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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- Bitterroot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District
- Bitterroot National Forest, Stevensville Ranger District
- Bitterroot National Forest, West Fork Ranger District


Bitterroot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 Bitterroot Stand Improvement Thinning Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
03/09/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Amy Campbell
406-777-7421
aacampbell@fs.fed.us
Description: Non-commercial thinning of small trees in stands previously harvested, planted and are now densely stocked. Thinning will increase tree health and vigor, and reduce the risk of mountain pine beetle caused mortality and large fires in the future.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51131
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Units are scattered across the Bitterroot National Forest.
Bitterroot Fly Company Shuttle Permit Issuance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/25/2018
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Bill Goslin
406-777-7419.
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a revoked shuttle permit to another permitee for the remainder of 10 year period.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable FS river access sites along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.
Bitterroot Outfitters Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year period to allow overnight hunting
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Not Applicable Portions of the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness Areas south of the Little Clearwater Drainage and north of the Salmon River and West of the Selway River to the Forest boundary
Bitterroot Outfitters Snow Shuttle Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year term to allow day-use over snow shuttling
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Not Applicable Shuttling over snow at Nez Perce Pass - Roads 468 & 6223.
East Fork Outfitters Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year period to allow overnight hunting.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness and adjacent portions of the Bitterroot National Forest
MT Hunting Outfitter, Inc. Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year term to allow day-use hunting.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest-wide in Montana excluding the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness.
Montana All Mountain Adventures Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year period to allow day use hiking, mountain biking, interpretive walks, snowshoeing and skiing.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Montana portion of the Bitterroot Forest on trails designated in the 5-year operating period.
Montana Rivers and Ridges Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a ten year period to allow day-use hunting and overnight hunting.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Piquett Creek drainage for overnight use. Day use on Montana portion of the Bitterroot National Forest.
Montana West Outfitters Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10 year term to allow day-use and overnight hunting.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Montana portion of the Bitterroot National Forest.
Montana Wilderness School Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a 2-year transitional permit to allow for guided Leave-No-Trace backpacking trips for youth. This is a new outfitted use. After 2 years, reissue as a 10-year priority use permit provided performance is satisfactory.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Portions of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on Stevensville, Darby and West Fork Ranger Districts. Travel on and off-trail. Emphasis is on Leave-No-Trace camping and traveling practices.
Ranger Peak Outfitting Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year term to allow day-use hunting.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest-wide in Montana.
Trapper Peak Outfitters Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a ten-year period to allow day-use hunting and overnight hunting.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Big Creek and Bear Creek for overnight use, Day use on Montana portion of the Bitterroot National Forest.
Western Hunt Company Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 11/2018 01/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10 year period to allow day-use hunting.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Montana portion of the Bitterroot National Forest.
Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Canyon Creek Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/15/2017
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Jacquie Parks
406-821-4268
jmparks@fs.fed.us
Description: Small tree thinning, handpiling, and prescribed fire on approximately 250 acres within the Wildland Urban Interface/Inventoried Roadless Area. Treatments will help to reduce ladder and surface fuels within the Wildland Urban Interface.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51995
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T6N R21W Sec 20 & Sec 29 Project is located at the 3 miles west of Hamilton near the Canyon Creek Trailhead and south along the private land boundary to Barley Creek
Darby Lumber Lands Phase 2
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/13/2017
Est. Comment Period
06/2018
Expected: 12/2018 03/2019 Eric Winthers
307-739-5525
ewinthers@fs.fed.us
Description: Road system and vegetation management, commercial timber harvest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49700
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located along the Forest boundary, east of Darby, from Robbins Gulch watershed at the south end to Little Sleeping Child in the north. Rye Creek and North Fork Rye Creek are the larger streams in the project area.
North Sleeping Child Grazing Allotment EA
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Gilbert Gale
406-544-6321
ggale@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of the North Sleeping Child Grazing Allotment for reissuance of grazing permits.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Sec 36 & portions of 35, T5N, R20W; Portions of Sec 31 & 32, T5N, R19W; Portions of Sec 1,2 & 3 T4N, R20W; Sec or portions of Secs 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13, PB38, PB39, PB40 & PB41 T4N, R19W Two Bear Creek on the Darby Ranger District
Skalkaho Dispersed Site and User-Created Road Rehab Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2018
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Sam Cook
406-821-4298
swcook@fs.fed.us
Description: Dispersed recreation site restoration at 3 locations in the Skalkaho Creek/Daly Creek area. The purpose of this project is to restore disturbed areas along important fish-bearing streams and protect the natural resource.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53786
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Skalkaho Creek/Daly Creek area.
Bitterroot National Forest, Stevensville Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gold Butterfly
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Road management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/09/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2018
Expected: 11/2018 09/2019 Tami Sabol
406-777-7410
tjsabol@fs.fed.us
Description: Project to harvest, thin, and prescribe burn forest stands to improve resilience to insects, disease, and wildfire and restore the fire return intervals. Move trailheads and manage roads to improve stream conditions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51486
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T.6N.R.18W. sec.1-12, 16-20, 29,30, T.6N.R.19W. sec. 1,2,10-15,22-27, T.7N.R18W.sec. 2-36,T.7N.R.19W. sec. 1,2,11-14,22-27,34-36, T.8N.R.18W.sec. 20,21,28-34 On the east side of the Bitterroot Valley, from Little Three Mile Creek south to Saint Clair Creek and from the Bitterroot Forest boundary east to the boundary with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF.
Sawmill Undetermined Roads
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/08/2017
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 Marilyn Wildey
406-363-7101
mwildey@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to decommission 12.1 miles and store 2.9 miles of unneeded, non-system roads that are grown in with vegetation and pose no resource concerns. No physical ground disturbance is proposed other than installation of one Kelly hump.
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T8N R18W Sec(s)16, 17, 18, 20 Project located in the Sawmill Drainage, accessible from County Road 2700, the Burnt Fork Road, to NFSR 710 in the Sawmill drainage.
Bitterroot National Forest, West Fork Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bitterroot Anglers, Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Bill Goslin
406-777-7419.
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year term to allow day use fishing access.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable River access sites along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River
Jays Test Project
EIS

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Facility management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
08/16/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Anthony Smith
406-266-3425
amsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a test project
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Big Horn. LEGAL - Not Applicable Montana
Triple Creek Ranch Outfitting Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Bill Goslin
406-821-1222
bgoslin@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year term to allow day use horse riding.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable West Fork Ranger District
West Fork Highway Dispersed Sites Rehab Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/30/2018
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Mike Jakober
406-821-3269
mjakober@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposes to stop illegal off-road vehicle use and prevent associated resource damage. The resource damage that is occurring includes cutting firewood too close to the river and trespassing onto private lands with motorized vehicles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53739
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable Two parcels of National Forest lands on the river side of the West Fork Highway. The two parcels are located at mileposts 11 and 12.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.