Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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,  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)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  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.
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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
Billings Mobile Communication Use Lease Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/16/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Communication Use Lease for Billings Mobile Communication building at the Medicine Mountain Communication Site. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40489
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T56N, R92W, Section 22. Medicine Mountain Communication Site.
Crater Ridge Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/08/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2016 Debra Lozinski
307-674-2629
Comments-Bighorn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The FS proposes to manage forested stands in the Crater Ridge project area by commercially harvesting timber to restore forest health and resilience in lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir stands.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40714
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T57N R90W sec. 7, 8, 17, 18 and T57N R91W sec. 10-15. Crater Ridge area of Medicine Wheel/Paintrock District, near the headwaters of the Little Bighorn River, between the Cub Creek and Mann Creek drainages.
Escapee #1 Revised Operations Mining Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/10/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 Chris Williams
307-674-2646
clwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Charlotte and Lawrence Dean have submitted a revised plan of operations for the Escapee Mine #1 placer mine to include utilization of a towable ride-on trencher/backhoe with a 1.24 cubic foot bucket. The mine has been permitted since 1997.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39904
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T 56N R 91W sec. 21. Approx. 1 mile north of Hwy 14A near the junction of FSR 13 and FSR 14.
Rocky Mountain Oil Field Warehouse, Inc. Communication Use Lease Reissuance, Medicine Mountain Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/24/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Communication Use Lease for the operation and maintenance of the facility at the Medicine Mountain Communication Site. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40677
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T56N R92W Sec.22. Medicine Mountain Communicaton Site.
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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
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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:12/2012
 
08/2013 Leslie Horsch
307-674-2632
lhorsch@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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  Completed  Actual: 09/28/2012  12/2014 Gayle Laurent
307-674-2656
glaurent@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application from TCT to replace a 50 foot tower at Meadowlark Mt. com. site to a 75 foot monopole tower, to accommodate cellular use. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Washakie County Sheriff's Office Communication Use Lease Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/27/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Communication Use Lease for the operation and maintenance of facility at Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site. The decision will comply with the direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40692
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Washakie. LEGAL - T48N R86W section 5. Meadowlark Mountain Communication Site.
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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
Rocky Mountain Oil Field Warehouse, Inc. Communication Use Lease Reissuance, Little Goose Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/24/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Communictaion Use Lease for the operation and maintenance of the facility at the Little Goose Communication Site. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40678
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T53N R85W Sec. 22. Little Goose Communication Site.
Triple Three Outfitters and 4 H Mountain Camp Permit Reissuances
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Heritage resource management  Completed  Actual: 12/07/2012  12/2012 Cheri Jones
307-674-2652
cajones02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a term SUP to 4-H Mountain Camp for a 20 yr term and a outfitter guide SUP to Triple Three Outfitters for a 10 yr term. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40215
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan, Johnson. LEGAL - 4-H Mtn. Camp: T54N R88W sec. 6 NW1/4; Triple Three: T53N R85W sec. 29 NW 1/4. 4-H Mtn. Camp is at the end of FSR 236. Triple Three permitted area includes roads and trails on the east side of the Powder River RD and from the Red Grade on the Tongue south to the forest bound.
Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/17/2012  01/2013 Travis Fack
307-674-2683
tfack@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Special Use Permit for Story Fish Hatchery water diversion structure located on South Piney Creek. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40490
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T53N, R84W, section 23. On forest service trail 626, which follows South Piney Creek drainage.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.