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 Gallatin National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Gardiner Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone Ranger District


R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Stillwater Mining Company's Iron Creek and West Fork Stillwater Exploration Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
01/30/2017
Expected: 12/2017 06/2018 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
dseifert@fs.fed.us
Description: Stillwater Mining Company (Stillwater) is proposing exploratory drilling at up to thirty-six drill sites over a six year period in the Iron Creek area and a single drill site in the area of the West Fork of the Stillwater River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48921
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - Not Applicable T5S, R14E, Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15 and 16 and T5S, R135E, Section 1, Sweetgrass County, MT
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
02/04/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2017
Expected: 09/2019 12/2019 Mariah Leuschen
406-587-6735
mdleuschen@fs.fed.us
Description: Development of Custer Gallatin National Forest Plan Revision, creating one plan across the entire Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50185
Location: UNIT - Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana, South Dakota. COUNTY - Carbon, Carter, Custer, Gallatin, Meagher, Park, Powder River, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Harding. LEGAL - Not Applicable Custer Gallatin National Forest
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Emigrant Crevice Locatable Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Land management planning
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/31/2017
Expected: 10/2018 11/2018 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
mailroom_r1_custer_gallatin@fs.fed.us
Description: USFS has filed an application with BLM requesting that the Secretary of Interior withdraw for a 20-year term approx 30,370 acres of NFS lands from location and entry under US mining laws.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51258
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District, Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - See description at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-22/pdf/2016-28052.pdf Emigrant Gulch and Crevice Mountain areas located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bridger Forest Health Project
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 Teri Seth
406-522-2539
tseth@fs.fed.us
Description: Intermediate and/or regeneration harvest to reduce the risk or extent of, and increase the resiliency to insect and disease infestation while providing wood products to local mills.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bridger Mountains north of Bozeman Montana. The project area under consideration is north of Bridger Bowl Ski Area north to the Flathead Pass vicinity.
Forest Road 642 - Middle Fork Sixteen Mile Road (Middle Fork Flathead Road) Relocation
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/20/2017
07/2017 Steve Christiansen
406-587-6750
schristiansen@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to move a short section of Road 642 from private land onto national forest in the NE corner of Sec 16 and rejoin the original road location. This will improve the location and maintenance, move it away from the stream, avoid pvt land
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48491
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T3N, R6E, Section 16, NE 1/4 North of Flathead Pass in the north Bridger Mountains, before the Troy Creek trailhead.
Hyalite Shooting Restriction
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/19/2016
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Steve Christiansen
406-587-6750
schristiansen@fs.fed.us
Description: Prohibition on discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun within the Hyalite Drainage.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Hyalite Drainage approximately 13 miles south of Bozeman, Montana.
Lower Garnet Mountain Fence
CE
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Reggie Clark
406-522-2542
rmclark@fs.fed.us
Description: Extend a drift fence approximately .1 mile at the bottom of Garnet Mountain pasture to keep cattle from going off of the allotment
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Fence is the lower fence in the area of the beaver ponds along the road to Rat Lake within  mile of the Storm Castle road, above Rat Flats
Millie Fire Salvage
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2013
Expected: 04/2013 05/2013 Teri Seth
406-522-2539
tseth@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage fire killed trees within 2 tree lengths of forest rds in and adjacent to the Millie Fire perimeter to reduce hazards to rd users & rd maintenance. Roadside salvage is estimated <300 acres. Salvage may also be considered on another 200 ac.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T5S, R5E, Sections 3, 9-12, 15, 16 Within or adjacent to the Millie Fire up Storm Castle Creek
North Fork Spanish Creek Westslope Cutthroat Trout (WCT) Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Comment Period
04/25/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2018 Bruce Roberts
406-522-2520
broberts@fs.fed.us
Description: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP), Custer Gallatin National Forest (CGNF) and a private landowner are jointly proposing to restore native westslope cutthroat trout to the headwaters of the N FK Spanish Cr drainage in the Spanish Peaks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49419
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T5S, R2E and T4S, R2E North Fork of Spanish Creek, Bozeman Ranger District
Upper Hyalite Road Reconstruction and Recreation Enhancements
EA
- Facility management
- Road management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 03/2018 06/2018 Steve Christiansen
406-587-6750
schristiansen@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruct the Hyalite Canyon Road #62, the Hyalite Canyon South Road #620, and the East Fork Hyalite Road #6280. Included in the reconstruction are recreational enhancements such as additional parking and paving popular trailheads
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Upper portion of the Hyalite Canyon drainage which is about 10 miles south of Bozeman, Montana.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Gardiner Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Jardine Reciprocal Access
CE
- Road management
- Land ownership management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 08/2017 01/2018 Anna Callahan
406-587-6737
acallahan@fs.fed.us
Description: Exchange easements with TVX Mineral Hill; The US will acquire road, trail and trailhead easements which will replace existing easements and perfect rights on existing routes, TVX will acquire FLPMA Forest and private road easements for access to pvt
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T9S, R9E, Sections 4 and 9, Principal Meridian, Montana Jardine historic townsite area northeast of Gardiner, Montana
Proposed Shooting Star Ranch Land Exchange
EA
- Recreation management
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/30/2015
Est. Comment Period
06/2017
Expected: 07/2017 09/2017 Robert Dennee
(406) 587-6701
robertldennee@fs.fed.us
Description: The US would convey 590 acres to Shooting Star Ranch (SSR) in 2 parcels adjacent to SSR lands. The US would acquire 583 acres of private land in the Slip & Slide (Rigler Ranch) area. These lands adjoin NFS land and Montana FWP land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48017
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Non-fed land: Sec 1,2,11,12: Parcels A-1, B-1, C-1 and E-1 of Cert of Survey No. 2168RB. Fed land: Sec 32: W1/2 & SE1/4. Sec 30: E1/2 SE1/4, S1/2 SW1/4 SE1/4, & S1/2 N1/2 SW1/4 SE1/4 Cinnabar Basin and Slip & Slide areas north of Gardiner, Montana.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Paradise Range Recession
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2013
Est. Comment Period
04/2017
Expected: 09/2017 07/2018 Chauntelle Rock
406-222-1892
crock@fs.fed.us
Description: This is to study six open grazing allotments and determine if reauthorization of grazing is warranted
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41485
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Not Applicable Yellowstone Ranger District, south of I-90 each of Hwy. 89 S. Grazing allotments: Suce Cr C&H, 6-Mile Cr S. C&H, Mill Creek C&H, Pine Cr C&H, Elbow C&H
Miminagish Organization Camp
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/11/2012
Expected: 12/2017 06/2018 Nancy Taylor
775-752-3357
ntaylor02@fs.fed.us
Description: Master Plan development and conversion of obsolete Special Use Permit to current format for the Miminagish Organization Church Camp in the Main Boulder canyon, Yellowstone Ranger District
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38106
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T5S, R12E, Section 26 Main Boulder Road
Petrich Reciprocal Road Access
CE
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Kathryn Nash
208-634-0416
knash@fs.fed.us
Description: The Petrichs would construct a new road crossing a corner of National Forest System (NFS) lands for a distance of 100 feet in length x 50 feet wide to access private property. In exchange the Forest Service would receive administrative access to NF.
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T5S, R9E, Sec. 24 Yellowstone Ranger District near Elbow Creek
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