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
- Special use management
- Recreation 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
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/03/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
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 - Lewis and Clark National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
11/2016
Expected: 12/2018 12/2018 Deborah Entwistle
406-495-3774
dentwistle@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 17
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2017
Actual: 07/31/2017
12/2017 Hal Bobbitt
406-566-2292
hdbobbitt@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would continue the implementation of the ongoing Region 1 effort to address the physical safety hazards presented by hazardous mine openings on the NFS lands by removing old structure and mitigating openings by backfilling or grating.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51815
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Judith Basin, Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 9N R 8E Sections 19, 20; T 8N R 8E Sections 2, 12; T 10N R 10E Section 22; T 15N R 9E PB 40; T 15N R 8E PB 42 and Section 13; T 14N R 7E PB 47
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
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
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
Lewis And Clark National Forest, Judith Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hay Canyon Trail 456
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/19/2017
Expected: 12/2017 07/2018 Erin Fryer
406-547-6013
efryer@fs.fed.us
Description: This trail was identified as part of the 2007 Little Belt Mountains Travel Plan as a loop opportunity. In order to implement the Travel Plan the last 1 mile of trail will need to be converted from motorcycle to ATV accessible.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52805
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 12N R 10E Sections 25 and 36
Hidden Lake Holding Facility
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 07/12/2017
08/2017 Jason Oltrogge
307-543-2386
joltrogge@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a permanent barb wire fence for holding purposes. Fence will be 400' x 400' total of 3.67 acres. Fence will be comprised of steel t-posts and barb wire. Fence will be located at 110.451085W, 46.730937N, in SWNE Sec 10 T11N R10E
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51814
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 11N R 10E Section 10
Highwoods Goat Habitat Improvement
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2017
Actual: 11/03/2017
04/2018 Erin Fryer
406-547-6013
efryer@fs.fed.us
Description: Project seeks to enhance and preserve ridgetop habitats and travel corridors through the removal of encroaching conifers. Douglas fir, subalpine fir and lodgepole pine trees <8" dbh will be hand slashed and lopped. 5-needle pines will not be remove
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52804
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Chouteau, Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 20N R 9E Sections 36, 25, T 20N R 9E Sections 1-3, 10- 5, 23; T 19N R 10E Sections 6-9
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
KFBB, Cowels Media Communication Sites
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/28/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Erin Fryer
406-547-6013
efryer@fs.fed.us
Description: Cowels Media submitted an application to authorize an existing tower located at an existing communication site. No ground disturbing work will be required and no changes to the existing site are proposed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52797
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Chouteau. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 19N R 9E Section 6
Middle Fork 17
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/03/2017
Expected: 12/2017 05/2018 David Kemp
406-791-7702
dkemp@fs.fed.us
Description: It is proposed to introduce prescribed fire for understory vegetation regeneration and the hand felling of conifers to reduce stem stocking density in an effort to improve forage opportunities, migratory corridors, and habitat mosaics for big game.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52803
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 12N R 10E & 11E T 13N R 10E & 11E
Middle Fork Woodchopper Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/21/2017
Expected: 10/2017 03/2018 David Kemp
406-566-2292
dkemp@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to restore and enhance winter range for elk and mule deer
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52450
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Middle Fork Judith Canyon area of the Little Belt Mountains, southwest of the Judith River Wildlife Management Area in the vicinity of Woodchopper Ridge. West of Hobson, Montana.
Yogo Crossing Road Relocation
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/03/2017
Expected: 01/2018 06/2018 Erin Fryer
406-547-6013
efryer@fs.fed.us
Description: FS #825 is in need of relocation of several sections in order to reduce erosion, maintenance costs and safety concerns. Approximately 500 feet of road beginning at the trailhead and 2100 feet of road down to Yogo crossing will be addressed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52802
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 13N R 11E Section 27
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)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/24/2014
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 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
Elk Smith Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
08/30/2016
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 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
- 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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49386
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable Castle Creek,Castle Mount
Castle Mountains Restoration Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/12/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2017
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 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
Deep Creek Ridge Trail 338 ReRoute
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2017
Actual: 03/13/2017
07/2017 Bob Gliko
406-236-5511
bgliko@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to conduct survey and design in 2017 and contract reconstruction/rerouting in 2017-2018. It is anticipated that approx. 2.5 miles of the existing 4 mile trail will require rerouting and approx. 1.5 miles will require reconditioning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50594
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable T15N; R5E sec(s) 29 & 30
Mailloux Hein Special Use Road
CE
- 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
McBride Special Use Road
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/01/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use road permit for an existing road. The road has been in use for a number of years to access private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52818
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 11N, R 7E Section 5
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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