Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Forest Plan Temporary Roads
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/12/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Jan Bowey
406-842-5432
jbowey@fs.fed.us
Description: Supplemental Analysis for Forest Plan EIS
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42302
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, Powell, Silver Bow. LEGAL - Not Applicable Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/01/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Glen Stein
801-625-5281
gstein@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management land use plans and Forest Plans.
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge. Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
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: 06/2014 06/2014 Patty Bates
406-683-3979
pbates@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 5 existing hydrometerological data collection sites with solar powered data collection equipment
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44472
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District, Wise River Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District, Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Madison. LEGAL - T12S, R12W, Sec 19; T6S, R17W, Sec 29; T3S, R11W, Sec 7; T1S, R 12W, Sec 11; T11S, R4W, Sec 18 Lima-Tendoy, Big Hole, Pioneer and Gravelly Landscapes, see scoping letter for Management Areas
North and West Big Hole Allotment Mangement Plans
EIS
- Grazing management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/28/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Jan Bowey
406-842-5432
jbowey@fs.fed.us
Description: Updating the allotment management plans for 11 grazing allotments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37978
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge. LEGAL - Not Applicable On the Wisdon and Wise River Ranger Districts of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Butte Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boulder Lowlands Vegetation
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/12/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Bruce Higgins
406-777-7427
bdhiggins@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the project is to increase the resiliency of the area to insect and disease infestations and reduce the risk of wildfire to local communities and surrounding lands (federal, state and private).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47023
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area is located between Butte and Boulder, Montana in Jefferson County (T4N, R7W, Sections 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10; T5N, R7W, Sections 16, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34 and 35).
Butte Highland Mine Haul Road
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
03/24/2014
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 MaryBeth Marks
406-587-6709
mmarks@fs.fed.us
Description: Butte Highlands JV, LLC of Butte, Montana has submitted a Plan of Operations (POO) to use National Forest System roads for activities that are incidental to their mining operations on private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35069
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - Township 1 North, Range 8 West, section 20 Approximately 8 miles west along Forest Service road #84 (Highland Road) to the National Forest boundary
Ditch Saddle Trail #4143 Maintenance and Construction Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2015
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us
Description: Project proposed to reduce steep sections of trail and address public safety concerns and reduce sedimentation in a fish key watershed by moving the trail away from the stream. The replaced sections of original tread would be obliterated.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46479
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T2N,R10W, Section 36 and T3N,R10W, Sections PB42 and 43; 9, 10 Northeast Fleecer Management Area in the Upper Clark Fork Landscape
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
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
Roadside Hazard Tree Removal #8
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/31/2015
Expected: 07/2015 10/2015 Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove hazard trees adjacent to several high-use system roads on the Dillon Ranger District using commercial timber sale.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46720
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Selway Creek Area of Dillon Ranger District
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
Canyon Trail #7077 Maintenance and Construction
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2015
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocation and construction of 1600 ft. of new trail, maintenance and tread work on restoration on 1420 ft. of existing trail, obliteration of 1590 ft. of old trail, installation of a 30 ft. rock turnpike, and hardening of one stream crossing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46466
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T1N, R6W, Sections 15 and 22 Located in the Pipestone Management Area in the Jefferson Landscape
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Madison Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cataract Creek - Mountain Meadow Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/20/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us
Description: Mine dumps and waste rock from mine sites will be hauled to a processing site on private land. All transportation on public land would be under permit on existing open routes on the BDNF and BLM. This project will be done in a single field season.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46312
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T 2S, R 3W Sec. 16, 21 The Mountain Meadow, Ben Harrison and Bozeman mines are located in the Tobacco Root Landscape in the Brown Back and Tobacco Root Peaks management areas.
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.
Madison Ranger District Road Decommissioning as Identified in the Madison MVUM Decision
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2015
Actual: 07/24/2015
08/2015 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us
Description: Road 1237B, (0.5 miles) will require complete obliteration. Road closure devices, water bars, tread scarification and re-contouring will discourage motorized use and promote re-vegetation. Road 9677, (1.6 miles) will require only a closed sign.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46314
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T5S, R3W, Sections 6 & 7 T9S, R3W, Section 28 Road 1237B is in the Ramshorn management Area, Tobacco Root Landscape. Road 9677 is in the Gravelly Landscape, Ruby-Centennial Corridor Management Area
Smith Lake Fish Screen Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2015
Actual: 07/07/2015
07/2015 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct and install a 12 foot denil fish ladder attached to a 7'x7' concrete head wall. The top of the fish ladder will be covered to prevent blockage. The contractor would use a tracked excavator to do the work.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46316
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Smith Lake in the Gravelly Landscape in the West Fork Madison Management Area
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Pintler Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Finley Basin Minerals Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
12/19/2014
Expected: 09/2015 05/2016 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: Finley Mining Inc.proposes to drill 12 exploration holes using a track mounted drill rig that can be dismantled for use with a helicopter. If the 4 drill sites are encouraging then up to 6 more sites maybe drilled. Roads will not be constructed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46001
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed area of exploration is located in T7N, R12W, sections 11 and 14, in the Finley Basin area approximately 11 miles east of Philipsburg.
Flint Foothills Vegetation Management Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/19/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2015
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 Charlene Bucha Gentry
406 859-3211
CGentry@fs.fed.us
Description: 1) Salvage dead and dying lodgepole pine 2) Commercial thin ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir 3) Use prescribed fire in low and mid-elevation mixed conifer stands to promote resiliency 4) Pre-commercial thin young stands
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33238
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite, Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Flint Foothills and Flint Uplands Management Areas located south of Interstate 90 between Drummond and Deer Lodge.
Golden Jubilee Drilling Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2015
Actual: 07/24/2015
08/2015 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: The Gunsinger Group proposes to core drill 8 exploration holes with a truck mounted drill rig and dig a 4 by 50 foot trench about 16 feet deep using a backhoe. Drill sites are about 800 feet from a County Road. No road construction is necessary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46827
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T6N, R13W, Section 14 Georgetown Lake Management Area of the Clark Fork Flint Landscape about 7 miles southeast of Philipsburg, Montana
Whetstone Ridge Trail #8020 Relocation
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/17/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 David Rouse
406-859-3211
dmrouse@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to construct 4.7 miles of new trail and obliterate 1.4 miles of the old trail tread, in order to reroute the Whetstone Ridge Trail to resolve safety, erosion and public access concerns posed at the existing location.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46741
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T4N, R16 W, Sections 4,9,29 and T4N, R17 W, Section 36 Upper Rock Creek Landscape, Sapphire Mountains Wilderness Study Area and Ross Fork MAs in the Sapphire Inventoried Roadless Area.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Wisdom Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chief Joseph Cross Country Ski Trail Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/23/2011
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove hazard trees over the course of 10 years, to reduce the risk posed to skiers and hikers on this trail system (over 7000 visitors annually) by commercial means if possible. Force account or service contracts will be employed otherwise.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36827
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Lemhi, Beaverhead, Ravalli. LEGAL - T 2S, R 19W, Sections 2, 3, 35, 36, Trail Creek Management Area, Big Hole Landscape
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.
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