Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground. The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. Projects that are "Developing Proposal" or "Under Analysis" may have an opportunity for public collaboration and input on the proposed actions and the analysis being conducted.
09-10 Precommercial thinning
precommercial thinning of timber stands for health and vigor
2010 Ponderosa Pine Thinning
Thinning of 140 acres of ponderosa pine to increase vigor and make them less susceptible to mountain pine beetle attack.
2012 Special Use Permit Renewals
The Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts are reviewing 5 requests for renewals of existing special use permits.
2012 Special Use Permit Renewals
This project includes 5 requests for renewals of existing special use permits. Four of these requests provide access to private land across National Forest System Lands (NFSL). One request provides access across NFSL for the Montana FWP.
Salvage dead, dying, and high risk off-site ponderosa pine planted in 1958, and lodgepole pine over 43 acres to reduce the likelihood of severe mortality due to bark beetles. Less than 1 mile temporary road construction.
Bristow Area Restoration Project
Project includes timber harvest, prescribed burning, road BMP's, road decommissioining and storage, motorized access changes, temporary road construction, Forest Plan amendment for open road density in MA 12.
Brush Creek Fire Salvage
Recover economic value of fire-killed timber in a timely manner and contribute to long-term yield of forest products.
DNRC land exchange
Montana State DNRC and the Lolo NF will exchange land to consolidate ownership patterns for more efficient land/resource management and better legal access for agency administration and the public.
Kootenai River North Fuels Reduction Project
This project is designed to reduce fire hazard within the WUI north of Libby, Montana. Commercial and non-commercial treatments will be proposed including timber harvest, hand slashing and pile burning, and broadcast burning.
Lincoln Electric Cooperative Koocanusa Reservoir Underwater Line Replacement
Replacement of existing underwater cable system
Mariner's Haven SUP Renewal and Expansion
Construct improvements to marina including expanding the number of boat mooring slips from 75 to 120; increasing the number of parking spaces from 50 to 120; adding an "upper level" boat ramp, and developing a break water structure.
Marten Creek Timber Sales and Associated Activities
Timber harvest on approximately 1,860 acres, along with prescribed burning, road decommissioning, and watershed/fish habitat improvement.
Miller West Fisher
Includes vegetation management such as commercial timber harvest on 2,506 acres, access management changes, road storage and obliteration, prescribed fire on 3,148 acres, gravel pit reclamation or expansion, road BMP implementation, and trails work.
Non-Consumptive Recreational Special Use Permits
The Rexford Ranger District is reviewing a number of requests for issuing special use outfitter and guide permits for non-consumptive recreational uses by various institutional groups and individuals.
North End Special Use Outfitter and Guide
The Rexford and Fortine Districts have received requests for special use permits for nonconsumptive recreational uses. This includes rock climbing, kayaking/canoeing, bicycling, camping, and equestrian riding.
North Fork Bull River Non-motorized Trail Construction
Construct a new non-motorized trail to access the North Fork of the Bull River trail system from FSR#410. The original access was the former FSR #2722, which was washed out in 2007. This new trail would be located near the old roadway location.
North Fork Yaak Telephone Line
Installation of 8,900 feet of telephone line within right-of-way of NFS Rd. #5828 (North Fork Yaak), minimum of 30 inches depth.
Actvities include timber harvest, fuels reduction, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat improvement, pre-commercial thinning, access management changes, and watershed rehabilitation including road decommissioning. Supplemental EIS being prepared.
Pipestone Timber Sale and Restoration Project
This project authorizes timber harvest, prescribed burning, road decommissioning, road reconstruction and BMP's, motorized access changes, construction of a snowmobile trail, and private land access.
Prospect Hill Mineral Exploration/Prospect Hill Access
Mineral exploration Plan of Operation, and special use request for access. Includes opening a closed road, construction of approximately 1.5 miles of new road, and reopening two closed mine portals.
Rebuild of the Libby (FEC) to Troy Section of BPA's Libby to Bonners Ferry 115-kV Transmission Line
Issuance of an amended Special Use Authorization for the proposed rebuilding, operation, and maintenance of a 17-mile-long portion of Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) Libby to Bonners Ferry 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line.
Rexford and Fortine District 2010-2012 Precommercial Thinning
Precommercial thinning of conifers (wui and non-wui), including western white pine daylighting, mountain pine beetle thinning, wildlife habitat enhancement,lynx research thinning provisions
Rock Creek Gravel Pit
Sanders County Road Department has proposed to reopen and expand the existing Rock Creek Gravel pit. Total area of disturbance could be up to 4.5 acres. No commercial timber would be removed.
Rocky Pine Fuels Reduction
Hazardous fuels reduction on 1,530 acres utilizing harvest, excavator and hand piling, underburning and precommercial thinning.
Special Use Permit Renewals FY2011
various SUP renewals, various locations on district, to be completed in fiscal year 2010.
Project may include ecosystem burning, thinning, intermediate timber harvest, regeneration harvest, BMP improvements to roads and/or stream restoration.
Troy Mine 2011-2012 Exploration Drilling
Exploratory drilling is proposed on existing Forest roads. Drill sites are on the road surface and are approximately 100' long x 20' wide.
West Troy Fuels Reduction
Reduction of Fuels, Intermediate Timber Harvest, Prescribed Burning
Williams Plan of Operation - Vermilion River Mineral Exploration
Small mine operation. Project would approve exploration pits and require restoration by November 1, 2011.