Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Custer 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, Custer National Forest,  Ashland Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Custer National Forest,  Beartooth Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Custer National Forest,  Sioux Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Boulder Mine Post Closure Water Management Plan and BOE Ranch LAD Alternative
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/26/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Peter Werner
406-587-6962
pgwerner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of operational and post-closure water management at the East Boulder Mine, GNF, Big Timber District.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District, Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass. East Boulder River near confluence with Dry Fork Creek.
Nevoro Montana, Inc. West Vez Project Plan of Ops for Mineral Exploration - Custer & Gallatin NFs
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/14/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
07/2011 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
dseifert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploratory core drilling proposed at two sites on the Custer NF and eight sites on the Gallatin NF using small drill rigs transported to the sites via helicopter or pack stock. Total proposed disturbance is less than 0.5 acres.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District, Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T4S, R13E, Sec(s) 1, 2, 34; T5S, R14E, Sec(s) 7, 8, 20, & 21. Beartooth Plateau - Iron Mountain and Chrome Mountain.
Stillwater Mining Company's Revised Water Management Plans and Boe Ranch LAD
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/26/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
08/2011 Patrick Pierson
406-657-6205x213
ppierson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Determine bonding and management practices necessary once mine ceases operations. (Was formerly listed as East Boulder Mine Post Closure Water Management Plan and BOE Ranch LAD Alternative).
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District, Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater. LEGAL - T5S, R15E, Sec(s) 21, 22. Stillwater Mine, Beartooth RD, Custer NF; and, East Boulder Mine, GNF, Big Timber RD, Gallatin NF.
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Custer National Forest,   Ashland Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
15-Elk HFRA Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Amy Waring
(406) 657-6205x210
amywaring@fs.fed.us 
Description: 15 Elk Fuels Reduction Project's purpose will be to reduce wildfire risk within the project area through strategic hazardous fuels reduction.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River. LEGAL - T5 & 6 S, R(s) 45, 46, &47. NFS lands within the 15 mile and Elk Creek drainages.
Beaver Creek Landscape Management Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/15/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:01/2011
 
06/2011 Amy Waring
406-657-6205x210
amywaring@fs.fed.us 
Description: Manage forest vegetation in a manner that increases resilency of the ecosystem to future wildland fires. Proposed vegetation treatments will consist of a variety of hand and mechanical thinning (commercially/noncommercially) & prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31892
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River. 17 miles east of Ashland, Montana, north of Hwy 212.
Cow Creek Prescribed Fire Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Gregory Juvan
406-784-2344
gjuvan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning in 2000 Stag Fire perimeter to reduce heavy dead and down fuel loadings.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River. LEGAL - T6S, R45E, in portions of Sec(s) 9-17, 20-23, and 27-28; and T6S, R46E, Sec 18-19. Cow Creek drainage.
Cow Creek Rangeland Project
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Megan Dawson
406-784-2344
mbdawson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct environmental analysis of livestock grazing on the 16,189 acres Cow Creek allotment. The District Ranger will decide whether or not to authorize grazing, & if so, the site specific livestock grazing preseciptions to be implemented.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River, Rosebud. LEGAL - T6S, R45E, various number of sections. Cow Creek Allotment, 20 miles south of Ashland, Montana.
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Custer National Forest,   Beartooth Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beartooth Ranger District Aquatic Organism Passage Project, Little Rocky Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/08/2009 
Expected:02/2011
 
07/2011 Joseph Vacirca
406-657-6205x225
jvacirca@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace two smaller dia. culverts w. a large dia. culvert on Benbow Rd (2414), as well as reconstruct the west approach btwn the culverts & the Benbow millsite. This project was separated from the Benbow portion of project #31906.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater. LEGAL - T5S, R16E, Sec 21. Benbow Rd #2414, Little Rocky drainage.
Initial Creek ROW and Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management
- Land acquisition 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Allie Wood
406-446-2103
awood01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Secure legal ROW and construct trail acros one mile of patented mineral land and construct a bridge to provide trail access from Initial Crk campground to the WF Stillwater River.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T5S, R14E, Sec. 14. Initial Creek Trail, West Fork Stillwater River.
Senia Creek Trail Re-alignment
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/09/2007 
Expected:01/2011
 
10/2011 Allie Wood
406-446-2103
awood01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-align a section of Senia Creek trail to establish a new trail at grade within FS trail specifications.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S, R18E, Sec(s) 32-33. Senia Creek Trail, Red Lodge Creek Plateau, A-B Wilderness.
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Custer National Forest,   Sioux Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chalk Buttes Range Project
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/05/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
05/2011 Mark Buchanan
605-797-4432
mabuchanan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of domestic livestock grazing on six allotments located in the Chalk Buttes land unit.
Location: UNIT - Sioux Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - National Forest System lands in T1S, R57E, Principal and Black Hills Meridian. Chalk Buttes land unit.
Lewton Road Re-alignment
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/04/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
06/2011 Tawni Cordell
605-797-4432
tdcordell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-align part of Lewton Road to provide better line-of-sight around a blind curve. The work is being proposed so as to provide for better driver safety on the South Dakota portion of Lewton Rd. The Right-of-Way would be updated.
Location: UNIT - Sioux Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carter. LEGAL - T1N, R59E, Sec 19. Lewton Road, Long Pines land unit, South Dakota.
Sioux District Road Clearing Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/07/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
06/2011 Robert Cordell
605-797-4432
rcordell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to thin, pile (by hand and small equipment), small diameter trees within 75 feet of road and/or trail centerline due to heavy slash & debris buildup along roads and trails following severe storms from 2006 thru 2009.
Location: UNIT - Sioux Ranger District. STATE - Montana, South Dakota. COUNTY - Carter, Harding. Roads and trails acros the Ranger District.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.