Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
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,  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
- 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,   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  Completed  Actual: 04/04/2013  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  Completed  Actual: 04/09/2013  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:07/2013
 
07/2013 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
Middle Paintrock Trail #066 Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2013 
Expected:12/2013  07/2014 Brian Boden
307-684-9872
bboden@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute approx. 1/4 mile of motorized ATV trail to remove access to a steep user created section of trail and to enhance resource protection. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice and comment appeal opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42024
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - T50N R87W NW 1/4 of section 13. East of Battlepark trailhead, near Lily Lake.
YMCA of the Bighorns Fish Pond Maintenance Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 05/02/2013  09/2013 Craig Cope
307-684-7806
cccope@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve fish habitat in a pond by removing approximately 1000 cubic yards of sediment and installing a sediment trap in the existing human-made channel. This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice and comment appeal opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41928
Location: UNIT - Powder River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - T50N R84W sec.15. The fish pond at Camp Roberts, approximately 15 miles west of Buffalo, WY on US 16.
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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
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/01/2013 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41730
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:07/2013
 
07/2013 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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