Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Charybdis 3D Seismic Survey Phase 2

Geophysical 3-D seismic survey. Proponent is Devon Energy.

Hazard Tree Management

Hazard tree management for public health and safety primarily along roads, trails, and infrastructure.

High Alpine Seasonal Road Closure Extensions

Extend the seasonal wheeled-motorized vehicle closure dates or locations on several high alpine roads.

Laramie Peak Unit Vegetation Management - Cold Springs and Deer Creek

Vegetation management to improve forest conditions and reduce wildfire risk.

Laramie Peak Unit Vegetation Management - Gunnysack

Vegetation management to improve forest conditions and reduce wildfire risk.

Lonetree Creek Utility Special Uses

Buried electric power and produced-water lines, for oil and gas operations, and co-located temporary surface water line. Proponent is Devon Energy.

Mineral Material Contract Re-issue at North Antelope Rochelle Mine

Re-issuance of a mineral material contract to Peabody Powder River Mining, LLC for continued scoria mining operations at North Antelope Rochelle Mine.

Road use and water line - Continental Natural Resources

Commercial road and water line uses and operation. Proponent is Continental Natural Resources.

Road use NFSR 910, 910A, 910B, 910CA, 910CB, 910D, 910E - Silver Creek Midstream LLC

Commercial road use on National Forest System Roads 910, 910A, 910B, 910C, 910CA, 910CB, 910D, and 910E. Proponent is Silver Creek Midstream LLC.

Road use NFSR 925, 925A, and 930 (Keeline Road) and non-system road

Commercial road use of National Forest System Roads 925, 925A, and 930 (Keeline Road) and non-system road. Proponent is Century Natural Resources-Century Oil and Gas.

Special use authorization for Fulton oil facilities

Special use authorizations for operation of oil and gas development facilities at sites known as Fulton 1, 2, and 3.

Upton Water Monitoring Wells

Special use authorization for water monitoring wells associated with a landfill.

Under Analysis

Amendment to Special Use Authorization for Telecommunication Line (R T COMMCTNS INC)

Right-of-way to install a buried telecommunication conduit and connect to an existing telecommunication line to provide service to a nearby customer.

Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation

The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.

Buffalo Pass Road Reconstruction

Maintenance and reconstruction to bring NFSR 60 up to standards. The proposal also addresses adverse effects of increased dispersed camping, which may be exacerbated by the road improvement.

Carney & Continental Irrigation Ditches Headgate/Measuring Device Installation

Per the State of Colorado Division of Water Resources order, the owners of the Carney and Continental irrigation ditches propose to install headgates and/or measuring devices at the point of diversion on the two ditches.

Chapman Irrigation Ditch Headgate Replacement

Eagle's Wing Ranch, LLC has proposed to remove and replace the existing headgate structure on the Chapman ditch at the point of diversion on Chedsey Creek per USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) design plans.

Converse County Oil and Gas Project

Oil and natural gas exploration and development. Approximately 4 percent of project area is on Thunder Basin NG. The lead agency of the EIS is the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service is a cooperating agency.

Mad Rabbit Trails Project

Proposed trails changes and/or new trails construction, mostly in the Rabbit Ears Pass and Rocky Peak areas.

Mill Creek Ranch - Small Tracts Act Conveyance

Land interchange between the Forest Service and Mill Creek Ranch under the Small Tracts Act. Each entity will convey 5 acres and acquire 5 acres. Project will resolve boundary line issues related to discrepancies found in the original land surveys.

Purgatory Gulch Abandoned Mine Adit Closure

Reclamation (closure) of an abandoned mine that is hazardous to the public. The adit (opening) will be blocked and the surface will be recontoured and revegetated. To begin summer or fall of 2022 with completion before end of the year.

Removal of Trespass Pipeline

Authorization of a right-of-way and reclamation activities to remove a recently installed crude oil pipeline that was not in operation. The pipeline was initially misaligned onto a parcel of the national grassland.

Renewal of Special Use Authorizations for Carbon Power & Light, Inc.

Issuance of a new special use authorization for existing powerline infrastructure for a new term to replace expired authorizations. Changes are administrative only; no physical changes will occur, other than minor required maintenance.

Renewal of Special Use Authorizations for RT Communications

Issuance of new special use authorizations for a new term to replace expired authorizations.

Steamboat 2021 Blowdown Vegetation Management Project

Treat up to 40 acres of timber as a result of the wind event in 2020 on National Forest System lands and disturb up to 5 acres for utility, snowmaking, and trail projects.

Union Telephone Company - Muddy Pass Communications Site Telecommunications Conduit Install

Union Telephone Company proposes to install 5,085 feet of buried conduit for telecommunications cables at the existing Muddy Pass Communications Site; alongside National Forest System Roads 307.1A, 307.1 and under Highway 40 to a vault directly north

Union Telephone Company New Facility Install- South Walton Peak Communications Site

Union Telephone Company has proposed to install, operate, and maintain new facilities at the South Walton Peak Communications Site including a 120-foot self-supporting lattice tower, an electronics and generator building, and a propane tank.

Union Telephone Company New Facility Install-Buffalo Pass Communications Site

Description : Union Telephone Company has proposed to install, operate, and maintain new facilities at the Buffalo Pass Communications Site including an 80-foot self-supporting lattice tower, an electronics and generator building, and a propane tank.

Verde Mine Perpetual Reciprocal Easement

Perpetual reciprocal easement between Forest Service and private property owner of Verde Mine claims. Easement gives legal access to property to owner via NFSR 809.1B (Pipeline Road) and NFST 858 (Verde Mine Trail). NFSR 809.1B is closed to public.

Analysis Completed

2020 Thunder Basin National Grassland Plan Amendment

The Grassland proposes to amend prairie dog management direction in the Land and Resource Management Plan, including changes to management area boundaries and changes to grassland-wide, geographic area, and management area plan components.

Medicine Bow Landscape Vegetation Analysis (LaVA) Project

Holistically review the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre mountain ranges to identify strategies to best mitigate the negative effects of the current beetle epidemic to the various resources found within each mountain ranges.

Pittington Private Road (NFSR 634.2) Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit for a 5-year term for use and maintenance of National Forest System Road 634.2 for access to private property.

Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area Upgrades and Maintenance Project

Address deficiencies and improve recreation opportunities though installation of yurt, vault toilet, parking bridge, and snowmaking at Snowy Range Ski Area. Includes hazard tree removal and water impoundment securement.

Steamboat Resort Improvements Project

Improvements to terrain, road, lift network. New restaurant. Additional snowmaking. New potable water and utilities. Project specific forest plan amendment.

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.

On Hold

Paul Anderson Reconnaissance Survey - Accessing Unpatented Mineral Claims

Reconnaissance survey and mapping in order to plan strategies for accessing mining claims in preparation for gold mining.

Wyoming Mines Geophysical Core Drilling - Phase II

Take bedrock core samples from 19 separate locations (drill pads) to map area stratigraphy. Drills will take place on unpatented mineral claims. Wyoming Mines originally proposed five drill pads, and is requesting these additional locations.


Battle Mountain Prescribed Burn

Prescribed burn to regenerate aspen in conifer-encroached aspen stands, re-introduce fire into a fire adapted ecosystem, and reduce continuous fuels near forest inholdings and perimeter.

CO National Guard Special Use Permit.

Winter training operations over snow with motorized equipment.

Conditioning O&M Plans for Parks Platte River Ditch Bill Easements: Batch #1

Conditioning of O&M Plans for six water facilities with Ditch Bill Easements.

Elk Park Road

Develop a plan for the management of Elk Park Road in order to address soil and water resource concerns, while considering issues related to recreational use of the road.

Encampment Minerals Core Drilling - Muddy Mountain

Encampment Minerals to drill three core samples for the purpose of minerals exploration. Cores will be 3.25 inches in diameter and range from 300 to 800 feet in length.

Encampment Minerals Core Drilling - Prospect Mountain

Encampment Minerals proposes to drill six core samples for minerals exploration purposes. Cores will be 3.25 inches diameter and anywhere from 250 - 550 feet in length. Drilling area is accessed by one open public road and two decommissioned roads.

Green Rock Winter Parking Area

Build a winter use only parking area to supplement current roadside parking in the Green Rock area of Scenic Byway Wyoming Highway 130.

HPBE MVUM Minor Changes

OHVs would be allowed on FSR 400 from Seedhouse Campground east to FSR 443 (South Fork Rd). On FSR 110, OHVs would be allowed on the road from June 15 through December 1. Minor mapping errata corrections across the District will also be made.

Mount Werner Water and Sanitation Special Use Permit.

Special use permit authorizing an existing water diversion facility and 125 feet of water pipeline/access to the facility.

NFSR 970 (Beaver Creek Road) Redesignation Project

Possible redesignation of NFSR 970 from Level II road. Options being considered include motorized trail and non-motorized use. Purpose is to protect resources. A parking area is also being considered.

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.

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

Weston Area Coordinated Activity Management Plan

Change in trail designation for travel management and other purposes in the Thunder Basin National Grassland-Spring Creek Unit. Multiple activities in coordination with Bureau of Land Management, Buffalo Resource Area.

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.

Zirkel Wireless LLC Special Use Permit - Farwell Mtn

Communications Use Permit to provide wireless internet services on Farwell Mountain Communications Site.

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