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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- 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, Swan Lake Ranger District
- Flathead National Forest, Tally Lake Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
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
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/29/2014
Expected: 12/2014 03/2015 Debbie Mucklow
406-758-6464
dmucklow@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of existing outfitter and guide permits in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
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
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
Betty Baptiste
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/05/2012
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
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, Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. 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, Glacier View Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Demers Rock/Gravel Pit Expansion
CE
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Robert Davies
208-769-3067
rdavies@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to expand the existing gravel pit at Demers Ridge in the North Fork of the Flathead River. Removal of rock will occur within the disturbed footprint of the pit with the addition of up to 4 acre of new disturbance to the east.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44780
Location: UNIT - Glacier View Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T33N, R20W, NW 1/4 Section 4 The activities are located a few hundred feet from the west side of the North Fork Road and approximately 3 miles north the Camas Creek Road.
Red Meadow Reciprocal Road Easement
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 07/2015 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2014
Expected: 11/2014 07/2015 Sadie Campbell
406-387-3814
sacampbell@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to add Anna Creek Workcenter to the cabin rental program
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
Heinrude Fuels Reduction Project
CE
- Fuels management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/23/2014
08/2014 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuel reduction acitivities (reducing tree density and ladder fuels) adjacent to Heinrude homesites.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40388
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. Westside of the Hungry Horse Reservoir (adjacent to Road 895) in the Heinrude Creek area
Northwestern Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Repair
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/06/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Chris Prew
406-387-3818
chrisprew@fs.fed.us
Description: Covering an exposed natural gas pipeline in Essex Creek
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable 26 miles northeast of West Glacier, Montana in the Middle Fork Flathead River drainage (near Essex, Montana)
Patrol Ridge Radio Repeater Relocation
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 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
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 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, Swan Lake Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beaver Creek Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 03/2015 07/2015 Sue Tebay
(406)837-7521
stebay@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.
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: 12/2014 01/2015 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
Missoula Electric Coop Line Burial Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/17/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 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.
Piper 2 Pit Development Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/17/2014
Expected: 08/2014 07/2015 Mitchell Guenthner
406-758-5264
mguenthner@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would designate a less than 5 acre area as an administrative site for crushing aggregate and rock rip-rap development. The site is located off Piper Creek Road (NFS road #966) on Roads #91457 and #91456.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45001
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - Section 13, T22N R18W The site is located off Piper Creek Road (NFS road #966) on roads #91457 and #91456 in T22N R18W Section 13, Lake County, Montana.
Flathead National Forest, Tally Lake Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mountain Communications Site Plan Amendment Project
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/30/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Bryan Donner
406-758-3508
bdonner@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to amend the Big Mountain Communications Site Plan to allow a one-time change for KUKL (90.1 FM, Montana Public Radio, a customer of permittee Weese Enterprises) to broadcast at its current FCC authorized power of 1000 watts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44753
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Sec. 25, T32N, R22W, P.M.M. FAA Peak near the summitt of the Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort
Martin Creek Resource Management Project
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/18/2014
Expected: 11/2014 10/2016 Bryan Donner
406-758-3508
bdonner@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
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/22/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 02/2015 01/2017 Tamara MacKenzie
406-758-3528
tlmackenzie@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to improve forest tree structure and species composition, reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities, provide commercial wood products, and improve water quality.
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.
Taylor Creek Easment to DNRC
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/11/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Tamara MacKenzie
406-758-3528
tlmackenzie@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would grant the Montana Department of Natural Resources and easment to construct two segments of permanent road, over existing templates, on National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43657
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located approximately seven miles north of Whitefish, MT.
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