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)
- Lolo National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Lolo National Forest, Missoula Ranger District
- Lolo National Forest, Ninemile Ranger District
- Lolo National Forest, Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District
- Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake Ranger District
- Lolo National Forest, Superior 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

   *UPDATED*
- Land management planning In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/14/2017
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)
Lolo National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sunrise Fire Salvage
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
10/31/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Patricia Partyka
406-826-4314
ppartyka@fs.fed.us
Description: Post-fire salvage of dead and dying trees on approximately 2718 acres (11%) of the Sunrise Fire, located approximately 7 miles southeast of Superior. Proposal also includes cutting hazard trees along roads and planting of tree seedlings.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52781
Location: UNIT - Ninemile Ranger District, Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sunrise Fire located on both the Superior and Ninemile Ranger Districts about 7 miles southeast of Superior, primarily within the Verde, Sunrise, Meadow, and Quartz Creek drainages
Yellowstone Pipe Line Pipe Abandonment
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2013
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 08/2018 12/2018 Victoria Burkhardt
406-626-5402
vburkhardt@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of and/or abandonment-in-place of approximately 9,693 feet of out-of-service pipeline located on three separate sites within Missoula and Sanders Counties on the Missoula and Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger Districts
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43167
Location: UNIT - Missoula Ranger District, Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula, Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable Site 1: NW of Missoula in OKeefe Creek (Missoula County); Site 2: 6.5 miles west of Plains (Sanders County); Site 3: islands in the Clark Fork River east of Thompson Falls (Sanders County)
Lolo National Forest, Missoula Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Missoula Parks and Recreation 2 Year Special Use Permit for Outfitting/Guiding Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Al Hilshey
406-329-3970
ahilshey@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issuance of a 2 year Special Use Permit for Outfitting and Guiding to provide hiking, biking, and Nordic skiing services on the Missoula Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Missoula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Blue mountain recreation area, Pattee canyon Recreation Area, Lolo Creek, and Montana Snowbowl
Sapphire Crest Trail
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Al Hilshey
406-329-3970
ahilshey@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail construction and reconstruction to connect existing trail segments, creating a 100-mile long non-motorized trail across the Lolo, Bitterroot, and Beaverhead National Forests on the Sapphire Divide.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32247
Location: UNIT - Missoula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - T12N, R19W, Sections 12,13; T12N, R18W, Sections 18, 19, 20,21,27,28 and 24; T11N, R18W, Sections 3,10,15,22,27,26 and 36 and T10N, R18 W, Section 2 Sapphire Divide
Lolo National Forest, Ninemile Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Martina Road Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/16/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Erin Phelps
928-527-8240
ephelps@fs.fed.us
Description: Private landowner is requesting a forest road permit to use and maintain the Martina Creek Road 4256 from the gate to MP 3.07 where it enters their private property. Access has been given annually through a temp road use permit since 2008.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51847
Location: UNIT - Ninemile Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Martina Creek Road 4256
Soldier-Butler Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2016
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 03/2018 09/2018 Tami Paulsen
406-329-3731
tpaulsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Treatments to accomplish the project objectives include using tree thinning and slashing, prescribed fire, weed treatments, and road treatments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50777
Location: UNIT - Ninemile Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable About 7 miles northwest of Huson, MT. Extends from the East Fork of Burnt Fork Creek southwest to Butler Creek and from the Ninemile Road #412 to the Reservation Divide.
Lolo National Forest, Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2-Short
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2018
Actual: 11/20/2017
07/2018 Patricia Partyka
406-826-4314
ppartyka@fs.fed.us
Description: Integrated project that includes vegetation and road management activities to address insect and disease concerns, reduce fuels within the wildland urban interface, and maintain a suitable transportation system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49094
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable Shorty Gulch located five miles southwest of Thompson Falls
Clark Hinchwood Livestock Area Special Use Permit
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/21/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Patricia Partyka
406-826-4314
ppartyka@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit to allow cattle to cross National Forest System land between grazing leases on State and private lands.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable Clark Hinchwood area, approximately 8 miles northeast of Plains.
Sheep Gap Fire Salvage
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
10/31/2017
Est. Comment Period
05/2018
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 Patricia Partyka
406-826-4314
ppartyka@fs.fed.us
Description: Harvest of dead and dying trees on approximately 2152 acres (11%) of the Sheep Gap Fire located about 8 miles west of Plains. Proposal also includes cutting of hazard trees along roads and planting of tree seedlings.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52782
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sheep Gap Fire located approximately 8 miles west of Plains, primarily in the Swamp and Bemish Creek drainages.
Swamp Eddy
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Patricia Partyka
406-826-4314
ppartyka@fs.fed.us
Description: Integrated project that includes vegetation and road management activities to restore resilient vegetative conditions, improve elk forage, support communities, and maintain a suitable transportation system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49096
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located across the Clark Fork River from Plains in the Swamp and Combest Creek drainages
T-Mobile Communications Facility Special Use Permit
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2017
Actual: 10/16/2017
07/2018 Kristin Swindle
406-363-7138
kswindle@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit to construct a 10x20 foot building to house communications equipment at the established Patrick's Knob communications site.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Section 25, SW1/4, SW1/4, T19N, R26W, P.M.M. Patrick's Knob communications site, approximately 6 miles south of Plains
Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Center Horse Landscape Restoration Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/31/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Tami Paulsen
406-329-3731
tpaulsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Collaboratively developed integrated ecosystem management including restoration of fire adapted ecosystems, soil productivity, watersheds and aquatic habitat, and management of recreation opportunities and motor vehicle access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36806
Location: UNIT - Seeley Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula, Powell. LEGAL - T16N, R11W, S 19,20,29-32; T16N, R12W, S 2,7,11-15,17-20,22-36; T16N, R13W, S 1-27; T16N, R14W S 1-5,9-15,22-24,26,27; T17 R12W S18,19,30,31; T17N, R13W S 3,4,7,9-36; T17N, R14W S 12-14,23-27, 34-36 The 61,000 acre Center Horse Project area is about 14 miles north of Ovando and includes the N. FK. Cottonwood and Spring Ck drainages on the west and the McCabe ck drainage on the east.
North Fork Blackfoot Trail Bridges - Hobnail Tom Trail #32
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/31/2017
Expected: 12/2017 07/2018 Katie Knotek
406-677-3924
kknotek@fs.fed.us
Description: The Seeley Lake Ranger District is proposing to replace two trail bridges along the Hobnail Tom Trail #32 that provide access across the North Fork Blackfoot River and are located in the Scapegoat Wilderness, Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51025
Location: UNIT - Seeley Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hobnail Tom Trail #32, Scapegoat Wilderness, Seeley Lake Ranger District, Lolo National Forest.
Lolo National Forest, Superior Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mattox Water Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Carole Johnson
406-822-3911
cajohnson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use permit request for a waterline using the following existing facilities: 1) 2' dia. by 900' of above ground black plastic pipe; 2) A water collection device consisting of a perforated plastic barrel in the stream channel
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Beginning in the NW 1/4, NW 1/4, NW 1/4 of Sec. 16; through the very NE corner of Sec. 17 and ending where it enters private property in the SE 1/4, SE1/4, SE 1/4 of Sec. 8 T16N, R26W; P.M.MT An unnamed tributary NE of Upham Creek, in the Cedar Creek drainage SE of Superior
Summer Trails Motorized Management
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/12/2009
Est. Comment Period
06/2018
Expected: 12/2018 06/2019 Elizabeth Kennedy
406-822-3954
ekennedy@fs.fed.us
Description: Motorized recreation management including development and authorization of trails and roads for All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) use, and closure and restoration of areas damaged by unauthorized Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28845
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T17 - 19N, R28 - 32W West end of the Superior Ranger District from Twomile Creek to Lookout Pass Ski Area
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