Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
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: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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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Loveland Ski Area Twist Run Snowmaking Line Addition
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Deb Ekstrand
303-567-3024
dekstrand@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to approve installation of 1900' of new snow making line on Twist Run.
Location: UNIT - R2 - Rocky Mt. Region All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Clear Creek. LEGAL - T4S, 76W, Section 28. Loveland Ski Area.
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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
Cabin Creek Campground, Cabin Creek Meadows Campground, and Granite Creek Picnic Area Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012  07/2012 Robert Cochran
307-548-5308
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:01/2012  02/2012 Robert Cochran
307-548-5308
rcochran@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of 3 Term Priority Special Use permits for Outfitter and Guiding that expire on 12/31/2011. All 3 (Tangle Ridge, Rawhide, and Big Buck Outfitters) would be given 10 year Term Special Use Permits and there would be no changes in operations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37714
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan, Big Horn. LEGAL - Outfitter assigned camps: Bear Creek T55N R91W Sec. 12, Sheep Mtn. T58N R91W Sec. 32, and Arden Lake T53N R87W Sec. 32 SE 1/4 SE 1/4. Bighorn National Forest.
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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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/18/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37340
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T49N, R87W, Sec. 31. US Highway 16 near Deer Haven Lodge.
Elk Reservoir Company Easement Application
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
02/2012 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Elk Reservoir Company has applied for road access to private land across Forest Service land on FSR 368. Part of a reciprocal right-of-way with forest and private land owners.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37430
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Sec. 12, T50N, R84W, 6th PM. Twelve miles west of Buffalo, WY on Hwy 16 to FSR 368.
Harness Road Easment Application
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/14/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
04/2012 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harness has applied for road access to private land across Forest Service lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37429
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Sec. 10, T47N, R85W, 6th PM. Access on existing road (1.5 miles) within Hazelton Peak quadrangle from end of FSR 506 to private land.
Hazelton Winter Parking Area Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/18/2011  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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36444
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T 48N R 84W Sec 10. On Hazelton Road across from FSR 481.--.
Meadowlark Lake Day Use Trail
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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:02/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 10/18/2011  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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Tri-County Telephone Association Wireless tower at Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/07/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/19/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
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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
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/03/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Duhamel Broadcasting Ent. KOTA Communication Use Lease Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue current communication use lease for a new term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37541
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T.54N, R85W. Sections 28,29. Bosin Rock Communication Site.
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