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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- Lewis And Clark National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Lewis And Clark National Forest , Judith Ranger District
- Lewis And Clark National Forest , Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units
- Lewis And Clark National Forest , Musselshell Ranger District
- Lewis And Clark National Forest , Rocky Mountain Ranger District
- Lewis And Clark National Forest , White Sulphur Springs Ranger District


Lewis And Clark National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ask, Holzheimer, and Kulish Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/11/2013
Expected: 01/2014 01/2014 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7700
comments-northern-lewisclark@fs.fed.us
Description: The goal of this project is to provide access to private land parcels that are surrounded almost entirely by NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43360
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ask SUP legal description is Sec 24, T15N, R7E; Holzheimer is Sec 11, T15N, R7E; and Kulish is Sec 8, T14N, R11E.
Lewis & Clark Special Use Permit Reiussuances
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7700
comments-northern-lewisclark@fs.fed.us
Description: We are proposing to reissue new special use permits to replace expired permits for: MT Fish Wildlife and Parks; Cascade County Waste Transfer Site; Forest Green Resort Water Transmission Line; and private use of Prociv and Grassel roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44303
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Judith Basin, Meagher, Teton. LEGAL - Not Applicable MT FWP: NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec 26, T22N, R10W; Cascade Co. Waste Transfer: Sec 36, T15N, R7E; Forest Green Water Transmission Line: Sec 32, T12N, R8E; Prociv: Sec 9, T11N, R7E; Grassel: Sec 2, T14N, R10E
Little Belt Mountains Hazard Tree Removal
EA
- Facility management
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
01/16/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Jamey Lowdermilk
406-791-7700
comments-northern-lewisclark@fs.fed.us
Description: The Little Belt Mountains Hazard Tree Removal Project proposes removal of hazardous trees along public roads and recreation and administrative facilities in the Little Belt Mountains.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42170
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Judith Basin, Meagher, Wheatland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Little Belt Mountains
Permit Reissuance for 6 Pastures and 1 Fenceline - Castle, Crazy, and Big Snowies
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
12/2012
Expected: 02/2013 02/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: CASTLES: Hereim Pasture S13 &23, T7N, R9E -Voldseth Pasture S13,T7N,R9E, S19 & 30,T7N,R10E - Rostad Pasture S23,T7N,R9E - IV Ranch Pasture S32,33,T9N,R9E CRAZIES: JCM Cattle Co S18,T6N,R11E BIG SNOWIES: Swanz Pasture S13, T11N,R18E
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Fergus, Judith Basin, Meagher. Castle, Crazy, and Big Snowies Mountains
Sun River Electric
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/26/2012
Expected: 01/2014 03/2014 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Operation and Maintenance of powerlines on the Rocky Mountain and Belt Creek Ranger Districts
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Lewis and Clark, Teton. LEGAL - Sec 4, T24N, R8W; Sec 25, 26 T25N R9W; Sec 2, 3, 4, T21N R9W; Sec 33, 34, 35 and 36, T22N R9W; Sec 25, 24, 23, 14, 10 & 11, T20N, R9W; Sec 1 & 12, T19N R9W; Sec 2, 11 & 10 T18N R8W; Sec 2 & 5, T17N R7 Multiple locations on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District and in Logging Creek area of the Belt Creek Ranger District
Lewis And Clark National Forest , Judith Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Highwood Mountains Range
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
01/23/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 01/2015 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us
Description: Use of adaptive management strategies to move toward desired condition objectives in authorizing livestock grazing across the Highwood Mountains landscape area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33676
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Chouteau, Judith Basin. LEGAL - Portions of T19.N. R.8,9&10E. and T.20N. R.8,9&10E. National Forest Lands in the Highwood Mountains of Central Montana
John Fletcher Suber Special Use Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/26/2012
Expected: 10/2013 11/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new permit to John Fletcher Suber to replace an expired permit for use and maintenance of a road to access a private inholding.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Sec 12, T14N, R10E Running Wolf area of the Judith Ranger District
Lewis And Clark National Forest , Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Croff Reciprocal Access Exchange
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
11/2013
Expected: 12/2013 02/2014 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: James T and Holly Croff are exchanging road right-of-way easements with the Forest Service. The Forest Service will acquire access across Croff land on Frenchies Coulee Rd #6579. Croff will be granted across NFS lands on Lone Tree Boundary Rd #6578.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38222
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 25, T16N, R9E Judith Ranger District, Lone Tree Boundary Road #6587
Gibson Dam Hydroelectric Transmission Line
EA
- Special use management In Progress
215 Comment Period Legal Notice
05/26/2010
Expected: 12/2012 11/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorization to construct a transmission line within an existing utitlity corridor on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. This is part of the Gibson Dam Hydroelectric project licensed by FERC in January 2012.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42349
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Teton. LEGAL - Sections 2, 3, and 4 T21N, R9W and Sections 34, 35, and 36 T22N, R9W South of Gibson Reservoir in the utility corridor located along the Sun Canyon Road.
Lewis And Clark National Forest , Musselshell Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Anest Special Use Road Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a private road special use permit to Jody Anest authorizing access to his private property in the Big Snowy Mountains. Currently on hold.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Golden Valley. LEGAL - T11N, R19E, Sections 15, 16, 22, 23, 26 Big Snowy Mountains
Crazy M Ranch Irrigation Ditch
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/26/2012
Expected: 10/2013 11/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Diversion located in Cottonwood Creek in the Crazy Mountains, diverting water into a ditch where it goes to private land for irrigation use.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Sec 13, T6N, R10E PMM Cottonwood Creek - Crazy Mountains
Little Snowy Mountains Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
06/17/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
11/2013
Expected: 12/2013 06/2014 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us
Description: Restoration of a dry site site ponerosa pine ecosystem with an emphasis on providing habitat diversity and to minimize the risk of stand replacing fire through thinning, mastication and prescribed fire to meet outlined desired future conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33857
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Fergus, Golden Valley. LEGAL - Portions of T.11.N. R.20&21E. and T.12N. R.20&21E. National Forest Lands in the Little Snowy Mountains of Central Montana
Permit Reissuance for 8 pastures & new issues for 1 pasture, Little Belt Mtns
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
12/2012
Expected: 02/2013 02/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Inclusion of adjoining NFS lands for convenience pastures for ease of fencing, use of natural barriers, spring developments & water gaps and not logical to include in grazing allotment.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin, Meagher, Wheatland. LEGAL - Prince S10-11,14-15,T9NR10E,Indreland S28,33-35,T10NR10E,Gough S29,T10NR10E&S5,T9NR10E,Nelson S32,T10NR10E,Brewer S21,T10NR10E,Goodrich S4T9NR10E,Capser S3T10NR13E,Gaugler S21T11NR5E,Saylor S7T11NR15E Little Belt Mtns, Musselshell Ranger District
Lewis And Clark National Forest , Rocky Mountain Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Elk Smith Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2014
Expected: 08/2014 10/2014 Michael Munoz
406-466-5341
comments-northern-lewisclark-rocky-mtn@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the Elk Smith Project is to address fuel accumulation and continuity in the project area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42680
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located in the Elk and Smith Creek drainages on the southern end of the Rocky Mountain Ranger District.
Glacier Electric
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
12/2012
Expected: 01/2013 01/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new permit to replace an expired permit for operation and maintenance of electric transmission lines.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Glacier, Pondera. LEGAL - Sec 2, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 29, 30 & 31 T30N, R13W and Sec 24, 25, 26, 35 & 34 T30N R12W Adjacent to US Hwy 2 where it crosses the Rocky Mountain Ranger District and providing service to Mt Baldy electronic site
Lewis And Clark National Forest , White Sulphur Springs Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Castle Mountain Ranch Diversion and Ditch
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2014
Actual: 03/05/2014
04/2014 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: A right-of-way 4 ft in width and approximately 1548 feet in length for use and maintenance of an irrigation ditch and headgates on Daniels Creek for irrigation of private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39439
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - NWNWSW Sec 22, T12N, R7E Daniels Creek
Castle Mountains Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/12/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
09/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Carol Hatfield
406-495-3860
chatfield@fs.fed.us
Description: This project has seven discrete silvicultural treatments on 30,744 acres, requiring 19.5 miles of temporary road and 41.1 miles of road reconstruction. There are no new system roads within this proposal.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41955
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. Castle Mountains
Flying S Ranch
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2013
Actual: 03/05/2014
04/2014 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: authorization for the use and maintenance of a water transmission line to transport water from National Forest to private land for livestock watering.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39442
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - S1/2 SW1/4 Sec 20 and E1/2 NE1/4 Sec 30, T12N, R6E Sheep Mountain C & H allotment area
Grasshopper Trail 717 Reroute
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 John Metrione
(406) 547-3361
comments-northern-lewisclark-white-sulphur-sprg@fs.fed.us
Description: The goal of this project is to relocate trail 717 around the Grasshopper Campground in order to eliminate stock and off highway vehicles (OHVs) from accessing the trail through the developed campground site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44252
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Township 9 North, Range 8 East, section 17 The project is located east of White Sulphur Springs in the Castle Mountains adjacent to Grasshopper Campground.
Miller Fuels Reduction
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Scott Johnson
406-495-3795
sbjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to salvage dead and dying lodgepole pine on approximately 100 acres surrounding a subdivision north of Miller Gulch on the west side of US Highway 89.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38978
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T11N, R7E Sections 4, 5 & 9 Little Belt Mountains, Meagher County
Taylor Hills Trail 344 Reconstruction and Reroute
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 John Metrione
(406) 547-3361
comments-northern-lewisclark-white-sulphur-sprg@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal would reroute or reconstruct trail segments currently authorized for ATV use in the 2007 Little Belt, Castle, and Crazy Mountains Record of Decision (ROD).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44250
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Township 14 North, Range 6 East, Sections 7 and 18 The general location of this project is north of Taylor Hills, east of Monument Peak.
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