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, Stevensville 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
2017 Bitterroot Stand Improvement Thinning Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2017
Expected: 05/2017 07/2017 Amy Campbell
406-777-7421
aacampbell@fs.fed.us
Description: Non-commercial thinning of small trees in stands previously harvested, planted and are now densely stocked. Thinning will increase tree health and vigor, and reduce the risk of mountain pine beetle caused mortality and large fires in the future.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51131
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Units are scattered across the Bitterroot National Forest.
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: 01/2017 09/2017 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.
Darby Lumber Lands Phase 2
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 02/2018 06/2018 Ed Snook
406-363-7103
esnook@fs.fed.us
Description: Road system management on acquired lands.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located along the Forest boundary, east of Darby, from Robbins Gulch watershed at the south end to Little Sleeping Child in the north. Rye Creek and North Fork Rye Creek are the larger streams in the project area.
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
Bitterroot National Forest, Stevensville Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sawmill Undetermined Roads
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2017
Expected: 05/2017 10/2017 Marilyn Wildey
406-363-7101
mwildey@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to decommission 12.1 miles and store 2.9 miles of unneeded, non-system roads that are grown in with vegetation and pose no resource concerns. No physical ground disturbance is proposed other than installation of one Kelly hump.
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T8N R18W Sec(s)16, 17, 18, 20 Project located in the Sawmill Drainage, accessible from County Road 2700, the Burnt Fork Road, to NFSR 710 in the Sawmill drainage.
Bitterroot National Forest, Sula Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cameron Blue Ecoburn
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/17/2013
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 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.
Meadow Vapor
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/05/2016
Expected: 05/2017 09/2017 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2017
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 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
Bitterroot Mountain Holidays Permit Renewal
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Bill Goslin
406-821-1222
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of special use permit for a ten year term to allow back country skiing tours.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Trails 57,125,208,124,526,82,38,122,121,11,118,393.
Reroute on the Indian Ridge Trail #10.0
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2015
Expected: 01/2017 09/2017 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2017
Actual: 01/27/2017
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 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
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