Projects

Bridger-Teton National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Developing Proposal

Greater Snow King Area Trails (formerly Skyline Trail/Putt Putt Extension)

Trail construction, reconstruction, and changes in use involving the Putt-putt trail, KC and Josie's Ridge trails, and Game Ck. trail; construction of Skyline trail and extension of Putt-putt trail. THIS PROJECT IS NOW SUBJECT TO THE PRE-DECISIONAL OBJECTION PROCESS (36 CFR 218) RATHER THAN THE APPEAL PROCESS.

Under Analysis

Black Diamond Energy Well Reclamation

The Forest Service proposes to authorized Black Diamond Energy, LLC access via a special use permit to the Maki Creek 1 and Beamers Bluff 24-19 wells to initiate reclamation activities by removing existing facilities.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Reconstruction Project - Sheridan Pass to Forest Road 534

The Forest Service proposes to reconstruct as well as relocate short sections within a 13-mile segment of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. This project was formerly named the Continental Divide Trail Reconstruction - Leeds Creek Project. For eligibility to appeal, comments must be submitted by 11/4/2013; send comments to comments-intermtn-bridger-teton-pinedale@fs.fed.us

Grazing Authorization for Sweetwater, Blucher Creek and East Squaw Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments

Reauthorization of grazing on the Sweetwater, Blucher Creek, and East Squaw Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments. Legal notice of comment period published on 3/25/14. Submit comments to comments-intermtn-bridger-teton-pinedale@fs.fed.us by April 24, 2014.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Avalanche Reduction Expansion

Installation and use of a third Gazex exploder for avalanche control in the Headwall area.

Labarge Vegetation Restoration

Combination of mechanical treatments and prescribed fire to restore conifer encroached aspen stands, whitbark pine stands,& salvage bug-killed timber. This project is now subject to the predecisional administrative review (objection) process.

Oil and Gas Leasing Decision in Portions of the Wyoming Range -- Supplemental Analysis

The 2011 decision not to authorize leasing was withdrawn to allow further analysis. A new Draft Supplemental EIS is expected in October of 2014 with a Final SEIS and decision in 2015. The new decision will be subject to the Pre-decisional Administrative Review (Objection) Process (36 CFR 218).

Riley Ridge Unit Development (Forest Service Portion)

Authorization of further development of one existing gas well and construction of approximately 1,200 feet of buried pipeline.

SnowKing Mountain Aerial Adventure Course

Ropes course and treetop challenges including swinging bridges, nets, and zip lines.

Star Valley Front Vegetation Management

Prescribed burning of vegetation to restore a balance of age classes in the mountain shrub, big sagebrush, aspen, and conifer woodlands.

Teton to Snake Fuels Management

Fuels management such as prescribed fire and cutting and thinning of vegtetation for fire hazard reduction and restoration/maintenance of fire adapted ecosystems. Analysis type changed to EIS in 2013. EIS scoping comments most useful by April 1, 2013.

True Oil Lander Peak Exploratory Wells

True Oil proposes two exploratory wells -- one from an existing pad and one from a reclaimed pad location. A third well pad would be expanded to hold a freshwater reservoir. The scoping period was extended; comments were best received by 5/15/2012. Email comments can be sent to: comments-intermtn-bridger-teton-big-piney@fs.fed.us

Upper Green River Area Rangeland

The 2004 decision was withdrawn; a revised Draft Supplemental EIS was released in June 2010; a Final SEIS and decision are expected in 2014. This project is now subject to the predecisional administrative review (objection) process (36 CFR 218).

Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Alkali Creek Feedground

Long term (up to 20 years) authorization for Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to continue to use facilities at the Alkali Creek feedground to conduct their winter elk feeding and related management programs. THIS DECISION WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE PRE-DECISIONAL OBJECTION PROCESS DESCRIBED AT 36 CFR 218.

Analysis Completed

Authorization of 2 Stand-Up Paddleboard races to a recreation event.

Rendezvous River Sports has proposed to hold 2 Stand-Up Paddleboard races on Lower Slide Lake during their annual Intermountain Touring Symposium held the 3rd or 4th Sat. in June for up to 60 people. The Symposium has been held for 13 years.

Authorization of a new water transmission line adjacent to the Bryan Flat Rd./McKoy Rd.

Construction, operation & maintenance of a water transmission pipeline to supply water to 2 residences which. The ROW would be 3661' x 10'. It would be located 10' to the west of the road and be buried 7' below the existing grade of the road.

Fontenelle Fire Timber Salvage

The project would harvest fire killed trees (approximately 1,200 acres) from the Fontenelle fire of 2012 and open a pit for road surfacing material. Decision signed September 26, 2013. THIS DECISION IS APPEALABLE PER 36 CFR 215. SEE DECISION AND LEGAL NOTICE FOR APPEAL DETAILS. APPEALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11/14/2013.

Hams Fork Vegetation

DECISION NOTICE SIGNED SEPT. 11, 2013; SEE LINK BELOW. The proposed project addresses hazardous fuels; safety hazards associated with standing dead trees; the vitality of aspen, whitebark pine and lodgepole pine; and recovery of merchantable value of beetle-killed timber.

Horsethief Canyon Landfill Closure - Teton County

Closure of landfill on 18 acres of NFS land through re-shaping and re-capping of the landfill and construction of groundwater and landfill gas monitoring wells. To be eligible to object to the draft decision, specific comments must be submitted during the comment period on the project proposal.

Kemmerer Ranger District South Boundary Fence

Construct 18 mi. of wildlife-friendly fence to restrict unauthorized livestock from entering the Forest. This project was originally combined with the Thompson Fence as project #43340. SEND Comments to comments-intermtn-bridger-teton-kemmerer@fs.fed.us. Comments are due by 4/2/14.

Mosquito Creek/Swinging Bridge Dirt Bike Trails

Trail reconstruction and road obliteration in the Mosquito Creek and Swinging Bridge areas. Decision is for Mosquito Ck. area only.

Reauthorization of the use of two Communications Sites for Darwin Ranch

Reauthorization of the use of the Dry Cottonwood Communications Site (encompassing 0.13 acres) and the Bacon Ridge Communications Site (encompassing 0.25 acres) for 20 years for solar-powered radio telephone communication systems.

Reauthorization of TPK Racing recreation event for 5 years.

On the 4th weekend of Aug., a 25 mile mountain bike race on Sat. & a half marathon on Sun. are proposed. They are to be held in the Phillips Pass area with up to 75 participants for each race. These races have been held the last 2 years.

Relocation of Outfitter Hunting Camp on North Fork of Buffalo River

Amendment of Special Use Permit (BUF770301) to authorize relocation of burned over Hunting Camp #1 on the North Fork of the Buffalo River in the Teton Wilderness to a location east of the burned camp.

Sherman Cattle and Horse Grazing Allotment

Reauthorization of livestock grazing on approximately 17,370 ac. The 9/26/2013 decision is subject to appeal (36 CFR 215); for details see the Record of Decision and legal notice.

Snake River Headwaters Forest Plan Amendment for Wild and Scenic Comprehensive River Management Plan

A Forest Plan Amendment creating goals, desired future conditions and standards for the management of recently designated wild and scenic rivers. When the amendment is approved, it will be incorporated into a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP).

Thompson Pass Drift Fence

Construct approximately 7 miles of drift fences in the area of Thompson Pass. (The Kemmerer South Boundary Fence was originally a part of this project.) This project is subject to appeal (36 CFR 215). Only those who comment during the comment period will be eligible to appeal. Send comments to comments-intermtn-bridger-teton-kemmerer@fs.fed.us by 3/20/2014.

Town of Afton Hydropower

Authorize the Town of Afton to use 8 acres of NF System Land to construct, operate and maintain a 225 kilowatt culinary water system hydroelectric project linked to the pre-existing town culinary system. Decision based on FERC's EA.

White Pine Communication Site Building & Tower Construction

Construction of communication site building and tower, in addition to existing tower at White Pine Communication Site. You can SEND COMMENTS TO: comments-intermtn-bridger-teton-pinedale@fs.fed.us. Comments due by 4/14/2013

On Hold

Dew Place/Bacon Creek OHV Trail Improvements

Trail Improvements for OHV use including construction of an OHV bridge and approximately half mile of new OHV trail, conversion of approximately two and half miles of road to OHV trail, and bringing an OHV trail up to standard.

Kemmerer Grazing and Rangeland Vegetation Managment

Authorization of grazing on 16 sheep allotments - Porcupine, Lower Salt, Buckskin Knoll, Lake Alice, Smiths Fork, Aspen Springs, Basin Ck, Devil's Hole, Elk Ck, Green Knoll, Indian Ck, Lake Mtn, Pole Ck, Sams Allen Ck, So Fontenelle, SpruceCk.

Cancelled

Middle Piney Lake Riparian Habitat and Road Access Improvement Project

Relocation of approximately the last mile of FS Road 10024 (Middle Piney Lake Rd.) out of the riparian area to a location just east of Middle Piney Ck. Plan to relocate the road has been dropped; the current plan is to repair the existing road.

Piney Creeks Vegetation Treatments

A variety of vegetation management treatments in the Piney Creek drainages over the next five to seven years. Currently collecting data in preparation for analysis.

Plains Exploration's Eagle Prospect and Noble Basin Oil and Gas Master Developement Plan

Field development MDP (up to 136 wells) DEIS released 12/10/2010. Comments received.

Project Archive

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