Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Butte Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Dillon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Jefferson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Madison Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Pintler Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Wisdom Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Wise River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail: Miner-Berry-Goldstone
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/29/2008 
Expected:01/2011
 
06/2011 Nathan Gassmann
406-832-3178
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of new trail and reconstruction of existing trail, about 18 miles total.
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District, Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Lemhi, Beaverhead. LEGAL - T6S, R17W; T7S, R16W. Approximately 10 miles southwest of Jackson, Montana along the Continental Divide mainly.
Mountain States Transmission Intertie
EIS
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Patty Bates
406-329-3979
pbates@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue easement to Northwestern Energy to construct and maintain a 500 KV electricity transmission line on National Forest System lands in Montana and Idaho. BLM is lead agency and Forest Service is cooperating agency.
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District, Jefferson Ranger District, Pintler Ranger District, Dubois Ranger District, Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Clark, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Silver Bow. Various locations depending upon the alternative route locations.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge 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
Insecticide Application in Recreation Sites Project, 2011
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:02/2011  05/2011 Bruce Schuelke
406-494-0241
bschuelke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Apply carbaryl, verbenone, and MCH to lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, whitebark pine (carbaryl and verbenone), and Douglas-fir (MCH) trees in recreation sites to prevent tree mortality from mountain pine and Doulgas-fir bark beetle attacks.
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, Powell, Silver Bow. Developed Sites Forestwide.
NRCS SnoTel Master Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Patty Bates
406-329-3521
pbates@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue permit to NRCS State Office for existing hydrometerological data collection sites, as required by the National Memorandum of Understanding.
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson, Madison, Powell, Silver Bow. LEGAL - 24 sites, Legal Description available from Project Proponent. Existing SnoTel Sites on all Districts across the BDNF.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beaverhead SnoRiders Grooming Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/17/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
01/2011 Gordon Ash
406-683-3918
gash@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Dillon District Ranger is considering a proposal from the Beaverhead SnoRiders to authorize grooming of several existing roads and trails for snowmobile use. Routes are proposed in areas allocated to winter motorized use in the Forest Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34727
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District, Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Big Hole Divide – Upper Big Hole to Selway Mtn, and portions of Pole Cr, lower Hunter and Bull Creeks, upper Big Hole, upper Bloody Dick and Selway Divide, see map in Supporting Documents. Bighole and Pioneer landscapes; The south ends of West Big Hole Flats and West Face; and Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway and Selway- Saginaw management areas.
Dillon, Wisdom, Wise River Motor Vehicle Use Map
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:12/2011  01/2012 Laura Hudnell
406-683-3948
lhudnell@fs.fed.us 
Description: NEPA analysis for designating motorized use on the Dillon, Wisdom and Wise River RD of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF.
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District, Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow. LEGAL - T4-1N and T1-16 S, R7-19W. On the Dillon, Wisdom and Wise River RD of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF.
Fleecer Mountains Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/27/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
09/2011 Janet Krivacek
406-494-0250
jkrivacek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage dead and dying lodgepole pine on approx. 1,100 acres, thin douglas fir stands on approx 590 acres, pre-commercial thin second growth stands on approx. 1,345 acres, and aspen restoration on 115 acres, various aquatic and road improvements
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32751
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District, Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Deer Lodge, Silver Bow. LEGAL - T.1N., R. 9,10,11 and 12 W.; T.2 N., R. 9,10,11 and 12 W.; T.3 N., R.9.10.11, and 12 W. Fleecer Mountains Landscape.
North Butte Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/02/2004
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Gary Howard
406-494-0228
gehoward@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposed land exchange will be reconfigured and reappraised in a form of equal value for equal value.
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District, Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson, Silver Bow. LEGAL - Federal land is located in T3N,R8W;T4N,R8W;T4N,R7W. The federal land is located about 5 miles north of Butte, and the non-federal land is located in the Boulder Mountains around Delmoe Lake.
Pionieer Mountains Snowmobile Map Update
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Noelle Meier
435-865-3225
nmeier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Produce a map to show groomed snowmobile trails in the Pioneer Mountains. Udate will include 2 groomed trails over Forest System Roads 181 and 381 and the Eunice Creek Trail #1157. The roads and trail are in winter motorized allocations.
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District, Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. Pioneer Landscape on Dillon, Wisdom, and Wise River Districts.
Trapper Creek Vegetation Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/10/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Cheryl Martin
406-287-3223
cmartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed treatments would occur on about 3400 acres in aspen, mountain mahogany, and sagebrush/grass park areas. Treatment includes cutting of the colonizing conifers in these areas, then burning or lopping and scattering slash.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/bdnf/projects
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District, Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T. 1 S., 2 S., 3 S.; R. 10 W., 11 W. East Pioneer Mountains about 10 miles southeast of Wise River, MT.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Butte Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Maud S Canyon Trail No. 815
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
06/2011 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate and construct 2 miles of trail on the upper portion of trail 815 to connect with the CDNST and obliterate the old trail tread.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33386
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T 2 N, R 7 W. sec. 27 and 34. East of I-90 at the Continental Drive Interchange. The project extends from the Maud S Canyon Trailhead east to the top of the Continental Divide where it meets with the newly constructed CDNST.
Moulton Ski Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/25/2008 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Janet Krivacek
406-494-2147
jkrivacek@fs.fed.us 
Description: reroute approximately 1,100 feet of the Neversweat trail with a new route approximately the same distance that would be cleared and groomed for cross country skiing. The trail would be cleared 10 in width to accommodate the snowmobile groomer.
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T4N, R7W. sec. 19. Moulton Ski Area, approximately 5 miles north of Butte in the Moulton Reservoir.
North Butte Salvage and Aquatic Improvements
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
Completed  Actual: 10/08/2010  12/2010 David Fletcher
406-494-0235
dfletcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage of dead and dying lodgepole pine on about 400 acres with several aquatic projects to improve habitat conditions for westslope cutthroat trout.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/bdnf/projects
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T4N, R8W, Sections 3, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 24, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35 & T4N, R7W, Section 18. located approximately 7 miles north of Butte, Montana.
Northwest Energy Power Pole Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010  10/2010 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Poposal to replace powerline poles in the Roosevelt Drive to Highland Trailhead area on the Butte Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T. 1 N., R 7 W., sec 8, 17, 18, 19, 30. Upper Clarkfork Landscape, Backyard Butte and Basin Creek Management Areas.
Thompson Park Road Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintenance on unclassified road to allow for temporary use for access to the Milwaukee RR trestle as part of the Thompson Park Rehabilitation Project
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T1N, R7W, secs. 2 and 11. Upper Clark Fork Landscape, Backyard Butte Management Area.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Dillon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Mountain Aspen and Mountain Mahogany Release
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/17/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
06/2011 Brian Anderson
406-682-4253
beanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is proposed to Improve health and viability of aspen clones and mountain mahogany by removing colonizing conifers on 415 acres with 17 quaking aspen treatment units from 3 to 76 acres and one 106 acre mountain mahogany unit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34196
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T 23 N, R11W, Sections 10, 15, 16, 21, and 22. East Face Management Area, Pioneer Landscape.
Crystal Park Withdrawal Addition
EA
- Recreation management
- Minerals and Geology 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Reyer Rens
406-683-3961
rrens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Withrdrawal of 390 additional acres adjacent to the Crystal Park Area, from location and entry under the United States mining laws, subject to valid existing rights.
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Township 4 South, Range 12 West, sec 8 E1/2,SE1/4; sec 9 SW1/4, sec 16 NW 1/4, sec 17 NENE. approximately 30 miles northwest of Dillon.
Deadman Lake / Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/26/2009 
Expected:08/2010
 
09/2010 Gordon Ash
406-683-3918
gash@fs.fed.us 
Description: West of the lake, construct and reestablish apx 3/4 mile of trail from 20% to an 8 to 12 % grade using switchbacks and climbing turns. The same is planned east of the lake for 3 1/2 miles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33389
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Western portion: T 13 N R 30 S Sec 13, Eastern portion: T 13 N R 31 S Sec 16-17. Lima Peaks Management Area. South of Dillon, West of Interestate 15.
Idaho Dream - Huxtabel/Phillips Plan of Operations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/01/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is to dig 6 to 10 test pits, approximately10 feet long, down to bedrock using a backhoe. The project will take about a week and prosepector will reclaim each hole after samples are taken.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34046
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T5S, R11W, Sec36; T6S, R11W, Sec1. Pioneer Landscape, Torrey Mountain Recommended Wilderness Management Area.
Lima Tendoy AMP Revisions
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/28/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Laura Hudnell
406.683.3948
lhudnell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of grazing allotment management plans on the Dillon Ranger District
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29118
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T8S-R12S, R13W-R15W. West and Southwest of Dillon MT.
Spanish Lode Well and Road
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/02/2010
11/09/2010 
12/2010 Thomas Osen
406-683-3988
tosen@fs.fed.us 
Description: This action would permit a road and well to services a private residence on a patented claim.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33390
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - PMM, MT. T6S, R11W, Section 24. Pioneer Landscape, East Face Management Area.
Work Project Plan of Operations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/04/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mr Tilley proposes 3 trenches for mining exploration. Trenches will be 10ft wide by 20ft deep and up to 60ft long. Only one trench will be open at a time and will be rehabilitated at the end of the project.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34792
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T5S, R10W, Sec 31SW. Pioneer Landscape, East Face Management Area.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Jefferson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Homestake Pass Salvage and Restoration
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/17/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Brent Lignell
main 406-494-2147, direct 406-494-0238
blignell02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage dead and dying lodgepole pine affected by mountain pine beetle on about 257 acres; maintain grass/shrub/aspen communities by slashing/burning encroaching conifers on about 593 acres; Lion Gulch riparian habitat and stream channel restoration
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/bdnf/projects
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T2N, R6W, Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19 and 20, and T2N, R7W, Sections 1, 12, and 13. Homestake Pass, approximately 5 miles southeast of Butte, Montana.
Homestake Trail #7071 Relocation
CE
- Heritage resource management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2010 
Expected:09/2010
 
11/2010 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to relocate two segments of Homestake Trail #7071 in the Whitetail-Pipestone Area move it off of the the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Tracks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33521
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T2N, R6W, Sections 17 and 18. Upper Clark Fork Landscapae, Pipestone Management Area.
Howard Private Road Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/09/2009 
Expected:11/2010
 
02/2011 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Gary and Sharon Howard have applied for a private road special use authorization to construct approximatel 150 yards of road from the Toll Mountain Road across NFS lands to their private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33497
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T1N, R6W, Section 9. Backyard Butte Management Area.
Overland-Cataract Trail Relocatoin
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010  06/2011 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project would relocate Overland Trail #7069 out of the current location in the drainage to meet design standards and reduce impacts to the creek.
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T. 7 N., R 5 W.sec. 4, 8. 17. Upper Clark Fork Landscape, Basin Cataract Management Area.
Rader Creek Road Winter Bypass
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/06/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
12/2010 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: A portion of Rader Creek Road will be seasonally closed to vehicles and used as a cross country ski trail. A 3500 foot winter bypass for only ATV and snowmobile use will be designated around that portion. This includes 200 feet of new trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34330
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T2N, R6W, Sections 20 & 29. Jefferson River Landscape, Pipestone Management Area.
Rocky Canyon Collection Tray and Pipeline
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/03/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
05/2011 Robert McCray
406-287-3223
rlmccray@fs.fed.us 
Description: The BLM proposes to bury 900’ of 1 ½” plastic pipe between the water source in Section 34 and a new water tank on the BLM in Section 4. Approximately 500’ of pipeline will be bured on National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33514
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T5N, R4W, Sec 33 and T4N, R4W, Sec 4. Jefferson River Landscape –Bull Mountains Management Area.
Seeded Pasture Pipeline Extention
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/03/2010 
Expected:09/2010
 
10/2010 Robert McCray
406-287-3223
rlmccray@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to bury 1600’ of 1 ½” plastic pipe, from the existing water tank in Section 6 to a new water tank located on BLM ground in Section 7. Approximately 1200’ of the pipeline is located on National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33504
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T2N R5W Sec. 6 and 7. Jefferson Landscape: Whitetail and Pipestone Management Areas.
Spring Creek Trail #7093 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010  10/2010 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal would relocate approximately 2,500 feet of Spring Creek Trail no. 7093 from private land to National Forest. Approximately 2300 feet of new trail would be constructed on National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33505
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T3N, R5W, Sections 10 and 15. Jefferson Landscape: Whitetail and Pipestone Management Areas.
Tebay Pasture Pipeline Extension
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/03/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Robert McCray
406-287-3223
rlmccray@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal would bury 3000’ of 1 ½” plastic pipe from the existing water tank (Section 15) to a new water tank on BLM land (Section 14). Approximately a 2800' of pipeline would be buried on National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33509
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T2N, R6W, Sections 14 and 15. Jefferson Landscape: Whitetail and Pipestone Management Areas.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Madison Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baldwin Parks Trail Development & Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Jonathan Klein
406-682-4253
jklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal will provide a separate non-motorized loop opportunity starting near the Baldwin Park Trailhead, a route will be marked from the Baldwin Park Trail #6424 to an old abandoned trail on the north side of North Meadow Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34214
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T3S, R2W, Sec 31; T4S, R2W, Sec 6; T4S, R3W, Sec 1. Tobacco Root Peaks and Meadow Creek Management Areas.
Cherry/Morgan and Buck's Nest Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Jonathan Klein
406-682-4253
jklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is to reroute sections of three ATV Trails in order to reduce grades, improve trail utility, enhance public safety, and reduce resource impacts associated with poor drainage on steep slopes causing rutting and erosion.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34215
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Cherry Creek - T9S, R2W, Sec 4 / Morgan Gulch - T8S, R2W, Sec 34 / Buck’s Nest - T9S, R1W, Sec 33. Cherry/Morgan MA is Wigwam-Cherry and Buck’sNest MA is Wall Creek Management Areas.
Crow Creek Hardened Crossing
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
07/2011 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install grade control structures on each side of an exising creek crossing. Lower the banks to a 1:4 grade and spread cobble and gravel on the approaches to stabilize soil. Install a jackleg fence to keep cows from walking up or down the creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34185
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T12S, R4W, Section 35. Centennial Foothills Managment Area in Gravelly Landscape.
Crow Creek Pipeline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
07/2011 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a headbox and 1.5 inch pipeline to two water troughs located on ridges in the Pole Long Creek C&H Allotment to water the cattle away from the creek in order to reduce impacts
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34184
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T 12S, R 4W, Sec(s) SW1/4 Sec 27. Red Rock River Watershed in the Snowcrest Recommended Wilderness.
East Fork Blacktail Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Jonathan Klein
406-682-4253
jklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is to reroute overly steep sections of trail in order to reduce erosion, improve trail safety, and utility. The project will relocate and construct approximately four miles of trail to replace approximately three
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34712
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T11S, R5W, Section(s)35 (BLM), T12S, R5W, Section(s)2 & 1, T 11S, R4W, Section(s)31, 30, 29, 32, 4, 17, 16 & 19. Gravelly Landscape, Snowcrest Mountain Recommended Wilderness Management Area.
Goodrich Plan of Operation
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to remove old ore dumps from a variety of mineral claims on National Forest System lands. Material will be hauled off the sites in 6-10 yard dump trucks to a staging area on private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33400
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T3S, R5W, Sec. 22 and PB 43. Tobacco Root Landscape, Wisconsin Creek Management Area.
Hogback Pipeline and Fence
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
07/2011 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a headbox on a spring in the Hogback Pasture of the Snowcrest Creek C&H allotment. Bury the pipline approximately 1/2 mile to the west to an existing trough and fence the spring out with barbed wire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34186
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T10S, R4W, Sec 32. Snowcrest Recommended Wilderness Management Area in the Gravelly Landscape.
Lone Butte Hardened Crossing
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
07/2011 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install grade control structures on each side of an existing crossing. Lower banks to a 1:4 grade and spread cobble and gravel on the approaches to stabilize the soil. Install a jackleg fence to keep cattle moving up or down the creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34188
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T12S, R3W, Sec 32. Centennial Foothills Managment Area in Gravelly Landscape.
Madison Motor Vehicle Use Map
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/10/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
03/2011 Laura Hudnell
406-683-3948
lhudnell@fs.fed.us 
Description: NEPA analysis for the designation of motorized use on the Madison RD of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21515
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. Entire Madison Ranger District.
Madison Ranger District 2011 Aspen Release
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Tom Roerick
406-682-4253
troerick@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes treatment of 507 acres of conifer encroachment to improve health and viability of aspen clones comprising 21 units of 2 to 56 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34720
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - multiple legal descriptions, see map under Supporting Documents. Gravelly Landscape, Antelope Basin, Chain of Lakes, Upper Ruby, West Fork Madison, Mill Creek Corridor, Ramshorn management areas.
Potosi Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/21/2010  09/2010 Jonathan Klein
406-682-4253
jklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will relocate apx 5,000 ft of Potosi Trail #6303 on five segments which are steep and trenched from erosion. Some of the trail will be restored to the original tread.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33399
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T3S, R3W, Section(s) 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14. Tobacco Root Landscape, South Willow Corridor and Tobacco Root Peaks Management Areas.
Smuggler Mine Plan Of Operation
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 10/06/2010  04/2011 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approves an ammended plan of operations to establish a new portal to access the old mine workings and complete bulk sampling. This is the next step in the development of the mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29566
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T4S, R4W, Section 13. Mill Creek Drainage in Tobacco Root Mountains West of Sheridan.
Wall Creek / Hyde Creek Pipelines
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Kevin Suzuki
406-682-4253
ksuzuki@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of two 1.25 inch livestock pipelines and troughs. The Wall Creek Pipeline Extension is .5 miles long off an existing pipeline. Hyde Creek Pipeline extends 0.1 mile from a spring.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33397
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T10S, R1W, Sec. 7 and T9S, R1W, Sec. 32. Gravelly Landscape, Wall Creek Management Area.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Pintler Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Deer Lodge Valley Landscape Restoration Management
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/05/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
12/2011 Brent Lignell
406-494-2147
blignell02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore Terrestrial and aquatic conditions, respond to 2008 landscape assessment, capture economic value of dead/dying trees.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25807
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Deer Lodge. In Southwest Montana, bounded by the Clark Fork River along I-90 on the west and the continental divide on the east.
Flint Foothills Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/02/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
07/2012 Charlene Bucha Gentry
406 859-3211
CGentry@fs.fed.us 
Description: 1) Salvage beetle dead and dying lodgepole pine 2) Commercial thin ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir 3) Use prescribed fire in high elevation stands to promote whitebark pine 4) Pre-commercial thin young stands
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33238
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Deer Lodge, Silver Bow. Flint Foothills and Flint Uplands Management Areas located south of Interstate 90 between Drummond and Deer Lodge.
Ross Fork/Bitterroot Divide Trails (Ross Fork II)
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 11/21/2010  06/2011 Jenni Blake
208-727-5005
jblake01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal would rehabilitate or relocate the Ross Fork Trail from aboutl 1 mi east of Fox Creek to Abundance Saddle. It would also relocate the Bitterroot Divide trail from Abunance Saddle to the Rooster Comb Saddle.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33415
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T4N, R17W, Sections 20, 29, 30 & 31 and T3N, R18W, Sections 1 & 2. Ross Fork Tributary of Rock Creek in Ross Fork and Sapphire Wilderness Study Managment Areas in the Upper Rock Creek Landscape.
Wisner Placer Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2010 
Expected:08/2010  09/2010 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proponent proposes to excavate 11 test trenches to bedrock to test for valuable minerals. Trenches will be 50 ft wid X 75 ft long.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32393
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T8N, R12W, Section 1. Master Mine Area.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Wisdom Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hausman Mine Exploratrion Plan of Operation (renewed)
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/10/2010  11/2010 Kevin Greenwood
406-689-3243
kgreenwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew an expired Plan of Operationsfor a small-scale lode exploration program where an existing mine adit would be reopened using hand tools such as picks and shovels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33420
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T 1 N, R 16 W, Sec 22, SW ¼. Anaconda-Pintler Recommended Wilderness Additions - Plimpton Creek.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Wise River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Complete Fly Fisher Outfitter-Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  05/2011 John Ericson
406-832-3178
jericson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Transfer a temporary permits to a Transitional Permit for up to 2 years. If performance is satisfactory, a Prioirty permit may be issued for 8 years. No changes are proposed for this Transitional permit
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Jerry Creek and Keystone Gulch Drainages. Pioneer Landscape, Quartz Hill Management Area, Big Hole Landscape, South Fleecer Management Area.
Gold Creek Trail Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:02/2011  07/2011 Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate 2 miles of trail and restore 4 miles of existing trail along Gold Creek in the East Pioneers to meet the needs of hikers and stock users. Work includes rolling dips, switchbacks climbing turns, signs and rock blasting.
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T3S R12W S3. Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway and Torrey Mountain Recommended Wilderness Management Areas in Pioneer Landscape.
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