Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Nebraska 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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Projects Occurring Nationwide
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Nebraska National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Nebraska National Forest,  Bessey Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Nebraska National Forest,  Fall River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Nebraska National Forest,  Fort Pierre Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Nebraska National Forest,  Pine Ridge Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Nebraska National Forest,  Wall 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)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
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.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 David Loomis
303-275-5008
dloomis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, Dawes, Daggett, Uintah. Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska.
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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Loveland Ski Area Twist Run Snowmaking Line Addition
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Deb Ekstrand
303-567-3024
dekstrand@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to approve installation of 1900' of new snow making line on Twist Run.
Location: UNIT - R2 - Rocky Mt. Region All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Clear Creek. LEGAL - T4S, 76W, Section 28. Loveland Ski Area.
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Nebraska 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
Buffalo Gap (West Geographic Area) and Oglala National Grasslands Grazing RAMP
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/11/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
01/2013 Robert Novotny
605-745-4107
rnovotny@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze the grazing allotments on the Oglala NG and Buffalo Gap NG (West GA) to determine the difference between existing conditions and desired conditions, and make adjustments to implement the new Forest Plan direction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5526
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District, Fall River Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska, South Dakota. COUNTY - Dawes, Sioux, Fall River. All allotments on the Oglala National Grassland in Dawes and Sioux Counties, Nebraska and all allotments in the West Geographic Area of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland in Fall River County, SD.
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Nebraska National Forest,   Bessey 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
Bessey Complex Drainage, Warehouse, Greenhouse Construction
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/29/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Ronald Schlader
308-533-2257
rschlader@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of the following facilities: warehouse building, new road intersection at the Road 86B Spur for new shop access, new cooler/concrete slabs near the nursery packing shed, drainage catchment in the recreaton complex and four new greenhouse
Location: UNIT - Bessey Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Thomas. LEGAL - N1/2 of the SE 1/4, Section 2; T22N; R26W; P.M.BH. Bessey Ranger District and Bessey Nursery Administrative Complex.
McKelvie Rehabilitationadn Decommissioning
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:07/2012  10/2012 Ronald Schlader
406-822-3915
rschlader@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decomissioning the residence, carpenter shop,oil storage, flammable storage, radio and horse barn buildings and rehabilitating the office, metal storage shed and shop storage shed at the the Samuel R. McKelvie N.F. Administrative Site
Location: UNIT - Bessey Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Cherry. LEGAL - NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 1; T31N; R33W; P.M.BH. Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest of the Bessey Ranger District.
Nebraska 4-H Foundation Charity Trail Ride Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:02/2012  02/2012 Ronald Schlader
406-822-3915
rschlader@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal request of a special use authorization for the Nebraska 4-H Foundation to conduct their yearly, overnight horseback event to raise money for the foundation's camp and activities. Overnight stays are at the Windmill 25 pasture.
Location: UNIT - Bessey Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Thomas. LEGAL - Sections 14-17: 20-23; 26-29: 32-36: T22N: R26W: P.M.BH. Bessey Ranger District-Strip, Coyote, Porcupine, Bovee, Camp4 grazing allotments.
Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest Range Allotment Management Plan
EIS
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/17/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
06/2013 Timothy Griffin
308-533-2257
tgriffin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Determine the difference between existing and desired conditions on all grazing allotments on the SR McKelvie NF and implement grazing strategies to move toward desired conditions as outlined in the Forest Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=16111
Location: UNIT - Bessey Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Cherry. All of the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest, approximately 40 miles southwest of Valentine, NE.
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Nebraska National Forest,   Fall River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Monitoring Wells SUP, Wyoming Refining Company
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011  10/2011 Robert Novotny
605-745-4107
rnovotny@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hermes Consolidated, Inc. dba Wyoming Refining Company has a permit for monitoring wells to monitor a spill that occurred on adjoining private land. Hermes Consolidated has been converted to an LLC requiring a new permit.
Location: UNIT - Fall River Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. LEGAL - SW1/4, Sec. 6, T 9 S, R 1 E, BHM. Approximately 11 miles west of Edgemont, SD.
SD Army National Guard Training Sites (2010-2015)
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Michael Erk
605-745-4107
merk@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit authorizing SD Army National Guard to use Buffalo Gap National Grassland as a training site
Location: UNIT - Fall River Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Pennington. LEGAL - T 2 S, Range 11 E, BHM Section 19; T 3 S, R 12 E, BHM, Sections 8, 17 and 18; T 4 S, R 10 E, Sections 19 and 20. Railroad Buttes and Red Shirt areas.
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Nebraska National Forest,   Fort Pierre 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
Richland Reservoir Ramp and Fishing Improvements
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Ruben Mares
605-224-5517
rmares@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would create three accessible shoreline fishing pods, a boat dock for small watercraft, a parking area, paths for accessing the fishing pods, an interpretive sign explaining the history of the area and a message board for public notices.
Location: UNIT - Fort Pierre Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Jones. LEGAL - T 2N R 31E NE 1/4 of Section 8. The project area is in Jones County, 13 miles south of Ft. Pierre, SD.
Southwest Fence Relocation and Waterline Project
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/15/2009 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Ruben Leal
605-224-5517
rleal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install 3.6 miles of water pipeline with 5 stock tanks, move one existing fence from Lower Booth Dam north of FSR 227 and convert an electric fence to barbwire in the Camp Flat Allotmen all in the southwest corner of the Fort Piere National Grassland
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=7009
Location: UNIT - Fort Pierre Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Jones, Lyman. LEGAL - T106N R79W Sections 6,7,8; T107N R79W Sections 28,31, 33; T1N R31E Sections 22, 27, 34. Southwest corner of the Fort Pierre National Grassland, approximately eight miles northwest of Vivian, SD and 24 miles south of Fort Pierre, SD. Located on FS Road 227.
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Nebraska National Forest,   Pine Ridge 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
2012 Eagle Eye Mountain Pine Beetle Mitigation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Roger Keepers
308-432-4475
rkeepers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cutting trees infested by mountain pine beetles in the Eagle Eye area of the Pine Ridge Ranger District, Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands in order to reduce beetle emergence in the future.
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Sioux. LEGAL - T. 33N, R.53 W. Secs: 30, 31; T.33N, R54 W, Secs: 24, 25. Eagle Eye area of the Pine Ridge Ranger District. Northwest of Crawford, NE.
Hudson-Meng Water System
EA
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/17/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Leslie Stewart-Phelps
308-432-0388
lstewartphelps@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drilling of a new replacement well
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35329
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Sioux. Project is within the Hudson-Meng Special Interest Area, Oglala National Grasslands, Sioux County Nebraska.
Sand Creek Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/12/2010 
Expected:11/2012
 
09/2011 Cindy Hockelberg
970-884-1418
chockelberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes a land exchange of approximately 760 acres of national grassland located in Sioux County for 800 acres of land in Sioux and Dawes County owned by Walter Whitcher of Buffalo Gap National Grassland.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32574
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Dawes, Sioux. LEGAL - NonFed -T33N, R52W, Sec 33,;T33N, R53W,Secs 21,22,27,28. Fed land T32N, R53W, Sec 2,11,14 and T33N, R52W, Sec 31. Ogalal National Grassland - Sioux and Dawes County.
Strong Canyon Restoration Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/09/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
07/2011 Diana McGinn
308-432-0385
dmcginn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cut and remove or pile a portion of fire-killed trees to reduce long-term fuel buildup and prepare area for followup tree planting. Cut dead hazard trees that are expected to fall on trails, fences, and roads.
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Dawes. LEGAL - T 32 N, R 48 W, Sec. 30 and 31, 6th P.M. Strong Canyon area on the Pine Ridge Ranger District.
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Nebraska National Forest,   Wall 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
Crooked Creek Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/28/2011  09/2011 Randall Griebel
605-279-2125 ext. 217
rgriebel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct prescribed burn in wildlife exclosure for habitat enhancement.
Location: UNIT - Wall Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1S, R16E, Sec 15, East Half. 3.5 miles SE of Wall, SD.
East 83 Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Ruben Leal
605-224-5517
rleal@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes burning approximately 25,000 acres of the Fort Pierre National Grassland over the next 10 years with the goal of improving wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Wall Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Jones, Lyman, Stanley. Located east of Hwy 83.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.