Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
Black Hills National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Black Hills National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Black Hills National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Black Hills National Forest,  Bearlodge Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Black Hills National Forest,  Hell Canyon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Black Hills National Forest,  Mystic Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Black Hills National Forest,  Northern Hills 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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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Hills National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grasslands Power 230 Kv Line
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/26/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2013 
Expected:06/2014
 
09/2014 Dave Slepnikoff
605-343-1567
dslepnikoff@fs.fed.us 
Description: TECKLA-OSAGE-LANGE 230Kv Transmission line
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30774
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District, Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District, Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Pennington, Weston, Campbell. On the Black Hills NF, running approximately from the SD/WY border to Pactola substation to Lange substation NW of Rapid City, SD.
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Black Hills National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project
EIS
- Land management planning
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 12/10/2012  12/2012 Katie Van-Alstyne
605-343-1567
kvanalstyne@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest is working to manage populations of mountain pine beetle (MPB) and to help protect communities, watersheds, and natural resources from wildfire by treating hazardous fuels. The BKNF is proposing further actions to address the MPB epidemic.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36775
Location: UNIT - Black Hills National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Weston, Crook. The project area encompasses approximately 248,000 acres of National Forest System lands. No actions are proposed on lands not managed by the Forest Service.
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Black Hills 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
Black Hills Field Ornithology Outfitter/Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/18/2012  02/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a 10-year outfitter/guide permit to allow a university to conduct field ornithology classes on National Forest System lands. Classes will include camping near netting sites and netting, banding, and taking measurements from birds.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Lawrence, Crook. A variety of locations on the Northern Black Hills.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Outfitter/Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/03/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a five-year outfitter/guide permit to conduct instructor-led field geology laboratories as part of for-credit university classes. Activities will include mapping, sketching, sampling, and photographing geologic features.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District, Mystic Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Lawrence, Pennington. Along segments of the public motorized transportation system on the Northern Hills, Mystic, and Hell Canyon Ranger Districts.
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Black Hills National Forest,   Bearlodge 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
Bearlodge Travel Management 2012
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us 
Description: Additions and changes to travel management status of roads, trails, and campsites
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T51N R63W sec 4, 5, 9; T52N R63W sec. 19, 20, 29, 30, 32; T52N R63W sec. 4, 5, 8, 9, 33; dispersed campsites. Near Reuter Campground and elsewhere on district.
Buttes Forest Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
06/2013 Elizabeth Krueger
307-283-1361
ekrueger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treatment of forest infested with mountain pine beetle, at risk of infestation, or with high fire hazard.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38063
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Township 50 North, Range 61-62 West, 6th PM. Black Buttes, south of Sundance, Wyoming.
Ellsbury ROW
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
05/2013 Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us 
Description: Granting of private easement on NFS road This decision will comply with direction to offer 30-day notice-and-comment and appeal opportunities, as appropriate.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T53N R63W sections 28 and 33, 6th PM. 11 miles NNW of Sundance, Wyoming.
Neiman Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/11/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landowner easement on 1.3 miles of NFSR 848.1 for access to private land
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T53N R63W sections 31, 32, 6th principal meridian. Eight miles north of Sundance, Wyoming.
RER Mineral Development Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 08/2013 
Expected:12/2015  06/2016 Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of rare earth minerals mine
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. Bearlodge Mountains.
Tinton Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conveyance of 16 acres of small NFS mineral fractions
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T51N R60W section 28, 6th principal meridian. 16 miles of east of Sundance, Wyoming.
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Black Hills National Forest,   Hell Canyon 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
Black Hills Power-Myrtle Fire Power Line Rebuild
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/14/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-construct an existing overhead 69kV transmission power line that was damaged during the Myrtle Fire, July 2012.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40632
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sections 18, 19, 30, & 31, T5S, R5E; Sections 5, 6, 8, & 17, T6S, R5E. South of Pringle, South Dakota.
Byway Lakes Enhancement Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/08/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 David Pickford
605-673-4853
dpickford@fs.fed.us 
Description: A project to remove lake sediments from Horsethief, Lakota, and Bismarck Lakes.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Pennington. LEGAL - T3S, R5E, Section 22, T2S, R6E, Section 27, T2S, R5E, Section 11. Horsethief, Lakota, and Bismarck Lakes, Black Hills National Forest.
Cattail Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Cindy Hockelberg
970-884-1418
chockelberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange NFS land south of Hwy 16 along with one parcel north of Hwy 16 for land south of Hwy 16 and owned by The Nature Conservancy and Oonagh Wood.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Fall River. LEGAL - T6S R4E Sections 23 & 24; T3S R4E Sections 9, 16; T8S R4E Sec. 24 and 14; T8S R5E Sec. 19; T9S R6E Section 6 (to be conveyed). T4S R3E Sec. 4, 5, 9, 32; T6S R5E Sec. 31, 32 (to be acquired). Parcels throughout the District, but primarily south of Hwy 16.
Craven Canyon Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Heritage resource management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Patricia Hudson
605-673-4853
phudson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Recommendation to BLM a withdrawal from mineral entry to protect cultural resources of significant interest within and surrounding Craven Canyon in portions of T 7 S, R 2E and T 7S, R 3 E for approximately 3,968 acres of National Forest System land
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26623
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. T 7 S R 2 E, portions of Sections 12, 13, 24 & 25; T 7 S R 3 E, Sections 18, 19, 31, 32 and portions of Section 30.
Deer Valley
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/17/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Cindy Hockelberg
970-884-1418
chockelberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Land Adjustment
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T3S R4E Sections 23 & 26. Custer County, adjacent to Custer, South Dakota.
GCC Dacotah Dewey Conveyor
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of an elevated conveyor to move material from a GCC Dacotah mine to a railhead, on both NFS and BLM lands.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T6S, R1E, Sec 9-10. Southern Elk Mountain, near Dewey.
Golden West Telecommunications, Inc. - Pass Creek Telephone
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/13/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement telephone cable to service a private landowner on Pass Creek Road in Custer County.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39399
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Section 14, T2S, R5E. Pass Creek Road and Richardson Cutoff Road (NFSR 272 and 276).
Hell Canyon Maintenance Burn
EA
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 12/07/2012  12/2012 Gwen Lipp
605-673-9373
gllipp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn to reduce fuels and site prep for tree planting.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22242
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T 3 S R 2 E. Within perimeter of Jasper Burn.
Hell Canyon Reforestation Project
CE
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 12/20/2012  04/2013 Patricia Hudson
605-673-4853
phudson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Tree planting within fire areas where no natural regeneration exists. Tree species will be ponderosa pine which is native to the area and important for wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, and timber production.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40072
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Pennington. LEGAL - T3S R1E-2E Sec 24, 25;19, 20, 29, 30. Areas located within Jasper and Sheldon fire areas which burned in August 2000 and 2002.
Iowa Moonwort Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
04/2013 Matthew Scott
605-673-4853
mcscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project name was changed from, Cascade Allotment Iowa Moonwort Habitat Improvement Project. The objectives of the project are to enhance Iowa moonwort habitat, improve overall ecosystem function and to reduce existing fuel accumulations.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. LEGAL - T7S R5E, Sec 34. Hell Canyon Ranger District.
Jewel Cave Withdrawal
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 David Pickford
605-673-4853
dpickford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Withdrawal of 2,387 acres of Forest Service land from mineral entry to protect cave resources underlying this land.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Portions of sections in T3-4S, R2-3E, Black Hill Meridian. Approximately miles west of Custer South Dakota.
Redbird STA
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convey portion of road crossing private parcels for a witches lane that is not needed for public acess.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T3S R1E S1/2 Section 9. Redbird Canyon, including FSR 376.
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Black Hills National Forest,   Mystic 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
Alexander FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/12/2010 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grant a FLPMA Private Road Easement to Alexander.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. NE 14 of Section 2, T2S, R3E, BHM.
Black Hills Electric Cooperative (BHEC) - 2720
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/31/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Dave Slepnikoff
605-343-1567
dslepnikoff@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a new overhead 69Kv transmission line
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30776
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. Sections 18, 19 &31, T1S, R7E, BHM. Sections 24, 25 & 36, T1S, R6E, BHM. Sections 5 & 6, T2S, R7E, BHM.
Calumet Project Area
EIS
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 10/22/2012  12/2012 Louie Conroy
605-343-1567
lmconroy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project Planning Analysis - Vegetative management to address insect (mountain pine beetle) epidemic and fuels hazard concerns, precribed fire/burning. HFRA
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37038
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. NFS lands around Sheridan Lake. Located approximately 2 mi north of Keystone,, 4 mi northeast of Hill City, and 6 mi southwest of Rapid City, SD. Rockerville, SD lies on the southeast project boundary.
Canyon City #4 Placer Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project involves using a 4-inch gasoline powered suction dredge to mine the gravels in a placer claim along Rapid Creek. Materials will be vaccumed from the stream bed by the dredge; processed and then returned to the stream bed.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1N, R4E, NE 1/4, NE 1/4, Section 2. The proposed mining operation is located along the Deerfield Trail approx. 1.7 miles west-southwest of Silver City.
Castle Creek Aquatic Habitat Structure Maintenance & Pool Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Louie Conroy
605-716-1872
lmconroy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintenance of approximately 14 fish habitat structures in the Castle Creek Walk-In Fishery. Existing downed logs on adjacent hillsides will be anchored to existing wooden posts that are embedded in the stream bottom.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1N, R3E, Section 16 & 20. Castle Creek Walk-In Fishery located on the northside of Deerfield Dam. Approximately 2 miles along FSR 371.
Copper Mountain Ranch LLC FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/22/2009 
Expected:03/2013
 
04/2013 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: The private landowners of the Copper Mountain Ranch LLC have requested a FLPMA Private Road Easement to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - National Forest System lands in Sect 36. T1S, R3C, Sect 36 (N1/2 SE1/4 NW 1/4) BHM, Pennington County, SD.
Crown Point Road District FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/08/2011 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grant a FLPMA Private Road Easement to Crown Point Road District (Brendan P. Casey).
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. Sections 31 and 32, T1S, R6E, BHM.
Gateway to Hill City (Reder Administrative Sale)
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/24/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Dave Slepnikoff
605-343-1567
dslepnikoff@fs.fed.us 
Description: FS proposes to sell 83 acres on NFS lands (either collectively or by individual lots) inside the city limits of Hill City, SD
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1S, R5E, Lot 26 Sec 30; Lot 7 Sec 29; Lot 6 Sec 29; Lot 5 Sec 29; Lot 13 Sec 19; Lot 13 Sec 20. South and North of Hwy 16 between Hill City and east of China Gulch Road.
Min Sec Frac Sand
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: To remove sandstone bearing rock from the National Forest that is used in the gas and oil industry.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - SW1/4 SE1/4 Section 32, Township 2 North, Range 6 East. Project location is approximately 7 miles Northwest of Rapid City.
Pactola Work Center (Administrative Sale)
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/24/2007 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Dave Slepnikoff
605-343-1567
dslepnikoff@fs.fed.us 
Description: The FS proposes to sell 20 acres (of the 100 acres) of the Pactola Administrative Work Center site.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N, R5E, Sect 26 E1/2 SE 1/4 SE 1/4. Approx. 12 miles west of Rapid City, SD via highway 44.
Reynolds FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/08/2011 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grant a FLPMA Private Road Easement to Leonard and Margaret Reynolds.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Section 36, T2N, R2E, BHM.
Robbins FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/12/2010 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grant a FLPMA Private Road Easement to William and Margaret Robbins
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. N 1/2 SW 1/4 of Section 29, T1S, R5E, BHM.
Sears Recreation Residence Lot Improvements Proposal (Beverly J. Sears Trust)
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 Amy Ballard
605-343-1567
aballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Demolish existing cabin and small out building. Build new cabin, increasing sq. footage to 960 sq. ft., plus an additional 640 sq. ft. porch. Add well, water lines, septic tank, bury electric line, and replace/move existing fence.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N R5E Section 31. Silver City, SD.
Silver Mica Mine
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  05/2013 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mining an exposure of mica schist for landscape stone.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2S, R4E, SW 1/4, Section 8. The proposed mining operation is approximately 5.75 miles southwest of Hill City, SD.
Spring Creek Dams Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A David Plummer
605-642-4622
dgplummer@fs.fed.us 
Description: USFS, in partnership with the SD Dept. Game, Fish & Parks proposes to make improvements to The Major & Mitchell Dams to meet federal dam safety requirements & improve the aquatic ecosystem by dredging silt that has been deopositied into these lakes.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1S, R5E, Sec 28, 29; T1S, R5E, Sec 30. Mitchell Dam/Lake two miles east of Hill City along Hwy 16/385; Major is located within the community of Hill City, SD.
Spring Creek Floodplain Restoration Near Oreville
CE
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Leslie Gonyer
605-716-1884
lgonyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will remove an old road fill across the floodplain to re-establish flood flows across the blocked floodplain.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2S R4E Section 14 SWNW. The site is located just West of US Highway 16/385 and the Mickleson Trail. The site is just North of the old Oreville Mill Site.
Two Dogz Fighting Mining Proposal
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to mine for gold.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - NE 1/4 of Section 07, T1N R4E, Pennington County, SD. Approximately 8 miles northwest of Hill City, SD on Castle Creek.
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Black Hills National Forest,   Northern Hills 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
2013 Motorcycle Trail Reroutes and Connections
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  06/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a single track trail to connect Motorcycle Trails 8551 and 8575. Reroute of a segment of Motorcycle Trail 8501 to address resource concerns. The reroute would require construction of about 0.5 miles of new trail.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. Four miles southwest of Nemo, SD.
Andy's Trail Rides Outfitter/Guide Permit Amendment (Rushnomore Addition)
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/03/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment of an existing outfitter/guide permit to allow guided horseback riding in an additional location on National Forest System lands.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Meade. LEGAL - T4N, R5E, Sections 1 and 2. Near the Rushnomore Campground just outside of Sturgis, South Dakota.
Centennial Trail By-Pass
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  06/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establishment of additional segments of motorized trail in close proximity to the motorized portion of the Centennial Trail to allow recreationists to bypass a segment of motorized trail that is challenging and requires a high degree of skill.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. Three miles southwest of Nemo, SD.
Dangel Coach and Trail Outfitter/Guide Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/16/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of an existing outfitter/guide permit to continue to allow guided horseback and coach rides on National Forest System lands.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T3N, R5E, Sections 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, and 28. Near Nemo, South Dakota.
Eddy Reciprocal Access Easement
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/15/2012  01/2013 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide an access easement across National Forest System lands to Helene Eddy in exchange for reciprocal access to the NFS across the Eddy property.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Northeast 1/4 of Section 35 & Northwest 1/4 of Section 36, T4N, R3E, Black Hills Meridian. About three miles north of Deadwood, SD.
Hide Away OHV Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/14/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Addition of a segment of OHV trail to the Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Map. The trail would be less than 1 mile long and open seasonally during the summer to vehicles less than 62 inches wide. The route already exists and is used as a snowmobile trail.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T4N, R4E, Section 19. A short segment of an unclassified road along Highway 385 south of Deadwood, SD. This segment is located on Snowmobile Trail #7.
Joel Cannon Access Easement Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/03/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
05/2013 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization of a 30 year private road easement to a landowner for access to a parcel of land surrounded by National Forest System Lands.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31830
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade. LEGAL - T3N, R5E, Section 24/ T3N, R6E, Sections 19, 29, 30 & 32; and T2N, R5E, Sections 4 & 5. About two miles southeast of Nemo, SD.
Kelley FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/16/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a 30-year easement to a land owner for legal access to private property. The easement would be for use of an existing non-system road approximately 0.25 long. Road work is included to bring the road up to standard.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T2N, R5E, Section 10. Three miles south of Nemo, South Dakota near Forest Service Road 201.
Lawrence County FRTA Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/03/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a 30-year road easement to Lawrence County to secure access to several private properties under the provisions of the Forest Roads and Trails Act.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N, R2E, Sections 27, 34, and 35. Two Johns Road approximately 4 miles west of Lead, South Dakota.
Malsam/BHP Road and Utility Access
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/15/2012  01/2013 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance/modification of special use permits to allow road and utility access to private property surrounded by National Forest System (NFS) lands. Road will cross 1/3 mile of NFS land, and power line will cross 1/4 mile of NFS land.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N R2E SEC 33. Twelve air miles south of Spearfish, South Dakota in Mineral Survey 1691.
Nelson FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/03/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
05/2013 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a 30-year private road easement to allow a land owner legal access to his property. The easement would be along an existing unclassified road, and in return the Forest Service would be provided legal access across the private property.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Meade. LEGAL - T3N, R6E, Section 32. Approximately one mile southwest of Piedmont, South Dakota.
Sota Trails Connection
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 10/16/2012  02/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Addition of three segments of trail to the public motorized transportation system to link together existing trails. Routes are in areas where motorized use occurred in the past and trails are evident. Rehabilitation to address past uses is included.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Pennington. LEGAL - T2N, R4E, Sections 16 and 17; T3N, R4E, Sections 8 and 9; Lawrence and Pennington Counties. Approximately 2.5 miles ENE of Rochford, SD.
Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Recreation management
- Land ownership management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Haas
231-745-4631 x 3131
sehaas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Recommendation to the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw from mineral entry the Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground to protect recreational opportunities and capital investments.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. The Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground adjacent to Nemo Road.
Tatanka 100 Mountain Bike Race Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  06/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a 5-year special use permit to conduct a 100 mile bike race on National Forest System lands, including the Centennial and Deerfield Trails and forest roads. The race will generally be held in June and involves about 100 participants.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade, Pennington. The race route begins and ends in Sturgis, SD and is along the Centennial, Deerfield, and Mickelson Trails and Forest Service Roads.
Trollope Plan of Operations for the Fat Cat Claim
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  06/2013 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Assessment of a mining Plan of Operations for short-term mineral exploration on a 79-acre claim using hand tools, an existing well, and a camper trailer.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. Three miles southwest of Boulder Park and three miles northeast of Galena.
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