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)
- Kootenai National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet Ranger District
- Kootenai National Forest, Fortine Ranger District
- Kootenai National Forest, Libby Ranger District
- Kootenai National Forest, Rexford Ranger District
- Kootenai National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District


R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
FNF Plan Revision & NCDE GBCS Amendment to the Lolo, Helena, Lewis & Clark,and Kootenai NFs
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/03/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
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)
The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2017
Expected: 06/2020 07/2020 Rebecca Riegle
989-724-9381
rriegle@fs.fed.us
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail and management corridor.
Web Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52259
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Priest Lake Ranger District, Glacier View Ranger District, Rexford Ranger District, Fortine Ranger District, Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Flathead, Glacier, Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable The trail begins at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park and travels 1,200 miles through Montana, Idaho and Washington to its western terminus in Olympic National Park.
Kootenai 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
Kootenai Forest-Wide Young Growth Vegetation Management Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/21/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Quinn Carver
406-283-7695
qcarver01@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management via precommercial and commercial harvest, & burning of activity fuels only within previously managed, second growth stands across the Forest. The project is part of the Montana Governor's Forest in Focus Initiative.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47372
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln, Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest System Lands across the Kootenai National Forest.
Rock Creek Mine Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/23/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Lynn Hagarty
406-293-6211
lhagarty@fs.fed.us
Description: The Rock Creek Mine is a proposal for a copper/silver mine under the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Sanders County Montana on the Kootenai National Forest. The proposal includes an associated mill, tailings storage facility and a waste water treatme
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/kootenai/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5327758
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T. 26 N., R. 32 W., Section: 3, 10, 15, 21,22, 27,28,29,32,and 33. Approximately 3 miles East of Noxon, Montana in the Rock Creek Drainage
Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dry Creek Sediment Reduction
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/26/2015
Expected: 12/2017 04/2018 Craig Neesvig
406-827-0734
cneesvig@fs.fed.us
Description: rehabilitation of deteriorating road system which is currently closed to all public motorized use, and prevent future mass wasting, sediment delivery and erosion from the road system to Dry Creek and related minor tributaries.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46995
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T28N;R33W;S30;T28N;R33W;S24,25,36; Sanders County, PMM Dry Creek, a tributary to the Bull River
Elk Rice
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
08/25/2016
Expected: 08/2017 10/2017 Miles Friend
406-295-7426
mfriend@fs.fed.us
Description: The Elk Rice project would include 93 harvest units, with activities and timber harvest on about 2,500 acres, including: about 1,700 acres of regeneration harvest and 490 acres of intermediate harvest. Eleven regeneration openings exceed 40 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50076
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sanders County, MT: sections(S) 24,25,36 T28N,R35W; S 19,20,28-36 T27N,R34W; S 1-35 T26N,R34W; S 1,12,13,24,25,36 T26N,R35W; S 31 T26N,R33W; S 1-6,8-16,21-24,26-27 T25N,R34W; S 6,7,18,19 T25N,R33W PMM
Vermilion River Restoration
EA
- Watershed management On Hold N/A N/A Craig Neesvig
406-827-0734
cneesvig@fs.fed.us
Description: stream habitat restoration program proposed for 9 specific reaches on the Vermilion River over a 10 yr period
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31702
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S31-33; T25N; R29W; and S1-4, T24N; R30W; Sanders County; PMM Vermilion River reaches approx. 3.6 miles in an area beginning ~0.5 miles below Vermilion Falls and downstream to about Lyons Gulch
Kootenai National Forest, Fortine Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North End Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permits
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Marcy Butts
406-882-4451 x8341
mbutts@fs.fed.us
Description: Provide Outfitter and Guide services to the public, both consumptive and non-consumptive.
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T37N, R24-29W; T36N, R24-30W; T35N, R24-31W; T34N, R24-31W; T33N, R24-31W; T33N, R24-31W; T32N, R25-28, 30W; T31N, R26W North End Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permits
Ten Lakes Travel Management Project
EIS
- Recreation management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/14/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Moira McKelvey
406-296-7137
mmckelvey@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed activities include designation of over-snow motorized use areas and non-snow trail management. For more info click here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/kootenai/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprd3841289&width=full
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/kootenai/landmanagement/projects/?cid=stelprd3841289.
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located North and East of Eureka, Montana.
Kootenai National Forest, Libby Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Coyote Improvement
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
On Hold N/A N/A Seth Cole
479-667-2191 ext.2165
secole@fs.fed.us
Description: Harvest of approximately 240 acres to increase stand resilency to Mountain Pine Beetles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41715
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T27N, R30W, Sections 13, 18 Libby Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest
Flower Creek Forest Health and Hazardous Fuels Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
01/20/2016
Expected: 08/2017 11/2017 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us
Description: Project is to reduce the risk or extent of, and increase the resilience to, insect and disease infestations; and to reduce forest fuels in the WUI next to and near the community of Libby, MT.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48613
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Libby Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest
Good Medicine Placer modification
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: A modification to the existing Plan of Operations on the Good Medicine Placer claim. Expanding project area to 300 feet x 200 feet and including onsite processing.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 12, T27N, R31N, PMM Libby Ranger District
Libby District new mining operations - 2017
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/27/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Libby Ranger District has received two new proposals for prospecting activities. The Autumn Gold Claim proposes prospecting with hand tools and the 50/50 Claim proposes in stream sluicing.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Libby Ranger District. Autumn Gold Claim (SW1/4 Sec. 12, T27, R31W), 50/50 Claim (E1/2 NW1/4, Sec. 9, T28N, R30W).
Libby Shooting Range expansion
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Expansion of the existing permitted area of the Libby Shooting Range, under permit to Lincoln County. Expansion would be for approximately 4.9 acres and would include additional enclosed shooting bays and a parking area.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 7, T29N, R30W, PMM Libby Ranger District, KNF
Miller West Fisher
EIS
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/01/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2014
Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 06/08/2009
10/2017 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us
Description: Includes vegetation management such as commercial timber harvest on 2,506 acres, access management changes, road storage and obliteration, prescribed fire on 3,148 acres, gravel pit reclamation or expansion, road BMP implementation, and trails work.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=12964
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T27N, R31W; T27N, R30W; T27N, R29W; T26N, R29W; T26N, R30W; T26N, R31W; T25N, R31W; T25N, R30W; T25N, R29W The project is located in the Silverfish Planning Subunit in the Miller, West Fisher and Silver Butte drainages approximately 20 air miles south of Libby, MT
Rainbow Lake Enhancement
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us
Description: Increase depth of Rainbow Lkae to provide winter habitat for trout, increase wetland productivity by building a dam and re-introducing beavers, and improve existing undeveloped camping area.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T33N, R31W, Sections 6, 7 Libby Ranger District
Redemption Pit
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Creation of a stockpile area and future gravel source for Libby District projects in the Wolf Creek area.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SW1/4 NW1/4 Section 17, T29N, R27W north of NFS road # 2358 Libby Ranger District
Kootenai National Forest, Rexford Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gateway Ecological Restoration
EA
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
01/30/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Harmony Burow
406-296-2536
hburow@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burning of hazardous fuels in the WUI; vegetation management, meadow encroachment reduction, thinning, aspen enhancement; wildlife habitat improvement, reduction of non-native invasive species and noxious weeds; travel system management
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51008
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T37N, R27W, sections 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 17 The project area is located 6 miles north of Eureka, MT. Proposed activities are located on the east side of Lake Koocanusa, north of Sophie Lake and adjacent to the US/Canada border.
Pinkham Meadow
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/21/2017
Est. Comment Period
07/2017
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Moira McKelvey
406-296-2536
comments-northern-kootenai-rexford@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation Management, Fuels Management, and Transportation Management in the Pinkham and Meadow Planning Areas of the Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52240
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - All or portions of Townships 33, 34, 35 and 36 North and Ranges 26, 27, and 28 West South and West of Eureka, MT along Pinkham Ridge.
Sutton Salvage 17
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
06/09/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Tera Little
406-329-3121
teralittle@fs.fed.us
Description: Project proposes to salvage blown down, root sprung, and dead or dying larch, lodgepole pine, spruce and subalpine fir to contribute to a supply of timber for local needs, reduce high fuels accumulations and control insect and disease.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52187
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable project is located in the Sutton Creek drainage of the Kootenai River watershed about 12 air miles southwest of Eureka and 11 air miles south of Rexford, Montana.
Kootenai National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Starry Goat
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
11/07/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2017
Expected: 02/2018 03/2018 Miles Friend
406-295-7472
mfriend@fs.fed.us
Description: The Starry Goat project proposes about 1,550 acres of regeneration harvest and 573 acres of intermediate harvest. 17 units would contribute to 14 openings over 40 acres. Prescribed burning is planned for 3,458 acres in the WUI and 5,870 acres in IRAs
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49837
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Starry Goat project area is immediately west of Troy, Montana, and runs from the Kootenai River west to the boundary between the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
Yaak Air Force Base NSFl Parcel Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/14/2007
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us
Description: The conveyance of a parcel of land that is 0.19 acres in size that is completely surrounded by a single private landowner. To be implemented by a direct sale through the Forest Service Facilities and Realignment Act.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SW1/4 Section 35, T36N, R32W, PMM; Lincoln County, MT NE of Yaak, MT
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