As part of carrying out the mission of the Forest Service, agency resource specialists develop environmental analysis and documentation, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and agency direction.

SOPA Report

The Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) Report contains a list of proposed actions that will begin or are currently undergoing environmental analysis and documentation. Questions and comments regarding projects listed in the SOPA should be directed to the Project Contact shown in the SOPA.

Grassland Projects

Grassland Projects are proposed actions that are anlyzed thought the NEPA process (Envirnmental Impact Statement [EIS], Environmental Analysis [EA], or Categorical Exclusion [CE]) that involve analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and result in a NEPA decision such as a Record of Decision (ROD), Decision Notice (DN), or a Decsion Memo (DM) which is subject to an administrative appeals process, and ultimately is implented on the ground.


To see the outcome of appeals and objections to Forest Service decisions, go to:

Appeal Responses for the Dakota Prairie Grasslands - issued after October 1, 2006

Appeal Responses for the Dakota Prairie Grasslands - issued before October 1, 2006

Objection Responses for the Dakota Prairie Grasslands

Dakota Prairie Grasslands Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.

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Developing Proposal

McKenzie County Water Resource District System IV, Part IV Southeast McKenzie County

McKenzie County Water Resource District proposes to bury a potable water pipeline across National Forest System lands in southeastern McKenzie County, North Dakota.

Under Analysis

Allotment #266 Range Water Extension

Construction of a water pipeline and addition of a stock tank.

Allotment #270 Water Well

Construction of a water well including a water line and an electrical line.

Allotment 002 Vegetation Improvement

Construction of water pipeline and addition of a stock tank

Allotment 176 Water pipeline addition

Water pipeline extension and stock tank addition

Bridger Pipeline LLC Crude Oil Pipeline Corridor

Bridger Pipeline LLC proposes to construct a crude oil pipeline system to transport oil from Bridger's Baker/Sandstone Station near Plevna, MT to Bridger's Johnsons Corner Terminal located near Johnson's Corner, ND.

Buffalo Gap Trailhead

Construction of a trailhead and corresponding spur trail at Buffalo Gap

Grand River and Cedar River Adaptive Management Plan

The project proposes to apply an adaptive management strategy using a variety of tools to effectively manage and restore rangelands managed by the District in accordance with land management plan direction.

McKenzie County NFSR #829 (Long X) Road Reroute

McKenzie County proposes to reroute approximately 3,200 feet of NFSR 829 in Section 10, T147N, R98W, 5th PM, McKenzie County, North Dakota.

NFSR #873 Bridge Replacement

Proposed replacement of a timber bridge with a concrete box culvert and McKenzie County has requested an easement on 500 feet of existing road

Oneok Deep Creek Mid-Pressure Pipeline

Oneok proposes to construct a natural gas pipeline system from the XTO Energy, Inc. Deep Creek well pad to the Prairie Federal mid-pressure pipeline in McKenzie County, ND.

Analysis Completed

Allotment #170 Pipeline

Extend water pipelines and install a stock tank.

Burlington Stafford Multi-Well Pad

Burlington proposes to construct one multi-well pad to drill five oil and gas wells in McKenzie County, North Dakota.

Cherry Creek Water, Phase 2

Cherry Creek Water, LLC proposes to construct a fresh water pipeline across National Forest System Lands.

Cobra Oil and Gas Haydraw Saltwater Pipeline

Cobra Oil and Gas proposes to construct a saltwater pipeline across National Forest System lands in McKenzie County, North Dakota.

Maah Daah Hey Trail Mile 125.5 and Mile 128 Reroutes

The McKenzie Ranger District proposes to re-route two portions of the Maah Daah Hey National Recreation Trail to avoid high erosion areas.

Northern Great Plains Management Plans Revision Supplemental EIS for Oil and Gas Leasing

Supplemental EIS prepared to analyze the changed oil and gas development pattern on the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. This project will supplement the 2001 Northern Great Plains Management Plans Revision FEIS.

NP Resources Elkhorn Ranch and Roosevelt Oil and Gas Wells Project

NP Resources, LLC has proposed three multi-well pads, the Elkhorn Ranch Federal 143-102-1-12H, Elkhorn Ranch Federal 143-102-2-11H,and the Roosevelt Federal 143-102-28-33H and the associated facilities and buried utilities in Billings County, ND.

Prairie Federal Utility Route

XTO Energy, Inc proposes to construct crude oil and natural gas pipeline systems to transport oil and gas from the Prairie Federal well pad to existing pipeline gathering systems.

Range water pipeline and stock tank, Allotment 206, Billings County, North Dakota

Medora Grazing Association proposes to install a range water pipeline and stock tank.

Range water pipeline for Pasture 1-4, Allotment 339

The McKenzie Ranger District has received a proposal to install a range water pipeline across National Grasslands in Pasture1-4, Allotment 339.

Sunset Trail Construction

The McKenzie Ranger District proposes to construct a new non-motorized recreation trail, called Sunset Trail to connect the Maah Daah Hey Trail to the Long X Trail.


Allotment 048 Replacement Water Development

Project was cancelled due to being duplicate with project 49584, which is already on the SOPA.

Billings County Private Road Special-use Application

Billings County seeks a permit to use 2,500 feet of existing road and construct a portion of road on NFS lands to access a gravel pit on private land.

Blankenship Private Road Special Use Permit

Re-construct access road from public to private land.

Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. Environmental Assessment for proposed oil and gas wells.

The Forest Service is proposing to approve necessary surface use associated with Slawson Exploration Company's proposal to drill, complete, and produce an oil well on their Federal oil and gas lease consistent with current laws.

Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. Wolverine Federal 3-31-30H

The Forest Service proposes to approve Slawson's proposal to drill and produce an oil and gas well on its federal oil and gas lease. Project is cancelled because it has been folded into a larger master development plan yet to be proposed.

West Rhame Road Repair and Maintenance

This project canceled due to duplication with project #49872. Slope County proposes a roadway reconstruction project with aggregate surfacing and culvert replacements project on CMC 4417, aka West Rhame Road.

Whiting Oil & Gas Tescher Ranch 11-9TFH Access Road

Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation no longer desires to construct 3,330 feet of road to provide access to a proposed oil and gas well located on private surface. This project has been cancelled.

Project Archive

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