Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2014 to 03/31/2014
Black Hills 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, 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/27/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2014 
Expected:08/2014
 
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.
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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
Surprise, Ubolt, and Cheerios Rock Crawling Routes
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
04/2014 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/24/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
07/2015 Elizabeth Krueger
307-283-1361
ekrueger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintenance activities at the recreation facility to enhance long-term functionality of the Cook Lake dam and increase public safety at the facility and in downstream areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41597
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.
Crook County FRTA Easements
EA
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 06/2014 
Expected:12/2014  02/2015 Steve Kozel
307-283-1361
skozel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of permit authorizing County jurisdiction over and maintenance of certain roads on National Forest System lands under the Forest Roads and Trails Act.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations across Bearlodge Ranger District.
RER Mineral Development Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 02/2014 
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.
Reuter Motorized Trail
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 07/2014 
Expected:12/2015  06/2016 Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of approximately 6 miles of motorized trail from Reuter Trailhead to NFSR 838.2D to provide system connectivity.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Three miles northwest 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
Byway Lakes Enhancement Project
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 10/28/2013  11/2013 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.
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
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 10/18/2013  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.
Deadwood-Agnew Mine Reclamation Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/28/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
03/2014 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: The area to be reclaimed is approximately 4.4 acres. The mines open pit will be filled with a mica reclamation product that is produced at Pacer Corp. Once the pit is filled topsoil will be applied and the area will be seeded.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T3S, R5E, SE 1/4, Section 20. The project is located approximately 1.5 miles west of Custer, SD and 0.2 miles south of US Hwy 16A.
Deer Valley
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 12/19/2013 
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.
Elk Mountain Reforestation CE
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/29/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2014 
Expected:12/2014
 
04/2015 Nancy Bayne
307-746-2782 x3868
nbayne@fs.fed.us 
Description: To provide ponderosa pine regeneration in areas where high fire intensities left vast areas deforested with no available natural seed source for regeneration.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43364
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T4S, R1E, Sec. 5, 6, 7, 8, 18. T43N, R60W, Sec. 9, 10, 15, 22. T4S R1E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, & 18. T43N R60W Sec 9, 10, 15, & 22. The Elk Mountain area.
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.
Green Valley 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 two-inch gasoline powered suction dredge to mine the gravels in a placer claim along Lower French Creek. The claimant also proposes to use a gasoline powered highbanker for ore processing.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T4S, R5E,SE1/4, Section 3, Pennington County, South Dakota. The proposed mining operation is located on FSR 341 (French Creek Rd) 5.6 miles southwest of Custer, SD.
Iowa Moonwort Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Wendy Steuerwald
605-673-4853
wsteuerwald@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  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 09/30/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2014 
Expected:03/2014
 
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.
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
02/2014 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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/17/2013  12/2013 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.
Well Pole Creek Road Obliteration and Crossing Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2014 
Expected:02/2014
 
08/2014 Leslie Gonyer
605-716-1884
lgonyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: To restore stream and wetland areas adjacent to Well Pole Creek which have been impacted by non-system roads adjacent to and across the creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43361
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Section 13, T4S, R4E. Custer County, South Dakota, Sec. 13, T4S, R4E.
Wolf Track Improvement District FLPMA Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/11/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
02/2014 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:03/2014
 
04/2014 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.
Canyon City #4 Placer Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  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:03/2014
 
04/2014 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:03/2014
 
04/2014 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.
Holy Terror Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/22/2013 
Expected:05/2014
 
07/2014 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.
Pactola Work Center (Administrative Sale)
CE
- Land ownership management  Completed  Actual: 12/06/2013  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19537
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:04/2014
 
05/2014 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:04/2014
 
06/2014 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.
Slate Creek Quarry
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2014 
Expected:05/2014  07/2014 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project is a slate quarry. Between 500-1000 tons of slate will be removed from the quarry annually. Standard drilling and blasting techniques will be used to remove the slate. It will be trucked to an off Forest location for processing.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T1N, R4E, SW 1/4, Section 15. Approximately 7 miles north-northwest of Hill City, South Dakota.
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
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2014 
Expected:06/2014  08/2014 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.
Black Hills Nordic Ski Club Permit Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/05/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
04/2014 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a new special use permit for a new 5-year term to allow the Black Hills Nordic Ski Club to continue to groom the Big Hill Trail system for cross-country skiing and to hold its annual cross-country ski race.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N, R2E, Section 05, Black Hills Meridian. The Big Hill Trail system off of Tinton Road (NFSR 134).
Kelley FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/16/2012 
Expected:04/2014
 
04/2014 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
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/24/2013  11/2013 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:04/2014
 
04/2014 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.
Pettigrew Allotment Well Development
CE
- Grazing management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Tom Smith
605-642-4622
tsmith01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of a well outside of Pettigrew Gulch intended to provide a water source for livestock outside of riparian habitat.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N, R1E, Sections 26 and 35. In the Red Lake Pasture of the Pettigrew Allotment.
Rochford Road Meadow Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/30/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
04/2014 Valerie Carlson
605-642-4622
vcarlson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of hand tools to remove small diameter pine from an historic meadow to prevent conversion of the meadow to a pine stand and improve scenic quality along a road corridor. Material will be piled and either burned or chipped on site.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T4N, R3E, Sections 30 & 31, Black Hills Meridian. Along Rochford Road near the Lead Country Club south of Lead, SD.
Schwiesow FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/27/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
04/2014 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.
Virkula Forest Management Project
EIS
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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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