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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- R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Black Hills National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Black Hills National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Black Hills National Forest, Bearlodge Ranger District
- Black Hills National Forest, Hell Canyon Ranger District
- Black Hills National Forest, Mystic Ranger District
- Black Hills National Forest, Northern Hills Ranger District


R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Hills National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grasslands Power 230 Kv Line
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/05/2014
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Edward Fischer
605-673-9207
efischer@fs.fed.us
Description: TECKLA-OSAGE-LANGE 230Kv Transmission line
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30774
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Pennington, Campbell, Weston. LEGAL - Not Applicable On the Black Hills NF, running approximately from the SD/WY border to Pactola substation to Lange substation NW of Rapid City, SD
Black Hills National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mickelson Trail-Mount Rushmore Connector Project
EIS
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
08/2015
Expected: 02/2017 06/2017 Scott Haas
231-745-4631 x 3131
sehaas@fs.fed.us
Description: The State of South Dakota has applied for a permit to construct, operate and maintain a 14-mile non-motorized trail across the Forest connecting the Mickelson Trail to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. The decision would amend Forest Plan direction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44935
Location: UNIT - Black Hills National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable The trail would connect the existing Mickelson Trail, running east from US Hwy 385 to the Mt. Rushmore Memorial.
RNA and BA Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Special area management
- Land ownership management
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
08/2015
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Chelsea Monks
605-673-9343
chelseamonks@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed withdrawal of research natural areas and botanical areas from mineral entry. Necessary part of RNA designation process. Forest Service recommendation to BLM, who makes the decision. Project not subject to the objection process.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45590
Location: UNIT - Black Hills National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Custer, Lawrence, Pennington, Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable This proposal addresses four Research Natural Areas and seven Botanical Areas totaling about 17,000 acres at various locations in South Dakota and Wyoming.
Black Hills National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2015 Motorized Recreation Events
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2015
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Annual permit to allow local off-highway vehicle groups to conduct their events during the summer. All events would take place on established motorized trails located on the Northern Hills and Mystic Ranger Districts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46360
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Events will take place on motorized trails on the Northern Hills and Mystic Ranger Districts.
Sturgis BAM Amendment
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2015
Expected: 05/2015 07/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Organizers of the Sturgis Bikes, Art and Music (BAM) festival have requested an amendment to their existing permit to add a 100 mile mountain bike race, the Tatanka 100. The race would follow the Centennial Trail from Mt. Rushmore to Sturgis.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46358
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Meade, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Centennial Trail (Trail #89) from the Big Pine TH near Mt. Rushmore north to the point where the trail exits NFS land near Sturgis, SD.
Black Hills National Forest, Bearlodge Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Lodge Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/28/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2015
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us
Description: Development of rare earth minerals mine. The name of this project was changed from the RER Mineral Development Project.
Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/BearlodgeMineProject
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bearlodge Mountains
Bearlodge Travel Management 2012
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us
Description: Additions and changes to travel management status of roads, trails, and campsites
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T51N R63W sec 4, 5, 9; T52N R63W sec. 19, 20, 29, 30, 32; T52N R63W sec. 4, 5, 8, 9, 33; dispersed campsites Near Reuter Campground and elsewhere on district
Cook Lake Recreation Facility Maintenance
CE
- Facility management On Hold N/A N/A Elizabeth Krueger
307-283-1361
ekrueger@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintenance activities at the recreation facility to enhance long-term functionality of the Cook Lake dam and increase public safety at the facility and in downstream areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41597
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T. 53 N., R. 63 W., section 10, 6th P.M. Cook Lake, Bear Lodge Mountains, Crook County, Wyoming
Crook County FRTA Easements
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2013
Expected: 11/2015 11/2015 Steve Kozel
307-283-1361
skozel@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of permit authorizing County jurisdiction over and maintenance of certain roads on National Forest System lands under the Forest Roads and Trails Act.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various locations across Bearlodge Ranger District
Reuter Motorized Trail
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 12/2015 05/2016 Elizabeth Krueger
307-283-1361
ekrueger@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of approximately 9.3 miles of motorized trail from Reuter Trailhead to Trail 1041 to provide system connectivity. Relocation of approximately 2.2 miles of non-motorized trail. Improvement of Blacktail Trailhead.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42883
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable Three miles northwest of Sundance, Wyoming.
Black Hills National Forest, Hell Canyon Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Craven Canyon Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Heritage resource management On Hold N/A N/A Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to withdraw about 3968 acres of NFS lands from mineral entry to protect cultural resources of significant interest within and surrounding Craven Canyon. Forest Service would issue a recommendation to BLM, who would take the action.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26623
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 7 S R 2 E, portions of Sections 12, 13, 24 & 25; T 7 S R 3 E, Sections 18, 19, 31, 32 and portions of Section 30
GCC Dacotah Dewey Conveyor
EIS
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of an elevated conveyor to move material from a GCC Dacotah mine to a railhead, on both NFS and BLM lands.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T6S, R1E, Sec 9-10 Southern Elk Mountain, near Dewey
Jewel Cave Withdrawal
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
01/31/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Withdrawal of 2,387 acres of Forest Service land from mineral entry to protect cave resources underlying this land. Forest Service would issue recommendation to BLM, who takes the action. FS recommendation is not subject to administrative review.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40708
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Portions of sections in T3-4S, R2-3E, Black Hill Meridian Approximately miles west of Custer South Dakota.
Redbird STA
CE
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us
Description: Convey portion of road crossing private parcels for a witches lane that is not needed for public acess.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T3S R1E S1/2 Section 9. Redbird Canyon, including FSR 376
Rocky Homeowners' Association Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us
Description: FLPMA Private Road Easement to memebers of the Rocky Homeowners' Association
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41964
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Section 9, Township 3 South, Range 5 East America Center Road to Rocky Road
Toe Gulch #2 Placer Mining
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
10/20/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The claimant wants to travel on 0.2 miles of closed road to access his mining claim. No mechanized mining will be conducted; hand tools only.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T3S, R4E; Sections 19 &24 5 miles west-northwest of Custer, South Dakota
West Hell Reforestation Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
02/24/2014
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Nancy Bayne
307-746-2782 x3868
nbayne@fs.fed.us
Description: Regeneration of ponderosa pine in portions of the Jasper Fire area that burned in the year 2000. These areas that had high fire intensities remain deforested with no available seed source for future ponderosa pine regeneration.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46143
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T.2S, R.1E, Section 36; T.2S, R.2E, Section 31; T.3S, R.1E, Sections 1, 2, 12; T.3S, R.2E, Sections 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35; T.3S, R.3E, Sections 19, 30; BHM; Custer County, South Dakota The project area is within Custer County, South Dakota. Approx. 14 miles southeast of Newcastle, WY, or 16 miles west of Custer, SD, and north of US HWY 16.
Wolf Track Improvement District FLPMA Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Laura Burns
605-673-4853
lburns@fs.fed.us
Description: FLPMA Private road easement issued to the Wolf Track Improvement District
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41969
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. Carroll Creek Road to Elenbecker Road-Carroll Creek Ranch HES 360
Black Hills National Forest, Mystic Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
372 road decommissioning
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Jessica Gould
605-343-1567
jjgould@fs.fed.us
Description: Obliterate/recontour 1 mile of the 372 road.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Deadman Gulch creek-Battle Creek watershed 101201090803, Foster Gulch area, Hippy Hollow/Battle Creek.
Alexander FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/12/2010
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Grant a FLPMA Private Road Easement to Alexander.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. NE 14 of Section 2, T2S, R3E, BHM
Autumn Flame Quarry Expansion
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The Autumn Flame quarry is an existing mining operation for slate which is used in landscaping, building facades and floor tiles. The proposal is to expand the existing quarry by 0.66 acres making a total operating area of 1.69 acres.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T1N, R3E, NW1/4, NE1/4 of Section 24 The Autumn Flame quarry is located 9.5 miles northwest of Hill City, South Dakota on National Forest System Road 443.
Bengal Fen Road 304.1L Decommissioning
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/12/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Jessica Gould
605-343-1567
jjgould@fs.fed.us
Description: Obliterate/recontour 304.1L, Put a new road in storage and relocate a section of trail 6936
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Newton Fork watershed, 101201090 902, Located off the Newton road and adjacent to the Bengal Fen.
Canyon City #4 Placer Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/12/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to process gravels for gold that are in an adjacent to Rapid Creek. The gravels will be hand dug or suctioned and then processed by a highbanker powered by a 1/2-hp gasoline pump. Will operate project three time per year in summer.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T1N, R4E, NE 1/4 of Section 2 1.8 miles west-southwest of Silver City,SD along the Deerfield Trail.
Castle Creek Aquatic Habitat Structure Maintenance & Pool Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Louie Conroy
605-716-1872
lmconroy@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintenance of approximately 14 fish habitat structures in the Castle Creek Walk-In Fishery. Existing downed logs on adjacent hillsides will be anchored to existing wooden posts that are embedded in the stream bottom.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1N, R3E, Section 16 & 20 Castle Creek Walk-In Fishery located on the northside of Deerfield Dam. Approximately 2 miles along FSR 371
Copper Mountain Ranch LLC FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/22/2009
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: The private landowners of the Copper Mountain Ranch LLC have requested a FLPMA Private Road Easement to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - National Forest System lands in Sect 36 T1S, R3C, Sect 36 (N1/2 SE1/4 NW 1/4) BHM, Pennington County, SD
Downy Gentian Pine Encroachment - North
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 09/2015 Patrice Lynch
605-343-1567
plynch@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove ponderosa pine from native grasslands/downy gentian location. Pine will be cut with chainsaws or other hand tools. Slash depth will not exceed 18 inches.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N, R6E Sections 13 & 24 Location is a native grassland meadow in the northwest portion of the Mystic District. Isolated parcel south of Peaceful Pines subdivision.
Downy Gentian Pine Encroachment - South
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Patrice Lynch
605-343-1567
plynch@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove ponderosa pine from native grasslands/downy gentian location. Pine will be cut with chainsaws or other hand tools. Slash depth will not exceed 18 inches.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2S, R7E Sections 5, 8 Location is in native grassland/meadow area near Pine Grove and Jackson Spring, southwest of Rapid City, SD.
Garnet Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/04/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Area to be worked with mechanized equipment is mainly in the area of Foster Creek north of the private property in Section 1. Mechanized equipment used at the site includes a 3-inch suction dredge, high banker & skid steer loader or small track hoe.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - BHM, T2S, R6E, Section 1. 3.75 miles south of Rockerville, SD
Golden Years Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
06/10/2014
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Mining will be mainly conducted using hand tools (pick, shovel, buckets, pry bar and brushes). The only mechanized equipment on-site will be a highbanker. The production rate is estimated at 40 cubic yards per year.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - BHM, T1S, R7E, NE 1/4 of SW 1/4, Section 17 2.5 miles east of Rockerville, SD
Green Garnet Placer Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/12/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The claimant is seeking permission to access an area of his claim via 0.35 miles of closed road. No mechanized mining will be conducted; it will strictly be a pick & Shovel type operation.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1N, R4E, Sections 21 & 22. Approximately 6.75 miles northwest of Hill City, SD. 0.6 miles South-Southwest of Slate Creek Dam on south side on NFSR 530.
Griffee Claims (Coffee Pot/Quiet Kay) Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The claimant has submitted a Plan of Operations to gain access to his mining claims across 1-mile of closed road. No mechanized mining will be conducted. Hand tools will be used to mine in a shaft and to dig small exploration pits 2 to 3 feet deep.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T1N; R4E; Sections 26 & 35 6 miles north-northwest of Hill City, SD
High Place Placer Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
06/10/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Mechanized equipment to be used at the site includes a high banker and skid steer loader or small track hoe. The skid steer loader and/or small track hoe will be used for reclamation. ATVs will be used to transport mining eqiupment to project area.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - BHM, T1S, R6E, Sections 11 & 14 1.5 miles northwest of Rockerville, SD
Holy Terror Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: There will be 30 drill sites placed for the purpose of exploration with each drill site being approximately 40 ft X 40 ft. The drill sites will be located on existing trails. Drilling will be accomplished using a track mounted core type drill rig.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T2S, R4E, Section 5 The drill sites will be located approximately 1 mile northwest of Keystone, SD
Kempka #1 Placer Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The claimant has submitted a Plan of Operations to gain access to his mining claim across 0.9 miles of closed road. No mechanized mining will be conducted on the claim; mining will be conducted using hand tools only.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T1N; R4E; SW 1/4; SE 1/4; Section 26 Approximately 6 miles north-northwest of Hill City, South Dakota.
Sears Recreation Residence Lot Improvements Proposal (Beverly J. Sears Trust)
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Amy Ballard
605-343-1567
aballard@fs.fed.us
Description: Demolish existing cabin and small out building. Build new cabin, increasing sq. footage to 960 sq. ft., plus an additional 640 sq. ft. porch. Add well, water lines, septic tank, bury electric line, and replace/move existing fence.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N R5E Section 31 Silver City, SD
Slate Creek Quarry
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/07/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The operation will consist of drilling and blasting 3 to 4 times per year for the removal of slate. It is estimated that 500-1000 tones of slate will be removed from the quarry on an annual basis.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T1N, R4E, SW 1/4 of Section 15 The proposed Slate Creek Quarry project is located approximately 7 miles north-northwest of Hill City, South Dakota
Spring Creek Dams Improvement
CE
- Facility management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A David Plummer
605-642-4622
dgplummer@fs.fed.us
Description: USFS, in partnership with the SD Dept. Game, Fish & Parks proposes to make improvements to The Major & Mitchell Dams to meet federal dam safety requirements & improve the aquatic ecosystem by dredging silt that has been deopositied into these lakes.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1S, R5E, Sec 28, 29; T1S, R5E, Sec 30 Mitchell Dam/Lake two miles east of Hill City along Hwy 16/385; Major is located within the community of Hill City, SD
Spring Creek Floodplain Restoration Near Oreville
CE
- Watershed management On Hold N/A N/A Leslie Gonyer
605-716-1884
lgonyer@fs.fed.us
Description: The project will remove an old road fill across the floodplain to re-establish flood flows across the blocked floodplain.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2S R4E Section 14 SWNW The site is located just West of US Highway 16/385 and the Mickleson Trail. The site is just North of the old Oreville Mill Site.
Two Dogz Fighting Mining Proposal
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to mine for gold.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - NE 1/4 of Section 07, T1N R4E, Pennington County, SD Approximately 8 miles northwest of Hill City, SD on Castle Creek
Black Hills National Forest, Northern Hills Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2013 Motorcycle Trail Reroutes and Connections
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a single track trail to connect Motorcycle Trails 8551 and 8575. Reroute of a segment of Motorcycle Trail 8501 to address resource concerns. The reroute would require construction of about 0.5 miles of new trail.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. Four miles southwest of Nemo, SD
Benchmark Enterprises Mineral Exploration (Karlie No. 1 Claim)
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us
Description: Mineral exploration involving use of a mini excavator to dig test sites and use of a skid-steer to transport material off-site for testing. Most of the mineral material would be returned to the site before reclamation activities commence.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - W 1/2 of the SE1/4, Section 19, T5N, R6E, Black Hills Meridian Off of NFS Road 222 less than one mile east of the Wyoming border.
Black Hills Cemetery Act Land Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/16/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Black Hills Cemetery Act identified nine cemeteries on the Forest to be conveyed to the local communities that are currently managing the cemetery. Five are located on the Northern Hills. Each cemetery plus 2 acres are to be conveyed.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cemeteries to be conveyed are; Englewood, Galena, Mountain Meadows, Nemo, and Roubaix.
Centennial Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/24/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: A segment of the motorized portion of the Centennial Trail is steep, rugged and difficult to maintain or navigate. This segment of the trail would be closed and the trail would be rerouted along FSR 144 and Trail 8288.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46584
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable The section of trail to be rerouted is immediately northeast of Nemo, SD, in between Nemo and Dalton Lake.
Gold Rush Gravel Grinder Amendment
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/21/2014
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Amendment to existing SUP to include an additional bicycle race.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Lawrence, Pennington, Crook, Weston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along existing roads and trails in the Bearlodge, Northern Hills, Hell Canyon, and Mystic Ranger Districts
Kelley FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a 30-year easement to a land owner for legal access to private property. The easement would be for use of an existing non-system road approximately 0.25 long. Road work is included to bring the road up to standard.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T2N, R5E, Section 10 Three miles south of Nemo, South Dakota near Forest Service Road 201
Larson Outfitter/Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit to guide fishing and hunting trips in Hunting Area 3 (Nemo), located roughly from Vanocker Canyon east to the Interstate 90 corridor. The permit would be valid for 10 years. Activities would adhere to SDGFP seasons.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46334
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hunting Area 3 (Nemo), roughly covering the area from Vanocker Canyon east to the Interstate 90 corridor on the eastern portion of the NHRD.
Lazy Beaver Claim - Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
10/04/2014
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Karl Emanuel
605-642-4622
kemanuel@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action consists of exploration and extraction activities to extract placer gold from the POO area within the Lazy Beaver Claim. Mining operations include operation of heavy equipment and a Power Sluice. Reclamation would be ongoing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45401
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N R4E Section 28 The Lazy Beaver claim is located between Rapid Creek and the Mickelson Trail along County Road 237 approximately 9 miles southwest of Nemo, South Dakota in Pennington County.
Little Spearfish Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/24/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: A section of the Little Spearfish trail would be rerouted or rehabilitated as necessary following the Limestone Ridge timber sale. Winter logging activities are expected to cause damage to the trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46582
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Little Spearfish trail begins and ends near the Timon Campground and Rod and Gun Campground approximately 11 miles southwest of Spearfish, SD.
Nelson FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a 30-year private road easement to allow a land owner legal access to his property. The easement would be along an existing unclassified road, and in return the Forest Service would be provided legal access across the private property.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Meade. LEGAL - T3N, R6E, Section 32 Approximately one mile southwest of Piedmont, South Dakota
Robey #1 Claim - Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
10/04/2014
Expected: 05/2015 07/2015 Karl Emanuel
605-642-4622
kemanuel@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action consists of exploration and extraction activities to extract placer gold from the POO area within Robey #1 claim. Small machinery and a trommel/sluice would be used to mine placer gravels. Reclamation would occur after operations.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45402
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N R1E Section 23 The Robey #1 claim is located along Iron Creek approximately 9 miles southwest of Spearfish, South Dakota and immediately downstream of Iron Creek Lake in Lawrence County, SD.
Rochford Road Meadow Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
08/30/2013
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Valerie Carlson
605-642-4622
vcarlson@fs.fed.us
Description: Use of hand tools to remove small diameter pine from an historic meadow to prevent conversion of the meadow to a pine stand and improve scenic quality along a road corridor. Material will be piled and either burned or chipped on site.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T4N, R3E, Sections 30 & 31, Black Hills Meridian Along Rochford Road near the Lead Country Club south of Lead, SD
Tinton Trail Addition to System
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/16/2014
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Tinton trail has been used since 2001 for a popular Mountain Bike Race, The Dakota Five-O. This trail is also used by hikers and bikers throughout the year. The Northern Hills RD would like to add this trail to its non-motorized system.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tinton Trail starts south of Spearfish, SD where NFSR 134.1 crosses the Forest Boundary. The trail is approximately 40 miles long and connects with the Big Hill, Rimrock, and Old Baldy trail systems.
Touch the Sky Rockclimbing
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2015
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Touch the Sky leads youth on rockclimbing trips in Spearfish Canyon. Climbs are conducted at established routes and include approximately 8 youth and 2 instructors/guides per trip.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46359
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Established rockclimbing routes in Spearfish Canyon south of Spearfish, SD.
Western Sprint Bicycle Tour
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2015
Expected: 05/2015 09/2015 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Western Sprint Bicycle would lead mountain bikers on a 5 day tour along the Centennial, Big Hill, Tinton and Crow Peak trails. Riders would camp each night at established trailheads or campgrounds.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46361
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rides would take place on the Centennial, Big Hill, Tinton and Crow Peak trails on the Northern Hills Ranger District.
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