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
- 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, 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
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/13/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2021
Expected: 12/2021 12/2021 Nancy Rusho
202-731-9196
nancy.rusho@usda.gov
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable These regulations apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions
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
RNA and BA Mineral Withdrawal
EA

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- Special area management
- Minerals and Geology
- Land ownership management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2015
Est. Comment Period
10/2020
Expected: 12/2020 12/2020 Louie Conroy
605-673-9207
lmconroy@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.
Rushmore Connector Trail Project
EIS
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/07/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2020
Expected: 01/2021 05/2021 Louie Conroy
605-673-9207
lmconroy@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.
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
Escape Adventures Outfitter and Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2020
Expected: 05/2020 05/2020 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Escape Adventures has requested an outfitter and guide permit to conducted guided bicycle tours on NFS trails, including the Centennial and Deerfield trails. Camping would occur at established NFS campgrounds.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57733
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade, Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Centennial and Deerfield trails. Sheridan Lake, Pactola, Deerfield, and Boxelder Forks campgrounds.
Explore Fitness and Adventures Outfitter and Guide Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2020
Expected: 05/2020 05/2020 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Explore Fitness and Adventures has requested an outfitter and guide permit to lead clients on a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, paddle boarding, skiing, snowshoeing, motorcycling, ATV riding, camping, and backpacking.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57736
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District, Mystic Ranger District, Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable Variety of locations on established NFS roads, trails, and campgrounds.
Black Hills National Forest, Hell Canyon Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Hills Power - Herbert Draw and Lower French Creek
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2020
Expected: 04/2020 05/2020 Sara Erickson
605-673-9347
serickson@fs.fed.us
Description: Black Hills power has requested the installation of a new segment of line along Herbert Draw and the installation of a replacement line along Lower French Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57988
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable South East of Custer
Flanagan Access Road
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2020
Expected: 04/2020 04/2020 Sara Erickson
605-673-9347
serickson@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to private property
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57990
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable North West of Pringle
Kaliko Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/25/2019
Expected: 06/2020 07/2020 Gary Haag
605-673-9314
gary.haag@usda.gov
Description: Project involves mining of feldspar & landscape rock using standard drilling & blasting techniques. The drilling & blasting will be done on previously mined areas with no expansion of the mine footprint. Mining will be conducted 2 to 4 weeks/yr.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - The legal location of the claim is the NW 1/4 of Section 11, T5S, R4E, Black Hills Meridian. The location of the proposed project is approximately 9-miles south of Custer, South Dakota. Access to claim is from Hwy 385 via Forest roads 397; 397.1A and 397.1F.
Lithograph Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2019
Expected: 03/2020 05/2020 Meagan Buehler
605-673-9345
mkbuehler@fs.fed.us
Description: Land Adjustment
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer, Fall River. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southern Hills
Martinson Access Road
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2020
Expected: 04/2020 04/2020 Sara Erickson
605-673-9347
serickson@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to private property
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57992
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable South East of Custer
Morton Access Road
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2020
Expected: 04/2020 04/2020 Sara Erickson
605-673-9347
serickson@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to private property
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57991
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable South east of Custer
Outlaw Ranch Sign Request
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2020
Expected: 04/2020 04/2020 Sara Erickson
605-673-9347
serickson@fs.fed.us
Description: Outlaw Ranch has requested posting 2 directional signs at the two intersections along the route to their business.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57994
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable north of Custer
Rocksie #2 Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
11/25/2019
Expected: 08/2020 10/2020 Gary Haag
605-673-9314
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The claimant proposes to do exploration work on a 1-acre area. Exploration will be done using a backhoe or skid loader. Grizzly on-site to sort material. Camper on-site to use as office. Reclamation will be done concurrently.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - NE 1/4 Section 3; T4S; R3E; BHM The project is 8-miles east of Custer, South Dakota off of Pass Creek Road (County Road 273).
Under Canvas Sign Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2020
Expected: 04/2020 04/2020 Sara Erickson
605-673-9347
serickson@fs.fed.us
Description: Under Canvas has requested the posting of a direction sign on public lands to assist their customers in finding their way to the business.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57993
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable North East of Custer just outside the Norbeck
Virginia Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Gary Haag
605-673-9199
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Pacer Corporation the operator of the Virginia Mine has submitted a proposed amendment to their existing Plan of Operations. The amendment proposes to expand the Virginia Mine by 1-acre.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - BHM, T4S, R5E, SW 1/4, Section 7 The area of the proposed expansion is located approximately 1.4 miles northeast of Pringle, South Dakota.
Western Dakota Camp Association Craft Hall
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2020
Expected: 04/2020 04/2020 Sara Erickson
605-673-9347
serickson@fs.fed.us
Description: Western Dakota Camp Association has put in a request for their existing Craft Hall.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57989
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Camp Bob Marshall
Black Hills National Forest, Mystic Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alvin Project
CE

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- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2020
Expected: 10/2020 11/2020 Randall Rick
605-343-1567
randall.rick@usda.gov
Description: The Alvin Project proposes the removal of poor-formed ponderosa pine stock within the historic 1939 McVey burn area and improving the growth, vigor and health of the pine that survived the fire.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57579
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T01N R03E Sections 13, 23-26,36; T01N R04E Sections 7-9, 13-36; T01N R05E Sections 17-21, 28-34; T01S R05E Sections 1, 3-10 Northwest of Hill City, SD
Cutty Sark Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2020
Expected: 07/2020 07/2020 Gary Haag
605-673-9314
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The claimant proposes to do surface exploration using hand tools. They also propose to do sampling in the existing 120 ft. deep shaft. Exploration would be done using a winch attached to an ATV to lower a person into the shaft.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T2N; R4E; SE 1/4 Section 33 Access to the claim is via closed road FSR 231.1C which connects to the Mystic Road.
Golden Meadow Placer Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
05/05/2020
Expected: 07/2020 07/2020 Gary Haag
605-673-9314
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to determine the value and extent of the gold bearing gravels on the claim. Test holes (approximately 75) will be dug in a grid pattern, approximately 50-100 ft. apart across the proposed exploration area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54365
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T1S, R7E,NE1/4 Section 18 Access to the claim will be via NFSR 449 (Gondola Road) to the Taylor Quarry. At the quarry an existing two-track branches off to the northeast which directly accesses the claim.
Jenny Gulch Exploration Drilling Project
EA
- Special use management
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/06/2020
Expected: 11/2020 11/2020 Gary Haag
605-673-9200
gary.haag@usda.gov
Description: This project includes diamond core drilling at up to 42 drill sites, access road maintenance (as needed), drill pad clearing (as needed), and reclamation activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57428
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Sections 19, 30, 31, T2N R5E and Sections 13, 14, 24, 25, T2N R4E North of Silver City, SD.
Triple G/Rallo's Roost Placer Mining project
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2019
Expected: 05/2020 05/2020 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Prospecting in previously mined placer deposits. Most of the mining will be pick and shovel. There will be one piece of mechanized equipment; a battery powered recirculating sluice 4ft. long by 1 ft. wide. Sluice will be set in 100 gal. tank.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T1N, R4E, Sections 21 & 22 Six miles west of Rapid City, South Dakota. Access is via State Highway 44 to Forest Service Road 167.
Black Hills National Forest, Northern Hills Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
City of Sturgis Bicycle and OHV Events Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2020
Expected: 05/2020 06/2020 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: The City of Sturgis has requested a 5 year special use permit to conduct bicycle and OHV events on NFS lands. These events have been conducted previously under temporary permits. The events would take place on open non-motorized and motorized trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57731
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence, Meade. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bicycle events would take place on the Centennial trail and Sturgis trail system. OHV events would take place on open BHNF motorized trails as shown on the Motorized Vehicle Use Map.
Clarity Telecom Gilt Edge Road Installation
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/18/2019
Expected: 04/2020 06/2020 Callie Ackerman-Jasper
605-642-4622
Callie.Ackerman-Jasper@usda.gov
Description: Installation of new underground utility line via trenching for approximately 1030 feet across NFS lands. Trenching will occur vie excavator to a width of 24 inches. Anchors will be installed at existing poles.
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately two miles south of Deadwood, SD, and one mile north of the Strawberry Hill Picnic Ground.
Gold Rush Gravel Grinder Special Use Permit Amendment
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/24/2020
Expected: 04/2020 06/2020 Bonnie Jones
605-443-3075
bonnie.jones@usda.gov
Description: Organizers of the Gold Rush Gravel Grinder bike race have requested and amendment to their permit to allow for a 45 mile event in addition to the existing 70, 110, and 210 mile events. All events are held on Forest roads open to motorized travel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57535
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Highway 14A, and FSRs 222.3, 222, and 214. Event begins and finishes in Spearfish, SD.
Good Hope Homeowners Association ANILCA Easement
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2020
Expected: 08/2020 09/2020 Callie Ackerman-Jasper
605-642-4622
Callie.Ackerman-Jasper@usda.gov
Description: Good Hope HOA has requested an easement under ANILCA for access to their parcel of land that is surrounded by NFS land. FSR 706.1 and an existing driveway would be used to access the property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57738
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along FSR 706.1 and associated driveway, south of Nemo, SD.
Jensen Road Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2020
Expected: 07/2020 08/2020 Callie Ackerman-Jasper
605-642-4622
Callie.Ackerman-Jasper@usda.gov
Description: Mr. Jensen owns a parcel of land that is surrounded by BLM land. An existing access road goes to the property and originates on NFS land before entering BLM. Access across NFS land requires the issuance of a road use permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57739
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Existing access road off of FSR 535.1 (Two Bit Rd.) southeast of Lead, SD.
Mystic Hills Outfitter and Guide Permit Amendment
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/19/2020
Expected: 05/2020 05/2020 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Mystic Hills Campground holds an outfitter and guide permit to conduct guided ATV rides. They have requested an amendment to their permit to allow for additional routes. The new routes would follow roads and trails open to motorized travel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57879
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Open roads and trails in the area of the Mystic Hills Campground, near Custer Peak, south of Deadwood, SD.
Shortcuts to the Good Stuff Outfitter and Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2020
Expected: 04/2020 05/2020 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Shortcuts to the Good Stuff, LLC has requested an outfitter and guide permit to lead guided OHV rides on roads and trails open to motorized travel on the Black Hills National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57741
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Motorized roads and trails across the Black Hills National Forest.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.