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
- 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


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
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 In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/27/2013
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 Leslie McDougall
406-283-7659
lmcdougall@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
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/23/2012
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 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
20-Odd ATV Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/06/2011
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Gary Kedish
406-827-3533
gkedish@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a new access spur to circumnavigate a washed out area on a popular local trail system for motorized use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35948
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S7; T24N: R30W; and S12; T24N; R31W; PMM Sanders County From Vermilion River road at approx. MM4, to the Roe Gulch and 20-Odd road system
Black Peak Trail and Trailhead Project
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2014
Actual: 07/16/2014
08/2014 Joel Sather
406-827-0720
jsather@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail head relocation, rehabilitation of existing motorized trail, reroute (new construction)of trail to motorized standards (for vehicles less than 50 inches width - ATV).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42077
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Section 24; T24N; R32W; PMM; Sanders County Near Hope Valley Road, approx. 2.5 miles west of Trout Creek, Montana
CarlE2/TQ Mining Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/16/2014
08/2014 Katelyn Petteys
406-827-0717
kmpetteys@fs.fed.us
Description: Approval of small mining Plan of Operations and permitting
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44260
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - section 8, T24N, R30W, Sanders County, Montana, PMM Vermilion River drainage - Cabinet Ranger District
Chicago Ridge Meteorlogical Station Installation
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/07/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Craig Neesvig
406-827-0734
cneesvig@fs.fed.us
Description: installation of a new meteorological monitoring station in the Chicago ridge area on the Cabinet Ranger District
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44151
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - SW1/4; SE1/4; SE1/4; S27, T27N, R32W; PMM; Sanders County Chicago Ridge area, on the Cabinet Ranger District
Minton Trout
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/17/2014
08/2014 Alan Osborn
406-446-2103
aosborn@fs.fed.us
Description: Harvest of merchantable timber (commercial) on 545 acres. Approx. 8100 acres of natural fuels burning for forage enhancement. All log yarding in these proposed units would be accomplished with skyline and tractor based systems.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38284
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S1- 4, 9- 16; T23N; R33W; S3- 10, 15- 18; T23N; R32W; S22-28, 33- 36; T24N; R33W; S13-15, 19-24, 26-35; T24N; R31W; S18; PMM, Sanders County, Montana Trout Creek and Minton Creek drainages
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
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 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: 07/2014 07/2014 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
Clay Banks HFRA
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
11/21/2011
Expected: N/A 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
Scoping Start
01/30/2014
Expected: 01/2015 04/2015 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
East Reservoir
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/21/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us
Description: Project includes vegetation managment through commercial timber harvest, precommercial thinning and prescribed burning. It also includes trail access management changes, fuel treatment areas, road storage and dispersed recreation site improvement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34594
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable Libby Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest
Flower Creek
EIS
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/03/2009
Expected: N/A 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
Montanore Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
07/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 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
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 06/2015 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
Sheldon Communication Site - Cell tower
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2014
Actual: 05/14/2014
06/2014 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us
Description: Additional telecommunication tower and facilities at an existing communications site. Upgrade of underground power within existing utility ROW.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SE1/4 Section 14, SE1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 Section 23, T31N, R31W, PMM Libby District, Kootenai National Forest
Silverbutte Bugs Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2013
Expected: 08/2014 10/2014 Janis Bouma
541-477-6902
jbouma@fs.fed.us
Description: 250 acres - Harvest dead/dying and adjacent live trees that are susceptible to Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45019
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T26N, R30W, Sections 34, 35, 36; T26N, T30W, Section 33; T25N, R30W, Sections 4, 5. Libby Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest
Kootenai National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Buckhorn Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/17/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Patricia Shira
406-295-7439
pshira@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management, prescribed burning, and watershed restoration work in the Buckhorn Planning Subunit in the Yaak River drainage
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41167
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Boundary, Lincoln. LEGAL - Townships 35 and 36 North, Ranges 34 and 33 West, Lincoln County, Montana and Township 64 North and Range 3 East, Boundary County, Idaho The Project Area is located approximately 27 miles north of Troy, Montana, in the Yaak River Valley.
Yaak Air Force Base NSFl Parcel Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/14/2007
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 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
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.