Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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
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)
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
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
- 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
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/12/2017
07/2017 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
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road 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

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
08/09/2017
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
Caliko King Western Larch Genetic Test Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 08/10/2017
09/2017 Elliott Meyer
406-826-4342
elliottmeyer@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of a 10-acre western larch genetic test plantation within an area burned by the 2016 Copper King Fire.
Location: UNIT - Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Section 28, T22N, R27W, P.M.M. 12 miles northeast of Thompson Falls
Clark Hinchwood Livestock Area Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/21/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 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.
Eddy Malone Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2017
Actual: 07/07/2017
05/2018 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.
Swamp Eddy
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road 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
T-Mobile Communications Facility Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/20/2017
Expected: 10/2017 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- 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

   *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.
Seeley Lake Ranger District Aspen Restoration Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2017
Actual: 06/29/2017
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
Lost Creek Meadows Restoration
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 07/13/2017
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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