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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Bitterroot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District
- Bitterroot National Forest, Sula Ranger District
- Bitterroot National Forest, West Fork Ranger District


Bitterroot 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
Backdoor Outfitters Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us
Description: 10-year permit renewal for fishing on the East Fork and West Fork Bitterroot Rivers.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable East Fork and West Fork Bitterroot Rivers
Big Wild Adventures Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us
Description: 10-year permit renewal for backpacking in Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas.
Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Planning
EIS
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 05/11/2016
05/2016 Chris Fox
406-777-5461 x7415
cfox@fs.fed.us
Description: This effort will result in clear standardized designations of where motorized recreation is appropriate, sustainable and desirable on the Bitterroot National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21183
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Region 1, Bitterroot National Forest
Rick Wemple Outfitters Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us
Description: 10-year permit renewal for day use hunting Forest-wide.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest-wide.
Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Access Trail #505 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/14/2015
Expected: 07/2016 09/2016 Mark Smith
406-821-1218
markrsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a proposal to relocate 354 feet of existing trail that has grades over 40%, and is highly eroded. A reroute of 920 feet has been surveyed and staked with grades of 15% or less.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48190
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Trail #505 is located on the Darby RD, access from Little Sleeping Child Road, 1.5 miles to trailhead. Reroute is 1 mile from trailhead.
Como Well Replacement
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Joe Butsick
406-375-2607
jbutsick@fs.fed.us
Description: A new well would be drilled in the Como Recreation Area. If we do not get at least 33 gallons per minute (gpm) we will move to second identified site and drill and a new electric line will be buried to new well.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Three Frogs Campground, located in Lake Como Recreation Complex, south of Darby on the Bitterroot National Forest
North Sleeping Child Grazing Allotment EA
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Gilbert Gale
406-544-6321
ggale@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of the North Sleeping Child Grazing Allotment for reissuance of grazing permits.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Sec 36 & portions of 35, T5N, R20W; Portions of Sec 31 & 32, T5N, R19W; Portions of Sec 1,2 & 3 T4N, R20W; Sec or portions of Secs 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13, PB38, PB39, PB40 & PB41 T4N, R19W Two Bear Creek on the Darby Ranger District
Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
08/28/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Sara Grove
406-821-1251
sgrove@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial timber harvest and thinning on about 2,300 acres between Lost Horse and Roaring Lion Creeks. Project includes prescribed burning, forest regeneration, permanent and temporary road construction,and bridge installation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47641
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T.5N. R.21W., sections 16, 21, 27, 28, 32-33; T.4N. R.22W. sections 1, 12; and T.4N., R.21W. sections 4-8, 17, 18 PMM The project is located on National Forest between Lost Horse and Roaring Lion Creeks and private land and Selway-Bitterroot IRA. The project area includes 927 acres of the Selway-Bitterroot IRA.
Bitterroot National Forest, Sula Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cameron Blue Ecoburn
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/17/2013
Expected: 07/2016 10/2016 Sara Grove
406-821-1251
sgrove@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burning to reduce natural fuels while maintaining the historic fire return interval. Small tree thinning will occur within plantations and around residual trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30739
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T3N, R 18W, Sections 31, 32, T2N, R18W, Sections 4-8, 16-22, 27-29 T2N, R19W, Sections 1, 12, 13, 24. Cameron Creek, Lyman Creek, Jennings Camp Creek, and Guide Creek.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Mark Smith
406-821-1218
markrsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal for new trail construction to establish 2.75 miles of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Some existing "trail" will be utilized and improved, and full bench construction will be needed for approximately 1/2 mile on 40% sideslope.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - R19W, T1N,Sec 16 Location is north of Lost Trail Ski Resort from FS Road 729 to FS Road 73468 to FS Road 729 following the ridge.
Meadow Vapor
EA
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
11/18/2015
Expected: 05/2016 01/2017 Amy Fox
406-363-7120
amyvfox@fs.fed.us
Description: The Meadow Vapor project proposes to treat accumulated fuels in the East Fork of the Bitterroot watershed in order to modify the potential for extreme fire behavior, especially along the National Forest boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42988
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T2N, R17W, Sections 9, 10, 15, 16, 19-22, 28-30 and T2N, R18W, Sections 23-27 Project area is located approximately 11 mile NE of Sula, MT. Treatment units are located on National Forest land in close proximity to the Springer Bonanza subdivision on private land.
Nee Me Poo/Waugh Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 10/2016 06/2017 David Fox
406-821-1226
dbfox@fs.fed.us
Description: Small tree thinning, handpiling, and prescribed fire on approximately 320 acres within the Wildland Urban Interface. Proposed treatments will reduce ladder and surface fuels, and change potential fire behavior in the event of a wildfire.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1S, R19W, Sections 4,5,9,16 Project is located approximately 5 miles south of Sula, MT near the Nee Me Poo Trailhead and in Waugh Gulch.
Bitterroot National Forest, West Fork Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
American Rivers Touring Association (ARTA) Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us
Description: 10-year permit renewal for whitewater outfitter on the Selway River. No changes from existing permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47855
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Selway River
Bitterroot Outfitters Proposal
EA
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us
Description: Add spring hunts to existing camp authorized for summer and fall hunts
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Sec 15, T26N, R15E On Selway RIver in Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness
Reroute on the Indian Ridge trail #10.0
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Mark Smith
406-821-1218
markrsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a proposal to reroute 565' of new construction to avoid 235' of existing trail at steep grades of 35%.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42017
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T28N R13E Sec5 and T28N R15E Sec7 There many locations throughout the entire Indian Ridge trail #10. Access is from the Indian Creek trailhead.
Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/18/2016
Expected: 03/2016 01/2017 Bill Goslin
406-821-1222
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of special use permit for 10 year term to allow sled dog tours.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49028
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest Roads 75, 311, 369
Storm Creek Outfitters Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us
Description: 10-year permit renewal for over snow shuttle services on the West Fork District.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable West Fork Ranger District
Storm Creek Outfitters Proposal
EA
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us
Description: Exchange three existing fall hunt camp locations with no overnight stock containment for three new locations (two adding summer use and overnight stock containment and one adding spring bear hunts, summer and no overnight stock containment).
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Proposed camps: Sec 5, T26N, R14E; Sec 11, T25N, R14E; Sec 24, T27N, R14E; Kit Carson water line: Sec 4, T27N, R15E Frank Church - RIver of No Return Wilderness
Whitewater Adventures Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us
Description: 10-year permit renewal for whitewater outfitter on the Selway River. No changes to terms and conditions.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Selway River
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