Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

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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, Grand River Ranger District
- 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
- 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, Grand River Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Grand Electric Underground Power Line 2017
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 08/17/2017
08/2017 Mary Haase
605-374-3592
mhaase@fs.fed.us
Description: Grand Electric Cooperative would construct 4,000 feet of underground power line on the Grand River National Grassland in SW Section 8 and NW Section 17, T22N, R11E, Black Hills Meridian, Perkins County, South Dakota.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52138
Location: UNIT - Grand River Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Perkins. LEGAL - SW Section 8 and NW Section 17, T22N, R11W, Black Hills Meridian, Perkins County, South Dakota Grand River Ranger District in the vicinity of the North Fork of the Grand River
Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Mckenzie Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Allotment 513 Relocating Range Water Developments
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2017
Actual: 06/27/2017
07/2017 Kyle Dalzell
701-842-2394 X38
kpdalzell@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocating two existing stock tanks and rerouting approximately 9,000 feet of range water pipeline to an accessible route in allotment 513 of pasture 9
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52229
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - NWSE Section 3 and SWNW Section 2, T149N, R97W, McKenzie County, ND Allotment 513, Pasture 9
Antelope Master Development Plan
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/28/2016
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Cale Bickerdyke
701-842-8502
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
Paradigm North Charlson Oil Gathering Pipeline Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
07/22/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Kim Grotte
701-842-2393
kgrotte@fs.fed.us
Description: Paradigm proposes to construct, operate and maintain a buried crude oil gathering pipeline system and ancillary facilities to obviate the need for trucking oil and provide a more efficient and reliable means of transportation and product delivery.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51920
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - T153N, R96W, Sections 2, 3, 10-12; T153N, R95W, Sections 3, 7, 8, 10, 15, 17; and T154N, R95W Sections 34-35 Approximately 10 mile north of Keene, ND
Pasture 7 Range Water Pipeline Placement Project
CE
- Grazing management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 06/30/2017
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/26/2016
Est. Comment Period
11/2017
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 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

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 07/06/2017
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
Petro-Hunt LLC USA 153-95-3B-10-1H, 2H, 3H, USA 153-95-3A-10-4H Oil and Gas Wells
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
05/08/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Cale Bickerdyke
701-227-7800
cebickerdyke@fs.fed.us
Description: Petro-Hunt LLC proposes to drill four oil and gas wells from an existing well pad located in McKenzie County, ND.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51807
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - SESW Section 34, T154N R95W, 5th PM, McKenzie County, ND South of Lake Sakakawea
Petro-Hunt LLC USA 153-95-9A-4-1HS and USA 153-95-9A-15-1HS Oil and Gas Wells
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
06/22/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Cale Bickerdyke
701-227-7800
cebickerdyke@fs.fed.us
Description: Petro-Hunt, LLC proposes to drill two oil and gas wells from an existing pad. The pad will be expanded to its original 460' X 350' existing disturbance. Gas pipeline exists on the pad; gathering line would be constructed in disturbed area of pad.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52083
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - NENE Section 9, T.153N., R.95W., 5th PM NENE Section 9, T.153N., R.95W., 5th PM
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.
USA Federal 6A-HU Oil and Gas Well (Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation)
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
05/23/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Cale Bickerdyke
701-227-7800
cebickerdyke@fs.fed.us
Description: Whiting proposes to drill an oil and gas well(USA Federal 6A-HU)from the existing USA 150-102-6A-7-1H well pad. The pad is approximately 2.36 acres. The project will add approximately 0.58 acres to the existing pad and use existing NFSR #858A-6.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51881
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - Lot 4 Section 6, T.150N., R.102W., 5th PM Lot 4 Section 6, T.150N., R.102W., 5th PM
Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation USA Federal 6B-1H, 2H, and HU Oil and Gas Wells
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
04/21/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Cale Bickerdyke
701-227-7800
cebickerdyke@fs.fed.us
Description: Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation (Whiting) is proposing to drill three oil and gas wells from the existing USA Federal 6B-2-1H well pad.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51711
Location: UNIT - Mckenzie Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - McKenzie. LEGAL - Lot 4 Section 6, T150N, R102W, 5th PM, McKenzie County, North Dakota Near Charbonneau, ND
Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Medora Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
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: 12/2017 03/2018 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
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A 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.
Southwestern Tracy Mountain Oil and Gas Wells Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
02/09/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 08/11/2017
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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