Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- 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


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: 01/2015 01/2015 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
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/23/2012
Expected: 12/2014 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
Chicago Ridge Meteorlogical Station Installation
CE
- Facility management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2014
Actual: 08/22/2014
10/2014 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
Permit Authorization for Niemier Water Diversion and Conveyance System
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- 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
Clay Banks HFRA
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than 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
East Reservoir
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2014
Actual: 10/27/2014,
10/27/2014
02/2015 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Road management
- 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
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
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
Kootenai National Forest, Rexford Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abayance Bay Marina and Campground Improvements
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/02/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Sandi Mason
406-283-7787, Fridays 406-296-2536
smason@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvements to the existing Abayance Bay Marina and Campground, currently operating under a special use permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45594
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T36N, R28W, NE1/4 SW1/4 Section 11 Abayance Bay Marina and Campground, Lake Koocanusa
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
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
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