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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Helena National Forest, Helena Ranger District
- Helena National Forest, Lincoln Ranger District
- Helena National Forest, Townsend Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
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: 12/2014 03/2015 Debbie Mucklow
406-758-6464
dmucklow@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of existing outfitter and guide permits in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
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
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, 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. 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.
Evans Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/10/2014
08/2014 Charles Fothergill
(406) 449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: We are proposing to construct .5 miles of trails to minimize risk to recreational users in the South Hills Trail System and to enhance an internationally recognized trail system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44560
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - The legal description for proposed activities is T9N R4W Section 2. The general location of this project is in the Helena South Hills between Orofino Gulch and Wakina Sky Gulch.
Helena Lion's Club Organization (Sunshine) Camp Permit Reissuance
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
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
Hogback Radio Site Upgrade Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/14/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Tessa Donahue
(406) 449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve and expand radio coverage for the Helena National Forest and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Department.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44940
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N R1W Sec.3 General location of this project is Hogback Mountain Fire Tower
Holiday Private Access
EA
- Special use management
- Road 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.
Montana Army National Guard Permit Extension
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/29/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service and Army are involved in an interchange of lands which will transfer the land to Army ownership. Until the interchange is complete, the special use permit issued to the Army National Guard needs to be extended for operational needs
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - W1/2 Sec 22, T10N, R3W Adjacent to the Helena International Airport
Murfitt Radio Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
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
Oregon Gulch
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
09/23/2013
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Hans Oaks
406-266-3425
hoaks@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed two-person placer operation that would screen remnant stream channel deposits for valuable minerals.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Sec 22, T11N, R1W Oregon Gulch drainage of the Big Belt Mountains north of Canyon Ferry Reservoir
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
- 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
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.
Vigilante Electric Cooperative Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Mark Hunting
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: The goal of this project is to reissue a special use permit to Vigilante Electric Cooperative for their powerline facilities located on the Helena Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44324
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T9N, R4W, Sections 29-34 Project activities would be located in the Travis Creek area of Jefferson County.
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
York Sand Shed Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Mark Hunting
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
Description: The York Sand Shed Project would allow the Lewis and Clark County Road and Bridge Department to build a sand storage shed for the purpose of more efficient and cost effective treatment of winter road conditions in and around the community of York.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44484
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - The legal description for proposed activities is T11N, R1W, Section 8. The general location of this project is just north of York immediately off of the east side of Nelson Road.
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
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
Scoping Start
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
- Land management planning
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Road management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/26/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
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
- 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
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
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
Sauerkraut Creek Restoration
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Comment Period
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
Comment Period
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
Stonewall Vegetation Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/06/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
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, Townsend Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dahlman Pipeline and Tank Project
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/18/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Anthony Smith
406-266-3425
amsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvement that would distribute livestock more effectively in the allotment by burying 1/2 mile of pipe from a well to an existing tank.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44642
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - Township 6 North, Range 2 West, Sections 25 & 36 Helena National Forest on the Townsend Ranger District southwest of Townsend, MT in the Elkhorn Mountain Range.
Dry Range Pipeline Extension
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/18/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Anthony Smith
406-266-3425
amsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed project would add approximately ¾ of a mile of buried 1¼%u201D pipe to an existing pipeline. It would then feed two 1,000 gallon stock tanks. The work would be performed using existing roadways to access the area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44648
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Township 12 north, Range 3 east, sections 12 and 14. The general location of this project is northwest of White Sulphur Springs, MT in the Dry Range. The legal description for proposed activities is Township 12 north, Range 3 east, sections 12 and 14.
Ioerger Ditch
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/24/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us
Description: The Townsend District Ranger is proposing the issuance of a special use permit for a water ditch on Grassy Mountain to convey water from an unnnamed tributary of Mike Day Creek to private land. A valid water right for the use of 2.46 cfs is in place.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45032
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable T7N, R5E, Sec 34, Grassy Mountain.
Links #1, #2, and #3
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
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.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.