As part of carrying out the mission of the Forest Service, agency resource specialists develop proposals that will enhance or maintain resource values on public lands, as well as generate products. In addition, the public may submit proposals for various uses such as rights-of-way, land exchanges, and recreational events. A necessary part of the planning for these is the environmental analysis and documentation, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and agency direction.


Policies & Legislation

Local, regional, and national policies, agreements, and legislation guide our priorities and procedures. Many of our regulations are explained in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Bighorn National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Dayton Gulch Outfitters Special Use Permit Proposal

Analysis of Dayton Gulch Outfitters proposal for a special use permit to offer rental camps June 1 %u2013 November 30.

Pole Creek Gravel Pit Expansion

The Wyoming Dept of Transportation submitted an application to increase the existing gravel pit by 45 ac to facilitate transportation projects and maintenance operations on US Hwy 16. Includes mining, gravel operation, and a temporary hot mix plant

Under Analysis

Billy Creek Timber Sale

Forested vegetation management with multiple objectives, including wood product production, fuels reduction, wildlife habitat enhancement, insect and disease mitigation and travel management.

Crater Ridge Vegetation Management Project

Forested vegetation management with multiple objectives, including wood product production, fuels reduction, wildlife habitat enhancement, and travel management.

Johnson County Search and Rescue Special Use Permit for communications equipment at Hunter Mesa

Issuance of a new Special Use Permit for Communications Equipment to be located in the Forest Services existing Communications Building located at the Hunter Mesa Communication Site.

Lodge Connector ATV Trail Project

ATV trail to connect the three lodges on the north end of the Tongue Ranger District.

Paradise Ranch Company Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of Special Use Permit for existing communications use at the Hunter Mesa Communication Site located within the Forest Service building.

Willett Creek, Forest Service Road (FSR) 226 Re-route Project

Re-route the crossing of FSR 226 with a tributary of Willett Creek. The new segment would be approx. 500 feet long and located downstream of the current crossing at a narrower portion of the stream. Close and rehabilitate existing water crossing.

On Hold

West Side Connector Trail

Construct a motorized trail system for vehicles less than 50 inches in width between Powder River Pass and Deerhaven Lodge that would allow motorized users the ability to travel across the district without riding on Highway 16.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.