Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2024 to 06/30/2024
Tonto National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Cave Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Globe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Payson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Tonto National Forest,  Tonto Basin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Plan Direction for Old-Growth Forest Conditions Across the National Forest System
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/20/2023
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2024 
Expected:01/2025
 
01/2025 Jennifer McRae
505-377-3145
Jennifer.McRae@usda.gov 
Description: Amend all land management plans for units of the National Forest System to include consistent direction to conserve and steward existing and recruit future old-growth forest conditions and to monitor their condition across planning areas of NFS.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=65356
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. National Forests and Grasslands (128 units).
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These regulations apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Land.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 02/06/2024  02/2024 Laura Conway
406-802-4317
laura.conway@usda.gov 
Description: Programmatic Supplemental EIS for the Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60450
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The direction in the SEIS will apply to use of aerially delivered fire retardant on all National Forest System land. .
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R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special area management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 02/23/2024 
Expected:09/2024
 
09/2024 Sara Hivick
540-291-2188
sara.hivick@usda.gov 
Description: The comprehensive plan will establish the administrative objectives, policies, processes, and management guidelines necessary to fulfill the legislative requirements for national scenic trails under the National Trails System Act.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49535
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units, Kaibab National Forest All Units, Coconino National Forest All Units, Tonto National Forest All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Arizona National Scenic Trail goes from the Coronado National Memorial to the Utah Border at Vermillion Cliffs- 800 miles south to north across the State of Arizona.
Prescott College Academic Outfitter and Guide Priority Use (2015-2025)
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Julie Rowe
928-203-7516
jrowe@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize Prescott College to conduct academic field courses year-round across forests in Arizona including adventure education, biology, human ecology, natural history, physical geography, & field ecology.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47407
Location: UNIT - Coronado National Forest All Units, Kaibab National Forest All Units, Prescott National Forest All Units, Tonto Basin Ranger District, Coconino National Forest All Units, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests All Units. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Yavapai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Activities take place in a variety of locations throughout the forest.
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Tonto National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Highway 87 & Highway 260 Multi-Communication Site project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/23/2023  03/2024 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mark.mcentarffer@usda.gov 
Description: Construction, Operation, & Maintenance of 3 new Communications sites on Hwy 87 and 1 Site on Hwy 260 to improve public and first responder communication in areas of low or no coverage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=63823
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila, Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Near Hwy 87 & Hwy 260, Three locations Northeast of Mesa, AZ along Hwy 87 between Bush Hwy & Hwy 188 intersections. One location between Superior, AZ & Globe, AZ near Hwy 60.
North Zone 2019 Range Betterment Project
CE
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jeffrey Sturla
928-474-7900
comments-southwestern-tonto-payson@usda.gov 
Description: New water sources and handling facilities to improve livestock management
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57300
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District, Pleasant Valley Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Payson and Pleasant valley Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest, Gila County, AZ.
Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange
EIS
- Minerals and Geology
- Land ownership management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Cory Brunsting
602-225-5279
Cory.Brunsting@usda.gov 
Description: 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48956
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Pinal. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tonto National Forest.
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Tonto National Forest,   Cave Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
DW Mobile Tower Communication Facility
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/18/2023  11/2023 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mark.mcentarffer@usda.gov 
Description: Replacement of communication towers to meet EIA Standard RS-222-C.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=64472
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Township 06N, Range 07E, Section 28.
Devil's Hole and Telegraph Trail Road Maintenance and Reconstruction Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jason Scow
480-610-3331
jason.scow@usda.gov 
Description: This project would repair and reconstruct roads near two popular recreation areas, Devil's Hole and Telegraph Trail. It would also include educational signs and boulder placement to protect surrounding vegetation and wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56161
Location: UNIT - Cave Creek Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Devils Hole is at the eastern end of FR532 where it meets the Verde River between Bartlett and Horseshoe lakes.Telegraph Trail is where FR42 meets near North Lake Road near Bartlett Lake.
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Tonto National Forest,   Globe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AT&T Signal Peak Antenna Collocation onto an Existing Tower
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mark.mcentarffer@usda.gov 
Description: Trench from APS building to AZDPS tower for the purpose of collocating antennas on AZDPS's tower.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53812
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sites 1 & 2 of Pinal Peak Communications site. Pinal Peak is approximately 8 miles south of the town of Globe.
Forest Service Road 287 Partial Realignment Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/20/2023 
Expected:06/2024
 
07/2024 Michelle Tom
480-826-7660
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@usda.gov 
Description: This project would realign a portion of FSR 287 from the private mine property to National Forest System land west of Pinto Valley Mine to provide a safer route for Forest users visiting the area away from mining vehicles, equipment, and activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=65395
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located on FSR 287 west of the Pinto Valley Mine, approximately ten air miles west of the Town of Superior, Arizona and ten air miles east of Globe.
Hicks-Pikes Peak Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marianne Thomas
928-402-6200
comments-southwestern-tonto-globe@usda.gov 
Description: Authorization of 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52246
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Hicks-Pikes Peak Allotment is located on Globe Ranger District, 8 miles north and northwest of Globe, Arizona in Gila County, adjacent to the Salt River.
Pipeline Staging Area Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 02/12/2024  03/2024 Sheryl Cormack
9284026221
sheryl.cormack@usda.gov 
Description: Project will repair existing facilities and add new constructed features to the existing Pipeline Staging Area including new restroom facilities and pipe rail fencing delineating parking area to improve public health and safety and protect resources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=65665
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located at the Pipeline OHV area, off of Highway 77 south of Forest Service Road 328, approximately one-half mile southeast from Globe Arizona.
Telegraph Trail Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 01/31/2024  03/2024 Sheryl Cormack
9284026221
sheryl.cormack@usda.gov 
Description: Project to realign the current braided, user created trails to provide a quality designated non-motorized trail that reduces recreational impact to riparian habitat and can be maintained to Forest Service standards
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=65585
Location: UNIT - Globe Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located on Globe Ranger District, West and Southwest of Picket Post Mountain approximately 1.5 miles southwest from Superior Arizona.
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Tonto National Forest,   Mesa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
City of Mesa Bulldog Canyon Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 02/12/2024  03/2024 Alison Mettler
602-225-5229
alison.mettler@usda.gov 
Description: Project would transfer ownership of the Bulldog Canyon communication site from the FAA to the City of Mesa so the city can offer additional coverage for local municipalities emergency services, as well as upgrade the existing facilities.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project located on Mesa Ranger District in Bulldog Canyon, north of Lost Dutchman Blvd and State Highway 88, approximately 35 air miles east from Central Phoenix.
Saguaro Lake Marina Parking Lot Expansion Project (Phase 2)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 02/29/2024  04/2024 Alison Mettler
602-225-5229
alison.mettler@usda.gov 
Description: This project would authorize the expansion of the existing upper parking lot at Saguaro Lake Marina to meet the needs of the growing population of recreators at Saguaro Lake, access to Saguaro Lake, and Forest Service expectations for operating.
Location: UNIT - Mesa Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Maricopa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located on Mesa Ranger District is located at Saguaro Lake Marina near N. Bush HWY, approximately 10 air miles northeast from Mesa, AZ.
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Tonto National Forest,   Payson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
South Green Valley Parkway Project
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mark.mcentarffer@usda.gov 
Description: Providing a Right-of-way for a new road on Forest Lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58682
Location: UNIT - Payson Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tonto NF, Payson Ranger District, Gila County, AZ.
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Tonto National Forest,   Tonto Basin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bathtub Corral
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/12/2022 
Expected:04/2024
 
05/2024 Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
eric.hoskins@usda.gov 
Description: The purpose of this project is to add a small corral with a trigger gate that allows livestock to use the water trough at this location while in the pasture but then can be trapped in the corral and hauled out of the pasture when required.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=63409
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T7N R11E Sec. 17.
Dagger, Poison Spring, Black Mesa and A-Cross Grazing Allotment Management Plans
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Hoskins
602-225-5395
eric.hoskins@usda.gov 
Description: Authorize grazing on the Dagger, Poison Spring, Black Mesa and A-Cross Grazing Allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49896
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tonto Basin Ranger District.
Dutch Tin Extension Project
CE
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
eric.hoskins@usda.gov 
Description: Add additional water resources for allotment
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T 4N, R 12E, Section 2. Dutchwomen East Grazing Allotment.
Greenback Fuels Treatment
CE
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Andrew Nordquist
602-225-5388
andrew.nordquist@usda.gov 
Description: The primary purpose of this project is to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire to private property. This fuel break will also provide fire managers with an anchor point for future fire management or prescribed fire activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61310
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Greenback Fuels Treatment is located on the Tonto Basin Ranger District along FR 71, FR 236, Greenback Creek, and Oak Creek. The project area borders private property.
Holder Well and Corral Expansion Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
eric.hoskins@usda.gov 
Description: A new well will be drilled to provide adequate water for livestock in an allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=64447
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T 8N, R 10E, Section 3. Township 8N, Range 10E, Section 3.
Octagon Towers - Roosevelt Lake Comm Site Upgrade
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2023 
Expected:04/2024
 
05/2024 Alison Mettler
602-225-5229
alison.mettler@usda.gov 
Description: Upgrade and improve existing communnications facilities at Octagon Towers
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Township 4N, Range 12E, Section 27 NW1/4.
SRP Pump Back Storage Project - Geotechnical Investigation Site 2
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/20/2023 
Expected:04/2024
 
05/2024 Mark McEntarffer
602-225-5239
mark.mcentarffer@usda.gov 
Description: Geotechnical investigation involving surface geophysical surveys, exploratory drilling, and excavation of test pits.
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T04N.,R12E., Sections 31 & 32. The project is located at Alchesay Canyon, near State Routes 88 & 188, approximately 40 air miles Northeast from Mesa, AZ. The legal location of the project is Township 04N., Range 12E., Section 31 & 32.
Seventy-Six Ranch Project #2
CE
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Hoskins
928-467-3236
eric.hoskins@usda.gov 
Description: New water storage tank and troughs
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=64449
Location: UNIT - Tonto Basin Ranger District. STATE - Arizona. COUNTY - Gila. LEGAL - T 8N, R 10E, Sections 13, 24. Seventy-Six Ranch.
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