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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Bighorn National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Under Analysis

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.

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

Ranger Creek Campground and Adelaide Trailhead Reconstruction Project

Reconstruction of Ranger Creek Campground and improvement of parking area for the Adelaide and Bench Trailheads.

Analysis Completed

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.

Willett Creek, Forest Service Road 226 Reroute 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

Wyoming's Finest Outfitter Permit Area Expansion Proposal

Proposal is for additional permitted area for outfitting and guiding archery and rifle hunts. Permitted rifle area would expand to include currently authorized archery area. Overall permitted area would extend to Skull Ridge and Steamboat Point

On Hold

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.