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)
- Flathead National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Flathead National Forest, Glacier View Ranger District
- Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Ranger District
- Flathead National Forest, Spotted Bear Ranger District
- Flathead National Forest, Swan Lake Ranger District
- Flathead National Forest, Tally Lake Ranger District


R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/29/2014
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Debbie Mucklow
406-758-6464
dmucklow@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of existing outfitter and guide permits in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44827
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District, Spotted Bear Ranger District, Hungry Horse Ranger District, Lincoln Ranger District, Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Seeley Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Glacier, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Teton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
FNF Plan Revision & NCDE GBCS Amendment to the Lolo, Helena, Lewis & Clark,and Kootenai NFs
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/06/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2016
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Joseph Krueger
406-758-5243
jkrueger@fs.fed.us
Description: The Flathead NF is revising their forest plan and preparing an amendment providing relevant direction from the NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Lolo, Helena, Kootenai, and Lewis & Clark National Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/flathead/fpr
Location: UNIT - Flathead National Forest All Units, Helena National Forest All Units, Kootenai National Forest All Units, Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units, Lolo National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Glacier, Granite, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Sanders, Teton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Flathead National Forest; portions of the Lolo, Kootenai, Helena, and Lewis & Clark NF found in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (grizzly bears)
Flathead National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Tree Improvement Test Plantation Thinning
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Research
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us
Description: Implement removal (pre-commercial thinning)of selected trees in five test plantations on the Flathead National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49561
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District, Hungry Horse Ranger District, Glacier View Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable T21N, R17W, Sec. 30, Sec. 25, T21N R18W, Sec. 4, T32N, R21W Sec. 23., T29 N, R17W Sec. 1 and Sec. 2.
Flathead National Forest, Glacier View Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Creek Log Jam Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Pat VanEimeren
406-387-3863
pvaneimeren@fs.fed.us
Description: Open a log jam that has formed in Big Creek to provide upstream passage for bull trout to historic spawning reaches.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49008
Location: UNIT - Glacier View Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable 2 miles below the Skookoleel Bridge on Big Creek in sect. 25, T33N, R21W
Red Meadow Reciprocal Road Easement
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Len Newton
406-758-5335
lnewton01@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to grant a nonexclusive perpetual easement for use of an existing road (known locally as East Red Meadow Drive) for legal easement access into private lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44783
Location: UNIT - Glacier View Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Over and across the following described lands in the County of Flathead, State of Montana, S1/2 SE1/4, S. 6, NE1/4 NE1/4 S. 7 and NW1/4 NW1/4, S. 8, T. 35 N., R. 21 W. This road is East of the North Fork Road, directly across from FS Rd 155, (the Red Meadows Road) and crosses the southern edge of public lands in Section 6 (T. 35 N., R. 21 W. P.M.,M).
Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Patrol Ridge Radio Repeater Relocation
CE
- Facility management On Hold N/A N/A Eric Proctor
406-758-5270
eproctor@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to relocate the existing Patrol Ridge radio repeater from its existing site to approximately 1 mile southwest along Patrol Ridge to a better location for radio communication coverage.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44782
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T28N, R14W, SE 1/4 Section 14 Located west of Granite Creek in the Skyland-Challenge area, approximately 4 miles in on FS Rd 1651 from the junction of FS Rd 569 and FS Rd 1651 on NFS land 300 ft outside the Great Bear Wilderness.
Flathead National Forest, Spotted Bear Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Betty Baptiste
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/05/2012
Est. Comment Period
03/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Sarah Canepa
406-295-7426
scanepa@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to increase forest productivity/diversity/health; provide forest products; manage/improve wildlife habitat & security; improve fish passage; improve recreation/safety values in recreation sites; & improve scenic views along Road 38.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40128
Location: UNIT - Spotted Bear Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir, bounded to the north by Paint Creek, to the south by South Dry Parks Creek and to the east by the Great Bear Wilderness boundary
Trail Creek Fire Salvage Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Land management planning
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Matthew Shaffer
406-758-3508
matthewshaffer@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to recover merchantable wood fiber, reforest desired tree and shrub species, prevent the creation of a fish barrier, improve public safety; this project also includes site specific amendment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48619
Location: UNIT - Spotted Bear Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately two miles northeast of Spotted Bear Ranger Station.
Flathead National Forest, Swan Lake Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beaver Creek Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
12/23/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Sarah Canepa
406-837-7510
scanepa@fs.fed.us
Description: Project will reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire and reduce fuels; improve habitat for wildlife; improve forest health; improve watershed conditions; remediate invasions of exotic species; and provide wood products.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43968
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area is bordered by Lindbergh Lake and the Mission Mountains Wilderness to the west, the Swan River to the north, Hwy 83 to the east, and the Lolo National Forest to the south.
Blacktail Road Project
EA
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2016
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 06/2017 Joleen Dunham
406-837-7538
jdunham@fs.fed.us
Description: To stabilize and restore the Blacktail Road from the end of the Flathead County jurisdiction, milepost 3.43, to the top of Blacktail Mountain at milepost 13.87
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48669
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Blacktail Road in the Island Unit of the Swan Lake Ranger District near Lakeside, Montana.
Bug Creek Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
11/2015
Expected: 06/2017 06/2018 Matthew Shaffer
406-758-3508
matthewshaffer@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will consider the following actions: Fuels reduction treatments, commercial timber sales, reclamation of roads, and installation and/or approval of existing mountain bike trails.
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Two miles south southeast of Bigfork Montana.
Chilly James Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Comment Period
05/19/2015
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Beth Gardner
406-837-7508
bgardner@fs.fed.us
Description: Watershed restortion project to improve fish habitat in the Jim and Cold Creek Watersheds. These two watersheds contain important bull trout spawning habitat. Jim Creek is considered "impaired" by the MT DEQ.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42508
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lake, Missoula. LEGAL - Secs 4-9, 16-18 T20N R17W; Secs 1-5, 8-12, 14-16 T20N R18W; Secs 3-10, 15-22, 27-34 T21N R17W; Secs 1-4, 8-17, 20-29, 32-36 T21N R18W; Secs 20-21, 28-34 T22N R17W; Sections 34-36 T22N R18W This project is located within the Jim and Cold Creek watersheds of the Swan River valley, including smaller, unnamed watersheds between them.
Cold Jim Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
02/19/2014
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Sue Tebay
(406)837-7521
stebay@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to harvest timber and interplant on approximately 1245 acres of NFS lands. An estimated 1185 acres of this harvest activity is located within the Wildland Urban Interface.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38024
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lake, Missoula. LEGAL - T22N, R17W Sections 21, 28, 290, 31-34; T21N, R17W Sections 3-10, 15-22, 27-33, T21N, R18W Sections 1-4, 8-17, 20-29, 32-36; T20N, R18W Sections 1-5, 8-12, 14-15; T20N, R17W Sections 5-6. The project area lies in the Swan Valley, three miles northwest of the community of Condon MT.
Missoula Electric Coop Line Burial Project (T21N, R17W, Section 4)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2016
Expected: 03/2016 07/2016 Joleen Dunham
406-837-7538
jdunham@fs.fed.us
Description: MEC has requested to bury 660 feet of new power line across National Forest System lands to private property located in Township 21 North, Range 17 West in Section 4.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48678
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - Not Applicable T21N, R17W, Section 4; Approximately 6 miles north of Condon.
Flathead National Forest, Tally Lake Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beyond Boundaries Special Use Permit Reauthorization Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Hans Castren
406-758-5352
hcastren@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to Reauthorize the special use permit for Beyond Boundaries to provide guided mountain bike experiences on NFS trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49322
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ashley Mountain, Bill Creek, and Reid Divide
Lost Beetle Forest Health Improvement Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/04/2015
Expected: 01/2016 02/2016 Deb Bond
406-758-5318
dbond01@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would occur in an insect and disease area designated under section 602 and 603 of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act; one objective of this project will be to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase resilience to, insect & disease.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46451
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located approximately 10 miles west of Kalispell, MT.
Radnor Resource Management Project
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/27/2016
06/2016 Tamara MacKenzie
406-758-3528
tlmackenzie@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to improve forest tree structure and species composition and reduce hazardous fuels by promoting stands that are resilient to insects and disease.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43573
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located immediately Northwest of Olney, MT. This is the northern border of the Tally Lake Ranger District.
Salish Good Resource Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/26/2015
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 03/2017 06/2017 Matthew Shaffer
406-758-3508
matthewshaffer@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to Improve forest stand conditions, reduce hazardous fuels, reduce sediment and improve water quality, maintain and improve wildlife species security and habitat, and provide commercial and personal-use wood products.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47257
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Lincoln. LEGAL - T31N R23W Sections 4-7;T31N R24W Sections 1-10,12,16-20;T31N R25W Sections 1-36;T31N R26W 1-3,10-16, 22-26;T32N R23W Sections 19,29-33;T32N R24W 8,9,15-36;T32N R25W Sections 13, 19-36;T32N R25W 26,27. This project is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Whitefish, MT.
Swaney Range Allotment Project
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/23/2013
Est. Comment Period
11/2015
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Tamara MacKenzie
406-758-3528
tlmackenzie@fs.fed.us
Description: An analysis to update the Allotment Management Plan for the Swaney Range Allotment consistent with Forest Plan goals and objetives while protecting natural resources.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43398
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T31N R25W Multiple Sections, T31N R24 W Multiple Sections The project is located in the central portion of the Tally Lake Ranger District.
Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2015
Expected: 06/2016 09/2016 Deb Bond
406-758-5318
dbond01@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to manage fuels within the Whitefish Municipal Watershed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47771
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T31N, R21W, Sec. 3 to 9; T31N, R22W, Sec. 1 and 12; T32N, R21W, Sec. 31 to 33 Approximately four miles north and east of Whitefish, Montana.
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