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
- 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
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)
Lookout Pass Ski Area Expansion EIS
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/23/2016
Expected: 04/2017 04/2017 Shoshana Cooper
208-765-7211
smcooper@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
West Fork Fish Creek and Morrell Complex Reforestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
04/19/2016
Expected: 02/2017 06/2017 Elizabeth Wood
4063293706
eawood@fs.fed.us
Description: Purposes are to assess burnt land from 2015 for reforestation needs and plant in areas where the fires have depleted the seed source and natural regeneration is lacking/not occurring.
Location: UNIT - Ninemile Ranger District, Seeley Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral, Missoula. LEGAL - Not Applicable West Fork Fish Creek: Quad Reference - Saint Patrick Peak, Schley Mountain, and Williams Peak and Morrell Complex: Quad Reference - Lake Inez and Morrell Lake
Yellowstone Pipe Line Pipe Abandonment
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2013
Est. Comment Period
06/2017
Expected: 10/2017 12/2017 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
- Recreation management
- Special use 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

   *NEW LISTING*
- 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
Mattie V Bridge
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/27/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Erin Phelps
928-527-8240
ephelps@fs.fed.us
Description: he Lolo National Forest is proposing to modify a bridge approach on the Martina Creek Road (National Forest System Road #4256) crossing of Ninemile Creek near Martina and Mattie V Creeks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49536
Location: UNIT - Ninemile Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - T. 17 N., R. 24 W., Sec. 22 Bridge approach on the Martina Creek Road (NFSR#4256) crossing of Ninemile Creel and Mattie V Creek.
Soldier-Butler Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Watershed 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2016
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 12/2017 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
Copper King Fire Salvage
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
04/14/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Patricia Partyka
406-826-4314
ppartyka@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage of dead and dying trees on approximately 1708 acres within the Copper King Fire perimeter. Project also includes cutting danger trees along roads and tree planting on approximately 6000 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50558
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located approximately 12 miles northeast of Thompson Falls, within the perimeter of the 2016 Copper King Fire.
Eddy Malone Prescribed Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/17/2015
Expected: 03/2017 06/2018 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.
Spruce Creek White Pine and Whitebark Pine Daylighting and Pruning Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2017
Actual: 04/05/2017
07/2017 Elliott Meyer
406-826-4342
elliottmeyer@fs.fed.us
Description: Slashing of generally small, competing conifer trees around select whitebark and white pine trees to improve their resilience to insects and disease on approximately 211 acres.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Sections 5-6, T22N, R28W; Section 31, T23N, R28W Spruce Creek drainage, which is tributary to the West Fork Thompson River.
Swamp Eddy
EA
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/28/2016
Est. Comment Period
02/2018
Expected: 09/2018 06/2019 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
Weber Gulch 40-acre Parcel Acquisition
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Land acquisition In Progress
Scoping Start
01/17/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 David Wrobleski
406-826-4321
dwrobleski@fs.fed.us
Description: Acquisition of 40 acres of private land that is currently surrounded by National Forest System land. The parcel is located in Weber Gulch, approximately 3 miles north of Thompson Falls within Section 29, T22N, R29W.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Section 29, T22N, R29W, P.M.M. Weber Gulch, approximately 3 miles north of Thompson Falls
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

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Watershed management
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
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2017
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 01/2018 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.
Seeley Lake Ranger District Aspen Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/15/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Scott Tomson
406-677-3925
stomson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project entails removal of conifers within aspen stands by hand feliing in order to improve aspen vigor and increase regeneration within aspen clones.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51321
Location: UNIT - Seeley Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula, Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project occurs entirely on the Seeley Lake RD, Lolo NF. Sites are primarily associated with wetlands, riparian areas and mesic meadow lands.
Lolo National Forest, Superior Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cedar Creek Road/Stream Interface Project Phase II
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2017
Actual: 05/19/2017
07/2017 Jonathan Hanson
360-374-1236
jrhanson@fs.fed.us
Description: Moving two segments of the Cedar Creek Road #320, totaling approximately 2300 feet, further away from Cedar Creek and placing woody debris into Cedar Creek to improve fisheries habitat.
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cedar Creek drainage, located immediately southwest of Superior. Road and stream activities would occur at two locations, one at mile post 4.6, and the other at mile post 7.0.
Henderson Hill State Access
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/16/2017
Expected: 07/2017 09/2017 Catina McLean
406-329-3861
cmclean@fs.fed.us
Description: State of Montana has requested to construct 0.5 miles of road across NFS land to access their land. Project also includes modification of an existing easement and granting of a new easement.
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Section 30, T19N, R29W, P.M.M. Project is located in Rock Creek about 3 miles east of DeBorgia, MT.
Jam Cracker
EA
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
08/12/2016
Expected: 06/2017 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
Lost Creek Meadows Restoration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
02/15/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Joshua Stroot
406-822-4233
joshuadstroot@fs.fed.us
Description: Slashing of conifer trees that are generally less than 10 inches in diameter on approximately 42 acres of natural meadows.
Location: UNIT - Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Sections 23 and 26, T16N, R28W, P.M.M. Within the Lost Creek drainage, approximately 10 miles southwest of Superior
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
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/12/2009
Est. Comment Period
12/2017
Expected: 06/2018 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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