Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
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
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding 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 09/2012 
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.
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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/09/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2013 
Expected:08/2014
 
09/2014 Glen Stein
801-625-5281
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management land use plans and Forest Plans.
Web Link:  http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - Bridger-Teton National Forest All Units, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest All Units. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton, Fremont, Laramie. Bridger-Teton NF, Medicine Bow NF, Thunder Basin National Grassland.
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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
Reissue 15 expired, non-recreation Special Use Permits on the Jackson and Buffalo Ranger Districts
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/02/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: These permits include: 6 road right-of-ways, 5 water transmission lines, 2 communications sites, 1 natrual gas pipeline, and 1 pasture permit. No changes are proposed for any of these permits.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39617
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District, Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. Various locations throughout the Buffalo and Jackson Ranger Districts.
Snake River Headwaters Wild and Scenic Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP)
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 01/03/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Nancy Arkin
307-739-5516
narkin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a Plan to describe Outstanding Remarkable Values (ORVs); define River Corridor Boundaries; and create Goals & Desired Future Conditions and Standards & Guidelines; amend Forest Plan to include management direction for the river segments.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34823
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 Michael Walker
(307) 739-5524
mswalker@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.
Fontenelle Fire Fence Reconstruction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012  12/2012 Chad Hayward
307-367-5723
chayward@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Big Piney Ranger Distrcit propose to reconstruct about 15 miles of boundary and pasture fence that were damaged in the 2012 Fontenelle Fire. Trees that pose a safety threat or are susceptible to falling on the fence would be cut.
Location: UNIT - Big Piney Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Sublette. LEGAL - Section 36, Township 29N, Range 115W to Section 25, Township 31N, Range 115W. 18 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 12/2012 
Expected:04/2013
Actual: 01/25/2011 
06/2013 Michael Walker
(307) 739-5524
mswalker@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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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. Currently collecting data in preparation for analysis.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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:
NOI in Federal Register 12/10/2007
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 Michael Walker
(307) 739-5524
mswalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Field development MDP (up to 136 wells) DEIS released 12/10/2010. Comments received. Supplement to DEIS for additional alternatives expected August 2012.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/15/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
04/2013 Michael Walker
(307) 739-5524
mswalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: True Oil withdrew their Master Development Plan on Aug. 10, 2011 and have submitted the Lander Peak Exploration Proposal which proposes two exploratory wells -- one from an existing pad and one from a reclaimed pad location.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
Gaffney Irrigation Ditch Repair
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/01/2012  09/2012 Thomas Matza
307-543-3910
tmatza@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of a headgate and associated oxbow for a long-standing, permitted irrigation ditch with associated water right.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38245
Location: UNIT - Buffalo Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. Buffalo Valley; approximately 7 miles east of Moran, Wyoming.
Grouse Mountain Area Vegetation Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/21/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Karl Buermeyer
307-543-3909
kbuermeyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning competing trees and/or prescribed fire to investigate enhancement of whitebark pine survival and regeneration on 400 acres within the upper Spread Creek drainage.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
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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:09/2013
Actual: 09/11/2009 
10/2013 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 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  09/2013 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.
Pfaff Livestock Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/24/2012  09/2012 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conversion of a term grazing permit to a special use permit for pasturing 2 horses for one month each year on 3.5 acres.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39984
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T39N, R115W, NE section 31. Approximately 3 miles southeast of Hoback Junction.
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 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
06/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Teton to Snake Fuels Management
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Michael Johnston
307-739-5425
mbjohnston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels management such as prescribed fire and cutting and thinning of vegtetation for fire hazard reduction and restoration/maintenance of fire adapted ecosystems.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23638
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton, Lincoln. 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.
Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Alkali Creek Feedground
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/23/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2012 
Expected:10/2013
 
12/2013 Pam Bode
307-739-5513
pbode@fs.fed.us 
Description: Long-term (up to 20 year) authorization for the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to continue to use the facilities at the Alkali feedground on National Forest System land to conduct winter elk feeding and related management programs.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39126
Location: UNIT - Jackson Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. Approximately 13 miles east of Kelly, Wyoming; south of the Gros Ventre 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
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/14/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Anita DeLong
307-413-9650
akdelong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed project addresses hazardous fuels; safety hazards associated with standing dead trees; the vitality of aspen, whitebark pine and lodgepole pine; and recovery of merchantable value of beetle-killed timber.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 04/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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. The 2012 Fontenelle Fire burned within the project area. Conditions are being assessed.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
Continental Divide National ScenicTrail -- 1.5 Mile Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/13/2012  08/2012 Andrea Davidson
307-367-5719
andreadavidson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of 1.5 miles of the trail, south and west of Lake of the Woods, to remove trail from motorized Forest Road 698 and 534; the roads will remain open to motorized use.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39418
Location: UNIT - Pinedale Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Fremont. Approximately 40 miles north of Pinedale, Wyoming.
Pinyon Osborn Vegetation Treatments
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Randall
307-367-5711
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 01/2013 
Expected:01/2013
Actual: 09/30/2004 
05/2013 Dave Booth
(307)367-5754
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 2013.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.