Black Hills Forest Monitoring Plan Transition
The Black Hills NF is modifying the Forest Plan monitoring plan to comply with the 2012 planning rule. The approval of the modifications would be administrative changes not subject to further review.
Mickelson Trail-Mount Rushmore Connector Project
The State of South Dakota has applied for a permit to construct, operate and maintain a 14-mile non-motorized trail across the Forest connecting the Mickelson Trail to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. The decision would amend Forest Plan direction.
2016 ATV Recreation Events
Off Road Riders has requested special use permits for a series of ATV events to be held on authorized motorized trails on the Northern Hills and Mystic Ranger Districts during the summer of 2016. These permits would be valid for one year.
Deadman Trail Addition
A 15 mile non-motorized loop trail has been proposed to link existing trails managed by the City of Sturgis, the BLM and the USFS. The Deadman Trail would link the existing Centennial Trail with a newly developed trailhead on City of Sturgis property
Fort Meade Remount Permit Renewal
Renewal of a special use permit to conduct the Ft. Meade Remount, a horse riding event primarily held on Bureau of Land Management land, but that uses a portion of the Centennial Trail on NFS land.
Gengler Road Use Permit
Issuance of a road use permit to allow a private landowner to haul timber harvested from private land across National Forest System (NFS)land on a NFS road.
Little Spearfish/Old Baldy Trail Maintenance
Maintenance of the Little Spearfish and Old Baldy trails, including installation of lead-off ditches to divert water from the trails and repair of the section of Little Spearfish trail through Ranger Draw, which was used for a recent timber sale.
RNA and BA Mineral Withdrawal
Proposed withdrawal of research natural areas and botanical areas from mineral entry. Necessary part of RNA designation process. Forest Service recommendation to BLM, who makes the decision. Project not subject to the objection process.
Steamboat Rock Fire Rings
Installation of ground fire rings at Steamboat Rock Picnic Ground to allow tent campers to build campfires.
Sturgis BAM Permit Renewal
Black Hills Trails has requested a renewal of their five-year special use permit to conduct the Sturgis BAM mountain bike races, which include 34 mile and 85 mile races and, potentially, a new 20 mile race.
Tinton Trail Robison Gulch Reroute
Reroute of approximately 1.5 miles of the non-motorized Tinton trail through Robison Gulch to reduce the number of creek crossings and subsequently reduce impacts to the creek.
Renewal of Plan of Operations for the Virginia Mine. The operator proposes to continue the mining of feldspar. The disturbed area is 3.5 acres. As part of the renewal the operator is proposing to expand the operation by an additional 0.25 acres.
Jewel Cave Withdrawal
Withdrawal of 2,387 acres of Forest Service land from mineral entry to protect cave resources underlying this land. Forest Service would issue recommendation to BLM, who takes the action. FS recommendation is not subject to administrative review.
Lazy Beaver Claim - Placer Mining Plan of Operations
The proposed action consists of exploration and extraction activities to extract placer gold from the POO area within the Lazy Beaver Claim. Mining operations include operation of heavy equipment and a Power Sluice. Reclamation would be ongoing.
Bear Lodge Project
Development of rare earth minerals mine. This project has been suspended.
Black Hills Gold Endurance Ride Permit Renewal
The organizers of the Black Hills Gold Endurance ride, which is a competitive two-day horse endurance ride, have requested a new five-year special use permit to replace their existing permit, which is set to expire.
Cook Lake Recreation Facility Maintenance
Maintenance activities at the recreation facility to enhance long-term functionality of the Cook Lake dam and increase public safety at the facility and in downstream areas.
Craven Canyon Mineral Withdrawal
Proposal to withdraw about 3968 acres of NFS lands from mineral entry to protect cultural resources of significant interest within and surrounding Craven Canyon. Forest Service would issue a recommendation to BLM, who would take the action.
Reuter Motorized Trail
Construction of approximately 9.3 miles of motorized trail from Reuter Trailhead to Trail 1041 to provide system connectivity. Relocation of approximately 2.2 miles of non-motorized trail. Improvement of Blacktail Trailhead.
Wonderland Cave SUP Amendment
This project would amend the special use permit for Wonderland Cave to allow the owners use of a National Forest System road to transport visitors from Vanocker Canyon Road to the cave.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.