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)
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Gardiner Ranger District
- Custer Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone Ranger District


R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Stillwater Mining Company's Iron Creek and West Fork Stillwater Exploration Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
01/30/2017
Expected: 03/2018 06/2018 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
dseifert@fs.fed.us
Description: Stillwater Mining Company (Stillwater) is proposing exploratory drilling at up to thirty-six drill sites over a six year period in the Iron Creek area and a single drill site in the area of the West Fork of the Stillwater River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48921
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater, Sweet Grass. LEGAL - Not Applicable T5S, R14E, Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15 and 16 and T5S, R135E, Section 1, Sweetgrass County, MT
Threemile Restoration and Resiliency Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/04/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 11/2018 05/2019 Mark Slacks
406-255-1450
mslacks@fs.fed.us
Description: Manage this fire adapted ecosystem towards a mosaic of forest, woody draw, & grassland vegetation that restores & improves ecosystem resiliency. Use commercial timber harvest, prescribed fire, and non-commercial treatments to achieve this outcome.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52677
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 9 air miles southeast of Ashland, MT in the Home Creek, Threemile Creek, and Tenmile Creek drainages. South of Hwy. 212 bounded on the north, south and west sides by non-FS lands.
Custer Gallatin 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
Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
02/04/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2018
Expected: 12/2019 01/2020 Mariah Leuschen
406-587-6735
mdleuschen@fs.fed.us
Description: The Custer Gallatin National Forest is undergoing Forest Plan Revision. The Forest Plan is a comprehensive overarching document that guides forest management, use, and protection providing broad direction, standards and guidelines for years to come.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50185
Location: UNIT - Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana, South Dakota. COUNTY - Carbon, Carter, Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, Park, Powder River, Rosebud, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Harding. LEGAL - Not Applicable Custer Gallatin National Forest
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Emigrant Crevice Locatable Mineral Withdrawal
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Land management planning
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/31/2017
Expected: 10/2018 11/2018 Sitka Pence
406-587-6985
sitkapence@fs.fed.us
Description: USFS has filed an application with BLM requesting that the Secretary of Interior withdraw for a 20-year term approx 30,370 acres of NFS lands from location and entry under US mining laws.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51258
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District, Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - See description at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-22/pdf/2016-28052.pdf Emigrant Gulch and Crevice Mountain areas located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Deer Creek Trailhead Reconstruction
CE
- Watershed management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/07/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Wendi Urie
406-222-1892
wurie@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-grade the parking area & undertake streambank re-vegetation stabilization measures to reduce runoff to the Gallatin River & create appropriate storm drainage areas away from the river. Improve parking delineation. Rebuild the fishing platform.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T6S, R4E, NE1/4 Section 23, Standard Parallel. Gallatin Canyon, Highway 191, Deer Creek Trailhead.
Hyalite Shooting Restriction
CE
- Recreation management
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
On Hold N/A N/A Corey Lewellen
406-522-2531
clewellen@fs.fed.us
Description: Prohibition on discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun within the Hyalite Drainage.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Hyalite Drainage approximately 13 miles south of Bozeman, Montana.
Millie Fire Salvage
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2013
Expected: 04/2013 05/2013 Teri Seth
406-522-2539
tseth@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage fire killed trees within 2 tree lengths of forest rds in and adjacent to the Millie Fire perimeter to reduce hazards to rd users & rd maintenance. Roadside salvage is estimated <300 acres. Salvage may also be considered on another 200 ac.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T5S, R5E, Sections 3, 9-12, 15, 16 Within or adjacent to the Millie Fire up Storm Castle Creek
North Bridgers Forest Health Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/27/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 Teri Seth
406-522-2539
tseth@fs.fed.us
Description: Intermediate and/or regeneration harvest to reduce the risk or extent of, and increase the resiliency to insect and disease infestation while providing wood products to local mills.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48493
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bridger Mountains north of Bozeman Montana. The project area under consideration is north of Bridger Bowl Ski Area north to the Flathead Pass vicinity.
North Fork Spanish Creek Westslope Cutthroat Trout (WCT) Restoration
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2018
Actual: 02/23/2018
08/2018 Bruce Roberts
406-522-2520
broberts@fs.fed.us
Description: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP), Custer Gallatin National Forest (CGNF) and a private landowner are jointly proposing to restore native westslope cutthroat trout to the headwaters of the N FK Spanish Cr drainage in the Spanish Peaks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49419
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T5S, R2E and T4S, R2E North Fork of Spanish Creek, Bozeman Ranger District
Upper Hyalite Road Reconstruction and Recreation Enhancements
EA
- Facility management
- Road management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2018
Expected: 09/2018 05/2019 Corey Lewellen
970-262-3497
clewellen@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruct the Hyalite Canyon Road #62, the Hyalite Canyon South Road #620, and the East Fork Hyalite Road #6280. Included in the reconstruction are recreational enhancements such as additional parking and paving popular trailheads
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Upper portion of the Hyalite Canyon drainage which is about 10 miles south of Bozeman, Montana.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Gardiner Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Proposed Shooting Star Ranch Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/24/2017
Expected: 03/2018 09/2018 Sitka Pence
406-587-6985
sitkapence@fs.fed.us
Description: The US would convey 590 acres to Shooting Star Ranch (SSR) in 2 parcels adjacent to SSR lands. The US would acquire 583 acres of private land in the Slip & Slide (Rigler Ranch) area. These lands adjoin NFS land and Montana FWP land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48017
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Non-fed land: Sec 1,2,11,12: Parcels A-1, B-1, C-1 and E-1 of Cert of Survey No. 2168RB. Fed land: Sec 32: W1/2 & SE1/4. Sec 30: E1/2 SE1/4, S1/2 SW1/4 SE1/4, & S1/2 N1/2 SW1/4 SE1/4 Cinnabar Basin and Slip & Slide areas north of Gardiner, Montana.
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Paradise Range Recession
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2013
Est. Comment Period
02/2018
Expected: 07/2018 04/2019 Chauntelle Rock
406-222-1892
crock@fs.fed.us
Description: This is to study six open grazing allotments and determine if reauthorization of grazing is warranted
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41485
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Not Applicable Yellowstone Ranger District, south of I-90 each of Hwy. 89 S. Grazing allotments: Suce Cr C&H, 6-Mile Cr S. C&H, Mill Creek C&H, Pine Cr C&H, Elbow C&H
Miminagish Organization Camp
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/11/2012
Expected: 10/2018 12/2018 Nancy Taylor
775-752-3357
ntaylor02@fs.fed.us
Description: Master Plan development and conversion of obsolete Special Use Permit to current format for the Miminagish Organization Church Camp in the Main Boulder canyon, Yellowstone Ranger District
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38106
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T5S, R12E, Section 26 Main Boulder Road
Petrich Reciprocal Road Access
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/02/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 Kathryn Nash
406-587-6713
knash@fs.fed.us
Description: The Petrichs would construct a new road crossing a corner of National Forest System (NFS) lands for a distance of 100 feet in length x 50 feet wide to access private property. In exchange the Forest Service would receive administrative access to NF.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51090
Location: UNIT - Yellowstone Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T5S, R9E, Sec. 24 Yellowstone Ranger District near Elbow Creek
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