Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Bridger-Teton 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)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Bridger-Teton National Forest,  Big Piney Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Bridger-Teton National Forest,  Buffalo Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Bridger-Teton National Forest,  Greys River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Bridger-Teton National Forest,  Jackson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Bridger-Teton National Forest,  Kemmerer Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Bridger-Teton National Forest,  Pinedale Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
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
Expansion of Broadband Access to Under-Served Users
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:02/2011  06/2011 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Burial of approximately 35 miles of two 1.25inch conduits containing fiber optic broadband cable via plowing technique. Route will primarily be within existing road right-of-ways and utility right-of-ways.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District, Teton Basin Ranger District, Wind River Ranger District, Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton, Fremont. Teton Pass via Old Pass Road, BPA ROW roads, & within Highway 22 ROW; Within Highway 26/287 ROW from Moran to Wind River Lake, FS Roads 30060 & 30040.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest,   Big Piney Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Middle Piney Lake Riparian Habitat and Road Access Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Kurt Davis
307-276-5800
kjdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of approximately the last mile of FS Road 10024 (Middle Piney Lake Rd.) out of the riparian area to a location just east of Middle Piney Ck. Plan to relocate the road has been dropped; the current plan is to repair the existing road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32257
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. LEGAL - T30N R114W, Sec 4, 5, and 8. Last mile of Middle Piney lake Road,.
Oil and Gas Leasing Decision on 44,720 Acres -- Supplemental Analysis
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/05/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Melissa Blackwell
801-625-5777
mblackwell@fs.fed.us 
Description: An appeal of BLM leasing on 44,720 acres of FS System Land on the BTNF resulted in a remand requiring an update of the NEPA anaysis relied upon to support that leasing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24734
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. Big Piney Ranger District various locations.
Piney Creeks Vegetation Treatments
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 02/04/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
07/2013 Chad Hayward
307-276-5817
chayward@fs.fed.us 
Description: A variety of vegetation management treatments in the Piney Creek drainages over the next five to seven years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31164
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. Piney Creeks watershed approximately 25 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming.
Plains Exploration Field Development
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/10/2007
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Kurt Davis
307-276-5810
kjdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: The original proposal was for exploratory wells, and that DEIS was released in March 2007. A new Notice of Intent, published 12/10/2007, revised the proposal to a master plan for field development. The new DEIS is expected in November 2010.
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. Noble Basin, 7 miles southeast of Bondurant, WY.
Sherman Cattle and Horse Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/05/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
07/2011 Chad Hayward
307-276-5817
chayward@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of livestock grazing on approximately 17,370 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31162
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. In the vicinity of Beaver Creek, just west of Merna, Wyoming.
True Oil Master Development Plan
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 02/2011 
Expected:04/2013  07/2013 Joshua Sorenson
307-877-4415
jsorenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: A master development plan for the existing True Oil field
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. West of Big Piney, Wyoming.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest,   Buffalo Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Grouse Mountain Area Vegetation Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/21/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
06/2012 Karl Buermeyer
307-543-3909
kbuermeyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of competing trees an/or prescribed fire to enhance whitebark pine survival and regeneration on 400 acres within the upper Spread Creek drainage.
Location: UNIT - Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T43N, R112W, sec 2,3,4,10,11,13, 14,15. In the vicinity of Grouse Mountain in the upper Spread Creek Drainage. Access is on Forest road 30100.
Outfitter-Guide SUP Re-Authorization With Site Change
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/19/2009 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Richard Taylor
307-543-3911
rmtaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Retire Teton Wilderness Fall Hunting Assigned Site #100 near Moss Lake, and replace with a Non-Wilderness Site near the closed gate on the north Fork of Spread Ck. -- exact location to be determined.
Location: UNIT - Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. Moss Lake; North fork of Spread Ck.
Spread Creek Water Diversion Structure Reconstruction
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 08/04/2010  09/2010 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will involve the removal of the current diversion structure w/new structures, 850 ft. upstream, that will allow fish passage. This will restore connectivity to 65 mi. of stream habitat above the existing structure.
Location: UNIT - Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - S Section 13 and 14, T44N, R114W. Spread Creek, just south of Grand Teton National Park boundary.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest,   Greys River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cottonwood Dam Geotechnical Investigation
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Dave Fogle
307-886-5301
dfogle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Geotechnical investiagation of an existing dam involving core drilling to determine if the foundation will support possible future reconstruction; will require building a temporary access road.
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Six miles east of Smoot, Wyoming.
Middle Greys Off Highway Vehicle Project
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sid Smith
307-886-5300
sidsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Review of summer/fall motorized use system with potential for new loop connections, seasonal restrictions, and designation of routes for particular classes of vehicles.
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Middle Greys River drainage.
Reauthorization and Management of Cattle Grazing on the Little Greys Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Don Delong
307-883-9212
ddelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: The September 2009 decision to reauthorize livestock grazing on the allotment was reversed on appeal.
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Approximately 8 miles east of Alpine, Wyoming.
Reauthorization and Management of Sheep Grazing on Middle Ridge Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:09/2012  09/2012 Don Delong
307-885-1319
ddelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of livestock grazing on seven sheep allotments; manage grazing to meet resource-related Forest Plan direction -- Stewart, Grizzly Basin, Blind Trail, Deadman, Blind Bull, Black Canyon, and Cabin Creek.
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Between approximately 10 and 30 miles southeast of Alpine, Wyoming.
Reauthorization and Management on Bear Creek and Virginia Peak Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Don Delong
307-883-9212
ddelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: The September 2009 decision to reauthorize livestock grazing on the 2 sheep allotments was reversed on appeal.
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. From approximately 17 miles southeast of Alpine , Wyoming to approximately 3 miles southeast of Smoot, Wyoming.
Star Valley Front Vegetation Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:01/2011  04/2011 Don Delong
307-885-1319
ddelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning and mechanical treatment of vegetation to restore a balance of age classes in the mountain shrub, big sagebrush, aspen, and conifer woodlands.
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Western slopes of the Salt River Range from one mile south of Turnerville to one mile north of Smoot.
Upper Greys Timber Sale
EIS
- Forest products  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/22/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2012 Heidi Whitlach
307-886-5300
hlwhitlach@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of timber to reduce impacts from insects and disease and to reduce hazardous fuels. Draft EIS was available in May of 2009.
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Upper Greys River area, approximately 17 miles southeast of Afton, Wyoming.
Water Canyon Water Developments
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:04/2011  06/2011 Don Delong
307-886-5300
ddelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit for well, spring, diversion for domestic use and stock irrigation
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Greys River, next to the Box Y.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest,   Jackson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burial of an Electric Powerline for a Recreation Residence
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  09/2010 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project was proposed by Lower Valley Energy in order to re-establish electric power to a recreation residence that burned in a fire in 2009. The recreation residence is being rebuilt. The trench will be 74' long x 18" wide x 36" deep.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - Section 20, T39N, R113W. Jack Pine Summer Home Tract #22.
Dog Creek Livestock Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/05/2010  08/2010 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue livestock area permit to current owner of private property associated with this use. Ownership changed therefore permit reissued to new owner. No other changes to permit.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - Sections 31 and 32, T39N, R116W. Dog Creek.
Fish Creek Stabilization and Wildlife Enhancement Project
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/06/2009 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Dale Deiter
307-739-5410
ddeiter@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would enhance moose, big game, sage grouse & wetland habitats above the confluence of Fish Creek and Gros Ventre River. The project could also create trumpeter swan habitat.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T42N, R111W, Sections 1, 6 and 31. East of the confluence of Fish Creek and the Gros Ventre River to Dew Place Ranch.
Livestock Area and Cultivation Authorization
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/24/2009 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-authorize use of 3 acres of NFS land for cultivation of hay and 4 acres of NFS land for pasture. Authorize use of pasture in the fall on the 3 acres of NFS land that is used for cultivation in the spring.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - SE1/4SE1/4 Section 20, T41N, R117W, Sixth Principal Meridian. The bottom of Teton Pass near Trail Creek Ranch and Old Pass Road.
Relocation of Two Avalanche Guard Units
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/15/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
07/2011 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of two avalanche guard units from Teton Pass and relocation of them to the Cow and Calf of the Woods slide paths in Hoback Canyon. In addition, create a 15'x15' landing pad and a 75' diameter safety zone.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T38N, R115W, NE Section 10. Cow and Calf of the Woods slide paths in Hoback Canyon.
Ross Plateau Properties Road Easement/Permit
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: To authorize a road easement/permit to a homeowners' association in order to access private land which is surrounded by National Forest Land. May require an Environmental Assesment (EA) for an easement.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T39N, R116W, Section 11. Ross Plateau on the Jackson Ranger District.
Supervisors Office/Jackson District Administrative Site Conveyance
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/30/2009 
Expected:12/2010
 
05/2011 Michael Schrotz
307-739-5560
mschrotz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convey up to 11 acres of administrative land in Jackson, Wyoming and construction of new administrative buildings on the remainder of the site and other FS sites in the area. EA released October 2009.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. 340 North Cache, Jackson, Wyoming.
Teton to Snake Fuels Management
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/13/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Michael Johnston
208-558-4205
mbjohnston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels management - Fire hazard reduction and restoration/maintenance of fire adapted ecosystems.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton, Lincoln. Analysis area to include all BTNF administered lands west of the Snake River from Teton Village/GTNP to Alpine. May also include some CTNF administered lands & lands on east side of the river.
Town of Jackson Cut Slope
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/05/2010  06/2011 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize the Town of Jackson to complete a cut slope, 30' x 60', to use to construct a new water tank and water line to supply Snow King Estates & provide fire supply water. Full rehabilitation to occur upon completion.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T41N, R116W, Section 34. Just south of the shared boundary with Grand View Development within the Snow King Resort Permit Area.
Upgrade of Pow Wow Communications Site for WyoLINK
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:04/2011  07/2011 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: WYDOT has proposed the upgrade and use of Pow Wow Communicatons Site in order to install a WyoLINK radio communication system to connect with other WyoLINK sites throughout the State of Wyoming.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T38N, R116W, NW 1/4 Section 26. Pow Wow Point.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest,   Kemmerer Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hams Fork Vegetation Restoration
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:09/2011  09/2012 Tracy Hollingshead
406-821-3201
thollingshead@fs.fed.us 
Description: Combination of mechanical treatments and prescribed fire to restore conifer encroached aspen stands and salvage bug-killed timber.
Location: UNIT - Kemmerer Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Hams Fork area.
Kemmerer Grazing and Rangeland Vegetation Managment
EIS
- Grazing management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 11/17/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2012 Aimee Cameron
307-828-5115
aimeecameron@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization of grazing on 16 sheep allotments - Porcupine, Lower Salt, Buckskin Knoll, Lake Alice, Smiths Fork, Aspen Springs, Basin Ck, Devil's Hole, Elk Ck, Green Knoll, Indian Ck, Lake Mtn, Pole Ck, Sams Allen Ck, So Fontenelle, SpruceCk
Location: UNIT - Kemmerer Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. Between Commissary Ridge and Salt Creek on the Kemmerer Ranger District.
Labarge Vegetation Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:09/2011  09/2012 Chad Hayward
307-276-5800
chayward@fs.fed.us 
Description: Combination of mechanical treatments and prescribed fire to restore conifer encroached aspen stands, restore white bark pine stands, and salvage bug-killed timber.
Location: UNIT - Kemmerer Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. LaBarge Creek area.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest,   Pinedale Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pinyon Osborn Vegetation Treatments
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Randall
307-367-4326
mrandall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical and prescribed fire treatments to reduce and restore shrub, aspen and conifer fuels along the Upper Green River Corridor. This decision was reversed on appeal. A new decision is anticipated in 2011
Location: UNIT - Pinedale Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. Pinyon Ridge, Osborn Mountain and areas between the Forest Boundary and Dollar Lake on the east side of Forest Roads 600 and 660.
Upper Green Grazing Allotment Complex
EIS
- Grazing management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/18/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:12/2010
Actual: 09/30/2004 
05/2011 Dave Booth
(307)367-4326
dbooth@fs.fed.us 
Description: The 2004 decision was withdrawn; a revised Draft Supplemental EIS was released in June 2010; a Final SEIS and decision are expected in December 2010.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=3049
Location: UNIT - Pinedale Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. Upper Green River.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.