Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Barber Lake Put and Take Fishery Rehabilitation

This project proposes to rehabilitate the Barber Lake fishery by cleaning and repairing the ditch and outlet to Barber Lake and rehabilitating the lake bed.

Coal Creek Reclamation

Use the piscicide rotenone to remove all non-native trout from the upper four miles of Coal Creek. Native Colorado River cutthroat trout will then be reintroduced.

Inyan Kara Assembled Land Exchange

This land exchange is being handled by the Inyan Kara Grazing Association on behalf of 13 land owners in Weston County WY. The LEX consists of some 16,600 acres.

LaBonte Canyon Connector Trails

The need for the connector trail(s) is to create a means for the public to comply with Wyoming State laws when accessing the Big Bear Trail System and LaBonte Trail.

Northeast Laramie Range/Fuel Reduction Project

This project proposes to burn or mechanically treat approximately 2,708 acres in the eastern half of the Laramie Peak unit. Much of the vegetation within the the project units has not experienced fire in past 50 years.


Re-issue special use permits to continue recreation residence use, with some modifications to the operating plan for the Elk River Tract includes 4 lots on the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.

Rhoades Land Exchange

120 acres of Non-Federal to Federal and 200 acres of Federal to Non-Federal.

Slack Weiss Analysis Area Project

This project proposes to manage for multiple resource concerns on NFS lands. All resources are identifying potential proposed actions for their resource area.

Temporary Outfitter Guide Permit Issuance

New temporary outfitter guide fishing permit.

Town of Yampa Water Pipeline Installation.

Install buried pipeline along North boundary of Yampa Ranger District Administrative Site.

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District Yamcolo Reservoir Permit Reissue

Renew Special Use permit for operation and maintenance of Yamcolo Reservoir for up to 30 Year Term.

Western Area Power Administration Communication Use Building Replacement

Proposal to replace existing communication building at the Buffalo Pass Communication Site with a new building and issue a new authorization for 30 years to replace the existing Memorandum of Understanding.

Winter Non-Motorized Trail Development

Designate existing non-system trail routes as system trails. Snowshoe routes will be designated as trails on Rabbit Ears Pass. A snowshoe/skiier loop near Dry Lake will be designated at Buffalo Pass.

Wyoming Pipeline Company-Butte Junction Crude Oil Pipeline Replacement

The USFS is proposing to authorize Wyoming Pipeline Co to replace 3.2 miles of is existing crude oil pipeline. The work would require an additional 10 ft outside of the existing 20 ft ROW to complete construction activities.

Under Analysis

Ballard Petroleum Holdings, LLC – Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs)

Ballard proposes to conduct surface use operations associated with accessing, drilling, testing, and completing two horizontal oil wells located on National Forest System (NFS) lands

Bates Creek Aspen Restoration Project

The treatment units total 913 acres of Forest Service and private land within the Forest boundary. Improve the condition of aspen and associated meadow communities. Improve habitat for wildlife species.

Battle Mountain Prescribed Burn

Prescribed burn to regenerate aspen in conifer-encroached aspen stands, re-introduce fire into a fire adapted ecosystem.

Berenergy Corp. Road Reconstruction

SUP DGL56 includes allowing Berenergy Corp. to use approx. 0.6 miles of National Forest System (NFS) Road 935, within an eighteen foot right-of-way, for year round access to their existing oil and gas lease operations in the Manning Oil Field.

Black Bear Oil Permit Renewal

Use of existing water line.

Black Hills Plateau Production, natural gas pipeline construction

BHPP is proposing to construct and install approximately 3,700 feet of pipeline adjacent to an existing access road from the Murphy B-11 oil well to an existing KN gas gathering pipeline to capture and use natural gas vented at the well site.

Carbon Power and Light Powerline Clearing along Highway 130

Hazard tree clearing and/or removal along Carbon Power & Light's overhead powerline from approximately Snowy Range Ski Area to just west of Brooklyn Lake.

Charger Resources, LLC - Special Use Permit.

The United States Forest Service (USFS) has a need to authorize Charger Resources, LLC (Charger) to use National Forest System (NFS) lands for operations associated with accessing, drilling and producing oil/gas from a proposed horizontal well.

Converse County Oil and Gas EIS Project

The Forest Service proposes to authorize development of oil and gas resources as identified by the proponent companies. The proponent companies have identified approximately 5,000 oil and natural gas wells on 1,500 well pads.

Coulton Floyd II Timber & Fuels Management Analysis

Commercially & non-commercially manage timber stands to establish regeneration, growth, & vigor to beetle killed stands expediting the establishment of the next forest.

Coulton/Floyd PCT Project

Pre-commercial thinning of approximately 240 acres of lodgepole pine.

Devon Energy Porcupine Creek 3D Seismic

Devon Energy has submitted a Notice of Intent to the Douglas Ranger District (DRD) to conduct oil and gas geophysical exploration operations on the Thunder Basin National Grassland (TBNG).

EOG Resources RUP for access to BT22E and BT22W

The proposed action is to issue a Road Use Permit for EOG Resources to use the existing road (0.4 mile in length). Also, to authorize EOG Resources to construct and maintain an access road would be a 269 foot long by 40 foot wide construction ROW.

Foxpark, Boswell, and Sheep Mountain Allotment Management Plan

Reauthorization of livestock grazing and issuance of new allotment management plans for the Foxpark and Boswell livestock grazing allotments and the Sheep Mountain wildlife area.

Gore Creek Restoration

The Yampa Ranger District is proposing a variety of actions in the Gore Pass area to improve watershed health and reduce potential erosion issues.

Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures - Thunder Basin NG Plan Amendment

The Thunder Basin NG is a cooperating agency in the development of a programmatic EIS to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans through plan amendment, including the TBNG plan. The WY BLM is the lead agency.

Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction- Routt NF

The purpose of this project is to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management land use plans and Forest Plans.

Haley Reservoir Aerator Re-Issue

Re-Issue the Special Use Permit for the aerator on Haley Reservoir

Harris Park Land Exchange

This project was formerly part of the Combined Bear Creek Land Exchange. Federal land exchanged for private is approximately 240 acres, private land exchanged for federal land is approximately 320. acres.

High West Energy pole replacement

High West Energy requests to take out 14 power poles and replace them with 16 new power poles along the 1-80 corridor on the Pole Mountain unit.

HPBE Recreation Special Uses Renewals

Renewal for Elk River Guest Ranch Recreaiton Special Use Permit. Activities are primarily trail rides, but also include other outfitting and guiding activities.

HPBE Trail Reroutes & Relocations

Minor reroute and relocation involving segments of NFST 1188 and 1188.1a. Total distance of reroutes are less than 2000 feet.

Invasive Plant Management EIS for the Medicine Bow - Routt NFs and Thunder Basin NG

This proposal would continue an integrated approach to treatment of noxious weeds and invasive species such as annual bromes to manage critical wildlife habitats and fuels treatments on the Medicine Bow - Routt NFs and Thunder Basin NG.

Jack Park Trail Re-route

This project would re-route approximately 0.3 miles of the Jack Creek single-track motorized trail from a wet meadow to a drier location upslope.

Krauss Spring Development Reissue

This project is to authorize this use for the existing spring development, with no changes to the structures proposed, and the only changes are administrative with the renewal of the special use permit.

Laramie Precommercial Thinning Analysis 2013

The Laramie Ranger District is reviewing potential thinning needs outside of Lynx analysis units. No road building/reconstruction will be necessary.

Long Park AMP

Grazing Management, revision update for allotment management plan

Muddy Creek and Lake Creek Watershed Restoration Project

This project will explore travel management and watershed restoration alternatives to improve wetland, stream, and watershed conditions and improve fish and wildlife habitat in the Muddy Creek and Lake Creek watersheds (along 553 and 588 roads).

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Special Use Permit Renewal

Renewal of a SUP for the operation and maintenance of 11 existing SNOwpack TELemetry (SNOTEL) sites and 8 snowcourse sites on the Routt NF. This project will also include the installation of 1 new site called the Elkhead Divide SNOTEL.

Parks Platte River Ditch Bill Easements: Batch #1

Issue FPLMA easements for irrigation ditches meeting Colorado Ditch Bill criteria located in the Platte River drainage on Parks District. Batch #1 includes 5 water facilities.

Paul Allred Mineral Exploration

Analyze a Plan of Operation to allow mineral exploration by digging a trench between NFSR 543 and Douglas Creek

Pierce Whitney Creek Diversion special use permit

Use of the existing Last Chance Ditch to divert additional water from Whitney Creek to private property.

Pole Mountain Unauthorized Route Restoration

Route restoration will consist of soil de-compaction, drainage structure improvement, erosion control, seeding, mulching, and hand-tool work. Access to all routes will be obstructed using fencing, tree falling, posts, and boulders.

Rabbit Ears Winter Parking

Improvement of winter parking along US HWY 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass providing for adequate parking opportunities and improving safety.

Rangeland Management in the Whiskey Creek Analysis Area (formerly the Dudley Analysis Area).

Environmental Analysis of livestock grazing on three sheep/cattle allotments, one cattle allotment and two horse pastures in Routt County.

RT Communications

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) proposes to authorize RT Communications to occupy NFS land for the construction and maintenance of an additional 726 feet of fiber optic phone line to the Mush Creek Pumping Station.

RT Communications Permit Amendment to add BNSF Line.

The USFS has identified a need to authorize RT Communications to occupy NFS land for the construction and maintenance of an additional 1,250 feet of phone line to the BNSF building for year round services. RT will be tapping into their existing line.

Samson Powerline

Install 34.5kV, 3-Phase, single, overhead power line across FS for approximately 2621.33 feet. The ruling span is approximately 230 feet so 12 poles will be installed on FS. Construction and permanent right of way width will be 30 feet.

Snowy Range Lodge Resort Permit

Issue Jamie Egolf and David Egolf a new authorization to operate the Snowy Range Lodge as a resort

Snowy Range Ski Area 2014 Projects

The Snowy Range Ski Area would like to (1) expand its secondary parking lot area (2)increase the length and width of the Pioneer tubing hill and (3) complete building upgrades such as new coverings, improved egress, and adding wood boilers.

Steamboat Front

WUI fuels and habitat improvement project. May include mastication, prescribed burning of shrub and aspen vegetation,and removal and treatment of beetle-killed pine. The project will occur in close proximity to the Steamboat Springs city limits.

Steamboat Ski Area Springs Project

Two existing springs will be upgraded to increase flow within existing water rights.

Steamboat Ski Area Summer Activities

Develop summer activities near the Thunderhead Lodge which includes a disc golf cour and/or Challenge Course (also referred to as a ropes course). Slight variations to the current trail system near Thunderhead may occur.

Steamboat Springs Running Series Permit Renewal

Renewing an existing permit for the Steamboat Springs Running Series to conduct running races on the National Forest.

Temporary Outfitter & Guide Permit Renewal

Renewal of 1 temporary outfitter guide permit. No changes to previous activities.

Thunder Basin National Grassland Prairie Dog Amendment

The Forest Service proposes to amend the 2001 Grassland Plan to modify Categories 1 and 2 of the 2009 Prairie Dog Management Strategy based on continuing management concerns raised by the State of Wyoming.

Vaughn Lake Aerator Re-Issue

Re-Issue the Special Use Permit for the aerator on Vaughn Lake.

West Rabbit Ears Wetland Restoration

A portion of abandoned roadbed from the old US Highway 40 is impairing wetland function and quality at the headwaters to a Walton Creek Tributary. The Forest Service is proposing to remove fill from the abandoned roadbed and restore the wetland.

West Side Snowy Range Travel Managment Environmental Analysis

Analysis of road and trail needs and development of loop ORV/motorcycle routes on the west side of the snowy range.

Willow Creek Analysis Project

Several timber sale units from the Green Ridge EIS are scheduled for mutual cancelation and this project is intended to analyze a portion of these areas for potential reauthorization to offer.

Willow Creek Culvert Replacements

The proposed action is to replace culverts that are currently undersized, not functioning properly, or aquatic passage barriers. Each culvert location has been assessed, surveyed, and a design package developed.

Wolf Energy Mineral Exploration

Mineral exploration would involve 1-3 drill sites in the Upper North Crow prospect area. Drill holes would be 5-6 inches in diameter and would be plugged following use. Staging, drilling, and clean-up would occur between Sept 1 and Nov 30 2014.

Wyoming Army National Guard Thunder Basin National Grassland Training Operations

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) proposes to authorize Wyoming Army National Guard to occupy NFS land for training operations on the Thunder Basin National Grassland on August 3-5, 2014 on the Lynch and Dull Center Roads and south on the Cow Creek Rd.

Wyoming Pipeline Company Amendment to DGL433601-Mush Creek Pumping Station

Proposes to authorize Wyoming Pipeline Company to occupy NFS land for the construction and maintenance of an additional 361 feet of natural gas line to the Mush Creek Pumping Station tapping into an existing line along Hwy 450.

Wyoming State Forestry Division Fox Park 40 Salvage Right-of-Way

The Laramie Ranger District proposes to issue a Right-of-Way permit to the Wyoming State Forestry Division to allow construction of a temporary road to access State forest land.

Analysis Completed

Antelope Mine Rail Spur Expansion

Antelope Coal LLC has requested an authorization to amend the existing Antelope Mine special use permit to allow expansion of the railroad spur area associated with expansion and increased capacity of the coal loadout facility. The proposed expansion will encompass approximately 151.3 acres of National Forest Service land; approximately 118.3 acres represents new disturbance and approximately 33 acres have been disturbed previously.

Battle Creek Allotment Stock Ponds

The District proposes to allow construction of two stock ponds on the Battle Creek allotment.

Big Creek Spring

Develop water source on the Barbey Livestock Grazing Alotment.

Bud Project

This project includes vegetation management for timber salvage, fuels reduction, and wildlife habitat as well as travel management in the Northwest Sierra Madre. The proposal is based on scoping completed for the larger Savery analysis area in 2010.

Emergency Power Line Clearing Project

The Arapaho, Roosevelt, Medicine Bow, Routt, and White River National Forests are proposing to remove all dead and dying trees (i.e., hazard trees) along power lines crossing National Forest system lands in Northern Colorado.

Gateway West 230/500 kv Transmission Line Project

Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power propose to construct electric transmission lines from the proposed Windstar Substation near the Dave Johnston Power Plant at Glenrock, WY to the proposed Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho

Hazard Tree Reduction - Medicine Bow-Routt NFs

Determine vegetation treatments that reduce the existing, potentially hazardous, dead and dying trees along National Forest System Roads, developed recreation sites, and administrative sites.

Mackey Road Relocation

Powder River Coal, LLC has requested an authorization to vacate and re-locate portions of CR 69 Mackey (large segment) and temporary CR 83 Reno (small segment) on to Forest Service land.

Medicine Bow NF & Thunder Basin NG: Special Use Permit for NRCS SNOTEL and Snow Course sites

Authorize the Natural Resource Conservation Service to operate and maintain 17 SNOTEL sites, 10 Snow Course sites, and 3 access routes to private property under a special use permit issued for up to 30 years.

Pole Mountain Vegetation Project

This is a multi-phase project that would prescribe burn or mechanically treat approximately 8,600 acres on the Pole Mountain unit over 7-10 years. Proposed activities would improve habitat and reduce fuels.

Snowy Range Travel Management Analysis

Analyze proposal to close apx. 207 miles of user-created routes, designate apx. 17 miles of user-created routes as NFSRs, designate apx. 67 miles of single-track motorcycle trails, and designate apx. 45 miles of ATV trails.

Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC Clinker Mining Addition

The Forest Service is proposing to authorize Thunder Basin Coal Company a permit to allow acquisition of an adequate supply of aggregate construction material to support required maintenance and changes in infrastructure necessary for mining activities.

On Hold

Blackhall TSI

The Parks Ranger District is reviewing potential thinning needs within the Blackhall TSI project area. Density control through thinning will be completed by hand tools. No mechanical equipment or road building/reconstruction will be necessary.

Communication Site Leases at Crow Creek and Hill 8821

This proposal would issue new, 20-year leases and permits to existing permit holders on the Crow Creek (Versatel, Western Area Power, Mauna Towers) and Hill 8821 (Source Gas, Southern Start Ctrl Gas, Internal Revenue Service) Communication Sites.

Freeman Reservoir Special Use Permit

Issue a Special Use Permit for the operation and maintenance of the Freeman Dam and Reservoir to the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Irwin Land Exchange

2,720 acres of Non-Federal to Federal and 2,400 of Federal to Non-Federal. Optional acres of Federal to Non-Federal taking into account issues with DM&E easements 1,360 acres. Map is attached. .

Juancorena Water Transmission Line & Springbox Special Use Permit

Authorize springbox and water transmission line for domestic use

Medicine Bow Rail Trail Extension

Designate the last two (2) miles of the Rail Trail from Dry Park (NFSR 517) to Albany. This portion of trail goes through State, BLM, and private lands.

Miners Claim Fuel Reduction

Boundary fuel treatments along and adjacent to private in-holdings containing structures.

Parsons Creek Land Exchange

Proposal to exchange lands in the Warbonnet Peak area of the Laramie Peak Unit.

Pittington Mining Claim Exploration

Expose mineral vein on the Ram Claim, work would include using a D6 dozer to trench a 120 X 130 feet it to expose the mineral vein on the Ram Claim (CMC276636)

Sierra Madre Sheep

Allotment Management Planning for 7 sheep allotments in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range on the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Thunder Basin National Grassland

T-Trail Snowmobile Re-route

Relocate a winter use snowmobile trail off of the State Highway 230 Right-of-Way between WyCOLO and Wold.


Babson-Carpenter Access Private Road Easement

Issue a road easement across about 1/4 mile of Forest Service land to access a private inholding.

Ballard Petroleum Holdings LLC-Two Victor Field Unit Conventional Wells APDs/SUPOs

This project includes accessing, drilling, testing and completing two conventional oil wells including construction of .9 miles of new road.

BCH Platte River Ditch Bill Easement: Batch #3

Issue FLPMA easements for irrigation ditches and reservoirs meeting CO Ditch Bill criteria located in the Platte River drainage on the Brush Creek Hayden District. Batch #3 includes three water facilities.

Black Thunder MIne Topsoil and Overburden Stockpile

The Forest Service is proposing to authorize Thunder Basin Coal Company?s Black Thunder Mine (BTM) to occupy National Forest System (NFS) lands for the purpose of constructing and storing topsoil and overburden stockpiles.

Bow River Administrative Site Conveyance

Sale of Administrative Site Facilities.

CGGVeritas-NHB 3D Geophysical Project

The project will encompass 2,800 acres (4.375 square miles) located on the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Conducted utilizing vibroseis as the energy source and will provide data to develop a three dimensional image of the geological structure.

Colorado Department of Transportation Maintenance Facility Permit Reissue

Reissue of CDOT Maintenance Facility authorization for 5 years and authorize rehabilitation of site around existing buildings.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Long Park Reroute

Reroute approximately .51 miles of the CDNST. There are sections of the trail that are in hazardous bog areas at certain times of the year. The reroute would move the trail out of the bog areas to a dry location allowing for safe use by packsaddle.

Coulton/Floyd Salvage and Fuel Reduction Project

Salvage of approximately 3240 acres of lodgepole pine and some spruce blowdown, 140 acres of fuel reduction treatments and 1185 acres of pre-commericial thinning and site specific Forest Plan amendment.

Darnell Private Property Access

Issue a road permit to construct roughly 150' of new road to private property off of NFSR 522.E . Issue a road easement for NFSRs 533, 522, 522.A, and 522.E. Year-round access would include use of the Chimney Park Ski Trails via snowmobiles.

Devils Hangover Ski Easement

Modification of an existing easement through private property.

East Laramie Range Fuels Adaptive Management Option

This project would include treating the Project Area to reduce fire hazard and encourage stand health. An Adaptive Management Option would be created. Treatments would be selected by using the appropriate design criteria.

Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction- Medicine Bow NF

This project was canceled. It is a duplicate of projects 38914, 38134 and 38172.

Grout Road Use Project

Clifton Grout, trustee for Papa’s Land Trust, has requested authorization to cross NFS land to access his private land in the Laramie Peak area.

Highline Ditch Company Cabin Permit Reissuance

Issuance of new special use authorization to replace expired permit. No change in authorized use.

HPBE Travel Management Maintenance

Minor changes and updates to travel management based on management needs on the ground. Road decomissioning, road closure improvements, maintenance level adjustments, and road openings.

Jay Norton, University of Wyoming Soil Analysis Permit

Issue permit to establish soil test pits to monitor soil and climate changes in the Snowy Range area.

Johnston Reciprocal Right-of-Way

Exchange of rights-of-ways between USA and C.S. Johnston on NFS Road 501

Matt Harskey

Matthew Harsky is a new applicant for outfitting and guiding. He would like to start a small outfitting and guiding business for non-motorized recreation in both winter and summer months.

North Park 2D Seismic Project

NOI to conduct geophysical exploration operations

Overlook Snowmobile Trail

Request for designation of new snowmobile trail by a special use permit holder (Routt Powder Riders).

Red Park Prescribed Burn

Prescribed burn approximately 60 acres to regenerate/restore ponderosa pine populations and regenerate aspen where it exists.


Vegetation management to salvage timber/regenerate forests, reduce increasing fuel loads/decrease potential fire hazard, remove dead and dying trees posing a public safety hazard in high priority areas. Includes travel mgmt and recreation mgmt.

South Twin Lake Habitat Improvement

Forest Service habitat improvement project in partnership with Wyoming Game & Fish Department. The habitat improvements will alter the inlet to improve spawning conditions.

Steamboat Ski Area Maintenance Projects

Completion of minor projects on the Steamboat Ski Area to maintain and improve infrastructure, such as snow making lines, minimal regrading, technology access improvements and other marginal activities not previously analyzed.

Tidelands Geophysical-Coal Draw 3D Seismic Survey

Tidelands Geophysical Company (Tidelands) has submitted a Notice of Intent and Plan of Action (POA) to conduct geophysical exploration operations for the Coal Draw 3D Seismic Survey project on behalf of Seitel, Inc.

Union Telephone Company

Issuance of a communication site lease for an existing cell tower and equipment building

USGS Stream Gage Maintenance

USGS proposal to reconstruct stream gage cableway used to measure stream flow and water quality. Current cableway is secured to beetle-killed trees and is unsafe.

Walton Peak Timber and Fuels Project

Salvage of lodgepole pine on Rabbit Ears Pass, fuels reduction (enhanced protection of communication tower and various structures in and around Rabbit Ears Pass and Walton Peak), and wildlife habitat improvement.

Weston County Easements

This project would authorize the conversion of a number of existing crown and ditch roads. This project was put on the SOPA list in error and has been cancelled from SOPA but is still being processed under a category that does not require a DM.

Weston Store

The Bethea's would like to build a convenience store at Weston, WY. Historically, this is the same site that previously had a store. This is the most convenient location for a store as it is accessible to Highway 59 and Heald County Road. This would cover approximately 5 acres. The size of the structure would be approximately 60 feet X 80 feet with a wrap around porch. The planning will also include a small area for camper parking with electrical and water hook ups. Store plans include living quarters.

Wilderness Ranch Fuel Reduction

Salvage and silvicultural actions within wildland urban interface areas adjacent to the subdivision. Also areas along forest/private boundaries that could have mastication and prescribed fire used to treat for hazard fuels.

Wyoming Conservation Corps

Issue the WCC a permit to occupy the Pole Mountain Work Center

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