Projects

The National Forests in Mississippi work on many projects annually "on the ground" to improve wildlife habitat, maintain recreation opportunities, demonstrate sound silvicultural practices, and generally "care for the land and serve people." Public input is included in these activities through the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process. Each new project is posted on this web site, and the documents relating to its various NEPA steps are added as completed.

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The Schedule of Proposed Actions provides a list of proposals that will begin or are undergoing environmental analysis and documentation so that people can become aware of and indicate their interest in specific proposals.

The Schedule of Proposed Actions includes proposals whose decisions are expected to be documented in a Decision Memo, Decision Notice, or Record of Decision, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and agency direction.

The Schedule of Proposed Actions is published in January, April, July, and October. It contains the best available information at that time. Proposals that start and finish before the next schedule is produced will be listed in the next schedule as Completed.

The newest version of the National Forests in Mississippi's Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) document includes national, regional and local project name, purpose, planning status, decision, expected implementation and project contact for current and planned projects. The current SOPA is also available as a PDF Version or you may visit the Archives for previous SOPA documents.

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National Forests In Mississippi Current and Recent Projects

Developing Proposal

  • Ball Group LLC Access

    Authorize a special use permit to improve and maintain an existing 'woods' road, approx. 1600 feet long and 20 feet wide, for access to private land.

  • Bernard Access

    Authorize a special use permit to construct and maintain a new road, approx. 1200 feet long and 20 feet wide, to access private land. The new road would be located within an existing powerline corridor.

  • Big Creek Landing Boat Ramp Repair

    Cement pads will be poured/formed in the gravel parking lot area of the boat ramp. These pads will be moved down the ramp and placed over the broken pads then secured with cement to allow the boat ramp to function well for use by forest visitors.

  • De Soto Black Creek Wild and Scenic River(WSR) Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)

    The National Forests in Mississippi proposes to establish a river corridor boundary and the preparation of a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the 21 mile Black Creek Wild and Scenic River.

  • Delta Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project

    Implement decision based management (thinning) on all GTRs. The two factors that trigger thinning will be a basal area over 100 BA/acre and/or a species composition of more than 30% none-desirable species.

  • Jackson Prairie and Woodland Restoration and Maintenance Project

    The Bienville National Forest is proposing a restoration and maintenance project for the Jackson Prairie and Woodland ecological system on National Forest System land in Scott, Smith, and Jasper Counties.

  • Lenoir Access

    Authorize a special use permit to improve and maintain an existing 'woods' road, approx. 1500 feet long and 20 feet wide, for access to private land that is surrounded by National Forest land.

  • Pearl River Valley EPA Hwy. 15 Relocation

    Relocate a powerline from a 'cross-country' route to a location along a highway and county road. Abandon approx. 6.1 acres of existing r/w and authorize approx. 11.8 acres of new r/w (non-contiguous).

  • Pearl River Valley EPA Service for Zaragoza

    Extend an overhead single-phase powerline to serve a new residence.

Under Analysis

  • AT&T fiber installation, Deerfield Road

    Request by AT&T to install a buried fiber optic cable within National Forest lands along Deerfield Road for approximately 1.31 miles.

  • Bell Access

    Authorize a special use permit to improve and maintain an existing 'woods' road, approx. 1008 feet long and 20 feet wide, to access private land.

  • Big Biloxi Waterline Installation and Wellhouse Decomissioning

    Installation of 2700' of waterline to connect to county water. Decommissioning of old wellhouse. Amendment of current SUP (DES0095).

  • Black Prairie Restoration Project

    The Tombigbee National Forest is proposing a restoration project for the Black Belt Calcareous Prairie and Woodland Habitat in compartment 29. This will be a restoration of ecological systems and rare habitat.

  • Clear Springs Dam Repair and Rehabilitation

    Repair of the dam at Clear Springs Recreation Area: draining, removing/replacing the riser and part of the secondary spillway, placing riprap, and removing the siphon pipe; seawall replacement/removal; reshaping of lake bottom; removal of sediment.

  • CSPIRE Fiber Installation, Hwy. 98

    Request by CSPIRE to install a buried fiber optic cable within National Forest lands along Hwy. 98 for approximately 2.1 miles.

  • Double Branch Bridge Replacement

    Replace an existing bridge with new structure to meet current bridge standards. Widen right-of-way for construction activities and installation of temporary detour bridge.

  • Eddie Puckett Road Access

    Mr. Puckett has requested the use of an existing FS logging road for access to his landlocked property.

  • Gopher Tortoise Enclosures and Dusky Gopher Frog Pond Improvement

    The Forest Service proposes to conduct management activities on the De Soto Ranger District to enhance the habitat and management of federally threatened gopher tortoise and federally endangered dusky gopher frog.

  • Hood Access

    Issue a permit to construct a new road (764 ft long and 30 ft wide) for access to a private inholding and future residence. Merchantable timber would be removed incidental to road construction.

  • Hughes Access

    Authorize a special use permit to improve and maintain an existing 'woods' road, approx. 774 feet long and 20 feet wide, for access to private land.

  • Martin Access to Private Property

    Request from landowner for use of approximately 150' of user-built forest road off 107L to access their property.

  • Myers Access

    Authorize a special use permit for improvement and maintenance of an existing 'woods' road, approx. 610 feet long and 20 feet wide, for access to private land.

  • Rock Bottom Trail Improvement Project

    To decommission .35 miles of existing trail and construct .50 miles of new trail. Rehabilitation of decommissioned trail, which will include felling non-commercial trees and allowing the area to re-vegetate naturally or planting native grasses.

  • Shongelo and Marathon Recreation Area - Decommissioning and Facilities Removal Project

    Aging recreation facilities and low user visitation contributed to the proposal to withdraw use of the amenities. The facilities proposed for decommissioning are outdated and deteriorated and have been deemed un-safe for public and administrative use

  • Woolmarket Range Brass Processing Facility

    Camp Keller requests construction of a covered brass processing facility at Bay 3 of the Woolmarket Range. 60'x40'x6" slab, open pavilion. With fencing and gravel access on both sides.

Analysis Completed

  • Pearl River Valley EPA Timber Removal

    Removal of merchantable timber incidental to routine maintenance of power lines.

  • Petro Harvester Proposed Well USA 15-14 No. 1

    Directionally drill a new well on the existing production location for USA 15-2, 15-3, 15-5 & 15-6. No additional surface area will be needed and no pits will be dug.

  • Petro Harvester USA 15-6 No. 1

    Petro Harvester Operating Company proposes to drill a new well on an existing location that currently contains three additional wells. No additional surface disturbance will be required.

  • Petro Harvester USA 20-2 No. 2

    Petro Harvester Operating Company proposes to drill a new oil well on an existing location that currently contains three additional wells. No additional surface disturbance will be required.

  • Reissuance of Special Use Permit for Franklin Telephone

    Authorize continued operation of telecommunication lines.

On Hold

  • Delta Forest Health and Wildlife Habitat Project

    Delta Forest Health and Wildlife Habitat Project

  • Gulf South Pipeline Relocation

    Relocate a section of natural gas pipeline that has become exposed due to erosion along the banks of Black Creek. New r/w 50' wide, with add'l 25' temp work space needed. Directional bore under Black Creek. Rehabilitation of abandoned r/w.

  • Moody Access

    Access to private property using an existing driveway.

  • Murray Access

    Provide access to private property using an existing closed road and a short segment of new construction.

Cancelled

  • 1st Thinning Add-on #2

    Proposal to thin a stand around/adjacent to a stand already approved for thinning, in an area that won't be analyzed for several years.

  • Access to Salem Cemetery

    Provide access over an existing route to Salem Cemetery

  • Basket Road Trail Improvement Project

    To decommission .30 miles of existing trail and construct .50 miles of new trail. Rehabilitation of decommissioned trail, which will include felling non-commercial trees and allowing the area to re-vegetate naturally or planting native grasses.

  • Berrytown Road stabilization (slide)

    Modification of Special Use Permit #HOM0152 to allow stabilization of a slide which endangers the roadbed of Berrytown Road. Project will include ground disturbance and stabilization up to 20' outside the current ROW in one location, approx 0.7 acres

  • Camp Keller Small Building Construction

    Construction of a small building on an area already paved.

  • Charles and Clark Bond Access

    Request for access to private land surrounded by National Forest land.

  • Charles Lewis access request

    Request for use of 850' of existing Forest Road to access private property.

  • Core Habitat Improvement

    Project would thin pine stands in the central part (core) of the Chickasawhay Ranger District for Threatened & Endangered Species Habitat Improvement & Expansion.

  • Flood Repair CE Project

    Restoration and rehabilitation of areas across the Delta National Forest in response to past catastrophic flooding and future annual flooding events.

  • Franklin Telephone Service for Carter

    Install 1,065 feet of buried copper cable within existing maintained road rights-of-way to provide telecommunications to a private residence.

  • Gravel Pits Project.

    The expansion of one gravel pit and development of up to 5 new gravel pits to provide for road reconstruction and maintenance needs of the Forest and local counties.

  • Homochitto Gravel Pits

    The expansion of one existing gravel pit and development of up to 7 new gravel pits to provide for road reconstruction and maintenance needs of the Forest and local counties.

  • Laurentide Well 4S-9W-18X

    Construct a 496'x504' well pad and 155' access road to drill for oil on Federal Leases MSES054565 & MSES054570. Complete for production if producible quantities of oil are found, or rehabilitate if none are found.

  • Laurentide Well 5S-10W-13X

    Construct a 425'x425' well pad and 589' access road to drill for oil on Federal Leases MSES054843 & MSES054844. Complete for production if producible quantities of oil are found, or rehabilitate if none are found.

  • Laurentide Well 5S-10W-14X

    Construct a 426'x478' well pad and 298' access road to drill for oil on Federal Leases MSES054842 & MSES054845. Complete for production if producible quantities of oil are found, or rehabilitate if none are found.

  • Miss-Lou saltwater line installation

    Installation of a buried saltwater disposal line through FS land, adjacent to FS-111A and a woods road, for approximately 2,800 feet.

  • Mississippi Resources, LLC Oil and Gas Exploration

    The Bienville National Forest has received a request from MS Resources, LLC for a Permit to Drill USA 21-12 #1, permitted to 16,500 feet for an exploratory test on Lease MSES-056720.

  • Pearl River Valley EPA Powerline Upgrade and Relocation along Hwy. 15

    Relocate an overhead powerline to a new location along a state highway, upgrade the line from 7,200 to 14,400 volts, and remove abandoned poles and wire.

  • Plantation Thinning and Restoration 2016

    The analysis and potential thinning/restoration of approximately 13,407 acres of overstocked plantations to improve the overall health of the forest, wildlife habitats, and insect/disease susceptibility. Project was begun as HFRA 1st Thin.

  • Richardson Creek Trail Relocation

    Proposal to reroute approx. 1200 feet of the Richardson Creek Trail due to insect infestation making the current route unsafe.

  • Sandy Creek HFRA Project

    Proposal to thin or restore approx. 1,800 acres of unthinned pine plantations to reduce the risk of SPB infestation and spread by increasing vigor of retained trees and/or restoring a more resistant tree species to appropriate sites.

  • Southern Pine EPA power line construction

    Southern Pine EPA has proposed to construct a new 14.4 KV power line across Bienville National Forest Systems lands.

  • Special Use Permit for Access - Cook

    Access to a private tract of land across National Forest System. Existing road, no ground disturbance, no timber harvest.

  • Special Use Permit for Access - Hartsoe

    Access to a private tract of land across National Forest System. Existing road, no ground disturbance, no timber harvest.

  • Special Use Permit for Access - Jirimiwi Hunting Club

    Access to a private tract of land across National Forest System. Existing road, no ground distubance, no timber harvest.

  • Special Use Permit for Access - Jones

    Access to a tract of private land across National Forest System. Existing road, no ground disturbance, no timber harvest.

  • Special Use Permit for Access - Thompson

    Access to a private tract of land across National Forest System. Existing road, no ground disturbance, no timber harvest.

  • Starks Road

    Vegetative management on the Tombigbee Ranger District, Stark Road analysis unit.

  • Success Community Sign

    Harrison County Board of Supervisors and District 5 Road Dept. propose to install a sign for the community of Success and maintain a small area around the sign by mowing and ornamental plantings. Area is within the existing road right-of-way.

  • SUP: Hurd Access

    Request to use approximately 150 feet of user-built road off FS 107L to access private property.

  • Trail Rotation CE Project

    Annual temporary/seasonal closure to all traffic of up to 5 trails, not to exceed 1 year, for trail resource protection and rehabilitation.

  • User Trail CE Project

    Restoration and/or rehabilitation of current and future user-made trails throughout the Delta National Forest.

  • Watershed Health Restoration, and Maintenance in the Sand Hill Creek Analysis Unit

    Longleaf restoration, commercial thinning, midstory reduction, red cockaded woodpecker management, and prescribed burning for the recovery of theatened and endangered species in the Sand Hill Creek Analysis Unit.

Project Archive

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