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)
- Helena National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Helena National Forest, Helena Ranger District
- Helena National Forest, Lincoln Ranger District
- Helena National Forest, Townsend 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
- Special use management
- Recreation 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)
Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
11/2015
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Jennifer Swiader
406-495-3774
jennifereswiader@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Plan revision for the Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/hlc/forestplanrevision
Location: UNIT - Helena National Forest All Units, Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Cascade, Chouteau, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Gallatin, Glacier, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Missoula, Park, Pondera, Powell, Sweet Grass, Teton, Wheatland, Yellowstone. LEGAL - Not Applicable Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests
Helena National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Johnny Crow
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
10/07/2015
Est. Comment Period
11/2015
Expected: 01/2016 03/2016 Corey Lewellen
406-266-3425
clewellen@fs.fed.us
Description: The Townsend Ranger District of the Helena National Forest is initiating a wildlife enhancement project in the Elkhorn Mountains.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47670
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District, Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Elkhorn Mountains
Race to the Sky Dogsled Race Permit Reissuance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2016
Actual: 01/22/2016
02/2016 Josh Lattin
208-839-2108
joshlattin@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a 5 year special use permit for the Race to the Sky dogsled race. The race takes place on the Helena, Lincoln, Swan Lake, Seeley Lake, and Missoula RDs of the Helena, Flathead, and Lolo National Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48183
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District, Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable The race takes place on the Helena, Lincoln, Swan Lake, Seeley Lake, and Missoula RDs of the Helena, Flathead, and Lolo NF.
Helena National Forest, Helena Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
City of Helena Permit Change and Reissuance
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: The City of Helena proposed an increase right of way width from 7.5 feet to 100 feet on either side of the flume structure to reduce risk to wildfire and tree strikes. All other permit authorizations remain the same
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42061
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposal applies to upper Tenmile southwest of Helena, MT.
Divide Travel Plan
EIS
- Road management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/14/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2014
Expected: 01/2015 06/2015 Jaime Tompkins
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: Travel management analysis for summer and winter motorized use; to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized routes and areas consistent with 36 CFR 261.13. A programmatic Forest Plan amendment for elk hiding coverage is included.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24091
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ten Mile drainage, Little Blackfoot drainage, and area towards Meyers Hill.
Eakin Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: Kirk and Cathy Eakin have a portion of their Garage and driveway on NFS lands. The area of the permit is directly off of Rimini Road. No authority exists to perform suitable land adjustment and no known survey error exists.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45742
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - RSW, T9N,Sec. 33 Rimini Road.
Helena Ranger District Building Conveyance
EA
- Land ownership management In Progress
Comment Period
11/07/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Heather Degeest
406-495-3851
hdegeest@fs.fed.us
Description: Legal transfer of the old Helena Ranger District Building and numerous out-buildings with some retention of rights of way and land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47681
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Old Helena Ranger District Building and outbuildings.
Holiday Private Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management
On Hold N/A N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3912
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use application requesting access to private land. An exchange of reciprocal easements is possible, depending on alternative selected.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - T 8 N, R 6 W, Sec. 6 Little Blackfoot River/Telegraph Creek
Lewis and Clark County Hedges Mtn. Communications Use
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3912
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use application for long-term occupancy of site on Hedges Mtn. for communications use.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 11 N, R 1 E, Sec. 6 Hedges Mtn.
PPSR Private Access
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Scott Johnson
406-495-3795
sbjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use application requesting access to private land.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T8N, R2W, Sec.2 Elkhorn Mountains
Red Mountain Cabin Removal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: Permittees will move cabin off the Forest to private land. Road use permit issued afterward for private property access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47544
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located in the Upper Tenmile Municipal Watershed about 10 air miles southwest from the city of Helena.
Skelton Private Access
EA
- Special use management
- Road management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use application requesting private access to two separate tracts of private land. An exchange of reciprocal easements will be required, thus allowing the public access to adjacent NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 12 N, R 1 W, Sec. 31, T 13N, R 1 E, Sec. 19 Soup Creek, Elk Ridge
Telegraph Vegetation Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/20/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2015
Expected: 02/2016 04/2016 Sharon Scott
406-495-3943
sascott@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is designed to be responsive MPB outbreak by ensuring diverse & sustainable forest stands & wildlife habitat, improving conditions for fire suppression, recovering economic value of dead & dying trees, maintaining & improving watersheds.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30353
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable 15 miles southwest of Helena and 5 miles south of Elliston, MT in the Little Blackfoot andTelegraph drainages.
Tenmile South Helena Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
10/29/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2015
Expected: 08/2016 06/2017 Allen Byrd
406-495-3903
allenbyrd@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to conduct fuel treatments for the purposes of maintaining consistent water quantity-quality within Helena's municipal watershed and improving conditions for public and firefighters safety across the landscape in the event of a wildfire
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45725
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located within the Upper Tenmile watershed, the primary source of municipal water for the City of Helena, and extends east through Colorado Gulch and the South Hills area of Helena
Warm Springs Habitat Enhancement Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Denise Pengeroth
406-495-3736
dpengeroth@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat appx. 4500 acres to develop and/or maintain mature habitat structures where possible, address mountain pine beetle infestation and fuel hazard, and manage the landscape and fuel loadings so that stand replacement fire is less likely.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30351
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - Not Applicable 10 miles south of Helena in the Warm Springs drainage
Helena National Forest, Lincoln Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alice Creek Wildlife Enhancement Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Pat Shanley
406-362-7006
pshanley@fs.fed.us
Description: This project improves big game winter range by reducing conifer encroachment within native grasslands. In addition to creating and maintaining natural openings and improving stand structure, burning will improve forage quality and quantity.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34765
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T16N, R7W, sections 10,11,14 and 15 The headwaters of Alice Creek just west and north of Lewis and Clark Pass
Blackfoot Travel Plan (non-winter)
EIS
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Land management planning
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/28/2014
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Erin Fryer
406-547-6013
efryer@fs.fed.us
Description: This is for non-winter motorized use to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized and non-motorized access routes and areas that would be consistent with 36 CFR 261.13. A programmatic Forest Plan Amendment is also included
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30899
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lincoln Ranger District of the Helena National Forest, excluding the Scapegoat Wilderness.
Copper Creek Wildlife Enhancement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Michael Kaiser
406-362-7036 or 362-7000
mkaiser@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is proposing to treat aspen and whitebark pine in the Snow/Talon fire burn scar.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T15N, R9W, Sections 1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15. T15N, R8W, Sections 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17,18,22,26,27 Copper Creek Project is located approximately 5 miles north east of Lincoln, running adjacent to FS road #330. Project area lands are situated in the Copper Creek drainage in the 2003 Snow/Talon Fire scar.
DAVIS FIRE REFORESTATION RESTORATION
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 03/2016 06/2016 Riley Dopler
509-395-3405
rdopler@fs.fed.us
Description: Project will replant about 150 acres to restore areas after the Davis Fire near Lincoln, MT, with special emphasis on white bark pine restoration.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48664
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 13 N R 7 W S 23 & 26 Davis Fire complex outside Lincoln, MT.
Dalton Mountain Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
11/16/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Karl Buermeyer
307-543-3909
kbuermeyer@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will address stand health and related fuel hazards in an area with expanding insect infestations (mountain pine beetle).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37404
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Five miles southeast of Lincoln, MT
Granite Butte WBP Test Plantation
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 03/2016 06/2016 Riley Dopler
509-395-3405
rdopler@fs.fed.us
Description: The Helena National Forest would like to host the whitebark pine cycle 5 performance test plantation on the Lincoln Ranger District (15 to 20 acres). The intent of the tests is to evaluate white pine blister rust resistance, seed zones, and cold.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48665
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 13 N R 7 W S 23 & 26 Near Lincoln, MT
Landers Fork Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Josh Lattin
208-839-2108
joshlattin@fs.fed.us
Description: This will reroute the trail to cross the creek and follow along the nearby hillside and connect back into the original trail. The total distance of this reroute is about 600 feet,add two 30 foot bridges, and elevate the trail over a wet area.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Landers Trail in the Indian Meadows Roadless Area and Scapegoat Wilderness
Lincoln Non-Wilderness Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/10/2015
Expected: 02/2016 06/2016 Michael Stansberry
406-962-7000
mstansberry@fs.fed.us
Description: The Lincoln Ranger District has a need to reissue two existing Outfitter and Guide Permits. Tag Rittle of the Blacktail Ranch and Mike McCormick of the Sunset Guest Ranch currently have valid permits that expire on 06/03/2015.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46915
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rittle and McCormick Outfitter and Guide Permit Areas
Stonewall Vegetation Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/30/2015
Expected: 01/2016 01/2016 Sharon Scott
406-495-3943
sascott@fs.fed.us
Description: Be responsive to mountain pine beetle outbreaks, maintain and improve viable mature habitat structure to support big game and other wildlife, promote resiliency with a mosaic of species, reduce fire hazard and potential, and provide timber products.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30355
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable 6 miles northwest of Lincoln in the Lincoln Gulch drainage.
Helena National Forest, Townsend Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gipsy Lake Dam Restoration
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/21/2014
Expected: 05/2016 08/2016 Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: Rehabilitation of a low-head dam to maintain a consistent water level and ensure the structural integrity of the dam.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47547
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable Gipsy Lake near Townsend, MT.
Lundborg Cabin Disposal
CE
- Facility management On Hold N/A N/A Reid Stovall
406-495-3766
reidstovall@fs.fed.us
Description: Through a Quit Claim in 2005, the FS inherited ownership of the Lundborg Cabin and associated structures; outhouse and pumphouse. The original cabin dates back to around 1900, but has been completely encased in modern siding.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46913
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T7N, R4E, Section 28 Site can be accessed by vehicle right off of highway 12 between Townsend and White Sulpher. It is located a few hundred yards west of the Rillway Cabin.
Magpie Stock Tank
CE
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2015
Expected: 12/2015 05/2016 Anthony Smith
406-266-3425
amsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose is to install a short pipeline ( -200ft) and one stock tank in the Magpie Allotment. This tank will help distribute livestock in the uplands and reduce grazing pressure on bottomlands. The headbox will be excavated and fenced.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48140
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - 12N 1 E Section 35 (46%u02DA45.372, 111%u02DA34.080) Magpie Allotment, Magpie Gulch in the North Belts
Ray Creek Neild Property Restoration Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2015
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Kyle Whelan
406-495-3942
kylerwhelan@fs.fed.us
Description: The Helena NF watershed group proposes to decommission non-system routes in the southern Big Belt mountain range in the vicinity of Ray Creek. This project is located on land recently acquired from the Neild Family.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46914
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T08N R04E Section 29 & 31,T07N R04E Section 6 Government Lot 2 Neild Family property land aquisition
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