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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- Black Hills National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- 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


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
Black Hills Forest Monitoring Plan Transition
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Land management planning
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Edward Fischer
605-673-9207
efischer@fs.fed.us
Description: The Black Hills NF is modifying the Forest Plan monitoring plan to comply with the 2012 planning rule. The approval of the modifications would be administrative changes not subject to further review.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49470
Location: UNIT - Black Hills National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Crook, Weston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Black Hills National Forest
Black Hills Resilient Landscapes Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
05/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Rhonda OByrne
605-642-4622
rlobyrne@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuel reduction, timber harvest, thinning, and other activities to increase ecosystem resilience, contribute to economy, and reduce risk of wildfire and insect infestation.
Location: UNIT - Black Hills National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Crook, Weston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and Wyoming
Mickelson Trail-Mount Rushmore Connector Project
EIS
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
04/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 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
- Special area management
- Minerals and Geology
- Land ownership management
In Progress
Comment Period
09/24/2015
Est. Comment Period
03/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 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, 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 On Hold N/A N/A Jeanette Timm
307-283-1361
jmtimm@fs.fed.us
Description: Development of rare earth minerals mine. This project has been suspended.
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: 04/2016 05/2016 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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
Virginia Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
09/28/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Gary Haag
605-673-9314
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of Plan of Operations for the Virginia Mine. The operator proposes to continue the mining of feldspar. The disturbed area is 3.5 acres. As part of the renewal the operator is proposing to expand the operation by an additional 0.25 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47922
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T5S, R5E, NW1/4, SW 1/4, Section 7 The project is located 9.75 miles south of Custer or 1.3 miles northeast of Pringle, SD.
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
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 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
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/12/2010
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 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: 10/2016 11/2016 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.
B4Time Mining Proposal
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of Plan of Operations that expired on 05/31/2015. Mining will be limited to existing disturbed area of 0.77 acres.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - BHM, T1N, R4E, SW1/4 of Section 7 12 miles northwest of Hill City, SD
BHEC, Inc. Amendment to CEM14 Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/09/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace existing single phase overhead power line with three phase overhead power line (7.2/14.4kV); replace existing power poles (35' class 5&6) with 35' (class 3&4).
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable NFS lands between private property. Adjacent to Ghost Canyon Road (Custer County Road 360).
Bengal Fen Road 304.1L Decommissioning
CE
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/12/2014
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 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: 10/2016 11/2016 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
- 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: 04/2017 05/2017 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
Crooked Creek Quarry Expansion
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Gary Haag
605-673-9314
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: This project involves the quarrying of slate for landscape stone. The claimant proposes to remove between 4,000 and 5,000 tons of slate from the site on a yearly basis. Quarrying will be conducted using traditional drilling and blasting techniques.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1N, R3E, portions of Sections 13 & 24 The project area is in the Crooked Creek drainage. Access to the quarry from Hill City is via Deerfield Road then County Road C307 then onto FSR 429 and then FSR 443 which leads directly to the quarry entrance
Deer Creek and Trail #40 Relocation
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/13/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Benjamin Schumacher
605-343-1567
bschumacher@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruction and relocation of a portion of Trail #40 and the access trail section from Deer Creek Trailhead.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N R5E Section29 Located near the Deer Creek Trailhead, which is just west of US Highway 385 on Silver City Road.
Garnet Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/04/2014
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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: 10/2016 11/2016 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: 10/2016 11/2016 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
10/14/2014
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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: 10/2016 11/2016 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 Smoke, Inc. Trail Ride Outfitter and Guide Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/10/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Amy Ballard
605-343-1567
aballard@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew existing 10 year outfitter and guide trail ride permit on existing roads and trails and assign 3600 priority use service days.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable T1S, R6E, Section 32 and T2S, R6E, Section 5
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
10/14/2014
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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
Spring Creek Dams Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Facility management
- Watershed management
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
Wealthy Mine Shaft & Adit Closure
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: There is 1 vertical shaft and 1 adit that connects to the shaft at this location that is the main hazard to the public. The shaft will be covered with a grate and the adit will be gated.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T1S, R6E, NW1/4, NW1/4 of Section 28 The project is approximately 13 miles southwest of Rapid City via U.S. Highway 16. The project is on the north side of U.S. Highway 16.
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
2016 ATV Recreation Events
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/17/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Off Road Riders has requested special use permits for a series of ATV events to be held on authorized motorized trails on the Northern Hills and Mystic Ranger Districts during the summer of 2016. These permits would be valid for one year.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48758
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various trails and roads on the Black Hills NF Motorized Vehicle Use Map located across the Northern Hills and Mystic Ranger Districts.
4x4 Recreation Events Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/17/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Local 4x4 clubs have requested special use permits to conduct a series of 4x4/rock crawler events on approved trails on the Northern Hills and Mystic Ranger Districts. Permits would be valid for 5 years.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various trails across the Northern Hills and Mystic Ranger Districts that have been approved for use by 4x4 vehicles.
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.
Benchmark Motorcycle Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/21/2015
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a motorcycle trail to connect existing motorized trails 8551 and 8575.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46847
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 12 miles south of Deadwood, SD and 4 miles west of Nemo, SD. The new trail would be located entirely east of US Hwy 385.
Black Hills Gold Endurance Ride Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: The organizers of the Black Hills Gold Endurance ride, which is a competitive two-day horse endurance ride, have requested a new five-year special use permit to replace their existing permit, which is set to expire.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47769
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade. LEGAL - Not Applicable The event will be held on established horse trails in the vicinity of the Hay Creek Horse Camp, which is located approximately 6 miles southeast of Deadwood, SD.
Deadman Trail Addition
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/20/2015
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: A 15 mile non-motorized loop trail has been proposed to link existing trails managed by the City of Sturgis, the BLM and the USFS. The Deadman Trail would link the existing Centennial Trail with a newly developed trailhead on City of Sturgis property
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47768
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Meade. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed trail would begin in the City of Sturgis and traverse Deadman Mountain and the Sturgis Reservoirs to the south, linking into the existing Centennial Trail.
Fort Meade Remount Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit to conduct the Ft. Meade Remount, a horse riding event primarily held on Bureau of Land Management land, but that uses a portion of the Centennial Trail on NFS land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48598
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Meade. LEGAL - Not Applicable Centennial Trail, immediately south of Sturgis, SD.
Gengler Road Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/30/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Paul Bosworth
605-642-4622
pbosworth@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a road use permit to allow a private landowner to haul timber harvested from private land across National Forest System (NFS)land on a NFS road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48597
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Existing unclassified forest road connecting to Forest System Road 186 in the vicinity of Terry Peak, southwest of Lead, SD.
Gerlach Recreation Residence Deck Addition
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Hillarie Jackson
605-642-4622
hljackson@fs.fed.us
Description: The owners of a recreation residence cabin have requested approval to add a deck on to their cabin. The deck would be approximately 400 sq. feet and would wrap around two sides of the cabin.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable The cabin is located in the McKay group of homes along the South Fork of Rapid Creek, west of Rochford, SD.
Iron Creek Triathlon Permit Renewal
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/02/2016
Expected: 06/2016 08/2016 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of 5 year special use permit to conduct the Iron Creek Triathlon on NFS land adjacent to Iron Creek Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48435
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable NFS roads and trails adjacent to privately-owned Iron Creek Lake, approximately 15 miles south of Spearfish, 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
Little Spearfish/Old Baldy Trail Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/15/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Paul Bosworth
605-642-4622
pbosworth@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintenance of the Little Spearfish and Old Baldy trails, including installation of lead-off ditches to divert water from the trails and repair of the section of Little Spearfish trail through Ranger Draw, which was used for a recent timber sale.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49020
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Little Spearfish and Old Baldy trails, located approximately 13 miles south 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
Steamboat Rock Fire Rings
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/15/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of ground fire rings at Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground to allow tent campers to build campfires.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49017
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground, approximately 4 miles southeast of Nemo, SD.
Sturgis BAM Permit Renewal
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/20/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Black Hills Trails has requested a renewal of their five-year special use permit to conduct the Sturgis BAM mountain bike races, which include 34 mile and 85 mile races and, potentially, a new 20 mile race.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47772
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable The bike races would use the Little Elk Canyon and Centennial trails and, potentially, the proposed Deadman trail system.
Tinton Trail Addition to System
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/16/2014
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 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.
Tinton Trail Robison Gulch Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/15/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Paul Bosworth
605-642-4622
pbosworth@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute of approximately 1.5 miles of the non-motorized Tinton trail through Robison Gulch to reduce the number of creek crossings and subsequently reduce impacts to the creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49019
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tinton trail through Robison Gulch, between Aspen Hills Rd. and the Big Hill trailhead, approximately 7 miles south of Spearfish, SD.
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