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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- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Ashland Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Beartooth Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Hebgen Lake Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Livingston Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Sioux Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone Ranger District


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
2015 Hazardous Mine Closures
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
04/15/2015
Expected: 07/2015 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 - 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.
Aspen restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2013
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Jodie Canfield
406-587-6739
jecanfield@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to restore aspen throught a variety of tools across the entire forest as funding and opportunity permits
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41967
Location: UNIT - Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin, Park, Sweet Grass. forest wide
Fat Bike Winter Trails
CE
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/27/2015
Expected: 07/2015 11/2015 Lisa Stoeffler
406-587-6705
lstoeffler@fs.fed.us
Description: Revise Standard A-10 of the Gallatin Travel Plan to allow for bicycles on winter motorized trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46183
Location: UNIT - Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, Park, Sweet Grass. LEGAL - Not Applicable Gallatin National Forest - Forest-wide
Gallatin Forest Plan Amendment to Remove or Replace Outdated Management Direction (Clean Up Amendmen
EA
- Land management planning In Progress
Comment Period
12/22/2014
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Steve Christiansen
406-587-6750
schristiansen@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal would remove outdated, ineffective and/or unclear standards and other direction from the Gallatin National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (i.e. Forest Plan)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27201
Location: UNIT - Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, Park, Sweet Grass. LEGAL - All forest Amendment would apply to the entire Gallatin National Forest.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Ashland Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ashland Post-fire Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Cancelled N/A N/A Kim Reid
406-255-1413
kreid@fs.fed.us
Description: This project record is a duplicate of 47193 and shouldn't be referenced for information on the Ashland Post-fire Project. To officially notify the public that this record has been cancelled, it will remain on the SOPA for 1 quarter as cancelled.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River, Rosebud. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stag and Tobin Fire areas east of Ashland, MT.
Phoenix Project
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/30/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Ronald Hecker
701-842-2393
rhecker@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage harvest up to 250 ac. of fire-killed ponderosa pine in the general vicinity of Whitetail Cabin and Holiday Campground.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River. LEGAL - Not Applicable In the northern portion of Ashland RD, in the general vicinity of Whitetail Cabin and Holiday Campground.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Beartooth Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burnt Fork, Hogan Crk On/Off, Rock Crk, Sage Crk and Proposed Red Butte Allotments Rangeland Project
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
12/15/2014
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Andrew Kelher
406-932-5155
akelher@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
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
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
Comment Period
03/25/2015
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 4 miles southwest of Dean, MT
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45224
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater. LEGAL - Township 5 South, Range 16 East, Montana PMM Approximately 4 miles southwest of Dean, Montana in Stillwater County. It is geographically located within the Little Rocky Creek drainage, a tributary to the Stillwater River.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Battle Ridge Campground Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 10/2015 Susan Lamont
406-823-6976
slamont@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove hazard trees in campground area. Trees impacted from insect and disease may be removed for firewood or commercial product.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45506
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Battle Ridge Campground, Bridger Canyon, Bozeman Ranger District
Millie Fire Salvage
CE
- 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
Spire Rock Campground Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 12/2015 Susan Lamont
406-823-6976
slamont@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial and non-commercial removal of hazard trees in the Spire Rock Campground. Work would occur in the winter of 2016.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Spire Rock Campground approximately 25 miles south of Bozeman Montana on Hwy 191
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Hebgen Lake Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fall River electric cooperative Inc. storage yard expansion
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2012
Expected: 04/2013 04/2013 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us
Description: amendment to existing special use permit
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - S1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 29, T. 13 S., R. 5 E. A minor expansion of an authorized facility located on Hebgen Lake RD
North Hebgen Multiple Resource Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2015
Est. Comment Period
12/2015
Expected: 09/2016 06/2017 Teri Seth
406-522-2539
tseth@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuels reduction in the wildland-urban interface, wildlife hab improvement in aspen, whitebark pine,etc. Treatment methods include harvest or removal of commercial size and non-commercial trees with machinery, by hand and through prescribed burning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45491
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Portions of T11S, R5E Secs 4-10,15-22,27-34;T12S,R5E Secs 3-10,15-22,27-34;T13S,R5E, Secs 3,4,9,10;T11S,R4E secs 1-36;T12SS,R4E,Secs 1-12;T11S,R3E,Secs 1,2,111-14,23-25. From Tepee drainage on the Hebgen Lake Ranger District south to the north shore of Hebgen Lake, west to Cabin Creek and east to the Yellowstone Park boundary.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Livingston Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Park Electric Cop
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2013
Expected: 03/2013 06/2013 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us
Description: Install buried power distribution line in E. Fork Mill Creek roadway. Remove overhead line.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - E 1/2 Section 13, T6S., R9E., NW 1/4 Section 17 and Section 18, T6S., R10E., PM., MT East Fork Mill Creek, Yellowstone Ranger District
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Sioux Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sioux Ranger District Outfitter/Guide Permit Renewals
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Meghan Reedy
605-797-4432
mrreedy@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sioux RD is renewing three priority use outfitter/guide permits totaling 155 service days in the Long Pines, Ekalaka Hills and Chalk Buttes of Montana. The permits are day use only.
Location: UNIT - Sioux Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - Not Applicable Long Pines, Ekalaka Hills and Chalk Buttes of Montana.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burnt Leather Ranch Burn Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2013
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
frankcifala@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a special use permit for a burn
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - NW1/4 Sec. 36, T3S, R11E West Boulder River Drainage
East Paradise Range Recession
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2013
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 09/2015 07/2016 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
Lucky Minerals Inc. Emigrant Project Plan of Operations for drilling activities
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
06/03/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Peter Werner
406-587-6962
pgwerner@fs.fed.us
Description: Exploratory drilling to assess mineral presence at 9 sites on existing roads and 3 helicopter sites in Emigrant Creek area. Total ground disturbance of approximately 0.3 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47041
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T6S, R8E, Section 36, T7S, R8E, Section 1; T6S, R9E, Sections 5 and 6 Four unpatented mining claims on the west flank of Emigrant Peak and five unpatented claims on the east side of Emigrant Creek.
Main Boulder Station Volunteer Host Sites
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Jane Ruchman
406-587-6966
jruchman@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of 2 volunteer host RV pads and associated utility lines inside the Main Boulder administrative site.
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Not Applicable Within the existing Main Boulder Station Administrative Site.
Miminagish Organization Camp
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/11/2012
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Jane Ruchman
406-587-6966
jruchman@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
Renfrow Water Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/01/2011
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorization of an existing historic water transmission line
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - Unsurveyed, Section 13, T5S, R12E. Main Boulder Drainage, vicinity of Miller Creek
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