Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
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) :
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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)

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 
Expected:06/2014
 
09/2014 Dave Slepnikoff
605-343-1567
dslepnikoff@fs.fed.us 
Description: TECKLA-OSAGE-LANGE 230Kv Transmission line
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. On the Black Hills NF, running approximately from the SD/WY border to Pactola substation to Lange substation NW of Rapid City, SD.
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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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
Gold Rush Gravel Grinder Bike Race Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 04/12/2013  05/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment of an existing special use permit issued to the Ridge Riders to allow the group to annually conduct a 100 mile and 70 mile bicycle race on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41203
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Lawrence, Crook. Existing roads on the Bearlodge and Northern Hills Ranger Districts.
Surprise, Ubolt, and Cheerios Rock Crawling Routes
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
10/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Addition of three segments of motorized rock crawling trail to the Motor Vehicle Use Map. The total length of the three trails is approximately 1.5 miles. Rock crawling routes are intended to provide challenge to the motorized user.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Pennington. LEGAL - T5N, R4E, Sections 25 and 26. T2N, R5E, Section 15. Near Trail 8042 on the Northern Hills District and Trail 8026 on the Mystic District.
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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.
Cook Lake Recreation Facility Maintenance
CE
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:12/2013  08/2014 David Plummer
605-642-4622
dgplummer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove service spillway, remove & replace outlet pipe & valve, repair embankment, construct overflow apron spillway.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T. 53 N., R. 63 W., section 10, 6th P.M. Cook Lake, Bear Lodge Mountains, Crook County, Wyoming.
Ellsbury ROW
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 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:07/2013
 
08/2013 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 10/2013 
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.
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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
Byway Lakes Enhancement Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/12/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
09/2013 David Pickford
605-673-4853
dpickford@fs.fed.us 
Description: A project to remove lake sediments from Horsethief, Lakota, and Bismarck Lakes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38139
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 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26623
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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.
Custer County Hazard Tree Removal Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2013 Patricia Hudson
605-673-4853
phudson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cutting and removal of dead, dying and beetle infested trees along Custer County roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42392
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Custer County, SD.
Deer Valley
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/17/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 09/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
06/2014 Cindy Hockelberg
970-884-1418
chockelberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to sell lands associated with the Deer Valley Administrative Site located adjacent to Custer SD. Four surveyed lots and associated facilities - no longer necessary or economically viable - will be sold through a competitive process by GSA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=17547
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  Completed  Actual: 10/11/2012  06/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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).
Iowa Moonwort Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 02/04/2011 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 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
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:01/2014  04/2014 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@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.
MAFFS 7 Interpretive Site
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/22/2013  06/2013 Wendy Steuerwald
605-673-4853
wsteuerwald@fs.fed.us 
Description: To construct an interpretive site near the location of the ignition of the White Draw Fire along US Highway 18 north of Edgemont, SD.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41435
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. LEGAL - T8S, R3E, Sec. 3, NW in Fall River County, South Dakota. Along US Highway 18 north of Edgemont, South Dakota near the ignition site of the White Draw Fire.
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.
Rocky Homeowners' Association Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us 
Description: FLPMA Private Road Easement to memebers of the Rocky Homeowners' Association
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41964
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Section 9, Township 3 South, Range 5 East. America Center Road to Rocky Road.
Rushmore Resort & Campground FLPMA Forest Road Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/31/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 Meagan Buehler
605-673-4853
mkbuehler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide access to private property on NFSR 363.1A. Authorize maintenance, reconstruction and snow plowing to holder of the special use permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42165
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Section 16, Township 2 South, Range 6 East, BHM, Pennington County, South Dakota. Keystone area, Greyhound Gulch and NFSR 363.1A.
Tip Top Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 05/03/2013  08/2013 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will mine valuable mineral specimens frrom waste dump. The proposal is to use a backhoe or a small dozer to make shallow excavations in the waste dump. The maximum depth of excavation is 6 ft. The excavations will be 3 to 12 ft wide.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41129
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T4S, R4E, NE 1/4, SW 1/4, Section 8, Custer Cty., SD. The project is located approximately 5 miles southwest of Custer, SD.
Virginia Mine Proposal Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/12/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposal is for the expansion of the mine by an additional 1.8 acres. In addition, there will be a new access route constructed to the proposed expansion. The access route & mine expansion will be in an area that was previously mined.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T5S, R5E, SW 1/4, Section 7. The mine is approximately 10 miles south of Custer, SD and 1.5 miles east off of US Highway 385.
White Elephant Mining Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 06/10/2013  08/2013 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment to existing Plan of Operations. Amendment involves constructing an alternate mine access for the purpose of ore loading. Ore loading area and access road will add an additional 0.75 acres of disturbed area to mining operation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42003
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T4S, R4E, SE 1/4, Section 36. The mine site is located approximately 8 miles south of Custer, SD off of US Hwy 385.
Wolf Track Improvement District FLPMA Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/11/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us 
Description: FLPMA Private road easement issued to the Wolf Track Improvement District
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41969
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. Carroll Creek Road to Elenbecker Road-Carroll Creek Ranch HES 360.
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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:12/2013
 
01/2014 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:07/2013
 
09/2013 Dave Slepnikoff
605-343-1567
dslepnikoff@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a new overhead 69Kv transmission line
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Canyon City #4 Placer Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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:08/2013
 
09/2013 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:08/2013
 
09/2013 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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/18/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19539
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.
Holy Terror Exploration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: There will be 30 drill sites placed for the purpose of exploration with each drill site being approximately 40 ft X 40 ft. The drill sites will be located on existing trails. Drilling will be accomplished using a track mounted core type drill rig.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T2S, R4E, Section 5. The drill sites will be located approximately 1 mile northwest of Keystone, SD.
Min Sec Frac Sand
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  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:12/2013
 
01/2014 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.
Sears Recreation Residence Lot Improvements Proposal (Beverly J. Sears Trust)
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/18/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 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.
Tomaha Ridge Sanitary District PAH537
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install well water lines, electrical service and access road. Water supplied from well will be stored and made available to members of the Tomaha Ridge Sanitary District. Anticipate Special Use Permit to be issued for these activites.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1N, R6E, Section 16, BHM. South of Hisega, SD.
Two Dogz Fighting Mining Proposal
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Centennial Trail By-Pass
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/20/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
10/2013 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.
Dakota 50 Bike Race Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
12/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a new special use permit to conduct a 50-mile bike race on National Forest System lands. The proponent has a permit that will expire in December 2013, and the porposal is to issue a new permit to allow the same use for a new term.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. Outside of Spearfish, South Dakota near Tinton Road (NFSR 134).
Joel Cannon Access Easement Project
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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:07/2013
 
10/2013 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.
Minne Trail Additions
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of about 1 mile of new motorized trail and closure of about 1 mile of non-sustainable motorized trail.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N, R4E, Sections 17, 20 & 21 (Black Hills Meridian). Approximately 4 miles east of Rochford, South Dakota in Minnesota Gulch.
Nelson FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/03/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
10/2013 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.
Schwiesow FLPMA Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013  12/2013 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of an easement to a private land owner to construct, use, and maintain a new 0.25 mile route across National Forest System lands and to improve, use, and maintain an existing 1 mile route to secure legal access to the land owner's property.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Meade. LEGAL - T3N, R6E, Sections 32 and 33; T2N, R6E, Sections 4 and 5 (Black Hills Meridian). About 4 miles south of Piedmont, South Dakota and 4 miles east of Nemo, South Dakota.
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
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 05/07/2013  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40839
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
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
Virkula Forest Management Project
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 07/2013 
Expected:06/2014  07/2014 Christopher Stores
605-642-4622
cstores@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation treatments designed to reduce fire hazard and insect risk ratings and improve habitat for wildlife on about 23,500 acres of National Forest System land. The proposal may also address motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade. LEGAL - Not Applicable. About 5 miles south of Sturgis, South Dakota and immediately west of Piedmont, South Dakota.
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