Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
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, Nebraska National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
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 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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.
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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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Nebraska 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
Cain Creek Land Exchange
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
04/2013 Cindy Hockelberg
605-673-9238
chockelberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposed land exchange between The Nature Conservancy, a Not for Profit Corporation and the Forest Service. The primary purpose of the Cain Creek Land Exchange exchange is to consolidate land ownership where private and National Forest System (NFS
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39610
Location: UNIT - Nebraska National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. The Federal parcels proposed for exchange are located across the Buffalo Gap National Grassland from the Towns of Hots Springs to Kadoka. All legal descriptions reference the Black Hills Meridian and.
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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
McKelvie Rehabilitation and Decommissioning
EA
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:07/2013  10/2013 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
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:09/2012  10/2012 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
SD Army National Guard Training Sites (2010-2015)
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/14/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
10/2012 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 Documents available for comment can be found at http://sdguard.ngb.army.mil/pages/pao.aspx
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 11 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
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
Sand Creek Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/12/2010 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 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.
Squaw Ridge Allotment Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 02/08/2012  03/2012 Clint Phillips
308-432-0300
cjphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization to utilize two track road for access to private land and existing gravel pits.
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Sioux. LEGAL - T34N; R2E; Sec 19; NE 1/4. Pasture 11S in the Oglala National Grassland.
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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
East 83 Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:04/2013  05/2013 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.