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, 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: 03/2015 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
02/2016
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 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, Glacier View Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Red Meadow Reciprocal Road Easement
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A 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
Anna Creek Cabin Rental Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/27/2014
Expected: 04/2015 07/2015 Sadie Campbell
406-387-3814
sacampbell@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to add Anna Creek Workcenter to the cabin rental program
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43998
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Anna Creek Cabin is located approximately 22 miles south of the Hungry Horse Dam on National Forest System Road (NFSR) 895, also known as the West Side Hungry Horse Reservoir Road, and 26 miles from the town of Hungry Horse
Lost Johnny Point Campground Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Facility management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/12/2015
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Chris Prew
406-387-3800
chrisprew@fs.fed.us
Description: The project will remove identified hazard trees within Lost Johnny Point Campground that are 1.5 tree lengths from developed campsites, roads, facilities and travel routes.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46136
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lost Johnny Point Campground, Hungry Horse Reservoir
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.
Wild and Scenic River Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/03/2014
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Chris Prew
406-387-3818
chrisprew@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of existing Wild and Scenic River Outfitter and Guide permits.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44770
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable North Fork and Middle Fork of the Flathead River, outside of 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
- Forest products
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/05/2012
Est. Comment Period
09/2015
Expected: 03/2016 05/2016 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@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
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
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2014
Est. Comment Period
05/2015
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 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 Wild Bill ORV Special Use Permit Proposal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Joleen Dunham
406-837-7538
jdunham@fs.fed.us
Description: Request to issue an Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit to Flathead Off-Road Adventures who proposes to provide family adventure tours on ATV's on the Blacktail Wild Bill ORV NRT and other Forest Service roads open to highway legal vehicles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45857
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T27N, R21W in Sections 18, 19, 20, and ; T27N, R21 and ½ W, Sections 25, 26, 35, and 36; T26N, R21W, Sections 29-33; T26n, R22W, Sections 1-4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14-16, 18, 19, 21-30, 32-36; T25N, R22W, Sections 1 and 4. Island Unit of the Swan Lake Ranger District
Chilly James Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
02/14/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 06/2015 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: 06/2015 07/2015 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.
Condon Mountain Fire Salvage Project
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
05/01/2014
Expected: 12/2014 06/2015 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage of fire-affected trees within a small portion of a 5000 acre fire in the Condon Mountain area on the Swan Lake Ranger District
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41913
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable 3 miles east of Condon, Montana
Hall Lake Trail and Trailhead Construction Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/13/2014
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Joleen Dunham
406-837-7538
jdunham@fs.fed.us
Description: Currently, the Hall Lake Trailhead is located on a Lake County road easement resulting in recreation users parking and impacting adjacent private land. This project proposes to relocate the trailhead to the end of an existing road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45623
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T25N, R18W, Section 12 The project is located off of Fenby Lane in Lake County near the community of Swan Lake, Montana.
Missoula Electric Coop Line Burial Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/17/2014
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Joleen Dunham
406-837-75138
jdunham@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to authorize Missoula Electric Cooperative to modify their electric transmission in several sections in the Swan Valley, Montana.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45000
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lake, Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in Lake and Missoula Counties, with the majority of burial activities located near Highway 83, north and south of Condon, MT.
Flathead National Forest, Tally Lake Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mountain Summit Project
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Michael Reichenberg
406-758-3529
mreichenberg@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose and need for this project is to improve visitor amenities at the summit, improve skier safety, and improve water delivery infrastructure by expanding the summit house, building a new patrol cabin, and drilling a redundant well.
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located at the summit of Big Mountain approximately five miles north of Whitefish, Montana.
Lost Beetle Forest Health Improvement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Lisa Timchak
406-863-5427
latimchak@fs.fed.us
Description: Sanitize Douglas-fir currently being affected by Douglas-fir beetle on up to 500 acres.
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located approximately 10 miles east of Kalispell, MT.
Martin Creek Resource Management Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/18/2014
Expected: 05/2015 10/2016 Tamara MacKenzie
406-758-3508
tlmackenzie@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to improve forest tree structure and species composition, reduce hazardous fuels, maintain and improve wildlife habitat, improve recreation opportunities, maintain water quality and aquatic habitat, and provide commercial wood products.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38754
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T32N R25W Sections 1-2,10-16, and 21-24: T32N R25W Sections 3-6, 7-15, and 17-18; T33N R25W Sections 33 and 34 This project is located in the Martin Creek Drainage of the Tally Lake Ranger District approximately 15 miles northwest of Whitefish, MT.
Radnor Resource Management Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/22/2014
Expected: 06/2015 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.
Swaney Range Allotment Project
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/23/2013
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 01/2015 06/2015 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.
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