Schedules of Proposed Actions

The “Schedule of Proposed Actions” (SOPA) for the National Forests in Alabama includes all project proposals that we currently anticipate working on over the next three months. We update this schedule quarterly as budgets and project priorities change. The schedule is not a NEPA document nor is it a solicitation for comments. Comments addressed to the schedule do not provide standing for appeal purposes.

The purpose of the SOPA is to provide you with enough information to decide which projects are of interest to you, and whom to contact should you wish to become involved in the analysis and decision process on the forest.

Project specific comments are solicited through formal scoping during the periods shown in the schedule. If you are interested in a project or projects, please contact the responsible Forest Service employee shown on the Schedule (SOPA) and provide project specific comments.

National Forests in Alabama past Schedules of Proposed Actions are  available here.

National Forests in Alabama Current and Recent Projects

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2017 Corax Crotalus Ivory (CCI)

To restore and maintain the native longleaf and shortleaf pine ecosystem and provide habitat for native flora and fauna.

2017 Warden Station Chemical Release

Vegetation management along Warden Station Multiuse Trails

2018 East End HFRA

Proposal to increase forest health on approximately 1977 acres of Forest Service Lands.

2019 Turnipseed Policy Changes

Establishment of Standard Operating Procedures, Rules and Policies at Turnipseed Campground

Blue Spring West

Thin stands to increase early successional habitat, mostly located within the Blue Springs WMA, west of Highway 137. The project area is approximately 9,000 acres of National Forest Land.

Gopher Tortoise, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and Bog Habitat Improvement EA

For the benefit of gopher tortoise, red-cockaded woodpecker and sensitive bog plants, improve habitat within tortoise, woodpecker, and bog focal areas.

Herman Bass Special Use Permit - short term one year or less

Special Use Permit for private landowner to use a non-system road to access property for timber harvest operations. This permit will be a short term for one year or less.

Lake Chinnabee Improvements

Dredging of Lake Chinnabee to improve aquatic habitat along with the relocation of SST and fee tube.

NFsAL Forest Plan Monitoring Plan Transition

Update Forest Plan Monitoring Plan to meet requirements of 2012 Planning Rule. This effort will result in an Administrative Change to the Forest Plan and is NOT a NEPA decision. NEPA project webpage used to increase visibility for public convenience.

Oakmulgee Prescribed Fire and RCW Habitat Maintenance

District wide EA for prescribed fire operations and RCW maintenance and habitat improvement.

Open Pond Day Use Area Bathhouse Decommission

Decommissioning of the existing cement block bathhouse, removal and restoration of the adjacent parking lot, and installation of a double SST facility.

Parker Springs Tower CE

Approve and modify current use of the radio facilities at Parker Springs Tower by Escambia County Sheriff. Modification is needed to add back-up power generation.

Road Closure for Forest Service Road 331E

The current condition of FSR 331E is not passable due to flooding and the location being in a wet bottomland area. This project is associated with the Reciprocal Special Use Permit with Wayne Bass, which will provide administrative access.

Sipsey Soil Survey SUP

Long-term Soil Monitoring at U.S. Geological Survey Reference Watersheds. The project will use repeated soil sampling to document environmental change.

Special Use Permit - Reggie Watts Right-of-way

Issue a special use permit for right-of-way to Reggie Watts for driveway and utility installation to private property.

Special Use Permit- Alabama Power Company Distribution Line, Franklin County Road 138

Special use permit to install a new distribution power line with 3 poles and 2 guys and 860 ft. /- of overhead conductor adjacent to Franklin County Highway #138. Line clearing of trees will be 15 ft from line where needed.

Taylor Mill/Sherman Cliff Environmental Assessment

The Talladega Ranger District is proposing activities in the Sherman Cliffs and Taylor Mill analysis areas to restore and maintain longleaf pine and associated native forest communities.

Upland Hardwood Restoration Project

This project will focus on converting offsite loblolly pine plantations to upland hardwood forests.

Wayne Bass Special Use Permit - ROW/Easement Reciprocal

Reciprocal Special Use Permit - ROW/Easement with a private landowner to allow access across national forest land

Wolf Pit Upland Habitat Improvement Project

Thin overly dense stands to increase wildlife habitat development, tree growth, forest health and to reduce susceptibility to southern pine beetle. Project area is approximately 6,000 acres.

Project Archive

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