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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- Helena National Forest , Helena National Forest All Units
- Helena National Forest , Helena Ranger District
- Helena National Forest , Lincoln Ranger District
- Helena National Forest , R1 - Northern Region All Units
- Helena National Forest , Townsend Ranger District


Helena National Forest , Helena National Forest All Units R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir Project
EA
- Watershed management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2014
Actual: 04/07/2014
05/2014 Heather Degeest
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of hazards and fuels from along the Red Mountain Flume and around the Chessman Reservoir to reduce the likelihood of damage to the municipal watershed infrastructure.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41571
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T.8N. R.5W. Sec. 1-4, 9, 11 & 12 Project is located in the Upper Tenmile Municipal Watershed about 10 air miles southwest from the city of Helena.
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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2013
Expected: 01/2014 01/2014 Heather Degeest
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@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. Objection Period Legal Notice
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.
Helena Lion's Club Organization (Sunshine) Camp Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress

01/29/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Gabe Witham
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: The goal of this project is to ¬¬re-issue a 20 year permit authorizing the YMCA to continue using the Lion%u2019s Club Organization Camp
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43606
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Road #227 Little Black Foot River drainage
Holiday Private Access
EA
- Road management
- Special use management
- Recreation 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.
Murfitt Radio Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress

01/30/2014
Expected: 02/2014 03/2014 Mark Hunting
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: This HAM radio use based on Hogback Mountain was orginally authorized in 1992 and conveyed to the current holder upon the death of the previous holder.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43610
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hogback Mountain Communications Site, Hogback Lookout
North Elkhorns Restoration Project
CE
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/20/2013
Expected: 01/2014 07/2014 Autumn Coleman
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: The goals of this project are to reduce resource damage and unsafe activities occurring along roadways and trailheads in the North Elkhorns Mountains
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43397
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - The legal description for this project is Township 9 North Range 2 West, Township 8 North Range 2 West and 3 West. The project area extends north from the Middle Fork of Warm Springs Creek (FS Road 4016) to the Forest Boundary and east to the Crystal Creek trailhead on Forest Road 4017.
PPSR Private Access
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road 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
Skelton Private Access
EA
- Road management
- Special use 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/20/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2014
Expected: 01/2015 04/2016 Sharon Scott
406-495-3943
sascott@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is designed to be responsive to mountain pine beetle outbreak by recovering economic value of dead and dying wood, reducing hazardous fuels, promoting desireable regeneration, and maintaining diverse wildlife habitats.
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.
Warm Springs Habitat Enhancement Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Jan Fauntleroy
406-449-5201
jfauntleroy@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. 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/27/2011
Expected: 02/2014 09/2014 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
Baldy Mountain Sampling
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress

10/21/2013
Expected: 11/2013 11/2013 Gabe Witham
406-449-5490
gwitham@fs.fed.us
Description: The operator proposes to remove sample materials from the side of Forest road #1826. His plan is to remove sample material for testing to a private site, then return the tested materials to the test pit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37294
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N, R08W,Sec 08 Poorman Creek drainage
Blackfoot Travel Plan (non-winter)
EIS
- Recreation management
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Land management planning
- Road management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/26/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
02/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Amber Kamps
406-362-7000
akamps@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.
Dalton Mountain Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
11/16/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2014
Expected: 08/2015 10/2016 Jan Fauntleroy
406-449-5201
jfauntleroy@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
Helmville Face Wildlife Enhancement Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/08/2012
Expected: 06/2014 10/2015 Jan Fauntleroy
406-449-5201
jfauntleroy@fs.fed.us
Description: Using prescribed fire, this project restores the role of fire and the resultant processes. In addtion to, creating and maintaining natural openings and improving stand structure, burning will improve forage quality and quantity for ungulates.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34763
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N, R10W, section 16 In the Wasson Creek and Wilson Creek areas
Stonewall Vegetation Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/06/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2016 Amber Kamps
406-362-7000
akamps@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 , R1 - Northern Region All Units R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sauerkraut Creek Restoration
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
215 Comment Period Legal Notice
02/05/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Timothy Olson
406-495-3738
taolson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposal is to restore 770 feet of Sauerkraut Creek above the historic wall structure by relocating the channel to the center of the valley and reconnecting relic and intact floodplain surfaces.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43649
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N, R9W, Section 8 Southwest of Lincoln adjacent to FSR 1898-D1 in the Sauerkraut Creek drainage.
Stonewall Creek Restoration
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
215 Comment Period Legal Notice
02/05/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Timothy Olson
406-495-3738
taolson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project propoals included reclamation of approximately 4,200 feet of Stonewall Creek where past mining activity has changed the natural stream channel and fisheries habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43651
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T15N, R9W, Section 27 North of Lincoln adjacent to FSR # 607-F1 in the Stonewall Creek drainage
Helena National Forest , Townsend Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Links #1, #2, and #3
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress

10/21/2013
Expected: 11/2013 11/2013 Kyle McGuire
406-266-3425
comments-northern-helena-townsend@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed activities would use a suction dredge to process placer gravels in the stream channels of Confederate and Cement Gulches as water levels allow. If water levels drop, claimant would use a sluice box to remove concentrates.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41600
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T10N, R3E, NE 1/4, Section 20 Proposed activities would occur approximately nine miles up Confederate Gulch (NE from FS road #287) at the mouth of Cement Gulch and in an unnamed gulch immediately to the east.
Townsend Abandoned Mine Lands Project (FY 2014)
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/11/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Hans Oaks
406-266-3425
comments-northern-helena-townsend@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would address the physical safety hazards presented by hazardous mine openings (HMO%u2019s) on National Forest System (NFS) lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44318
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Jefferson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Closure sites located within quad reference Crow Creek Falls, Radersburg, Townsend NW, Townsend SW
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