Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Camp Creek Federal F-3 Oil Well

Re-entry on a formerly used oil well pad, drilling of one oil well, and associated reclamation. The proponent is HD Adams.

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.

Mad Rabbit Trails Project

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

Middle Fork Prescribed Fire Project

Prescribed fire treatments to restore ecological function and future resilience to areas that have experienced insect and disease infestations.

Paul Allred Locatable Minerals Project

Proposed excavated trench measuring 51 feet wide by 80 feet long by 4 feet deep to locate gold. Trench will be placed adjacent to Douglas Creek. Trench will be backfilled.

Under Analysis

Adventure Cycling Association Ten-year Outfitter and Guide Permit Issuance

Issuance of a ten year outfitter and guide permit to Adventure Cycling Association to authorize multiple cycling tours to operate annually on National Forest System Lands across the Rocky Mountain Region.

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.

Antelope Mine Rail Spur Expansion

Antelope Coal LLC has requested an authorization to amend the existing Antelope Mine special use permit to allow expansion of the railroad spur area associated with expansion and increased capacity of the coal loadout facility.

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.

Converse County Oil and Gas Project

Oil and natural gas exploration and development proposed by an operator group. 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.

Crown Castle tower replacement

Replacement of and existing guyed tower with a Guy-less tower in the same location and of the same height

Gill Reservoir Permit Re-Issuance

The proposal is to issue a Special Use Permit for the operation and maintenance of Gill Reservoir which will be used by the public for recreation, livestock watering, and wildlife habitat. The permit will be issued for a 30 year term.

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.

Paul Allred - Pirates Gold Mining Claim

Proposed mineral exploration using a dredge with a 5 inch diameter nozzle to reach deeper into holdes in the creekbed. Original proposal included use of a 3-inch diameter nozzle. Project may include off-system motorized access to mining claim.

Pushover Project

Project would mechanically push over or cut 300 sub-alpine fir or engelmann spruce trees less than 12 inches in diameter to be used in implementing stream restoration actions.

Re-Issue of Communications Use Lease for VRE Towers, LLC

VRE Towers, LLC owns a pre-existing communications tower on Pole Mountain for which the lease needs to be re-issued. There will be no physical alterations to the tower itself; changes are administrative only.

Rich Ditch Permit Re-Issuance

The proposal is to re-issue a Special Use Permit for the use and maintenance of the Rich Ditch for diversion of water from Trout Creek to Oak Creek for the Towns municipal water system purposes. The permit will be issued for a 20 year term.

Union Telephone Company - Fox Park Communications Use Lease

Lease for Union Telephone site at Fox Park is expired, needs a re-issue to continue provision of cellular, internet, and emergency communication services. Generator & electrical buildings & propane tank to be placed inside original site footprint.

Wyoming Pathways Pole Mountain Trail Reroutes

Relocate roughly 5.5 mile of trail at Pole Mountain to alter the current resource damaging alignments. Affected trails include: Middle Aspen; Aspen; Haunted Forest; Headquarters; Crow Creek; and Turtle Rock.

Analysis Completed

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.

Conversion of National Forest System Road 272.1 to a Non-Motorized Trail

Convert 1.5 miles of NFSR 272 to non-motorized trail. Currently .6 miles is Level 1 rd., .9 miles is Level 2 rd. Conversion will reduce impacts to wildlife habitat, water quality, and riparian areas while maintaining non-motorized opportunities.

National Forest System Road 1414 Road Use Authorization and Travel Management

Road use authorization for a segment of NFSR 1414 with reconstruction and improvements for a proponent; travel management changes to make segments of NFSR 1414 available for motorized public use and to close NFSR 1414.G.

National Forest System Roads 660.1, 669.1, and 609.1 Restoration Project

Decommission and reroute portions of National Forest System Roads 660.1, 669.1, and 609.1 to reduce impacts to wetlands, streams, and watershed health.

North Savery Project

Signed Record of Decision now available! Up to 6,834 acres hazard tree clearing, precommercial thinning & timber harvest; associated road proposals to improve motorized public access to the forest while minimizing road impacts to other resources.

Red Vista Fuels Reduction Project

Harvest treatments of up to 3000 acres in mostly beetle killed conifers. This project was formally known as "Red Vista Vegetation Management".

Special Use Authorization for Use and Occupancy of Additional NFS Lands at Black Thunder Mine

Amendment of existing permit to add 334.5 acres for overstrip of topsoil and overburden and stockpile material for reclamation and other mining activities at Black Thunder Mine. And USFS administrative actions or orders to manage public land use.

Steamboat Ski Area Improvements

Analyze the impacts of approving selected projects identified in the 2011 Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation Master Development Plan Amendment, which was accepted by the U.S. Forest Service on January 2, 2013.

Teller Ditch headgate replacement.

Replacement of currently non-functional headgate on Jack Creek, on Teller Ditch.

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.

Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) "Mad House" Powerline Removal

Removal of existing overhead power line to a building on the Routt National Forest that has previously been removed. All existing power poles will be cut off at 1 foot below grade and the hole filled. Each pole will be removed whole or cut to length.

On Hold

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.

Encampment Minerals Core Drilling - Stud Creek

Mineral exploration and sampling conducted through boring four (4) geologic cores for analysis. Cores will be removed and remaining holes plugged with concrete.

Muddy Creek and Lake Creek Watershed Restoration Project

The final environmental assessment and draft decision will be available soon! This project would improve wetlands, stream and watershed conditions, and habitat for fish and wildlife in the Muddy Creek and Lake Creek watersheds (NFSRs 553 and 588).

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.

Riparian Area Restoration in Douglas Creek Watershed

Rehabilitation of approximately 0.5 acres of wetland, damaged by an unauthorized route, to restore soil productivity, hydrologic function, and wetland vegetation.

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

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.

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.


Battle Ditch Repair and Restoration

The proposed action is to install a headgate, measuring flow box, 991 feet of 24 inch diameter pipe along the existing right-of-way, and instream structures in Battle Creek. Project has been cancelled. See Project #54006.

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.

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.

Borer Small Tracts Act

Private citizen is considering whether to pursue purchase parcel of National Forest System land or not. Project is on hold until citizen decision is made. Parcel is eligible for purchase under the Small Tracts Act for several reasons.

Burgess Creek Fish Barrier

PROJECT CANCELLED: After the NEPA was initiated we learned that there was an existing barrier downstream. Using this barrier would increase the length of stream occupied by fish more than the proposed site thereby better meeting project objectives.

California Park Seasonal Area Closure

Annual closure of California Park from May 1 through July 1, to protect wildlife in the spring calving, lek, or nest seasons.

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

Commercial Recreation Permits Project

Conduct an environmental analysis on the effects of issuing additional commercial recreation use permits on the District.

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.

Coulton/Floyd PCT Project

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

Dumont Lake Day Use Shelter

Project Canceled: No NEPA review required. It was determined that this project falls under Maintenance of Recreation Sites (replaced former assets); and it was also determined that there are no resource concerns associated with the project.

Existing Outfitter and Guide Permit Renewals

Reissuance of existing permits for new terms. Any modifications to permits do not increase the scope or intensity of authorized activities.

Federal Coal Lease Readjustments

Analysis of several federal coal lease readjustments associated with lease periods.

Forest Road 792/ Michigan River Culvert Replacement

Replace existing culvert with a larger culvert or a bridge to address engineering structural and safety concerns and improve aquatic passage and hydrologic conditions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HPBE Trail Reroutes & Relocations

A proposal for minor reroutes of NFS Trails 1190, 1188, and 1188.1A are cancelled. These may be reconfigured into other trails work.

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.

Juancorena Water Transmission Line and Springbox Special Use Permit

Proposed springbox and water transmission line for domestic use. This project has been cancelled as it did not pass the NEPA process. Application returned to proponent.

La Bonte Canyon Road and Trail Management

Management of road and trail use such as sign improvements for public safety and compliance with Wyoming State laws applicable to La Bonte Road 658. Project analysis, description, and name has changed.

McClain Spring Number 1 Water Development for Papa's Land Trust

This project is now incorporated into Judd and Grout Spring Development project number 47172.

Miners Claim Fuel Reduction

Boundary fuel treatments along and adjacent to private in-holdings containing structures.

OHV Trails Planning

Planning and analysis of motorized trail opportunities will be directed into future specific proposals.

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.

Parsons Creek Land Exchange

Proposal to exchange lands in the Warbonnet Peak area of the Laramie Mtns.

Pierce Whitney Creek Diversion special use permit

Use of the existing Last Chance Ditch to divert additional water from Whitney Creek to private property.

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)

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.

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.

Recreation Residence Use of National Forest System Lands

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.

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.

Steamboat Powdercats Trail Improvements

Steamboat Powdercats trail work for modifications to less than 0.01 miles of snow trail to increase sight distances through tree removal or slight realignment of snow trails.

Temporary Outfitter and 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 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.

Union Pacific Communication Tower Replacement Pole Mountain

Replace existing guyed tower with guy-less taller tower on same site.

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.

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.

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.

Wyoming Trail-CDNST Trail Reroutes

Parts of this proposal to reroute sections of NFS Trail 1101, part of the designated Continental Divide Trail may be incorporated in later proposals. This project would reduce impacts to wetlands and improve overall watershed and trail conditions.

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