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What is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is an overarching federal law that guides the implementation of all Olympic National Forest projects and management activities. This law helps define a collaborative process for decision-making that takes the health of communities and ecosystems into account. 

Two of the major purposes of this process are to: 1.) Disclose environmental effects, and 2.) Make informed decisions. 

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA):

The Schedule of Proposed Actions or SOPA (formerly called the NEPA Quarterly Report) is designed to provide information on current and upcoming projects to people interested in management of the Olympic National Forest. 

Current Olympic Forest Projects

The following project information and associated environmental documents are shown on Olympic National Forest's website for public review. If you are interested in a proposed action listed on the Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA - see above) that is not listed below, please contact the appropriate District office. 

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Olympic 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.
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Developing Proposal

T-Mobile Facilities Installation at Neilton Point Communication Site

Proposal by T-Mobile to install telecommunications facilities at the North Point Communications Site consisting of a base transceiver located within a new 8 by 10 ft equipment shelter and placement of antennas on an existing monopole tower.

T-Mobile Facilities Installation at North Point Communication Site

Issue a 30-year lease to install telecommunications at North Point Communications Site by T-Mobile. Construct a new 8 by 8 foot equipment shelter for base transceiver station equipment and placement of 4 antennas on a 100 foot monopole tower

Under Analysis

Calawah OHV Project

Develop Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail system and staging area in the Bonidu area within the North Fork Calawah watershed. The proposal would provide about 22 miles of interlinking trails.

Dedmore Private Road Reissuance

Reissue 20-year Special Use Permit for 500 feet of private road.

Dedmore Waterline Reissuance

Reissue 20-year Special Use Permit for a waterline (1000 ft. of 1 1/2 in. pipe) and associated improvements.

Dungeness Watershed Roads Management Project

Treatment of about 25 miles of roads identified in the draft Dungeness Watershed Action Plan as impacting or at risk of impacting aquatic resources. Treatment may include road closings, decommissionings, or decommissionings and convertings to trail.

Hendricksen Waterline Reissue

Reissue waterline Special Use Permit that has been in use since the 1930's. No changes to the existing footprint are proposed.

Mt. Ellinor NRCS SNOTEL Site

Issue a 20-year Special Use Permit to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to install a Snow Telemetry (SNOTEL) site. The SNOTEL will occupy approximately 0.4 acres with an additional buffer zone of 400 feet.

North Fork Calawah Vegetation Management Project

Vegetation management (timber harvest) and restoration treatments on 4,000 acres to accelerate development of late-successional forest habitat conditions for wildlife and watershed health, and to contribute to local economies.

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 Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment

Navy is proposing training electronic warfare range consisting of the movement and operation of mobile emitters. This EA is tiered from previous EIS. Several sites are on Forest Service Roads. Navy documents at:

Quinault Campgrounds Water Line Replacement

This project would design and replace the existing water distribution systems in Falls Creek Campground and Willaby Campground near Lake Quinault.

Rocky Brook Hydroelectric Facilities Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissue 20-year Special Use Permit for the Rocky Brook Hydroelectric facilities located on National Forest System lands.

Schoemake Waterline Permit Reissue

Reissue waterline Special Use Permit, in use since the 1930's. No changes to the existing footprint.

West Fork Humptulips River Trail Construction

Convert about 2.5 miles of decommissioned road to trail status and construct two ½ mile trail segments to create a 6-mile loop trail.

Analysis Completed

Communication Use Lease Reissuances

Reissuance of five expiring communication use leases at Neilton Pt. Communication Site (Grays Harbor County and PUD#1; Crown Castle USA; CenturyLink).

Dungeness Large Wood Enhancement Project

Partner with the Jamestown Sklallam tribe to construct 15 large wood jams and stabilize 3 naturally occurring wood jams in the Grey Wolf and Dungeness Rivers.

Lower Skokomish Vegetation Management Project

Vegetation management (timber harvest) and restoration treatments on about 4,500 acres to improve and restore late successional forest habitat conditions for wildlife and watershed health and to contribute to local economies.

On Hold

Grays Harbor Public Utilities District Neilton Point Maintenance Special Use Permit Modification

Modify Grays Harbor County Public Utilities District existing Special Use Permit to remove or top up to six trees that are interfering with transmission from the Neilton Point electronic site.

Rayonier Fahnestock Access

Permit Rayonier to reconstruct approximately 400 ft of road and construct another 800 ft to access private timber land. Total right-of-way length would be 1292 ft by 60 ft in width. Total acreage would be 1.7 acres.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Boat Launch Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissue a 20-year term Special Use Permit for the use and associated maintenance of a boat launch on the Hoh River.


Humptulips Thinning

Commercially variable density thin (thinning, heavy thinning, gaps up to two acres in size, and skips) up to 70 harvest acres, to be achieved through a timber sale/stewardship contract (uneven-aged harvesting).

Norwood Conveyance

Sell property that is surplus to Forest Service needs. The property contains a number of structures\improvements, including but not limited to two residences.

Rocky Brook Hydroelectric Permit Renewal

Rocky Brook Hydroelectric Limited Partnership is seeking a new 20-year special use permit for their existing facilities. The project diverts up to 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Rocky Brook, with a minimum in-stream flow of 5 cfs.

Trapper Creek Aquatic Organism Passage

The existing culvert on Forest Road 2850 at the Trapper Creek crossing (MP 0.8), would be replaced with a structure designed to allow passage for all aquatic organisms. Structures made of rock and wood may be incorporated in the design.

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Bogachiel Fish Habitat Enhancement Structure Permit Reissuance

WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has held a special use permit for construction and maintenance of fish habitat enhancement structures near the Bogachiel River. The permit has expired, and reissuance of a new 10-year permit is proposed.

Project Archive

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