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)
- R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District
- Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District
- Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District
- Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Laramie Ranger District
- Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Parks Ranger District
- Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Yampa Ranger District


Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
11/21/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2018
Expected: 01/2019 02/2019 John Shivik
801-625-5667
johnashivik@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.
Web Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=stelprd3843381
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest All Units, Ashley National Forest All Units, Boise National Forest All Units, Bridger-Teton National Forest All Units, Dixie National Forest All Units, Fishlake National Forest All Units, Manti-La Sal National Forest All Units, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Caribou-Targhee National Forest All Units, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest All Units, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache All Units. STATE - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Adams, Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Fremont, Madison, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Churchill, Clark, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lincoln, Nye, Pershing, Washoe, White Pine, Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber, Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, Sublette, Teton, Weston, Jackson, Moffat, Routt. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sagebrush lands in National Forests of Nevada, Utah, southern Idaho, southwest Montana, southwest & south-central Wyoming and northern Colorado.
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A David Loomis
303-275-5008
dloomis@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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30630
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
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Adventure Cycling Association Ten-year Outfitter and Guide Permit Issuance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/18/2018
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Hillary Santana
970-945-3202
hsantana@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a ten year outfitter and guide permit to Adventure Cycling Association to authorize multiple cycling tours to operate annually on National Forest System Lands across the Rocky Mountain Region.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54388
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Rio Grande National Forest All Units, Sulphur Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, South Park Ranger District, Wind River Ranger District, West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District, East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado, Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon, Fremont, Sublette, Chaffee, Conejos, Eagle, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Park, Pitkin, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, Summit. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tours will occur on NFS lands within multiple districts on the White River, Pike & San Isabel, Arapaho-Roosevelt, Medicine Bow-Routt, GMUG, Shoshone and Rio Grande National Forests
Medicine Bow-Routt 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
Medicine Bow Landscape Vegetation Analysis (LaVA) Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Land management planning
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/21/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2018
Expected: 12/2018 01/2019 Melissa Martin
307-745-2371
mmmartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Holistically review the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre mountain ranges to identify strategies to best mitigate the negative effects of the current beetle epidemic to the various resources found within each mountain ranges.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51255
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District, Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany, Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable PROJECT INFORMATION NOTE: If no documents show beneath the tabs below, use Internet Explorer Settings (gear icon), Compatibility View Settings, to ADD and then DELETE "usda.gov" from listed websites.
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Battle Creek Ditch and Stream Enhancement
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2018
Actual: 08/01/2018
08/2018 William Baer
307.326.2538
wbaer@fs.fed.us
Description: Install a headgate, measuring flow box, 991 feet of 24-inch diameter pipe along existing ditch right-of-way. In addition to installation of in-channel diversion and in-stream structures.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54006
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - SW1/4SE1/4 Sec. 30 T. 13 N., R. 87 W., 6th Principal Meridian, Carbon County, Wyoming. Project is located off of National Forest System Road 850.1A.
Battle Ditch Repair and Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2018
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 William Baer
307-326-2538
wbaer@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to install a headgate, measuring flow box, 991 feet of 24 inch diameter pipe along the existing right-of-way, and instream structures in Battle Creek. Collaborators include USFWS, LSRVCD, TU, WGFD with US Forest Service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53836
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable T13N, R87W, Section 30, SE1/4 SW1/4
Battle Mountain Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Casey Cheesbrough
307-326-2517
ccheesbrough@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burn to regenerate aspen in conifer-encroached aspen stands, re-introduce fire into a fire adapted ecosystem, and reduce continuous fuels near forest inholdings and perimeter.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=17624
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area includes Battle Mountain, an isolated island of Forest Service lands located on the far southwestern portion of the Sierra Madre Range.
Borer Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: Private citizen is considering whether to pursue purchase parcel of National Forest System land or not. Project is on hold until citizen decision is made. Parcel is eligible for purchase under the Small Tracts Act for several reasons.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52161
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T14N, R85W, Sec. 20 & 21. Project is located about 1000 ft north of Battle Highway. Parcel is directly adjacent to Battle Pass Subdivision on its northern edge. Parcel is oblong and narrow in shape and measures 9 acres.
C & C Cattle Company: Livestock Grazing Pasture Permit Re-Issue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/12/2018
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: C & C Cattle Co. has requested a re-issue of their Forest Service Special Uses Permit for livestock grazing for a 16-ac parcel. The permit expired 12/31/2017. There are no changes in the use of the pasture; action is administrative only.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53343
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - SNW1/4 SW1/4 Sec. 21, T. 13 N., R. 88 W., 6th P.M., Carbon County, WY. Sec. 21, T. 13 N., R. 88 W., 6th P.M., Carbon County, WY. Located appx 1.2 miles northwest of Hwy 70 and accessible by open Forest Road 814.
Carbon Cty Commissioners Re-Issue of Communications Use Lease for Blackhall Lookout Tower Repeater
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/06/2017
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: Blackhall Lookout Tower houses mobile radio service communications (repeater) for Carbon County first responders. Permit/Lease is expired and needs re-issued. New permit to be for recommended 30 years. Administrative change only, footprint unchanged.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52683
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Sec. 2, T. 12 N., R. 83 W., 6th P.M. Sec. 2, T. 12 N., R. 83 W., 6th P.M. Blackhall Mountain Quadrangle. Top of Blackhall Mountain. Radio equipment is installed on Blackhall Lookout Tower.
Encampment Minerals Core Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/30/2018
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: Mineral exploration and sampling conducted through boring four (4) geologic cores for analysis. Cores will be removed and remaining holes plugged with concrete.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52687
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Sections 28, 31 and 32 of T. 18 N., R. 79 W., 6th P.M. Area accessed from Arlington, WY on FS road 111. Drill #1 is on FS road 114. Drills #2 & #3 are on decommissioned 111.1C. Drill #4 is on decommissioned 125.1D. Drills are directly adjacent to roadbed.
Encampment Minerals Core Drilling - Muddy Mountain
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
07/28/2017
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: Encampment Minerals to drill three core samples for the purpose of minerals exploration. Cores will be 3.25 inches in diameter and range from 300 to 800 feet in length.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53762
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - Sec. 16, T. 14 N., R. 78 W. 6th P.M., Albany County, WY. Sec. 16, T. 14 N., R. 78 W. 6th P.M., Albany County, WY. From Albany, WY, travel west on NFSR 500. All three drills are located adjacent to open Forest Rd 513.
Encampment Minerals Core Drilling - Prospect Mountain
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/21/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: Encampment Minerals proposes to drill six core samples for minerals exploration purposes. Cores will be 3.25 inches diameter and anywhere from 250 - 550 feet in length. Drilling area is accessed by one open public road and two decommissioned roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53761
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Sec. 35 & 36, T. 14 N., R. 81 W. 6th P.M. Carbon County, WY To access project: Hwy 230 east from Riverside, BLM Road 3423/3423.1A north to Forest border. Cores to be located near Forest border adjacent to open Forest Rd 495 and two nearby decommissioned roads.
Juancorena Water Transmission Line and Springbox Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Melanie Fullman
307-326-2500
mfullman@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize springbox and water transmission line for domestic use
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43250
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T17N, R80W, Section 15 Near Overlook Retreat Subdivision on the Snowy Range
Ostlind-Parsekian Access Easement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/02/2017
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: Access driveway across National Forest lands to private property through issuance of FLPMA Easement: 30 years, renewable. Using existing unclassified road 0.7 miles/20 feet either side of centerline (~3.39 acres). No additional construction to road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52392
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located off Continental Divide Road (NFSR 412) in Sec. 15
Sierra Madre Sheep
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Brad Weatherd
307-326-5258
bweatherd@fs.fed.us
Description: Allotment Management Planning for 7 sheep allotments in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range on the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Thunder Basin National Grassland
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35892
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T12N R85W, T13N R85W, T12N R86W, T13N R86W, T14N R86W, T12N R87W, T13N R87W, T14N R87W West side of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District, approximately 17 miles southwest of Encampment, WY.
Union Telephone Co. Buried Fiber Optic Line
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/24/2018
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: Union Telephone Co. to install below-ground fiber optic cable to provide high-speed data communications to support broadband network and communications for emergency services in rural areas, traveling public, and properties along the route.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54249
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Sections 7, 17, 18, 20, 28 and 29, T. 16 N., R. 81 W., 6th P.M., Carbon County, Wyoming. To be located completely within existing road rights-of-way: Highway 130 (Snowy Range Road), NFSR 210, and NFSR 232.1A.
West Side Snowy Range Travel Management Environmental Analysis
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Paula Guenther
307-745-2310
pguenther@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of the motorized road and trail system on the west side of the Snowy Range. Analysis includes addition and removal of roads from the current road system and addition of ORV trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40299
Location: UNIT - Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T19N, - T15N, R82W - R79W West side of the Snowy Range
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
34.5-kilovolt Power Line and Right-of-Way at Antelope Mine
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/20/2018
Expected: 09/2018 09/2018 Cordie Lyon
307-358-4690
clyon@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend an existing special use authorization, named DGL344, to include construction and operation of a new power line segment at Antelope Mine within a new right-of-way in order to provide electricity to an existing entrance guard facility.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54107
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Converse. LEGAL - NW Sec 12 T40N R71W Thunder Basin NG
Camp Creek Federal F-3 Oil Well
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2018
Expected: 09/2018 09/2018 Jacob Eckhardt
307-358-4690
jacobeckhardt@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-entry on a formerly used oil well pad, drilling of one oil well, and associated reclamation. The proponent is HD Adams.
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Campbell. LEGAL - Sec 6 T54N R70W, 6th P.M. Thunder Basin National Grassland - Spring Creek Unit
Converse County Oil and Gas Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/27/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2018
Expected: 04/2019 04/2019 John Madden
307-358-4690
johnmadden@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize development of oil and gas resources as identified by the proponent companies. The proponent companies have identified approximately 5,000 oil and natural gas wells on 1,500 well pads.
Web Link: https:/go.usa.gov/xnRAN
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Converse. LEGAL - Townships 32 through 40 North, Ranges 67 through 76 West, 6th Principal Meridian North half of Converse County North of I-25. Thunder Basin National Grassland.
Inyan Kara Assembled Land Exchange
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
10/2018
Expected: 12/2020 12/2020 Cordie Lyon
307-358-4690
clyon@fs.fed.us
Description: This land exchange, consisting of approximately 16,600 acres, is being represented by the Inyan Kara Grazing Association on behalf of 17 land owners.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=4324
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Weston. LEGAL - Several parcels in several townships. Thunder Basin National Grassland and Weston County, WY.
Jibilian Federal Oil and Gas Development - True Oil LLC
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2018
Actual: 06/20/2018
07/2018 John Wise
307-358-4690
jwise@fs.fed.us
Description: Oil and gas development that includes access road, well pad, and wells.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52591
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Campbell. LEGAL - Sections 21, 22, 27 and 28 T43N R71W, 6th P.M. Approx. 6 miles southeast of Wright, WY, on Thunder Basin NG.
Power Line to Highland Flat Federal 34-34 Oil Well
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Cordie Lyon
307-358-4690
clyon@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorization for an existing 1,970-foot 14.4kV distribution electrical overhead power line that provides service to several oil wells. The authorization would be for operation and maintenance of the power line and right-of-way.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45149
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Converse. LEGAL - W2SE sec. 34 T38N R73W, 6th P.M. Thunder Basin National Grassland; approx. 16.5 miles west of Bill, WY.
Reauthorization for 230kV and 69kV Transmission Lines
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2018
Actual: 06/14/2018
07/2018 Cordie Lyon
307-358-4690
clyon@fs.fed.us
Description: Reauthorization and continuation of use and maintenance by Black Hills Power Corp. of two 230kV and one 69kV electrical transmission power lines.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48772
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Weston. LEGAL - Within portions of T44N R62W, T45N R62W, T45N R63W, T47N R64W, T47N R65W, T48N R64W, T48N R65W, T48N R66W, 6th P.M. General vicinity is between the communities of Newcastle, Osage, and Upton.
Reprise 2D Seismic Survey
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2018
Actual: 08/29/2018
09/2018 James McKay
307-358-4690
jmckay02@fs.fed.us
Description: Two-dimensional, or 2D, geophysical exploration for geologic information associated with oil and natural gas. The proponent is Devon Energy Production Company, L.P.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54390
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Converse. LEGAL - Townships 37, 38, 39 N. and Ranges 67, 68, 69 W. 6th P.M. Thunder Basin National Grassland
Special Use Authorization for Use and Occupancy of Additional NFS Lands at Black Thunder Mine
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
09/13/2017
Expected: 10/2018 11/2018 James McKay
307-358-4690
jmckay02@fs.fed.us
Description: Amendment of existing permit to add 334.5 acres for overstrip of topsoil and overburden and stockpile material for reclamation and other mining activities at Black Thunder Mine. And USFS administrative actions or orders to manage public land use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52251
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Campbell. LEGAL - Sec. 1 and 2 T42N R71W, 6th P.M. Thunder Basin NG, southwest of Wright, WY
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dry Lake Campground and Parking Area - Expansion and Refurbishment
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
06/10/2018
Expected: 10/2018 05/2019 Kent Foster
970-870-2142
kfoster@fs.fed.us
Description: Campground expansion, parking improvement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54004
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - Not Applicable The area around and/or near the existing Dry Lake campground and parking lot.
Elk Park Road
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Liz Schnackenberg
970-870-2234
lschnackenberg@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop alternatives for the management of Elk Park Road in order to address soil and water resource concerns and to analyze effects to recreational use of the road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50837
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - Sections 4, 9, 16, 21 T7N R84W, 6th P.M. Approximately 3 miles north of Steamboat Springs in the Strawberry Park Area.
HPBE Trail Reroutes & Relocations
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Kent Foster
970-870-2142
kfoster@fs.fed.us
Description: Minor reroutes of segments of National Forest System Trails 1190, 1188, and 1188.1A. The reroutes are proposed in order to reduce resource damage that occurs due to erosion, incision, and trail braiding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39051
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - Sections 6, 7 T9N R84W, Sec. 13 T9N R85W, Sections 31, 32 T10N R84W, 6th P.M. Coulton Creek and Hinman Park areas, north of Seedhouse Road (NFSR400).
Mad Rabbit Trails Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2018
Expected: 06/2019 08/2019 Kent Foster
970-870-2142
kfoster@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will analyze options to manage dispersed recreation in the Rabbit Ears Pass and Rocky Peak areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50917
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rocky Peak area and Rabbit Ears area.
OHV Trails Planning
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Kent Foster
970-870-2142
kfoster@fs.fed.us
Description: Planning and analysis of priority motorized trail opportunities per the District Trails Master Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51564
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Routt. LEGAL - Not Applicable District-wide
Recreation Event CE
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2018
Actual: 05/15/2018
05/2018 Erica Dickerman
970-870-2185
edickerman@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of recreation event permits that meet the Forest Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53930
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout the Routt National Forest
Routt County Communications Wind Turbine Installation
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2018
Actual: 06/27/2018
07/2018 Janet Faller
970-870-2174
jfaller@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of an small electrical power producing wind turbine provide back up power for a communications sike.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54127
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - T 10, R 84, S 18. Routt NF on Hahns Peak/Bears Ears DR. Farwell Mountain.
Steamboat Powdercat trails and thinning CE
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special area management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/02/2017
Expected: 09/2018 09/2018 Erica Dickerman
970-870-2185
edickerman@fs.fed.us
Description: Adding approximately 2 miles of new snow trails; modifying alignment of existing snow trails.
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - Not Applicable Buffalo Pass Winter Recreation Area
Steamboat Ski Area Improvements
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2018
Actual: 09/10/2018
09/2018 Erica Dickerman
970-870-2185
edickerman@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze the impacts of approving selected projects identified in the 2011 Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation Master Development Plan Amendment, which was accepted by the U.S. Forest Service on January 2, 2013.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48246
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - T5N R83W S5; T5N R84W S1; T6N R 83W S20, 29, and 32; T6N R84W S13, 14, 22-27, and 36 Within the Steamboat Ski Area permit boundary
West Prong Falls Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
09/12/2018
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 Rick Henderson
970-870-2219
rhenderson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a wing wall to protect a native Colorado cutthroat trout population.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54680
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Moffat. LEGAL - T10N, R89W, Section 25. 15 miles NE of Craig, CO.
Wyoming Trail-CDNST Trail Reroutes
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
Cancelled N/A N/A Kent Foster
970-870-2142
kfoster@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute sections of National Forest System Trail 1101, part of the designated Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST). This project would reduce impacts to wetlands and improve overall watershed and trail conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45946
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - Not Applicable Trail sections near Fishhook Lake, east of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and north of State Highway 40.
Yampa Valley Electric Association, Columbine North, Powerline Realignment.
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2018
Actual: 07/25/2018
07/2018 David Watke
970-870-2143
dwatke@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit amendment to authorize installation of 4553 feet of new underground powerline.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54129
Location: UNIT - Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - Sections 30 and 31, T 11N, R 85W. And Section 25, T 11N, R 86 W. Routt NF, HPBE RD. Line runs from the town of Columbine along Co Rd 129 to the Summit Creek Guard Station.
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Laramie Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Centennial Ridge Unauthorized Route Rehabilitation
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Special area management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2018
Actual: 07/26/2018
07/2018 Sean Harkins
307-745-2424
seanpharkins@fs.fed.us
Description: Decommission approximately 4.5 miles of unauthorized routes in the eastern Snowy Range.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54357
Location: UNIT - Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sections 8 and 9 T15N R78W, 6th P.M.; Centennial Ridge.
Crown Castle tower replacement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/18/2017
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 Nicholas Collard
307-745-2317
ncollard@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of and existing guyed tower with a Guy-less tower in the same location and of the same height
Location: UNIT - Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - T15N,R72W,sec.10 Pole Mountain
Muddy Creek and Lake Creek Watershed Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/27/2014
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Dave Gloss
307-326-2510
dgloss@fs.fed.us
Description: The final environmental assessment and draft decision will be available soon! This project would improve wetlands, stream and watershed conditions, and habitat for fish and wildlife in the Muddy Creek and Lake Creek watersheds (NFSRs 553 and 588).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43899
Location: UNIT - Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - Not Applicable Muddy Creek road (553) and Lake Creek Road (588) and associated watersheds in the Snowy Range.
Paul Allred - Pirates Gold Mining Claim
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/02/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Nicholas Collard
307-745-2317
ncollard@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed mineral exploration using a dredge with a 5 inch diameter nozzle to reach deeper into holdes in the creekbed. Original proposal included use of a 3-inch diameter nozzle. Project may include off-system motorized access to mining claim.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27192
Location: UNIT - Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - T14N, R79W, Section 34, 6th P.M. Douglas Creek between the bridge to the Bobby Thompson Campground and the campground itself.
Re-Issue of Communications Use Lease for VRE Towers, LLC
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/09/2018
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 Amber Horne
307.326.2532
ahorne@fs.fed.us
Description: VRE Towers, LLC owns a pre-existing communications tower on Pole Mountain for which the lease needs to be re-issued. There will be no physical alterations to the tower itself; changes are administrative only.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54318
Location: UNIT - Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - Sec. 10, Township 15 North, Range 72 West, 6th P.M., Albany County, Wyoming. Project is located on Pilot Hill, on the Pole Mountain area of Medicine Bow National Forest.
Riparian Area Restoration in Douglas Creek Watershed
CE
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Katharine Haynes
307-745-2419
katharinemhaynes@fs.fed.us
Description: Rehabilitation of approximately 0.5 acres of wetland, damaged by an unauthorized route, to restore soil productivity, hydrologic function, and wetland vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49099
Location: UNIT - Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - S22, 23 T13N R79W 6th P.M. Unauthorized route off of NFSR 504.
Union Pacific Communication Tower Replacement Pole Mountain
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/20/2017
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 Nicholas Collard
307-745-2317
ncollard@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace existing guyed tower with guy-less taller tower on same site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53748
Location: UNIT - Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - T15N,R72W,sec.14 Pole Mountain unit.
Wyoming Pathways Pole Mountain Trail Reroutes
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/24/2018
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Melissa Martin
307-745-2371
mmmartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate roughly 5.5 mile of trail at Pole Mountain to alter the current resource damaging alignments. Affected trails include: Middle Aspen; Aspen; Haunted Forest; Headquarters; Crow Creek; and Turtle Rock.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54263
Location: UNIT - Laramie Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Albany. LEGAL - Not Applicable Medicine Bow National Forest, Pole Mountain Unit, Laramie Ranger District
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Parks Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Darcy Ditch Pipe Installaton
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2018
Actual: 08/22/2018
08/2018 Janet Faller
970-870-2174
jfaller@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of 30 inch pipe to line 2 sections of the Darcy Ditch, 800 feet in Section 1 and 600 feet in Section 2.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54575
Location: UNIT - Parks Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - 1.2 acres in Sec. 15, T. 5 N., R. 79 W., 6TH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, and Sec. 10, T. 5 N., R. 79 W., 6TH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN Parks RD, under NFSR 715.
Pittington Private Road (NFSR 634.2) Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A Janet Faller
970-870-2174
jfaller@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a Special Use Permit for a 5-year term for use and maintenance of National Forest System Road 634.2 for access to private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50786
Location: UNIT - Parks Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - SW S3 and NW S10 T10N R82W, 6th P.M. Red Canyon Geographic Area, Routt NF.
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Yampa Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
NFSR 970 (Beaver Creek Road) Redesignation Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Recreation management
Cancelled N/A N/A Douglas Myhre
970-638-4516
dmyhre@fs.fed.us
Description: Possible redesignation of NFSR 970 from Level II road to motorized trail open to vehicles <50 inches or less in width and non-motorized use. Purpose is to protect resources. A parking area, gate and sign may be installed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50352
Location: UNIT - Yampa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Routt. LEGAL - T3N, R90W, section 9 Approximately 30 miles southeast of the town of Craig and adjacent to the Indian Run State Wildlife Area.
Pierce Whitney Creek Diversion special use permit
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A Janet Faller
970-870-2174
jfaller@fs.fed.us
Description: Use of the existing Last Chance Ditch to divert additional water from Whitney Creek to private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42598
Location: UNIT - Yampa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located approximately 7 miles NW of Yampa on Whitney Creek.
Red Vista Vegetation Management Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Cancelled N/A N/A Sonya Lucatero
530-587-3558 Ext: 227
slucatero@fs.fed.us
Description: Harvest treatments of up to 3000 acres in mostly beetle killed conifers.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54168
Location: UNIT - Yampa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Grand. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 20 miles southeast of Yampa,Colorado, near Gore Pass.
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