Projects

The Forest Service develops proposed actions and analyzes them in compliance with environmental laws and regulations, in particular the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) guides clean-up of hazardous waste sites.

CERCLA Cleanup Projects

The CERCLA process assesses site conditions, evaluates hazards to humans and the environment, determines the level of cleanup required and selects an appropriate cleanup alternative. 

NEPA Projects

The NEPA process begins with a proposed action that addresses a purpose and need for action. The NEPA process discloses environmental effects, involves public notice, invites public comment and results in a decision.

The level of NEPA analysis depends on the significance of the effects. Projects that fit a category of actions determined to not significantly affect the human environment fall into a Categorical Exclusion. Some CEs are documented in a Decision Memo.

If the proposed action is not covered by a Categorical Exclusion, an Environmental Impact Statement or an Environmental Assessment is prepared. A project with significant environmental effects has analysis documented in EIS. Its decision is a Record of Decision. 

A project without significant environmental effects has analysis documented in an Environmental Assessment. Its decision is a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact. 

The quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions lists and describes in detail projects undergoing environmental analysis and documentation as Decision Memos, EAs and EISs.

The Schedule of Proposed Actions list does not include projects on the national forest led by a different agency.  See below for additional information about projects led by other agencies.

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Special Use Permit Reissues – Forest-wide

Reissue a backlog of expired special use permits for existing facilities or activities throughout the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  The permits were approved in previous NEPA decisions, there would be no new ground disturbance or changed conditions, and each facility or activity is in compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit.

Projects led by other agencies:

Index-Galena Road Milepost 6.4-Milepost 6.9 

          Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Road Repairs

          Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Olympia-Grand Coulee Insulator Replacement Project

          Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Transmission Line Right of Way Maintenance

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Project Spotlights

Snoquera Landscape Analysis

Landscape scale analysis project would work towards balancing a variety of recreational opportunities with resource protection, and improvement of ecological conditions.

Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan

A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) and final river corridor boundary is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 to provide for the protection of the river values. More info at https://tinyurl.com/MidForkStoryMap

North Fork Nooksack Vegetation Management Project

Project would cut, and in some cases remove, trees in certain areas to improve wildlife habitat, enhance huckleberry areas, improve forest stand conditions, and contribute to the economy via timber harvest. View storymap: https://arcg.is/yHC49

All 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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Note: Projects with multiple Project Purposes will appear multiple times.

Facility management

Panorama Point Boat Launch Improvements

Improve and maintain boat launching capabilities, provide improved toilet facilities and increase parking capacity to improve visitor safety at the Panorama Point boat launch.

Forest products

Hansen Creek Vegetation Project

Supply sustainable forest products, and support the health and wildlife habitat values of forest stands, while meeting aquatic, recreational, and scenic objectives within the South Fork Snoqualmie watershed

Nooksack Integrated Conservation and Enhancement (NICE) Project

Landscape-scale analysis of recreation and habitat restoration and management activities within the North Fork Nooksack watershed.

North Fork Nooksack Vegetation Management Project

Project would cut, and in some cases remove, trees in certain areas to improve wildlife habitat, enhance huckleberry areas, improve forest stand conditions, and contribute to the economy via timber harvest. View storymap: https://arcg.is/yHC49

Snoquera Landscape Analysis

Landscape scale analysis project would work towards balancing a variety of recreational opportunities with resource protection, and improvement of ecological conditions.

Land management planning

Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan

A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) and final river corridor boundary is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 to provide for the protection of the river values. More info at https://tinyurl.com/MidForkStoryMap

Recreation management

Baker Lake Road to Trail

EA evaluating alternatives that would provide the greatest certainty for long term access to the trails along the Baker River and maintain or restore river processes.

Big Four Boardwalk Replacement

Project proposal would replace 750 feet of boardwalk within the footprint of the original trail.

Blanca Lake Trail Relocations

4 segments of Blanca Lake Trail, approx 0.7 miles total, would be relocated using nonmotorized tools only. Select areas adjacent to Blanca Lake and Virgin Lake would be identified and either hardened for camping, or closed to camping and restored.

Elbow Lake Trail, Middle Fork Nooksack River Bridge Construction

This project would allow the installation of a 70' trail bridge over the MF Nooksack River. The project would also create a new parking area(up to 10 vehicles), and relocate less than one mile of stock trail to connect to the original trail.

Green Mountain Trail Re-route

The project would relocate 1600 feet of trail. The project would reduce grade and create safer terrain for hikers. The reduction in grade would also promote vegetation health along the trail, by minimizing impacts of erosion.

Heybrook Ridge Connecting Trail

Snohomish County Parks proposes to construct a 350 foot trail across Forest Service managed land to connect Heybrook Ridge County Park with a Snohomish County Annex parcel of land.

Middle Fork Recreation Hub Project

Construct 1700' trail to Otter Falls. Construct 1.3mi Garfield Ledges trail starting at intersection of Rd 56/5640. Construct trail Mid Fork trailhead (TH) to Taylor R. bridge; add picnic sites.

Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan

A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) and final river corridor boundary is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 to provide for the protection of the river values. More info at https://tinyurl.com/MidForkStoryMap

Middle Fork Trail 1003 Reroute

Construct approx. 0.5 miles of new trail beginning near the 1 mile marker, providing a route around the April 2018 landslide area that destroyed about 300 feet of trail. The trail would be suitable for existing uses, including stock and bikes.

Monte Cristo Area Planning Project

Determine the long term access needs to Monte Cristo.

Nooksack Integrated Conservation and Enhancement (NICE) Project

Landscape-scale analysis of recreation and habitat restoration and management activities within the North Fork Nooksack watershed.

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.

Panorama Point Boat Launch Improvements

Improve and maintain boat launching capabilities, provide improved toilet facilities and increase parking capacity to improve visitor safety at the Panorama Point boat launch.

Rainbow and Swift Creek Crossings

Construction of two new crossings: Rainbow and Swift Creek and the construction of one new mile of trail to connect two new crossings.

Skykomish District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs (FSR 6835)

Heavy rains during the winter of 2016 damaged FSR 6835 at MP 1.4, where soils became heavily saturated and caused a debris land slide. Project will remove the slide material, place base rock and surfacing, and add a cross drain culvert.

Snohomish County Search and Rescue Radio Repeaters

The Snohomish County Sheriffs Office Search and Rescue Unit operates and maintains repeaters at five locations in the Mt.Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This project seeks to allow the Sheriff's office to provide periodic maintenance and repairs.

Snoqualmie District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs-Gold Creek Trail Bridge

Repair of storm-damaged roads and trails in the Snoqualmie Ranger District, including Forest Service led repair work proposed for Gold Creek Trail Bridge. Additional repairs also led by Federal Highways Administration.

Snoqualmie District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs-NFS Road 5078

Complete repairs of storm damage on NFS Road 5078. Repairs include removing woody debris and rock material out of the aggraded stream and rebuilding the road prism above the stream intersection.

Snoqualmie Lake trailhead improvements

Reconstruct the Snoqualmie Lake TH with additional and improved parking and add a toilet

Snoquera Landscape Analysis

Landscape scale analysis project would work towards balancing a variety of recreational opportunities with resource protection, and improvement of ecological conditions.

Swift Creek Campground Connector Trail

Trail construction to provide connectivity between Swift Creek Campground and Park Creek Campground.

Regulations, Directives, Orders

FSR 6020-110, Lake Serene Trailhead, Lake Serene Trail Temporary Closure Order NEPA

A temporary closure of National Forest System Road (FSR) 6020-110, the Lake Serene Trailhead, the entire length of the Lake Serene Trail, including the Bridal Veil Falls Trail.

Research

USGS Earthquake Early Warning Stations

This project would issue a Special use permit to USGS for the upgrade or other modification of up to four Earthquake Early Warning Stations located on Mt. Baker and Snoqualmie Ranger Districts.

Road management

Deadhorse Road Relocation

The purpose of this project is to provide sustainable transportation through FS land, maintain access to recreational facilities and trails, and restore natural processes that have been altered from placing roadways in the channel migration zone.

Monte Cristo Area Planning Project

Determine the long term access needs to Monte Cristo.

Mt. Baker Ranger District ERFO Road Repair Project (FSR 3040)

Repair of storm-damaged roads under the Emergency Response for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program, including Forest Service led repair of FS Road 3040 at MP 1.6.

North Fork Nooksack ATM

This project evaluates roads within the Upper North Fork Nooksack River Watershed to balance access needs with resource protection and budget. The project will assess which roads to retain and which roads are no longer needed.

Skykomish District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs (FSR 6835)

Heavy rains during the winter of 2016 damaged FSR 6835 at MP 1.4, where soils became heavily saturated and caused a debris land slide. Project will remove the slide material, place base rock and surfacing, and add a cross drain culvert.

Snoqualmie District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs-Gold Creek Trail Bridge

Repair of storm-damaged roads and trails in the Snoqualmie Ranger District, including Forest Service led repair work proposed for Gold Creek Trail Bridge. Additional repairs also led by Federal Highways Administration.

Snoqualmie District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs-NFS Road 50

Project to complete repairs of storm damage on NFS Road 50. Repairs would include embankment placement to grade to replace shoulder and roadway, including rock and root wad placement for bank stabilization, culvert cleaning, and road resurfacing.

Snoqualmie District 2016 ERFO Road Repairs-NFS Road 5078

Complete repairs of storm damage on NFS Road 5078. Repairs include removing woody debris and rock material out of the aggraded stream and rebuilding the road prism above the stream intersection.

Special area management

Finney AMA Vegetation Management

Vegetation management part of research study on restoration and long-term management of late successio reserve (LSR) and riparian habitat in Finney Adaptive Management Area. Thin LSR forest stands less than 80 years old to develop old growth features

Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan

A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) and final river corridor boundary is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 to provide for the protection of the river values. More info at https://tinyurl.com/MidForkStoryMap

Special use management

410 Recreation Residences Cabin Modifications 2020

Cabin permit holders propose modifications to the cabins at Deep Creek Lot 7 (expansion), Silver Creek Lot 24 (covered porch), and Silver Springs Lot 141 (expansion).

Ranger Creek State-Managed Airport Airspace Obstruction Removal

Removal of trees identified as airspace obstructions to improve safety of air operations at the airport facility.

SF Stillaguamish Floodplain and Riparian Enhancement Project

Decommission eroding campsites within the Gold Basin Campground to restore floodplain processes. Reconstruct SF Stillaguamish River channel, enhance aquatic habitat, and improve riparian vegetation structure.

Silver Springs Lot 145 Septic System SUP

Install a septic system and drain field on Lot 145 to meet Pierce County requirements to phase out vault toilets.

Snohomish County Search and Rescue Radio Repeaters

The Snohomish County Sheriffs Office Search and Rescue Unit operates and maintains repeaters at five locations in the Mt.Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This project seeks to allow the Sheriff's office to provide periodic maintenance and repairs.

Summit at Snoqualmie's Mountain Bike Park

The Summit at Snoqualmie proposes to construct 6.3 miles of new Mtn bike trails on Forest Service (NFS) land, and with 1.5 miles of trails on private land. The new trails would disturb approximately 3.1 acres on NFS, and 0.7 on private land.

USGS Earthquake Early Warning Stations

This project would issue a Special use permit to USGS for the upgrade or other modification of up to four Earthquake Early Warning Stations located on Mt. Baker and Snoqualmie Ranger Districts.

USGS Glacier Peak Seismic Monitoring Stations

This project would issue a 20-year permit for USGS to install and maintain four seismic monitoring stations around Glacier Peak.

Vegetation management (other than forest products)

S.F. Stillaguamish Vegetation Management Project

Thin second-growth forest within S.F. Stillaguamish River drainage to promote forest structure for old-growth associated species and maintain and enhance Riparian Reserve conditions. Recreation improvements and road decommissioning also included.

Watershed management

7222 Connector Road

Construct approx .25 mile road to connect Rd 7222 with Rd 7224. Decommission approx. 3.8 miles of road at high risk for aquatics. Project was scoped with Snoquera Landscape Analysis (Proj #51969) and includes a project-specific Forest Plan amendment

Baker Lake Road to Trail

EA evaluating alternatives that would provide the greatest certainty for long term access to the trails along the Baker River and maintain or restore river processes.

Beckler River Confluence Restoration

Construct 5-10 large woody debris jams in the Beckler River to reconnect relic channels between the Beckler and South Fork Skykomish River floodplains, and to reconnect a side channel along the right-bank of the Beckler.

Deadhorse Road Relocation

The purpose of this project is to provide sustainable transportation through FS land, maintain access to recreational facilities and trails, and restore natural processes that have been altered from placing roadways in the channel migration zone.

Nooksack Integrated Conservation and Enhancement (NICE) Project

Landscape-scale analysis of recreation and habitat restoration and management activities within the North Fork Nooksack watershed.

North Fork Nooksack Vegetation Management Project

Project would cut, and in some cases remove, trees in certain areas to improve wildlife habitat, enhance huckleberry areas, improve forest stand conditions, and contribute to the economy via timber harvest. View storymap: https://arcg.is/yHC49

SF Stillaguamish Floodplain and Riparian Enhancement Project

Decommission eroding campsites within the Gold Basin Campground to restore floodplain processes. Reconstruct SF Stillaguamish River channel, enhance aquatic habitat, and improve riparian vegetation structure.

Snoquera Landscape Analysis

Landscape scale analysis project would work towards balancing a variety of recreational opportunities with resource protection, and improvement of ecological conditions.

Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants

Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan

A comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) and final river corridor boundary is required by the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968 to provide for the protection of the river values. More info at https://tinyurl.com/MidForkStoryMap

Nooksack Integrated Conservation and Enhancement (NICE) Project

Landscape-scale analysis of recreation and habitat restoration and management activities within the North Fork Nooksack watershed.

North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

The National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service are preparing a North Cascades Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to determine how to restore the grizzly bear to the North Cascades ecosystem.

North Fork Nooksack Vegetation Management Project

Project would cut, and in some cases remove, trees in certain areas to improve wildlife habitat, enhance huckleberry areas, improve forest stand conditions, and contribute to the economy via timber harvest. View storymap: https://arcg.is/yHC49

SF Stillaguamish Floodplain and Riparian Enhancement Project

Decommission eroding campsites within the Gold Basin Campground to restore floodplain processes. Reconstruct SF Stillaguamish River channel, enhance aquatic habitat, and improve riparian vegetation structure.

Project Archive

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



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