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, 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
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/27/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 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 - 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, 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
03/2015
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
- Recreation management
- Road 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
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2013
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 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
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 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.
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
Scoping Start
02/07/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 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: 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
Custer County and South Dakota State DOT Hazard Tree Removal Project
CE

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- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Kelly Honors
605-673-4853
khonors@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to authorize Custer County, and South Dakota State Department of Transportation to cut and deck hazard trees (dead and MPB infested) along specified routes.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45762
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Specific roads, mainly in Custer County but also in Pennington County, to which maintenance responsibility falls to either Custer County or South Dakota State Department of Transportation.
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 06/2015 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
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
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
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
- 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: 02/2015 03/2015 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: 02/2015 03/2015 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.
High Place Placer Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
06/10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2013
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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
Reynolds FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/08/2011
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 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
Slate Creek Quarry
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/07/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Facility 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.
Tomaha Ridge Sanitary District PAH537
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/09/2013
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 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.
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
2014 Snowmobile Reroutes
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroutes to the existing snowmobile trails is needed to mitigate safety concerns. These reroutes would be permanent and established by clearing trees and setting trail markers.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Snowmobile trails 3, 5A, and 6 will be rerouted. Trail 3 is located along NFSR 268 and 268.1A, Trail 5A is located next to Rochford Road and Whitewood Creek, and Trail 6 is located along NFSR 117.7.
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.
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
Lazy Beaver Claim - Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 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.
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 Crossing Installation
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/19/2014
Expected: 10/2014 04/2015 Paul Bosworth
605-642-4622
pbosworth@fs.fed.us
Description: A popular non-motorized trail, Little Spearfish Trail, is in need of a crossing structure where outflow from a spring is crossing the trail. A small wooden boardwalk would be placed to allow water to pass underneath and users to walk and bike across.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T4N R1E Section 9 Little Spearfish Trail is located off of NFSR 222.1 next to Timon Campground.
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
Scoping Start
07/15/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 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.
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: 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
Roubaix Holding Pasture
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/19/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Matthew Scott
605-673-4853
mcscott@fs.fed.us
Description: A small holding pasture would be constructed within the Roubaix Allotment to allow for more efficient cattle on- and off-boarding and to effectively graze the riparian area along Middle Boxelder Creek.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - T3N R3E Section 25 N1/2 The Roubaix Holding Pasture lies west of Roubaix Lake Campground, adjacent to NFSR 256.1.
Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Land ownership management
- Recreation 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
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
Tinton Trail Addition to System
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/18/2014
Expected: 11/2014 02/2015 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.
Virkula Forest Management Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
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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