Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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
R4 - Intermountain Region, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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
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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Bridger-Teton National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Snake River Headwaters Wild and Scenic Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 01/2012 
Expected:11/2012  12/2012 Nancy Arkin
307-739-5516
narkin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a CRMP that describes Outstanding Remarkable Values (ORVs); defines River Corridor Boundaries; and creates Goals & Desired Future Conditions and Standards & Guidelines; amend Forest Plan to include management direction for these river segment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/btnf/wild_scenic/index.shtml
Location: UNIT - Greys River Ranger District, Jackson Ranger District, Big Piney Ranger District, Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton, Fremont, Lincoln. Tributaries of the Snake River in the northern portion of the Bridger-Teton National Forest; mostly in Teton County, Wyoming with portions in Lincoln and Freemont Counties.
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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
Exxon/Mobil Lake Ridge Well
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Anita DeLong
307-413-9650
akdelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exxon/Mobil proposes to drill a well on an existing pad in the Lake Ridge Unit -- the necessary level of analysis has not been determined at this time.
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T28N, R115W, Sec. 14, 6th P.M. 20 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming.
Oil and Gas Leasing Decision -- 44,720 Acres in the Wyoming Range -- Supplemental Analysis
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 02/04/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
Actual: 01/25/2011 
12/2012 Jacque Buchanan
307-739-5500
jabuchanan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The January 2011 decision not to authorize BLM to lease the acres at this time has been withdrawn to allow further analysis and consideration. A supplemental SEIS is planned.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Paul Hutta
307-276-5810
phutta@fs.fed.us 
Description: A variety of vegetation management treatments in the Piney Creek drainages over the next five to seven years. Currently collecting data in preparation for analysis.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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's Eagle Prospect and Noble Basin Oil and Gas Master Developement Plan
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/10/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 Kurt Davis
307-739-5500
kjdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploratory well DEIS released 3/2007. Field development MDP (up to 136 wells) DEIS released 12/10/2010. Comments received. Supplement to DEIS for additional alternative expected 5/2012.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=14799
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. Noble Basin, 7 miles southeast of Bondurant, WY.
Sherman Cattle and Horse Grazing Allotment
EIS
- Grazing management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/31/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
08/2012 Anita DeLong
307-413-9650
akdelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of livestock grazing on approximately 17,370 ac. This project was originally to be analyzed under an EA; however, recent grizzly bear activity in the area is a potentially significant issue. This project will be analyzed in an EIS.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31162
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. In the vicinity of Horse Creek, just west of Merna, Wyoming.
True Oil - Lander Peak Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:10/2012  11/2012 Anita DeLong
307-367-5737
akdelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: True Oil withdrew their Master Development Plan for the Soda Unit and now proposes two exploratory wells -- one from an existing pad and one from a reclaimed location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31165
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. LEGAL - Township 32 North, Range 115 West, Sections 15 and 27. 22 miles northwest of Big Piney, Wyoming , near South Cottonwood Creek.
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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 01/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19176
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 Service Day Increase
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Rachael Hohl
307-543-3903
rhohl@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cancelled: increase found unnecessary at this time. (NOLS had requested an increase winter service days in the Teton Wilderness for winter camping, snow shoeing/cross country skiing and avalanche training.)
Location: UNIT - Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T47, 46, 45, 44N, R109, 110 111 112, 113, 114, 115W. All trails entering into or within Teton Wilderness.
Spread Creek Diversion Structure Improvement and Road Access
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/04/2011  10/2011 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bank stabilization, maintenance & repair of water diversion structure & creation of 350 ft. of road access for heavy equipment to facilitate maintenance and cleaning of the structure.
Location: UNIT - Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - S 1/2 Section 13 & S 1/2 Section 14, T44N, R114W. Spread Creek.
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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
Reauthorization and Management of Cattle Grazing on the Little Greys Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/27/2008 
Expected:09/2012
Actual: 09/11/2009 
11/2012 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 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.
Water Canyon Water Developments
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
Fish Creek Stabilization and Wildlife Enhancement Project
EA
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Outfitter-Guide Permits for Game Retrieval
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  08/2012 Dale Dawson
307-739-5426
ddawson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of up to 3 permits for retrieving big game harvested by non-guided hunters; retrieval using saddle and pack stock. Anticipating competetive interst, a prospectus will be required of potential permit holders.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. Jackson Ranger District where such access is not otherwise restricted.
Skyline Trail/Putt Putt Extension Trail Construction, Greater Snow King Area
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/07/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Timothy Farris
307-739-5414
tfarris@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approx. 7 miles of trail on Snow King ridge and in the Cache Creek drainage for non-motorized trail use (hiking, biking, horse-riding) to create new loops and replace user-created trails (previously called Snow King Ridge Trail project).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34851
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T40N, R116W, Section 2,3,6,7,11,12. Snow King ridge between Ferrins trail and Cache/Game trail, and extension of the Putt-putt trail.
South Park Communications Site - Renewal of 4 Authorizations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/10/2011  12/2011 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Evaluate the effects of renewing 4 communcation permits for 2 years. No changes to existing improvements are proposed. A new comm site is being developed off of NFS land. The FS will be working w/permittees to move to the new site.
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - Section 3, T39N, R116W. South Park Communcations Site.
Supervisors Office/Jackson District Administrative Site Conveyance
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/30/2009 
Expected:02/2012
 
07/2012 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 02/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Michael Johnston
307-739-5425
mbjohnston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels management - Fire hazard reduction and restoration/maintenance of fire adapted ecosystems.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23638
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.
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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 Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Anita DeLong
307-877-4415
akdelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Collaborative proposal completed in Sept 2011. The Forest is developing the proposed action including a combination of mechanical treatments and prescribed fire to restore conifer encroached aspen stands and salvage bug-killed timber.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33984
Location: UNIT - Kemmerer Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T25N, R 116W, R117W, R118W; T26N, R 116W, R117W, R118W; T27N, R 116W, R117W, R118W; T28N, R116W. Hams Fork area, north of Kemmerer, Wyoming.
Kemmerer Grazing and Rangeland Vegetation Managment
EIS
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26874
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)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Samuel Ainsley
307-828-5107
srainsley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Combination of mechanical treatments and prescribed fire to restore conifer encroached aspen stands, restore white bark pine stands, & salvage bug-killed timber.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33162
Location: UNIT - Kemmerer Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Lincoln. LaBarge Creek area, west of LaBarge, Wyoming.
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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
Pinedale Warehouse Administrative Site Land Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Michael Schrotz
307-739-5560
mschrotz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convey up to 1.22 acres of administrative land in Pinedale, Wyoming
Location: UNIT - Pinedale Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. Pinedale, Wyoming, parts of Jones and Samora Additions, 1 block south of Pine St. West, at Lincoln Ave. South, on Wilson St.. bounded by Pine Ck.
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. Currently collecting data in preparation for analysis.
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 05/2012 
Expected:05/2012
Actual: 09/30/2004 
07/2012 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 2012.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.