Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

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- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Butte Ranger District
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon Ranger District
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Jefferson Ranger District
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Madison Ranger District
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Pintler Ranger District
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Wisdom Ranger District
- Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Wise River Ranger District


Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Supplemental EIS to comply with District of MT Court Order - 2009 Forest Plan and Bighorn Sheep MOU
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/10/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Jan Bowey
406-842-5432
jbowey@fs.fed.us
Description: Supplemental analysis for the 2009 FEIS approving the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Plan in response to a June 14, 2016 Court Order to disclose potential environmental affects from interagency MOUS dated 2002 and 2008 for a bighorn sheep transplant
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50067
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Greenhorn, Gravelly and Snowcrest Mountains in southwest Montana
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
NCRS SNOTEL Sites Conversion Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/14/2014
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend the terms of an existing permit under a National Memorandum of Understanding, to allow the Natural Resources Conservation Service to automate 2 existing snow courses (Dad Creek and Slag-a-Melt)to Snotel sites.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44472
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T12S, R12W, Sec 19; T6S, R17W, Sec 29 Lima-Tendoy and Big Hole Landscapes
Pintler Face
EA
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/07/2016
Expected: 02/2018 04/2019 Pam Fletcher
406-494-0231
pamfletcher@fs.fed.us
Description: Purpose is to achieve Forest Plan Goals including timber management, aquatic improvement, wildlife habitat improvement. Proposed activities include commercial timber harvest, travel management, and reduction of conifer encroachment in sagebrush.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49404
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fishtrap-Mt. Haggin and Pintler Face Management Areas within the Big Hole Landscape.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Butte Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brown's Gulch - Lockhart Boundary Fence Extension
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/21/2016
Expected: 12/2016 04/2017 Lucas Phillips
208-677-8290
ljphillips@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to extend the existing fence about 1100 feet with wildlife friendly barbed wire fence to keep livestock from trailing back and forth between pastures. If the initial route doesn't work we will add the second extension shown on the map.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50524
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T5N, R8W, Section 23 Upper Clark Fork Landscape, Butte North Management Area
Eagle's Nest Trail Extension
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/17/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is to construct about 2,280 ft. of non-motorized trail parallel to the road from the Eagles Nest Trailhead to the picnic area. The trail will provide a safer route for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders who currently use the road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49403
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - Not Applicable Thompson Park in the Upper Clark Fork Landscape Backyard Butte Management Area
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Andrus Allotment Range Improvements
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Katie Bonogofsky
406-683-3959
kjbonogofsky@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose development of eight springs and installation 1.5 miles of fence in two sections on the Andrus Allotment to help distribute cattle and allow the permit holder the flexibility to meet allowable use levels on streams in the allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49371
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T7S, R14W, Sections 11, 13, 14, 23, 26, 27, 36 Big Hole Landscape Management Area (see Lima Temdoy Landscape for MA Direction), Selway-Saginaw Management Area
Birch-Willow-Lost
EIS
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management treatments to meet Forest Plan desired conditions including removing encroaching conifers in Sagebrush, Aspen, Mountain Mahogany, thinning Douglas-fir, daylighting Whitebark Pine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35859
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. Birch, Upper Willow, Lower Willow, and Lost Creek Sub-Watersheds in the East Face Management Area of the Pioneer Landscape
Bull Creek Allotment Range Improvements
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Katie Bonogofsky
406-683-3959
kjbonogofsky@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes development of four springs on the Bull Creek Grazing Allotment in order to better distribute cattle and grazing use which will allow the permittee more flexibility to meet allowable use levels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49436
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T5S, R13W Sections 29, 30 and 31 Pioneer Landscape, West Face Management Area
Carroll Hill Spring Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Kyle Schmitt
307-358-1631
kschmitt@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would authorize a new 20-year term special use permit for the use of the Carroll Hill Spring to the new owners of the Bull Creek Ranch. No ground disturbing activities or additional structures are proposed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49437
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T6S, R13W, Section 18 Lima Tendoy Landscape, Horse Prairie North Management Area
Tendoy Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
10/30/2015
Est. Comment Period
04/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us
Description: The BLM Dillon field Office and USFS Beaverhead-Deerlodge are starting the Environmental Assessment(EA) on an Application for Permit to Drill, submitted by the Lima Exploration Company, LLC.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48576
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Two locations are being considered: BLM site is Shearing Pen Gulch-access from Big Sheep Creek Road, FS site White Pine Ridge-access from Little Sheep Creek Road.
test deployment4.7
EIS

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2016
Expected: 02/2016 02/2016 Ojas Shroff
301-208-9388
oshroff@fs.fed.us
Description: test
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana, North Dakota. COUNTY - Big Horn, Blaine. LEGAL - Not Applicable testing
test!!!
EIS
- Facility management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
08/12/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2015
Expected: 10/2015 12/2015 James Freeman
540-449-4867
jameswfreeman@fs.fed.us
Description: Test
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Not Applicable where again?
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Jefferson Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Britton Amateur Radio Repeater
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2015
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Don Despain
406-846-1770
ddespain@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install an amateur radio repeater adjacent to the existing equipment at the Donald R. Communication Site, currently occupied by Quest Corporation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46463
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T1N, R6W, Section 19 Located in the Jefferson River Landscape, Pipestone Management Area
Donald R. Communication Site SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/23/2015
Expected: 11/2015 01/2016 David Sabo
208-756-5279
dsabo@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to renew special use permit DLG 401103, which expires Dec. 31, in order that Qwest Communications dba Century Link may continue operating a microwave communication tower on the site for 20 years.
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T1N, R6W, Section 19 Jefferson River Landscape, Pipestone Management Area, southeast of Butte.
Sadler Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/29/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 David Sabo
208-756-5279
dsabo@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit vehicle access to private property through across 56 feet of National Forest land. It would allow the holder to improve, use and maintain a private driveway.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49512
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T7N, R5 W, Section 21 Boulder River Landscape, Basin-Cataract Management Area
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Madison Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Basin Creek Mine Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/11/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to do exploration digging into collapsed tunnels using a mini excavator, skid-steer and posthole digger (1-3 person crew). A trommel would be used to investigation diggings. Reclamation of all areas will be done upon completion.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49393
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the Gravelly Landscape in the Upper Ruby Management Area.
Crockett Lake Whitebark Pine Demonstration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
04/23/2014
Expected: 08/2014
Actual: 08/05/2014
10/2014 Paul Roose
406-682-4253
plroose@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is intended to remove all conifers and slash (except limber pine) from the understory in identified whitebark pine stands in order to reduce competition and increase sunlight so that the WBP reproduces fully and faster.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34987
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T9S, R2W,Section 5 Gravelly Landscape, Upper Ruby and Wigwam-Cherry Managment Areas.
Hill Reservoir Dam Decommisioning Revised
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/16/2016
Expected: 06/2016 08/2017 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes the same work attempted in 2014 under a previous decision to breach the dam with explosives. It wasn't completed because of a constriction in the culvert. This revision of the proposal is to do the same work with an excavator.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49422
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T3S, R4W, sections 25 & 36 Tobacco Roots Landscape, Tobacco Root Peaks Management Area
Klatt (Kelly) Reservoir Dam Decommissioning
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/16/2016
Expected: 06/2016 08/2017 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us
Description: This project to decommission the Klatt Dam is proposed to prevent failure should the old corroded culvert should a heavy snow or rain event clog the piped causing water to overflow the dam. An excavator would be used to breach it at the outlet.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49423
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T10S, R1W, section 18 Gravelly Landscape, Wall Creek Management Area
MT58_Voigt Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
10/21/2015
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to remove 8000 tons of mine waste material from multiple sites in the South Meadow Creek area. Access and waste rock material haulage will be primarily along forest roads #9648, 9649, 9649a, 1224 and 1221.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49379
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located at T4S, R2W, Sec(s) 19 & 30 in the Tobacco Root Landscape in the Tobacco Root Peaks and Meadow Creek Management Area.
Narrows Pond Dam Reconstruction
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
05/16/2016
Expected: 06/2016 08/2017 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to rebuild the dam on Narrows Pond which breached slightly and eroded over time. We seek to rebuilt it 2 feet higher to hold enough water to support embryo development and fry emergence of Artic Grayling and westslope cutthroat trout.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49424
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T16N, R41E, section 29 Gravelly Landscape, Chain of Lakes Management Area
Nelson Water Pipeline Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/16/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Jacob Stewart
406-682-4253
jwstewart@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is a proposal to issue a special use permit to allow connection of a pipeline to the overflow of a water trough on NFS lands and install approximately 2000 feet of subsurface line to water livestock on adjacent private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49426
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T4S, R2W, section 21 Tobacco Root Landscape, Meadow Creek Management Area
Ruby River Winter Habitat Improvement Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/13/2017
Expected: 02/2017 05/2017 Jenna Roose
406-682-4253
jmroose@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to improve 325-acres of winter habitat for moose along the Ruby River in the Gravelly Landscape, Snowcrest Mountain Recommended Wilderness Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50836
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T9S R3W, Sec. 33, T10S R3W Sections 3, 4, 9, 16, 21, 29 and 32 Gravelly Landscape, Snowcrest Mountain Recommended Wilderness Management Area, along the Ruby River.
South Gravelly Allotment Management Plans
EIS

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
02/04/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2017
Expected: 01/2018 06/2018 Jacob Stewart
406-682-4253
jwstewart@fs.fed.us
Description: Review grazing practices and infrastructure for 4 domestic livestock grazing allotments (Eureka Basin, Pole Creek, Southwest Corner and Robb Creek)to ensure compliance with applicable Forest Plan direction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48643
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable South end of the Gravelly and Snowcrest Mountains, Beaverhead and Madison Counties, Montana
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Pintler Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Discovery Ski Area Special Use Ammendment
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2016
Expected: 10/2016 04/2017 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal is to approve a ski area permit amendment allowing construction of three emergency evacuation trails on the north side in case of lift breakdown. It would also allow construction of a new Discovery Ski Education Foundation building.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49428
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T5N, R13W, seciton 21 Clark Fork Flint Landscape; Georgetown Lake Management Area
Goldberg Water System Decomission
CE
- Watershed management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/11/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Cameron Rasor
406-859-3211
crasor@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to decommission an irrigation water system consisting of a diversion, ditch, flume and reservoir to resolve safety concerns and restore the natural water flow.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49432
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T9N R12W Sections 26 & 35 Clark Fork Flint Landscape, Flint Foothills Management Area
Smart Creek Mineral Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
10/28/2016
Expected: 11/2016 03/2017 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to permit a mineral company to dig five exploration test trenches about 4 feet deep, 15 feet wide and 316 to 1202 feet long. Total disturbance would be approximately 3 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50554
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T8N, R13W, Sections 5, 6 and 7 Clark Fork - Flints Landscape, Flint Foothills Management Area, approximately 1.5 miles northwest of Maxville, Montana.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Wisdom Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chief Joseph Ski Trail Maintenance & Construction
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Project would re-shaping the existing road prism on the old log hauling routes used as ski trails and dig stumps on approximately 32 kilometers of cross country ski trails and construct a connector trail between Moose and Sentinel Meadow trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36828
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Lemhi, Beaverhead, Ravalli. LEGAL - T 2S, R 19W, Sections 2 and 3 Trail Creek Management Area, Big Hole Landscape, a small portion of the trails overlaps on the Bitterroot and Salmon/Challis National Forests.
Roadside Hazard Tree Removal #9
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/14/2016
Expected: 03/2017 05/2017 Leaf Magnuson
406-683-3950
lmagnuson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will remove dead, dying, and structurally unsound trees within 150 of either side of identified Forest Services roads and a portion of MT Highway 43 to reduce the hazard they pose to the travelling public.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50467
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple management areas in the Big Hole Landscape as shown on map.
West Big Hole Ditches Hazard Removal Projec
CE
- Special use management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/14/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Russell Riebe
208-756-5246
rriebe@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of hazard trees along the Montgomery, Slag-A-Melt, and Low Furley north and south ditches on approximately 3.2 miles of the ditch easement within one tree length, (50 to 150 feet) from both sides of the ditch.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50512
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Slag-A-Melt: T5S,R16W,Sections 8, 17,& 18; Low Furley N&S & Lower Montgomery: T4S,R16W,Section 32; and Montgomery: T5S R16W,Sections 5 & 6. Big Hole Landscape, Ruby Management Area
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Wise River Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clementine Exploration Drilling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
10/19/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us
Description: Clementine Exploration LLC Proposes to core drill(2 holes one location) and access for continuing geological work on the Clementine Exploration LLC mining claims. The project is estimated to take a 10 days to complete.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49361
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - Not Applicable West flank of Fleecer Ridge in the Fleecer IRA. The project is located in the Big Hole Landscape and South Fleecer Management Area.
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