Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Mckenzie Ranger District
- Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Medora Ranger District
- Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Sheyenne Ranger District


Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dakota Prairie Oil and Gas RFDS SEIS
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/01/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2018
Expected: 10/2018 10/2018 Karen Dunlap
701-250-4463 x105
kdunlap@fs.fed.us
Description: Supplemental EIS prepared to analyze the changed oil and gas development pattern on the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. This project will supplement the 2001 Northern Great Plains Management Plans Revision FEIS.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40652
Location: UNIT - Dakota Prairie Grasslands All Units. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings, Golden Valley, Grant, McKenzie, Sioux, Slope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Little Missouri and Cedar River Grasslands Units
Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Little Missouri National Grassland Prairie Dog Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress Expected: N/A Arden Warm
701-227-7815
awarm@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing a program of prairie dog management, including responding to unwanted encroachment onto non-National Forest System land and diverting colonies away from non-NFS land. Adaptive management will allow for future actions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47604
Location: LEGAL - Not Applicable 1,025,000 acres of the Little Missouri National Grassland
Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Mckenzie Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Antelope Master Development Plan
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/28/2016
Expected: 07/2017 10/2017 Cale Bickerdyke
701-227-7800
cebickerdyke@fs.fed.us
Description: Master Development plan would authorize agencies to approve ten well pad expansions or new pads and authorize 54 wells to facilitate development of federal and private minerals for Petro-Hunt, Continental Resources and Slawson Exploration Company.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49342
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T. 153N, R. 93W, Sections 31-32, T. 153N, R. 94W, Sections 10, 14-15 and T. 153N, R. 95W, Section 11 Northeastern McKenzie County
Cherry Creek
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
07/08/2016
Expected: 10/2017 01/2018 Heidi Hoppman
701-842-2393
heidimhoppman@fs.fed.us
Description: XTO, Burlington and Slawson submitted proposals for new pad development and expansions of existing pads in the Cherry Creek Area. This proposal allows the companies to develop their federal minerals through the development of these wells.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49886
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 149N, R 96 &97N
McKenzie County Rural Water Pipeline
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
07/11/2016
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Lee Blaschke
701-683-4342
lblaschke@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of rural water pipeline by McKenzie County for approximately 11 miles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49902
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T153N R96W Sections 5, 6; T153N R97W Sections 1, 12, 13; T148N R102W Section 10; T148N R103W Sections 4, 5, 6, 9; T149N R103W Sections 19, 29, 32, 33, 34, 5th PM, McKenzie County, ND. McKenzie County, North Dakota
Pasture 7 Range Water Pipeline Placement Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/03/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Lauren Klempel
(701) 842-8506
lklempel@fs.fed.us
Description: Range water developments are proposed in Pasture 7, McKenzie Ranger District, McKenzie County, ND.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51596
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - Section 7, T146N, R100W; Sections 2 and 12, T146N, R101W; Sections 27, 28, and 33, T146N, R101W; Sections 5 and 8, T145N, R100W; McKenzie County, ND Pasture 7 Allotments 2 and 3
Pastures 3 and 5 Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/26/2016
Est. Comment Period
02/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Wesley Hartmann
(701) 842-8511
wbhartmann@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to continue to authorize livestock grazing as a management tool on 32 allotments within Pastures 3 and 5 on the McKenzie RD, Dakota Prairie Grasslands. It is designed to maintain or improve vegetation and other ecosystem functions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49364
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pastures 3 & 5 on the McKenzie Ranger District, Dakota Prairie Grasslands, McKenzie County, North Dakota.
Petro Hunt LLC USA 153-95-3D-10-5H and 6H
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/30/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Cale Bickerdyke
701-227-7800
cebickerdyke@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would drill two oil and gas wells from an existing pad.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51603
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - SESE Section 3, T153N R95W, 5th PM, McKenzie County, North Dakota McKenzie County, ND
Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. Environmental Assessment for proposed oil and gas wells.
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Justin Hartel
701-842-2393
jhartel@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to approve necessary surface use associated with Slawson Exploration Company's proposal to drill, complete, and produce an oil well on their Federal oil and gas lease consistent with current laws.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42863
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T147N, R105W. This project area is located 40 miles southwest of Watford City, ND. Generally this project is located within the Squaw Gap Oil Field.
Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Medora Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Billings County Private Road Special-use Application
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A Martina Thornton
701-227-7809
mthornton@fs.fed.us
Description: Billings County seeks a permit to use 2,500 feet of existing road and construct a portion of road on NFS lands to access a gravel pit on private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46353
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - Sections 19 and 24 of T142N, R102W 14 miles north of Medora
Blankenship Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Martina Thornton
701-227-7809
mthornton@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-construct access road from public to private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45775
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - Section 2-T138N-R102W Eight miles south of Medora. Proposed road would access the Blankenships' private land located in Section 3, T138N, R102W.
Bridger Pipeline LLC's Little Missouri Loop Pipeline
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/15/2016
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Cathy Walsh
701-227-7818
cewalsh@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct approximately 10 miles of 16-inch steel crude pipeline in various sections, T138-140N, R100-103W, Billings and Golden Valley counties, North Dakota.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49641
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings, Golden Valley. LEGAL - S 23-24, 27, 29-30, T138N, R102W, Golden Valley Co.; S 1, 11, 15, 18, T138N, R101W; S 13-14-15 & 18, T138N, R102W; S 5, T138N, R100W; S 33, T139N, R100W, S 33, T140N, R100W; Billings Co. Starts north of Fryburg and leaves Forest Service land 12 miles east of Golva, North Dakota
Elkhorn Ranchlands LRMP Amendment
EIS
- Land management planning On Hold N/A N/A Sherri Schwenke
701-250-4443
sschwenke@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend the 2002 Dakota Prairie Grasslands LRMP to include the acquired 5,100 acre Elkhorn Ranchlands and associated range allotments (18,000 additional NFS acres).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25800
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. North and west of Medora, ND
Greater Sage-grouse Plan Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
05/21/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2017
Expected: 03/2018 04/2018 Glen Stein
801-625-5281
gstein@fs.fed.us
Description: Plan amendment to incorporate management direction for Greater sage-grouse habitat needs. For additional information on Sage-grouse Amendments in planning on other National Forests please see: http://www.fs.usda.gov/r4
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44386
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Golden Valley, Slope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Priority and general habitats for the GRSG in Slope and Golden Valley Counties, ND.
Pronghorn Expansion Oil and Gas Wells
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2017
Actual: 04/19/2017
05/2017 Jason Dekker
701-227-7821
jdekker@fs.fed.us
Description: Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. proposes to construct three new pad developments, housing seven wells, within the Park Oil Field in Billings County, ND. This proposal will allow Whiting to develop its federal and private minerals.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49614
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - SWSW and SESW of Section 12 and NENE of Section 15 T140N, R100W, Billings County, ND Approximately five miles northwest of Belfield, ND
Southwestern Tracy Mountain Oil and Gas Wells Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
02/09/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Curtis Decker
701-225-5151
cdecker@fs.fed.us
Description: Southwestern Production Corporation proposes to construct five new well pads, housing one well each, within the Tracy Mountain Oil Field in Billings County, North Dakota.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51145
Location: UNIT - Medora Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Billings. LEGAL - T138N R102W Sections 21, 22, 23, and 27, Billings County, ND This project would be located approximately 14 miles South of Medora, ND.
Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Sheyenne Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Southwest Sheyenne Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 09/2017 03/2018 Bernadette Braun
701-683-4342
bbraun@fs.fed.us
Description: The project includes grazing, prescribed burning, mowing, removing invasive trees, reseeding/interseeding, mechanical treatments, herbicide treatment, installation of range improvements as activities to move towards meeting grassland plan direction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48905
Location: UNIT - Sheyenne Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Ransom, Richland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area is the southwest corner of the Sheyenne National Grassland
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