Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Bighorn 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
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Bighorn National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Bighorn National Forest,  Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Bighorn National Forest,  Powder River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Bighorn National Forest,  Tongue 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 Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
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:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
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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Bighorn National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Livestock Grazing and Vegetation Management on Six Geographic Areas
EIS
- Grazing management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/03/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
06/2011 Laurie Walters-Clark
605-797-4435 Ext. 26
lwaltersclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis to determine reauthorization of domestic livestock grazing on 43 allotments on the Bighorn NF along with conducting fuel management activities within a portion of those allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28328
Location: UNIT - Bighorn National Forest All Units. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan, Washakie, Big Horn, Johnson. The Shell Creek, Paintrock Creek, Goose Creek, Little Bighorn River, Piney Creek/Rock Creek, and Tensleep geographic areas as mapped by the 2005 Bighorn NF Revised Land and Resource Management Plan.
Outfitter Guide Prospectus Applications for Special Use Permits
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Cheri Jones
307-674-2652
cajones02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Four applications received as a result of the two Outfitter Guide Prospectuses offered in 2008 and 2009 will have the effects analyzed. Uses are for guided motorized tours on Tongue, Medicine Wheel, Paintrock and Powder River Ranger Districts.
Location: UNIT - Bighorn National Forest All Units. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan, Washakie, Big Horn, Johnson. LEGAL - Designated roads and trails open to motorized use on the forest. Bear Lodge, The Passage Resort, Ultimate Outdoors and Triple C have proposed to guide ATV, SUV, UTV, Jeep and snowcoach tours on designated roads and trails on the forest. .
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Bighorn National Forest,   Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Medicine Wheel Paintrock Transitional Priority Outfitting and Guiding Use
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 12/01/2010  07/2010 Robert Cochran
307-548-5308
rcochran@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze converting existing outfitting and guiding transitional priority use days to priority use as directed by revised directives for outfitting and guiding.
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District, Paintrock Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - Northwest College: T53N, R90W, S15; Lost Creek Outfitters: Lion Area 21; C5:T50N, R97W, S5. Northwest College, Powell WY.: Ice climbs in Shell Canyon; Lost Creek Outfitters: Lion Hunt Area 21.
Wyoming State Engineers Office special use permit issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/05/2010  06/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue 20 year special use permit to WY SEO for the installation of mesasurement equipment on Shell and Adeladaide Reservoirs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34338
Location: UNIT - Paintrock Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. T53N R88W Section 36 6th PM.
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Bighorn National Forest,   Powder River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hazelton Peak Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/16/2010  07/2010 Richard Hall
307-684-4634
rlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Received a Plan of Operations for conducting Mining activities for two mining claims on the Powder River Ranger District. Limited activities consisting of hand held means of exploration.
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T47N R85W Sec 15. Hazelton Peak area just north of Dullknife Reservoir.
Lyman Ranch Company special use permit reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:02/2011  02/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Lyman Ranch Company's special use permit for a new 20 year term.
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. T48n R86W Section 28 & 33.
Meadowlark Lake Day Use Trail
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011  07/2011 Brian Boden
307-684-9872
bboden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Bighorn National Forest Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan of January 1998 identified a need for a day use trail along the Cloud Peak Byway, US 16 West of Buffalo, WY. This is the project to realize that identified need.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34432
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Washakie, Big Horn. LEGAL - T 49 N, R 86 W, Section 33, 6thPM. ) Trail location is adjacent to Meadowlark Lake starting and ending at the North Cove Boat ramp and will eventually go completely around the lake.
Montana Dakota Utilities Underground Powerline Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/08/2010  11/2010 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit Holder proposes to replace approx. 7025 underground powerline on NFS lands. Route will differ from existing line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33911
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - Sec. 28 and 29, T. 54N., R. 85W., 6th P.M. Line will replace underground three phase 12.47kv electric line feeding the communication towers on Bosin Rock Communications Site and Blacktooth Subdivision and other cabins on Red Grade.
Mosier Gulch Trail Extension
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/15/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
07/2011 Craig Cope
307-684-7806
cccope@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Buffalo Trails Board is planning to extend a current city trail from east of the Bighorn National Forest west on to the Forest to provide a non-motorized trail opportunity. The approximately 4 miles of new trail would be constructed
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34436
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T 50 N, R 83 W, Section 9, 6th PM. Trail location is south of Hospital Hill near Forest Road 403 in the Grouse Mountain area of the Bighorn National Forest approximately 10 miles west of Buffalo, WY.
Outfitter Guide Prospectus Applications for Special Use Permits - Nonmotorized
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/06/2010  08/2010 Richard Hall
307-684-9865
rlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Two applications received as a result of the Outfitter Guide Prospectus offered in 2009 will have the effects analyzed. Uses are for Packing, Fishing, Game Retrieval and Bear hunting on the Powder River Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Washakie, Big Horn, Johnson. Wes Smiley Packing Services and Game Retrieval, The Ranch at Ucross have proposed to Provide Packing Services, Game Retrieval, Bear Hunting, Fishing Trips on the Powder River Ranger District.
Poison Creek and Caribou Mesa Timber Sale
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:04/2011  06/2013 Curtis Rasmuson
307-684-4644
crasmuson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber harvest project on approximately 2,000 acres w/in approximate 10,000 acre project area. Harvest methods are mix of small clearcuts (<5 acres), thinning and overstory removal. Aspen and fuels treatments also included.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=19001
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T48N R84W, Sections 6-8, 17-20, 30; T48N R85W, Sections 1-2, 11-14, 23-26; T49N R83W Sections 17-20, 29-31; T49N R84W Sections 23-26. The southeast corner of the Forest. The Caribou Mesa portion is east of US Hwy 16 in the area of East Long Park Spring No 2. The Poison portion is south of US Hwy 16 and is split by Dry Poison Creek.
QWest Communications Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011  04/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue existing special use permit for new 20 year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34333
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. T50N R83W Sec 8 & 9, 6th PM.
Special Use Pasture Permit Powder River Ranger District
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Richard Hall
307-684-4634
rlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze continuing use on Special Use Pasture. Gary Rice Special Use Pasture. Pasture use and payment of permit done in lieu of building fence between private land and FS land.
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Washakie. LEGAL - SEC 34 & 35 T. 48 N R. 86 W. Southwest corner of forest near Canyon Creek and forest boundary.
St Alban's Episcopal Church Specia Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011  01/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue existing special use permit for a new 20 year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34334
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Washakie. NE 1/4 Se 1/4 Sec 4 T48N R86W 6th Pm.
West Tensleep Corridor Master Recreation Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Facility management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:11/2011  06/2012 Craig Cope
307-684-7806
cccope@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project involves moving developed campgrounds and dispersed camp sites away from water, human waste management, and Wilderness Trailhead actions to protect water quality of the municipal watershed of West Tensleep drainage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30501
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T 49 and 50N, R 87. West Tensleep is 1/2 way between Worland and Buffalo,near Meadowlark Lake and Deer Haven Resort. A Forest Service road goes north from US 16 to a dead end at the trailhead and campground on the shores.
Wyoming Departmnet Of Transportation Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011  01/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reisssue WYDOT Pole Creek construction camp special use permit for a new 20 year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34336
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. T49N R84W Section 14 6th PM.
Wyoming Game and Fish Tensleep Fish Hatchery Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011  01/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Tensleep Fish Hatchery special use permit for a new 30 year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34335
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Washakie. T48N R87W Sections 33 & 34 6th PM.
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Bighorn National Forest,   Tongue Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Decommissioning of East Fork Picnicground and Coffeen Park Campground
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/14/2010  10/2010 Cheri Jones
307-674-2652
cajones02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Closing and removal of facilities of the East Fork Picnicground and removal of all facilities except outhouse in the Coffeen Park Campground.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31717
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - East Fork PG: Section 3,T53N, R86W; Coffeen Park CG: Section 32, T53N, R86W. E Fork PG is on Red Grade Road, near Big Goose Ranger Station. Coffen Park CG is at end of FDR 293.
Johnson Creek Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/30/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
10/2013 Ruth Beckwith
307-674-2639
rbeckwith@fs.fed.us 
Description: 800 acres of vegetation management to enhance forest health and recreation opportunity near US 14, between Black Mntn Road #16 and Burgess Visitor Center. It includes commercial harvest,fuel reduction,clearing ski trails and planting in campgrounds.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30700
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T 55 N, R 88 W, & T 56 N, R 88 W, 6th PM. The proposed project is in the Bighorn National Forest west of Dayton, Wyoming It is on either side of US14 between Black Mountain Road (FSR 16) and Burgess Junction Visitor Center.
University of Texas El Paso Deep Structural Seismic Research Project
CE
- Research  Completed  Actual: 06/29/2010  06/2010 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: University of Texas El Paso wishes to conduct seismic imaging of the Bighorn Mountain Range to understand how the Mountain Range was formed and subsequently understand the mechanism of the formation of the Rocky Mountains.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32637
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - Section 3, T.53N, R.89W; Section 24, T. 54N, R.88W; Section 5, T.53N, R.86W; Section 25, T. 54N, R. 86W. portion of Bighorn NF in Sheridan County.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.