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.


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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

Trail 038 Conversion

To change use to nonmotorized to lower the maintenance standards and reduce safety issues associated with motorized use on a trail not designed for that use. Currently, rock slides and flooding have narrowed the trail and blocked motorized use.

Wind River Outfitters New Assigned Site Project

Authorization of a new assigned site at the end of Forest Service Road (FSR) #601 to be used for big game hunting.

Under Analysis

Edelman Trail Reroute #025 Project

Construct two reroutes and trail tread structures on the Edelman Trail #025 to protect riparian areas.

Flitner Waterline Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of the existing special use permit for a spring development and waterline for a new term.

Forest-wide Timber Stand Improvement

Thin conifer trees two feet tall to five inches diameter at breast height in areas previously harvested and where stand-replacing fires and/or severe wind/weather events have occurred. Average of 500 acres annually in MAs 3, 4, and 5.

LOVCOM, INC. Amendment application for new replacement Tower

Installation of a new 80 foot self supported communications tower to replace an existing 40 foot tower to accommodate additional communication uses.

Analysis Completed

Crater Ridge Vegetation Management Project

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

FSR #329 Conversion Project

Forest Service Road (FSR) #329 would be partially closed to full sized vehicles and converted to a motorized OHV trail 50 inches or less. Sections of the old road bed would be narrowed to be more compatible with a 50 inch or less trail.

Pole Creek Gravel Pit Expansion

The Wyoming Dept of Transportation submitted an application to increase the existing gravel pit by 38 ac to facilitate transportation projects and maintenance operations on US Hwy 16. Includes mining, gravel operation, and a temporary hot mix plant


Lodge Connector ATV Trail Project

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

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.