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, 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
BDNF Aspen Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
01/12/2016
Expected: 03/2016 05/2016 Scot Shuler
(406)222-1892
swshuler@fs.fed.us
Description: Increase aspen component in places where assessment indicates a need and conditions are favorable to support aspen using a variety of treatments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48122
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, Silver Bow. LEGAL - Not Applicable Where aspen stands are encountered on the Forest that meet the criteria for treatment.
Supplemental EIS - BDNF Land & Resource Management Plan to comply with District of Mont Court Order
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/05/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2016
Expected: 02/2016 02/2016 Jan Bowey
406-842-5432
jbowey@fs.fed.us
Description: Preparation of a supplemental analysis for the Corrected FEIS for revision of the Beaverhead and Deerlodge Forest Plans into the 2009 BDNF Forest Plan, in response to an August 27, 2015 Order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47722
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, Powell, Silver Bow. LEGAL - Not Applicable Entire Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, southwestern 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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
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
Tendoy Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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!!!
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
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
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.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Madison Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Antelope Basin Storage Tank Project
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/23/2015
Expected: 12/2015 06/2016 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install a water storage tank to increase the efficiency of the current stock water pipeline, converting the majority of the pipeline to a gravity run system instead of a electric pump driven system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48001
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T13S, R2E, Sec 5 Gravelly Landscape %u2013 Antelope Basin 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.
Ramshorn Creek Reciprocal Trail Access
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/23/2015
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to exchange a permit for motorized access to private land on 1320 feet of an old jeep road closed to motorized traffic for an easement across private land for the same distance to maintain public access along the Ramshorn Creek Trail #6016
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48000
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T4S, R3W, Sec 29 Tobacco Root Landscape %u2013 Tobacoo Root Peaks Management Area
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
06/2016
Expected: 12/2016 07/2017 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@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
Flint Foothills Vegetation Management Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- 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.
Master SUP Amendments to bury power & phone lines under Stony Creek Road.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/26/2015
Expected: 11/2015 11/2015 Patty Bates
406-683-3979
pbates@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal would authorize NorthWest Energy & Blackfoot Telephone Co. a right-of-way approximately 1,850 feet long by 2 feet wide in order to bury electric and phone conduits for a private residence 3 feet deep in the Stony Creek Roadbed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48006
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T7N, R16E, Sec 21 Upper Clark Fork Landscape, Stony Management Area
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.
North and West Big Hole Allotment Mangement Plans
EIS
- Grazing management In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/25/2015
Expected: 01/2016 06/2016 Jessica Dhaemers
406-689-3243
jdhaemers@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 - 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
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