Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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, 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
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)
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
Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Timory Peel
406-283-7660
tpeel@fs.fed.us
Description: Revision of Forest Plan management direction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/kipz
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln, Sanders. LEGAL - All NFS lands within the forest boundary Kootenai National Forest
Illi Allen Peak Access
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
Analysis Completed Expected: 12/2014
Actual: 01/22/2015
01/2015 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to private land on Allen Peak over approximately 5.3 miles of NFS road #2301.
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - NFS road #2301 in following sections: Section 36, T26N, R30W, Section 31, T26N, R29W, Section 6, T25N, R29W, & Section 1, T25N, R30W Libby Ranger District
Rock Creek Mine Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
09/13/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Michael Huffine
406-293-6211
mshuffine@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.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34999
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
Helwick Timber Sale
EA
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 07/2015 09/2015 Mark Wiedeman
406-827-0753
mwiedeman@fs.fed.us
Description: Includes 23 timber harvest units with treatments including commercial timber harvest on approximately 655 acres, which includes regeneration harvests (345 acres), and intermediate treatments (310 acres). Two harvest units would exceed 40 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45765
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S1- 12,15-21, 29, 30 ; T22N; R31W; S33,36; T23N; R31W; S24, 25; T22N; R32W; S6; T22N; R30W; PMM, Sanders County, Montana Beaver Creek drainage
Permit Authorization for Niemier Water Diversion and Conveyance System
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Katelyn Miller
406-827-0717
katelynpmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: authorization for special use permit allowing use and maintenance of water system on and across NFS land for private water use for domestic and irrigation applications.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - NW1/4NW1/4, Sec. 22, T26N, R34W, Sanders County, PMM The existing Niemier water system is located in the Deer Creek drainage approximately 4 miles south of Heron, Montana.
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
Galton
EIS
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
On Hold N/A N/A Ron Komac
406-296-2536 x7130
rkomac@fs.fed.us
Description: Travel planning, prescribed fire, urban interface
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26647
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - all or parts of T34, 35, 36, 37 N and R 24, 25, 26W Galton Range - east of the Tobacco Valley, Lincoln County, Montana
Mud Creek Equestrian Outfitter and Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/16/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Marcy Goheen
406-882-4451
mgoheen@fs.fed.us
Description: Request for additional (100 days)equestrian use (horseback rides) for an existing special use outfitter and guide permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44481
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T 35N R 26 W Sections 3, 10, 11 Mud Creek Area
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
Kootenai National Forest, Libby Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2014 Libby District Special Use Renewals
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2015
Actual: 03/02/2015
03/2015 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of 7 special use permits which expire December 2014 with no change in condition.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Libby Ranger District
Bayrak FDR access
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/05/2013
Expected: 03/2015 06/2015 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Grant access to a private parcel in the Barron Creek area through the issuance of a FRTA permit. The permit would include an Operations & Maintenance Plan for use of Forest Development Road #228.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Libby Ranger District
Clay Banks HFRA
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
11/21/2011
Expected: 10/2015 01/2016 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is designed to reduce fire hazard within the WUI in the Clay Banks area, northeast of Libby, MT.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T30N, R31W, SAections 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 24 Libby Ranger District
Coyote Improvement
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
01/30/2014
Expected: 12/2015 02/2016 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
EIS
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/03/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2015
Expected: 12/2015 02/2016 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us
Description: This project includes fuel and vegetation management through commercial timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning and fuel grinding. Also includes 1.81 miles of road storage, 1 mile of temporary road construction, and 0.23 miles of trail construction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29532
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T30N, R31W, Sections 3, 4, 5, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29 and 30; T30N, R32W, Sections 3, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36 PMM, Lincoln County, MT Flower Creek watershed, 3 air miles south of Libby, Montana
Good Medicine Placer modification
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2012
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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 2015 Special Use renewals
CE
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of five existing special use authorizations which will expire in 2015 - no changes proposed. Includes authorizations for four private access roads and one waterline.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Libby Ranger District, KNF
Libby District 2015 Special Use renewals
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2015
Expected: 11/2015 11/2015 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of five existing special use authorizations which will expire in 2015 - no changes proposed. Includes authorizations for four private access roads and one waterline.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Libby Ranger District, KNF
Libby Shooting Range expansion
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
Montanore Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Lynn Hagarty
406-283-7642
lhagarty@fs.fed.us
Description: The Kootenai National Forest, in conjunction with Montana's Dept. of Environmental Quality will prepare an EIS for a proposal to permit the development of the Montanore silver/copper mine and associated power transmission line by Mines Management Inc
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=11743
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln, Sanders. LEGAL - T26N, R29W, S 5, 8, 9; T27N, R29W, S 18-20, 29, 30, 32; T27, R30W, S 16-24; T28N, R30W, S19; T27N, R31W, S 1-3, 9, 11-15; T28N, R31W, S 13-15, 23, 24, 26, 35, 36; T27N, R31W, S 29. Approximately 18 miles south of Libby, MT adjacent to the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.
Rainbow Lake Enhancement
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 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
Young Pipe Creek access
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2015
Actual: 03/02/2015
04/2015 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Grant the owner of a private parcel in the Pipe Creek area reasonable access to property for forest management purposes and for future residential use through a special use authorization.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Section 21, T31N, R31W, PMM
Kootenai National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lower Yaak, O'Brien, Sheep Project
EIS
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
10/06/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2015
Expected: 01/2016 03/2016 Leslie McDougall
406-295-7431
lmcdougall@fs.fed.us
Description: This project includes timber harvest, hazardous fuels reduction treatments, prescribed burning, watershed improvements, and recreation site improvements. About 52% of the project area is within the wildland urban interface.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45254
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Townships 31, 32, 33, 34 North, Ranges 32, 33, 34 West, PMM, Lincoln County, Montana The project area is located directly adjacent to and northeast of Troy, Montana.
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
Yaak Highside Blowdown Salvage
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
09/30/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 Ed Sedler
406-295-7456
esedler@fs.fed.us
Description: Project responds to the need to salvage timber blown over in a wind event in July 2014. Removal of this material would provide timber to the local economy and prevent insect and disease activity in surrounding timber stands.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 5, T32N, R34W, PMM Along the portion of NFSR #4607A that is open year-round, above Hwy 2 at the bottom of the Yaak Hill, West of Troy, MT.
Yaak River Campground Blowdown Salvage
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
09/30/2014
Expected: 01/2015 01/2015 Ed Sedler
406-295-7456
esedler@fs.fed.us
Description: Project responds to the need to salvage timber blown over in a wind event in July 2014. Removal of this material would provide timber to the local economy and prevent insect and disease activity in surrounding timber stands.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 5 and 8, T32N, R34W; PMM Yaak River Campground along Highway 2, west of Troy, MT.
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