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Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Schedule of Proposed Actions details all projects on the Tonto that are scheduled for environmental analysis and decisions. The purpose of this schedule is to provide information regarding the nature and location of proposed projects and their status in the analysis process.

Click here to review the Schedule of Proposed Actions for the Tonto National Forest and all other national forests and grasslands.

Please visit the Projects and Plans page for the Southwest Region.

Decisions

Forest Service line officers issue many resource management decisions each year, some of which are accompanied by National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents (i.e. Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions). Only decisions based on an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment are subject to an opportunity for administrative review of individuals’ or entities’ unresolved issues. Reviews conducted prior to a final decision are called an objection and are open to those that made specific written comments in a timely manner on a project. Only these with use permits (i.e. ranger permittees and mining plans) are able to appeal after a decision is signed and they may only appeal the conditions of their permit. The public's rights and responsibilities to file an objection are defined in specific predecisional administrative review regulations.

Land and Resource Management Plans

Certain decisions related to the development, amendment, or revision of Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMPs) are subject to the same objection and appeal procedures as outlined above.

How does Administrative Review Work?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires all federal agencies, including the Forest Service, to evaluate the effects that any federal action may have on the human environment. NEPA provides for three different levels of environmental analysis which will be documented in different ways. Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) are prepared for projects which will or may have a significant effect on the human environment. This is the most stringent level of NEPA analysis and usually applies to large scale Forestwide projects. Environmental Assessments (EA) are more common and prepared for projects not expected to significantly affect the human environment.

NEPA also provides for specified comment periods, or opportunities for the public to submit specific written comments about the proposed project which must be considered by the agency before making a decision. When the Forest Service proposes to make a decision as a result of either an EIS or an EA, that decision is subject to a pre-decisional administrative review called an objection process as described in 36 CFR 218. The purpose of the objection process is to address any unresolved concerns that the public does not feel were adequately addressed in the EIS or EA.

The third level of NEPA analysis is called a categorical exclusion (CE). These are categories of actions that the agency has established that do not typically have a significant effect on the human environment and that the agency is not required to document in an EIS or EA. While the public is still given opportunity to provide input on many of these types of projects, any decisions made by the agency for categorically excluded actions are not subject to the objection process.

How do Objections Work?

Individuals or organizations that have submitted specific written comments for the project being considered may file written objections after an environmental analysis document is completed and before a final decision document can be signed. Those concerns raised in objections are then considered and responded to by a Forest Service official (Reviewing Official) at the agency’s organizational level above that of the individual who will sign the proposed decision (Deciding Official). The Reviewing Official will work directly with the entity who is objecting and the Deciding Official to resolve outstanding issues.

How do Appeals Work?

Some Forest Service decisions are subject to a post decisional review process called an appeal. The Forest Service can authorize certain uses of forest land by issuing a permit which is the instrument used to define the terms of that particular authorization. Permits may be issued for uses such as livestock grazing, mineral operations, or other special uses. These permits are subject to appeal as described in 36 CFR 214. However, only the permittee may appeal these types of decisions.

Washington Office Projects & Policies
Visit the Washington Office Projects and Policies page to learn what is new at the National Level of the Forest Service. Features the Process Predicament report

FOIA

For info on the Freedom of Information Act, please visit our FOIA page.

CERCLA

Red Bluff Uranium Mine Site EE/CA

Tonto National Forest officials are requesting public comment on the draft report of the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for the Red Bluff Uranium Mine Site, located on the boundary between the Pleasant Valley and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts, Arizona.  All public comments are due by close of business, Thursday, August 16, 2018.  The purpose of the EE/CA report is to present a detailed analysis of remediation (cleanup) alternatives that can be used for decision-making.  In addition, the analysis presented in this EE/CA includes discussion of background information, waste characteristics, applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements (ARAR), a risk assessment, and the development and screening of cleanup alternatives.

Documents

Copies of the EE/CA and Administrative Record are available at the Tonto National Forest Supervisor's Office (2324 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ) and the Payson Ranger District Office (1009 Highway 260, Payson, AZ).  The document may also be viewed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/home/?cid=fseprd560414.

Comments may be submitted mail or be hand delivered (weekdays, 8 am – 4:30 pm):

Red Bluff Uranium Mine On-Scene Coordinator  
Anne Fischer, P.E.
Tonto National Forest
2324 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ  85006

Or submit by email to:  comments-southwestern-tonto@fs.fed.us (please reference “RB EE/CA” in the subject line)

Tonto National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for the Arizona National Scenic Trail and management corridor.

Cable One Payson to Show Low Fiber Optic Line Installation Project

Proposal to install fiber optic line from Payson to Show Low.

Under Analysis

4FRI Rim Country Project

Landscape-scale restoration on the Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto National Forests of ponderosa pine ecosystems, designed to maintain, improve, and restore ecosystem structure, pattern, function, and resiliency.

APS 69kv Power Line Permit for Childs-Irving Line

Issuance of a permit to replace the expired Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydropower License. Existing 69 kV line that was part of the Childs Irving Power operation and covered under the old license. Has been in continuous operation.

Bar X and Heber-Reno Sheep Driveway Grazing Authorization

To authorize grazing on the four grazing allotments known as the Bar X consistent with the goals, objectives, standards and guidelines in the Forest Plan.

Bighorn Sheep Population Management Project

Authorize request to land helicopters in five wilderness areas on the forest to survey and monitor bighorn sheep populations and respond promptly to indications that a disease event is threatening bighorn sheep herd viability.

Copper King and Superior West Mineral Exploration Projects

This project combines the environmental review of two mineral exploration projects, Copper King and Superior West. The combined projects result in a total of 106 unique drill site locations of which up to 43 would be selected for drilling, over 10 yr

Flying V&H Prescribed Fire

The purpose of this project is to use prescribed fire to improve timber stand conditions and wildlife habitat by reducing catastrophic fire hazard and natural fuel build-up.

Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan

Creation of a CRMP for Fossil Creek--click on "Analysis" tab to view Nov. 30, 2018, draft CRMP/DEIS documents. View Fossil Creek general information.

Grapevine and Sycamore Springs Pipelines Project

Install pipelines from springboxes to watering troughs

Highway Tanks Tribal Forest Protection Act Project

This project would focus on restoration of fire adapted ecosystems, including mechanical thinning and prescribed burning to accomplish landscape restoration objectives as proposed by the Tribe that are on the Tonto National Forest and Tribal Land.

Lower Pleasant Valley Tricktank Pipeline Project

Provide livestock with reliable water sources

NAU Reynolds Campground Garden Permit

To authorize a research permit for the establishment of a pollinator garden.

Pinto Valley Mine Plan of Operations

The purpose of this Plan is to administratively consolidate all authorizations required to continue ongoing and future operations, as well as authorize new disturbance on National Forest System lands.

Poison Springs Structural Range Improvements

Structural measures are proposed to facilitate the management of livestock by evenly distributing cattle on the allotment, restricting access to sensitive areas and provide livestock with additional reliable water sources.

Prescott College Academic Outfitter and Guide Priority Use (2015-2025)

The Forest Service proposes to authorize Prescott College to conduct academic courses including new student orientation, adventure education, biology, human ecology, natural history, physical geography, field ecology, environmental conservation

Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange

The Tonto National Forest is preparing an environmental impact statement(EIS) to disclosure the environmental effects from: 1) a mining proposal submitted by Resolution Copper; 2)the exchange of land between Resolution Copper and United States.

Tonto National Forest Motorized Travel Management

The Tonto National Forest is completing the analysis for the Travel Management Rule which calls for establishing a system of roads, trails, and areas designated for motorized vehicle use and determining suitable locations for dispersed camping.

Tonto National Forest Plan Revision

A collaborative effort to revise the Land and Resources Management Plan for the Tonto National Forest in Arizona

Analysis Completed

AZ Public Service (APS) ROW Vegetation Management with Herbicides

FS must decide whether to allow APS to include using herbicides as a method to manage vegetation on existing APS transmission ROW within five National Forests in Arizona.

NAU and ERI Research Monitoring Project

Monitor outcomes of past hazardous fuels reduction

Payson RD OHV Management Planning

This projects seek to do the following: Develop OHV staging areas across Payson, prohibit camping within 200' of streams unless designated, and designate an OHV specific campground.

Sedow and Haystack Butte Allotment Range Improvements Project

This project proposes to authorize additional range improvements to supply additional water for livestock. This is necessary to allow the existing grazing authorization to achieve conservative utilization of forage and increase livestock distribution

On Hold

AT&T Signal Peak Antenna Collocation onto an Existing Tower

Trench from APS building to AZDPS tower for the purpose of collocating antennas on AZDPS's tower.

Charley Johnson Small Tracts Act Land Sale

Parcel of National Forest System lands with private facilities located on it - qualifies for the Small Tract Act Authority.

Cragin-Payson TSA Water Treatment Plant

Sell approximately 7 acres to the Town of Payson for a water treatment plant to implement the Decision Notice and FONSI for the Cragin Water Pipeline and Treatment Plant Project signed 11/2/2011

Dagger, Poison Spring, Black Mesa and A-Cross Grazing Allotment Management Plans

Authorize grazing on the Dagger, Poison Spring, Black Mesa and A-Cross Grazing Allotments.

Flying V and Flying H Allotment Management Plans

Update and reauthorize two allotment management plans.

Haigler Fuels Analysis

Manage timber and other woody vegetation to help maintain forest health, reduce forest fuels, and improve wildlife habitat and range conditions on approximately 43,435 acres of the Tonto National Forest.

Hicks-Pikes Peak Allotment Grazing Authorization

Project is a new planning effort to authorize livestock grazing on the Hicks-Pikes Peak Allotment in a manner that is consistent with the goals, objectives, and standards and guidelines of the Tonto National Forest Plan.

New Delph Tank & Bear Tank Maintenance

The purpose of this project is to create new water developments that capture and store water for authorized livestock and wild ungulates.

Pinal County Pinal Peak Comm Site Improvement

Improve radio communications at this site in support of public safety for Pinal County and the region. Primary use of this site is 2-way radio communications for Pinal County Sheriff Office and the Arizona Department for Public Safety.

Pinaladera WUI Fuels Management

Fuels reduction on approximately 83,558 acres south of Globe. Area includes the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area.

Pine Mountain Area Improvement Project

The purpose of this project is to utilize prescribed fire or naturally occurring wildfire to reduce hazardous fuel accumulation and mitigate effects from an unplanned wildfire that could be catastrophic to Mexican spotted owl habitat.

Pleasant Valley Northwest Grazing Allotments Analysis

This analysis covers five grazing allotments and will address actions needed to formalize an adaptive management livestock grazing strategy to maintain or move resources toward desired conditions in the project area as in the Tonto NF Plan.

Red Creek, Six Bar, and Skeleton Ridge Grazing

To improve ecological conditions within three grazing allotments using tools such as adaptive grazing and wildlife habitat improvement and by maintaining or replacing aging structural range improvements such as fences, water developmements.

Sonoran Desert Ecosystem Restoration

Obliterate approximately 145 miles of unauthorized and uninventoried user created motorized routes in the Rolls, Bulldog Canyon, and Hewitt Canyon areas in the Mesa Ranger District.

Sonoran Desert Ecosystem Restoration

The Tonto National Forest is proposing to obliterate approximately 145 miles of unauthorized and uninventoried user created motorized routes in the Desert Vista and St Claire areas in the Cave Creek.Routes currently being analyzed in the Travel Mgmt

Taurus Exploration Project

Vortex Technology LLC has submitted a Plan of Operations for a trenching exploration project. Up to 9 trenches, 3 short(30'X2'X6') and 6 long (6'X4'X4').

Western Area Power Administration Glen Canyon-Rogers 230/345kV Integrated Vegetation Mgmt Program

Western is proposing to implement a operation and maintenance (O&M) and Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) program on the Rogers-Glen Canyon section of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) Transmission System. Includes use of herbicides.

Cancelled

13 Ranch New Tanks 2015 Project

The Tonto National Forest proposes to authorize the permittee to construct four new tanks on the 13 Ranch allotment. All the tanks will be adjacent to existing system roads and will collect run-off from the roadways.

Copper King Exploratory Drilling

Bronco Creek Exploration proposes to drill a maximum of 18 drill sites from 27 possible drill site locations over a period of ten years.

Deer Creek/Rubber Watershed Water Project

Project incorrectly identified as new actions. A review of the original decision notice and analysis will determine if additional NEPA will be necessary.

Goose & Stewart Tank Maintenance

It is proposed by the Forest Service and the permittee to conduct maintenance activities on Goose and Stewart Tanks.

Salt River Project (SRP) SB Cove Staging Area

The purpose of this project is to permit SRP and its contractor to use Forest Service land at SB Cove to facilitate the work necessary to maintain and repair Bartlett Dam.

Superior West Exploration

Use of existing roads and helicopter to access up to 25 drill sites out of 79 possible drill site locations.

Project Archive

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



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