Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Bitterroot 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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest,  Darby Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest,  Stevensville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest,  Sula Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest,  West Fork 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

           *NEW LISTING*
- 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.
Back To Top

Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Horse Creek Outfitters (Rick Trusnevic) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a priority outfitter guide permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District, West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho, Lemhi. LEGAL - T25N, R17E, Sec. 19, T25N, R15E, Sec. 25,T26N, R14E, Sec. 36, T26N, R16E, Sec. 35, T25N, R15E, Sec 29, T25N, R14E, Sec. 22, T24N, R14E, Sec. 13, T25N, R14E, Sec. 16. The project area is an existing permit area in portions of the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness on the Bitterroot & Salmon - Challis National Forests.
Back To Top

R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Forest Plan Revision, Lolo, Bitterroot and Flathead National Forests
EIS
- Land management planning  On Hold  N/A  N/A Beverly Yelczyn
406-363-7151
byelczyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Plan Revision
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/wmpz/
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units, Flathead National Forest All Units, Lolo National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Granite, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders. Western Montana.
Three Rivers Rafting (Martin Smith) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a priority outfitter guide permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - Moose Creek Ranger District, West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T1N R14E, T2N R13 E, T3N R13E, T4N R13E, T4N R12E, T4N R11E, T4N R10E, T3N R10E, T3N R9E, T3N R8E. The project area is an existing permit area in portions of the Selway - Bitterroot Wilderness on the West Fork RD of the Bitterroot NF and the Moose Creek RD of the Nez Perce National Forest.
Back To Top

Bitterroot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bitterroot Adventures (Brent Nelson) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a temporary outfitter and guide permit as a priority permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T7N R19W, T6N R19W, T5N R19W, T4N R19WT4N R20W, T3N R20W, T3N R19W, T3N R21W, T3N R22W, T2N R21W, T2N R22W, T1N R20W, T1N R21W, T1S R20W, T1S R21W, T1S R22W. The project area is an existing permit area on the Bitterroot National Forest.
Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Planning
EIS
- Recreation management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/07/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Chris Fox
406-777-5461 x7415
cfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: This effort will result in clear standardized designations of where motorized recreation is appropriate, sustainable and desirable on the Bitterroot National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/bitterroot/projects/motorized_rec.shtml
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Region 1, Bitterroot National Forest.
Canyon Lake Dam Access for Emergency Repairs 2010
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/06/2010  09/2010 Elizabeth Ballard
406-777-7421
eballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Canyon Creek Irrigation District's (CCID) proposal to access Canyon Lake dam in late September 2010 in order to perform emergency repair of a sinkhole, which was caused by a piping failure in the dam.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T6N, R22W, SE1/4 Sec. 27, PMM, Ravalli County, Montana. The proposed project is located approximately 8 air miles east of Hamilton, Montana, on trail No. 525 in the Canyon Creek drainage in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Recreation Site Mountain Pine Beetle Silvicutural Treatment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:06/2011  09/2011 Joe Butsick
406-375-2607
jbutsick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove infested trees and improve the health of the remaining trees in the campground.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Project area includes all developed forest recreation site.
Skalkaho Lodge (John Rose) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a temporary permit as a priority permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Forest-wide in Montana. The project area is an existing permit area on all Ranger Districts of the Bitterroot National Forest.
Back To Top

Bitterroot National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aquatic Organism Passage at Stevensville and Darby R.D. Culverts
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/25/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
05/2011 Robert Brassfield
406-777-7425
rbrassfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to allow aquatic organisms (fish, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates) year-round passage where roads cross streams.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District, Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. 15 Culverts on the Darby R.D. and 15 on the Stevensville R.D. 29 of the 30 existing culvert barriers covered in this analysis are in the Sapphire Range.
Martin Sleeping Child Watershed Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Marilyn Wildey
406-363-7101
mwildey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project includes a range of activities including decompaction, recontouring and revegetation of unneeded roads. Implementation of will help reduce sediment sources in watersheds with sediment TMDLs, improve soil productivity and vegetative conditions
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30974
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District, Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Lodgepole T1N R18W S1;Swift T2N R17W S31, T2N R18W S36; Bertie Lord T2N R17W S 9,10,11,34;Cameron T2N R18W S 5,32,33;Martin T2N R18W S 2,3;T3N R18W S 21,22,27,28,34,25;Sleeping Child T3N R18W S 8,9,10. Martin, Sleeping Child, Bertie Lord, Swift and Lodgepole Creek drainages.
Back To Top

Bitterroot National Forest,   Darby Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Como Forest Health Protection (FHP) Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:08/2011  10/2011 Amy Veirs
406-363-7120
abveirs@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project would address immediate and long-term vegetation concerns resulting from the mountain pine beetle, reduce fire hazard, increase age and species diversity in forested stand, and protect the visual integrity of the recreation area
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - R22W,T4N - Sections 13, 24, 25 and 36; R21W, T4N - Sections 17, 18, 20, 21, 20, 28, 29, and 30. The proposed project is located on Forest Service lands on the Darby Ranger District. The project area is located north of Lake Como in the Lick Creek drainage.
Lick Creek/Lake Como Rx Maintenance & Boundary Fuels
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  09/2011 Jacquie Parks
406-821-4268
jmparks@fs.fed.us 
Description: To reduce hazardous fuels treatments on about 2000 - 2500 acres through thinning,slashing,piling and rx fire to lessen the impact of wildfire in a high use recreation area and adjacent private lands. Treatments would be non-commercial.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T4N R21W Sec 17,18,19,20,21,28,29,30 T4N R22W Sec 13,24,25,36 T3N R21W sec 5,6,7,8,18,17. Main area is south of Lost Horse Creek to South of Como Lake and east of SBW wilderness boundary;.
Reynolds Access
CE
- Land ownership management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Elizabeth Ballard
406-777-7421
eballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Darby Ranger District is proposing to authorize construction of a structure to allow vehicle passage across Little Sleeping Child Creek and approximately 100 feet of single lane road on Forest Service land, to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T4N R20W NW1/4Section 16. Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District, Little Sleeping Child Creek.
Rye Creek Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/06/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
05/2011 Roylene Gaul
406-363-7157
rgaul@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Darby Ranger District proposes to exchange approximately 1,935 acres of Federal lands for approximately 1,920 acres of non-Federal lands in scattered parcels within the Rye Creek drainage in the Sapphire Mountains, east of Darby, Montana.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32298
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - FS would exchange: T3N,R20E - half of Sec. 9,Sec. 4, and either Sec. 10 or Sec. 28 (located in T4N, R20E);T4N,R20E-half of Sec. 33. FS would acquire:T3N,R20E Sec.3, Sec. 11 and in T3N,R19E - Sec. 23. FS would exchange: T3N,R20E - half of Sec. 9,Sec. 4, and either Sec. 10 or Sec. 28 (located in T4N, R20E);T4N,R20E-half of Sec. 33. FS would acquire:T3N,R20E Sec.3, Sec. 11 and in T3N,R19E - Sec. 23.
Back To Top

Bitterroot National Forest,   Stevensville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ambrose Rock Community Collecting Area
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/24/2010  09/2010 Elizabeth Ballard
406-777-7421
eballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Stevensville Ranger District is proposing to allow the public to collect rocks in an area southwest of Ambrose Saddle. Use of this site is for small, non-commercial users. Rocks will be collected by hand only.
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T9N, R18W, Sec. 32. Stevensville Ranger District , 3.6 miles Southwest of Ambrose Saddle.
Big Creek Face Boundary & Maintenance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011  09/2011 Jacquie Parks
406-821-4268
jmparks@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of the project is to revisit areas that have been previously treated with a combination of thinning and prescribed burning to maintain or improve those current stands adjacent to the Forest Boundary
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T6N R21W Sec 4 (Mill Creek TH); T7N R21W Sec PB 37, PB38; T8N R21W Sec 3,10,11,15,21,22,P 28,29,PB 43, PB35. South of Mill Creek TH north along the Forest/private boundary to Silverthorn Creek/Larson Creek.
Fred Burr High Lake Dam Access for Repair Project 2011
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:05/2011  08/2011 Elizabeth Ballard
406-777-7421
eballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this proposal is to authorize adequate access to Fred Burr High Lake, Inc in order to to repair the existing unsafe ramp to the headgate and the log boom for the Fred Burr High Lake Lake dam, located in Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Township 7 North, Range 23 West, SW1/4 Section 25, Principle Meridian Montana, Ravalli County. Stevensville Ranger District, Bitterroot National Forest, Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, the upper end of Fred Burr Creek drainage, approximately 10 miles from the Fred Burr trailhead, on trail No. 38.
Larry Bass Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:06/2011  09/2011 Amy Veirs
406-363-7120
abveirs@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Stevensville Ranger District is proposing vegetation management activities in and around the Bass Creek Recreation Area to address mountain pine beetle concerns. The proposed treatments would aim to improve overall forest health in the area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33613
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - The project area is located in T 10 N, R 20W, sections 27, 28, 32 and 33 MM. The analysis area encompasses approximately 1200 acres in the Larry and Bass Creek drainages, in the Bitterroot mountain range, west of Stevensville, Montana.
Sweeney Fuel Reduction
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/02/2010  01/2011 Chris Fox
406-777-5461 x7415
cfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial thinning and prescribed burning on 140 acres to reduce the potential severity and impacts of wildfire and to create a forest more resilient to disturbance. Construction of approximately 0.5 miles of temporary road
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32649
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T 10N, R 20W, Sections 17, 20, and 21. Sweeney Creek drainage.
Three Saddle Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
03/2012 Amy Veirs
406-363-7120
abveirs@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes treament in the Threemile and Ambrose Creek watersheds to reduce tree densities in both young, regenerated and mature timber stands to improve forest growth while providing forest products, jobs & income to the local economy.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30964
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - The Three Saddle project area includes T10N, R18W, Sections 26, 35 and T9N, R18W, Sections 2, 3, 10, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, 32. The Three Saddle Project area is located at the northeast extent of the Bitterroot NF on the Stevensville RD. The project includes Bitterroot NF lands from Ambrose Saddle to Cinnabar Saddle.
Back To Top

Bitterroot National Forest,   Sula Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bitterroot House Log Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011  03/2011 Andrew Tasler
406-821-4279
atasler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Single tree selection harvest of dead trees for house logs
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T2N, R17W, Sections 11 and 12. Upper Lick Creek drainage on the Sula Ranger District.
Cameron Blue Ecoburn
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:05/2011  10/2011 Sara Grove
406-821-1251
sgrove@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning to reduce natural fuels while maintaining the historic fire return interval. Small tree thinning will occur within plantations and around residual trees.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T3N, R 18W, Sections 28-33, T2N, R18W, Sections 4-8, 18, 19 T2N, R19W, Sections 1, 12, 13, 24. Cameron Creek, Lyman Creek, Guide Saddle and Blue Mountain.
Nicole Ridge Camp Relocation
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/24/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate Nicole Ridge Camp from T1S, R20W, Sec. 27 to Section 26
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1S, R20W, Section 26. The proposed camp is south west of Lost Trail Ski Area on the Sula Ranger District.
Painted Rocks Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:02/2011  05/2011 David Fox
406-821-2331
dbfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuel reduction that will be accomplished by a combination of understory thinning to remove ladder fuels, and prescribed understory burning to reduce the density, quantity and arrangement of surface and ladder fuels.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T2S, R22W, Sec 16, 17, & 21, Ravalli County Montana. and located between PaintedThe project area is southwest of Pa Rocks Lake and Alta Campground (predominately in the lower reaches of Coal Creek).
Recreation Residence permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/18/2009 
Expected:12/2010
 
12/2010 Kaye Olpin
406-821-4252
kolpin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of existing 6 recreation residence special use permits within the Warm Springs tract
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - SW1/4 sect 12 T1N R20W. Warm Springs Creek, Sula Ranger District.
Ski Area Veg Management
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2010 
Expected:10/2010  01/2011 Lee McAlpine
(406) 821-2324
lmcalpine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of small diameter trees at the Lost Trail Ski Area to provide some defensible space around the existing infrastructure and improve tree vigor to reduce mountain pine beetle impacts.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1S, R21E, Sections 33, 34 T2S, R 21E Sections 3 & 4. Lost Trail Ski Area.
Spring Gulch Campground accessible trail
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kaye Olpin
406-821-4252
kolpin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue accessible trail south of campground, repair existing trail and fishing platform
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Sec 1 T1N R20W. Spring Gulch Campground, Sula Ranger district.
Sula District Fish Culvert Replacements
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/22/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
08/2011 Ruth Wooding
208-774-3011
rwooding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace 17 fish barrier culverts on the Sula Ranger District with fish-passable structures. The new structures could be bridges, open-bottomed arches, or larger culverts, depending on need and costs. Removal of culverts may occur on closed roads.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Cameron, Camp, Laird, Martin, Moose, Needle, and Tepee Creek drainages on the Sula Ranger District.
Sula Peak/East Fork Grazing EA
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/13/2010 
Expected:09/2010
 
06/2011 Gilbert Gale
406-821-2318
ggale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Range analysis for the reissuance of the Sula Peak and East Fork Grazing allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29424
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - R20W T1N, T2N; R19W, R20W T2N, T3N. Sula Peak and Jennings Camp Creek up East Fork.
Tepee Face Ecoburn
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  12/2010 David Fox
406-821-2331
dbfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce natural fuels and reintroduce fire to the landscape through the use of prescribed fire and small tree thinning.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T2N, R17W Sections 7-9, 16-19 T2N R18W Sections 10-15 & 24. Tepee Point, in between Bertie Lord Creek and Martin Creek.
West Tolan Ecoburn
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  12/2010 David Fox
406-821-2331
dbfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce natural fuels and reintroduce fire to the landscape through the use of prescribed fire and small tree thinning.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1N, R19W Sections 13-15, 23-26, 30, 35-36. Between Reimal Creek and Tolan Creek.
Back To Top

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

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Block Wood Ecoburn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 08/02/2010  09/2010 David Fox
406-821-2331
dbfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce natural fuels and reintroduce fire to the landscape through the use of prescribed fire.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T3S, R22W Sections 16-21 T3S, R 23W Sections 23, 26, 27 & PB 43 & 44. The project location is in the Woods Creek area approximately 10 miles SSW from Painted Rocks Reservoir.
Circle KBL (Scott Boulanger) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a priority outfitter guide permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Sec. 23, T1N, R21W, PPM, Sec. 12, T1S, R21W, PPM, Sec. 29, T1N, R20W, PPM, Sec. 06, T1N, R20W, PPM, Sec. 15, T1S, R21W, PPM, Sec. 09, T1S, R21W, PPM, Sec. 12, T2N, R23W, PPM. The project area is existing permit area on the West Fork and Darby Ranger Districts of the Bitterroot National Forest.
Eagle Point Camp Location
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal for new camp in T29N, R13E, Section 17
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T29N, R13E, Section 17. Eagle Point.
Indian Creek Trail #32 Relocations
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:05/2011  07/2011 Nick Hazelbaker
406-821-1218
nhazelbaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Three relocations to reduce excessive pitches out of side stream fords. One relocation to straighten a trail sag and a ford approach hardening project.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T28N, R15E, Sections 7&8. Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness north of Magruder Corridor Road and near junction of Scimitar & Indian Creek trails.
Julius Foster Mining Claim
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 07/15/2010  07/2010 Elizabeth Ballard
406-777-7421
eballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Julius Foster Mining Claim, Hughes creek area
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T3S, R22W, Sec. 2, NW 1/4. Location is on the West Fork Ranger District, above road 9630, Hughes Creek.
Lower West Fork Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/28/2010  09/2010 Sara Grove
406-821-1251
sgrove@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management to reduce fuels and improve forest health-diversity through commercial contract and prescribed fire. Additional projects may include forest pre-commercial thinning; road decommissioning; fisheries passage improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18902
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - sect 27-36-T2N, R21W; sect 5-8, 17-20, 29-32-T1N, R20W; sect 1-29, 34-36-T1N, R21W; sect 1, 12-15, 22-25-T1 N, R22W;sect 6-T1S, R20W; sect 1-4, 9-12, 14-16, 21, 22-T1S, R21W; Principal Meridian. The project location is about 7 to 15 miles southwest of Darby, Montana and includes National Forest Service lands on both sides of the west fork of the Bitterroot river.
Salmon Mountain Outfitters (Scott Boulanger) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a temporary outfitter guide permit as a priority permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Sec. 13, T27N, R14E, Sec. 36, T27N, R12E, Sec. 29, T27N, R14E, Sec. 08, T26N, R14E, Sec. 27, T27N, R14E, Sec. 15, T26N, R14E, Sec. 15, T26N, R12E, Sec. 31, T27N, R14E, Sec. 12, T27N, R12E. The project area is existing permit area in portions of the Frank Church - River of No Return and Selway - Bitterroot Wildernesses, Bitterroot & Salmon - Challis National Forests.
Selway River Bridge Replacement (Running Creek Bridge)
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:05/2011  07/2011 Nick Hazelbaker
406-821-1218
nhazelbaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to either remove existing bridge and replace with ford and foot log OR replace with a similar 70' log-stringer.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T30N, R13E, Section PB40. Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Running Creek.
Selway Wilderness Outfitters (Grace Iacono) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a priority outfitter guide permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Sec. 5, T29N, R13E, Sec. 30, T29N, R13E, Sec. 34, T30N, R13E, Sec. 6, T30N, R13E, Sec. 8, T30N, R13E, Sec. 31, T31N, R14E, Sec. 14, T30N, R13E. The project area is existing permit area in parts of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Bitterroot National Forest.
Soda Springs Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:05/2011  10/2011 Andrea Shortsleeve
406-821-1254
ashortsleeve@fs.fed.us 
Description: Small tree thinning and prescribed fire to improve winter range.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1N, R22W, Sections 28, 29, 31-33. Halford Creek & Soda Springs Area.
World Class Outfitting Adventures (Jason Clinkenbeard) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a priority outfitter guide permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Sec. 5, T28N, R14E, Sec. 18, T28N, R15E, Sec. 30, T29N, R15E, Sec. 29, T29N, R15E, Sec. 11, T28N, R15E, Sec. 35, T28N, R14E. The project area is an exiting permit area in portions of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Bitterroot National Forest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.