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, 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
03/09/2017
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
Darby Lumber Lands Phase 2
EA
- 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
02/14/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 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
Gold Butterfly
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
04/2017
Expected: 10/2018 09/2019 Sara Grove
406-375-2608
fs-comments-northern-bitterroot-stevensville@fs.fed.us
Description: Project to harvest, thin, and prescribe burn forest stands to improve resilience to insects, disease, and wildfire and restore the fire return intervals. Move trailheads and manage roads to improve stream conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51486
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T.6N.R.18W. sec.1-12, 16-20, 29,30, T.6N.R.19W. sec. 1,2,10-15,22-27, T.7N.R18W.sec. 2-36,T.7N.R.19W. sec. 1,2,11-14,22-27,34-36, T.8N.R.18W.sec. 20,21,28-34 On the east side of the Bitterroot Valley, from Little Three Mile Creek south to Saint Clair Creek and from the Bitterroot Forest boundary east to the boundary with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF.
Sawmill Undetermined Roads
CE
- Road management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2017
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
Meadow Vapor
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
- Fuels 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
- Fuels management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2017
Expected: 05/2017 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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49200
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.
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