Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Inyan Kara Assembled Land Exchange

This land exchange, consisting of approximately 16,600 acres, is being handled by the Inyan Kara Grazing Association on behalf of 13 land owners.

La Bonte Canyon Road and Trail Management

Management of road and trail use such as sign improvements for public safety and compliance with Wyoming State laws applicable to La Bonte Road 658. Project analysis, description, and name has changed.

National Forest System Road 272 Conversion to Trail

Convert 0.6 miles of NFSR 272 to a non-motorized trail to reduce impacts to wildlife habitat, water quality, and a riparian area while maintaining non-motorized opportunities.

Riparian Area Restoration in Douglas Creek Watershed

Rehabilitation of approximately 0.5 acres of wetland, damaged by an unauthorized route, to restore soil productivity, hydrologic function, and wetland vegetation.

Use of National Forest System Road 1240.C for Access to Private Property

Special use authorization for year-round private use for a 20-year term of an approximate 500-foot segment of existing National Forest System Road 1240.C which is not open to motorized public use.

Wheatley Vegetation Management

Approximately 2,208 ac of silvicultural treatments including clearcuts, overstory removal, seed tree, shelterwood, and thinning. Objectives include forest regeneration, fuel load reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement

Under Analysis

Ballard Petroleum Holdings LLC Application for Permit to Drill, USFS Fed 14-22 TH and 14-23 TH wells

Proposal is to conduct surface use operations associated with accessing, drilling, testing, and completion for two horizontal oil wells located on Thunder Basin National Grassland, with approx. 0.1 miles of road construction.

Battle Mountain Prescribed Burn

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

Collins Creek Wetland Restoration

Riparian area wetland restoration involving removal of fill material of an old road which is not a National Forest System Road, reclamation of riparian soils and hydrologic function, and revegetation management.

Commercial Recreation Permitting Programmatic EA

Grant certain commercial recreation service permits across the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District through a programmatic Environmental Assessment. Permit applications that fit within the scope of this programmatic EA would be eligible to be issued

Converse County Oil and Gas 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 PCT Project

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

Deadman Gulch Fish Barrier

Construct a fish barrier using native material to stop the invasion of hybrid fish and whirling disease.

Dewey Lode Access

Easement across Forest Service land to connect private property to Battle Highway.

Four Corners Petroleum - WFCU#22 and WFCU#84 APDs

Proposal to authorize the Surface Use Plan of Operations for Application for Permit to Drill (APD) for WFCU#22 and WFCU#84 re-entry wells. The earlier wells were plugged and abandoned in 2002 and 1995.

FY15 Steamboat Ski Area Projects

FY15 Ski Area Projects including ropes courses and infrastructure improvements.

Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

Proposed oil and gas project for 1,500 oil and gas wells, on 100 well pads, drilled over the course of 10 years in southern Campbell and northern Converse Counties, with roads, utilities and pipelines for transport of materials are included.

Hahns Peak/ Bears Ears RD Precommercial Thinning

Using chainsaws, thin overstocked, naturally regenerated harvest units totaling approximately 220 acres. Precommercial thinning would occur in stands dominated by lodgepole pine saplings.

Hartland Subdivision Road Access

Road access to a new subdivision between Osage and Upton. Proposed roadway would be approximately 3,900 feet in length and utilize a previously constructed roadway. Project name change from Hartland Subdivision Right-of-Way.

HPBE Trail Reroutes & Relocations

Minor reroute and relocation involving segments of NFST 1188, 1101 Diamond Park Area, and 1188.1a. Total distance of reroutes are less than 2000 feet.

Mineral Material Contract Renewal at North Antelope Rochelle Mine and School Creek Mine

Renewal of 5-year term contract for mining of Federal mineral material (scoria), on private lands within the North Antelope Rochelle Mine permit boundary, located within the administrative boundary of the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

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).

National Forest System Roads 660 and 669 Restoration

Decommission and reroute portions of National Forest System Roads 660 and 609 to reduce impacts to wetlands, streams, and watershed health

North Savery Project

This project proposes approximately 6,500 acres of salvage harvest, precommercial thinning, and hazard tree treatments, plus associated road proposals to improve legal access to the forest while minimizing road impacts to natural resources.

Pagoda AMP

Grazing Management, Allotment Plan Revision

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.

Parks Ranger District Outfitter/Guide Permits Temporary Use Pools 2015

Identify and allow continued use of Temporary Use Pools on first-come, first-served basis for permitted outfitting and guiding on the Parks Ranger District in Grand and Jackson County, Colorado.

Pole Mountain Travel Management

This project will analyze the complete road and motorized trail system on Pole Mountain. The analysis team will look at the existing road system and user-created routes and recommend both additions and closures.

Powerline to Petro-Hunt Oil Well

Authorization to Powder River Energy Corp. to upgrade and maintain an existing powerline supply, less than 33-kV, within the right-of-way to supply electricity to an oil well for Petro-Hunt.

Rangeland Management in the Black Mountain Analysis Area

Conduct an environmental analysis of livestock grazing on three domestic sheep allotments.

Reauthorization for 230kV and 69kV Transmission Lines

Reauthorization and continuation of use and maintenance by Black Hills Power Corp. of two 230kV and one 69kV electrical transmission power lines.

Steamboat Powdercats Trail Improvements

Steamboat Powdercats trail work for modifications to less than 0.01 miles of snow trail to increase sight distances through tree removal or slight realignment of snow trails.

Steamboat Ski Area Improvements

Implement selected projects identified in the 2011 Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation Master Development Plan Amendment, which was accepted by the U.S. Forest Service on January 2, 2013.

Tie City Summer Trail Improvements

Trail reroutes, reconstruction, and installation of water control features in the Tie city summer trail system; specific locations to be determined. Intended for implementation in FY15, but moved to FY16 due to inadequate resources.

West Side Snowy Range Travel Management Environmental Analysis

Analysis of the motorized road and trail system on the west side of the Snowy Range. Analysis includes addition and removal of roads from the current road system and addition of ORV trails.

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 Trail-CDNST Trail Reroutes

Reroute sections of National Forest System Trail 1101, part of the designated Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST). This project would reduce impacts to wetlands and improve overall watershed and trail conditions.

Analysis Completed

Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction - Medicine Bow NF and Thunder Basin National Grassland

The purpose of this project is to prepare an environmental impact statement to incorporate Greater Sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management Land Use Plans and Forest and Grassland Plans.

2015 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Special Use Authorization

Classic Bicycle Racing LLC makes temporary use of NFS lands during 4 of the total 7 stages on four National Forests within Colorado for ancillary facilities such as staging areas with portable toilets, signs, barricades, message boards, and filming.

Big Red Timber Management Analysis

Proposal to manage timber stands through various silvicultural harvest systems for forest health and other management needs.

Buffalo Pass Trails

Develop approximately 40 miles of trails near Steamboat Springs in the Buffalo Pass area

Emergency Power Line Clearing Project

The Arapaho and 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.

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

The purpose of this project is to prepare an environmental impact statement to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management Land Use Plans and Forest and Grassland Plans.

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.

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.

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.

Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) 69 kV Powerline Relocation at Black Thunder Mine

PRECorp proposal: installation of new 69kV 5-wire overhead powerline (treated wood poles, H-frame design, with raptor protection) and removal of old powerline to accommodate mine operation within the Black Thunder Mine permit area.

Slack Weiss Analysis Area Project

The primary purpose of this project is to improve forest health, reduce threats to public safety, and provide forest products while minimizing environmental effects in the project area. A variety of silvicultural treatments are proposed.

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.

Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) "Mad House" Powerline Removal

Removal of existing overhead power line to a building on the Routt National Forest that has previously been removed. All existing power poles will be cut off at 1 foot below grade and the hole filled. Each pole will be removed whole or cut to length.

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.

Forest Road 792/ Michigan River Culvert Replacement

Replace existing culvert with a larger culvert or a bridge to address engineering structural and safety concerns and improve aquatic passage and hydrologic conditions.

Juancorena Water Transmission Line and Springbox Special Use Permit

Authorize springbox and water transmission line for domestic use

Parsons Creek Land Exchange

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

Pierce Whitney Creek Diversion special use permit

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

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)

Power Line to Highland Flat Federal 34-34 Oil Well

Authorization for an existing 1,970-foot 14.4kV distribution electrical overhead power line that provides service to several oil wells. The authorization would be for operation and maintenance of the power line and right-of-way.

Recreation Residence Use of National Forest System Lands

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.

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

Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project

Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.

Wright Area Coal Lease by Application (LBA)

This project will analyze the applications for coal leases in the Wright Area for continuing coal mining for the Jacobs Ranch, Black Thunder and North Antelope Rochelle Mines.

Wyoming Pipeline Company Amendment-Mush Creek Pumping Station

Proposes to authorize Wyoming Pipeline Company to occupy NFS land to construct and maintain an additional 361 feet of natural gas line to the Mush Creek Pumping Station, connect to an existing line, and renewal of 20-year term Special Use Permit.


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.

Burgess Creek Fish Barrier

PROJECT CANCELLED: After the NEPA was initiated we learned that there was an existing barrier downstream. Using this barrier would increase the length of stream occupied by fish more than the proposed site thereby better meeting project objectives.

Charger Resources - APD for Tuit Draw Federal 11-2PH Well

SUPO for proposed Tuit Draw Fed 11-2PH well. The APD SUPO includes operations associated with accessing, drilling, testing, and completing a horizontal oil/gas well. Approx 886 feet of new road, 400' x 400' wellpad; total disturb 6.4ac

Charger Resources Porcupine Fed 44-19TH and 44-19PH APDs

Proposal to authorize SUPO of APDs submitted for the proposed Porcupine Fed 44-19PH and 44-19TH wells. SUPO includes operations assoc with access, drilling, testing, and completing horizontal O/G wells. 151ft of new road and one 400ft square wellpad

Dumont Lake Day Use Shelter

Project Canceled: No NEPA review required. It was determined that this project falls under Maintenance of Recreation Sites (replaced former assets); and it was also determined that there are no resource concerns associated with the project.

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

This proposal has been cancelled. The Inyan Kara Assembled Land Exchange project may be planned to incorporate some of the formerly planned Irwin Land Exchange.

McClain Spring Number 1 Water Development for Papa's Land Trust

This project is now incorporated into Judd and Grout Spring Development project number 47172.

Miners Claim Fuel Reduction

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

Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) 69kV Powerline for DCP Midstream LLC

Construction of new overhead 69kV powerline (5-wire; single, treated wood poles), originating from PRECorp Tekla substation and crossing 4,935 feet Federal lands, providing service for DCP Midstream to a natural gas pump station off federal land.

Rhoades Land Exchange

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

Rock Creek State Wildlife Road Use

This authorization will cover the commercial use of NFSR 206 and 225 for the transportation of livestock to and from a loading chute facility located on the Rock Creek SWA. In addition a backup lane and turn around will be maintained/constructed.

Temporary Outfitter and Guide Permit Renewal

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

Temporary Outfitter Guide Permit Issuance

New temporary outfitter guide fishing permit.

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.

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.

Project Archive

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