Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Bird Nest Boxes Installation

Placement of 10 bird nest boxes in several locations on Thunder Basin National Grassland.

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.

Hartland Subdivision Right-of-Way

Hartland Enterprises, LLC request for road access to a new subdivision between Osage and Upton. Proposed right-of-way would be approximately 3,900 feet in length and utilize a previously constructed roadway.

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 in Weston County, WY.

Judd Water Pipeline

Special Use Permit renewal for 10-year term for an existing, buried water pipeline and well.

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.

Morrison II

The action proposed by the Forest Service is to change the prescribed treatments designated in the Morrison Creek EA, and amend the analysis area map. This would include harvesting of live trees.

Papa's Land Trust Water Pipeline

Special Use Permit renewal for a 10-year term for an existing, buried water pipeline and spring development.

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.

Parks Ranger District Outfitter/Guide Priority Permits 2015

Issue special use authorizations to existing priority permittees for outfitting and guiding during summer and fall seasons on Parks RD. No changes to terms and conditions of permits are anticipated, and permitted levels will be no more than capacity

Wyoming Pipeline Co.-WRC Pipeline, Dept. of Transportation service change

Wyoming Pipeline Co.'s crude oil pipeline system became Dept. of Transportation jurisdiction 10/1/2012. The conversion of service requires pipeline tests for safety in several locations on the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

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.

Under Analysis

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

Ballard proposes to conduct surface use operations associated with accessing, drilling, testing, and completing 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.

Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. Rocky Point Road Crossing

Replacement of an existing crude oil gathering pipeline using horizontal directional drilling under Rocky Point Road, to include a staging area, drilling rig landing area, and bell holes (pits) on both sides of the road.

Big Red Timber Management Analysis

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

Black Thunder Mine SUP Consolidation (DGL401) and Acreage Adjustment

Consolidate two existing Special Use Permits (SUP), numbers DGL406201 and DGL406202, into a new SUP (DGL401). Adjust the SUP acreage from 1,064 acres to 561 acres to reflect current, active SUP areas at Black Thunder Mine.

Buffalo Pass Trails

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

Charger Resources, LLC Power Line Permit

Charger Resources, LLC purchased an existing distribution per line that provide electric service to several oil well in the area. They request authorization to operate and maintain the 1970 feet of 14.4 kV power line and right of way.

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.

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 PCT Project

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

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.

Haley Reservoir Aerator Re-Issue

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Pole Mountain Unauthorized Route Restoration

Unauthorized routes in the Middle Crow Creek watershed on the southeast side of Pole Mountain will be decommissioned and restored to improve watershed conditions. This project was planned for FY15 but had to be moved to FY16 due to limited resources.

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 allow mining within the Black Thunder Mine permit area.

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.

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.

Snowy Range Crucial Deer and Elk Winter Range Seasonal Closure Dates

This project proposes to add seasonal closures to about 7.5 miles of roads and to extend seasonal road closure dates from 11/15-4/31 to 10/1-6/1 in Crucial Deer and Elk Winter Range.

Steamboat Front

Fuels treatments & habitat improvements. Mastication, prescribed burning of shrubs and aspen, treatment/ removal of beetle-killed pine. Project is near Steamboat Springs (WUI). A seasonal closure for big game winter range would also be implemented.

Temporary Outfitter & 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 Coal Company (Black Thunder Mine) - Mineral Materials (Scoria) Contract Renewal

Issue a new Minerals Materials (Scoria) contract to TBCC (Black Thunder Mine) to replace MM-DGL-2800-08-06-09 and three Amendments (expires 12-31-2015)

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.

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.

US Air Force Helicopter Training

Permit reissuance to authorize specific helicopter landing zones on the Laramie Peak, Snowy Range, and Pole Mountain units for training use by the US Air Force.

Vaughn Lake Aerator Re-Issue

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

Long Park AMP

Grazing Management, revision update for allotment management plan

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.

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.

Willow Creek Analysis Project

Reoffer timber sales and implement silvicultural and hazardous fuels treatments in areas affected by the mountain pine beetle. Approximately 14.0 miles of non-system roads would be decommissioned to improve watershed conditions.

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.

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.

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.

Juancorena Water Transmission Line and Springbox Special Use Permit

Authorize springbox and water transmission line for domestic use

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 Mtns.

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)


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.

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

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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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