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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- 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
12/2014
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 - 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: 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.
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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37993
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
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/26/2014
Expected: 06/2015 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
- 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
- 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
10/2014
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
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: 05/2015 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: 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.
Red Lodge Mountain Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2015
Est. Comment Period
10/2015
Expected: 03/2016 03/2017 Traute Parrie
406-446-2103
tparrie@fs.fed.us
Description: An exchange of Federal and non-Federal lands of approximately equal value, located within and near the ski area permit boundary. The exchange also includes the proposed acquisition of trail easements to improve public access to nearby NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46287
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - Non-Federal Lands:T7S,R19E,sec.22,S1/2SE1/4;sec.26,S1/2NE1/4 SE1/4;sec. 27,E1/2NE1/4 SE1/4;sec.35,NE1/4. Federal Lands:T7S,R19E,portions of sec.25 and sec. 26. A land exchange proposal at Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area, located on the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest, in Carbon County, Montana.
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: 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.
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.
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)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
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: 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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