As part of carrying out the mission of the Forest Service, agency resource specialists develop proposals that will enhance or maintain resource values on public lands, as well as generate products. In addition, the public may submit proposals for various uses such as rights-of-way, land exchanges, and recreational events. A necessary part of the planning for these is the environmental analysis and documentation, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and agency direction.


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Bighorn National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Big Horn 100 Term Permit Project

Issuance of a new 5-year term special use authorization to replace Big Horn 100 current annual special use authorization. Two events each year in July and August. Route is on roads, trails, and cross country.

Buffalo Municipal Watershed Project

Fire risk reduction and water quality maintenance or improvement activities in the Buffalo Municipal Watershed area, plus aspen restoration and other forest treatments to achieve Forest Plan objectives.

Rangeland Hunting Adventures and H. F. Bar Ranch Inc. Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Reissuances

Both businesses have submitted proposals for their current 10-year priority use special use permits for outfitting and guiding to be issued for another 10-year term.

Under Analysis

Antelope Butte Water Development

Antelope Butte Foundation has submitted a special use application to construct a new springbox at an existing developed spring site with current water rights and install a new waterline to provide year round domestic water at the permitted facilities

Double Rafter Cattle Drives Littlehorn Cow Camp Assigned Site Proposal

Moving site for Double Rafter Cattle Drives outfitter and guide permit from Rock Cabin Park site to Littlehorn Cow Camp. Site used between June 27 & October 10 annually. Maximum 3 trips, 2-3 days each. 220 clients, 12 staff. 30-35 horses.

Flitner Waterline Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of the existing special use permit for a spring development and waterline for a new term.

Lodge Connector ATV Trail Project

ATV trail to connect the three lodges on the north end of the Tongue Ranger District.

Trail 038 Conversion

To change use to nonmotorized to lower the maintenance standards and reduce safety issues associated with motorized use on a trail not designed for that use. Currently, rock slides and flooding have narrowed the trail and blocked motorized use.

Analysis Completed

FSR #329 Conversion Project

Forest Service Road (FSR) #329 would be partially closed to full sized vehicles and converted to a motorized OHV trail 50 inches or less. Sections of the old road bed would be narrowed to be more compatible with a 50 inch or less trail.

Pole Creek Gravel Pit Expansion

The Wyoming Dept of Transportation submitted an application to increase the existing gravel pit by 38 ac to facilitate transportation projects and maintenance operations on US Hwy 16. Includes mining, gravel operation, and a temporary hot mix plant

Wind River Outfitters New Assigned Site Project

Authorization of a new assigned site at the end of Forest Service Road (FSR) #601 to be used for big game hunting.


West Side Connector Trail

Construct a motorized trail system for vehicles less than 50 inches in width between Powder River Pass and Deerhaven Lodge that would allow motorized users the ability to travel across the district without riding on Highway 16.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.