Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
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,  Grand River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  12/2011 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2011  01/2012 Glen Stein
801-200-2703
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.
Reservation Telephone Cooperative Telecommunication Lines
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/21/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Debbie Riely
701-842-2393
driely@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would authorize the installation and maintenance of a buried fiber optic cable crossing National Forest System land on the McKenzie and Medora Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=11518
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District, Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings, Golden Valley, McKenzie. National Forest System lands on the McKenzie and Medora Ranger Districts.
Silvicide Environmental Assessment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Heritage resource management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/10/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 Chancey Odell
605-374-3592
chanceyodell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this proposal is to evaluate the use of the silvicide triclopyr and imazapyr as additional tools for the removal of undesired trees on the Dakota Prairie Grasslands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38368
Location: UNIT - Sheyenne Ranger District, Mckenzie Ranger District, Grand River Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Adams, Barnes, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grand Forks, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells, Williams. Grassland-wide.
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Dakota Prairie Grasslands,   Grand River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
National Forest System Road 5617 Relocation
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/13/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 Chancey Odell
605-374-3592
mhaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of NFSR 5617 to avoid washout in the future where it crosses a draingae. New road construction would be 0.4 mile, installation of a cattleguard, install 2, 18" culverts, construction of turnout, and decomissioning old road.
Location: UNIT - Grand River Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Perkins. LEGAL - T19N, R14E Sections 7 and 8. NFSR 5617 is located in Pasture 6G on the Grand River National Grassland .
North Maier Harrowing
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
04/2012 Chancey Odell
605-374-3592
chanceyodell@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 32 foot drag harrow would be used to break up matted Kentucky bluegrass litter on approximately 100 acres on the Maier allotment in order to encourage grazing on invasive Kentucky bluegrass, and reduce pressure on adjacent native grasses.
Location: UNIT - Grand River Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Sioux. LEGAL - T129N R88W SENE Sec. 1. South end of north pasture, Maier Allotment, Cedar River National Grasslands, Sioux County, ND. 2.5 miles north of Morristown, SD.
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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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
- 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
- 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37369
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.
Oneok Demore 31-10 Gas Pipeline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Cathy Walsh
701-227-7818
cewalsh@fs.fed.us 
Description: 8,700' of 6" poly pipeline
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - Sections 3, 10, 11, 141N,102W, Billings County. approximately 8 miles northwest of Medora, 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.
Reservation Telephone Coop Replacement Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Martina Thornton
701-227-7809
mthornton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing telephone lines
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings, Golden Valley. LEGAL - 6,7,18,20,21,28-144-102: 5,6,8,9,14-143-102; 1, 2-143-103. Nine miles west and 20 miles north of Medora, 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
- 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 BSMU Flowline Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Josh Wilke
701-227-787825
joshwilke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace 1,000 Feet flowline
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - swsw 30-142-100. 13 miles NE of Medora, 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)  Completed  Actual: 01/21/2010  05/2010 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 
Completed  Actual: 02/17/2012  06/2012 Colleen Rufsvold
701-683-4342
crufsvold@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes constructing a campground and associated structures for campers and horse camping as well as constructing a 4 mile long hiking trail at the east trailhead for the North Country Trail
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=13648
Location: UNIT - Sheyenne Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Richland. LEGAL - Richland County, North Dakota NE1/4 Sec. 10, Sec. 11 and the W1/2 Sec. 12, T.135, 52W. The Jorgenís Hollow Campground and Trail project is located in the northeastern corner of the Sheyenne National Grassland.
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.