Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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 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)

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
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
06/2013 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/20/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
04/2013 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 Ranger District's Travel Managment Plan Review
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:08/2013  02/2014 Stephani Rust
308-432-0324
sdrust@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of the effects of authorizing motorized travel on selected, existing user created routes on the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest and the Bessey Division of the Nebraska National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Bessey Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Blaine, Cherry, Thomas. Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest and Bessey Division of the Nebraska National Forest.
McKelvie Rehabilitation and Decommissioning
EA
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Timothy Buskirk
308-533-2257
tbuskirk@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.
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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
Duck/Hat Creek Stream Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Robert Novotny
605-745-4107
rnovotny@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal and decking of dead cottonwoods along Duck Creek which present a safety and downstream property damage threat.
Location: UNIT - Fall River Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. LEGAL - NW1/4, Section 28, T 11 S, R 4 E, BHM. Approximately 3 miles north of Ardmore, SD along Highway 71.
Rittberger Stockwater Pipeline Special Use Permit Modification
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:05/2013  09/2013 Robert Novotny
605-745-4107
rnovotny@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes to modify the current Fred Rittberger & Sons Pipeline Special Use Permit extending the existing private pipeline approximately 4600 ft from private land across approximately 1700 ft of federal land to access private land.
Location: UNIT - Fall River Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - SW1/4SW1/4, Section 19, T 5 S, R 9 E, BHM. Approximately 8 miles southeast straight line distance of the town of Fairburn, SD.
SD Army National Guard Training Sites (2010-2015)
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/14/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
05/2013 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
East 83 Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 - Fort Pierre Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Jones, Lyman, Stanley. Located east of Hwy 83.
FPNG Special Use Road Permits Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:07/2013  07/2013 Ruben Mares
605-224-5517
jbrey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands, Fort Pierre Ranger District, proposes to issue special use permits on four existing two-track, dirt roads to three private landowners who are land locked by Forest System lands.
Location: UNIT - Fort Pierre Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Jones, Lyman, Stanley. LEGAL - T 109N R 78W NE of Section 29; T 2N R 31E NW of Section 31; T 2N R 31E NW of Section 30; T 3N R 31E NE of Section 17. Project is located on the Fort Pierre National Grassland south of Fort Pierre, SD and north of I-90. Proposed roads are scattered across the grassland at the legals listed below.
Southwest Fence Relocation and Waterline Project
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/15/2009 
Expected:03/2013
 
04/2013 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
Clark Estate FLPMA Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/27/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 Cindy Hockelberg
605-673-9238
chockelberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed access easement on an existing road that crosses National Forest System lands to provide access to applicants private land.
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Dawes. LEGAL - Township 31 North, Range 49 West, S1/2NW1/4 6th P.M. Access begins from Dead Horse County Road just past forest boundary on Pine Ridge Ranger District.
Roberts Tract Reforestation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  03/2014 John Lee
308-432-0384
johnklee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to reforest the Roberts Tract area of the Pine Ridge Ranger District with ponderosa pine seedlings. This area was hit with two large fires in the past which have changed the landscape from forest to grassland.
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Dawes. LEGAL - T. 31N; R. 50W; Sections 11 & 12. Roberts Tract Area of the Pine Ridge Ranger District.
Roundtop Reforestation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  03/2014 John Lee
308-432-0384
johnklee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ther purpose of this project is to reforest the roundtop/eagle eye rock area of the Oglala National Grassland with pine seedlings. This area burned during the 2012 Douthit wildfire.
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Sioux. LEGAL - T. 33N; R. 53 W Sections 19, 20, 30, 31, & 32. This is the Roundtop/Eagle Eye Rock area of the Oglala National Grassland.
Sand Creek Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/12/2010 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 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.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.