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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- Custer National Forest, Ashland Ranger District
- Custer National Forest, Beartooth Ranger District
- Custer National Forest, Sioux Ranger District


Custer National Forest, Ashland Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Whitetail Post Fire Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/08/2016,
07/08/2016
08/2016 Amy Waring
406-255-1451
alwaring@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce long term down fuel accumulations and re-establish forest cover. Treatments include noncommercial activities (538 acres), planting (3668 acres), prescribed burning (2660 acres), and salvage (250 acres).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48547
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approx 15 miles east of Ashland MT in Powder River County. North of Highway 212 to the Beaver Stacy Road (FSR 4769).
Rosebud County Communications Site Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Kimberly Vivian
406-784-2344
kimberlyfvivian@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of communications sit, private mobile radio service special use permit.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Rosebud. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ashland Ranger District
Custer National Forest, Beartooth Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beartooth Electric Cooperative Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Gail Plovanic
406-848-7375
gaillplovanic@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use renewal for electric cooperative.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon, Stillwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable Across Beartooth Ranger District.
Big Horn Electric Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Gail Plovanic
406-848-7375
gaillplovanic@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit renewal for electric transmission lines.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pryor Mountain land unit.
Big Horn Rural Electric Co. Special Use Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit to Big Horn Rural Electric Company for a 30 year term authorizing the 7.2 KV powerline ROW totaling 5.2 miles/63.5 acres to replace existing permit which expired on 12/31/2013.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S, R26E, Sec. 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25. Existing overhead and buried powerlines in the Pryor Mountains on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin NF.
Dykema Snow Plowing Road Use Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new road use permit to Henry Dykema for a 10 year term authorizing snow plowing a segment of Forest Development Road #2141 to replace existing permit expired on 12/31/2014.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S, R18E, Sec. 1 Existing Forest Development Road #2141 located in the Red Lodge Creek drainage on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Kanvick Communications Site Lease Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Gail Plovanic
406-848-7375
gaillplovanic@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of special use permit for single user communication site.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Beartooth Ranger District.
Kanvick Montana Public Safety Equipment Special Use Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit to Kanvick Montana Public Safety Equipment for a 10 year term authorizing the continued use of Lot #5 Palisades Electronic Site to replace existing permit expired on 12/31/2014.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S, R19E, Sec. 25 Existing electronic communications site located at Lot 5 of the Palisades Electronic Site on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Main Fork Rock Creek Road Maintenance and Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/31/2011
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Amy Waring
(406) 683-3948
amywaring@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct road mtc, reconstruction, & minor alignment adjustments along the length of the road (approx. 10.7 mi). Activities include gravel re-surfacing, ditch maintenance, replace & add culverts, replace Hellroaring bridge & vegetation clearing.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T9S, R19E, Sec(s) 7, 8, 18, & 19; T9S, R18E, Sec(s) 24, 25, 26, & 33-35. Main Fork Rock Creek Road
Northwestern Energy Red Lodge Mountain Special Use Modification
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2015
Expected: 02/2016 04/2016 Gail Plovanic
406-848-7375
gaillplovanic@fs.fed.us
Description: Minor re-route of Northwestern Energy distribution line. Amendment to existing special use permit.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area
Project Telephone Company Special Use Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit to Project Telephone Company dba Nemont Coop for a 30 year term authorizing existing buried telephone lines to replace existing permit expired on 12/31/2014.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon, Stillwater. LEGAL - T4S, R15E, Sec. 18, T5S R15E Sec. 15 to T5S, R15E, Sec. 32, T5S, R16E, Sec. 15 to T5S, R16E, Sec. 16, T7S, R17E, Sec. 1 to T7S, R17E, Sec. 21 Existing telephone communication lines located in the Stillwater, East Rosebud, and Rock Creek drainages on the Beartooth Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Project Telephone Special User Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Gail Plovanic
406-848-7375
gaillplovanic@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of Special Use Permit to Project Telephone.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon, Stillwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable Beartooth Ranger District.
Snowden Water Transmission Line Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit to Pamela Snowden for a 30 year term authorizing a water transmission pipeline to replace existing permit expiring on 12/31/2015
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater. LEGAL - T5S, R15E, Sec. 16 Existing water transmission line located in the Stillwater drainage on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Stillwater Mining Company's Iron Creek and West Fork Stillwater Exploration Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
03/2016
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Amy Waring
406-255-1451
alwaring@fs.fed.us
Description: Stillwater Mining Company (Stillwater) is proposing exploratory drilling at up to thirty-six drill sites over a six year period in the Iron Creek area and a single drill site in the area of the West Fork of the Stillwater River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48921
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - Not Applicable T5S, R14E, Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15 and 16 and T5S, R135E, Section 1, Sweetgrass County, MT
Switchback Ranch Roads Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Gail Plovanic
406-848-7375
gaillplovanic@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew special use permit for private roads.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Vicinity of Red Lodge Creek.
Switchback Ranch Roads Special Use Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit to Switchback Ranch for a 30 year term authorizing several short sections of road accessing private land across NF lands to replace existing permit expired on 12/31/2014 and existing Luoma Road permit expired 12/31/2015
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S, R18E, Sec. 3 Switchback Ranch road segments crossing NF lands are to access buildings and homes located on adjacent private lands located inside National Forest boundary on the Beartooth Ranger District, Custer NF
Western Area Power Administration Communications Use Lease Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new communications use lease to Western Area Power Administration for a 30 year term authorizing the electronics facility located on Lot 4 East Pryor Mountain Electronic Site to replace existing lease expired on 12/31/2014.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T8S, R28E, Sec. 6 Existing electronic communications site located at Lot 4 of the East Pryor Mountain Electronic Site on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Yellowstone Radio Club Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Gail Plovanic
406-848-7375
gaillplovanic@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit renewal for single user communication site.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Beartooth Ranger District.
Yellowstone Radio Club Special Use Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new Special Use Permit to Yellowstone Radio Club for a 10 year term authorizing the continued use of Lot #3 Palisades Electronic Site to replace existing permit expired on 12/31/2014.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S , R19E, Sec. 25 Existing electronic communications site located at Lot 3 of the Palisades Electronic Site on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Custer National Forest, Sioux Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Waimen Water Transmission Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Kimberly Vivian
406-784-2344
kimberlyfvivian@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of water transmission line special use permit.
Location: UNIT - Sioux Ranger District. STATE - Montana, South Dakota. COUNTY - Carter, Harding. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sioux Ranger District
West River Telephone Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Kimberly Vivian
406-784-2344
kimberlyfvivian@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of special use permit for RUS telephone lines on NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Sioux Ranger District. STATE - Montana, South Dakota. COUNTY - Carter, Harding. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sioux Ranger District
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.