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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- 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
02/2016
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Northwest Energy Master Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: We are proposing to consolidate all electrical transmission authorizations issued to NWE across the Helena/Lewis and Clark National Forest into one master permit with one operating plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47051
Location: UNIT - Helena National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Cascade, Chouteau, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable All Northwest Energy Electrical corridors on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forests.
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
11/04/2014
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 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.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - RSW, T9N,Sec. 33 Rimini Road.
Helena Lion's Club Organization (Sunshine) Camp Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2014
Actual: 03/20/2014
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
- Recreation management
- Special use 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.
Mac Pass Beacon Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2015
Actual: 03/23/2015
03/2015 Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: State of MT Aeronautics has applied for re-issuance of their special use permit to operate and maintain an historic airway beacon on the top of Mac-pass south site near Vista Point.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45743
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - T9N R6W, Sec 2 Mac-Pass
PPSR Private Access
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation 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
- Recreation management
- Special use 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
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- 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
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
Tenmile and Priest Pass Restoration Project
CE
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2015
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Kyle Whelan
406-495-3942
kylerwhelan@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposes to decommission non-system routes and user-created dispersed campsites in the lower Tenmile area that are redundant or resulting in resource damage.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46229
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. LEGAL - T09N R05W, T10N R05W, T10N R06W Lower Tenmile area from Rimini to HWY 12 and from Hwy 12 to Priest Pass.
WARM SPRINGS PONDEROSA PINE PLANTING
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 Riley Dopler
509-395-3405
rdopler@fs.fed.us
Description: Plant Ponderosa Pine seedlings within dead standing ponderosa stands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46930
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T 8 N R 3 W Sections 25 &26 Warm Springs Creek
Warm Springs Habitat Enhancement Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
York Gulch Tiddy Property Restoration Project
CE
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2015
Actual: 06/22/2015
06/2015 Kyle Whelan
406-495-3942
kylerwhelan@fs.fed.us
Description: The Helena NF watershed group proposes to decommission non-system routes in the central Big Belt mountain range in the vicinity of York Gulch. Non-system routes that are redundant and need obliteration to protect resources.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46931
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T11N R01W Section 11 NE1/4, T11N R01W Section 12 NW1/4 The central Big Belt mountain range in the vicinity of York Gulch.
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
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
Baldy Mountain Sampling
CE
- Minerals and Geology Cancelled N/A N/A 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
- Road management
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Recreation management
- 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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.
Dalton Mountain Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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
Lincoln Non-Wilderness Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/10/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 David Shanley-Dillman
406-731-5329
dshanleydillman@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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/30/2015
Expected: 08/2015 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.
Upper Landers Trail Restoration
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2015
Actual: 07/28/2015
08/2015 Josh Lattin
208-839-2108
joshlattin@fs.fed.us
Description: The Upper Landers Trail #479 is a popular trail in the Scapegoat Wilderness that sees foot and stock traffic throughout the year but heavily concentrated during the hunting season. Several of the crossing structures have become unsafe.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46916
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T17N R9W Sec. 35 Upper Landers Trail #479 in the Scapegoat Wilderness
Helena National Forest, Townsend Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dalrymple Access
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 12/2014
Actual: 12/31/2014
12/2014 Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: Reciprocal exchange of easements to fulfill Federal Court sanctioned Settlement Agreement to provide long term residential access to Jennifer Dalrymple and Linda Cousineau through National Forest System lands
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45744
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T7N, R4E, Sec 28 & 29 Black Butte Gulch road area.
Diorite Stock Tank
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2015
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Anthony Smith
406-266-3425
amsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: The Range Program proposes to install a short pipeline and one 350 gallon stock tank in the Diorite Allotment (Central Elkhorns) on the Townsend Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46928
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - 7N Range 1 West Section 12, NE ¼ Diorite Allotment (Central Elkhorns) on the Townsend Ranger District.
Links #1, #2, and #3
CE
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2015
Actual: 01/22/2014
07/2016 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.
Lundborg Cabin Disposal
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/13/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 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.
Ray Creek Neild Property Restoration Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 David Shanley-Dillman
406-731-5329
dshanleydillman@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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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.