Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
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  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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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
- 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 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/16/2012 
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
04/2012 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 and Whaley Creek T55N, R91W Sec. 17; 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
Elk Reservoir Company Easement Application
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 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.
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.
Muddy Guard Road Re-route
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/24/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 Patty Bills
307-684-4627
pbills@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-route of FSR 472 and 473 to eliminate an unsafe intersection at FSR 473 and Highway 16 that is used to access the Muddy Guard cabin. Re-route also provides safer route for OHVs between the Billy Creek area and Crazy Woman Canyon.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38663
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - sections 1 and 2, T48N, R84W. Powder River Ranger District, Highway 16 and FSR 472 and FSR 473.
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:04/2012
 
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.
Tri-County Telephone Association Wireless tower at Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/07/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
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:04/2012
 
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  Completed  Actual: 02/03/2012
01/20/2012 
02/2012 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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/10/2012  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.
Lovcom tower at Bosin Rock Communitcation Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/05/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application from Lovcom to install new 40 foot tower to accomodate additional use at site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38388
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T54N. R85W. Sec 29. Bosin Communication Site.
Padlock Ranch Outfitter Guide Permit Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/09/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Cheri Jones
307-674-2652
cajones02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Padlock Ranch has applied for a permit to outfit and guide cattle drives within their cattle grazing allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38220
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T54N R87W, T54N R88W, T55N R87W, T55N R88W, T56N R88W, T56N R89W. Area extending from Lookout Mountain to Twin Buttes.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.