Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
Bitterroot National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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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 09/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 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.
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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
Forest Plan Revision, Lolo, Bitterroot and Flathead National Forests
EIS
- Land management planning  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Rob Carlin
406-758-5322
rcarlin@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.
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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
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 09/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21183
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Region 1, Bitterroot National Forest.
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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
2012 Mushroom Harvest Program
CE
- Forest products
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 Kody Messerschmidt
406-821-4282
kmesserschmidt@fs.fed.us 
Description: A morel mushroom harvest is expected sometime between April and August 2012. The proposed action is to utilize a permit system for mushroom harvesters expected to come to the Bitterroot National Forest in the spring and summer of 2012.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38407
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District, Stevensville Ranger District, West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Within the Saddle Fire and 41 Fire Complex burned areas.
Martin Creek Watershed Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/25/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Thunder Bow Outfitters 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/11/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
12/2012 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue existing permit as 10-year term
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District, West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Fish Lake: Sec 16, T4N, R23W; Trapper: Sec 22, T2N, R22W; Soda Springs: Sec 19, T1N, R22W; Little West Fork: Sec 31, T1N, R22W; No Fork Sheephead: Sec 7, T1N, R23W. Darby and West Fork Ranger Districts.
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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 09/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
11/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2012 
Expected:12/2012  02/2013 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
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36615
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. Upper Sleeping Child watershed, approximately 12 air miles East of Darby, on Darby Ranger District.
Hog Trough Riparian Restoration Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012  08/2012 Robert Brassfield
406-777-7425
rbrassfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to remove approximately 0.1 mile of road, which is 2/3 of the existing roadbed, where it closely parallels Hog Trough Creek. The primary objective is to improve the streamside vegetation and the associated fish and wildlife habitat
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T. 5 N., R18 W., Sect. 33. Hog Trough Creek, a Tributary to Skalkaho Creek, in the Darby District of the Bitterroot NF. Along Forest Road 75.
Lick Creek/Lake Como Rx Maintenance & Boundary Fuels
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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;.
Lightning Creek Outfitters 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/11/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
12/2012 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as 10-year term permit.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Weeping Rock Camp: Sec 33, T4N, R23W; Elk Lake Camp, Alt 1 & Alt 2 - Sec 34, T4N, R23W; Bell Saddle Camp: Sec 32, T4N, R23W. Bitterroot NF, Darby Ranger District.
Lost Horse Lodge 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 05/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
10/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Two Bear Outfitters 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/11/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
12/2012 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue existing permit as 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Two Bear: Sec 24, T4N, R19W; Two Bear Transfer Camp: Sec 13, T4N, R19W; Hart Lake: Sec 3, T2N, R22W; Divide Creek Spike: Sec 29, T4N, R18W. Darby Ranger District.
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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
2012 Rehabilitation of St. Mary's Lookout
CE
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  08/2012 Elizabeth Ballard
406-777-7421
eballard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehabilitation of St. Mary's lookout, a historical fire lookout located within the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. Work includes replacing or repairing damaged structural parts. Small power hand tools and generator are proposed.
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T9N, R21W, N1/2 Sec. 28. St. Mary's Mountain, Selway Bitterroot Wilderness.
Ambrose Grazing Allotment EA
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/10/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
06/2013 Gilbert Gale
406-544-6321
ggale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of the Ambrose Grazing Allotment for reissuance of grazing permits.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37607
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Sec 20 & 21 and portions of sec 22, 27 & 28, T9N, R18W. Ambrose Creek on the Stevensville Ranger District.
Big Creek Face Boundary & Maintenance
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Larry Bass Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/30/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Three Saddle Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/21/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
10/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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
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 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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.
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.
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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
Access Across Running Creek on Selway River Trail #4
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/19/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32005
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T30N, R13E, Section PB40. Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Running Creek.
Bitterroot Outfitters Proposal
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/17/2012 
Expected:09/2013
 
12/2013 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add spring hunts to existing camp authorized for summer and fall hunts
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Sec 15, T26N, R15E. On Selway RIver in Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness.
Over-snow Shuttle 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/11/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
12/2012 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue existing permit as 10-year term
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - On road from Sec 4, T1S, R22W to Sec 9, T29, R14E. Nez Perce Pass, West Fork RD.
Painted Rock Outfitters 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/11/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
12/2012 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue exsting permit as 10-year term.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Montana portion of Bitterroot National Forest. Montana portion of Bitterroot National Forest.
Paradise Pack Station 10-Year Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Selway-Wilderness Outfitters Proposal
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/17/2012 
Expected:09/2013
 
12/2013 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to increase authorized service days associated with flights that ingress and egress the same day for purpose of day-use from 20 service days to 80 service days.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Sec PB41, T30N, R13E. Running Creek Ranch.
Storm Creek Outfitters Proposal
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/17/2012 
Expected:09/2013
 
12/2013 Debra Gale
406-821-3269
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange three existing fall hunt camp locations with no overnight stock containment for three new locations (two adding summer use and overnight stock containment and one adding spring bear hunts, summer and no overnight stock containment).
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Proposed camps: Sec 5, T26N, R14E; Sec 11, T25N, R14E; Sec 24, T27N, R14E; Kit Carson water line: Sec 4, T27N, R15E. Frank Church - RIver of No Return Wilderness.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.