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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- 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 , Black Hills National Forest All Units
- Black Hills National Forest , Hell Canyon Ranger District
- Black Hills National Forest , Mystic Ranger District
- Black Hills National Forest , Northern Hills Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
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
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/27/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
06/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 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 - Hell Canyon Ranger District, Mystic Ranger District, Douglas and Thunder Basin 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
National Guard Aviation Training Operations
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Edward Fischer
605-673-9207
efischer@fs.fed.us
Description: The SD Army National Guard has requested authorization to conduct helicopter training exercises including touch-and-go landings at certain locations on the Black Hills NF.
Location: UNIT - Black Hills National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Lawrence, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area includes points from just southwest of Jewel Cave north to Cheyenne Crossing, and from Mystic west to the state line.
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
Schwiesow FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress

06/27/2013
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of an easement to a private land owner to construct, use, and maintain a new 0.25 mile route across National Forest System lands and to improve, use, and maintain an existing 1 mile route to secure legal access to the land owner's property.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Meade. LEGAL - T3N, R6E, Sections 32 and 33; T2N, R6E, Sections 4 and 5 (Black Hills Meridian) About 4 miles south of Piedmont, South Dakota and 4 miles east of Nemo, South Dakota
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
11/2014
Expected: 11/2015 01/2016 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
07/24/2013
Expected: 07/2014 07/2015 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
Black Hills National Forest , Black Hills National Forest All Units R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Crook County FRTA Easements
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 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/Togus Motorized Trails
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal Expected: N/A Elizabeth Krueger
307-283-1361
ekrueger@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of approximately 6 miles of motorized trail from Reuter Trailhead to NFSR 838.2D to provide system connectivity.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable Three miles northwest of Sundance, Wyoming.
Slate Creek Quarry
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/07/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 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
Tinton Trail
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Addition of an existing non-motorized trail to the Forest's trail system. No trail work would need to be completed; however, a parking area would be designated near the trailhead.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along Tinton Road (NFSR 134) south of Spearfish, SD
Tomaha Ridge Sanitary District PAH537
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/09/2013
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Install well water lines, electrical service and access road. Water supplied from well will be stored and made available to members of the Tomaha Ridge Sanitary District. Anticipate Special Use Permit to be issued for these activites.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1N, R6E, Section 16, BHM South of Hisega, SD.
Black Hills National Forest , Hell Canyon Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Atlantic Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress

02/07/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of waste rock from an existing mine for use in landscaping/decorative stone. Approximately 100-500 tons of material will be removed on an annual basis.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43418
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T3S, R4E, SW 1/4, SE 1/4, Section 5 The mine is approximately 4.5 miles northwest of Custer, South Dakota.
Craven Canyon Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Heritage resource management On Hold N/A N/A Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Recommendation to BLM a withdrawal from mineral entry to protect cultural resources of significant interest within and surrounding Craven Canyon in portions of T 7 S, R 2E and T 7S, R 3 E for approximately 3,968 acres of National Forest System land
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
Elk Mountain Reforestation CE
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
07/29/2013
Expected: 12/2014 03/2015 Nancy Bayne
307-746-2782 x3868
nbayne@fs.fed.us
Description: To provide ponderosa pine regeneration in areas where high fire intensities left vast areas deforested with no available natural seed source for regeneration.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43364
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T4S, R1E, Sec. 5, 6, 7, 8, 18. T43N, R60W, Sec. 9, 10, 15, 22 T4S R1E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, & 18. T43N R60W Sec 9, 10, 15, & 22. The Elk Mountain area.
French Creek Road Obliteration and Stream Crossing Rehabilitation
CE
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress

03/05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Leslie Gonyer
605-716-1884
lgonyer@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed to obliterate approximately 3.0 miles of non-system road and rehabilitate 11 low water crossings of French Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43783
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Township 3S, Range 3E, Sections 13, 24. Township 3S, Range 4E, Section 19. The proposed project is located south of the junction of the Custer Limestone Road, NFSR 284, and Upper French Creek Road, NFSR 286, and west of Custer, SD.
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
Green Valley Placer Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The project involves using a two-inch gasoline powered suction dredge to mine the gravels in a placer claim along Lower French Creek. The claimant also proposes to use a gasoline powered highbanker for ore processing.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T4S, R5E,SE1/4, Section 3, Pennington County, South Dakota The proposed mining operation is located on FSR 341 (French Creek Rd) 5.6 miles southwest of Custer, SD.
Iowa Moonwort Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Wendy Steuerwald
605-673-4853
wsteuerwald@fs.fed.us
Description: The project name was changed from, Cascade Allotment Iowa Moonwort Habitat Improvement Project. The objectives of the project are to enhance Iowa moonwort habitat, improve overall ecosystem function and to reduce existing fuel accumulations.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. LEGAL - T7S R5E, Sec 34 Hell Canyon Ranger District
Jewel Cave Withdrawal
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
01/31/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 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.
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.
Red Quartz Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress

02/07/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Feldspar and quartz will be removed at this existing mine site. Traditional mining techniques (drilling & blasting) will be used at the site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43419
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T4S, R5E, NE 1/4, NE 1/4, Section 8 The mine is located approximately 4.5 miles southeast of Custer, South Dakota and is located off of Glen Erin Road.
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
04/26/2013
Expected: 05/2014 09/2014 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
Well Pole Creek Road Obliteration and Crossing Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress

12/27/2013
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Leslie Gonyer
605-716-1884
lgonyer@fs.fed.us
Description: To restore stream and wetland areas adjacent to Well Pole Creek which have been impacted by non-system roads adjacent to and across the creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43361
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Section 13, T4S, R4E Custer County, South Dakota, Sec. 13, T4S, R4E
Wolf Track Improvement District FLPMA Easement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2013
Expected: 05/2014 09/2014 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
Alexander FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/12/2010
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 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
Castle Creek Aquatic Habitat Structure Maintenance & Pool Enhancement
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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: 11/2014 12/2014 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
Garnet Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 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: 10/2014 11/2014 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
High Place Placer Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
06/10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2013
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 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
Juniper Mine Closure
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
12/10/2013
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: There are at least two adits at the site which pose a physical hazard to the public. These adits are step-sided and at least one is connected to an open vertical shaft. Expanding foam will be used to close these adits.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - BHM, T2S, R6E, SW 1/4, Section 5 1 mile northwest of Keystone, SD
Reynolds FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/08/2011
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Grant a FLPMA Private Road Easement to Leonard and Margaret Reynolds.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Section 36, T2N, R2E, BHM
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
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
05/30/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 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.
Besant Park Unit-Wildcat Allotment Tank Relocation
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/06/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Tom Smith
605-642-4622
tsmith01@fs.fed.us
Description: Move an existing stock tank 3000 feet south of its current location to improve livestock distribution within the pasture. Plastic 1.5 inch pipe will be buried 6 to 18 inches deep and will connect the tank to an existing spring box.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T3N, R2E, Sections 21, 27, and 28 Black Hills Meridian The Besant Park pasture of the Wildcatt Grazing Allotment
Black Hills Nordic Ski Club Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress

12/05/2013
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a new special use permit for a new 5-year term to allow the Black Hills Nordic Ski Club to continue to groom the Big Hill Trail system for cross-country skiing and to hold its annual cross-country ski race.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N, R2E, Section 05, Black Hills Meridian The Big Hill Trail system off of Tinton Road (NFSR 134).
Butte Electric Vanocker Reroute
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/05/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of a three phase overhead power line with a new three phase underground line.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N, R4E, Sections 23, 24, 25, and 36; T5N, R5E, Sections 31, 32, and 36; T4N, R4E, Section 1; Black Hills Meridian Along and north of the Galena Road about 2 miles east of Galena, SD
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
Nelson FLPMA Road Easement
CE
- Special use management In Progress

11/03/2012
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 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
Rochford Road Meadow Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress

08/30/2013
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 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
SDSA Governor's Ride Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress

02/14/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a new special use authorization for a new five-year term to the South Dakota Snowmobile Association for conducting its annual Governor's Ride event. The group event is limited to use of the existing snowmobile trail system.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable The snowmobile trail system located on the Northern Hills Ranger District.
Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Recreation management
- Land ownership management
On Hold N/A N/A Scott Haas
231-745-4631 x 3131
sehaas@fs.fed.us
Description: Recommendation to the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw from mineral entry the Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground to protect recreational opportunities and capital investments.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. The Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground adjacent to Nemo Road
Tinton Trail "Crangle" Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/23/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute a 1-mile section of a non-motorized trail so the trail is located outside of a drainage bottom. The trail is eroding in its current location. The new trail will be hand constructed and 24 inches wide. The old trail will be re-vegetated.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44668
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T5N, R1E, Section 28, Black Hills Meridian A section of the Tinton Trail just north of the Old Baldy Trail.
Virkula Forest Management Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
On Hold N/A N/A Christopher Stores
605-642-4622
cstores@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation treatments designed to reduce fire hazard and insect risk ratings and improve habitat for wildlife on about 23,500 acres of National Forest System land. The proposal may also address motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade. LEGAL - Not Applicable About 5 miles south of Sturgis, South Dakota and immediately west of Piedmont, South Dakota.
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