Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
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, 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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
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 05/2011 
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
Mountain States Transmission Intertie
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/20/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
11/2011 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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dillon, Wisdom, Wise River Motor Vehicle Use Map
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:11/2012  02/2013 Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/25/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
03/2012 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 08/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
05/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=3379
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.
Roadside Hazard Tree Removal #5
CE
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 08/11/2011  10/2011 Cheryl Martin
406-287-3223
cmartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove dead, dying, or structurally unsound trees determined to pose a hazard along several system roads on the Wise River, Wisdom, and Dillon Ranger Districts. Method of removal will likely involve commercial timber sales.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35244
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District, Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow. LEGAL - T. 1 N., R. 15 W.; T. 1 N, R 13 W.; T. 2 N., R 12 W.; T 3 N., R 13 W.; T. 2 S., R. 12 W.; T. 3 S., R. 12 & 13 W.; T 4 S., R 12 W. Several roads in the Wise River, Big Hole River-Fishtrap, and Deep Creek watersheds.
Trapper Creek Vegetation Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/10/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
11/2011 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.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30894
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 I
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 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.
Maud S Canyon Trail II
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/20/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will reroute .55 of the 1.75 mile Maud S Canyon Trail onto National Forest Lands to provide a connection to a loop trail, reduce an unsafe grade, and prevent erosion. The East Ridge Foundation is a partner in the project.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34975
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T3N, R7W, Section 34. Upper Clark Fork Landscape, Backyard Butte Management Area.
North Butte Salvage and Aquatic Improvements
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/24/2010 
Expected:01/2012
Actual: 10/08/2010 
04/2012 Jan Bowey
406-842-5432
jbowey@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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25159
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 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 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.
Norton II Trail #95 Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/09/2011  08/2011 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would reroute 1.5 and reconstruct .5 miles of Norton Trail #95 from the terminus of Norton I to the forest boundary to move the trail away from the Creek and an unauthorized trail on private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36065
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T2N, R10W, Sec 1. Northeast Fleecer Management Area, Upper Clark Fork Landscape.
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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
Birch-Willow-Lost
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 07/2011 
Expected:07/2012  10/2012 Alex Dunn
406-683-3864
adunn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management and watershed improvement treatments to meet Forest Plan desired conditions including removing encroaching conifers in Sagebrush, Aspen, Mountain Mahogany, thinning Douglas-fir, regenerating Whitebark Pine, sediment reduction.
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. Birch, Willow, and Lost Creek Watersheds in the East Face Management Area of the Pioneer Landscape.
Black Mountain Aspen and Mountain Mahogany Release
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/17/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 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.
Deadman Lake / Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/12/2011  09/2011 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.
Lima Tendoy AMP Revisions
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/28/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 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.
Work Project Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
Apex Exploration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/09/2011  09/2011 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Based on geological indicators, 12 specific sites would be core drilled to determine if a mineral ore body exists. The results of this exploration would determine whether additional drilling, to define the ore body, would be needed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36692
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T7N, R5W, section 2. Approximately 8 miles west of Jefferson City, Montana in the Occidental Plateau area.
Coalpit Tr #7155 and BrownbackTr #7156 Trail Maintenance and Construction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/20/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project involves maintenance and construction to repair eroded sections of motorized trail on 8 miles of existing trail between Mill Canyon and Brownback Gulch Trailheads in the North Tobacco Root Mountains..
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36066
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T1S R4W Sec(s) 22, 23, 24, 27, 34 and T1S R3W Secs 19, 20. Brownback Management Area, Tobacco Root Landscape.
Highland Mine Road Use
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/16/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Butte Highlands JV of Butte, Montana has submitted a Plan of Operations to haul unprocessed ore from the Butte Highlands mine located on private land in T1N, R7W, section 31 to private land in T1N, R6W, section 29
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35069
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T1N, R7W, section 31 to private land in T1N, R6W, section 29. Highlands.
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 10/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25131
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:09/2011
 
10/2011 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:08/2011
 
10/2011 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.
Little Gem #1
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/18/2011  09/2011 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Russell Hage of Missoula, Montana has submitted a Plan of Operations to mine crystals on unpatented mining claims located in T2N, R6W, section 33, in the Radar Creek area approximately 11 miles northeast of Butte.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35011
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T2N, R6W, section 33. Pipestone Management Area of the Jefferson River Landscape.
Moose Creek Trail Maintenance and Construction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/20/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project involves maintenance and construction on approximately 3.6 miles of existing motorized use trail. New construction would replace eroded sections with steep grades, unsafe switchbacks and move the trail away from wet areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36067
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T1N R6W, Sections 5, 4, 8 and T2N R6W Sections 29, 31, 32. Pipestone Management Area, Jefferson River Landscape.
Seeded Pasture Pipeline Extention
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/03/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Robert McCray
406-287-3223
rlmccray@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to bury 1600’ of 1 ˝” 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 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:09/2011
 
10/2011 Robert McCray
406-287-3223
rlmccray@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal would bury 3000’ of 1 ˝” 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
2011 Aspen Release
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 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.
Aspen and Douglas-fir Resiliency Demonstration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
10/2011 Damian Lunetta
406-682-4253
dlunetta@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is for a multifaceted treatment to enhance aspen and large diameter Douglas-fir trees on the Cliff Lake Bench. area encompasses approximately 150 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34984
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T12S, R1E, Section 3. Gravelly Landscape, West Fork Madison Management Area.
Baldwin Parks Trail Development & Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/21/2011  09/2011 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.
California and Harris Creeks Stream Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal would repair stretches of Harris and California creeks damaged by ATVs & 4x4s with onsite native materials and hand scarification of rutted areas. Onsite material would be used to improve stream habitat condition in affected reaches.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34951
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T5S, R3W, Sections 4,5,7,and 8. Tobacco Roots Landscape, Ramshorn Management Area.
Cherry/Morgan and Buck's Nest Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/30/2011  08/2011 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.
Crockett Lake Whitebark Pine Demonstration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/15/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Paul Roose
406-682-4253
plroose@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is intended to remove all conifers and slash (except limber pine) from the understory in identified whitebark pine stands in order to reduce competition and increase sunlight so that the WBP reproduces fully and faster.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34987
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T9S, R2W,Section 5. Gravelly Landscape, Upper Ruby and Wigwam-Cherry Managment Areas.
Crow Creek Hardened Crossing
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 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.
East Fork Blacktail Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 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.
Lone Butte Hardened Crossing
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 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.
Meadow Creek Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
10/2011 Karen Gallogly
208-756-5103
kgallogly@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial thinning of Douglas-fir and salvage lodgepole pine on 300 acres of National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35871
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T.4S, R.2W., Sections 21,28, and 29. South Meadow Creek watershed on the east slope of the Tobacco Root Mtns., about 6 miles north of Ennis, MT.
Narrows Creek Flow Augmentation Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/12/2011  09/2011 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is proposed to enhance spawning and rearing habitat in Narrows Creek and an existing spring creek, by piping reservoir outlet flows about 2,800 feet down to critical spawning habitat. Some construction on the creek would be required.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34988
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T16N, R41E, Sec 29. Gravelly Landscape, Chain of Lakes Management Area.
Timber Creek. Aspen
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/16/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Damian Lunetta
406-682-4253
dlunetta@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes thinning non-merchantable trees in one unit of approximately 120 acres to improve health and viability of aspen clones by falling encroaching conifers. Debris will be hand piled and burned.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34992
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T9S, R3W, Section 2. Gravelly Landscape Upper Ruby Management Area.
Wall Creek / Hyde Creek Pipelines
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2010 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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
Christain #1 Minerals Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service received a Plan of Operation to explore for minerals on unpatented mining claims located in T8N, R12W, section 11 approximately 16 miles northwest of Deer Lodge, Montana in the Master Mine area.
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T8N, R12W, section 11. The proposed mineral exploration project is located within the Flint Foothills Management Area of the Clark Fork Flint Landscape and is consistent with the January 2009 Beaverhead-Deerlodge National F.
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 08/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
04/2012 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 Creek Campground Rehabilitation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/09/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
05/2013 Jenni Blake
406.859.3211
jblake01@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal includes redesign of campsites, replacement of all furniture, barriers, fire rings, and wooden valut toilets. Maintenance or repair of driving surfaces, relocation of some sites, and a new well with accessible hanpump are also included.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36779
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T6N, R14W, Sec. 36 and parts of Sections 26 and 35. Clark Fork Flint Landscape, Georgetown Lake Management Area.
Flint Foothills Vegetation Management Project
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/02/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
01/2013 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 low and mid-elevation mixed conifer stands to promote resiliency 4) Pre-commercial thin young stans
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.
Middle Fork Conifer Slashing
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/05/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
11/2011 Steven Gerdes
406-859-3211
sgerdes@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cut down and slash non-merchantable lodgeploe pine trees in areas where they are overtopping aspen across 250 acres. Most trees that will be cut are less than 6 inches in diameter at breast height.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34874
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T 4N, R15W, Section 18. Upper Rock Creek Landscape ,Middle Fork Rock Creek Management Area.
Silver King Allotment Water Development
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/18/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Cameron Rasor
406-859-3211
crasor@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to install a collection box at a spring source and pipe water to a 500 gallon livestock water trough via 500 to 700 feet of poly pipe 1.5 inches in diameter. The spring source would be fenced to protect it from trampling.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34929
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T9N, R14W Section 19 SW1/4. Clark Fork-Flints Landscape, John Long Management Area.
Smart Creek Exploration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/30/2011  09/2011 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Based on geological indicators, one specific site would be core drilled to determine if a mineral ore body exists. The results of this exploration would determine whether additional drilling, to define the ore body, would be needed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36693
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T8N, R13W, section 6. Approximately 10 miles north of Philipsburg, Montana.
Warm Springs Creek Culvert Replacements
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/05/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Steven Gerdes
406-859-3211
sgerdes@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace five undersized culverts with bridges, or larger culverts to allow upstream movement for all life stages of fish and other aquatic organisms and pass projected 100 year flood events.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34875
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Deer Lodge. LEGAL - T5N, R12W, Sections 18 and 19, and T6N, R12W, Sections 19 and 20. Clark Fork-Flints Landscape,Warm Springs Management 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
Chief Joesph Cross Country Ski Trail Hazard Tree Removal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/23/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
10/2012 Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove hazard trees over the course of 10 years, to reduce the risk posed to skiers and hikers on this trail system (over 7000 visitors annually) by commercial means if possible. Force account or service contracts will be employed otherwise.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36827
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Lemhi, Beaverhead, Ravalli. LEGAL - T 2S, R 19W, Sections 2, 3, 35, 36,. Trail Creek Management Area, Big Hole Landscape.
Chief Joesph Ski Trail Maintenance & Construction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/23/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project would re-shaping the existing road prism on the old log hauling routes used as ski trails and dig stumps on approximately 32 kilometers of cross country ski trails and construct a connector trail between Moose and Sentinel Meadow trails.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36828
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Lemhi, Beaverhead, Ravalli. LEGAL - T 2S, R 19W, Sections 2 and 3. Trail Creek Management Area, Big Hole Landscape, a small portion of the trails overlaps on the Bitterroot and Salmon/Challis National Forests.
Slag-a-melt Creek OHV Trail Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/23/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruct two and a half miles of OHV trail along Slag-a-melt Creek to All Terrain Vechicle Trail Class 3 standards.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36829
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T5S, R17W, Section 27. West Big Hole and West Big Hole Flats Management Areas, Big Hole Landscape.
Stone Lakes Trail Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/23/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruct 3.5 miles of the Stone Lakes Trail to meet Motorcycle Trail Class 2 standards.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36830
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T2S, R13W, Section 6. West Face and West Pioneer Wilderness Study Area Management Area , Pioneer Landscape.
West Big Hole Trails
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/23/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project to reconstruct sections of formerly motorized routes on 10.5 combined miles of trail in the Berry, Janke, Hamby, and Pioneer creek drainages (closed by the February 2010 Record of Decision) to Non-motorized Class 3 Trail standards.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36831
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T22N, R16W, Section 8. West Big Hole and West Big Hole Flats Management Area, Big Hole Landscape. Includes a portion of the West Big Hole Inventoried Roadless Area.
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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 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 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
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/19/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34197
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.
Mount Haggin Aspen Release
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
04/2012 Matthew Nelson
406-832-3178
mlnelson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to treat seven aspen units for a total of 160 acres to enhance the health and viability of aspen clones along the Lower Dry Creek road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36818
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Deer Lodge. LEGAL - T3W, R12N, Sections 29,31,32. Fishtrap-Mount Haggin Management Area in the Big Hole Landscape.
Sheep Creek OHV Trail Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/23/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruct four and one half miles of the Sheep Creek OHV Trail to the All Terrain Vehicle Trail Class 2 standard
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36826
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T2S, R12W, Sections 1, 6, 7, 8, 16, 17, and 21. Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway Management Area, Pioneer Landscape.
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