Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
White-Nose Syndrome: Caves and Abandoned Mines
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Minerals and Geology 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/21/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
07/2013 Trey Schillie
303-275-5067
tschillie@fs.fed.us 
Description: The US Forest Service is preparing an environmental analysis for cave and abandoned mine management options for the bat disease commonly known as white-nose syndrome (WNS).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r2/wns
Location: UNIT - Bighorn National Forest All Units, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest All Units, San Juan National Forest All Units, White River National Forest All Units, Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units, Shoshone National Forest All Units, Rio Grande National Forest All Units, Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands All Units, Black Hills National Forest All Units, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests All Units. STATE - Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Adams. Bighorn, San Juan, Pike and San Isabel and CC, Medicine Bow and Routt, Shoshone, Black Hills, White River, Rio Grande, Arapaho and Roosevelt and Pawnee.
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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
Beaver Trap Outfitters Outfitter Guide Permit Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/20/2013  03/2013 Cheri Jones
307-674-2652
cajones02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Beaver Trap Outfitters Special Use Permit re-issuance. Addition of 4 areas from a vacated permit on MWPR district. This decision will comply with the direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41168
Location: UNIT - Medicine Wheel Ranger District, Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan, Big Horn. LEGAL - T56N R88W section 21 SE 1/4 SW 1/4. Permitted areas off U.S highways 14 and 14A.
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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
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/16/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
03/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/08/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/10/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
06/2013 Chris Williams
307-674-2646
clwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revised plan of operations for the mine to include utilization of a towable ride-on trencher/backhoe with a 1.24 cubic foot bucket. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice and comment and appeal opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/24/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
03/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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  Cancelled  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 
Completed  Actual: 02/13/2013  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://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.
Washakie County Sheriff's Office Communication Use Lease Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/07/2013  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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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
Old West Adventures Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 Cheri Jones
307-674-2652
cajones02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Old West Adventures has requested two assigned sites and an extension of the permitted area. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice and comment and appeal opportunities.
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T53N R97W sec 10 1/2N, T57N R89W sec 21 1/4SE. Permitted areas in Coney Lake and Dry Fork areas, expanded area is north of Dry Fork Ridge.
Rocky Mountain Oil Field Warehouse, Inc. Communication Use Lease Reissuance, Little Goose Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/24/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
03/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40678
Location: UNIT - Tongue Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sheridan. LEGAL - T53N R85W Sec. 22. Little Goose Communication Site.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.