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 , Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units
- 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 , R1 - Northern Region All Units
- 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
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
Dillon, Wisdom, Wise River Ranger Districts Travel Management Project
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@fs.fed.us
Description: NEPA analysis for designating wheeled motorized use on the Dillon, Wisdom and Wise River ranger districts of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28553
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District, Wise River Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow. LEGAL - T4-1N and T1-16 S, R7-19W Dillon, Wisdom and Wise River RDs of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF
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
Trapper Creek Vegetation Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 11/2014
Actual: 03/05/2012
03/2015 Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@fs.fed.us
Description: This revised proposal includes chainsaw cutting, broadcast burning of colonizing conifers and burning or scattering slash concentrations on 3338 acres of riparian vegetation, mountain mahogany, and sagebrush/grass parks to meet Forest Plan Objectives
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30894
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District, Wise River Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T. 1 S., 2 S., 3 S.; R. 10 W., 11 W. East Pioneer Mountains about 10 miles southeast of Wise River, MT.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest , Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2014 Whitebark Planting
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
01/28/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Bruce Schuelke
406-494-0241
bschuelke@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal would authorized planting 12,500 Whitebark pine (WBP)seedlings in a former WBP dominated site where the species is not coming back as well as predicted after the Mussigbrod Fire in 2000. Planting would take place in May or June.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43607
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T1N, R17W, Sec. 33 Big Hole Landscape, Tie-Johnson Management Area
Boulder River Salvage and Vegetation Management Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Karen Gallogly
208-756-5103
kgallogly@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage by clearcut regeneration harvest, and conduct biomass removal, commercial thinning, prescribed fire, and quaking aspen restoration on 24,939 acres (346 units) of Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest System Lands north of Whitehall, MT.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38747
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - Not Applicable North of Whitehall, MT
Christain #1 Minerals Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
04/18/2011
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
01/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service received a Plan of Operation to explore for minerals on unpatented mining claims located in T8N, R12W, section 11 approximately 16 miles northwest of Deer Lodge, Montana in the Master Mine area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35917
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T8N, R12W, section 11 The proposed mineral exploration project is located within the Flint Foothills Management Area of the Clark Fork Flint Landscape and is consistent with the January 2009 Beaverhead-Deerlodge National F
Flint Foothills Vegetation Management Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/19/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2014
Expected: 08/2014 07/2015 Charlene Bucha Gentry
406 859-3211
CGentry@fs.fed.us
Description: 1) Salvage beetle 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 stans
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33238
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Deer Lodge, Silver Bow. Flint Foothills and Flint Uplands Management Areas located south of Interstate 90 between Drummond and Deer Lodge.
Hogan Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2014
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Cameron Rasor
406-859-3211
crasor@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to issue a Private Road Special Use Permit to Mike D. Hogan Jr. authorizing the operation and maintenance of an existing road crossing NFS land to access private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44134
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Deer Lodge. LEGAL - T5N,R13W,Section 6 Georgetown Lake Management Area in Clark Fork Flint Landscape
Upper Wilson Creek Stream Restoratin and Water Developement
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/19/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Katie Bonogofsky
406-683-3959
kjbonogofsky@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to use a mini excavator to restore 100 feet of stream bank washed out by flooding, do minor trail repair, and barricade a non-motorized route while the excavator is in use to bury a pipe for a water development to protect a spring.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44146
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T13S, R11W, Section 16 and 17 Medicine Lodge-Tendoy Management Area in the Lima Tendoy Landscape
Villa & Jesse Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2014
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Cameron Rasor
406-859-3211
crasor@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal issue a Private Road Special Use Permit to Danny Villa and Lisa Jesse authorizing operation and maintenance of an existing road crossing NFS land to access private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44137
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T5N, R14W, Section 14 Georgetown Lake Management Area in the Clark Fork Flint Landscape
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest , Butte Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Butte Highland Mine Haul Road
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
02/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 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
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
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
Browns Canyon Allotment Water Improvements
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/19/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Kyle Schmitt
307-358-1631
kschmitt@fs.fed.us
Description: Drought conditions demonstrate the need for improved developed livestock water sources in the Browns Canyon allotment to make livestock management work better for livestock distribution to benefit vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43970
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T8S,R13W,Section 20 and 30 Lima Tendoy Landscape, Horse Prairie North Management Area
Last Chance Phase II Exploration and Underground Sampling Plan of Operations
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/03/2014
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the exploration plan is to collect samples in-situ underground and past stockpiled material sources from the now closed adit. Material will be used to determine the grade and mineralogy to assess the economic potential of the site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44316
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Dillon District Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest T10S, R15W, Sec29
Roadside Hazard Tree Removal # 7
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/20/2014
Expected: 07/2014 06/2015 Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal involves removal of hazard trees within falling distance of 46.4 miles of high-priority Forest System Roads on the Wisdom and Dillon Ranger Districts. Trees will be removed within a narrowly specified corridor using commercial timber sales.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43916
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T.21, 23, 24N, R.13W; T.24, 25, R.14W; T.22N, R.13, 15, 16W Dillon and Wisdom Ranger Districts: Big Hole Divide, Bull Creek, Saginaw Creek, Skinner Meadows.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest , Jefferson Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Homestake Trail #7071 Relocation
CE
- Heritage resource management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2014
Actual: 04/01/2014
05/2014 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to relocate two segments of Homestake Trail #7071 in the Whitetail-Pipestone Area move it off of the the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Tracks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33521
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T2N, R6W, Sections 17 and 18 Upper Clark Fork Landscapae, Pipestone Management Area
Monforton Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/27/2012
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Don Despain
406-846-1770
ddespain@fs.fed.us
Description: Mr Monforton requests we renew a private road special use permit, authorized since 2001, for a mile behind a locked gate on FS Road #173. His property is surrounded by National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38322
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T3N, R5W, Sec(s) 10, & 3 Jefferson River Landscape, Whitetail & Pipestone Management Areas
Pony Whitebark Pine Planting
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Anton Brennick
406-494-0239
abrennick@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal would authorize planting 250 whitebark pine trees per acre in what was a Whitebark pine dominated site prior to the Pony fire in 2012. Inventories show that regeneration of the Whitebark pine forest-type is not happening as predicted.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44268
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tobacco Root Landscape Brown Back Management Area south east of Whitehall
Pride #4 and #6 Placer Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2014
Expected: 04/2014 07/2014 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: Justin Hanninen of Butte, Montana has submitted a Plan of Operations to explore for minerals on unpatented mining claims located in T7N, R7W, section 36, approximately 8.5 miles northwest of Basin, Montana.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43667
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable T7N, R7W, Section 36
Seep Spring Water Development
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Kyler McCarrel
775-964-2671
kmccarrel02@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal would authorize development of a spring water source with a headbox, pipeline, and two water tanks in the Little Galena pasture of the Galena allotment. Tanks would be placed 50 and 1400 ft from the source.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44267
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T5N, R5W, Sec 3 Boulder River Landscape, Little Boulder-Galena Gulch MA in the North Fork Little Boulder River watershed.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest , Madison Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Crockett Lake Whitebark Pine Demonstration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 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.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest , Pintler Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Deer Lodge Valley Landscape Restoration Management
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/05/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2014
Expected: 08/2014 11/2014 Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore Terrestrial and aquatic conditions, respond to 2008 landscape assessment, capture economic value of dead/dying trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25807
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Deer Lodge. In Southwest Montana, bounded by the Clark Fork River along I-90 on the west and the continental divide on the east.
Nut Pine Lode LLC Road Access
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Cameron Rasor
406-859-3211
crasor@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to issue a Private Road Special Use Permit authorizing the Nut Pine Lode LLC to access their private property. The project would including the repair, by the LLC, of a collapsed culvert.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41681
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T6N, R12W, Sections 7, 17 &18 Clark Fork Flint Landscape, Flint Uplands MA
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest , R1 - Northern Region All Units R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Test Ojas
EA
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
05/2013
Expected: 05/2013 06/2013 Robert Gentry
541-433-3205
rgentry@fs.fed.us
Description: Testing 4/6...
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33585
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District. STATE - North Dakota. COUNTY - Benson. Test
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
08/23/2011
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 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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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.