Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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: 03/2015 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
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)
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 2015
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015
Expected: 04/2015 07/2015 Hal Bobbitt
406-566-2292
hdbobbitt@fs.fed.us
Description: To close or render "safe", features inventoried and identified as hazardous located on the Lewis and Clark National Forest (LCNF) include: open adits, shafts, stopes, subsidence features, trenches, and dilapidated structures.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46163
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin, Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable Little Belt Mountains
Ask, Holzheimer, and Kulish Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/11/2013
Expected: 01/2014
Actual: 06/16/2014
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.
Elk and Montgomery Site Reclamation 2015
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015
Expected: 04/2015 07/2015 Hal Bobbitt
406-566-2292
hdbobbitt@fs.fed.us
Description: To make or render "safe", two abandoned mine sites.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Little Belt Mountains
January SUP's 15
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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.
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
Little Belt Mountains Hazard Tree Removal
EA
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Road management
Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2014
Actual: 09/22/2014,
10/30/2014
10/2014 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. Comment Period
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, Belt Creek Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cochran and Nolan Special Use Road Permits
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2015
Actual: 03/12/2015
03/2015 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue two new special use road permits to replace permits that will soon expire. The permits authorize use and maintenance of private roads to access inholdings on the Belt Creek Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46160
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. LEGAL - Cochran: NW1/4, SE1/4, Sec 25, T15N, R7E; Nolan: N1/2 Sec 31, T16N, R7E, NE1/4 Sec 36, T16N, R6E Quad reference: Thunder Mountain, Monarch
Lewis And Clark National Forest, Judith Ranger District 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. Comment Period
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
Dry Pole ATV Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2015
Expected: 04/2015 07/2015 Bob Gliko
406-236-5511
bgliko@fs.fed.us
Description: Per the 2007 Travel Management decision an ATV trail was identified to be potentially constructed in the Dry Pole Canyon Area which would provide access trail 475.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46250
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - T12N, R11E sec(s) 26 & 35 Dry Pole Canyon Area
Highwood Mountains Range
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
01/23/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 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
Hollatz Drift Fence
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2014
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 Tessa Donahue
406-566-2292
comments-northern-lewisclark-judith@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit to construct barbed wire fence approximately 1500 feet long and five feet tall in two sections on NFS land to provide a physical boundary for cattle in order to keep them in the proper grazing areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44464
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Middle Fork of the Judith River
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, 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
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. Comment Period
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. Comment Period
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.
Gibson Dam Hydroelectric Transmission Line
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
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.
Glacier Electric
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
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 Mountains Restoration Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/12/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2015
Expected: 07/2016 09/2016 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
Miller Bingham Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/24/2014
Expected: 04/2015 09/2015 Clint Kolarich
406-547-3361
ckolarich@fs.fed.us
Description: The White Sulphur Springs Ranger District is proposing to use a commercial timber sale to thin and salvage dead and dying trees on approximately 160 acres.
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
October14 SUP reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/16/2015
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue new special use permits to replace expiring permits.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46159
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Legal location: Jackson: Sec 11& 14 T8N, R7E Chapman water transmission: Sec 10, T11N, R7E; Chapman cultivation: Sec 10, T11N, R7E Holmstrom: Sec 2, T12N, R5E Legal location: Jackson: Sec 11& 14 T8N, R7E Chapman water transmission: Sec 10, T11N, R7E; Chapman cultivation: Sec 10, T11N, R7E Holmstrom: Sec 2, T12N, R5E
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