Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Custer National Forest, Ashland Ranger District
- Custer National Forest, Beartooth Ranger District
- Custer National Forest, Sioux Ranger District


R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2015 Hazardous Mine Closures
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Robert Grosvenor
406-848-7375 ext.28
rgrosvenor@fs.fed.us
Description: Physical closure of identified mine hazards across multiple districts oof the Custer-Gallatin National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45499
Location: UNIT - Custer National Forest All Units, Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Custer, Gallatin, Park, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Yellowstone. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple locations in identified mining districts across the Forest.
Custer National Forest, Ashland Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Rosebud County Communications Site Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 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: 11/2014 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.
Beartooth Recreational Trails Assoc. Winter Trail Grooming
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2013
Expected: 01/2014 01/2014 Jeff Gildehaus
406-446-4584
jgildehaus@fs.fed.us
Description: BRTA proposes to groom a portion of the West Fork Rock Creek Road #2071 for nordic cross-country skiing.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T.8S., R.19E., Sec. 2 beginning at the winter gate closure near Timbercrest Girl Scout Camp to Cascade Campground in T.7S., R.18E., Sec. 36., Principal Meridian and 6th Principal Meridians. Beginning at the winter gate closure near Timbercrest Girl Scout Camp to Cascade Campground in the Beartooth Mountains West Fork Rock Creek Road #2071.
Big Horn Electric Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
frankcifala@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.
Burnt Fork, Hogan Crk On/Off, Rock Crk, Sage Crk and Proposed Red Butte Allotments Rangeland Project
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/21/2011
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Terrill Jones
406-446-2103
tcjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Comprehensive range planning (1995 Recissions Act) and analysis to determine the effects of livestock grazing.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - various Beartooth face and Pryor Mountains
Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project
EIS
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/26/2014
Expected: 12/2014 06/2015 Amy Waring
406-255-1451
alwaring@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuels reduction within the wildland urban interface (WUI). Increase the diversity of vegetation, including aspen and deciduous riparian species. Manage for resilient conditions in face of large disturbance events.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41368
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable West Red Lodge Creek, Nichols Creek, Willow Creek on the Beartooth Face, Carbon County MT
Kanvick Communications Site Lease Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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.
Main Fork Rock Creek Road Maintenance and Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/31/2011
Expected: 11/2014 05/2015 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
Nichols Trail
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 02/04/2014
08/2014 Allie Wood
406-446-2103
awood01@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a non-motorized trail from Nichols Creek drainage to the base of the RLM ski area. The proposed trail would begin approximately 1.3 miles at the southern terminus of the Nicholas Creek road #2478 and would end approx. 2.25 at base of RLM.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44898
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S, R19E, Sections36 and 25. Nicholas Crk Drainage.
Northwestern Energy Red Lodge Mountain Special Use Modification
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 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
Nowthwestern Energy 100 KV Transmission Line Special Use Modification
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: Install new 100 kV transmission line on existing permitted Right-of-Way (ROW).
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable West Fork Stillwater River adjacent to State Highway.
Power-line Access Road Project (formerly identified as the Pryor Mountain Access Road project)
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/29/2012
Expected: 12/2014 06/2015 Amy Waring
(406) 683-3948
amywaring@fs.fed.us
Description: Pursue the Powerline Road as legal permanent access into the northern portion of the Pryor Mountain land unit of the Beartooth Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38899
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pryor Mountains land unit, southwester corner of the Crow Indian Reservation
Project Telephone Special User Permit
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: Renewal of Special Use Permit to Project Telephone.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon, Stillwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable Beartooth Ranger District.
Stillwater Mining Company's Benbow Exploration Portal & Support Facilities Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2014
Est. Comment Period
03/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
dseifert@fs.fed.us
Description: Stillwater Mining Company has proposed constructing an exploration portal connected to an underground decline and related surface support facilities on National Forest System lands in the Benbow area approximately five miles southwest of Dean, MT
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 5 miles southwest of Dean, MT.
Switchback Ranch Roads Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 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.
Yellowstone Radio Club Special Use Permit
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 Permit renewal for single user communication site.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Beartooth Ranger District.
Custer National Forest, Sioux Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Short Pines Restoration-Resiliency Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/29/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 09/2015 05/2016 Tawni Cordell
605-797-4432
tdcordell@fs.fed.us
Description: Manage towards a mosaic of forest, grassland, and riparian vegetation to restore and improve overall function and resiliency of a fire-adapted ecosystem.
Location: UNIT - Sioux Ranger District. STATE - South Dakota. COUNTY - Harding. LEGAL - T16N, R3,4 E, Sections 7,8,10,11,12,13,14,15,23, and 24, Principal Meridian and 7th Principal Meridians. East Short Pines land unit, Sioux Ranger District
Waimen Water Transmission Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/24/2014
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 Tawni Cordell
605-797-4432
tdcordell@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: 11/2014 01/2015 Tawni Cordell
605-797-4432
tdcordell@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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