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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Local, regional, and national policies, agreements, and legislation guide our priorities and procedures. Many of our regulations are explained in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Bighorn National Forest Project Spotlights

All Current and Recent Projects

Developing Proposal

  • Pole Creek Vegetation Management Project

    Develop variety of forest treatments to: reduce risk of insect epidemics & fire by moving toward desired structure, age-class, & composition; provide forest product sales near Forest Plan Total Program Sale Quantity level; and promote aspen.

Under Analysis

  • Dry Tensleep Corrals

    Construction of livestock corrals to alleviate need for annually authorizing temporary corrals.

  • Invasive and Other Select Plant Management on the Bighorn NF

    Through application of an integrated treatment strategy continue to treat invasive and other plant species including mountain big sagebrush using aerial and ground-based herbicides, approved biological control methods, and education.

  • Meadowlark Dam Repair and Rehabilitation Project

    Project will repair damage sustained to the spillway and fish ladder structure that occurred due to a large flow event.

  • Mud Mine

    Forest Service proposes to authorize the Operating Plan, within the context of the statutory rights under Federal mining laws.

  • Tensleep Canyon Climbing Management Plan

    Respond to increased development and impacts from rock climbing. Considers protection of the following: soil, vegetation, geologic, water, cultural, wildlife, and social resources. Considers protection of resources via restrictions/permits/education.

Analysis Completed

  • Antelope Butte Foundation, Inc 2017/2018 Winter Rec Event

    Application has been submitted for a recreation event permit to hold several events throughout the 2017-2018 winter season. Event activities include: sledding, tubing, fat biking, dog sledding, x-country skiing.

  • Big Willow BDAs (Beaver Dam Analogs)

    Construction of beaver dam analogs, channel spanning structures that mimic natural beaver dams, are proposed. Constructed using native material, in areas where beaver dams were once prevalent or with potential habitat.

  • Dayton Gulch Road Reconstruction and Burgess Gravel Pit Expansion

    Maintenance and reconstruction improvements to Dayton/Gulch Road, National Forest System Road #15 for 26 miles. Includes development of the existing 9-acre Burgess gravel pit and expansion of the pit to include an additional 14 acres.

  • FSR 17 Paintrock Road Improvements

    Improvements on approximately 6 miles of Forest Service Road 17 including culvert replacements, road surface reconditioning, installation of drivable dip, individual tree removals and switchback widening.

  • Outfitter and Guide Term Permit Renewal

    Renew term permits for 6 district Outfitter and Guide permits and assign a new reserved site for Klondike Ranch permittee. Permits would be extended for an additional 10-year term.

  • Red Grade Trail System Reroutes

    Proposal to reroute 3 segments of trail to address safety, resource, and social concerns.

  • Sheridan Municipal Watershed - Environmental Assessment Released

    Reduce hazardous fuels that could support a more severe and widespread wildfire in this municipal watershed and adjacent lands. Restoration of riparian and aspen habitat will be considered. Maintain and improve water quality by sediment reduction.

  • Willet Creek Channel Improvement Project

    Project addresses two low-water crossings and road conditions on FSR 226 that have altered channel form, impaired stream and riparian wetland function, degraded fish habitat, and have made vehicle travel difficult and unsafe.

On Hold

  • Medicine Wheel Horse Amenities Project

    The Medicine Wheel Horse Amenities Project will add horse corrals to Bucking Mule Falls Trailhead, and two camping sites to Bald Mountain Campground with horse corrals, water trough, and hitching posts.


  • Arrowhead Lodge WUI Fuels Treatment

    Hand thinning/piling of trees, up to half of existing trees, within approximately 20 acres around Arrowhead Lodge vicinity. Piles burned approximately 2 yrs after creation.

  • Bighorn National Forest Salvage and Sanitation Treatments

    Improve forest health by responding to tree mortality events and ongoing chronic insect and disease issues. Utilize commercial harvesting or non-commercial thinning to salvage dead or dying trees or control the spread of existing insect and disease.

  • Muddy Guard Permit Reissuance

    Reissuance of a non-recreation special use permit for a pasture permit. Permit area is for 88 acres of useable grazing land. Improvements on the permit are one (1) mile of fence with maintenance responsibility by the permittee.

  • Munkres Blowdown Salvage

    Salvage harvest of trees blowndown in a late June 2019 storm near Munkres Pass.

  • Paradise Ranch Special Use Pasture Permit Reissuance

    Reissuance of Special Use Permit for a pasture for a new term.

  • Polaris Test Runs and Bighorn Mountain Snomads Permits Reissuance

    This is a duplicate project. The correct original project # is 52943 and PALS # is 11020000.

  • Special Use Permit Re-issuance for Bliss Creek Outfitters Outfitter Guide permit.

    No changes to face of permit, strictly reissuing permit for another 5-year period under the same terms and conditions as previous permits, which have authorized guided hunts for spring bear in the Dry Fork area.

  • 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.

  • Worland Youth Camp Special Use Authorization Renewal

    Organization authorization up for reauthorization by March 2007. Facility is used by the residents of Washakie County for group and club activities.

Project Archive

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

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