needed.

Panorama Point Boat Launch Improvements

Improve and maintain boat launching capabilities, provide improved toilet facilities and increase parking capacity to improve visitor safety at the Panorama Point boat launch.

Segelsen Collaborative Vegetation and Aquatic Restoration Project

Project would entail a 70-acre thinning with a stewardship component of drainage restoration in the Segelsen and Clear Creek drainages - see http://www.darringtoncollaborative.org/

Skykomish District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs (FSR 6830)

This project would repair storm damage at MP 5.95 pursuant to the Federal Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program. The end section of the existing culvert will be cut out and replaced and the shoulder embankment would be replaced.

Skykomish District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs (FSR 6835)

Heavy rains during the winter of 2016 damaged FSR 6835 at MP 1.4, where soils became heavily saturated and caused a debris land slide. Project will remove the slide material, place base rock and surfacing, and add a cross drain culvert.

Snoqualmie District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs-Gold Creek Trail Bridge

Repair of storm-damaged roads and trails in the Snoqualmie Ranger District, including Forest Service led repair work proposed for Gold Creek Trail Bridge. Additional repairs also led by Federal Highways Administration.

Snoqualmie District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs-NFS Road 50

Project to complete repairs of storm damage on NFS Road 50. Repairs would include embankment placement to grade to replace shoulder and roadway, including rock and root wad placement for bank stabilization, culvert cleaning, and road resurfacing.

Snoqualmie District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs-NFS Road 5078

Complete repairs of storm damage on NFS Road 5078. Repairs include removing woody debris and rock material out of the aggraded stream and rebuilding the road prism above the stream intersection.

Snoqualmie Lake trailhead improvements

Reconstruct the Snoqualmie Lake TH with additional and improved parking and add a toilet

Sultan Roads Improvement and Decommissioning Project

Project would treat and put in storage approximately 0.5 miles of Forest Service Road (FSR) 6122, decommission approximately 4.1 miles of system and non-system roads including FSRs 6100-050, 6122-115, and 6124-114, and remove a log stringer bridge.

Swen Larsen Quarry Expansion

Amend the existing Plan of Operations to expand the quarry by 9.98 acres on National Forest System Lands.

On Hold

Beckler River Confluence Restoration

Construct 5-10 large woody debris jams in the Beckler River to reconnect relic channels between the Beckler and South Fork Skykomish River floodplains, and to reconnect a side channel along the right-bank of the Beckler.

Big Four Boardwalk Replacement

Project proposal would replace 750 feet of boardwalk within the footprint of the original trail.

Elbow Lake Trail, Middle Fork Nooksack River Bridge Construction

This project would allow the installation of a 70' trail bridge over the MF Nooksack River. The project would also create a new parking area(up to 10 vehicles), and relocate less than one mile of stock trail to connect to the original trail.

Milk Creek Trail Connection

This project proposes to replace a bridge crossing the Suiattle River, reconnecting Milk Creek Trail and providing access to the Pacific Crest Trail.

USGS Glacier Peak Seismic Monitoring Stations

This project would issue a 20-year permit for USGS to install and maintain four seismic monitoring stations around Glacier Peak.

Cancelled

Boulder River Trailhead and Road Storage

Construct new trailhead with toilet, large gravel parking area (20-30 vehicles), picnic area and signs. Place last 0.7 mile of Road 2010 in storage for use as trail until new trail route can be constructed from new parkign area to current trailhead.

Buck Creek Campground Restoration

Project would restore riparian habitat where a logjam rerouted stream flow into campsites on the West side of Buck Creek campground and would upgrade campsites on the East side of Buck Creek campground to compensate for sites loss to the storm damage

Communications Use Lease Renewals

Renew communications use lease for existing Maloney Ridge communications sites.

Darrington Blowdown Salvage

Partial salvage is proposed to meet visual management objectives, access needs, and reduce concentrations of down material which would harbor bark beetles. Salvage would be located at the Old Sauk trailhead (<1 acre) and along Suiattle Rd 25(<5 ac.)

Darrington Storm Damage Repairs

The project would repair storm-damaged trails and roads on Darrington District as funding is available. Repairs include trail tread and reconstruction. Road repairs include slide debris removal, drainage and embankment repairs, and reconstruction.

Lost Creek Bridge Replacement

Replace the Lost Creek Bridge, an undersized and deteriorating timber bridge on Road #49 with a longer steel or concrete bridge. The bridge is located across Lost Creek on Road #49 in the North Fork of the Sauk River drainage.

Mountain Loop Vegetation and Road Management

Vegetation management would include pocket openings (approximately 2 acres) for scenic vistas, thinning of forest stands (approximately 27 acres) along the Mt. Loop for forest stand enhancement and removal of vegetation overhanging roads and ditches.

Puget Sound Hydro Easement

The proposal is to issue a 20 year Special Use Authorization to grant access on approximately 625 feet of existing Forest Service Road 3045 from the entrance of Excelsior Campground to private property.

Straight Creek and All Creek: Aquatic Organism Passage

Would replace two existing culverts, re-grade streambed, install culvert structure that fits aquatic organism needs, and re-establish road segment including erosion control measures. Actions included in prior NEPA analysis (2012 Suiattle ATM).

USGS South Cascade Glacier Research Station

The USFS proposes to issue a 20 year permit to USGS Ice and Climate Project, to continue the operation and maintenance of the research station at S Cascade Glacier, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area.

Project Archive

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