Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
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
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
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 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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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R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Accurate Outfitters 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - Missoula Ranger District, Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula, Ravalli. LEGAL - South Fork Lolo Transfer Camp - T11N, R22W, Sec 6, South Fork Lolo Camp - T10N, R22W, Sec 24; Kootenai Camp - T9N, R21W, Sec 7; Bass Lake Summer Camp - T10N, R22W, Sec 36. Bitterroot NF, Stevensville RD & Lolo NF, Missoula RD.
Forest Plan Revision, Lolo, Bitterroot and Flathead National Forests
EIS
- Land management planning  On Hold  N/A  N/A Barbara Beckes
406-329-3809
bbeckes@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.
SOAR Northwest River Company 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as a 10-year term
Location: UNIT - Moose Creek Ranger District, West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Selway River. Bitterroot NF, West Fork RD & Nez Perce NF, Moose Creek RD.
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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
2011 Carbaryl/Verbenone Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Lee McAlpine
(406) 821-2324
lmcalpine@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Bitterroot National Forest proposes to protect susceptible lodgepole and ponderosa pine trees against the mountain pine beetle in several campgrounds and administrative sites by applying a combination of carbaryl and verbenone.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34383
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Bitterroot National Forest Campgrounds and Admin Sites.
Bitterroot Environmental Awareness Resources (BEAR) 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as a 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Forest-wide. Forest-wide.
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 07/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=21183
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Region 1, Bitterroot National Forest.
Improving Forest Resilence to Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations in Campgrounds
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/22/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
04/2011 Joe Butsick
406-375-2607
jbutsick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Beetle infested trees will be removed in campgrounds on the Bitterroot National Forest. In addition live green trees will be removed to improve resistance of remaining trees to bettle attacks. Purpose is visitor safety and site preservation.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Forest-wide campgrounds.
Montana Outwest 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as a 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Montana forest-wide. Montana forest-wide.
Recreation Site Mountain Pine Beetle Silvicutural Treatment
CE
- 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.
Sierra Club 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as a 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Montana forest-wide. Montana forest-wide.
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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
Double Fork Ranch 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue exiisting permit as a 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District, Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Fox Peak Camp - T4N, R18W, Sec 11; Skalkaho Pass Camp - T6N, R18W, Sec 36; Fred Burr Camp - T7N, R22W, Sec 18; Mill Creek Camp - T7N,, R22W, Sec 32; Fred Burr Reservoir Camp - T7N, R22W, Sec 15. Stevensville and Darby RD.
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.
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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
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/09/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
08/2012 Sara Grove
406-821-3269
sgrove@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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33829
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.
Darby Lumber Lands Restoration and Travel Management
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:12/2011  05/2012 Ed Snook
406-363-7103
esnook@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road system management on acquired lands, including decomissioning and storage of roads, designation of OHV routes, and construction of OHV linking routes
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Upper Sleeping Child watershed, approximately 12 air miles East of Darby, on Darby Ranger District.
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 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  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;.
Lost Horse Lodge 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue exiisting permit as a 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T4N, R21W, Sec 17, 18, 19, 20. Lost Horse, Darby RD.
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 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 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.
Tamarack Dam Access for Installation of Early Warning System 2011
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/25/2011  05/2011 Elizabeth Ballard
406-777-7421
eballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize Trapper Peak Ranch adequate access to their dam, with terms and conditions, so that Trapper Peak Ranch may install an early warning device at the dam and reservoir in the spring of 2011
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35889
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Township 2 North, Range 22 West, NW1/4 Section 10, Principle Meridian Montana, Ravalli County. The Tamarack Dam facility is located on Bitterroot National Forest Lands within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Tamarack Dam is located in the upper end of Chaffin Creek drainage.
Tamarack Dam Access for Rehabilitation 2011
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/08/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
09/2011 Elizabeth Ballard
406-777-7421
eballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tamarack Dam owners (Trapper Peak Ranch, Steve and Jean Roth), are requesting use of mechanized transport (helicopter) for the Tamarack Dam rehabilitation. The Forest Service would authorize adequate access to allow for the rehabilitation work
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - NWSection 10, Township 2 North, Range 22W PM. The facility is located on Bitterroot National Forest Lands, on the Darby Ranger District, within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
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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
Big Creek Face Boundary & Maintenance
CE
- 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.
Big Creek Trail #11 Ford Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/02/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trail #11 reconstruction of Big Creek ford.
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T8N, R22W, NE Section 1. Four miles up Big Creek Trail #11.
Circle KBL Outfitter Temporary Camp Locations
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of two camp locations on the Stevensville Ranger District for hunting seasons 2011-2012
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - 1 in NWSE Sec PB 42, T7N, R19W and 3 in T7N, R19W: Balsam Spring area, NWNW Sec PB 46, Gleason Lake in SENW Section 6 and Upper Signal Creek in SWNW Section 4. In the WIllow Mountain area of the Stevensville Ranger District.
Fred Burr High Lake Dam Access for Repair Project 2011
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/05/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33828
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
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
09/2011 Sara Grove
907-784-3359
sgrove@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.
Montana Hunting & Fishing Outfitters 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as a 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - South Fork Bear Creek Camp – T7N, R22W, Sec 2; North Fork Bear Creek Camp – T8N, R22W, Section 34; Middle Ork Bear Creek Camp – T8N, R21W, Sec32, Bryan Lake – T8N, R22W, Sec 29, Sky Pilot Alternate Ca. Stevensville RD.
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 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
03/2012 Amy Veirs
406-363-7120
abveirs@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes treatment 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.
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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
- Forest products  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
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.
Indian Summer Outfitter Temporary Camp Location
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of camp location in NE1/2SW1/4 Section 5, T3N, R17W for hunting seasons 2011-2012.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - NE1/2SW1/4 Section 5, T3N, R17W. Upper Moose Creek on the Sula Ranger District.
Lost Trail Chair 4 Thinning Project
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/13/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 David Fox
406-821-2331
dbfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of small diameter trees at the Lost Trail Ski Area to reduce future mountain pine beetle and wildfire 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.
Painted Rocks Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 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).
Porcupine Creek Trail #205 Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/02/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
08/2012 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of Trail #205 1/4 mile past the Two Good Cabin on Sula Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1S, R20W, NE Section 15. 1/4 mile past the Two Good Cabin on Sula Ranger District.
Recreation Residence permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/18/2009 
Expected:01/2011
 
01/2011 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.
Sula District Fish Culverts
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 05/09/2011  08/2011 Ruth Wooding
406-821-3201
rwooding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace 15 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30826
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - . Cameron, Camp, Laird, Martin, Moose, Needle Creek drainages on the Sula Ranger District.
Tepee Face Ecoburn
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/23/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 David Fox
406-821-2331
dbfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce natural fuel accumulations, reintroduce fire to the landscape and improve big game forage through the use of prescribed fire and small tree thinning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32881
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  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/23/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 David Fox
406-821-2331
dbfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce natural fuel accumulations, reintroduce fire to the landscape and improve big game habitat through the use of prescribed fire and small tree thinning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32878
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.
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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
All Rivers Shuttles 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Starting at Little West Fork Snowmobile Trailhead in T1S, R22W, SWSW Sec 34 and ending at Paradise Campground in T1N, R14E, NWSW Sec 9. Forest Service Roads # 468 & #6223 on the West Fork Ranger District.
Bitterroot Taxi 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Multiple. Bitterroot National Forest Roads.
Bonds Shuttle Service 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Haley Chute: T2N, R21W, Sec 26, Applebury Landing: T1N, R21W, Sec 20, West Fork Boat Launch: T1N, R22W, Sec 19, Marty's Bridge: T1N, R22W, Sec 36, Bonnie Blue: T1S, R22W, Sec 11. Authorized boat launch sites on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.
Conner Shuttles 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Haley Chute: T2N, R21W, Sec 26, Applebury Landing: T1N, R21W, Sec 20, West Fork Boat Launch: T1N, R22W, Sec 19, Marty’s Bridge: T1N, R22W, Sec 36, Bonnie Blue: T1S, R22W, Sec 11. Authorized boat launch sites on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.
Indian Creek Trail #32 Relocations
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/07/2011  08/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@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.
Katie Cook Shuttles 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional pririty permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Haley Chute: T2N, R21W, Sec 26, Applebury Landing: T1N, R21W, Sec 20, West Fork Boat Launch: T1N, R22W, Sec 19, Marty’s Bridge: T1N, R22W, Sec 36, Bonnie Blue: T1S, R22W, Sec 11. Authorized boat launch sites on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.
Paradise Pack Station 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as a 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Paradise Base Camp – T29N, R14E, Sec 9; Bad Luck – T30N, R14E, Sec 4; Canyon Lake – T29N, R16E, Sec 12; Cedar Saddle – T30N, R14E, Sec 24; Cliff Creek – T30N, R15E, Sec 12; Cooper Creek – T29N, R15E,. West Fork Rd.
Piquett Creek Trail #675 Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/02/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
08/2012 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of the trail to include a reconstruction of one ford, moving a second ford and relocating a section of trail in between the two fords.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Notch Creek Ford: T1S, R21W, NW Section 12, Milepost 5 Ford; T1S, R21W, Section 3, and relocation: T1S, R21W, Section 10. Piquett Creek on the West Fork Ranger District.
Salmon Mountain Outfitters Over-Snow Shuttle 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Starting at Little West Fork Snowmobile Trailhead in T1S, R22W, SWSW Sec 34 and ending at Paradise Campground in T1N, R14E, NWSW Sec 9. Forest Service Roads # 468 & #6223.
Selway River Bridge Replacement (Running Creek Bridge)
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/19/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
07/2012 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@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 River Shuttles 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Starting at Little West Fork Snowmobile Trailhead in T1S, R22W, SWSW Sec 34 and ending at Paradise Campground in T1N, R14E, NWSW Sec 9. Forest Service Roads # 468 & #6223.
Soda Springs Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/31/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 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.
Storm Creek Outfitters 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-iissue existing permit as a 10-year term permit
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Kit Carson Base Camp – T27N, R15E, Sec 4; Hell’s Half Base Camp – T27N, R15E, Sec 28; Haynes Camp – T27N, R14E, Sec 36; Four Corners Camp – T26N, R14E, Sec 2; Spokane Camp – T26N, R15E, Sec 17; Storm. West Fork Rd.
Tucker Transportation 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Starting at Little West Fork Snowmobile Trailhead in T1S, R22W, SWSW Sec 34 and ending at Paradise Campground in T1N, R14E, NWSW Sec 9. Forest Service Roads # 468 & #6223.
West Fork Shuttles Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Haley Chute: T2N, R21W, Sec 26, Applebury Landing: T1N, R21W, Sec 20, West Fork Boat Launch: T1N, R22W, Sec 19, Marty’s Bridge: T1N, R22W, Sec 36, Bonnie Blue: T1S, R22W, Sec 11. Authorized boat launch sites on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.
World Class Outfitting Adventures Over-Snow Shuttles 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/11/2011  05/2011 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a transitional priority permit to a priority permit with a 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Starting at Little West Fork Snowmobile Trailhead in T1S, R22W, SWSW Sec 34 and ending at Paradise Campground in T1N, R14E, NWSW Sec 9. Forest Service Roads # 468 & #6223.
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