Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Dakota Prairie Grasslands

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
R1 - Northern Region, Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Dakota Prairie Grasslands,  Mckenzie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Dakota Prairie Grasslands,  Medora Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Dakota Prairie Grasslands,  Sheyenne Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
DPG Dam reclamation and rehabilitations
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/15/2009 
Expected:10/2009
 
11/2009 Brenda Quale
701-250-4443
bquale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Dam reclamation and rehabilitations for the Grand River, Medora and McKenzie RDs
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District, Medora Ranger District, Grand River Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota, South Dakota. COUNTY - Billings, Golden Valley, Slope. Western ND and NW SD.
Little Missouri National Grassland Travel Management Plan
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Paula Johnston
701-250-4443
pjjohnston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a travel plan for motorized use on the Little Missouri National Grasslands.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District, Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings, Golden Valley, McKenzie, Slope. Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota.
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Dakota Prairie Grasslands,   Mckenzie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BakkenLink Pipeline Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
03/2012 Kim Grotte
701-842-2393
kgrotte@fs.fed.us 
Description: BakkenLink LLC, has filed a Right of Way application proposing to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission a crude oil pipeline across National Forest System lands as well as across other ownerships.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. The pipeline would cross National Forest System lands in McKenzie County, ND south of Lake Sakakawea and again south of Watford City, ND.
Bear Paw Energy, L.L.C. Garden Creek NGL Pipeline
EA
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/08/2011  10/2011 Kim Grotte
701-842-2393
kgrotte@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bear Paw Energy, L.L.C. has requested use of National Forest System land for the purpose of constructing and operating a natural gas pipeline.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - Sections 5, 6, and 7 T147N, R103W, Sections 7, 9, and 10, T147N, R104W, Sections 2, 11, and 12, T147N, R105W, Sections 23, 26, 27, 32, 33, and 34, T148N, R103W, Sections 34 and 35, T148N, R105W. The project is located in the southwest portion of McKenzie County, North Dakota across approximately 13 miles of National Foerst System lands.
Burlington Resources Fed 41-35H Oil & Gas Well
EA
- Minerals and Geology   On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Dekker
701-255-5151
jdekker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to drill an oil and gas well.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T147N R103W S35NENE. Approximately 4 miles southeast of junction of highway 16 and county road 38.
Chaparral Energy, LLC AHEL State 36-44-H2 Access Road Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue Bristol Resources Corporation access road speacial use permit to Chaparral Energy, Inc.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T145N R101W Section 30. Approximately 20 air miles west of Grassy Butte. MA 3.65.
Citation Oil & Gas Corporation Master Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue Citation Oil & Gas Corporation master access road permit.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. Master permit applies to all of the companies road permits at locations across the District.
Earl School District Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue expired special use permit.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T145S R104W S5 NWNW. Far southwest corner of the District along highway 16.
Horse Pasture Prescribed Burn and Radio Tower Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 02/28/2011  10/2011 Oscar Knudtson
701-842-2393 ext 27
oknudtson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning of two grassland pastures to restore native vegetation attributes and improve habitat for widlife.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - SESE of Section 21, E of Section 22, and SWSW of Section 23, T148N, R99W, 5th Principle Meridian, McKenzie County, North Dakota. About 15 miles south of Watford City, ND just north and east of the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Jebco Seismic LP Rough Rider 3-D Seismic Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Katie Knutson
701-842-2393
kknutson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Jebco Seismic L.P. proposes to conduct a three-dimensional (3-D) seismic survey located in and adjacent to the Bear Den Oil Field on the McKenzie Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - All or portions of Sections in T147N R98W, T147W R99W, T148N R98W, T149N R95W, T149N R96W, T149N R97W, and T149N R98W. The project area is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Watford City, North Dakota. It would cover approximately 65,340 acres on National Forest System Lands.
Leland Dam Fisheries Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 07/01/2010  09/2010 Gary Foli
701-842-2393
gfoli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct ~1/4 mle of fence on Leland Dam to enhance fisheries by excluding livestock; install a water tank to compensate for water unavailable to livestock.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T147N R103W Sections 10 and 15. At Leland Dam, which is on the west side of the District, approximately 10 miles south of the junction of highways 68 and 16.
Livestock Water Dam Reclamation 2005
CE
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Gary Petik
(701)842-2393
gpetik@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reclaim six livestock dams that no longer contribute to grazing operations.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - #40: T147N R101W S20 NENE; #41 T147N R103W S10 NWSW; #42: T147N R103W S2 NESE; #44 T148N R101W S30 NWNE; #45: T146N R103W S33 SESW; #46 T149N R96W S19 NWSE. Dispersed across the District.
Lower Magpie Creek Watershed Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 09/29/2011  04/2012 Jeff Ingalls
701-842-2393
jingalls@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will encompass vegetation and watershed restoration actions on the Mckenzie Ranger District portion of the Magpie Creek watershed.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. Approximately West and southwest of Grassy Butte near the Little Missouri River.
McKenzie Electric Coopertive 2006 Overhead Powerline Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A JessAnne Knutson
701-842-2393
jknutson01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace overhead powerlines with a buried powerline
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T145N R99W Sections 13,23,26. Approximately one mile south of Grassy Butte.
McKenzie RD Pastures 2, 10, 11 Allotment Management Plan Revisions
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 Libby Knotts
701-842-2393
lknotts@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revise allotment management plans in 22 allotments within Pastures 2, 10 and 11 of the McKenzie RD
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. West-central area of the District, south of highway 68 and north of North Unit of TR National Park.
Petro-Hunt, L.L.C. USA 1D-4-1H Access Road
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/16/2007  10/2007 JessAnne Knutson
701-842-2393
jknutson01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of an access road to the proposed USA 1D-4-1H oil and gas well, which is located on private land.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T153N R95W S12. Charlson Oil Field, McKenzie County North Dakota Management Area 6.1.
Powerline Permits
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:01/2008  01/2008 Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue expired powerline special use permits to Lower Yellowstone REA, Inc., Basin Electric Power Cooperative, and McKenzie Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. Several areas throughout the McKenzie Ranger District.
Reservation Telephone Cooperative Telecommunication Lines
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:01/2008  01/2008 Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue expired telecommunicatin lines permit.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. Several areas on McKenzie Ranger District.
Sinclair Oil &Gas Corporation Permit Reissuances
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Sinclair Oil Corporation special use permits.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. Various areas on the District where Sinclair already has operations.
Summit Resources Hatter #1 Access Road Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/20/2006  10/2007 Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue Marshall and Winston Hatter #1 access road special use permit to Summit Resources.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T147N R104W S 9, 15, 22, and 27. Approximately 30 air miles west of Grassy Butte, ND. Management Area 6.1.
Telephone Line Permits
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:01/2008  01/2008 Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use permits previously permitted to US West Communications, Inc. to Missouri Valley Communications, Inc., Consolidated Telecom, and Qwest.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. Several areas across the McKenzie Ranger District.
Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Company Crude Oil Pipelines
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/16/2003  12/2006 Kim Grotte
701-842-2393
kgrotte@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use permits previously permitted to Amoco Pipeline Company.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. Several areas on McKenzie Ranger District.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Fence Permit
CE
- Special area management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use permit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park for buffalo fence.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T147N R100 W S12 SWSW, S13 NWNW; T148N R99W S21 SESW, S1/2SE. Existing buffalo fence around Park that is located on Forest Service lands.
Western Area Power Administration Charlie Creek - Williston Transmission Line Upgrade Phase I and II
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/25/2011
07/21/2010 
08/2010 Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upgrade an existing power transmission line, realign portions, and issue a special use permit.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - Sections 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, T145N, R98W and Section 13, T145N, R99W. In the southeast portion of the District, along Highway 85 south of Grassy Butte, ND.
Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation Gorrell 11-20TFH Access Road and Utilities
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/04/2011  06/2011 Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access road with utilities buried along it to an oil and gas well on private land.
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. In the SW corner of McKenzie County.
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Dakota Prairie Grasslands,   Medora Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Paw Energy, LLC Whiting Teddy 44-34TFH
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Martina Thornton
701-227-7809
mthornton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Gas pipeline to the Whiting Teddy 44-34TFH oil well
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - Section 35, T143N, R101W. 17 miles north and 4 miles east of Medora, ND.
Buckhorn 1-34H
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Josh Wilke
701-227-7800
joshwilke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Well pad, tank battery location and access route along with electric line, emulsion line and gas pipeline
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - NWNW 34-144-102. Approximately 22 air miles north of Medora, ND.
Elkhorn Gravel Pit
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/05/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Mark Sexton
701-227-7824
msexton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of private mineral gravel pit
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - NW1/4 Section 34, T144N, R102W. Approximately 25 air miles north of Medora, ND.
Elkhorn Ranchlands LRMP Amendment
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/08/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 Sherri Schwenke
701-250-4443
sschwenke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend the 2002 Dakota Prairie Grasslands LRMP to include the acquired 5,100 acre Elkhorn Ranchlands and associated range allotments (18,000 additional NFS acres).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25800
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. North and west of Medora, ND.
Logging Camp Ranch Outfitter and Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Jeffery Adams
(701) 225-5151
jcadams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue five year term special use permit for outfitter and guiding activities.
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Slope. LEGAL - Burning Coal Vein area. Approximately 11 air miles northwest of Amidon, ND.
North Billings County Range Allotment Management Plan Revision
EIS
- Grazing management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/23/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
12/2011 Jeffery Adams
701-227-7811
jcadams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to continue grazing on 43 allotments in a manner consistent with direction in the DPG LRMP
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23278
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - T144N-R102W, R101W, R100W, R99W; T143N-R103W,R102W, R101W, R100W, and R99W;T142N-R101W&R100W. Northern third of Billings County, ND.
Red Rock 3D Seismic
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/31/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
11/2010 Shawn Reisenauer
701-227-7826
sreisenauer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Survey all or portions of 8 sections of NFS land using conventional vibroseis seismic technology
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Golden Valley. LEGAL - all or part of Sections 6, 5, 8, 18, 19, 20 30 and 29, T136N, R106W, Golden Valley County, North Dakota. 8 sections in southeast Golden Valley County, ND.
Uranium Prospecting Permit
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Sexton
701-227-7824
msexton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Geophysical mapping by completing radiometric traverses on foot. No mechanized travel. Collect five to six pound soil samples at each site.
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings, Slope. LEGAL - Portions 4,9,10-137-100;138-100;133-103;133-104;134-101;134-102; 19,20,27,28,29,30-134-103. Medora Ranger District.
Whiting BSMU 2903
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/06/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Josh Wilke
701-227-7800
joshwilke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pipeline Replacement
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - E 1/2 of Section 29, T144N, R101W. 27 air miles NW of Belfield, ND.
Whiting Pronghorn Federal #34-11TFH
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/07/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
06/2011 Josh Wilke
701-227-7825
joshwilke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a well pad and access
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - Section 11, T140N, R100W. 8 miles NW of Belfield, ND.
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Dakota Prairie Grasslands,   Sheyenne Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Denbigh Experimental Forest Vegetation Management Plan
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/05/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2008 
Expected:12/2008
 
04/2009 Lee Blaschke
701-683-4342
lblaschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal includes burning half the project area every year for the next six years, removing trees until 5 to 10 percent canopy remains, and construct erosion control structures as needed.
Location: UNIT - Sheyenne Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McHenry. Approximately 14 miles west of Towner, ND.
Jorgen's Hollow Campground
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/27/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
07/2011 Colleen Rufsvold
701-683-4342
crufsvold@fs.fed.us 
Description: ***Formerly in this report as New Campground*****Build a new campground at the east trailhead for the North Country Trail for campers and horse camping.
Location: UNIT - Sheyenne Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Richland. LEGAL - Sec. 3 of T135N R52W. Near the east trailhead of the North Country Trail.
NW Sheyenne Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/29/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Bernadette Braun
701-683-4342
bbraun@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revising allotment management plans and developing restoration projects.
Location: UNIT - Sheyenne Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Ransom. 17000 acres in the northwest corner of the Sheyenne Ranger District in Ransom County, ND.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.