Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
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, 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
- 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:01/2012
 
01/2012 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 
Completed  Actual: 07/26/2011
07/26/2011
07/26/2011
07/26/2011
07/26/2011 
11/2011 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. ROD signed 7/26/11. Legal Notice published 9/19/11.
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 
Completed  Actual: 09/14/2011  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, Ultimate Outdoors and Triple Three 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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/15/2011  06/2011 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
- Special use management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 08/03/2011  07/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35596
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.
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35592
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
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/29/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35544
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
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/08/2011  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.
Rocky Mountain Power Special Use Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/15/2011  09/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convert overhead powerline to underground powerline located at the Medicine Wheel Communication site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36931
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T56N, R92W, Sections 22, 23, and 24. Powerline runs from Medicine Mountain Communication Site down the ridge to the west crossing Forest Developed Road #12 and ties into the current underground line near Forest Developed Road #13.
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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
Big Horn Rural Electric Co. Special Use Amendment #2
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/19/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install approximately 460 feet of underground powerline near Deer Haven Lodge to provide power to a Wyoming Department of Transportation weather station on US Highway 16.
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T49N, R87W, Sec. 31. US Highway 16 near Deer Haven Lodge.
Hazelton Winter Parking Area Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/15/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
12/2011 Richard Hall
307-684-9865
rlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze use of a winter parking area on the Hazelton Road. Johnson County, Wyoming has applied for a special use permit to create and manage a Parking Area. The parking area will provide home owners access to their properties during the winter months
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36444
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T 48N R 83 Sec 10. On Hazelton Road across from FSR 481.--.
Meadowlark Lake Day Use Trail
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/19/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Brian Boden
307-684-4633
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.
Poison Creek and Caribou Mesa Timber Sale
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/22/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
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.
Soldier Creek Crossing
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/26/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Bernie Bornong
307-674-2685
bbornong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing culvert on FR 24 with a bottomless arch culvert designed to facilitate aquatic organism passage (AOP). Current culvert is a barrier to AOP and does not function properly.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36844
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T49N, R87W, Section 1. Soldier Creek crossing of FR 24, approximately 20 miles northeast of Tensleep, WY on the Bighorn NF.
St Alban's Episcopal Church Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/03/2011  07/2011 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.
Tri-County Telephone Association Wireless tower at Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:01/2012  01/2012 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application from TCT to do a tower swap at Meadowlark Mountain communication site from the current 50 foot tower to a 75 foot monopole tower, to accommodate cellular use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35598
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Washakie. LEGAL - Sec. 5, 48N. R. 86W. 6th p.m. Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site.
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  Completed  Actual: 09/20/2011  09/2011 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.
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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
Carroll/Stout FLPMA Trail Special Use Applications
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Applicants request authorization for legal access on existing trail to private land across NFS lands in Sec. 16, T. 53 N., R. 84 W. If approved, two authorizations will be issued.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36430
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Sec. 16, T. 53N., R. 84W., 6th P.M. Access is needed from FSR 320 approximately mile south of Forest Boundary.
Johnson Creek Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/12/2011  10/2013 Ruth Beckwith
307-674-2639
rbeckwith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management to enhance forest health and recreation opportunity near US 14. It includes commercial harvest, fuel reduction, clearing ski trails and planting in campgrounds. DN signed 9/12/11. Legal Notice published 9/16/11.
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.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.