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)
- Lewis And Clark National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Lewis And Clark National Forest, Belt Creek Ranger District
- Lewis And Clark National Forest, Judith Ranger District
- 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


R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/29/2014
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Debbie Mucklow
406-758-6464
dmucklow@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of existing outfitter and guide permits in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44827
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District, Spotted Bear Ranger District, Hungry Horse Ranger District, Lincoln Ranger District, Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Seeley Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Glacier, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Teton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
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
04/2016
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)
Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
11/2015
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Jennifer Swiader
406-495-3774
jennifereswiader@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Plan revision for the Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/hlc/forestplanrevision
Location: UNIT - Helena National Forest All Units, Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Cascade, Chouteau, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Gallatin, Glacier, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Missoula, Park, Pondera, Powell, Sweet Grass, Teton, Wheatland, Yellowstone. LEGAL - Not Applicable Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests
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
AML Closures 2016
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/15/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Hal Bobbitt
406-566-2292
hdbobbitt@fs.fed.us
Description: The implementation actions described within this proposal represent an ongoing effort by the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program to address the physical safety hazards presented by hazardous mine openings.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48610
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Tl4N RIOE Sec 33 Skunk Gulch, Tl4N R9E Sec.19 Flat Gulch; NSN R9E Sec 30, 31(PB46, 47) Villars Creek, T9N R8E Se<; 36 Blackhawk Cabin, T8N R9E Sec 7 Robinson Creek, T8N R8E Sec 2 Yankee Jim Ridge Multiple AMLs across four ranger districts
January SUP's 15
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: To re-issue existing special use permits for Halfmoon Ranch, K Bar L Ranch, Johannesburg Gulch Rd Association, Neimark Property Owners Association, and McDonald Rd.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46162
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Meagher. LEGAL - Halfmoon-SW1/4 Sec 12 and ends in SE1/4 of Sec 1, T12N, R19E, K Bar L-in NE1/4 Sec 4, T21N, R9W J. Neimark-SW1/4 NE1/4 Sec 25, T15N, R7E, McDonald-Sec 32, T12N, R8E See above
Lost Fork Ridge WBP Planting
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2016
Expected: 07/2016 10/2016 Matthew Voigt
406-791-7752
mvoigt@fs.fed.us
Description: Lost Fork Ridge whitebark pine restoration project: This area was impacted by fire; Fork Ridge fire (1300 ac), 2001 Lost Fork Fire (2338 ac), and the 2003 Ant Park fire. Competition from other species reduces the amount of natural WBP regeneration.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48162
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin, Meagher. LEGAL - T12N R09E Sec. 27, 28, 33, 34 Lost Fork Ridge; Portions of the area are located in the Middle Fork Judith IRA.
May 2015 Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue of SUPs Russell: Water for grazing. Jawbone Cattle Co: three pastures. Zehntner: Water diversion line on Deadman Creek and Daisy Creek; 10 foot ROW. McBride: spring box and line to private dwelling. Castle Mountain Ranch: pasture.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47825
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Sec 30, T12N, R8E; Sec 13, 14 and 23 T8N, R8E; Sec 6, T13N, R5E and Sec 30, T14N, R5E; NE ¼ NW ¼ SE ¼ Sec 6, T11N, R6E; Sec 12, T12N, R6E; SW ¼ Sec 23, T12N, R7E; Sec 18 and 19, T14N, R5E Mussellshell and White Sulphur Springs Ranger Districts
Sun River Electric
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/26/2012
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Operation and Maintenance of powerlines on the Rocky Mountain and Belt Creek Ranger Districts
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39466
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
WSS Municipal Watershed Protection and Restoration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Kendall Cikanek
406-791-7729
kcikanek@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a small vegetation project that seeks to improve the forest condition in a small area around the City of White Sulphur Springs water diversion infrastructure, mitigate the effects of changing PH levels in the water, and improve access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48549
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable City of White Sulphur Springs water diversion infrastructure and access road.
Lewis And Clark National Forest, Belt Creek Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
3 Rivers Communication Showdown Fiber Optic
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/17/2015
Expected: 11/2015 11/2015 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend special use permit to install fiber optics to Showdown Ski Area. 3 Rivers would place fiber cable from an existing fiber optic vault at the intersection of Forest Service Rd 3328 and Hwy 89.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47753
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. LEGAL - Not Applicable Montana Showdown Ski Area
Trail 302-302A Logging Creek to Monument ATV Connector
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 04/25/2016
07/2016 Bob Gliko
406-236-5511
bgliko@fs.fed.us
Description: Currently portions of Trail 302 are open to ATVs on both ends via of old existing logging roads, the middle portion is planned to be constructed for ATV use as identified in the 2007 Travel Plan Decision Map 5.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47008
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. LEGAL - Not Applicable Trail 302
Lewis And Clark National Forest, Judith Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Highwoods Goat Habitat Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
08/10/2014
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Thomas Stivers
406-566-2292
tsstivers@fs.fed.us
Description: Open ridge tops in the Highwood Mountains provide valuable habitat and travel corridors for mountain goat, mule deer, and elk. This projects seeks to enhance and preserve these habitats and travel corridors through the removal of encroaching conifer.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46999
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Chouteau, Judith Basin. LEGAL - : T20N, R9E, S 36, 25; T20N, R10E, S 31; T19N, R9E, S 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23; T19N, R10E, S 6, 7, 8, 9 Highwood Mountains
Indian Hill Campground Restoration
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/22/2016
Expected: 11/2016 06/2017 Stan VanSickle
406-791-7743
svansickle@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is to decommission and restore Indian Hill campground and will include removing all campground features as well as scarifying the road and removing the bridge. The current bridge dispersed site will be left for camping.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Indian Hill campground
Spur Park Cycle 4 Whitebark Pine Performance Test Plantation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2016
Expected: 10/2016 09/2017 Matthew Voigt
406-791-7752
mvoigt@fs.fed.us
Description: After two wildfires, many competing species have hindered Whitebark pine regeneration in the project area. This project will establish a progeny test site for WBP and to select genetically superior progeny that are resistant to insects and disease.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48164
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - T12N R09E Sec. 21 The site proposed for the test plantation is northeast of Spur Park and north of Lost Fork Ridge along road 6418 that leads to the Sand Point trailhead within Middle Fork Judith IRA.
Lewis And Clark National Forest, Musselshell Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Snowies Aspen & Meadow Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/24/2014
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Thomas Stivers
406-566-2292
tsstivers@fs.fed.us
Description: The goals of this project are: restore/enhance aspen stand health along the south side of the Big Snowy Mountains, restore aspen stands to their previous larger size, maintain meadows, and improve the diversity of wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46951
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Fergus. LEGAL - T12N, R17E, S 34,35; T11N, R17E, S 1, 2, 12; T11N, R18E, S 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16; T11N, R19E, S 16, 17, 18 Quad reference: Yaple Bench, Snow Saucer Coulee, Green Ashley Gulch
Lewis And Clark National Forest, Rocky Mountain Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bechtold BLM allotment Boundary Fence
CE
- Grazing management Cancelled N/A N/A Jason Oltrogge
307-543-2386
joltrogge@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct approximately 700 feet of fence that will act as boundary fence for BLM allotment and Forest Service "On-Off" Allotment management.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46948
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T23N R09W section 24 Deep Creek BLM Allottment
Elk Smith Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2013
Est. Comment Period
04/2016
Expected: 04/2017 06/2017 Corey Buhl
406-683-3870
cbuhl@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 In Progress
Scoping Start
12/26/2012
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39447
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
Bentz Special Use Road
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/24/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue new private road special use permit to landowner. Use will involve construction of a creek crossing over Castle Creek and construction of a road to access Bentz property in the Castle Mountains.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable Castle Creek,Castle Mount
Castle Mountains Restoration Project
EIS
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/12/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2016
Expected: 09/2017 01/2018 Carol Hatfield
406-495-3860
chatfield@fs.fed.us
Description: This project has various silvicultural treatments and prescribed burning on approximately 22,124 acres, requiring road reconstruction and temporary road construction. There are no new permanent system roads proposed with this project.
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. LEGAL - Not Applicable Castle Mountains
Jumping Creek Stream Restoration
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Wayne Green
406-791-7740
wgreen@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed project would restore approx. 100 feet of streambank along Jumping Creek; a TMDL listed stream. The project proposes to reestablish the stream to a proper stream width by building banks and stabilizing with native vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47983
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable Jumping Creek near Jumping Creek Campground
Mailloux Hein Special Use Road
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/24/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue new private road special use permit to Trina Mailloux Hein. Use will involve construction of a creek crossing and reconstruction of a road to access Mailloux Hein property in the Castle Mountains.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49387
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mailloux Hein property in the Castle Mountain
Moose Creek Vegetation
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Carol Hatfield
406-547-3361
chatfield@fs.fed.us
Description: A project being developed through a collaborative process for forest restoration within a designated landscape to reduce the risk and extent of insect or disease infestations and to increase resilience of forest stands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48912
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable In the Moose Creek area of the Little Belt Mountains North of White Sulphur Springs, MT
Spring Creek Road Obliteration
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Stan VanSickle
406-791-7743
svansickle@fs.fed.us
Description: Spring Creek Road Obliteration
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48627
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable Spring Creek Road
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