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 Resilient Landscapes Project
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/30/2018
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 Anne Davy
406-273-1836
adavy@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; Forest Plan amendment.
Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/BHRLProject
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
Gold Rush Gravel Grinder Permit Renewal
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2018
Actual: 04/26/2018
06/2018 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: The organizers of the Gold Rush Gravel Grinder bike race have requested a renewal of their 5 year special use permit. The event is held on gravel roads open to the public. The previous permit for this event has expired; no changes are proposed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53665
Location: UNIT - Black Hills National Forest All Units. STATE - South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Lawrence, Pennington, Crook, Weston. LEGAL - Not Applicable Open gravel roads primarily on the Northern Hills RD, but also crossing portions of the Bearlodge, Hell Canyon, and Mystic RDs.
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
12/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 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.
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
11/2018
Expected: 04/2019 10/2019 Kelly Honors
605-673-9207
khonors@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, Bearlodge Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2018 Livestock/Cultivation and Waterline Permits Renewals
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/12/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Dona Warwick
307-283-1361
dwarwick@fs.fed.us
Description: Three livestock/cultivation permits and one waterline permit are up for renewal in 2018. All three permits authorize livestock grazing and are proposed for a 10-year renewal. The waterline permit would also be a 10-year renewal.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T52N R65W Sec 30 & 35; T52N R64W Sec 20, 25, & 30; T55N, R63W, Sec 6 Permits are located on National Forest Service Land at the listed legal land descriptions. These locations are on isolated NFS parcels with no public access.
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 Mountain Classic Trail Connectors
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Roger Showman
307-283-1361
rshowman@fs.fed.us
Description: Five trail connectors are proposed for addition to the system. These trail connectors would add approximately 4 miles of non-motorized trail to the system and create loop opportunities of various lengths to the existing system.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed additions occur within the Sundance and Carson Draw Trail Systems near Reuter Campground.
Bearlodge Travel Management 2012
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Road management
Cancelled 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

   *UPDATED*
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2018
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 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 Country FRTA Easements
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/30/2013
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 John Kelley
605-642-4622
johnmkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: Crook County, Wyoming claims historic right-of-way on select roads, however current right-of-way status is legally uncertain. The county would like to legally claim these roads as well as abandoning easements on other select roads.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - Not Applicable Select roads within the Bearlodge Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest.
Crook County FRTA Easements
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2013
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 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
East Creek Enclosure
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/26/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Robert Nagel
307-283-1361
rnagel@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the East Creek Enclosure is to protect and enhance riparian habitat by eliminating livestock grazing.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T55N R63W Sec22 NENE T55N R63W Section 22 NENE
Hemler Ditch Bill Easement
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Dona Warwick
307-283-1361
dwarwick@fs.fed.us
Description: Hemler Ditch and Reservoir qualify under the Act of October 27, 1987 (Colorado Ditch Bill), authorizing permanent easement to the water rights holder to the water conveyance system.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T52N R62W Section 6 and T52N R63W Section 1 Hemler Dam is located on Redwater Creek. Hemler Ditch leads from the dam towards private land.
Lytle Access Road Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 02/26/2016
09/2017 Dona Warwick
307-283-1361
dwarwick@fs.fed.us
Description: Request for a non-renewable road use permit on NFSR 855.1B to facilitate forest management actions on privately owned land. The road crosses two parcels of NFS Lands for a total of 0.5 mile.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T52N, R64W, Section 18 NFSR 855.1B is located on NFS parcels in T52N, R64W, Section 18, northwest of Sundance, Wyoming.
Motorized Trailheads Construction
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/27/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Roger Showman
307-283-1361
rshowman@fs.fed.us
Description: Provide two motorized trailhead locations where recreationists can safely park and unload off-road motorized vehicles and access trails.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T50N R61W Sec 14 SESE, T52N R63W Sec 20 NWSE The Calvert Sacket Trailhead is located at the intersection of NFSR 875.1 and NFSR 826.1/Trail 1643. The Warren Peak Trailhead is located at the intersection of NFSR 838.1 and NFSR 838.2D.
Poplar Mineral Exploration
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2018
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 Karl Emanuel
605-642-4622
kemanuel@fs.fed.us
Description: Project includes exploratory operations on 6 drill sites in the Mineral Hill area. Total disturbance is expected to be under 1 acre and new road construction, reconstruction, and maintenance under 1 mile total. Reclamation activities would occur.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T51N R60W Sections 20, 28, 29, 32 Exploratory activities are proposed on Mineral Hill located approximately 14.5 miles east of Sundance, WY.
Range Telephone Cooperative Maintenance and Installation
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/05/2018
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Dona Warwick
307-283-1361
dwarwick@fs.fed.us
Description: Maintenance and installation of fiber optic cable under existing special use permit. New installation lines will be amended to the existing permit.
Location: UNIT - Bearlodge Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Crook. LEGAL - T51N R63W Section 9 SW 1/4 NW 1/4, T51N R64W Section 1 NE 1/4 SW 1/4 New installation line is located within the road right-of-way corridor on Elk Ridge Road. Existing line replacement is located within the road right-of-way corridor on Miller Creek Road.
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
BF #1 Placer Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/07/2018
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Gary Haag
605-673-9314
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a hardened stream crossing so that motorized vehicles can cross French Creek. The purpose for the crossing is to allow transportation of mining equipment to the eastern portion of BF#1 mining claim. Mining equipment used will be hand tools.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T3S, R3E; Sections 13 & 24 5.5 miles west-northwest of Custer, SD. Access is via FS Road 286.1A.
Beck Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
09/12/2016
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of usable ore from waste rock piles in an area previously mined for pegmatites (mainly feldspar). Estimated production rate is 50-125 tons of ore mined per week.
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable 4.5 miles east-southeast of Custer, SD
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
Phoenix 42 Placer Mining Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
12/13/2016
Expected: 07/2017 09/2017 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Mining will consist of trenches approximately 150 ft. long x 50 ft. wide x 10 ft. deep. Gravels from the trenches will e processed through a trommel. Initially 5 yards of ore will be processed per hour. Mining will be conducted 10-12 hours per day.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51741
Location: UNIT - Hell Canyon Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T.3S., R.4E., SE1/4 of Section 28 The project is along Upper French Creek approximately three-quarters of a mile west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 16 and County Road 286 (Upper French Creek Road). Access via existing access rd.
Virginia Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
06/07/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 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.
Black Hills National Forest, Mystic Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 Motor Vehicle Use Changes
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/16/2017
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 Benjamin Schumacher
605-343-1567
bschumacher@fs.fed.us
Description: Plan to covert portions of 3 forest system roads into a designated trail for vehicles less that 62 inches wide.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N, R4E, Section 13 West of Hwy 385, South of Rochford Road, and East of Jenny Gulch Road
372 road decommissioning
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 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
- Road management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A 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: 09/2018 10/2018 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: 09/2018 10/2018 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
Bengal Fen Road 304.1L Decommissioning
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/12/2014
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 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.
Castle Creek Aquatic Habitat Structure Maintenance & Pool Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
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
Century Link Sales Solutions, Inc. Special Use Permit Re-Issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/14/2016
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue Century Link a Special Use Permit for their existing buried and overhead copper wire and fiber optic cable lines on NFS lands. The term of the new permit will be for 20 years.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Existing buried and over head copper wire and fiber optic lines are located in the following areas: Cosmos, Custer Peak, McCurdy Gulch, Merritt Estes, and other forest-wide locations.
Copper Mountain Ranch LLC FLPMA Private Road Easement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/22/2009
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 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
Deer Creek and Trail #40 Relocation
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/13/2015
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 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.
Green Garnet Placer Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/12/2014
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 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 Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2018
Actual: 03/26/2018
10/2018 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 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
Kraft Recreation Residence Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/11/2016
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 Amy Ballard
605-343-1567
aballard@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruct recreation residence cabin and utilities (well, septic tank, electric, propane, satellite TV) on the Black Fox Tract, Lot A. Construction will be in compliance with management standards for recreation residences.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2N, R2E, Section 11 NE/SW Black Fox Tract, Lot A
Lena Gulch Shaft Closure Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 08/18/2017
08/2017 Gary Haag
605-673-9314
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: The shaft will be closed using a metal grate so bats can use it as a roost area.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian, T1S, R4E, SW1/4, Section 13 Approximately 2 miles north-northwest of Hill City, SD
Mineral Mt. Resources Rochford Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
12/13/2016
Expected: 10/2018 11/2018 Gary Haag
605-673-4853
ghaag@fs.fed.us
Description: Mineral Mt. Resources is proposing an exploration drilling project in the Rochford Area. Mineral Mt. proposes to construct a total of 21 drill sites. Generally the drill pads will be approximately 25 ft. x 40 ft. The approx. disturbed area is 2 acres
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52323
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - Black Hills Meridian; T2N, R3E; Sections 26 & 35 Southeast of Rochford, SD
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 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.
Town of Keystone Special Use Permit Re-Issuance
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2018
Actual: 03/16/2018
11/2018 Rodney Brown
605-343-1567 x3552
rwbrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue the town of Keystone a special use permit for buried interception and main sewer line located within the ROW and under SD Hwy 40 from the Keystone city limits to the waste water treatment plant. New term would be for 20 years.
Location: UNIT - Mystic Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Pennington. LEGAL - T2S, R6E, Sections 4, 9, 10 Keystone, 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
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.
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.
Buck Wild Climbing Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2018
Actual: 05/10/2018
05/2018 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Buck Wild Climbing has requested an outfitter and guide permit to conduct guided rock climbing on established routes in Spearfish Canyon, south of Spearfish, SD.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53806
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Established climbing routes in Spearfish Canyon, south of Spearfish, SD.
Gengler Road Use Permit
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A 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.
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
National Outdoor Leadership School Climbing Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2018
Actual: 05/10/2018
05/2018 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: The National Outdoor Leadership School has requested an outfitter and guide permit to conduct guided rock climbing on established routes in Spearfish Canyon south of Spearfish, SD.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53804
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Established climbing routes within Spearfish Canyon, 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
Sturgis Non-motorized Trail Network
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/04/2018
Expected: 11/2018 12/2018 Christopher Stores
605-443-3081
cstores@fs.fed.us
Description: 15 miles of non-motorized trail would be constructed and maintained by the City of Sturgis on NFS land under a special use permit with the Forest Service. The trail would connect to the Centennial trail and existing trails near the Sturgis Reservoirs
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 South of Sturgis, in the area encompassing Deadman Mountain, Vanocker Canyon, Veteran's Peak and the Sturgis Reservoirs.
Tinton Trail Addition to System
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A 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.
Trail 8202 Gimlet Creek Crossing Repair
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2018
Actual: 05/22/2018
06/2018 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair of an existing stream crossing to mitigate resource damage and to funnel motorized traffic away from the damaged area onto a more sustainable crossing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53888
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 4 miles east of Rochford, SD in the Gimlet Creek drainage.
Trail 8276 Nemo Mountain Reroute
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2018
Actual: 05/22/2018
06/2018 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute of approximately 2 miles of motorized trail accessing the top of Nemo Mtn. to mitigate erosion concerns and to make the trail easier to navigate.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53889
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable Immediately east of Nemo, SD.
Trail 8575-8203 Connector Trail
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2018
Actual: 05/22/2018
06/2018 Bonnie Jones
605-642-4622
bjjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a connector trail between existing motorcycle trail 8575 and 8203 to provide access to the Riley Hill trailhead and motorcycle trails on the Mystic Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53890
Location: UNIT - Northern Hills Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Lawrence. LEGAL - Not Applicable East of Minnesota Ridge, approximately 4 miles east of Rochford, SD.
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