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
- 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)
Lookout Pass Ski Area Expansion Third-Party EIS
EIS
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/04/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2015
Expected: 11/2016 06/2017 Jason Kirchner
208-765-7211
jdkirchner@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal by Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area to expand its special use permit to upgrade and develop new lifts, ski terrain, parking, access roads, and guest service facilities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43757
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District, Lolo National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Shoshone, Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area on Montana-Idaho Border, approximately 12 miles east of Wallace, Idaho.
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
Yellowstone Pipe Line Pipe Abandonment
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2013
Est. Comment Period
02/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 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
East Fork Lolo Creek Road Decommissioning
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/30/2015
Expected: 12/2015 09/2016 Dustin Walters
559-246-7012
dwalters@fs.fed.us
Description: Decommissioning of approximately 14 miles of non-system forest roads to benefit Bull Trout fisheries and meet TMDL requirements by reducing stream sedimentation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48173
Location: UNIT - Missoula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable ast Fork Lolo Creek 6th Hydrologic Unit Code watershed
Marshall Woods Restoration Project
EA
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2015
Actual: 01/28/2016
02/2016 Tami Paulsen
406-329-3731
comments-northern-lolo-missoula@fs.fed.us
Description: Integrated resource management including vegetation and watershed restoration, fuels reduction, public education, and recreation enhancements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31552
Location: UNIT - Missoula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - T13N, R18W, Sec. 4-8, 18,19; T13N, R19W, Sec.1, 2, 11-14, 22-24; T14N, R18W, Sec. 18-20, 2-34; T14N, R19W, Sec. 13, 23-26, 35, 36 PM MT The 13,000 acre analysis area is approx. 5 mi. NW of Missoula in Missoula Co. and includes Rattlesnake Crk., Woods Gulch, Marshall Crk., and the S portion of the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area
Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures 10 Year Special Use Permit for Outfitting Guiding Re-Issuance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 Al Hilshey
406-329-3970
ahilshey@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issuance of a 10 year Special Use Permit for Outfitting and Guiding to provide hiking, biking, climbing, and disc golf 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 Rock Creek
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
Ninemile Thinning
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/30/2015
Expected: 11/2015 08/2016 Jeffrey Hayes
406-329-3851
jeffreyhayes@fs.fed.us
Description: Hand thinning, hand piling, and pile burning of understory ponderosa pine and Douglas fire to reduce ladder fuels directly adjacent to private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47853
Location: UNIT - Ninemile Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 15N; Range 22 W; NW quarter of Section 6. Bordered by private property on three sides, west of Kreis Pond between Spring and Butler Creeks
Petty Creek Big Game EMB.
CE
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/30/2015
Expected: 01/2016 08/2016 Andrew Bidwell
406-626-5432
abidwell@fs.fed.us
Description: The project would reintroduce low intensity fire to primarily southern slopes to reduce natural fuel accumulations within the wildland urban interface (WUI) and to enhance the winter range of big game species by stimulating herbaceous growth.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47852
Location: UNIT - Ninemile Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral, Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple sub-drainages in the Petty Creek drainage.
Lolo National Forest, Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clark Fork North Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/17/2015
Expected: 03/2016 06/2016 Travis Pfister
406-826-4331
tpfister@fs.fed.us
Description: Mixed severity prescribed burning on approximately 10,145 acres to improve bighorn sheep habitat, reduce fuels, and create a mosaic of stand structures within the range of historical conditions.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable North of the Clark Fork River between Weeksville and the mouth of the Thompson River.
Deep Creek Road Decommissioning
EA
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Carole Johnson
406-822-3911
cajohnson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Decommission the the Deep Creek Road #1023 (1.2 miles) and the lower 0.5 miles of the Cataract Peak Road #2241.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Sections 11, 15, and 16, T23N, R30W Deep Creek Road located approximately 10 miles northwest of Thompson Falls
Eddy Malone Prescribed Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/17/2015
Expected: 12/2015 06/2016 Travis Pfister
406-826-4331
tpfister@fs.fed.us
Description: Mixed severity prescribed burning on approximately 9519 acres to reduce fuels and create a mosaic of stand structures within the range of historical conditions.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable South of the Clark Fork River from Sacajawea Peak to Eddy Mountain.
Weeksville TV Translator Power Line Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2016
Actual: 01/19/2016
03/2016 Dave Hattis
406-826-4308
dhattis@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a special use permit for approximately 1300 feet of an existing power line that crosses National Forest System land. The power line provides electricity to the TV translator located on adjacent private land.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Section 6, T20N, R26W, P.M.M. Approximately one mile east of Weeksville Creek
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
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/31/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2016
Expected: 12/2016 07/2017 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.
Double Arrow Subdivision Road Easement
CE
- Special area management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/10/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Rachel Feigley
406-222-1892
rfeigley@fs.fed.us
Description: Year-round use and maintenance on a Forest Service route to access Double Arrow Subdivision
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47116
Location: UNIT - Seeley Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable In Seeley Lake, MT from MT Hwy 83 go east on Double Arrow Road to the subdivision boundary approx. 3 mi.
Race to the Sky Recreation Event Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2016
Actual: 01/25/2016
02/2016 Katie Knotek
406-6773924
kknotek@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue 5 year Recreation Permit for an over snow dog sled race (4 day) on existing snowmobile routes identified on the Seeley Lake RD OSVUM. No ground disturbance. Installation of temporary checkpoints, stops, route markers, and directional signage.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48186
Location: UNIT - Seeley Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable All proposed activity would be over snow and would occur on groomed or intermittently groomed routes identified on OSVUM for the Seeley Lake Ranger District
Lolo National Forest, Superior Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
12 Tamarack
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
05/28/2015
Expected: 05/2016 08/2016 Patricia Partyka
406-826-4314
ppartyka@fs.fed.us
Description: Integrated forest resource project that includes vegetation management, big game winter range maintenance, watershed improvements, fuels reduction, and recreation enhancements within the 69,000-acre project area located north and west of St. Regis
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41130
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T19N, R27W; T19N, R28W; T19N, R29W; T18N, R27W; T18N, R28W; T18N, R29W; T20N, R28W; T20N, R29W Twelvemile Creek, Tamarack Creek, Mullan Gulch, and Boyd Mountain
Haynes Private Property Access Road via Road 16960
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Carole Johnson
406-822-3911
cajohnson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Travis and Donna Haynes have requested yearlong access to property they own in Sect. 8 & 9, T17N, R26W. Access would be through existing road 16960 which is an "A" closure.
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable T17N, R26W, NW1/4 Sect. 9
Jam Cracker
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/18/2015
Est. Comment Period
06/2016
Expected: 12/2016 09/2017 Patricia Partyka
406-826-4314
ppartyka@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation and road management activities to improve vegetative resilience; reduce forest fuels; improve forage conditions for elk; provide wood products to contribute to local and regional economies; and maintain a sustainable transportation system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46950
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral, Missoula, Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable East of the Clark Fork River between the town of Superior and South Fork Nemote Creek
Logan Public Road SUP Request for Road 7793
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Carole Johnson
406-822-3911
cajohnson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Request for a special use authorization for minor maintenance and winter snow plowing of Lower Cougar Creek Road 7793 for yearlong access to private property.
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - NW 1/4, SW1/4 of Section 30: T16N, R25W; and S1/2, SE1/4 of Section 25; T16N, R26W; P.M.MT. Located 5 mi. SE of Superior, Montana in the Cougar Creek Drainage
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
Murphy Creek
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/04/2016
Expected: 07/2016 09/2016 Carole Johnson
406-822-3911
cajohnson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation and recreation management activities on 120 acres to reduce bark beetle susceptibility and respond to public desires for a gentle, non-motorized trail near communities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48349
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Section 25, T17N, R27W, P.M.M. The project is located along the paved Southside Road #69 between Dry and Thompson Creeks, approximtely 4 miles northwest of Superior and 11 miles southeast of St. Regis.
Summer Trails Motorized Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/12/2009
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 12/2016 07/2017 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
Tricon Deer Creek Road
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Carole Johnson
406-822-3911
cajohnson01@fs.fed.us
Description: Tricon Timber is requesting access to a 40 acre parcel they own (near Haugan MT) in T19N, R29W, Sect. 31 requiring construction of approx 3100' of new rd. across FS lands. Rd would begin on UpUP Rd #4207 and follow trail 250 to the parcel.
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T18N, R30W, Sect 1, NE1/4 and T18N, R29W Sect 6, NW1/4, NW1/4 T18N, R30W, Sect 1, NE1/4 and T18N, R29W Sect 6, NW1/4, NW1/4
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.