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

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.

Lodge Connector ATV Trail Project

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

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

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.

Shell Falls Commercial Use Permitting Project

Authorization of Priority Use Outfitter and Guide permits to commercial tour operators stopping at the Shell Falls Visitor Center. Permits may be issued for periods up to ten years.

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


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.

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