Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2011 to 06/30/2011
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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
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 Five Project 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 05/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
08/2011 Laurie Walters-Clark
(307) 674-2627
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 Motorized Tours Special Use Permits
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Cheri Jones
307-674-2652
cajones02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Three 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31265
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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Powder River Ranger District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  05/2011 Richard Hall
307-684-4634
rlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze continuing use on 3 Priority Use permits. A Double J Outfitters, Trails West Outfitters & Big Horn Adventures are due to expire. All are eligible for a 10 yr Priority Use permit.
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District, Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan, Johnson. LEGAL - T.47, 48, 49, 50, 51, & 52N R. 83, 84, 85, 86 & 87 W. Powder River Ranger District, Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson, Sheridan.
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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
Application to operate and maintain Ranger Creek Ranch Guest Ranch
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/28/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Big Horn Mental Health Group Inc. has applied to maintain and operate the resort known as Ranger Creek Guest Ranch.
Location: UNIT - Paintrock Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - Sec. 29, 30 .53N. R. 88 W. 6th p.m. SE of Shell Falls on Forest Road 17.
Cabin Creek Meadows C.G closure and conversion to picnic area and Granite Creek Picnic Area closure.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2012 Robert Cochran
307-548-5316
rcochran@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cabin Creek Meadows Campground and Granite Creek Picnic area would be closed per the Recreation Facility Analysis. All structures would be removed and sites rehabbed. Cabin Creek Campground would be converted to a Picnic Area.
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District, Paintrock Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T53N, 89W, Sections 14 & 15. All three sites are located just off Hwy 14 approximately 14 miles east of Shell Wyoming.
Cottonwood Creek #809 Trail reroute project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Ashley Duke
307-548-5309
abduke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute sections of trail to improve safety of the Visiting Public and to limit soil erosion. Close and rehabilitate old section of trail by building drainage structures, ripping and seeding.
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T54N, R90W, Sec. 14. FST # 809 is off of Forest Service Roads (FSR) #207 and #209 which spur off of FSR #10 (generally known as Hunt Mountain Road) approximately 9 miles northeast of Shell, WY.
Porcupine Falls Trail 135 Reconstruction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011  06/2011 Robert Cochran
307-548-5308
rcochran@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct about 0.2 mile of new trail in upper part of the trail. Rehab closed section of trail with drainage structures, ripping and seeding. Reconstruct remaining trail with drainage structures and staircase with native material in bottom section.
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T56N, R92W, Sec. 3. FST # 135 is off of Forest Service Road (FST) #146 approximately 4 miles northwest of the Porcupine Ranger Station approximately 35 miles east, northeast of Lovell, Wyoming in Bighorn County, Wyoming.
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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
Cingular Wireless tower at Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  06/2011 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application from New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T) has applied to locate a 50 monopole tower and equipment shelter at Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site. Current 50 TCT tower will be removed.
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Washakie. LEGAL - Sec. 5, 48N. R. 86W. 6th p.m. Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site.
Lyman Ranch Company special use permit reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/01/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34337
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. T48n R86W Section 28 & 33.
Meadowlark Lake Day Use Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/19/2011 
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.
Mosier Gulch Trail Extension
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 02/10/2011  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.
Poison Creek and Caribou Mesa Timber Sale
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/13/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/24/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
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.
St Alban's Episcopal Church Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/24/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
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 Department Of Transportation Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/24/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/19/2011  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
Johnson Creek Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/21/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
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.
Park Reservoir Caretaker Facility Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 02/01/2011  02/2011 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continued operatation and maintenance of a caretaker facility to provide lodge for for personnel associated with operation and maintenance of Park Reservoir, Park Reservoir Irrigation Ditch and Weston Reservoir.
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T53N R86W Sec 15, 6th PM. T53N R86W Sec 15, 6th PM.
Rapid Creek Rain Gauge Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  07/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: City of Sheridan has submitted an application to install a rain gauge on Rapid Creek as part of the Goose Creek Flood Notification Network. Proposed facility consists of tipping bucket type gauge and satlink data transmitter/logger with antenna.
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T54N, R89W, NE1/4 Sec 23. T54N, R89W, NE1/4 Sec 23.
Sheridan College Application to Maintain and Operate an Education Center
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:04/2011  04/2011 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Northern Wyoming Community College dba Sheridan College has applied to maintain and operate Spear-O-Wigwam as an Education Center. This is a change in use from a resort, which was available to the general public by reservation only.
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - W Section 22 T. 53N., R 86W., 6th P.M. Spear O Wigwam Lodge on Forest Road 293 on SE side of Park Reservoir.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.