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 in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
- Nebraska National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Nebraska National Forest , Bessey Ranger District
- Nebraska National Forest , Fall River Ranger District
- Nebraska National Forest , Fort Pierre Ranger District
- Nebraska National Forest , Nebraska National Forest All Units
- Nebraska National Forest , Pine Ridge Ranger District
- Nebraska National Forest , Wall Ranger District


Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/27/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
02/2014
Expected: 03/2014 04/2014 Christopher Wehrli
435-896-1053
clwehrli@fs.fed.us
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Ashley National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Dawes, Daggett, Uintah, Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska
Nebraska 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
Cain Creek Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
09/16/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 Cindy Hockelberg
605-673-9238
chockelberg@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposed land exchange between The Nature Conservancy, a Not for Profit Corporation and the Forest Service. The primary purpose of the Cain Creek Land Exchange exchange is to consolidate land ownership where private and National Forest System (NFS
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39610
Location: UNIT - Nebraska National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Fall River. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Federal parcels proposed for exchange are located across the Buffalo Gap National Grassland from the Towns of Hots Springs to Kadoka. All legal descriptions reference the Black Hills Meridian and
Nebraska National Forest , Bessey Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
McKelvie Rehabilitation and Decommissioning
EA
- Facility management On Hold N/A N/A Timothy Buskirk
308-533-2257
tbuskirk@fs.fed.us
Description: Decomissioning the residence, carpenter shop,oil storage, flammable storage, radio and horse barn buildings and rehabilitating the office, metal storage shed and shop storage shed at the the Samuel R. McKelvie N.F. Administrative Site
Location: UNIT - Bessey Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Cherry. LEGAL - NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 1; T31N; R33W; P.M.BH Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest of the Bessey Ranger District
Nebraska National Forest , Fall River Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ft Randall Fiber Optic Special Use Permit Modification
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Robert Novotny
605-745-8208
rnovotny@fs.fed.us
Description: Modify existing Special Use Permit to allow the crossing of an additional 4.5 miles of Buffalo Gap National Grassland along the East French Creek Road to replace aging copper facility and improve service
Location: UNIT - Fall River Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T 4 S, R 9 E; Sections 32, 33,34, and 35 East of the town of Fairburn, SD along East French Creek Road
Ingalls Apiary Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2014
Expected: 02/2014 05/2014 Robert Novotny
605-745-8208
rnovotny@fs.fed.us
Description: Plaqcement of 10-12 pallets of bee hives (4 hives to pallet) on 12 locations within the Buffalo Gap National Grassland
Location: UNIT - Fall River Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Fall River. LEGAL - T 10 S, R 8 E, Sec 22; T 10 S, R ( E, Sec 17, 18, 19, 20, 28,31,32,33; T 6 S, R 8 E, Sec 10; T 5 S, R 9 E, Sec 31 Eastern Fall River County South of US Highway 18 and South eastern Custer County
Nebraska National Forest , Fort Pierre Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
FPNG Special Use Road Permits Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2013
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Ruben Mares
605-224-5517
jbrey@fs.fed.us
Description: The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands, Fort Pierre Ranger District, proposes to issue special use permits on four existing two-track, dirt roads to three private landowners who are land locked by Forest System lands.
Location: UNIT - Fort Pierre Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Jones, Lyman, Stanley. LEGAL - T 109N R 78W NE ¼ of Section 29; T 2N R 31E NW ¼ of Section 31; T 2N R 31E NW ¼ of Section 30; T 3N R 31E NE ¼ of Section 17 Project is located on the Fort Pierre National Grassland south of Fort Pierre, SD and north of I-90. Proposed roads are scattered across the grassland at the legals listed below.
Nebraska National Forest , Nebraska National Forest All Units R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eastern Red Cedar Encroachment Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2014
Expected: 05/2014 08/2014 Tedd Teahon
308-533-2257
tteahon@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of invading eastern red cedar in areas identified on the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest to improve timber stand and grassland health.
Location: UNIT - Bessey Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Cherry. LEGAL - Not Applicable Portions of Steer Creek, South Falls, Ranger Station, and Schotes Allotments on the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
Kelly Land Exchange
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2013
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Cindy Hockelberg
605-673-9238
chockelberg@fs.fed.us
Description: The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to convey 632.95 acres to Don Kelly in exchange for 666.89 acres of private land. The private lands are located in Badlands National Park and would be conveyed to the USA, National Park Service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42776
Location: UNIT - Wall Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T1S,R16E, Sec. 6&31; T2S, R15E, Sec. 1,2, 12. Near Badlands National Park.
Nebraska State 4-H Camp Special Use Permit Modification
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/27/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Timothy Buskirk
308-533-8115
tbuskirk@fs.fed.us
Description: Modification of the Nebraska State 4-H Camp's Special Use Permit to include the development and use of a zipline as a part of the camps activities.
Location: UNIT - Bessey Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Thomas. LEGAL - Section 4, T 23N, R 26W, Sixth Principle Meridian Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Bessey Division of the Nebraska National Forest
Nebraska National Forest , Pine Ridge Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sand Creek Russian Olive Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Phillip Dobesh
308-432-0383
pdobesh@fs.fed.us
Description: Russian olive will be removed mechanically or by hand. All cut trees will be piled and burned.
Location: UNIT - Pine Ridge Ranger District. STATE - Nebraska. COUNTY - Dawes, Sioux. LEGAL - SIXTH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN DAWES & SIOUX COUNTIES T. 33N, R. 53W Sec. 17, 20, & 25 T. 33N, R. 52W Sec. 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, & 34 Oglala National Grassland
Nebraska National Forest , Wall Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Wall Prescribe Burn Complex
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/14/2014
Expected: 05/2014 09/2014 Randall Griebel
605-279-2125
rgriebel@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to use fire to create a vegetative disturbance in an area that has not been burned in 30 years to increase vegetative and habitat diversity, while decreasing flammability and the potential for unnatural fire effects.
Location: UNIT - Wall Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Jackson, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Wall Ranger District, Pennington and Jackson Counties, South Dakota
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.